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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

1,367 Reviews
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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 mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with huge, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, orange marmalade, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, fruity and bitter. Tasty, complex IPA.

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Photo of cps98
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade, and all I can say is wow!

A – Poured a really beautiful sunrise yellow with a really healthy 2 finger head. Great lacing was seen for the entire drink.

S – Lots of citrus and piney hops.

T – Great citrus hop flavor with some grapefruit thrown in.

M – This was a really nice smooth medium bodied IPA. Everything meshed really well and the beer was carbonated perfectly.

O – This was really nice and paired perfectly with the spicy stew I was eating. I would highly recommend this IPA because it was not overpowering just really good.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this for free off a Florida Instagram follower of mine (my IG is StStrange). It was canned in January so it isn't fresh.

Pours a nice copper/orange with a solid inch of head. Moderate lace retention.

The smell is muted grapefruit and caramel. Orange rind around the middle, citrus to finish.

Taste is caramel and grapefruit up front. Nice blood orange in the middle. Cumquat aftertaste. All a little mellow and the caramel is too up front. Goes down smooth.

Like Pliny, this beer must be best fresh. The one I had, four months old, but still good. I would absolutly love to have this brew with less than a month on it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange body with persistent and sticky off-white head.

Sweet upfront with caramel malts and fruity/tropical hops.

Mild bitterness and a medium body. Tastes almost like orange juice with the sweet malts melding with the hop flavor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy deep orange with a small white cao which fades leaving a small dose of white bubbles and light lacing

S: Tropical fruits, mainly pineapple and some citrus.

T: Initial pineapple/tropical fruit, light grapefruit and ornage peel transitions into a subtle hop bite on a light caramel backbone. The finish lends a slightly dry finish with a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, tropical fruits, citrus and lingering light biterness

O: Well done.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned date was 2 months ago. Relatively fresh poured into a tulip glass.

L: mild orange, slightly opaque with finger width white head
S: wow this is great. A dreamsicle smell. Candy orange, papaya, mango, hints of pineapple.
T: initial bready malt, then slight pine comes through then the hop bitterness hits. Really wish the taste was similar to the smell (more tropical)
M: pretty high carbonation, hop bitterness coats tongue moderately.

Overall good beer. Wish the taste was as tropical as the nose, but I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A - Copper color with 2 finger pillowy white head. Excellent lacing on the glass

S - Floral aromas, pineapple, pine resin

T - Pineapple, caramel malt, then bitter piney hop finish. Good balance of sweet and bitter

M - Thick for an IPA

O - Very solid offering; perhaps not as crisp as some, but quite tasty

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Photo of Mathed
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just purchased a sixer tonight. I've heard of this beer but had never seen it to any of the Kroger stores that I typically shop at. Poured from a can into a tulip, says it was canned 10/07/15.

L - Bright amber color like honey or maple syrup. Very nice white lace that filled the glass to the brim yet was light and dissipated quickly.

S - Hints of melon, grapefruit and apricot with a slight alcohol aspect near the end.

T - Taste begins with an apricot burst, followed by a grapefruit flavor that followed by a dry malty after taste.

F - Beer is smooth and the initial semi-sweet apricot balances nicely with the dry bite at the end. Makes you want to wash out the bitter taste with some more of the sweetness and it's pretty smooth so it kind of goes down like water even at 7.5%.

O - I think this is a pretty good IPA but I do think it is lacking on the taste. I've read some reviews touting a killer taste but to me, the smell was better than the actual taste. I'd definitely buy this one again but I'm thinking this beer would taste MUCH better from the tap.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange with ample carbonation, deep soapy off-white head that sticks.

S: Plenty of tropical fruit that brings sweet refreshing juices to mind.

T: No pine, just mango/orange/papaya/pineapple hop-derived flavors. A bit of sweetness with hardly any 'malt' flavor, good un-astringent bitterness.

F: A little coarse, but still very drinkable. The thick head gets in the way a bit too, but that's the price to pay for a badass appearance,

O: Fantastic, wonderful refreshing tropical fruity hops with crisp bitterness. A boon to the Florida craft scene.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/2/15. A very well done citrus forward IPA. However, I didn't find it terribly exceptional. I've had a number of IPAs with a similar flavor profile that were just as good. Nevertheless, still incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade. Not an IPA fan, but I'll give it a go...

A: Super copper brown with a 1 inch bleach white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Earthy grapefruit blended with some deep hops. Citrus and pine in the middle with some very faint hint of vanilla and banana on the backend. Decent.

T: Interested blend of malts and hops. Sweet malt upfront quickly following by a sharp hop bitterness. Earthy grapefruit and banana on the backend. Good.

M: Good carbonation blend here.

D: Goes down surprisingly easy despite the bitter hop taste. The fact that malts are followed by hops help this go down so easy. Very good.

All in all, this was a decent IPA. Not ground breaking, but good. I think this might be a good IPA to try if you're not a huge fan of IPA's. It might make you a little more of a believer. Not worth hunting, but definitely try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Revisiting this after a two year Florida vacation hiatus. This is a good "reference" beer, and reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted. Anything better is really good, and anything worse isn't really worth drinking

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Photo of Jimmys
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, canned on Jan 15 2013.

A: a lot of sediment pours with this brilliant orange hued brew. head is frothy and bright white. retention is limited. as is the spotted lacing.

S: floral. rich pine aroma. bowl of grapefruit and a lot of melon. in conclusion, it smells hoppy.

T: flavor starts rich in American hop flavor. guava and melon focused. finish is certainly bitter. and chalky.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: I was hoping to be a little more blown away here. certainly a good AIPA, but cant say that I am blown. maybe I had too high of expectations....anyway, like I said nothing bad, just nothing mind blowing.

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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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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