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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 5,764
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 768
Gots: 992 | FT: 54
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 JoeBloe
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have unconsciously passed this up on the shelves for way too long ! My first sip of this stuff got a 'WOW !" reaction for waking up my otherwise hop-numbed palate - I've recently gone thru many 6-packs with pleasure -
Pours that nice copper/gold color with a 1-1/2 finger fluffy white head - retention is good with nice lacing - smells of citrus and tropical fruit - the citrus/fruity hop flavor are the stand-out in this beer, with a nicely balanced malt finish - just the right amount of body and abv to make a few of these very enjoyable - feels 'fresh' -

* picked up a growler last night and was equally satisfied with the results

* I also like that the 6pk cans come with the full cover retainer rings, ala Heady Topper, keeps the top of the cans clean, and they're recyclable -

Photo of gregcordle
4.61/5  rDev +8%

Photo of crkpilot
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

when you need a fix and you can't get heady topper or pliney, this fits in just fine. I live in florida, so it's become relatively easy to acquire, so it's now being stocked all the time.

in a lot of ways it reminds me of a light heady topper- citrus and hop aroma and good balance, just not as powerful. (not a double afterall)

if you live in florida, this is a must buy.

Photo of seedyone
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by local Whole Foods guy. Amazing thick bready head for something that came out of a can, I guess it was glad to get out of the dark. It has maintained an 'island' of thick foam to the end, just like those old Guinness ads. Happy to accommodate you, Mr. IPA.

Looks like a big Belgian but has tons of citrusy hoppiness. Picturesque lacing that I always associate with well made brew.

I'm thinking this is more impressive than on tap & from me that's a difficult admission.

Kudos Whole Foods Guy.

Photo of ktenneydenver
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time trying, first time in a while. Found at bottle shop in Denver. Can date 3/12/2014. Random and wonderful find. Would love to have this all the time. There's a spot in the beer fridge right next to Modus and O'Dell IPA that this would fit perfectly into. Kick ass beer.

Photo of guityler83
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from the can into a teku glass. The beer built a soapy looking off white head just a hair over 2 fingers tall. Great retention on the foam, as it fell a nice spider web lacing was left on the side of the glass. The beer is a murky dark copper to almost a dull brown color. Little bits of what I assume are hop particles are floating in the bottom, otherwise a very clowdy beer.

S: Huge hop aroma, full of citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon rind) and fresh pine needles over a full dank undertone. (I'm guessing columbus heavy?) Very nice an pungent. Malty nose is next to zero detected with all those hop aromas filling your nostrils. No alcohol detected and a clean fermentation character, no diacityl or DMS.

T: Solid bitterness that comes off very smooth and refreshing, full of the pine and grapefruit citrus flavors from the aroma. No bitting harshness from the hops just a full round flavor and bitterness. The middle comes through with a touch of toasty, bread crust malt flavor. Hop flavor evolves in the middle also, getting more ripened fruit and tropical vibe. The finish is very clean and crisp.

M: Body is moderate to low, not super dry like a lot of west coast IPAs but enough to support the amount of hops. Carbonation is moderate and there is an interesting mouth drying sensation left on the pallet after an oily resin fades away.

O: Big thanks to Eric15 for this extra. Great aroma, nice bitterness and a supporting malt backbone, exactly what I want in an IPA. Cheers!

Photo of benloho
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I will just say, this is such an awesome beer!

A: The beer pours a nice copper/tangerine color, hazy but not cloudy, with a two finger head. Awesome lacing around the glass.
S: Wow! Hoppy and sweet smell as soon as I put a nose on it. I smell loads of pineapple, citrus, and pine with some other tropical notes. Awesome aroma! Makes my mouth water.
T: The taste blew me away. Citrus, floral and tropical hop character, which is powerful yet at the same time balanced with that caramel malt so well.
MF: Great mouthfeel. Smooth and easy drinking. There is a great body to this beer and a great amount of bitterness. Does wonders to my palate!
O: What a great beer! This IPA clearly stands out to me in its flavor and hop profile. There's a significant difference between the West Coast IPA style and this Caribbean inspired style.

