Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,660 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,660
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 742
Gots: 920 | FT: 53
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 bhalter8
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer I had on tap a few times in Tampa, even had notes, but am having to finish this growler off before its no good. Previous tastes made me feel very strongly about this IPA. Pours a burnt orange color with a solid 1 1/2 finger head. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass after a few sips. A real pleasant floral hop aroma, some nice pine and a little less bitter grapefruit citrus hints too. A solid bitterness in the taste, much more pine based than the hop aroma would lead one to believe. Well balanced though. I am normally more of a fan of the stronger citrus hop taste, but this pine works very well. Fair carbonization helps lighten up this rather strong & dense IPA. A very smooth drinker, easily a sessionable IPA for me. Obviously freshness of hops is key to IPAs, and this growler was poured at the brewery a few days ago, but wow, I wish we had this locally, I'd buy it all the time.

Photo of Jewefc2
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jhawkvol
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mcann2pu
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to madtrixter787 for the trade!
Growler date is 04/30/2010
Appearance: pours into pint glass a copper/amber color, not translucent somewhat hazy, with a thin white head, thinck creamy lacing.

Smell: first on the nose is the combination of hops, then of rich fruit,

Taste: Wow, very very good, one the better IPAs I have had in some time,

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, was a little thicker then I expected, but it really worked with this beer.

Drinkability: Very high, I really enjoyed this one,

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours warm copper with a medium large off-white head, kind of soapy but still nice-looking. Dissipates quickly into nice lacings.

S: The hops knock me out, lots of both floral and citric - pineapple, grapefruit and orange sezt, even some lemon juice. Sweet caramell malt in the back. Bitter citric marmelade.

T: At first bitter hops followed by sweet, slightly roasted caramell malt. Then the floral hops kick in; pineapple, grapefruit (red) and lemon (juice). Bitter orange marmelade. Some peaches. Well balanced.

M: Lovely long bitter aftertaste. Body is more full than usually for this style. Carbonation is handled with utter discression.

O: This is one of the most complex and best balanced American IPA, I've had.

Photo of dahonam
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of purdueflyguy
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 16JAN13 into tulip glass
Canned 3DEC12

Pours hazy golden with about a finger of fluffy white head dissipating at average pace.

Strong citrus especially grapefruit. Lots of pine very west coast hop profile smell.

Taste very dry throughout the drink. Very bitter upfront then more grapefruit and orange. Fades to a dry pine finish.

Perfect carbonation and very full feeling IPA. Really enjoy this one.

Thanks to the bartender who gave this to me from her personal cigar city stash when I was in florida recently because she didn't like IPA's!!!

Photo of burnstar
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish gold with a big persistent rocky head. Smell is a great combination of hops and sweetness. Honey and lemons with some great floral notes from the hops as well. Taste has just a bit of sweetness up front followed immediately by a hit of intense bitterness. Herbal and floral notes develop through the middle. Finishes with a very pleasant grapefruit bitterness that lingers for a while in the aftertaste. Very unique- would be immediately recognizable. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Overall a really great IPA.

Photo of Raiderhops_1965
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Martyrob
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just doing a comparison between Jai Alai and Dry-Hopped On The High Seas; both from the can, both in between fridge and room temp.

They look very similar- bright, clear golden amber with minimal head and very nice wash of lacing. Jai Alai is a little bit darker and has better retention.

Smells are distinct- dry hopped has lots of tropical fruit notes; pineapple, mango. Jai Alai is a lot earthier; fresh pine, just earthy but clean. Both are very clearly defined and lovely and enticing smells.

Taste follows the nose- jai alai is much earthier and has a good dose of pine hop bitterness and dry hopped on the high seas follows a more tropical citrus bent with minimal bitterness. Both have relatively little malt characteristics but are well backed up because it doesn't get too bitter.

Mouthfeel is markedly different between the two- dry hopped on the high seas is much smoother and less carbonated. Jai alai is a little fuller bodied but still only medium, more carbonated and a little stickier.

Overall both are exceptional IPAs and if you see either you should get it. However, I do think Jai Alai is better because it has a really distinct earthy flavor that I've never quite tastes before and is incredibly well balanced. Cheers!

Photo of Mdez
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this when I recently took a trip to Florida; bought a 6 of cans and was really surprised how good it was; a canned beer that really was noticably good. I drank one from the can and was very suprised and poured another into a glass and loved the way it looked and tasted. If this becomes a permanent presence in VA, I'll always have some in the fridge. If not, I'll always grab some when I'm down in Florida. It's nice when the rumors are true...

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is its great balance. A lot of IPAs are aggressively hoppy, which is fine, but what keeps me coming back to a beer is nuance. The biggest defining factor was how the orange-citrus touch to it gave the hops a nice uplifting buzz. It balanced out the piney hops and left a warm lingering aftertaste. This makes Jai Alai the perfect summer drink for an IPA fan. I could imagine making multiple return trips to a cooler to crack one of these open! Great beer.

