Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,236
Hads: 6,605
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.15%
Wants: 917
Gots: 1,498 | FT: 78
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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 xnicknj
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. 9/1/10 bottling date (from case)

A - Pours a hazy dark burnt orange with some yellow hues. A small head fades into some bubbly film with some streaky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, caramel, and some sweeter citrus hops.

T - Bitter piny hops with plenty of grapefruit citrus and rind in the beginning. A bit of toasted grain leads into a nice malt backbone which isn't overdone. More biting hops return for the finish which is long and lingering with some dry touches.

M - Medium bodied, slightly heavier for the style though, some sticky and lingering dry effects, especially during the finish.

D - Pretty smooth, pleasant drinking, hardly any sense of the 7.5% either.

I had pretty high hopes for this beer - it was definitely tasty but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a finger’s worth of off-white foam, not especially frothy and the retention is average at best, the lacing comes in solid sheets but little stickiness. Murky orange-amber in color with more of a brown than red cast, solid glow throughout, not too many bubbles visible. Sweetly hoppy nose of pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pineapple, nectarine, apple fruit and flowers, does show a piney resinous to cut grass and herbaceous side, peppery too, powerful lift and staying power. Full-bodied and close to thick, coats the palate and heavy on the tongue. The carbonation has more fluff than prickle but not that strong in either sense. Dry on the whole, the orange, lemon, grapefruit citrus dominant yet without sweetness. More biscuit, bread here with a touch of honey. The florality very pretty and spreads through the finish. More bite than juice in the peach, apricot, nectarine fruit, falls short of tropical. Very consistent presentation and very good balance, perhaps not that complex but easy to enjoy and doesn’t unnecessarily seek to push the envelope.

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Photo of Bobheed
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper, sort of rust color, with a finger size eggshell color head. Lots of lingering carbonation

S: Nice, citrusy type of bitterness, with some earthy elements, and something like cantaloupe.

T: Lots of fruity hops right upfront. A bit of some kind of earthy funkiness to it also. Near the end of the mouth I also get a little bit of strawberry.

M: Quite good, very carbonated and very thick, which goes well with the flavors in this one

Overall I thought it was pretty dang good. I acquired a few bottles in a trade, but I can see if I lived in a market that sold Cigar City, this could easily be a "go-to" IPA

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

A: Deep golden, light hazy hazel colored brew that donned a nice two-two and a half finger head that was paper white in color. Grippy spider web like lacing clings to the entirety of the glass, retention is good – no visible sediment, although doesn’t appear filtered

S: Somewhat sour white wine/grape aroma dominates the nose – rather interesting aroma, very different from other IPAs I’ve whiffed. Cider notes complex with a sharp sorta yeastiness. Has a bit of a subtle sweetness in the tail end, lightly hoppy.

T: Fruity, but in an indirect way that diverges from the nose a bit. White grape, banana - has a Belgian sort of spin on it. Very light spice presence, silky and a little bready - Obvious malt dries out the middle mouth while adding a nice balance. The middle mouth pulls the mixed flavor of orange and possibly lemon, but without their typical citrus zest. Notes of clove, ginger, and coriander loom somewhere in the background without substantial individuality – Bold

M: Kinda creamy, bigger body than most – mouth filler - frothy. After taste is sweet and dry leaving a noticeable coating on the tongue and mouth. Carbonation is present, but understated.

O: Very different than any of the IPAs I’ve had in the past. It honestly reminds me of a tripel and therefore lacks the robust tropical fruitiness that I find crisp and refreshing. While the flavors I encountered were not displeasing, they weren’t exactly what I’m looking for when I scoop an AIPA. Definitely a unique beer, an interesting spin on the style

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Photo of Shumania
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shocked to find a 6 pack of this in VA. Bottled on 11/12/13 and poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Golden orange with a nice 2 finger fluffy head

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit, some spiciness in there

T: Topical orange rind and then big malt backbone. good bitterness in here. There is a good amount of pine that balances with the tropical notes.

M: Medium body and easy to drink

I may have had too high expectations for this one. It is a very good beer, but i want more punch with the citrus and tropical fruit.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally picked this up while visiting Florida, but when I got sick I had to ship it back to New Jersey. It was definitely worth spending the money to ship this bottle back home.

This is a pretty good example of an IPA. The smell is above average for an IPA. You get plenty of grapefruit off the top.

