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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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3,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 3945
Reviews: 1013
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%

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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Photo of righlander


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

they serve this at the bar down the street from my house. it's AMAZING. the first time i had it it was right after i finished a stone IPA and my friend was trying to tell me to try it but i was hesitant because i was really digging the fact that they had stone IPA on tap. ANYHOW...i was convinced to try it because the brewery is around here in tampa. so first of all the appearance was amazing. nice foamy, sticky, clingy lace. nice amber color. the smell captivated me for like 3 minutes before i even took a sip. smells is like picking a fresh hop, cracking it and smelling it, and also very deep toasty malt. smells soo beautiful. it's really hard to explain. maybe oak chips in there somewhere. taste is a very perfectly balanced romance between beautiful toasty sweet malt and very abrasive (but still beautiful) hops. mouth feel is perfect...but maybe a tad more full bodied than your average american IPA. drinkability is great. the only thing that sucks is that i want to have like 6 of these but i have to drive home....7.5%

call a cab...it's SOOOO worth it to drink this beauty of an AIPA
touche cigar city...TOUCHE

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 06:02:16 | More by righlander
Photo of saison19


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper with fluffy white head, nice lacing and the head sticks around for the duration. Smell is hoppy with hints of tropical fruit. Taste is perfectly bitter sweet with hops, guava, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and molasses...complex. Medium mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, semi-dry finish that begs for the next sip.

I prefer drinking this one as it warms up so the strong malt presence shines through. This is pretty damn close to being a DIPA, and better than many DIPAs.


Serving type: growler

05-08-2011 04:38:52 | More by saison19
Photo of EMPotter

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt one of the best IPA'S in the world. Lots of character to the senses and one of the only IPA's I consistently find myself enjoying and recommending to friends.

A- Hazy, dark amber/orange color with a nice level of carbonation and froth at pouring.
S- Very hoppie with tropical/citrus, grass, and sweet honey undertones.
T- Very complex with a great balance of hops, citrus, grass and pine
M- Crisp bold flavors that stay on the tongue with a nice balance of bitterness and carbonation.
D- Excellent IPA. Jai Alai compliments spicy foods and barbeques.

Update: 7/5/12, thank God I live in Tampa and can spend time in the CCB tasteing room. I have sampled over 25 IPA's since this review and still can't find one that compares. Great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 00:01:46 | More by EMPotter
Photo of Fitwitchik


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint goblet.

Beautiful cloudy amber orange with creamy head

Smell is delightful. Just the smells says "this is something good". A malty pine says alot.

Taste is incredible! Plenty of hops tasting fresh with slight grapefruit. A sweet malty flavour makes this exceptional for an India/American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is divine. Nice carbonation and smooth going down.

Overall this rocked my socks! Seriously the ONLY brew I have ever wanted to just suck down.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:28:05 | More by Fitwitchik
Photo of jimangie1973


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't normally review anything but this beer is phenomenal when served from the bottle (more later on this). It pours a golden color with a very prominent head. It is unfiltered so I pour 3/4ths then agitate sediment and pour remaining. The result is a hazy golden brew with a wonderful head. The smell is dominated by the hops producing an ultra fresh citrus aroma. Upon first taste, the hops is also pronounced but what sets this apart from every other IPA is the wonderful malty taste and full bodied mouthfeel.

I've had this beer on tap and it wasn't the same. It tasted much more like the standard American IPA. The amazing malty balance to the hops wasn't there and the body was lighter. It was also clear so it is likely the keg just wasn't agitated as necessary.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:35:38 | More by jimangie1973
Photo of ssteakley


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To date this is the finest IPA I have ever tasted. Discovered it at a small restaurant in Ybor City in Tampa. I found 6 packs available only at Whole foods in Tampa and no where else since. I judge all IPA's based on this one and Sierra Nevada my old standby which I gave an 8. Learning more each day about the brewing and chemistry of IPA beers. The beer was equally good in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 02:46:34 | More by ssteakley
Photo of scottbrew4u


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear copper color with the perfect layer of frothy white bubbles sitting atop the body. This layer settles slowly but retains a good layering.
S: Layers of tropical fruit, mango, and grapefruit primarily, with fresh pine sap, cut grass and more orange peel citric notes fill the nose. The hops reign supreme but a doughy a fresh grain undertone shine through the hops enough to let you know there is good body and sweetness there.
T: Beautiful partnering between the soft, sweet doughy malts and the intense tropical especially mango, citric and pine resin hop flavors. This beer is one of the freshest tasting ipa's I have had out of a can! Abundant hop resins continue to dance side by side with the clean, smooth malted barley.
M: Almost creamy, light carbonation smooths over the tongue and down the throat of this medium- bodied beer. No alcohol warming here everything is in check and in balance.
O: Hitting all the characteristics of an amazingly drinkable IPA that commands interest and is refreshing enough to satisfy the taste buds at a very high level. So dreamy this beer is I am glad to have finally experienced this one! Hop lovers must try this!