Photo of TheBrouMaster
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice copper color, has some haze to it. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: As soon as I popped open the can, the aroma filled my nose. Tropical fruit explosion.

T: Follows the nose, and is balanced very nicely with caramel malt. Outstanding stuff and get bets better after each and every sip.

M: Good carbonation for the style. I could knock back these all night.

O: Couldn't put this one down. Wish I had regular access to it.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: deep burnt orange/semi-cloudy, 1 finger head, wonderous lacing

S: BIG peach, apricot, almost marmaladesque

T: sweet peach pine, sold malty/bread, maybe light caramel,
long bitter sticky finish

M: med/heavy, big sticky/oily mouth (nearly Imp IPA level)

O: OH MY WORD! My 1st Cigar City experience
and really want to try more....amazing beer.
Big sipper; so delicious want to gulp it down.
ABV is like a flavor trojan, the warmth will get ya.

AMAZING, MUST TRY!

Photo of tetu
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber color w/ a nice thick head that becomes thin but lasts. I'm picking up a fruity musty aroma at first whiff. Apricots and sweet grapefruit come to mind along with caramel and malty notes. There is a nice hop bitterness up front with caramel malt taste in the middle that almost reminds me of a marzen (crazy). It ends with some tropical fruit and earthy tones with tobacco and pine at the very end. Tobacco lingers on my palate for a good while after the last sip of this beer. Perfect balance in my opinion and the fact I can't buy this in my state makes it taste even better. This is a great beer to add to any ipa lovers lineup.

Photo of dirtylou
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz CAN

CANNED 11/12/13

Served in a funkwerks goblet - nice tangerine body with a huge white fluffy head. Pretty pungent aroma - tangerine, tropical fruit, mango, papaya and even some nice maltiness (akin to the first aroma that hits the nose upon walking into a brewery). Flavors follow suit pretty closely - relatively light bodied and light bitterness. Good stuff.

Photo of SassieCassie
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is beer is pretty much what I have in mind when I think of an IPA.

Served in a pint glass, it has a nice golden/hazy color. The smell is pine-ish with some fruit mixed in, but not overbearing. There wasn't much of a head though....

The taste was citrus, with hints of grapefruit followed by just the right amount of hops. It is dry and balanced, but not too thick.

I would definitely recommend this one!

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant orange color. There are hints of copper and gold. I got a nice 1.5-2 finger off-white head . I was surprised at how well the beer retained its carbonation in the growler. It sat around for a little over week after being purchased at the brewery. I have had this beer in the can and bottle, but the growler is what I happened to be drinking as I write this review.

The smell is dominated by the late addition and dry hopping hops. Bold tangerine, orange, and lemon aromas. There are light bitter grapefruit notes and the malt lends a biscuit/light bread character.

At the front of the mouth there's a burst of fruit bitterness and a surprising amount of malt sweetness. There are some very mild acidic vegetal flavors, like a very sweet onion, but this is pleasant - definitely not overpowering. The juicy orange fruit aroma is less prominent in the mouth and the bitterness peaks in the middle of the mouth while the malt leaves a nice lingering sweetness - like taking a drink of fresh orange juice.

It has a light - medium bodied mouthfeel. It isn't overly effervescent and has a nice juicy character.

Overall, a delicious beer - one of my favorites. A great example of a Florida IPA. With an east-coast malt backbone and a burst of west coast hops, Jai Alai IPA is a balanced delicious brew.

Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy orange with a huge 2 finger frothy off white head that didn't move for a while and faded very slowly, leaving excellent frothy lacing clinging to the glass. A great looking beer that was textbook IPA.

Smells of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, brown sugar, apple peel, sweet malt, cinnamon, sweet fruit, light spices and faint alcohol; wow, the citrus aroma is just massive and like a fruit salad. A really impressive and great smelling nose that I could smell 6 inches away from the glass.

