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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,777
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
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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 MonkeyboyATL
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA I've tasted. Not really such a profound statement since I'm pretty new to the craft beer world. Mine had lots of floaties in it, but from other reviewers comments I guess that's to be expected since it was not kept cold. It was brought to me from Tampa by a friend. As far as I know it didn't adversely affect the taste though (first one, so how could I know). This is not a one dimensional beer as I think is often the case with a lot of IPA. Jai Alai is much more balanced, with a healthy malt presence. It also has a much thicker mouth-feel than your standard IPA. A fantastic brew that I hope returns to Georgia very soon. Floridians should not be allowed to keep this to themselves (blatant jealousy intended).

Photo of SSEngelbrecht
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

White head, light foam, nice lacing as the glass was emptied. Color was typical light orange / golden.

Smell is dominated by herbal hops with a light citrus in the background.

The taste is on par with the best. Nice bitterness balanced by malt and tons of citrus, lemon, grapefruit and orange. There's an initial sweetness on the palate which rolls into a pleasant bitterness with great balance.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected with a syrupy body that is very pleasing, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

Overall, this is a winner and ranks up there with many of the greats.

Photo of mrstevens
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: A golden color with nice white head finger sized head that recedes quickly. not too much lacing.

S: Hops hops hops, grapefruit orange and sweetness from the malts.

T: great tasting beer, get the bite from the hops then has a nice citrusy flavor and the malts add the little bit of sweetness.

M: pretty smooth for an IPA nice carbonation.

D: This is my go to craft beer. Being relatively new I know, but still very tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai (said like "hi lie") is a game with origins traced back to Basque and was once a big part of florida. This brew pours a deep copper with a medium head of bone color. Lacing is top notch, excellent. Smell is enticing, to say the least, with great attributes being sweet, fruity, spicy HOPPINESS! The taste is clean and fresh with huge floral hoppy notes. Its bitter but the best kind of bitter. I liken it to wasabi(the heat is intense but leaves quick without a trace). Doesn't linger around on the palate like some other well known IPAs. Feel is incredibly smooth, refreshing with a perfect light carbonation. I can't say enough about this beer, easily the best IPA I've had to date. Highly recommended to anyone who likes hops and even those who don't.

Photo of Anubis010
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friends Uncle Bob shipped it from Tampa. Pours a copper orange with a white 3 inch sticky head. Very cloudy in my 13 oz tulip glass,with awesome lacing that sticks around the whole time. Smell is nice, but fairly mellow for a IPA with 7.5ABV. Some citrus and piney hops. The taste is wonderful oranges, pineapple, and pine. Not overwhelming but bitter. Plenty off carbonationand great mouthfeel for a IPA, one of the best I have had. I think this a wonderful IPA. So glad to have a beer from Florida. Wish I had more.

Photo of alaimoa
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally tried the Jai Alai and was not disappointed
A: not sure, drank out of the can but i'll take peoples word that its outstanding
S: fruity (pineapple, lemon, orange peel)
T: similar upfront citrus but a nice light caramel malt backbone - not too dry or bitter
M: great creaminess with a medium carbonation
Overall: really good, would love to have a steady supply of this from Florida

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a yellow-orange in color, Jai Alai gives off a subtle creaminess to the background of it's nose. The hops are citrusy but smooth and give none of the aggressive bitterness there's a mild malt note in the note as well as though vanilla or caramel. The nose is amazingly balanced and has a touch of tropical fruit as well. On the palate the carbonation is smooth, keeping the texture remarkably creamy. Flavors of citrus, pine, orange and a hint of honey drive the profile. There also a subtle spiciness. The balance of the entire experience is what makes this IPA special. There are elements of malt that keep the hops from overtaking the beer, even on the finish, which has only a small amount of bitterness, but lots of flavor.

Photo of Stebow1289
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into shaker pint

A: clear copper color nice fluffy head laced on the glass well 

S: grapefruit orange little bready      

T: very clean smooth grapefruit and orange flavors nice light bitterness on the end

M: very clean feel nice smoothness 

O: very well done IPA it's fruity finishes clean not too bitter it's very good 

Photo of illMurray
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So here goes my first review ... This is a fantastic IPA , at only 7% abv it packs a lot of flavor. Its a great anytime IPA and has become really popular in South Florida and is almost always available. Nice opaque orange color , great mouthfeel, and tons of citrus hoppy flavor. Is great out of the can but I prefer in a glass to really appreciate the color and aroma of this IPA. Has a great balance of bitterness and sweetness. I usually drink IPA's in the 9-10% abv range but this IPA stands up right next to them.

Photo of Saltybeard
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Topphawg
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of themind
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing American IPA! beer pours a small head with a murky golden color. The aroma is hops and more hops. The taste is a hop explosion...not a Heady level but this stuff is very good. The beer is slightly bitter with a subtle after taste. Over all its an amazing beer worth seeking out. I would stock up on this stuff if it came to PA again in the next 100 years.

