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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,210
Hads: 6,501
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 894
Gots: 1,436 | FT: 75
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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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Reviews: 1,210 | Hads: 6,501
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a cloud like 3 finger head into my DFH Signature glass. Deep, hazy pumpkin color with a bunch of black stuff floating around the bottom of the glass. The tinted head sticks in huge chunks all over the glass and doesnt let go.

S- Funky yeast that continues to bloom in your nostrils, grapefruit, orange zest and notes of lemon rind. Thyme, mint and tai basil and lemongrass. Has a touch of sour cherry on the back end. Very unusual... not sure how fresh it is, or if it's turned funky or something.

T- Funked up yeast with a ton of tropical fruit... pineapple, mango, grapefruit and oranges. Very bitter! Lemongrass, spicy basil and a sweetness that wants to shine under all that bitterness and yeast. Not your everyday IPA that's for sure!

M- Sweet, fruity, funky yeast and extremely bitter! Feels pretty heavy bodied for an IPA. A ton of sour fruit, sweet malts, and hoppy bitterness! Lots of things about this don't want to work together, but between sips... it all comes together nicely, and most unusually!

O- This has to be one of the strangest IPA's I've ever tasted. Belgian yeastiness, sweet tropical fruit, serious hop bitterness, and tai spices. I wasn't crazy about it when I first started drinking it, but it really grew on me and I started craving each sip. (1,289 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jai Alai IPA has a copper-colored body with just a little bit of haze to it. Many strands of carbonation bubbles rise to the top where they create a thick looking, tan head. Good retention and pretty good lacing too.

A hint of pale malt, and maybe some caramel malt are the first scents I notice, but they give way to the scent of hops in the form of a powerful aroma of tropical fruits.

Jai Alai is one of those IPAs that manages to bring a ton of fruity hop flavor with only a moderate amount of bitterness. It leads off with flavors of mango, apricot, grapefruit, and generally a cornicopia of tropical fruits. A little bit of bitterness comes with these hop flavors, but not much, and certainly not the type of tongue-biting bitterness that large amounts of American hops often produce. Besides the hops there is a malt backbone that, as the aroma suggests, seems to be mostly pale malt with a bit of caramel malt thrown in. Enough malt to balance, but not so much as to overwhelm the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, with enough body and a good amount of carbonation.

Jai Alai is a pretty tasty IPA, especially for beer lovers who really like big fruity hop flavors as opposed to more resinous, bitter-tasting IPAs. I'm also a little bit surprised to see that the ABV is over 7%, so the alcohol is well-disguised. (1,314 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really pretty hazy cherry wood amber color with moderate head and some nice lacing. Smell is a bit sweet, malt forward, a little weak. Taste is decent, though this is a far more balanced IPA than I was hoping for. Decent piney hop bill on top of a spicy amber malt (and maybe some rye?) bill. Medium body, nice for an IPA, not over-carbonated like so many out there. Good drinkability, not my favorite IPA, but glad to be able to try it. (439 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, dated 5.22.14, poured into a Cigar City snifter glass.

The beer pours a clear copper color, hues of light amber and orange with a slight haziness to it. A clean, bubbly, cloudy, white head, about 2 fingers high rests gently on the top of the glass that has nice retention but yields little in the way of lace. The aroma is nice, plenty of bitter, resinous hops, piney and earthy with a fair amount of grapefruit peel and tropical fruits, mango and pineapple predominantly, with a nice amount of caramel malt backbone. The flavors start well, loads of piney hops, grapefruit, juicy mango and pineapple with some bitter earthiness. The caramel malt flavors help balance the beer well, not too sweet, not too thick or sticky, just a nice layer of support for the hops, although the beer does finish with a touch of oniony hop flavor that I don't care for at all. The mouthfeel is nice, fairly juicy and sappy, coats the mouth well, carbonation is very nice, and it finishes with a nice dry kick.

Verdict: A very nice IPA that is very easy to drink and very flavorful. I wish the vegetal flavors didn't appear but as the beer warmed up, they became less of a factor. It's easy to see why this is the gold standard of the southeast, fine beer. (1,251 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trappistlover for this one. Bottle date says JUN2711.

A- Clear orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin cap, which lasts 'til the end of the pint.

N- Huge tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Papaya, melon, pineapple, and cherry gummy bears/jolly ranchers. There's also some bubble gum undertones.