Tastes of grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple, citrus hops, mango, lemon, piney hops, herbs, floral hops, grass, hay, brown sugar, apple peel, sweet malt, cinnamon, pear, light spices like pepper and coriander, wet bread or cardboard, and faint alcohol that's covered up by the massive citrus hop presence that dominates the flavor. This brew is sweet, fruity and spicy, with a light malt presence that adds just enough balance to help this beer go down smooth. I was splitting a 6 pack with a friend and we could not hold ourselves back from drinking these beers fast; the flavor was much better out of the bottle then on tap, to the point that it blew it away out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily slick, with light carbonation, a medium body and slightly bitter finish that's on the sour and tart side but leaves a citrus aftertaste like red grapefruit pith.

High drinkability, this was an excellent tasting beer that was much fruitier out of the bottle than on tap. A great beer overall and a high recommendation. An expensive 6 pack, but it was so good that I’m going to stock up on it.

2014 NOTE: Had this out of the can and it was just as tasty and a damn good IPA.

Photo of CoreyMartin
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Chaosfiend
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of randeezy74
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jai Alai on tap at Valhalla, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 12-oz goblet, Jai Alai looks mighty nice for a regular IPA, what with the solid finger of foamy white head topped by an ocean of soapy bubbles. Great retention and lacing. Color is a hazy orange/deep amber, slightly transparent. Like the golden glow of the orange trees in Sevilla.

Smell: Tea leaves, orange pekoe. Very aromatic! Tea fields in Sri Lanka. Some spice, lemon peel/lemon thyme. Orange zest, a tad of pineapple sweetness.

Taste: A tad of rose and flower. Nice spice. Delicious sweetness, pineapple syrup. Coconut cake, soap and dry hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Gorgeous! Full body, flavor and medium and perfect carbonation. Spicy, made me sneeze! Well balanced and enticing, so close to being the perfect IPA.

Overall: Sickly drinkable, such a pleasure! Beautiful flavors and aromas. Sessionable, alcohol is not too noticeable. One of the best IPA's in America.

Photo of JoshuaShort13
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bhalter8
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer I had on tap a few times in Tampa, even had notes, but am having to finish this growler off before its no good. Previous tastes made me feel very strongly about this IPA. Pours a burnt orange color with a solid 1 1/2 finger head. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass after a few sips. A real pleasant floral hop aroma, some nice pine and a little less bitter grapefruit citrus hints too. A solid bitterness in the taste, much more pine based than the hop aroma would lead one to believe. Well balanced though. I am normally more of a fan of the stronger citrus hop taste, but this pine works very well. Fair carbonization helps lighten up this rather strong & dense IPA. A very smooth drinker, easily a sessionable IPA for me. Obviously freshness of hops is key to IPAs, and this growler was poured at the brewery a few days ago, but wow, I wish we had this locally, I'd buy it all the time.

Photo of Jewefc2
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jhawkvol
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mcann2pu
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to madtrixter787 for the trade!
Growler date is 04/30/2010
Appearance: pours into pint glass a copper/amber color, not translucent somewhat hazy, with a thin white head, thinck creamy lacing.

Smell: first on the nose is the combination of hops, then of rich fruit,

Taste: Wow, very very good, one the better IPAs I have had in some time,

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, was a little thicker then I expected, but it really worked with this beer.

Drinkability: Very high, I really enjoyed this one,

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours warm copper with a medium large off-white head, kind of soapy but still nice-looking. Dissipates quickly into nice lacings.

S: The hops knock me out, lots of both floral and citric - pineapple, grapefruit and orange sezt, even some lemon juice. Sweet caramell malt in the back. Bitter citric marmelade.

T: At first bitter hops followed by sweet, slightly roasted caramell malt. Then the floral hops kick in; pineapple, grapefruit (red) and lemon (juice). Bitter orange marmelade. Some peaches. Well balanced.

M: Lovely long bitter aftertaste. Body is more full than usually for this style. Carbonation is handled with utter discression.

O: This is one of the most complex and best balanced American IPA, I've had.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,764 ratings.