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 22:16:05 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of gblaustein

New Hampshire

4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a six pack on Longboat Key. Canned two days ago. Smells like candied tropical fruit, tastes the same, creamy malty tropical citrus, very little bitterness, slight spice. My wife loved it too. Who knew they could brew such a great beer from Florida gator p@@s water. Not a tongue bruiser hut one ofthe best I've ever had.

Serving type: can

04-03-2013 21:36:11 | More by gblaustein
Photo of drgoose23


4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For what I am told we are spoiled with Cigar city only distributing in Florida. Jai Alai is most definitely enjoyed at 4 days since canned. Wow it is fresh IPA and when you crack open a can during a hot Miami summer afternoon its dammmn good. I have had this stuff from the brewery in Tampa and it's great on tap too. They don't ship bottles of this stuff so if you find it in a bottle you're probably having it old as f##K. Anyways CCB always prints the date on the bottom of the can when it was made. So anything less than a month its gonna be awesome. It still taste good after 90 days but they don't like selling anything past 90 days so CCb is serious about putting a quality product. MUST DRINK. OVERALL_Amazing beer

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 16:29:55 | More by drgoose23
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Always drinking this beer from a fresh keg, I'm sure because Cigar City can't keep up with the demand for this beer. Citrussy, grapefruity, almost west coast style of IPA with a twist, tasting like a double IPA. This beer has to be one of the best IPA's on earth. It would be impossible to say that one is better, it can only be said that one might be as good, in a different way. This beer will destroy your palate and keep you coming back for more carnage.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 05:46:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Qwest_35


4.96/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had this beer plenty of times, most of the time with about 3-4 week's of age on it. However I was able to get some 10 day old cans today and I thought I would review. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-gold with a decent amount of fluffy creamy head, great lacing. This is by far one of the most unique smelling IPA's out there, the aroma just says Florida! I'm getting a ton of citrus, pineapple, mango and slight canned peachy goodness! Taste is right there with the nose, this is a perfect beach beer after a long day of surfing. Overall a very well balanced easy drinking offering from Cigar City. A must try for everybody who loves great beer!

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 03:48:09 | More by Qwest_35
Photo of jcartamdg


4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap from my kegerator, keg filled days ago, picked up from ccb. Poured into my ccb pint glass, orange amber with a sticky two finger head. Lacing is crazy on this one, beautiful beer. Aroma of citrus, floral hops and tropical fruits, this is a very complex ipa. Taste follows the nose, again this is very complex, it borders on a dipa, very intense. Mouthfeel is moderate, smooth with substance. Overall this is the beer that made me fall in love with craft beer. Match Jai Alai up with any of the super-hyped ipa/dipas and I believe it rises above!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 23:56:30 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of Matt_Stuart


4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best, if not the best, IPA I have ever had. I got a 6 pack as a present and I was surprised that I had never heard of Cigar City Brewing before (even though I work in a beer shop) When you pour the beer it has a very slightly opaque copper appearance with a fantastic foamy head. You can smell the hops, not overpowering but absolutely there. There are also some hints of a citrus and another smell I can't quite describe except to say it reminds me of fresh baked bread, but it is enticing. It is full bodied, but not to heavy. It found the right spot on the bell curve. The taste starts by hitting the salty and sweet taste buds then the hops hit the bitter receptors. However they made this combination it is amazing! Another great plus is a fantastic aftertaste and not overly carbonated. I would highly advise any IPA fans to try out Cigar City Jai Alai!

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 18:55:41 | More by Matt_Stuart
Photo of AdamBear


4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-dark gold, almost reddish. good amount of cream colored head

S-mmm good fresh hops and pineapple! also a little bit of a cigar scent with spice. good strength. smells absolutely delicious.

T-intial hit is pretty bold with pineapple, citrus spices, and some hops. its such a rare an amazing taste.. the ending is a tab bit more hoppy. not very bitter at all, its mostly creamy. the after-taste is citrusy with a cigar spice to it.

