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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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5,883 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,883
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 804
Gots: 1,087 | 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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Photo of Mixologist93
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

From a growler I got yesterday at the brewery.

A beautiful deep amber in color with a short, but solid off-white head.

The aroma is unique: It smells of tropical fruits and hops. Fantastic.

The taste is excellent. It's hoppy and fruity and bitter with notes of malt sweetness. I've noticed that the hop flavors fade rather quickly, so make sure you have this beer when it's fresh; otherwise it's a more muted beer.

Glassy and smooth body that just glides around in my mouth.

It almost feels like Cigar City brewed this beer just for me. Stop reading this review and go drink some Jai Alai.

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

Upon opening this beer I first smelled mango & honey notes. Later some sweet biscuit malt. Very well balanced.

The color is a beautiful amber, with a nice 1-2 finger head, which laces nicely.

The flavor of this IPA is lightly sweet, with a perfectly hoppy middle & ending. One of the best balanced IPAs I have tried.

The carbonation is also in the Goldilocks 'just right' zone.

This is an amazing brew. Very drinkable. I only wish my friend would have given me a few more to drink.

Photo of bruballs73199
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HardyA
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mjmcdonough73
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of slowonder1
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a beautiful amber color. Fluffy yet lacy head of white. Minor sediment that adds to appearance.

S - Bright citrus hops accompanied with a sweet malt background. Minor resin, with pine, crisp hops.

T - BIg citrus and smooth. Everything you'd expect from an IPA coming out of Florida (I know it supposed to be a West Coast style). Great blend of citrus/piney hops and sweet/mild malt. Slight resin with hints of regional fruits that linger on the palate.

M - Perfect for the style and the time of year. Hoppy yet refreshing.

O - One of the best IPAs available IMO. The hop/malt blend is something to be grateful for. The hint of tropical fruits makes for a refreshing experience. I'm spoiled because I can find this almost anywhere in town less than 7 days old.

Serving type: can

Photo of Maxthehop
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Srbelow
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KillerJigger
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap on vacation recently. Have had it in the can as well on vacation over the new year. Wow was it good on tap, better than the can for sure. Was impressed at how the hopps was real apparent and fresh. I'm used to a stronger hopp presence and was happy that the fresh Jai Alai had it more than i recalled from the can. Very sweet ad fruity finish. Wished I had a keg in the cellar. Keep up the good brews.

Photo of honkey
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale. 7.5% Alc. by Vol.

Second of two cans brought back from Florida by Dave Anderson. Thanks again, Dave!

Hazy, amber/apricottish hue, long-lasting white head, settles into a tight ring.

Aroma: vibrant citrus and pine. ripe and resin-y. Right on the money.

Taste: BAM! A powerhouse on the palate. Bright, citric hops pounce right out of the gate. Juicy, plump, bitter, joyous. A multitude of malt keeps it grounded and balanced. Good drinking, with a flavor and high hopping that never quits.

There's no information on the back about the beer, beyond why they called it Jai Alai or what food pairings you should try. Fine. Who needs gobbledygook? This is a class act IPA, all the way. Belongs up there with the best of the them. Sure wish I had another.

Photo of Roguer
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - This was a gorgeous beer from the first pour. Three finger, off-white head; bright but thick copper color, filled with carbonation; long-lasting head with tons of lacing. No floaties. Active and alive.

S - I could smell the pine and citrus from feet away! Slightly dank, and slight floral. Mango, bare hint of grapefruit. Very clean and smart. Huge floral notes as it warms; smells like a walk in a garden.

T - Unbelievably smooth. Floral honey and citrus surrounds the tongue; tons of flavoring hops, but no significant astringency. Slight tobacco and citrus peel aftertaste. Absolutely alive all over my mouth. Take that however you want; this is fantastic. Flavorful like a DIPA...

M - ...but lighter drinking, like a single IPA. Supremely balanced. No sting, barest alcohol warmth. Perfect drinking beer. Medium to medium-full.

O - I was really worried this beer wouldn't live up to the hype; instead, it blew away my expectations. I cannot say enough about this beer; I haven't been as impressed with an IPA since I first sipped Enjoy By.

Photo of CHickman
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy orange with a huge 2 finger frothy off white head that didn't move for a while and faded very slowly, leaving excellent frothy lacing clinging to the glass. A great looking beer that was textbook IPA.