T- Rich toasty malt backbone with a touch of sweet caramel. Papaya and melon mingle with the malt while a smooth, grassy, herbal bitterness provides some balance. Light juicy citrus really makes for a thirst-quenching brew. The beer dries out nicely for a long herbal, floral, grassy finish. Some toasted grain also lingers into the aftertaste.

M- Medium light bodied, quaffable, slightly sticky, moderate carbonation, with a semidry finish.

D- Overall highly enjoyable, though being from SD, I don't think I'll seek this out again. Plenty of local IPAs to chose from. Definitely glad to have tried it though. (954 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gillard for sending me some stuff from this brewery, which I have been looking forward to trying for quite some time. This came in a large swing top bottle. Color is a dark orange, close to copper, with a sizable white head. Hints of pine and grapefruit in the smell; which never become too heavy. Resiny hops that taste like a combination grapefruit and tree sap are balanced out by a larger than expected malt presence. Despite the somewhat high alcohol level, this has been a session beer for me; at least for tonight. Jai Alai is a really respectable IPA from Cigar City. It reminds me somewhat of Victory's HopDevil IPA, which is also a really great, balanced version of the style. I look forward to seeing what else this brewery has under their belt in the future. Cheers (792 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Thanks! No bottle date listed, but purchased in early April with understanding it was "fresh" (to them at least). Poured into DFH pint glass.

A: Hazy amber color. Thin one finger white head that disappears really quickly. Good, not great carbonation. Some lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma from the nose. I do get some OAK notes, even in the nose. I am surprised that others didn't mention this, but obviously every palate is different.

T: Delicious flavor but definitely different from other American IPAs I have been drinking recently (Blind Pig right before this one). I get the citrus hops but there is most certainly a hit of alcoholy oakish flavor there. Interesting when following the Pig. There are nice hops but the oak and malt take over in the middle.

M: Nice, mouth coating IPA. Sticky hoppiness.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA, but that ABV could definitely sneak up on you. I felt it after drinking this and the Blind Pig (16oz).

Overall, glad that I was able to try this one. I had been searching for a while. Big shout outs to Tim and Dan at Pinocchio's for getting this in. (1,144 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice clear honey color with thin white lace, and descent retention, leaves sea foam lace.

S- Foral and citrus hops, grassy notes, caramel underneath.

T- Follow the nose with a hook that wakes up the mouth.

M- Very vibrant and vivid. Makes the hair of the tounge stand up a bit and pay attention. Nice little hop bite with a bitter ending.

D- A sipper. enought intensity here to make it be a slow drinker. (411 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours clear amber with a thin, brilliant white head.

S-Floral and piny hop aromas. Fairly dry.

T/M-really well balanced. Starts off floral and slightly sweet. Resinous puny notes hit mid-palate, accompanied by a drying bitterness and warmth that extends all the way to the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Worth seeking out. (347 characters)

Photo of VMWhelan
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange-amber with a one finger white head and good lacing.

Nose consists mainly of citrusy hops, mostly lemon and orange peel, and some bready malt.

Taste is not very aggresive. Some citrus hops followed by a little bit of piney hops and and balanced out well by some sweet malty to finish. Leaves a nice sweet floral hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Aftertaste is dry, but not aggresively.

Drinkability is high. Light enough and mild enough to knock a few back. (494 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods of Orlando and enjoyed it on Sept. 3, 2010 with my supper, tortellini with garlic tomato sauce.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Major foam in my flute. An amber golden body with a very long lasting head and major lacing. Perfect appearance in my books.

Smell: Good dose of hops with fruit but hard to pick up which one because of my partially stuffed nose. Still, the fact i can smell something means the aroma is pretty good.

Taste: Malt-like at first but i'm struck at the fact that it feels very fruit heavy. Peach and grapefruit are the prime players. Not bitter at all except in the lingering aftertaste. I didn't quite like it as first since it seemed the malt and hops were pushed aside with fruit being the biggest component but it grew on me. No hops assault here.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a low carbonation. Quite well balanced.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and i would never have pegged it at 7.5%. I would seek it again.

Overall: Not your typical IPA that's for sure. Don't expect a hop bomb but do look for some real flavor. I would have preferred a bit more intensity but i still liked it. (1,146 characters)

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)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.