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

Received two of these as extras in my recent third trade with Bucwild. Thanks again David!

Appearance- Pours a very nice shade of amber-golden out of the bottle with about two and a half fingers of creamy looking, slightly tan head sitting on top. Moderate amounts of lacing left as I drank and a fair amount of beading carbonation in the body of the beer as well. Very nice looking.

Smell- Wow, smells surprisingly citrusy and juicy. Lots of big notes of grapefruit rind up front but also a very strong dose of resiny hops as well. An interesting mix of both fruity and piney smelling hops. I like it.

Taste- Much more towards the side of pine here. Big notes of piney hops up front that provide a nice bitter bite. Lots of noticeably sweet malt in the background however. I wish more of the citrus flavors present in the nose had shown up on the palate but very nice overall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel started out nice and substantial with decent carbonation but became a touch on the slick/sweet side as the beer warmed and carbonation died. Didn't take away from the beer too much however and still had pretty decent drinkability.

Overall, a good IPA with a nice hop punch. Not my favorite and I greatly preferred the cedar aged version overall, but very good nonetheless.

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

In a teku

A- cream-colored foamy head two fingers thick. Cloudy orange/amber body with residue floating around and no visible carbonation. 4

S- light citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit peel, sweet malt. 4

T- considerably sweet and malty, like oatmeal almost, but then a dose of grapefruit breaks through. I suspect some of the hop aroma and flavor have faded. Tough to know since there's no canned date here. 4

M- medium-bodied, malt-heavy, with a mild, pleasant bitterness. The finish is semi-dry and lingers with both sweet and bitterness. 4

Overall, it's good but I still am not convinced I've ever had this beer fresh enough to be blown away. 4

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with a finger of creamy looking slightly off-white head. This maintains a nice frothy richness to it, leaving back lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in a creamy cascade. The aroma is sharp, with grapefruit and pine cutting through the nose. This is softened somewhat by notes of tropical fruit, herbal accents, and some toasted grains in the back. Alcohol undercuts the flavors but isn't coming off as overly stiff or stinging.

The taste is once again, fairly sharp and aggressive, being bitter with grapefruit, earth, and pine, which sits against a backbone of rigid grains and some more sweeter feeling tropical character that comes out in a flush from behind the malts. This finishes strong with spice, resins, and bitter rind that linger with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being crisp on the edges but then mostly smooth and oily throughout the rest of the body. This is a little warming feeling from the alcohol straight out of the fridge but the balance opens up as this warms and helps cover most of the ABV up.

This is a solid staple American IPA from Cigar City, with an aggressive, yet well balanced, hop presence and a body that maintains a smooth feel despite the ABV being on the higher side for the style. This was nice but I really need to give this a shot on draft as well.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Poured a hazy red-yellow with a one finger off-white head that subsided to minimal quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, sweet hops, citrus, and subtle caramel. The flavor was of intense malt upfront that subsided to allow a subtle hop character to come through that intensified as it sat on the palate, and was ended off with a sweet citrus note upon swallowing. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth IPA. As stated by Jeff (PDXHops) there was no date on the bottle that I could find to confirm freshness. The hop character of this brew was definitely present, but it was not the star of the show. This was a very nicely balanced IPA however that was quite enjoy to drink with dinner. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity. Can't wait to try the Humidor version of this one so I can compare.

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Photo of 1fortypoint6
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good. Not great. Deck was probably stacked against this one as I recently had a few Headys - a tough standard to live up to. Would not turn one down though.

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

A - pours a very rich copper color with an impressive foamy 2 finger yellow frothy lace that does a good job of hanging around.

S - smells like a well done IPA. Huge notes of grapefruit and citrus all around. Simcoe fairly present in the nose.

T - huge on caramel and grapefruit, this beer is well balanced. Very biscuity, with a good hop kick. Carbonation is a little low to land a very intense twang, but it comes together well. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - medium to full bodied with good balance and enough carbonation and malt to hold everything together well.

O - this is a well done IPA. Not my favorite, but it's enjoyable and I'm glad I got to try it. Not extraordinarily complex, but gets the job done to keep IPA lovers happy.

