Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,198
Hads: 6,450
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
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Gots: 1,403 | FT: 69
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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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Reviews: 1,198 | Hads: 6,450
Photo of micromaniac129
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy with sediment of some sort. The color is amber with a smallish head.
Not picking up much aroma wise. Some light hops and malts with no destinct smell.
Taste is vaque. Light hops and malts.
Taste is good, but somewhat harsh, but with a clean finish.
Drinks easy and really isn't that bad but nothing stands out to me, at least according to the many reviews.
Stands up well to all you basic chain restaraunt IPA's - bland (441 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into stemmed glass with a clear, copper-gold color with an excellent white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity with a gentle notes of apricot and orange. The hops smell fresh, but might need a bit more quantity to really pop.

Flavor is big and bold with enough bitterness to really overpower the caramel maltiness. Hop flavor comes throughout with a floral, leafy character. Medium bodied mouthfeel with not enough dryness to accentuate the hops more, but still having a relatively weak malt flavor. (502 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Justin for sending this my way!

A- Body is a quite hazy rust color. Pours with a 2 finger or so creamy white head and pleny of lacing is left behind in the glass. Head has very good retention at 1/2 finger. Cloudiness is uniform.

S- Citrus-mostly orange and grapefruit, herbal hops, and a nice caramel malt backbone.

T-Taste upfront has a herbal hop accent over a light citrus and malt backbone. Finish adds a mild to moderate refreshing pine flavor-pine bitterness and a hint of malt lingers.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a smooth, creamy, body.

D- This is a pretty good IPA overall. I've been trying to get ahold of it for awhile and while its good-it doesn't quite live up to my expectations-but I would still like to have this again(maybe super fresh and stright out of florida?)-luckily I have two bottles of it. (834 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours stunning copper with a mild haze out of the can. A rising two finger tannish head caps this beer. Retention is excellent as is the copious amounts of lacing.

Crystal malt with biscuits and somewhat grainy. Hops are floral, grassy with a backing of strong pine not really picking out much citrus or tropical tones. Gets dank and herbaceous in the finish.

Malts are tightened up here with crystal and a touch of caramel and cookie dough. Plenty enough malt to balance out the piney and herbaceous hops. Some other nuances here, a zip of lemon and chewy leather. Sneaky bitterness, rather mild and earthy that lasts through the finish.

Above average body and feel across the palate, wholesome stuff. Smooth carbonation and low observed bitterness and alcohol make this one a crowd pleaser.

Smooth, balanced IPA, rugged and resiny, I was taken aback at first since I translated Florida IPAs to mean that they are all tropical. Complexity is to be admired as well. Thanks for the opportunity Brandon. (1,006 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Brian44556 for the awesome trade.

The basics: no idea on price and 7.5% ABV.

Looks great: nice orangish-amber, fluffy, persistent head. Well carbonated. Excellent lacing. Top notch on looks...

Lots of pineapple-y grapefruit-y goodness in the aroma profile. Not a lot else, but these are nice.

Wow, very East Coast flavor. Lots of piney hops. A sweet malt backbone. Very thick in the mouth. Carbonation helps somewhat to stem the hoppy tide, but it washes over your tongue like a hop tsunami. Very good beer, but a veritable hop bomb.

What I like most: Purty appearance.

What I like least: The overpowering nature of the hop profile.

Verdict: Good beer, but not for the noob to the hop world. A touch overpowering. (736 characters)

Photo of sdmvd6
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a CC snifter.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a finger of head. Moderate sticky lacing is left.

S - Quite a bouquet of floral aromas hit at the front of the nose followed by herbal notes (sage, mint). Next are citrus hops and caramel malt heading into more herbs.

T - Citrus hops and sage at the beginning giving way to sweet caramel malt. This leads to a bit of chalkiness and lingering hop bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium carbonation and body with an extremely dry profile.