Bottom Line: Incredible IPA

Photo of mbbransc
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Beerclubtampa
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of HopSavant
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Andrew041180
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of a can at a Marriot in Orlando. The beer is a beautiful deep murky copper color with two or so inches of thick creamy off-white head. Retention is solid, lacing comes in rich, thick rings.

S - Wonderful fresh hops, little bit of pine. Mostly citrus. Yum, can't wait to sip this thing.

T - The taste follows the smell quite well. Not quite as citrusy as I was expecting from some of the reviews that I had read before I tasted it, but still bursting with the hop flavors that I look for in a top IPA.

M - probably on the thicker side of medium-bodied and a pleasure to drink. Another facet of this beer that stood out to me as unique is a bubbly tingle that I felt on my tongue during and after the finish. It really created a great contrast to the easy smoothness of the beer.

O - All the components of some of my favorite IPAs are present here. My only regret is that I had to drink it more quickly than normal due to concerns over catching a flight. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on some.

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dirty looking orange color that is impermeable. Has a thin head that leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass

S-Grapefruit, pine, acidic fruits, floral, with some zesty spices. Just fantastic.

T-Hop forward, but a lot going on here. A flash of breadiness hits the palate at first, then fades into the hops. Citrus, acidic fruits, bitter hops, zesty spices are in the middle of the palate. The finish is hoppy as hell, but has a sweet twinge to it.

MF-Creamy and carbonated at the same time. Finishes crisp and refreshing. Medium body

O-Exceptional. An IPA worth the hype.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on July 26 2013

A: Pours a lightly hazy copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly recede to a cap that leaves great lacing

S: Quite tropical with citrus and light earthy notes. Decent malt presence. Hops definitely take the show

T: Starts with a bit of citrus and some caramel maltiness and goes into the tropical hoppiness that dominated the nose. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and more fruitiness. Nicely balanced and hides the alcohol well

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: Definitely one of the better IPAs out there. I love the balance and drinkability. Packs a nice hop punch without being too bitter. Wish this had distribution out of FL

Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap several times back in December when I was visiting the brewery before heading out on a cruise with the family. Reviewing this one based on a fresh can dated 5/28/2013, so it's ten days young. Poured into a CCB pint glass (the one you get free with the brewery tour). Thanks to RaffyS for throwing a few cans of this in as extras.

Aroma: A bit of pine but mostly citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Balanced out by a nice caramel malt backbone. Smells rich and appetizing without smelling too sticky or resinous. (4.25)

Colour: Beautiful dark amber body with a thick, thick 3cm offwhite head that takes its sweet time settling down into a thick off-white film with tons of ridiculous lacing all over the glass by the time all is said and done. Beautiful! (4.5)

Flavour: Delicious citrus and tropical fruit notes- its grapefruit and mango mixed together, yet balanced out so well by the malty caramel and toffee backbone. All the flavours come together incredibly well, enough that you can pick it out if you pay attention but you're too busy enjoying the damn beer! Has a nice piney bitterness at the end too. Well-done Joey. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: A delicious medium bodied brew with great carbonation, full of the frontloaded fizziness with a clean but moist finish that makes this beer so refreshing. The aftertaste is primarily some combination grapefruit and pine bitterness with a nice malty sweet kick. You cannot detect any of the 7.5% ABV at any point in this brew. Simply quaffable. (4.5)

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs, glad to reexperience this one again. So refreshing, not even a hint of dryness, with excellent hoppiness for an IPA makes this a very well put-together beer. One of the best regular IPAs I've had the chance to drink. (4.5)

(My previous Hads rating from 1/2/2013 was a 4.5)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Bubbly, mostly white head. A hazy, light copper and orange hue. Carbonation is everywhere - in the head and small chains of active bubbles traveling up the glass and suspended in the beer. Some sediment floating in the beer as well.

S: Floral, orange citrus hops, biscuits, and strong pine resin.

T: Sweet, caramel, and malty biscuits up front. Sting of grapefruit and dank, earthy bitterness on the end.

M: Juicy mouthfeel that is more sweet at first, but bitterness clings on the tongue at the finish. Nice warming sensation on the back of the throat.

O: An easy drinking IPA that is juicy, slightly refreshing, but full of powerful flavors and aromas. A handsome looking beer from start to finish. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of Herrington
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of BWED
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can purchased at the Craft Beer Outlet in Philly.
Poured into a tulip.

A- Clear, golden-burnt orange, with a light and fizzy one finger head. Off-white in color and retains fairly well, with the lacing sliding slowly back into the beer.

S- Nose stinging of floral and citrus notes, with a sweet malt undertone.

T- Malty, almost a caramel off the bat, but with a bitter punch of citrus and a complementary earthy hop mellowness.

M- Unbelievably not bitter, light carbonation, on a medium light body. The finish brings a mellow bitter dryness, only beckoning in more beer!

O- I thought this was fantastic. I noticed some reviewers saying this was more a pale ale than an IPA, but I think not. It is highly hopped like any other IPA, but it is so mellow. Who ever said IPAs had to be highly bitter? I look forward to the next time I drink this beer.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,777 ratings.