M-medium to low carbonation but is very soft to the mouth. extremely creamy

D-honestly, the more you drink it, the better it tastes.this might be my favorite go to beer in the world actually. one thing about this...i always make it my last drink. for some reason when i have it first, it tastes almost mediocre. but if its my last drink of the night, i always find it to be my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 17:37:21 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Bernerdawg


4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy copper with an inch white head and solid lacing.

Smell is fruit, fruit and more fruit.

Taste: at the very front is creamy malt followed by pine and grapefruit. Tongue presses roof of mouth and the sweets arrive. Lemon, orange, more grapefruit, assorted citruses with rinds. Bitter on the finish but not puckering.

Medium carbonation, very easy to drink.

One of my favorite IPAs. Nicely balanced, refreshing, maybe a little cloying for some but this is a fantastically juicy, hoppy beer that is perfect for consumption in hot, humid climes.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 20:42:32 | More by Bernerdawg
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer I'm drinking is from the first-ever run of Jai-Alai bottles, the first ever 12oz./6-packs from CCB, too.

A - Big, copper-red-amber and effervescent, with a mountain of luxurious tan head, great retention and chiffon lace draped everywhere

S - Everything the style should be, and more. The hop aroma is largely piney, with a strong suggestion of cigar box, and also a dank-resiny-herbal element. The malt is not specifically discernible in the nose.

T - Excellent; the brew is so hoppy and rich. The initial impressions are of a floral and evergreen bitterness melded with a rich and astringent base. The flavors evolve into a very dank and herbal-resiny taste, very earthy, segueing into pine-juniper-evergreen with some grapefruit too. The finish is extremely long and goes from pine to cigar box cedar and grapefruit rind, and it lingers on for quite a duration. This brew is a trip around the hop palette, with so many flavors, delicate and strong, sublimely balanced.

M - Very much on the refreshing side of full-bodied, this brew is near perfect in all aspects, including this.

D - I love it. It is my favorite hop-centric brew. Period. Well, at least excluding Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:18:51 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of MattyBones

New York

4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this for the first time 2 years ago at the suggestion from my local distributor and absolutely loved it, but when I went back to get some more it was gone and I haven't been able to find it around my way since up until recent. And now it was available in cans! Couldn't wait to dig into this and see if the wonderful flavor remained.

Appearance: Pores a nice cloudy, golden/orange color with a foamy white head about a finger thick.

Smell: hops, tropical fruit and citrus dominate the nose.

Taste: Hops hit the palate with a solid blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Tastes of grapefruit, some mango and a slight hint of vanilla with nicely blended malts help balance out this brew making it nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Rich, frothy, oily (but not too much) feel. Very smooth yet it coats the palate nicely allowing that wonderful mix of flavor and hops to linger but it doesn't overpower. Very well balanced, smooth IPA.

Overall; Extremely happy to have this readily available once again. Digging the cans! Just incase it does pull another vanishing act I stocked up making this my go-to beer of the moment. Would love to try some of Cigar City's other offerings if they are ever available around my way.

Serving type: can

11-20-2013 14:34:44 | More by MattyBones
Photo of rufustiller


4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I hope it's OK if I freestyle here. Everybody else has summed up the basics. I really like this beer and can't believe something this good is available at my local Publix, in a can no less. A true west coast (of Florida) IPA. Super delicious. My wife is on antibiotics right now and it really pisses her off when I squeal like a little girl after each sip cause she can't have any.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 01:58:49 | More by rufustiller


4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nice clear copper color with deep white to tan lasting head.

S so much going on...where to start...Nice in your face fresh hop aroma. fantastic blend of citrus and mango. very floral

T fruit up front pine in the end. fantastic blend of late addition hops. hops and malt sweetness are in complete balance.

M medium light body with a nice malt sweetness

O This beer should be talked about in the same discussion as Heady Topper. Unlike most AIPA, this one is not overly bitter and extremely well balanced. the overly sharp hop bitterness that's associated with ipa's is balanced by the malt sweetness. In all honesty, YES i have had heady topper (family lives not far away i have it a lot) YES i have tried Gandhi bot the brewery is down the street. YES i have had pliney the pine bomb elder (i like that about pliney). If i had to choose of the three, I'm going to take the Jai Alai. it is now available in NYC so I am able to get my hands on it, and for that i am grateful!