O - This is very interesting beer from CC with more of an herbal nose/flavor than I have had from an IPA. I would have preferred a bit more bitterness, but other than that it is very well-rounded. (697 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Rattle n Hum. First off, I am extremely surpised and not in a good way on this beer. It is a nice beer but I believe it was hyped way too high and got my expectations up. Tasted like a standard west coast IPA; undistinguishable if you ask me. Average mouthfeel, amber color, carbonation, bitterness, underwhelming aroma, and not enough sweetness to balance it. Aroma was nothing special and the mouthfeel was average. There's not much I can say about this beer. Good but not worth seeking out and would order many others before this in the future. (556 characters)

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, translucent amber with a thick, white, persistent head.

S: Hoppy with a pleasant citrus nose, very fresh.

T: A great hops blend with hints of citrus and lavender. Very pleasant and fresh, in sync with its nose. It has more body that most IPAs which is a really great aspect of the brew.

M: Not dry at all.

D: Goes down easy and it's quite good!

Overall: Jai Alai IPA is a great brew. It's got a lot of body for an IPA and combines hops and citrus very well. It doesn't have that bitter hops bite that many IPAs produce. I was surprised by the thick head, but it was a nice aspect to the beer. Overall, a good brew! (628 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1142nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Purchased at Total Wine Tampa for $1.79

App- A darker golden glowing orange with some yellow highlights. A 1/2 finger of head with some decent cling.

Smell- A nice hoppy bitter note on the nose with lighter citrus notes. A bit small and one sided with some pine as well.

Taste- A medium bitter IPA with a good backing malt note. Citrus, spicy and a bit of pepper with lots of pine.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Bitter and citrus remain.

Drink- It's a good IPA. Nice flavors develop and envelop and it's a quick drinking beer. Has a very refreshing combo of the pine/citrus. (635 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a darker than expected orange. Cream colored head that fades, but never entirely dissappears.

S- Slight pine, citrus, sugary candy.

T- A bit disappointed with the sweet candy taste, but nice citrusy flavors- Orange and lemon mostly.

D- A bit sweet up front, but no bitterness and very smooth.

O- Overall a nice IPA, but the West Coast Style has ruined/influenced me too much. (388 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jai alai from Cigar City Brewery. Tampa, Florida

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Hazy straw colored with a thick off white head. Nice lacing as I drink it.

Smell- Musty, piney, hops accompanied with grapefruit and maybe some citrus rind of some kind.

Taste- Nice balance of hops and malt. Wait..did I just say that? I usually prefer very dry IPAs but I really like this one. The piney hops stick around nicely in my mouth. Still has the grapefruit from the aroma and the musty hops, in a good way. The alcohol starts to come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel- A little thicker than I think IPAs should be, but that doesn't take away from the beer at all.

Drinkability- This is a good beer but I like it in small doses. I am glad this is a 12oz serving and not a bomber. The hops start to get hairy and too much after awhile. I think this would be better with a 6.5 abv than a 7.5.

I was glad I got to try this. If it was available in my area I would pick it up from time to time but this is one that I would have to be in the mood for.
Got this one from beandip. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Datz in CCB's back yard.

A - Pours a copper/amber reddish color, white head which reduces down to a bit of spotty lacing, some bubbles, no real retention.

S - Nice solid hoppy profile, good dose of bitterness followed by a touch of malt to help balance things out a bit. Mostly citrus with a touch of tropical and floral bitter notes.

T - Hops in the form of citrus, pine, and slight tropical bitterness. Nothing else going on and I really didn't expect there to be anyway. They did what they set out to do here: hops.

M - Light, crisp, smooth and refreshing and an oily finish.

D - A very solid IPA that I would enjoying having in my city. CCB has yet another solid staple in their lineup. Nuff said. (721 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange with yellow and a little cloudy. Nice thick white head that fades and brings decent lacing.

The smell is light with pine, alcohol, and spicy malt.

The taste is mostly of pine on the bitter side but has a mandrian orange backing to it as the malt breeps up.

