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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,209 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,209
Hads: 6,496
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 894
Gots: 1,431 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.

70 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews by Jake_Ramrod:
Photo of Jake_Ramrod
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass at Chez Henahan - my house.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with about a one inch creamy looking head. An initial rush of carbonation that quickly subsided. Just a little lacing down the sides of the glass. Fairly hazy appearance.

S: Wonderful citrus notes up front with a caramel undertone. Hints of tangerine and orange. A pleasurable mix of tangy and sweet all at once. The smell is pulling me in.

T: Right off the bat, it tastes quite different than most of the IPAs I've had lately - but in a good way. This is a very easy to drink IPA. There is certainly some underlying bitterness to it, but it isn't in the forefront of the flavor. Very well balanced beer. The caramel really mellows out the acidity of the hops and lends itself to a sessionable experience. Your sure can't tell it's 7.5% alcohol. IMO, it is skirting the edge of being an IPA and a Pale Ale.

M: The beer comes across as light in the mouth, yet still has enough range to be noticable after it is gone. Again, an all-around easy to drink beer.

O: This is the kind of beer that can elicit alot of different reviews because nothing about it is very pronounced. It is a very well balanced beer that does a superb job of melding its parts harmoniously. Yet, nothing really stands out about it either. Overall, I really like this beer because it is a breath of fresh air in the craft beer scene where IPAs tend to try to "out-hop" each other. I can imagine sitting back and rolling through a sixer of these on a beautfiul spring afternoon. This is my kind of beer. (1,575 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And the new wave of IPA begins- fruit forward with both hops and esters; fused together with a seamless web of maltiness, citrus, tropical and orchard fruit but without compromising dryness, crispness or drinkability. I like where this is going!

Pouring a mid-amber honey-like color, the ale seems a touch darker because of its unadulturated haze. A very formidable ivory head forms on the beer and retains very well with sticky lace all around.

Aromas are hop-balanced between caramel malts, citrus and spicy hops, and alcohol. Lightly fruity and yeasty notes weave within the alcohols. Its a soft and appealing scent that seems slightly English-like.

Graham cracker breadiness, caramel flavor, and spicy alcohols set the stage while the orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, and pineapple hop character bounce off the glass is vibrant and assertive fashion. Bitterness does much more than just balance out the malts but never really demand attention away from them. Again light fruity notes make me think of English Ales- non descript but fruity nonetheless.

Medium creamy and medium sweet, the beer starts out with a hearty malty tone that waits until the last second to crispen up and dry out. Still, the finish hold onto a lot of sweetness and weight despite the adequate carbonation. The aftertaste brings an alcoholic and hoppy-dry memory of the beer; I just wish this had happened at mid-palate and then carried through.

Its quite remarkable the effect that these deeply citrus and tropical flavored hops have with the embedded starch and yeast all have on this new wave IPA taste. Its a smoother and more balanced approach will appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers- even those who have traditionally steered away from hoppy beers. (1,743 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from can into snifter.

A- Pours a nice light amber. Medium amounts of carbonation and lacing. Small half finger white head.

S- Tropical and citrus fruits. Super fresh and fruity. Lots of pear, mango, even some orange. Not much pine or grass, but some resins very lightly detectable.

T- Just like the smell, this ale is very fruity. Lots of tropical layerings giving it a very fresh and drinkable taste with just the right amount of lightly detected malts and resins. This IPA is super juicy but the light bitterness reminds you its def an IPA.

M- Light bodied, some detectable carbonation, otherwise Id be slamming these like juice boxes. Crisp and clean finish.

O- Lives up to the hype. I hope I run into more of these, as they put a smile on my face. Great warm weather ale, as its very refreshing. A home run by Cigar City. (856 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am generous on reviews at times but I have reserved the really high scores for outstanding beers. This one is one I have wanted to try for a long time and thanks to a fantastic trade I have acquired this one. I might have to keep this one hot on the pipeline! Jesus its good!

Look: Perfect color for an IPA in my opinion, they range from all over the place but this one sits on the darker side of that fence and I tend to like those better. This one is a reddish amber color with a bit of copper in there. Head remains pretty solid throughout the pour.

Smell: Sweet not overly so, you can detect some malts in there, but this beer is fantastic in the aroma. Nice tropical fruits, mango, papaya, guava, maybe some passionfruit in there as well. Its not as intense as the flavor will give up.

Flavor: Holy shit this is the best tasting IPA I have ever had no doubt. It blends everything I like in this style of beer. Its sweet but not overly so, its got a nice resinous quality to it, but its balanced by the malts, this is a hugely balanced beer. Its on the assertive side more than pseudosue or Zombie Dust, but then those are technically Pale Ales. This beer is not too bitter but bitter enough. Super enjoyable great mouthfeel, not sticky but not overly drying either. I want a case next time I go to the beach!

