Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -4.8%

S: lots of tropical fruits and citrus. Mango, grapefruit. orange.

A: pours a nice burnt orange, with a thick finger or so of head with good retention.

T: delicious tropical fruits. mangos, citrus, slightly piney. orange, grapefruit. not as bitter as I was expecting. nice malt backbone. good balance.

M: good mouthfeel. nicely carbonated.

O: delicious! I wish i could get it in TX!

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Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden in color. white head with good retention.

s - big citrus hops. grapefruit sweetness.

t - very bitter and quite dry. bitterness is very piney and not so much citrus. citrus is more rind flavor. malt sweetness adds depth.

m - medium-light body. good carbonation. pretty dry finish.

overall - solid IPA, but more bitter than I like.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at House of Beer in Orlando.

Apperance: Poured a nice amber color with a nice 1/2 inch head. Lacing was decent.

Smell: Nice hoppy aromas with hints of pine, grass and grapefruit

Taste: Similar to the aroma. A very well balanced IPA with a nice malty sweetness to balance the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very sessionable IPA from a local Florida brewery!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head which has very good retention properties - there is about 50% of the head remaining with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts with stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical fruit hops.

T: Very light amounts of bitterness upfront from the citrus/grapefruit hops but there is a strong citrus/grapefruit flavor. After that, there is some caramel malt sweetness and the finish has lots of notes of tropical fruits.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not sure if this was the freshest bottle but it was still really enjoyable. Definitely a quality beer that I would be happy to have again - I enjoyed the flavors.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: orange alsomost amber bodied beer with a white gushing head. Lacing is crazy sticking everywhere.

Smell: Big malts, sweet piney smell and some citris.

Taste: This IPA has a huge malt backbone that tastes of bready biscuits and semi sweet caramel. The malts take a back seat to the hops, but you know they are there. Hops impart a lightly moderate amount of bitterness that tastes like pine, lemon, grapefruit, grass and pineapple. It does have a very mild coconut and herbal quality to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really creamy IPA!

Overall: This is a huge IPA. Lots of flavor and nice complexity. Great balance between the malt and hops. I am a fan of this beer for sure!

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lovely caramel. crystal clear and nice to look at. small head. lacing.

the nose is caramel. crystal malts and basic ipa recipe fixings.

taste is caramel crystal malt and hop bitterness on a light scale.

mouthfeel solid. medium.

good beer given by a buddy with a florida friend.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight yeast, hint of dough, slight floral, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of caramel malt. The mouth feel is great for a strong IPA. The hops are bold, but there is enough malt and citrus to balance the flavor and not let the hops become overpowering. Great appearance, aroma, good body, and blend.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden amber, with one finger frothy off-white head that retains its lacing throughout. Aroma is of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, and spruce hops, with a bit of caramel malts. Taste is sweet resin from the start; caramel malt is more pronounced here, and the pineapple flavor of the citrus hops really stands out. Nice bitter aftertaste from the hops balances things out. Thin, smooth body with medium to high carbonation. Overall, a solid sessionable IPA.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Magical, when it pours, its a hazy dark amber on the top with the ingredients moving around and then it lightens up towards the bottom and stays this way while you drink it.

T: Sweeter than the typical IPA and somewhat refreshing, not a huge fan but its their pilot beer.

M: Thicker than a lot of IPA's I've had

O: Pretty good, if any IPA'ers read this rating and are itching to try it, just PM me. Ill send ya one so you can be the judge.

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Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Deciccio’s in Brewster. Had on the train to grand central with Jlynn and some college girls… Giggity.

A – Unfiltered golden color with off white head.

S- Hoppy citrus aroma with a certain malty sweetness to it.

T- Nice hoppy citrus base with a syrupy malty sweet backbone

M- Full bodied ipa with decent carbonation

D- Interesting ipa. I usually like mine hoppy but the syrupy malt backbone complimented the citrusy hops very well. Cigar City does some very cool stuff.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown to dark orange in color. Two and a half finger beige, pillowy head. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Mango and citrus notes are dominant. Pretty strong malt background in the form of caramel notes. A touch of pine in the hops too.

Taste: Smooth mango and citrus notes. Nice, strong malt background of caramel notes. Bitter pine notes after each sip. Bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisply carbonated. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The ABV is really well hidden and this goes down really easy. Definitely an easy drinking IPA.

Overall, a really nice and balanced IPA. Very easy to drink with a pronounced malt backbone. Also highlights some of the sweeter notes of hops. Recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and Carapils malts. The hop character is good. It has a mildly aggressive citrus hop aroma that's spicy, yet compliments the malt bill. The taste is good as well. It has a nice bitter hop punch up front along with a well balanced malt profile. It's an east coast IPA with west coast hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. It's full flavored featuring both an excellent malt and hop character.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade. I was in the mood for something hoppy so I pulled it out. Poured a hazy amber color, with a medium off-white head. Pretty good hops on the nose, peaches, citrus, pine. On the palate, a little caramel, and plenty of hops keep this one nicely balanced. I enjoyed the cedar aged version, and was quite pleased here as well.

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Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pretty tasty. You get the citrus tropical fruit nose that you get on most IPAs these days but it's a little more assertive in the bitterness category. I like that! Plus I'm a fan of beers in a can. A really solid backyard, lawnmower, bbq beer.