Pretty good IPA and Im very glad I have a few more I received in a trade but nothing that I couldnt live with out. (391 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was canned on Nov 10,2013
I poured it into a ipa glass, it has a burnt orange color body with a small lace. The aroma has a citrus, bitter aroma to it. The taste has the cititus and slight bitterness to it upfront and then a little malt comes throughn on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a darn good ipa. (330 characters)

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unfiltered golden body with a 2 inch eggshell white head. Laces great on the glass and head retains well.

Nose: Golden raisins with some spice, citrus hops and tropical fruits.

Taste: Caramel, light grains, some malt and good hop character come through with some pineapple.

Mouth: Flows, just a bit too bubbly

Overall: For a IPA this is great. There could easily be more with this; a bit more in the grain bill and some extra hops would make a great double out of this (484 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone nonic. Thanks to Cavery for the share!

A: Pours a deep golden with some very orange hues. Nice large-bubble filled head with some very frothy lacing.

S: Hops are in the background in this IPA. Perhaps the most forward malty dark-fruit (date, fig, raisin) scents I've gotten from an IPA. Definitely a thickness to the aroma.

T: More hops than I expected. A nice hop bitterness starts off the taste along with dark fruits that turn a little floral and piney toward the end. Dark fruit flavors not as meaty as I anticipated, which is good in my opinion. Mostly a duet between malty dark fruit flavors and hops.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation floating ontop. A bit oily in the mouthfeel and the beer seems to not wash out as well as most on a swallow, which is good or bad depending on how much you enjoy the beer. I actually get a tad of heat in the throat and on the tongue in this, but all in mouthfeel and not in taste.

O: Impressive for a single IPA, good character and flavor packed within. Not the typical flavor profile or mouthfeel I seek in an IPA, especially not a single, but I appreciate it for what it is. Worth trying if you have the chance but I can't recommend going out of your way to try it. (1,249 characters)

Photo of UnDeadly
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Glass stein

Appearance - Orange-red, pretty dark really for an American single IPA. Good foam though that maintains a small film throughout the drink. Exceptional lacing.

Smell - Admittedly, I am not sure the correct glass for this beer. Very clean notes of spicy pine, with just a bit of floral. I get almost no citrus.

Taste - A very tasty beer! Initial flavors are light and floral. As the bitterness ramps up in the middle, so does the maltiness. Sweetness peaks in the back, and then BAM, piney bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouth Feel - Slightly creamy mouthfeel that is very appropriate for the style, especially one that does not completely discount the malt notes. Carbonation is perfect, brings about a spritz that does not sting.

Drinkability - ABV is actually high for the style. To be honest, I actually wish it was a touch lower, its pushing IIPA status. Price was semi-reasonable...a little pricey, I think I paid $12 or so for the 4-pack? But yeah, I would drink this puppy until I couldn't see straight if I could.

Personally, not the best IPA I have ever had, but it's up there for sure. It's a nice change from the citrus/grapefruit IPA's that seem to dominate the American scene. This beer is very well done, and would buy another pack in a heartbeat...if I could friggen get it in NC. (1,333 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned December 17th 2013. Three weeks old.

Poured from the 12 oz, can into a glass tumbler

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thick even frothy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild pine

t: Resin hops forward over a medium malt base. Some grassy notes at the end.

m: Medium and very smooth.

o: Liking the appearance and mouthfeel better than the taste, which is very good but not outstanding in either the flavor or bitterness dept. Certainly looks and feels like a top quality IPA. . (533 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jai Alai IPA

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the extra!

Poured from 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Pours golden and rests a dark, hazy, orangish amber. A fingers worth of off white head sits shortly before dissipating. Tiny spots of lacing.

The nose offers some malt and light citrus notes.

The taste is a bit malty and then presents a bitter apricots taste with a bit of honey. There is a good amount of malt sweetness balanced with the bitterness.

The mouthfeel starts smooth and ends very dry. Its a good presentation.