Jai Alai tastes good too. It was a refreshing grapefruit based flavor. The after-taste was pretty decent, but it trails off in a little bit of bitterness.

Overall this is pretty good IPA. I enjoyed having this experience.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

A coppery orange and a relatively large off-white head that sticks around. Spotted and consistent lacing down the glass. There are hazy ribbons of sediment running through the body of the beer.

Somewhat unaromatic, but what is here is nice. It's a relatively sweet and caramelly aroma along with some sweet hop presence.

This beer seems relatively simple, though extremely well balanced. There's some citrus hop presence, a slight amount of bitterness, a touch of biscuity and bready malt component, and caramel sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink in the California heat.

A very well balanced, tasty, though somewhat unaromatic IPA. I'm extremely grateful I got an opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- an orange red color that is hazy. Minimal head and no lacing. Simple yet beautiful.

S- orange, melon and floral hints. toasted malts asl well. smell isnt as hoppy as an IPA normally is.

T- hop explosion hits the mouth of orange and tangerine. taste is def that of an IPA. a strong floral backend as well.

M- dry and hoppy. light bodied and fluffy.

D- a very decent IPA I still think the Bell's hopslam is one of the best and the nugget nectar but this is a nice top 5 IPA for me. i would do a sixer.

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Photo of jimixr
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orangw copper color. Around a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Very goodhead retention. Once the head falls the beer shows a lot of lacing.

S- A lot of grapefruit and citrus. Some floral and a little malt.

T- Very refreshing. Not as hoppy as some, but has a very pronounced hop bitterness. Some carmel comes through as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Just a little carbonation is apperent. Easy to drink and very smooth.

O- Very good. Ive had the beer several times, but it has been a while since I last had it. I had forgotten how much I like it. Much better to me than the cedar version.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, citrus, slight pine notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, fruity, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice bitter/dry finish. Drinkable, a nice brew, but there's something about it.

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Photo of vande
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a murky golden-coppery color with a very thin lacing left to settle on the top

s: sweet, citrusy hops... fruit... bit of subtle malt flavor mixed in their...

t: citrus hops all the way... grapefruit and faint touch of piney hops....just enough malt to be there.

m: bit lighter, but seemingly pretty standard feel for an IPA

o: I'd love having a fridge full of this waiting for me after a long day of work..

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Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a snifter with a half inch white head that does not retain. Smells very caramelly with a bit of a hop presence. Tastes very much like caramel with a bit of pine to it. Very smooth with a bit of an afterbite. Very drinkable when it is warmer outside but not as much during winter. I really enjoy this beer and may be underrating it because i enjoy dipas more than regular ipas but this is a great beer.

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Photo of gskitt
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a tight fluffy head, has some floating sediment in the body. Smells of sweet citrus and pine resins. Something else coming through, can't put my finger on it. Very resiny, oily, citrus component comes through as a sour bitter grapefruit. Has a touch of sweetness at the end. Leaves my mouth puckered and watering. This is a drinkable 7 1/2 %. My first beer from Cigar City, impressive.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Poured into a Chalice

Picked this up in a trade with chcfan, many thanks for throwing this little guy my way.

L: Pours a golden apricot with 2 fingers thick, rich head. Looks a touch thin, but great carbonation on this guy.

S: Musty sweetness with a lot of hops slamming through in the middle. Fades back into a boozy-sweet finish.

T: Just like it smells, balance is a bit on the bitter side, but not overmuch for an IPA. Pretty straight forward IPA with a touch of hard-to-place mustiness (this might just come from having been bottled in Florida).

F: A bit thin, but great effervescent feel outside of the thinness caries this into quality territory.

D: Drinkable for sure, and makes an impression. A touch run of the mill as IPAs go, but everything is going in the right direction here.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 3, 2015

12 oz can, tulip

A – Deep orange to medium-light amber, and very clear. Foam head, white, is thick, about an inch and a half, and very long-lasting, a cap of a couple centimeters remaining .

S – A lot of citrus, grapefruit, melon, mango, with a very low note of pine or herbal spiciness. Some light caramel malt but mostly light bread crust and baked crackers.

T – A lot of mango here and grapefruit strong in the mix. Maybe a touch of nectarine. Bread crust and crackers.

M – Medium-bodied and not as carbonated as it appeared to be, moderate-low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA, with a touch of slickness, only moderately dry. Bitterness is quite noticeable but not overwhelming, in balance with the hop flavor.

