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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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4,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,973
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 670
Gots: 688 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Clear copper color with a near-white frothy head. Froth was wavy with some periodic bubbling. Very nice looking glass of ale.

Faint tobacco, sweet citrus, and leather on the aroma. I did not have tobacco on my mind, as this is a CC beer, but it was became apparent to me as it warmed up. The aroma on this one took me a while to figure out. Some whiffs I liked, some I did not as much.

A nice pleasant peach/citrus note hit me first, followed by a dense rye/sourdough maltiness. I usually like my IPAs to be more hop forward, but I enjoyed the maltiness in this one. The hops really shined toward the middle-back. The only part that I found off-putting was the faint tobacco flavor...not really my thing. Long lasting pink grapefruit along with the rye (?) made for a very interesting finish. Quite resiny or chalky mouthfeel and felt on my teeth. I drank my pint with no problem, and could have had another.

All in all, a very solid effort from these Tampa guys. Lots of hype for the new kids on the block, with a darn good IPA. I give them credit for crafting an IPA different than most you would find brewed in the Southeast.

09-23-2009 23:29:33 | More by RustyDiamond
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with just a really well definded whitemgreat defintion here,it faded slowly into a frothy mass leaving two rings of lace behind as it did.Tropical fruits and some herbal notes in the nose,underlying caramel biscuit.Fresh overripe tropical fruit,some resin,and herbal hops are not in your face they just flow nicely together.There is a bigger sweetish malt base that holds firm to the hops till the end.A very well made IPA with the alcohol being well hidden,I could drink alot of this.

04-07-2011 22:49:25 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-22-2013 00:35:00 | More by DanGeo
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Finally, some Jai Alai - canned, of course. Pours a nearly copper, light-amber color with mild clarity - just a slight sheet of haze muddles the middle of the brew. Little, tiny, tiny bits of sediment circle around the beer; a cloudy, pillowing white head retains like a beast and leaves chunky-ass lacing along all edges of the glass, like a true champ.

The aroma is... Wow. Brilliant. Big-time fruit on the nose; huge bouts of tropical fruits - mango, papaya, tangerines, peaches, grapefruit, apricot... Smell this shit and tell me I'm wrong, I dare you. Not only do you get this wonderful cornucopia of fruit, you've got a nice bouquet of hops to fill in the edges. Pungent, wet, leafy, with a light, dank, weediness. This is the stuff dreams are made of. And Jai Alai, apparently.

The taste picks up right where the aroma leaves off - a fruit-fileld bitch slap to the tongue, complete with more mangos, pineapples, papayas, and oranges. And I'm talking some juicy-ass fruit, here. The kind that makes your mouth absolutely water. Authentic, ripe, and unadulterated in every sense of the word. Hops come to life even more so on the palate. Wet, pungent, oily, leafy, and I'm picking up some pine, too.

Bitterness is powerfully noticeable but not too sharp or harsh, not even close. It's perfectly balanced by the fruit and by the smaller helping hand of the malt; light bread and faint toasted caramel malts provide an extra "oomph" of sweetness, strictly for balance. It makes for such a soothing, drinkable bitterness. Finish is wet, grassy, juicy, fruity, etc... I could go on all day. Medium mouth feel and a medium-high level of carbonation.

Jai Alai. Blown away. There. I said it. This beer was fantastic, and it was much better than I was anticipating. I mean, I've heard good things about it, but I never thought it would be this good. Alcohol is seemingly absent, and 7.5% ABV isn't anything to scoff at. So goddamn drinkable and so goddamn tasty. Why don't they sell this in Michigan?

02-08-2013 04:59:26 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-03-2014 17:23:41 | More by Hoppin_mad
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Had both on tap and from the can. Pours hazy dark copper, nice glowing orange, with a one-finger, creamy, light-khaki head on top that just refused to settle. Fantastic retention on this one, with walls of lacing to match. Gorgeous IPA.

Nose blasts you with smooth, citrusy, tropical hops. Orangey, with quite a bit of mango mixed in, bit of grapefruit, but not too prickley - again, the keyword is smooth. The malt never really shows through of its own accord, although there is a gentle sweetness to the fruity hop bouquet that they may be at least partially responsible for. In any case, very nice nose on this one.