Photo of NapoleonInRags
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer quickly became a favorite of mine when I started spending time Southern Florida. A perfect warm summer day beer. But honestly, when isn't it a warm summer day in southern Florida. Perfectly hoppy with bright citrus in both the nose and taste. Delightfully carbonated and damn near perfect.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Dated 1/28/14 so it's a bit older. Pours a golden amber with a white head. A bit darker than most IPAs. The nose isn't too strong but there's a lot of citrus and just a bit of tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose mostly. Citrus up front with tropical fruit in the finish. Bitterness isn't too overpowering. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Hopefully this is just an age issue. It feels a bit heavy to me. Overall this is pretty great. I wish I could get my hands on a fresher can though.


Canned 9/22/14 so this is super fresh. Thanks to One1Asterisk for the trade! Smell is just a huge amount of orange juice. Maybe some tropical fruit and a touch of pine. Taste follows the smell. Just loads of orange juice. A really great malt backbone too. I gotta say this is one of those beers you gotta drink fresh or else there's no point. Last time I got a lot of malt sweetness, but this is almost perfect in taste. Not a hint of alcohol either.

Photo of argock
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed clear glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $2.29.

A: Lightish amber with ample 1-finger off-white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and above-average lacing.

S: Thick resinous pine off the top gives way to grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Malt is sweet caramel and toffee. Very bold, aggressive hoppiness to be sure.

T: The flavor carries the same pattern of strong resin and pine up front, followed by more grapefuit, lemon, and fruity flavors. The maltiness is substantial with a lot of sweet caramel and nougat to go around.

M: Coating and slick at once with excellent low-medium carbonation and a resiny aftertaste.

D: A very impressive IPA with West Coast aggessiveness combined with more muscular hoppiness and more caramel in the malt bill. It tastes a lot like PtE Jr. would taste. A top-tier IPA without a doubt and I am glad I had a shot at it this trip.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, courtesy Jeff (AleWatcher) from his bottomless stash of awesome beer. Thanks, Jeff!

Pours hazy dark copper, nice glowing orange, with a one-finger, creamy, light-khaki head on top that just refused to settle. Fantastic retention on this one, with walls of lacing to match. Gorgeous IPA.

Nose blasts you with smooth, citrusy, tropical hops. Orangey, with quite a bit of mango mixed in, bit of grapefruit, but not too prickley - again, the keyword is smooth. The malt never really shows through of its own accord, although there is a gentle sweetness to the fruity hop bouquet that they may be at least partially responsible for. In any case, very nice nose on this one.

Taste is really nice. Again, smooth grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit take center stage, with just a bit of astringent bite leading into the earthy, lightly prickly finish. Caramel body underneath provides a gentle sweetness that supports the fruity hop character perfectly, especially as the beer warms up a bit, never really emerging into the spotlight on its own, always in a supporting role. Finish is one last wave of richly sweet caramel and big tropical/orangey hops, before withdrawing and leaving a surprisingly light lingering bitterness on the palate. Beautifully executed.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium-full in body, with just a bit of astringency to complement the medium-light carbonation. Nicely put together, though not as stellar as the taste or smell.

Drinkability, however, is remarkable. The perfect level of bitterness on the finish, perfect balance of flavors that belie the 7.5% abv, making this one feel bigger than it is. Smooth and inviting, just a fantastic IPA. One of my new favorites. I've had the cedar-aged version of this, and it just doesn't compare - so much better in its raw form.

Photo of xVERITAS
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is a great canned IPA. Canned 10/16.

Pours a nice hazel-orange with almost no head (if you tilt pour!) and smells like spring time...flowers and fruits and rainbows (not the rainbows really). Tastes phenomenal. Really holds its own against other IPAs. Super smooth drinking, I wish I had a lot more of this! Would highly recommend, enjoy! Cheers

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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thank You shan8454 for this one from a trade.

Appearance: Golden color, with a very slight haze. White head of about one finger and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops, very pleasant smells.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Delightful taste of hops and citrus,maybe some pine as well.

Overall: Excellent IPA! I look foward to having this one again.

Photo of dangelop
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Ri0
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned 8 days ago!

A - Nice dark burnt mango orange with a good 2 finger ghost white head. Some haze from the tiny suspended particles. Nice ring remains around the glass with some lacing.

S - It's a tropical hop grove of awesomeness. All teh citrus and pineapple mixed in with mango and passion fruit. Some nice sweet malt with caramel and bread is present, but takes a back seat to the hops. I also get a bit of pine.

T - Nice citrus bomb! Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and other fruits seem to be squeezed into the beer. Nice shot of bitter and pine gives the palate a nice kick. The sweet bread and malt smooth it out in the middle, bet yield again to a bitter grapefruit in the finish.

M - Very nice carbonation and a slick oily medium feel. The resin lingers on the mouth, yet it drinks oh so nice.

O - Yes, this is a very nice IPA. I can't get in WI without trading, but I have a tropical hop bomb right here in town called Fantasy Factory. I really enjoyed this one and want to thank Grant for hauling it all the way from FL.

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4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is so refreshing, having a balanced IPA! I love hops, but there's more to good IPA than just that. This is hoppy, but it's also fruity and sweet in addition to floral and bitter. It's beautifully balanced and a nice change from the overwhelming hop-heavy IPAs of late.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,660 ratings.