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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 6,028
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 822
Gots: 1,144 | FT: 59
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 6,028 | Reviews: 1,182
Photo of jstew
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of richkrull
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep hazy copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it.

Smell is fantastic citrus and floral hops.

Taste is really great as well. Some citrus and spice up front with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and goes down smooth and easy.

Overall a really great IPA. Glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Photo of KensWorld
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kaos
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of gruss004
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SteveB24
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance: pours a monstrous, white, sticky head with unbelievaboe retention, color is a slightly hazy copper, ith very little visible carbonation.

smell; mild but very pleasant. quite bread for an IPA, with melon and other vague tropical notes.

taste; very similar to smell, but the bread is slightly stronger.

mouthfeel; full bodied but not heavy, slighlty dry, very slight carbonation.

overall; unique and immensely satisfying IPA, very drinkable, would definitely buy again.

Photo of misterworldwide
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DustinGalvin
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the waiter at Mr Dunderbak's in Tampa for recommending this wonderful beer. In a pint glass the beer was a slightly hazy cherry amber color. It had a medium-sized white head and some specks of lacing. Very nice floral and citrus aroma. Hops came through well in the taste, mostly grapefruit, but also a bit of pine. Very well-balanced with malt. This is a well-brewed beer. Wish I could get it here in Maine.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was our annual trip to Tampa...the night before THE BUCKEYE CRUISE AGAINST CANCER!!!! The better half and I walked a couple of blocks down from our hotel and found a wonderful spot to taste numerous different brews. The second beer I tried, thank to the suggestion of our server...was Jai alai IPA...WOW. This was quite AWESOME!! The color was a rich cloudy amber. The nose inclued a combination of hops, cirtus, and pine...what else would you expect!. This of course fed into the taste of the beer which was WAIT FOR IT...citrusy....and piny. I could drink this....wait for it....give it to me Lionel...ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

Photo of julian89
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I'm sorry that I missed it but on of the top Cigar City guys came to Hop City a couple of Saturdays ago and brought us some fresh bottled Jai Alai, Maduro brown, and some other great stuff I didn't get to try.
Bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a fair yellow color that's slightly hazy with a 1 inch white head with poor retention.

Smell: Light sweet maltiness with a fruity, citrusy, flowery, and spicy hop notes and a little booze. Sooo crisp and fresh.

Taste: So incredible fresh. I feel as though I could drink these all day fresh. I love the crispness and the powerful spice, citrus, and flowery taste to it. Just great and simple.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple and fantastic IPA.

Photo of IronLover
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange with a light haze. Big foamy head that left a white cap and wet sticky lacings. Big hoppy aroma, predominanty grapefruit with a hint of orange. Very smooth feel with soft but lively carbonation. Hoppy, grapefruit and citrus flavors at first that transition nicely into a brief malty character and smooth clean finish. Dangerously drinkable. An excellent IPA!

Photo of korguy123
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into my snifter.
Special thanks to my bro nwfodder for bringing this all the way from Florida!

A- Hazy amber/copper hue; like fresh mulled apple cider. One and a half finger eggshell head that sticks around the whole time. Lacing just blankets the sides of the glass as you drink. By the bottom of the glass the whole thing was just blanketed in residual foam.

S- Citrus notes galore; grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple, strawberries, mango, lemon zest and slight piny presence.

T- Smooth hop/malt presence, pine, toffee, grapefruit, orange peel. Sweet like candy but not over the top sweet.

M- Smooth and juicy all the way down, slight bitter kick, perfect carbonation.

Oh man this is good stuff, the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It's wonderful and smooth and it's the perfect citrus, pine, malt balance I've ever had. I have a feeling this 6er isn't going to last me long.