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

nice bulky tan head with a thick veil of lacing sticking to glass.

nose was for me more malty than hops, but a nice piney hop sniff

taste was hopalisciuos. grapefruit rind and all around citrus spice.
the beer has a real toasty sweetness not seen in many big american IPA's that i have had. It is a residual fresh malt flavor reminiscent of the smell of boiling wort sweetness in the air. It had a ral big long lasting oily hop finish that was nice with the aforementioned malty sweetness.
thus left you wanting another sip.

mouthfeel was full and pleasing to the senses.

There are so many big and good american IPA's these days and this one is right in the mix.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy bright copper orange with a 1+ finger white head that left spotted lacing

smells of ashy bitter hops with some sweet caramel malt

taste is just like the smell - not a strong beer by any sense just solid - a very balanced beer

mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation that gives it a very smooth creamy feel

drinkability is good - this was an extra so i dont know the price but i would be game for picking this up if i was in the need for ipa

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

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/27/10

A - Pours a dark copper with a small khaki-colored head. Moderate lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, grapefruit and pine resin.

T - Very piney with a bitter, earthy finish and a solid caramel malt backbone.

M - Creamy with medium body and carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, would love to try this on tap someday.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a deep amberish color with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Floral and citrus aroma. Hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, and a decent malt backbone.

Taste: Very sweet citrus. Pineapple, passion fruit, bitter grapefruit and a hoppy bite. Malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: A very solid IPA from Cigar City. I picked up a six pack and probably will pick up many more in the future.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a balmy citrus hop with a moderate caramel.

The taste consisted of a heavy spicy hop and full crystal malt. Residual herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied IPA.

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

12oz extra sent by Willcarrera. Thanks! As far as I can tell this was bottled 12 days ago.

A: Pours a darkish orange wit a decent white head.

S: Apricot, pineapple, some caramel malt notes.

T: Plenty of orange and mango, a bit raisiny even. Hefty malt character gives a little dough and butter.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very juicy IPA, could benefit from a bit more dryness but I like the fruity notes coming out of this one.

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

Pours a nice reddish amber in color. Nice quarter inch of frothy head forms on the pour. Leaves very nice, spotty lacing on the entire inside of the glass.
Smell is floral, citrusy hops. Smells very enticing and welcoming.
Plenty of hop goodness in the flavor. Nice bitterness in the flavor.
Medium mouthfeel. Very nice and easy drinking. Would like to have a brewery like Cigar City local to me. They are very creative and solid in everything they do.
Will continue to seek out more of their beers.

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

12oz Bottle - big thanks to pushkinwow for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of pineapple flavour mixed with some oranges. The beer finishes with a slightly hoppy pineapple sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of DIPA qualities in this beer. It has a lot of sugary sweet pineapple flavour and some nice hop bitterness. I definitely couldn't drink this all night long, but I would love to have a few on hand for throughout the week.

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

Thank you Miamichael2 for this one.

a: pours a hazy orange color with about an inch of pillowy head that disappears semi fast leaving a good amount of lacing resting atop the beer and around the edge of the glass. As I sip, the lacing sticks to the edges of the glass

s: Citrus, Grapefruit, pine hop bitterness. The Citrus is what hits me the hardest, followed by the pine. A little malt sweetness to balance

t: Fruity sweetness. The bitterness is strong. Unlike in the nose, the piny hop bitterness is the dominant flavor

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation, very nice

overall, this is a really good brew. I am thankful I had the chance

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

"Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville and this is jai alai" - Johnny Knoxville, Jackass.

Thick, goopy-looking orange with a creamy wheat head. Rocky retention with a few smudges of lace.

Nectarine, tangerine, orange-ine citures. Big malty backup carries a few telltale whiffs of alcohol.

Sharp, snappy bitter blossoms into engaging tangerine and Orange Julius hop heaven. Ample malty backup carries some heat.

It's like a big hoppy IPA with the malt bill of a DIPA. Either amp up the hops or town down the malt.

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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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.