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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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5,514 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,514
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 732
Gots: 867 | FT: 55
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 eloudy
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First review. Experienced this beer tonight from a 12 oz bottle, given by my girlfriend in a mixed 6 pack. Having lived in Tampa for a few years for college, I have recently found out about the Cigar City Brewery in Ybor city, and I am really excited as its offerings seem to recieve excellent reviews here on BA.

Back to the beer, the Jailai IPA boasts a very well balanced, hoppy nose with an excellent full mouthful, without being too creamy. Hints of hoppy pineyness coupled with citrus and slight orange flavors mingle nicely with caramel malt and a very minimal alcohol flavor(extremely well balanced for its 7.5 ABV profile). Lasting head about 2.5 fingers leaving significant lacing on a pint glass. Very drinkable IPA, can't wait to try more of their offerings.

eloudy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pretty excited when my parents brought me back a sixer of this from their vacation.

A: Cloudy copper hue with a great frothy head that sticks around and won't go away.

S: Hops play into a tangerine, clementine, ruby red grapefruit aroma. Smells so fresh and sweet with a biscuit malt note in the background.

T: Very sweet, its like tangerine and caramel together in the best of ways. There's more malt then some people might care for, but its quickly cut back with a crisp hop bite. Lingering flavor is very much grapefruit.

M: Slightly syrupy for the style. Medium carbonation.

D: Great; flavor has enough to keep you interested, its crisp yet complex, and you'd never guess it was 7.5%. One of the most enjoyable and drinkable American IPA's.

Drazzamatazz, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of MammothBrew
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. Thanks goes out to Duff27!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky orangish/copper color with a white head that measures one finger. Good retention and lacing. Almost has a creamy look.

S: Pretty bold smell. Hops, grapefruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, and of course pine.

T: Caramel malt, hops, and then the strong citrus and pine flavor kicks in. This beer is pretty bold for a standard IPA.

M: Medium to heavier body for the style. Thick and creamy with a nice grapefruit and pine zing.

O: This beer might be too big and bold for someone that prefers standard IPAs. It fits the characteristics more to that of a DIPA. With that said, I wish this was available to me on a daily basis. CCB knows how to make a fine brew.

MammothBrew, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a rich copper leaning slightly towards a light amber with a fat fluffy two finger white head. A bit hazy with some sediment and plenty of white lacing left along the sides of the glass. Nice head retention:!

S- Hoppy with Very strong notes of tropical fruit the most prominent of which is mango. There are also some notes of papaya and pineapple as well.

T- unlike most IPA's with a pronounced character, this is less of a hop bomb or a malt bomb, and more of a fruit bomb (granted the fruit flavors come from the hops of course, so I guess It could be argued that this is a "hop bomb", although it shares next to zero characteristics of what most would consider to BE a hop bomb) Strong taste of hops giving off the flavors of tropical fruits. Strong Mango notes just like in the smell and strong papaya notes as well. The malts are well masked by the sweetness of the tropical fruit flavor and only come out just slightly. The finish has some nice grapefruit notes in it.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very smooth, this IPA goes down just like water!

O- Some of the strongest mango notes I've ever tasted from hops are in this beer. Absolutely Delicious. I am going to annihilate this sixer.

Zachtheporter, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of FunkyFibes
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful copper/caramel color that is perfectly transparent. Off white head with a ton of lacing down the glass that clings on pretty much forever, as far as I can tell.

S- Huge grapefruit with a lot of citrus and pine in the background. The smell feels like Florida, which CCB seems to incorporate into beer frequently.

T- There is a ton of hop flavor in this beer. Lots of grapefruit and more of a resin/pine flavor in the middle than was evident in the nose. The hop bitterness is very prevalent, but the malt background keep it from getting offensive. The bitterness sticks around reminding you to hurry up and take another sip.

M- The ample amount of carbonation ties in with the medium body. It is crisp and refreshing all the way through.

O- This beer is a great IPA that really impresses me. I am a little burnt out on IPA's right now, but I would drink this again frequently, but not in large volume. Even if this wasn't local, I would still be as thrilled with this beer.

FunkyFibes, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of BrewitYerself
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately served into a frosted pint glass.

Pours a medium copper, slight haze, not very good light. Nice thick white head, very good lacing.