Photo of dcmchew
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can from 3 months ago, poured hazy orange, close to one finger head, really sticky.
Smells of sweet tropical fruit, citrus, grass, pine and slight caramel malts.
Fruitiness isn't as obvious in the taste as it is in the smell. There's pineapple, tangerine, sweet oranges, lime, slight mango and pink grapefruit. The citrus is balanced by a nice mildly sweet maltiness, that also supports the following bitterness perfectly. Lots of green notes, especially pine. Hints of honey and vanilla. The hops are huge in the finish, with a strong leafy bitterness, rich and flavourful, that lingers for a very long while in the aftertaste.
Body is just great, somewhat oily, allowing for the beer to really work it's magic on the palate. A bit too flat, but it was expected. It leaves you wanting more, so a six pack would be nice. :)
Beautiful beer in its style, amongst the best i've ever had, although i didn't really try a lot of american ipas.

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4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I stumbled across this beer in an Atlanta, Georgia Greens, as I was deciding between Westbrook's One Claw and Unita's Hop Nosh, a seemingly monumental decision at the time made irrelevant by the florescent reflection off Cigar Cities' green and orange can. I could hardly wait to taste.

While the hops are a mouthful, and lacy in both look and feel, the malts are where Jai Alai shines. This is a balanced IPA: piny and citrus in hop character and caramel and light malt to finish. If I were stranded on an island (with a refrigerator), and had to choose between Hop Nosh, One Claw, and Jai Alai, I would pick this one. Not only does the name invoke a sense of lazy (or survival-induced intense) afternoons, but the beer backs it up. Jai Alai!

Photo of jwchestnut
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - copper, burnt orange, brilliant white head, pillowly foam

S - grapefruit and citrusy hops, toasted bread, sweet honey-like notes

T - follows the noise, love the malty base, lots of fruity and floral hops with a late mouth bitterness that builds throughout but never overpowers the strong malt sweetness, no hint of the 7.5 abv - could drink this all night

M - smooth going down with medium carbonation, thicker than many american ipas, kind of chewy

0 - one of my favorites - wonderful balance between all that is at work here. i've had in the can as well as on tap and prefer the can. really wonderful and memorable stuff

Photo of UniversalBeverage
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Charlemagne
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a CCB Tulip

A: Pours a gorgeous golden color with a creamy white head

S: Have you ever smelt something so good you wanted to sleep with it? Ya this is something like that. Very citrusy nose, heavy on the peach and grapefruit, yet still retains that patented IPA nose of hops.

T: Ok, so you wanted to sleep with it before? Ya now you aren't wanting to sleep with it, you NEED to sleep with it. Lots of fruit up front and very light, not much hoppiness... yet. As it hits the back of your throat you get a nice bitter finish with grapefruit peel. Not a hop monster like other IPAs, but a very refreshing take on the style.

M: A little creamy, but mostly thin. Not necessarily a bad thing though, as this beer is refreshing. Don't want a sludgy swamp monster consistency when I'm at the pool :)

O: This is probably one of the best IPAs I've tried (no, not biased.... well maybe a little). It's a nice change of pace yet still retains the overall style of the beer. No surprise that a Floridian brewery would come up with this concoction from the Heavens.

Quick note... the difference between a fresh Jai Alai and a Jai Alai that might have sat a while is pretty substantial. If you truly want an idea of just how good and complex this beer is, it would behoove you to seek out some fresh cans. Enjoy :D

Photo of reebtaerG
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in Northern Va. first time in the area for cigar city.

A- nice amber/orange color with a white beige head

S- love the smell of this beer. Hops jump right out with citrus and pine aroma

T-taste is smooth with orange and pine resin

M-slight cream malt hops resin mouthfeel

Great IPA very enjoyable for the first time having Cigar City. I will definitely be travels back to NVA.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this beauty; super-surprised to see CC in PA!
Poured into tulip; glowing orange with a medium white head that dissipates after a bit into a nice layer of bubbles.
Smells glorious; tons of sweet tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, lychee...with backing scents of pine, almost agave-like. Warms to a weaker spicy pine aroma.
Taste follows nose perfectly; tropical fruit, citrus, pine and malt perfectly melding with bitterness. It's like Heady's cousin.
Mouthfeel is slick and resiney, but with enough carbonation to keep it from getting cloying.
Overall, this is an awesome tropical fruit-forward IPA. I'm super glad I found it and I understand why it's consistently listed with other top-of-the-line IPAs such as Heady, Sucks, and the like. Awesome!

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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScoopDoggyFresh
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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