Smells of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, brown sugar, apple peel, sweet malt, cinnamon, sweet fruit, light spices and faint alcohol; wow, the citrus aroma is just massive and like a fruit salad. A really impressive and great smelling nose that I could smell 6 inches away from the glass.

Tastes of grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple, citrus hops, mango, lemon, piney hops, herbs, floral hops, grass, hay, brown sugar, apple peel, sweet malt, cinnamon, pear, light spices like pepper and coriander, wet bread or cardboard, and faint alcohol that's covered up by the massive citrus hop presence that dominates the flavor. This brew is sweet, fruity and spicy, with a light malt presence that adds just enough balance to help this beer go down smooth. I was splitting a 6 pack with a friend and we could not hold ourselves back from drinking these beers fast; the flavor was much better out of the bottle then on tap, to the point that it blew it away out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily slick, with light carbonation, a medium body and slightly bitter finish that's on the sour and tart side but leaves a citrus aftertaste like red grapefruit pith.

High drinkability, this was an excellent tasting beer that was much fruitier out of the bottle than on tap. A great beer overall and a high recommendation. An expensive 6 pack, but it was so good that I’m going to stock up on it.

2014 NOTE: Had this out of the can and it was just as tasty and a damn good IPA.

Photo of crkpilot
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

when you need a fix and you can't get heady topper or pliney, this fits in just fine. I live in florida, so it's become relatively easy to acquire, so it's now being stocked all the time.

in a lot of ways it reminds me of a light heady topper- citrus and hop aroma and good balance, just not as powerful. (not a double afterall)

if you live in florida, this is a must buy.

Photo of benloho
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I will just say, this is such an awesome beer!

A: The beer pours a nice copper/tangerine color, hazy but not cloudy, with a two finger head. Awesome lacing around the glass.
S: Wow! Hoppy and sweet smell as soon as I put a nose on it. I smell loads of pineapple, citrus, and pine with some other tropical notes. Awesome aroma! Makes my mouth water.
T: The taste blew me away. Citrus, floral and tropical hop character, which is powerful yet at the same time balanced with that caramel malt so well.
MF: Great mouthfeel. Smooth and easy drinking. There is a great body to this beer and a great amount of bitterness. Does wonders to my palate!
O: What a great beer! This IPA clearly stands out to me in its flavor and hop profile. There's a significant difference between the West Coast IPA style and this Caribbean inspired style.

Photo of sliprk314
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dirtylou
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz CAN

CANNED 11/12/13

Served in a funkwerks goblet - nice tangerine body with a huge white fluffy head. Pretty pungent aroma - tangerine, tropical fruit, mango, papaya and even some nice maltiness (akin to the first aroma that hits the nose upon walking into a brewery). Flavors follow suit pretty closely - relatively light bodied and light bitterness. Good stuff.

Photo of SassieCassie
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is beer is pretty much what I have in mind when I think of an IPA.

Served in a pint glass, it has a nice golden/hazy color. The smell is pine-ish with some fruit mixed in, but not overbearing. There wasn't much of a head though....

The taste was citrus, with hints of grapefruit followed by just the right amount of hops. It is dry and balanced, but not too thick.

I would definitely recommend this one!

Photo of SayBoom
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can to a glass.

L- Deep Straw/ Gold. Tad cloudy. Finger and a half of head.

S- Tropical Fruit. Lots of mango and Pineapple. Tiny bit of malt. Citrus hops at the end.

T- Very fruit forward, but not cloying or overly sweet. Citrusy resin hops balance out the fruit nicely. Very balanced. Very different. Respect.

F- Light and crisp. Doesn't linger. I can see drinking this on the beach in summer all day. Not heavy at all.

O- Nice little Florida gem! I'm glad I got over my can hatred to try this! One of my favorites, now!

Photo of rkarimi
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JohnG190
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a thick, white head that settles into a long-lingering cap. Good lacing. Aroma of pine, tropical fruit, and fresh cut grass. Big, juicy hops hit the front of the tongue with lots of pineapple and mango. Finishes with a bitter hop kick. Sweet malt balances all this bitterness quite nicely. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, an extremely well crafted IPA. Great job Cigar City.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A slightly cloudy golden color. Very nice head retention and leaves a lace on the glass.

S - A floral hoppy aroma. Nectar. Sweet.

T - Sweet nectar of the gods! Alot of honey, hops, and surprisgly, not very bitter for a strong ipa.

M - Very smooth. High carbonation.

O - A highly drinkable IPA. I will buy and drink this one over and over.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,883 ratings.