Fresh citrusy-herbal aroma, some bready/honey/toasty malts. No esters.

Nice pithy tingle upfront, literally numbing. Strong, slightly sweet malt backbone. Bitterness fades from start to finish, leaving a clean pithiness with a bit of sweet malt. Hop flavor is citrusy-herbal, like the aroma. Very well balanced, even when too cold.

Moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Good hop tingle, nice progression.

Overall, very delicious; a perfectly executed IPA. Woohoo FLA! Well-balanced, refreshing, substantial, and finishes beautifully. I want another, but I plan to try at least one other beer first; it's a rough life.

BTW, after reviewing two other beers afterward, I ordered another one of these.

BrewitYerself, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of chugalug06
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE White foamy head! Foggy dark copper brew comes from the bottle. Interesting label, btw. Brew is very thick for an IPA. nice lacing too.

S - HUGE fruit. Almost smells like a sour... Lots of mango, lemon, orange, kiwi... Quite nice.

T - Very smooth; much more so then the scent reveals. Some huge fruit notes... Almost a sour... very unique.

M - Perfect carbonation! Perfect Bitterness. Perfect!

O - Not quite an IPA, but by far the best Mango IPA I've ever had, this revitalizes my thoughts on Mango... There's only one thing "off", can't quite put my finger on it...So, it gets a "4" overall. Nice work CCB!

chugalug06, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of MrJuengling
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

MrJuengling, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of bs870621345
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jessee for this bottle in our recent trade.

Pours amber with an inch of white head. Leaves a ton of lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and herbs with a hint of caramel in the background. Its a pretty nice smelling beer.

Taste is exceptional a pine flavor warms up the tongue and then its smacked by grapefruit and caramel. Herbs and the pine again finish off the taste.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, not enough IMO, would have liked a tad bit more

Drinkability is great. Too bad I only have one to enjoy.

Would also recommend the cedar aged version.

bs870621345, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of gustogasmic
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a foamy ring; head disappears right away. Medium-heavy even lacing.

Smell is big hop resin, oak, peppery spices, lemon rind, cognac.

The taste and mouthfeel really depend on each other here- it is sticky, sweet, and malty, but the hop bill comes across as a unified and subdued citrus. Great dryness from the hops, a nice toasted marshmallow/ cake batter taste in the leave. Appropriate level of bitterness and a linger that again suggests the toasted marshmallow. The hops contribute to the feel and flavor equally, lending the citrusy/peppery notes and bitterness as well as the dryness. Creamy.

I haven't had anything like it. It is very, very good, a perfect IPA for someone who seeks sweetness in their beer.

gustogasmic, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Cresant
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured this 12 oz can into a Sam Adams glass. Canned Feb 11 2013 and consumed not long after. The body was bright orange/copper and had yeasty bits in suspension. The off white head left minimal lacing.

The smell was like orange juice and bread dough. Crisp fall leaves. Simple and clean.

The taste was of orange rinds with a light bready sweetness. Juicy and so flavorful - I could drink this all day! There was a nice lingering bitterness that dried out leaving me drinking this one way too fast.

The mouthfeel was a bit slick with an understated carbonation. Medium body. Solid and worthy of the glowing reputation.

Cresant, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of sebod89
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it out of the 12-ounce can. Very first Cigar City beer and I was blown away. Poured a copper to golden color. Drank smooth and had a great citrusy and tropical fruit aroma. Drank it straight out of the can most of the time. This beer has everything you want in an IPA. Has jumped up very fast on my list of IPA's. Great Beer!

sebod89, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of RichKent
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai is my favorite Florida IPA. I've had Jai Alai on tap at the CCB brewery, as well as on tap at restaurants in the Tampa Area, and from cans in Florida and Atlanta. It's slightly better on tap, but holds up really well in cans.

Appearance: Wonderful orange and copper color. Pours with 2 fingers of foam. Very attractive IPA in the glass.

Smell: Pink Grapefruit and Citrus, with balanced malt. One of my favorite smelling beers.

Taste: Like it smells. Jai Alai is delicious. It's a very well balanced beer that starts with grapefruit and citrus which gives way to smooth malt and finishes bitter and clean . The high ABV (7.5%) is perfectly disguised. It's easy to drink too much!