Overall: Thus far this is the best IPA I have ever had. No doubt. It is rated highly and for good reason. I have a few more CCB beer waiting for me, but those are a completely different style, but if this is indicative of what this brewery can do, I am happy to trade again for just about anything! This is truly an outstanding IPA! (1,654 characters)

Photo of smb
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Cigar City beer and it's a very malty east coast IPA. Light hop and citrus flavors make themselves present at the front of the tongue and finish with the creamier malty characteristics at the back. A nice change of pace from some of the west coast hop bombs, but overall I couldn't see myself drinking this on a regular basis. (335 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

This ale puts its foot on the border of IPA and Impy IPA, a blurring of the lines. Clear copper hue, impressive lacing but coming from a highly hopped beer ... not a surprise. Big hop stink, heavy citric of ruby red grapefruit and tangerines ... faintly catty with some taffy undertones. Hops smack down hard, though some caramel and biscuity flavors from the malt appear; aside from that, it is a full-on palate bashing of citric, earthy pine, tobacco and wild herbs with a tropical fruitiness to compliment. Seriously epic beer, we can only hope a pint of it is waiting for us at the gates of hop heaven. (664 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is all fruit and hops. There are layers of citrus, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, and a nice hop presence on the back end. Not a super hoppy IPA, but a great representation of the fruit forward side. My favorite type of IPA.

Would absolutely purchase again. (277 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pale amber body, slightly hazy; fat tan head as high as you wanna make it; lace drapes left behind

S: like the bitter pith of pale and tropical and citrus fruits; some sweetness like of caramel

T: slightly chewy, fruity and lightly bready; milk caramel sugar sweetness under a well-balanced hop front bringing lots of mildly bitter citrus notes

M: a solid medium body with an incredible smoothness despite the crisp hops; fuzzy carbonation, very refreshing and clean-finishing

O: another top tier IPA - all accolades are appropriate - if there weren't so many great IPAs I could rave, but suffice it to say that this is right there with many of the best in the style, such as AleSmith's IPA, Union Jack, and Flower Power. (728 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale has a thick, off-white, spongy head, a mostly clear, very bubbly, deep amber appearance, and significant lacing left on the glass. The aroma is bold- strong, piney hops and vibrant sweetness. Taste is of a out-front, piney hop bitterness, sweet, white bread malts, and and maybe sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Cigar City Jai Alai finishes crisp, bold, and not alcohilic. Great and wonderful!

RJT (443 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. One of a kind IPA - deep citrus & tropical fruit aromas envelop you on the nose & carry over remarkably well to the palate. Carb & mouthfeel are perfect. Just enough malt to offset the fruity, slightly resinous hops. (233 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Reviewing from notes - had it a good while ago when it was fresh. Family traveled to Florida and brought me the sixer back. Used to be available on a hit or miss basis around here, but haven't seen it in a while. With all said.....

Good looking beer, copper with a thick luxurious head (judging by my glowing use of luxurious, I'd bet it wasn't' my first beer on rating day....)

Expected a knock out fruit smell but got a little more grassy than I thought which muted the grapefruit a little

Taste follows the nose, as it has grassy into that fades to grapefruit without ever giving too me much maltiness to go on.

Fairlyu smooth finish, no lingering aftertaste (667 characters)

Photo of thehoppylady
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Legit local beer, lucky gal right here to get freshies daily. Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish. (253 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy and very drinkable. Would be a very good IPA to introduce someone who has never had th style to. Either way, this is one of the very top IPA's I have had so far. Wish it was available locally as I would buy it all the time (261 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding beer and an outstanding IPA. Significant amount of carmel malt. Very juicy and sweet. Orange and tropical fruits. Low bitterness in the finish. Comes across a little more balanced than some others in case you are looking for a hop bomb. Reminds me of Deshutes Fresh Squeezed. I also have found that I enjoy this more from the can than poured. I think it is because the aroma is a real weak point, where the flavor is signifigantly better. Maybe a tad overrated in general, but I would gladly drink this any time. Especially on the beach. (552 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can which was 2 months old so have to do this review with a grain of salt, so to speak. Beautiful copper color with huge head. I really looked forward to the tropical fruit aroma and of course citrusy smell / taste go a long way with me in an IPA anyway. maybe it was because this can was 2 months old but it was very hard for me to pick up any significant citrus and tropical fruit notes from start to end. Just sort of there is all. have to have when super fresh to do a proper comparison but I would say just pay attention to the canning / bottling dates when pursuing just like any other IPA. (603 characters)