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Photo of AwYeh
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ankur (arvjunk) for this 12oz bottle!

A: Pours a hazy golden amber, with one finger of frothy off-white head.

S: Hops stand out here- pineapple and grapefruit, with a bit of spruce. Caramel malts are present but well hidden.

T: Sweet from the get-go; both the caramel malt (which is far more noticeable here than in smell) and citrus hops provide a good deal of sweetness. Nice balance from the hops' bitterness; pleasant bitter aftertaste even if not as pronounced when the sweetness is present.

M: Thin, smooth body, with moderate carbonation.

D: Quite enjoyable, taste never gets old and alcohol is hard to pick up on. Cheers to Cigar City for producing such an approachable beer.

4s across the board here; while this may not be one of my all-time favorites, it would be a staple in my fridge if only I lived in Florida.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from cigar city!

A. Pours a bright cloudy orange with short lived but soapy head.

S. A good mix of pineapple citrus and bright pine.

T&m. Sharp hop bight up front that fades into the citrus, going from grapefruit to a sweeter pineapple finish. Just sweet enough to seem like it would be quite refreshing on a hot Tampa day.

D. It remains dry enough to go down easy, and the balance is right on. Very solid ipa.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a three finger of off white/khaki color head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of big grapefruit, citrus hops, mild carmale malt notes and a bit of floral hops.

T: Taste starts off with a rather surprising caramel malt presence. The sweetness isn't too overpowering. Then comes the mild floral hop notes, with a touch of piney flavoring. Finish is all about the citrus hops. Big doses of grapefruit and orange zest that linger slightly on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy body with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, nice representation of style. I would certainly have a few more of these!

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at The New Leaf Market in Tallahassee, FL.

Golden with good clarity and a small off white head. Aroma is a nice mix of tropical fruits and toasted malts. Flavors lean toward the hops with a tropical fruits and citrus. But they're supported by toasted and biscuity malts. A moderate consistency and carbonation.

A good, solid IPA.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, almost chestnut beer with a standing two-finger head.

Citrus hoppy scent with fruity and medicinal notes.

Rich, complex taste. Creamy and vanilla notes, with a rich sweetness, and a strong citrus hop taste. The hop gives a good bit to the other sweet flavors.

A unique beer that is ill-served by calling it an IPA. It's more than that.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit murky and very orange/gold. A bit of head that dissipates quickly. Some nice lacing. Smells a bit sweet and hoppy. Sme citrus and floral flavours coming through. Taste sweet and full. Sme citrus hops and floral flavors. Thicker than a normal ipa but very drinkable

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in trade from Jw347. Thanks, Jonathan.

A-Pours a clear amber with light honey overtones.

S-somewhat piney and resinous with a small spicy note that I can not identify.

T-Piney hops and toasty malts. Deep roastiness beyond what you would expect from the nose. Very nice.

M-Medium bodied with moderate bitterness.

D-Very tasty. Wish I had more.


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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger head that dies quickly but leaves some lace. A heavier than usual smell of citric and floral hops; hints of grape and heavier fruits. Medium-bodied and smooth, but great hop presence w/ both the citric fruit flavors as well as a great dry backbite. Decent malts tucked in as well, but what surprised me was the higher-than-usual ABV. They really hide it here and it creeps in a little on the end, but I give Kudos. Glad I saw it on bottle or else I'd think this was a session IPA and get a little crushed.

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Photo of gtcastle
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cane80 for the trade.
Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: semi-hazy orange with a 1 1/2 inch creamy eggshell colored head and beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smell: citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, and piney hoppiness.

Taste: some malt and spice up front followed by citrus and a piney acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a nice refreshing IPA even on a 14º night.

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Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd seen this awhile back at TW and had read good things about it in the interim. I'm really glad I grabbed a 6'er of cans on my way home from work today.
This canned beer was poured into a 1 pint Ball (wide mouth) jar.

Appearance - A darker shade of amber with a nice, white head; nice lacing throughout.

Smell - Yum! Sweet grapefruit. Lots of sweet grapefruit!

Taste - The medley of hops in this ale screams refreshment. 7.5% ABV? Are you sure; this tastes too light and restoring.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth even with the oiliness of all those hops.

Drinkability - High! Considering this is available year-round, it may put up a fight with my SNPA. Yes, that's saying a lot!

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli. Cigar City is new to PA and this was one of the first kegs off the truck. Uber fresh.

A: A clear light amber orange color with a one finger sticky white head. Lacing lasts in the glass and is full.

S: Citrus hops with grapefruit, pine, other citrus and some slight floral smells.

T: Massive bitter hops bite up front with a huge hit of pine and floral quality. As the bitterness dies down, in comes the fruity grapefruit and citrus flavors. As is warmed this turned to orange and tangerine. Mid way through the beer the huge malt caramel sweetness takes over and rounds out the beer for the sweet finish. Bitterness is almost non existence upon the finish especially when warmed a bit. Overall a nice balance.

M: Bitter, prickly, hoppy up front and smooth, creamy and sweet upon finish. Slight alcohol warming when beer warms.

D: Medium, I enjoyed it much more when cold, but as it warms the sweetness starts to take over. A sweeter IPA that still shows lots of hops. Nice balance, but I left a bit disappointed. The hype on this beer was crazy and I left wanting a bit more. Still, a solid, solid IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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