Serving type: can

11-11-2013 23:54:53 | More by RADRACING
Photo of REDBIKE22


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at OLDSMAR TAP HOUSE, undoubtedly tampa bay's best pub....overall awesome IPA! Strong hop flavor...close to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo...I was shocked it came from Tampa! Excellent with cheese and crackers...gonna have to check out Cigar City Brewery and see what else they have! Wanting it to come out in bottles locally!

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 21:08:55 | More by REDBIKE22
Photo of ahatcher78


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at New World Brewery,Ybor City, Tampa, 6/20/09, in a Cigar City Pint Glass.

Pours a deep orange almost amber color with a massive eggshell head of around two fingers. The head is slow to recede, leaving a tacky lacing in its wake.

Smells of tropical fruits. Apricot,orange,tangerine, and a dash of resinous pine.

Tastes of citrus and pine with a malt backbone to balance things out although still a bit to the hop side.

mouth feel is right on, good carbonation.

drinkability gets a dangerously good from me. reminds me of some Pisgah brews. just goes down too easy to go with the quality. one of the better IPA's I've had.

Put FL on the must have map!

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 00:53:59 | More by ahatcher78
Photo of AleWatcher


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from DosBeerigos in a BIF-- huge thanks for an awesome box! This is the first one from you I'm trying!

Poured this little sexy brew into my duvel tulip.
This is a darker orangey golden color with slightly amber hints... Almost like the color of the sky just before sunset. Nearly white head shows hints of the inside of an orange peel color and rose 3 fingers before leaving thick lacing as it settled. The lacing looks like a mountain landscape from the southwest desert area. Really a great looking beer right here.

I am smelling huge tropical fruit and citrus... Mango, pineapple, papaya, maybe even a slight hint of toasted coconut. It reminds me a little of a certain sun tan lotion-- but I can't remember the name of it. There is also a faint hint of pine... and some sweet bready malts too.

This just flat out rocks. Nice malty sweetness hit first and gets balanced out out all the hoppy fruitiness leaving just enough bitterness on the aftertaste to remind of what a great beer-experience you just had. I actually do taste nearly everything from the smell... but no coconut... This tastes fresh and tropical... a little earthiness creeps in there too-- but it reminds me of the smell of Florida after a rainstorm (or how that smell SHOULD taste if it were actually palpable). How the hell did they bottle that? Fantastic.

The body is light and airy with great carbonation. Just fantastic. Really. This thing is extremely easy to drink. If I had another here, I would almost certainly pour it and enjoy it.

Overall-- This is a highly delectable beer. I have had all of the big west coast IPAs (except younger) and I would put this right up with any of them. I would even say this is better than most!! Flat out-- get your ISO post ready and trade up for a little piece of Florida goodness!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:32:30 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of jtmartino


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery snifter.

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. This beer is unfiltered, which tastes great but doesn't look as nice as a filtered IPA. There's a ton of tropical fruit that's balanced by piney bitterness and a soft malt backbone. Really creamy mouthfeel - much creamier than most west coast IPAs.

As this beer warms up, the tropical fruit takes the forefront.

Damn this is one delicious IPA. Sweet, creamy malt profile, solid bitterness and delicious floral and tropical flavor bursting through the whole beer. Easily one of the best I've had in recent memory. Another home run from Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:32:36 | More by jtmartino
Photo of B3nzin0


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deliciously filled with Hops and has a great bite. No strong aftertaste since they stopped bottling it. Only served in cans now and Tap. I live in the area and it is a local favorite.

Beware though if it is not kept cold it will begin to re-ferment and leave a yeast looking clumps floating in your beer once re-cooled.. Still drinkable if you can get past the particles.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 13:37:58 | More by B3nzin0
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cigar City Brewing - Jai Alai IPA

Look - Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a fuller fizzy head that starts dissipating quickly. Sticky as hell lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts with spice on top. Hops are present in just the right amount and in a bitter biting citrus form.

Taste - What a smooth ride in. Hops keep you in line but the super smooth blend with malts makes it friendly on the palate. Almost like cinnamon and spice.

Mouthfeel - Rests an amazing spicy almost cinnamon and sweet malt heaven with hops in top. The blending here makes this brew super drinkable and smooth.

Overall - Wow. I have a new found respect for Cigar City Brewing. I had heard good things but had to taste it for myself. This is an utterly amazing brew. Recommend 100%. I will try more from this brewer for sure.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 13:23:37 | More by JMScowcroft
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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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