Photo of Bis4beer70
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The second micro brew i got while in florida...loved it! Quite possibly among the best AMERICAN india pale ales i've ever had...shared one w/my brother in-law,Bob (he enjoyed it too,& that man KNOWS beer-even lives in the PNW too!)...One of the highlights/best things to say about it,is that the Jai Alai has a fine, non-lingering after taste & is one of the top two beers i had while on vacation in 2015...tampa beers! cheers! (427 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured a hazy burnt orange with lots of sediment. A fat creamy head of off white foam that would have taken longer to fall than it did to finish the beer. Left scads of lace to look at. Nose is bombastic citrus fruits! You could name them all. But mostly grapefruit with the peel and the pith. Nice and earthy. Tangerine, a sweet hop herbal and stone fruit softness. Faint spice and faint nuttiness if you let the beer sit in your glass long enough to notice. Not a lot of pine more like a bit of earth on the nose.

Taste is outrageous and sensual. There was no malt at all on the nose really but it's the first thing to greet your palate. A light flaky biscuit and some sensual and smooth caramel. It's a touch nutty but not heavy. Then all that fruit! Tangerine, stone fruit juiciness, the tart grapefruit leading that pack. The mouthfeel is light and creamy but it has a fullness you can't ignore. It's delightfully contradicting. The herbal is sweet not pungent and the pine is soft like a bit of earth. The citrus tartness is as tart as the hop bitter is bitter. Fantastic! Finishes with the lightest dusting of resin I have ever observed in and IPA. Just to coat your tastebuds and allow this beer to resonate sweetly in the back palate so that you want MORE!

Thank you JayORear. (1,293 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick head atop; nice retention and interesting pattern of lace

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit and mango with caramel malt underneath

Taste: Caramel base with grapefruit and mango fruit adding bitter complexity as well as a growing piney resinous flavor by mid palate; after the swallow, the sweetness builds and though there is plenty of floral bitterness, the beer finishes toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A Florida IPA to match the best of the west coast - who would have thunk it; a tad too sweet for more than one but still a fine brew (637 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good tasting beer with high marks for drinkability, smell, and taste.

A - This beer looks charming. It pours a dark, rich orange with a good amount of sticky foam as the glass empties. There is goodness (particles) floating in the beer.
S - Lovely rich smell of sweet citrus, and pine.
T - Juicy grapefruit/citrus with hop and a touch of piney flavor.
M - Outstanding. Subdued, dense carbonation that expands in your mouth.
O - Very yummy and session drinkable.

This reminds me of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, but with more flavor and complexity.

This beer reminds me of the beach and the sun. This is a very nice beer with a great future. (654 characters)

Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +19.6%

This gives IPA a new perspective it has a perfect balance of taste and isn't dry at all the citrus hits in many many levels great brew only bad side I cant find here in tx (173 characters)

Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The perfect harmony of fruit/floral-forward IPA and earthy/piney, the hops dance on the tongue in this beer like few others when fresh. The malt base isn't invisible either, propping this flavor bomb up and making its full 7.5% well known. (239 characters)

Photo of craigh130
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A phenomnal ipa. Loads of tropical fruit in the nose and on the palate. A bit boozy for everyday sessioning but overall a great ipa. Nice full body and mouthfeel with a gorgeous Amber color and foamy head. (205 characters)

Photo of barfootbandit
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers and favorite IPA so far. I've had it on tap, from the bottle, and from the can; delicious every time. Malt and hop characteristics are well balanced and a hearty 7.5% ABV compliments this pairing. Smells of tropical citrusy hops and has a clean finish, not too hoppy. Overall taste is crisp and has notes of tropical fruits. Overall a well balanced and fantastically executed IPA. While both are world class IPAs I prefer it over Heady Topper, just sayin. (494 characters)

Photo of JArt
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps my taste is changing or I got a "bad" batch, but this one was much more malty than I remember in the past. There's still quite a lot of bitterness in the back; however, that's about it. Kind of disappointed. (215 characters)

Photo of Liquorgal08
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange appearance. Head that dissipates quickly but has lovely color.

Aroma: Like a citrus field up in here. Very "florida". Lots or orange and grapefruit coming through, it smells downright juicy. Best part of the beer as far as I am concerned.

Taste: Rather close to the nose actually. Lots of citrus flavors with a bit of bitterness to cute through the fruit. Malt is hiding in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Dry with just enough carbonation.

As a liquor store worker, when people want a Florida IPA, this is the one I recommend. It's a really excellent offering from them. (588 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.