Overall, a different spin on an IPA, or maybe it is a bit old? The malt has much more presence over the hops but the hop bitterness remains to pack a punch. (691 characters)

Photo of jgurley
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've drunk a lot of this but it's my first review of it. Luminous golden amber in color and produces a thick, high, rocky head that sticks to my snifter as it falls. Getting a lot of yeasty malt and caramel sweetness in the nose. Sweet forward with the hops coming through in the middle. A bit bubble gummy in the middle, with something strangely like a Belgian character just before the hops rush in toward a dry, bitter finish. Good carbonation and a slightly resiny, drinkable mouthfeel. I realize now that I've been drinking much more hop forward beers lately and this is more complex and a bit sweeter than I remember it being. Nice to know this is from my neck of the woods. Good. (686 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: A rich golden orange that shine well in the light. Only slightly translucent. Quite inviting presentation with a finger tall off-white cap.

S: Grapefruit is big and blusterous up front, followed by some sweet caramel and notes of earthy pine. Not overly potent nor feint to detect.

T: Large bitter bite as it begins, before meeting a wall of tangy grapefruit citrus and spicy levels of pine and grass. Caramel malts come and go throughout providing some light sweetness for balance. As it warms, this sweetness grows even more.

M: Medium body and carbonation. A nice light tingle to the mouth, with some tackiness but no syrupy quality.

D: CCB has a balanced base of an IPA here. Not getting too complicated in hops taste, and providing a solid backbone. No wonder they do so many different versions of this beer, as it seems to be a great foundation IPA. Bitterness and flavor is all kept in check. (938 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice deep golden color with a nice hazy character that, upon closer inspection, seems to have different densities, pours with a finger of pure white head that is very fine in character and lingers for short while, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: great citrus and grapefruit notes, not sour and not overpowering, gently sweet
T: begins with a decent citrus note and moves into a slightly sweet phase in the middle, ends with an interesting mustiness or even funk that lingers on the back of the tongue
M: a bit strong on the carbonation in the initial phase then mellows right out and leaves a musty and dry feeling on the palate which lingers around for a bit
O: a pretty good brew, nice for the style, i like the toned down citrus taste but the still pretty intense citrus scent notes, nicely drinkable and refreshing (859 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy copper with a large off white head that lasts and lasts with nice lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit and citrus aroma of guava, mango, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Just a touch of malt barely showing its face.

T- Up front it is very similar to the nose, citrus and tropics with the strong bitterness taking over and leaning to grapefruit peel and a touch of pine. Not much of a noticeable malt character and the bitterness is a touch high compared to the other characteristics.

M- Medium light in body and medium in carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style but nothing that makes the beer stand out.

O- A remarkable smelling beer that has a lot of bitterness but not quite the hop flavor I was hoping for. (724 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this a few of these and thought it was too bitter for my liking and I have it an overall rating of 3.25.
1 left of the 6 pack to give a proper review. Dated 12-26-13.
Poured into a pint glass this looks like an IPA with a copper color. Just a slight haze and three fingers of dense white head with an aggressive pour. Sticky.
Aroma is piney, resiny with some notes of grapefruit and slightly toasted cookie malt.
Taste isn't as bitter as was my first impression of this beer. The piney hops are strong. A long slightly bitter finish with a clean sweet malt taste. Highly carbonated with the alcohol completely hidden. Medium bodied. Overall impression is this is an ipa with lots of flavor-big on those sticky pine like hops with high carbonation, a sticky lace and a sweet malt bill. Well made ipa. I prefer a more fruity, tropical hop bite with less bitterness but can see why it's so popular. (905 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed copper color with a one finger cream colored head and some solid lace down the glass.

S: On the first pour, I get a lot of grapefruit, caramel, bready malt, overripe mango and candied citrus. The hops smell a little faded, even though this can's only two weeks old.

T: Unfortunately, it seems this can is past its best days (2 weeks! WTF!) Still, what's left of this is a solid beer. Lots of bready malt coat the palate upfront, with some grapefruit pith, lemon seed and tangerine rind in the mix as well. There's a bit of a peppery, earthy hop note on the finish, and I get some herbal hop resin, mint and white pepper as the finish fades. Still very good and drinkable, but far from the hop bomb that I've been expecting. I'm gonna have to go to Tampa. (784 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.