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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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Reviews: 1,235
Hads: 6,601
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 915
Gots: 1,493 | FT: 77
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
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Photo of scottbrew4u
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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

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Photo of jopezu
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly hazy copper with a small, quickly thinning head. nose; big floral citrus hops (amarillo & cascade) and a light candied sweetness. taste; easy on the malts and mouthfeel, leaving the complex hop profile to fully run the show here. big citrus notes are immediate; grapefruit, orange rind, light pine, mango, then some caramel breadiness in the middle, and finishes a slightly sweet lime. strong carbonation. perfectly balanced, floral, hoppy and juicy. wayne wambles from cigar city has made the recipe public, so it's not really a guarded secret. it's a laundry list of grains and hops, and the beer it produces is magic. this has to be my favorite hop profile among all the ipa's i've tried so far and i have no choice but to give it a 5 score. simply incredible brew and it impresses me every time i have one.

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Photo of ssteakley
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of righlander
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nice amber color, is pretty murky. It has a very hoppy smell making it hard not to drink right away.It tastes just like it smells, hoppy but with some sweetness to it.

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Photo of jimangie1973
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of saison19
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.


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Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

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Photo of Fitwitchik
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in an IPA!
Smell: Amazing flora hop nose
Taste: great floral hops with perfect sweet malt base that balances out any bitterness. Bitterness but balanced,
Overall: Smells amazing and tastes as good as it smells. This is a must try beer! It wil not disappoint.

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Photo of barfootbandit
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of EMPotter
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of turbotype
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jai Alai is the best "east coast styled" AIPA I have had to date. If this was in a "The Alchemist" can, it would probably be one of the highest rated AIPAs on this site.

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Photo of gblaustein
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of drgoose23
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
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

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
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!


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Photo of Qwest_35
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

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Photo of Bernerdawg
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of Matt_Stuart
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of AdamBear
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of Jennymonster
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hoping that this review is more than just the pangs of nostalgia, I find that Cigar City is a brewery founded upon an eclectic assortment of beer. Jai Alai is a hop head's paradise.

Straight from the can, a delicious beach beer. When poured into a glass and paired with blackened grouper, it's devine. The head is frothy and has staying power. Not to be ignored, the scent is reminiscent of a floral, bright IPA, but with subtle notes of something sweet and alluring... I've read "caramel", but prefer to think it is the aroma of something brewed especially for fairies at play in the land of dreams and sweets and candy.

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Photo of davidsumner
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poor - nice sea foam/frothy poor. Two finger head, great lacing.

Nose - Excellent nose; not super huge like a dipa, but certainly enough for a consistant delighfuly, hoppy/resiny/tropical aroma. Citrus, mango, resin, pine in spades. Excellent for a regular IPA with 7.5 abv.

Appearance - Nice dark amber/copper. Very nice carbination. Slightly hazy.

Taste - Awesome. Not a grapefruit bomb; instead, a very mellow topical/mango/orange/resin/herbasious smooth profile. It almost requires an umbrella and slice of pineapple. Not too bitter at all, if I had to guess, hmm, 65 ibu's? Very well balanced with no off flavores.

Finish/Final comments - Excellent finish; nice sweet resin hempness.

Overall; absolutly yummy. If I could, this would be my goto beer, without question; but, I can't get it where I live.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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