Taste is really nice. Again, smooth grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit take center stage, with just a bit of astringent bite leading into the earthy, lightly prickly finish. Caramel body underneath provides a gentle sweetness that supports the fruity hop character perfectly, especially as the beer warms up a bit, never really emerging into the spotlight on its own, always in a supporting role. Finish is one last wave of richly sweet caramel and big tropical/orangey hops, before withdrawing and leaving a surprisingly light lingering bitterness on the palate. Beautifully executed.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium-full in body, with just a bit of astringency to complement the medium-light carbonation. Nicely put together, though not as stellar as the taste or smell.

Drinkability, however, is remarkable. The perfect level of bitterness on the finish, perfect balance of flavors that belie the 7.5% abv, making this one feel bigger than it is. Smooth and inviting. The only thing that could make this just a bit more fantastic would be if it were filtered but I won't let my likes get in the way of a great ale review.

03-11-2013 19:39:28 | More by ExtraStout
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Reviewed from notes written on 12/14/10. Thank you, zoso1967, for bringing the bottle from PA.

Jai Alai pours murky amber-orange into a large snifter, with about a 3/4 finger head that recedes and leaves a light beige haze, along with some big, clear bubbles. It is hard to see the carbonation trhough the murk, but the bubbles appear to be copious and fairly slow-moving. Lacing on the glass is lovely - very sticky and leaves blotches of all sizes and vertical, squiggly streaks.

The dominant smell is of caramel malt and some mustiness. A grassy and ever-so-slightly sweet citrus hop aroma also emanates from the glass. Sweet breads are another pronounced smell, and sneaking into the profile is just a hint of pine hops.

There is definitely more hop taste than I was expecting after smelling the beer, and, surprisingly, it is mainly a pine hop flavor. I feel like this IPA is backwards compared to most, in that I get a lot of the hop bitterness at the outset of the sip, followed by a coating, caramel malt and bready sweetness. The finish balances out with the malt flavor on the broad of my tongue and the pine, earth, and grass hops biting at the sides of my palate. Overall, this is an IPA that tilts in favor of sweet malts. The beer tastes good, but I am not sure of how fresh the bottle is.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full for an American IPA, which I enjoy. I miss the really biting grapefruit residual flavor that I like in IPAs, though. The carbonation is also quite low.

I would love to try this again, and I will certainly do so soon, as I am moving to the Tampa area in the near future. I may update this review after that. As it is, though, I found this to be too malt forward, which is not my favorite style of IPA

12-20-2010 00:54:43 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-02-2012 23:48:02 | More by Zakk
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-27-2013 19:48:41 | More by jono0101
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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours sunset amber with a fluffy, white head.

The aroma consists mostly of orange flower honey and it's a little vomity, sorry don't know how else to describe it.

The flavor is mostly floral hops, the malt backbone is solid, i'm just not sure that it's so good. It's a little too sweet and not so clean, not that it's bad, it just doesn't stack up with the best period

03-23-2010 06:06:09 | More by brownbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2013 21:26:55 | More by npala86
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-22-2011 05:54:30 | More by Schlais
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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

Wow, this is a great canned IPA. Canned 10/16.

Pours a nice hazel-orange with almost no head (if you tilt pour!) and smells like spring time...flowers and fruits and rainbows (not the rainbows really). Tastes phenomenal. Really holds its own against other IPAs. Super smooth drinking, I wish I had a lot more of this! Would highly recommend, enjoy! Cheers

11-09-2013 22:07:15 | More by xVERITAS
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

06-14-2014 05:58:36 | More by Spaten454
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-29-2014 18:40:48 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-12-2012 06:03:21 | More by J2L
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-15-2012 16:03:27 | More by Shakerman
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-18-2012 21:49:12 | More by ricksrealm
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2014 20:32:43 | More by delaced21
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-07-2014 11:14:26 | More by Krafty34
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-01-2013 11:41:17 | More by SkiBum22
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

08-01-2014 20:06:23 | More by sicilian
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-10-2014 17:15:29 | More by joemetric
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-10-2014 17:18:10 | More by Brent_ray
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

very nice ipa... be sure and leave about an inch in the bottom of the bottle and swirl vigorously to get all that cloudy goodness @ the bottom... i also like the 7.5abv for it being marketed as only a straight ipa and not an imperial... oh damn... not enough characters... how about now?

01-27-2012 03:27:26 | More by diesel59
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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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