O – Love the look and aroma on this one, but it left a lot to be desired for me on the second half of the experience. Still a solid IPA.

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Photo of MrOH
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish gold, white head. Decent lace.

Sour berries, grapes, tropical fruits, a bit of pine. Caramel in the background, touch o' funk.

Tropical fruits remain, some piney notes, caramel, oh, and barnyardy sourness. Hoppy bitterness at the end. But it's still really good.

Light bodied, very dry, but still has a fruity caramel sweetness.

Overall, quite a tasty brew. Wouldn't mind having this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled poured into an awkwardly small glass at Grease in WPB.

Appearance - Due to the size of the glass, I had to pour very slowly to fit as much of the bottle as possible into the glass. Pours amber with, in my case, almost no head and good lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops with a strong malt aroma. Smells nutty with some caramel.

Taste - The taste follows the smell. Citrus hops with a nutty malt backbone. There is a faint sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Hardly a thick beer, but it's got a good body. Somewhat low carbonation for the style, but it isn't offensively low.

Overall - Good IPA. Barely this side of a DIPA. If it were a bit hoppier, it could be a DIPA.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a nice orangy copper color with ample offwhite head that laced nicely. Smell is of pine with some citrusy grapefruit background. Taste is citrusy with some caramel malt notes. Good smooth, medium bodied feel with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall a great IPA that has quickly become one of my new favorites.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 17 March 2012. Not sure if that's when it was bottled or when it's best by, and an internet search didn't help. It's 27 March today, so this is either really fresh or old.

Nice golden color, hazy. Decent head.

Smells of tropical fruit, melon and pine.

Flavor is a blend of citrus and pineapple notes coupled with some pine. Some caramel as well. Juicy hop flavor is somewhat prickly in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

In all, this is a decent IPA. A bit unique with its fruity notes, which differ from some other IPAs.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a frothy and long-lasting beige head. Nose of caramel malt, some vanilla, and peach and banana fruitiness. On the front, the flavor is caramel malt. In the middle, the peach and banana begin to come through, and on the back the hops start to kick in with some nice citrus and bitterness and a bit of soapiness as well. The body is fairly light with average carbonation. The finish is long with banana and bitterness. This is an awesome IPA. It is very balanced, and it is the first beer that reminds me of banana that I actually like.

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Photo of Swim424
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A-pours a pale copper color with a small head that falls to a thin layer on top.

S-smells of some sweet possible citrus malt with a hint of hops. Seems to be lacking a bit on the hop scent for the style. But still nice

T-Nice malt up front hangin around through the finish, with a pleasant hop presence builds from the middle to the finish. Hops are nicely balanced by the strong malt presence.

MF- Nice smooth feeling to this one. A bit creamy feel hangs around after it goes down, But with a pleasant subtle bitterness, making you look forward to the next sip.

O-this is a great go to IPA. Not to bitter but nice enjoyable beer at a reasonable price. Nothing exceptional but very good all the time.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with hints of amber in the middle. A thin white head that fades to a ring leaving some sticky looking lacing.

Aroma is some fresh bread dough and just mild hints of piney hops. Not particularly strong, perhaps this bottle has some age on it.

Taste has some sweet citrus up front with bread malts in the middle and a bitter finish.

Medium in body with a good bit of coronation. Overall, a nice IPA that is more balanced than others and not super bitter.

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Photo of joepais
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gtreid for sending this one my way. I enjoyed being able to compare the cedar aging to the regular product.
I drank this one in a strait pint glass the pour produced a generous white head that settled to a nice lace. The body of the brew was a darker copper almost amber in color.

It had a nice hoppy nose citrus and floral herbs were right in you face. The flavor was nicely balanced but the hops were in the front. It had a medium feel to it with good carbonation.

I think this was a good drinking IPA easily sesionable. I would be proud to call it my local IPA

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Founders snifter.

A nice slightly cloudy amber. A fingers worth of head. Scant lacing remains. Nose consists of caramel malt, some citrus and pine from the hops. Pretty bubbly on my tongue. Kind of like pop rocks candy. I get bread up front. Then the caramel of the malt followed by pine. Slightly sweet I would say. Not bitter at all to me.

Stupidly I drank this after the Oak Aged version. What a dumb dumb. While this beer doesn't fail, it fails in comparison to that version. This is a very solid offering nonetheless.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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