Mouthfeel: The only knock on Jai Alai in my opinion. It's a little too syrupy This doesn't take away from my enjoyment, and it's minor, but it sticks in my mouth a bit more than I prefer.

Overall, this is my go-to IPA when I can find it. It's not as bitter as a west coast IPA, and not as fruity or juicy as the North East IPAs, but it fits perfectly right in the middle. Jai Alai is an excellent IPA.

RichKent, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from Total Wine. Canned April 4 and consumed April 10. There was a Happy Birthday message under the canning date as well. I had a less fresh 6 pack a week ago, but I decided to post a review of the fresher product. From notes.

A - Poured golden and bright. Two finger soapy white head and mild carbonation. Spotty lace rings and a film of reteniton. Interestingly the fresher Jai Alai poured bright, whereas the less fresh cans were hazy with sediment.

S - Super tropical. Juicy hop goodness. Great mango and super fresh juicy citrus. Candied fruit syrup. Light malt component for balance too.

T - Juicy citrus, tropical fruit, mild malt but very hop forward with really juicy fruits.

M - Medium bitterness, light carbonation, medium to full body.

O/D - Such a delicious IPA. No alcohol evident in the flavour. So well done. Very sessionable. Really juicy and flavourful and well crafted very properly. A lovely IPA.

tbeckett, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of itsscience
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a tap into a pint glass

Poured a cloudy copper with a thin head leaving a rim of white bubbles. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a pine smell and some crackery malt in the background. Right away when tasting you get pine, grapefruit, orange, and mango with moderate bitterness. This is balanced out by biscuity malt for a pleasant crisp finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

itsscience, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of LI_PO12
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into tulip

Appearance- hazy deep gold/orange, good head retention

Aroma- Big juicy hops, grapefruit, citrus, tropical notes of pineapple, mango, pine a touch of malt in the background.

Flavor- grapefruit, pine, firm bitterness, but with very juicy hop component, tropical notes not as powerful here but still there, very drinkable

Mouthfeel- medium, good carbonation, no alcohol heat

Overall- I haven't had this in a while and just started seeing it in cans, its probably in my top 5 American IPA, just juicy hop goodness.

LI_PO12, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of alphagnome
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a cloudy, copper color body with a decent stream of carbonation and quite a bit of sediment. Crowned by a finger-thick, white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma:
Simply fantastic! A vibrant rush of pineapple, mandarin oranges, and kiwi. Very sweet with hints of pine and caramel.

Taste:
Starts of bitter, fades to sweet, then wraps up with a faint bitterness. Pine on the first wave ushers in a potent, sweet malt and various tropical fruit. Wraps up with a hint of pine and ground pepper. Light booziness on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and easy to drink. Medium-bodied with incredibly light carbonation. Sediment is sometimes big enough that you can't help but notice it. Finishes sweet but clean with a slight stickiness.

Overall:
Fantastic brew that I'm happy a friend of mine was willing to part with, seeing as there are plenty of miles between us and the nearest state that sells Cigar City brews. Well worth your coin, even if you're not a fan of most IPAs.

alphagnome, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great year round IPA by Cigar City, you can only get this beer in can or on tap. Cigar City has halted bottling this beer. A fruit bomb IPA that has a beautiful golden hazy color with a nice two finger head. Hoppy and sweet with a nice dry finish. This is truly one of Florida's great beers that the rest of the United States needs to discover. They are starting to brew some great beers in Florida.

Florida_SC_Trojan, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of ZoomanCru
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai – IPA (7.5%) - Cigar City Brewing (Florida)
☆☆☆☆½

App: Pours a bright copper with a one finger off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing up the glass. Brew is slightly hazy with visible hops sediment and steady carbonation.

Smell: Earthy and piney notes hit first, backed up with a slight chile like bitterness. Malt aroma present as well, pretty significant caramel aroma. Smell is very clean and inviting. Hoppy no doubt, but not overwhelming. Slightly green, fresh hop aroma as well as beer warms.

