Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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6,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,365
Reviews: 1,246
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 874
Gots: 1,347 | FT: 67
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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 EFitzsimmons
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, and I think it held up throughout drinking the whole beer for sure. It's sweet and light, but still with enough hops for the IPA fans out there. It's very well balanced and drinkable.

Light amberish/brown color. Mine poured with a pretty big head(very white) and I let it settle for a bit.

The citrus and some other light fruits are definitely in the smell. It smells good, but not great to me at least.

The first drink I think tastes a bit fruity, but then it mellows out after you wait a bit, or have more. It's very easy to drink especially considering it is 7.5% abv.

No complaints. I'll have this beer again. I think it's great for just a solid easy to drink IPA, but still has a unique, balanced, and enjoyable taste to it.

Photo of tzieser
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this beer for quite some time. Big thanks to Joe for the trade!

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottle says "JULY 05". i hope this beer didn't lose too much of it's muster before it got here.

a: pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. without a doubt one of the best looking IPAs i've had in a while.

s: as much as i was hoping for a big, fruity, hoppy nose, i was pretty let down...the simcoe hops supposedly used for dry hopping definitely take a back seat to a sweet malty aroma. nothing to write home about, but it could be due to age.

t: sweet, malty flavor at first with subtle orange character (maris otter?) quickly followed by a solid punch of oily hop flavor. piney, a bit of floral flavor but not as much tropical/fruit flavor as i was hoping for (like pliny). hop character is comlex and deep with a solid malt backbone. well balanced and delicious.

m: sticky mouthfeel.

was this as good as i hoped? hm....not really. it's good but didn't have nearly as much hop character as i expceted. i definitely need to get a fresher bottle of this stuff.

Photo of IPAdams
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a half inch white head. Leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell- Strong smell of fruits. Grapefruit, orange and mango.

Taste- Fruits again. Grapefruit, orange, mango and some lemon. A little malt backbone and a slight citrus bitterness. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, body was a little on the light side.

Overall- Very good beer, fruity take on the style. Not overly bitter. Only downside was the body but even that wasn't bad.

Photo of nickd717
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Cigar City shared at a BA tasting thanks to mfielden.

A - Clear copper-amber color with a nice off-white head and great lacing.

S - Sweet malt, floral hops, and light fruits. Maybe a touch of honey.

T - Wildflower honey, caramel, earth, citrus and floral hops. Pretty tasty.

M - Palate pretty good for the style; medium body and with some nice smooth carbonation.

D - Average-plus for an IPA.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with full foam that settles down. Lots of lacing. Grapefruit smell. Some grassy notes too. Strong bitter hop with a malty background. Toffee/caramel swirls in the background. Some lingering bitter. Well made IPA.

Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up a slightly hazy orange amber with a very whipped looking slightly off-white head that leaves decent lace. The aroma is much less hop-centric than many of the IPAs I have had recently. The hop character in the nose is quite nice, with notes of candied orange, mango and peach. There is also a very strong caramel malt presence and plenty of sweetness in the aroma. One sip and I can tell this is not a west coast style IPA. It is hard to say this is balanced, because even when compared to Midwest and East Coast versions, it would appear quite malty. Flavors include orange, grapefruit, apricot, spice, brown sugar toast, and toffee. It also carries a decent amount of alcoholic kick that would seem more in place if it were a double. As I sip this it is like the malt and hops battle for supremacy, each trying to shine. This not necessarily a bad thing. The mouthfeel however, is free from all criticism in that it is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation and an amazing finish that is neither drying nor cloying. The aftertaste is also a great aspect of this beer, in that it really brings out some of the hop flavors that the malty body obscures. As far as drinkability, this is not the best IPA I have had in that department, but it does go down fairly well, especially for being closer to a double in power. This is a very good beer, but it is not necessarily the type of IPA I would most want to spend an evening with.

Photo of neurobot01
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 4/8/14 into a pint glass.

Look: color of dark apple juice, lots of tiny bubble action, big foamy 1" head.

Smell: funky—and not in a good way. Kind of like, if you crossed a bowling alley with a baseball stadium men's room, maybe? Okay, I just gave my nose a break; on my second go, I get sour (as in, I'd believe this was a sour/wild ale—got this the first time, too), and maybe spoiled white grape juice? Seriously nervous about tasting...

Taste: hold my nose, take a swig, and get... grassy, mildly catty deliciousness! Hallelujah! Not getting a ton of citrus (no, I'm not literally holding my nose), though there is some tangy pineapple on the backend. Pretty tame bitterness, though more pronounced in the aftertaste. Kind of sweet, but not at all cloying, and not overly malty.

Feel: super creamy and smooth, and pretty medium-to-full-bodied for the abv. Maybe the second best mouthfeel of any IPA I've had, behind MBC's Lunch.

Overall: this is definitely a solid IPA. Not a Pliny-killer, but damn fine. Not sure what it is about this beer and my nose, but if it weren't for that element, this would be at least a 4.25 overall.

Photo of timc100
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden orange amber with a medium foamy yellow-tinged head. Decent lacing and retention. The aroma is interesting, not nearly as pungent or dank as I would have liked, however. A lot of sweet blood-orange juice and some strawberry, bitter grapefruit, and slighter pine and hints of a floral note. It has a clean bitter taste - grapefruit astringency and some pine.

A really nice IPA

Photo of xnicknj
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Bobheed
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of ZagZagg
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of Shumania
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of jimixr
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of vande
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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..

Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of gskitt
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of codewarrior
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of MrOH
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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