Taste: Foretaste is sweet, but not overwhelming. Quickly coupled with waves of hops bitterness that never over do themselves, allowing the sweet and slightly caramely malt backbone to stay present throughout drinking. The hops and malt in this one are incredibly well balanced, with each hop flavor both pulling away from, and complementing the persistent sweetness of the malt. Hops are floral, earthy, with just a touch of resinous quality that makes them bright and engaging, and never too bitter.

Mouth: Solid medium body. Fits style very well. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 4/11/14.

ZoomanCru, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of jhtipton
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pumpkin golden in my tasting glass with a generous creamy head. Enjoying it with - A Cigar - Hoyo de Monterey Palmas Extra. It holds its own with a cigar, wonderful smell - piney and citrusy - plenty of grapefruit. Lots of mounds in the creamy head, still. Nice hoppy grapefruit tast with some creaminess - not sure if I should call it hop con leche or not, but it is a splendid flavour. Sweet, low on bitterness but the hops keep it toned down. Alcohol seem lower than advertised, but I'll press the I believe button. Mouthfeel is great, I like the creaminess to the texture, I would say medium bodied. Very drinkable but will wait to see what the alcohol does before I pound a few more. I'll try again!

jhtipton, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice, deep copper color with a thin cream colored lacing and moderate carbonation. Looks very good.

S - Floral character with pine, grapefruit, lemon, and some caramel malt with the majority of the nose greeted by some generous hopping. There's a little bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. The tongue is greeted with piney floral hop flavoring, migrates to the citrus notes, and ends with some caramel malt on the back end, alot of grapefruit, and a pretty dry finish. There's some alcohol warming on the way down also. This is a single IPA that could easily be mistaken for a D-IPA for the mere fact of it's aroma, assertive taste, and big time borderline D-IPA; at 7.5%, in my book, that's the cut-off before it starts turning into a Double IPA. The bitter dryness of grapefruit slaps the mouth after the sip and leaves you wondering where all your saliva went. The bitterness lingers for several minutes.

M - Heavier side of medium body, very light on the tongue with mild carbonation.

D - Exceptional, hands down. I'd love to sample this beauty of an IPA on tap, it must be fabulous. If a bottle can be this good, then in my opinion, the tap is most likely that much better. DEFINITELY worth a try.

jzeilinger, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of delta490
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice deep cloudy gold with a thick creamy white head. Head leaves big lacing and lingers.
S-big floral and pine hops
T-same as the aroma but blended nicely with the malt in the background
M- so smooth. No noticeable carbonation and very nice
O- great well-balanced IPA

delta490, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of afdempse
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited to be in Tampa trying these beers!

Pours a very nice copper color with off-white head. Head gradually winds down to cover the liquid in patches of froth.

Very strong fruity aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, herbal evergreen, citrus peel.

Bitingly bitter with multiple layers of citrus and spice. Piney, floral, and fruity. Cracker-like malt flavors come through in the finish. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium-low carbonation helps bring out the hop flavor without being harsh. Drinkability is high despite the strength of flavor and alcohol percentage. Clean hoppy finish that invites you to have more.

One of the best east coast IPAs I've had, hands-down. Would love to see this start making its way up to D.C.

afdempse, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Charlotte09
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is cloudy, rich, and a dark orange amber color. Head is about a finger width thick and creamy white in color.

S: Smells balanced of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

T: Beer starts off pretty malty with caramel notes. Followed by some citrus hops and continues through with a slight bitterness and grapefruit finish

M: Feels pretty smooth on the pallet, not very carbonated, slightly bitter and alcohol is pretty balanced.

O: Good beer overall, enjoyable to drink, like the variety of flavors and look foreword to trying more Cigar City Brews

Charlotte09, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a sixer picked up at Publix. Poured into a DFH IPA glass...

A: Bright copper; a three-finger, fluffy, cream head forms on a rough pour; a few rings of lace.

S: Sweet malt; citrus hops; resin; pine; dank. Great aroma.

T: Follows the nose... pretty substantial malt sweetness, followed by a range of hop bitterness from grapefruit / orange peel to Chinook resin and Simcoe tropical fruit.

M: A bit flat... Full feel, but carbonation is pretty low. Not a particularly dry IPA, which is nice, though.

O: An easy to drink and super enjoyable IPA. Glad I stocked up in FL, but now I’m almost out! Will definitely get it again.

jpro, May 14, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,514 ratings.