Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 5,660
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
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Gots: 919 | FT: 53
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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 mikeburd1128
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Canned on what looks to be 12/1/12.

A - Pours a very appealing reddish copper with a solid finger and a half of off white head that recedes very quickly with nice lacing.

S - Big citrus. I'm getting lots of tangerine (something I really can't recall experiencing in an IPA before) and grapefruit, and man, they are playing nicely together. However, after my 2nd of the day, the HUGE tangerine is almost getting a bit tiresome.

T - Big tangerine again. I can't get over how enjoyable this is to drink. You get the solid malt backbone in the finish as it finishes clean and a little bready.

M - Mouthfeel is wonderful. So smooth and full bodied for an IPA. Seems to be relatively low carbonation.

O - This is wonderful. So easy to drink. I'm noticing the heavy tangerine could be a little off putting after a few, but nevertheless, this is really a great beer. From beginning to end. Easily one of the best single IPA's I've had.

Photo of david370
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.bottle dated aug 2011,im assuming thats a bottling date

A nice hazy amber/orange color with a almost white head..nice lacing

lots going on with the aroma..citrus notes dominated

smooth balanced taste,just a hint of biterness on the finish

Im glad this finally got to my area of georgia and its joining sweetwater as my favorite local IPAs

Photo of fourstringer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. A completely indecipherable blob is stamped on the base of the can.

A: Golden yellow body with a orange tint. Faint haze. 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Big and rocky as it goes. Moderate lacing. Great.

S: Fruit-forward hop with a nice citrus character. Grapefruit. Apricot. Light grass. I'm not picking up many distinct elements, but damn, the whole is very nice.

T: A welcoming, fruity bitterness opens. Development of a nicely integrated malt backbone that sits in perfect balance. Finishes semi-dry with a tasty hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence. Excellent citrus and tropical fruit notes. Vanilla.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Slightly oily. Very smooth.

O: I don't know if it's all the mulch I shoveled today, or the sweet can, or what, but this one just hit the spot. Really a fine drinker. Highly session-able for the ABV. Refreshing but with good depth. Get some to enjoy on the patio.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler at ChurchKey on tap.

Small off cream white head with a golden amber body that is slightly cloudy, leaves some good lacing. It doesn't appear as suspended as it's bottle counterpart. Still good none the less

Bouquet on this is a soft fleshy fruit, specificaly a pulpy grapefruit sense. There seems to hint at some density and thickness coming. Very enjoyable.

Taste is a big malt hop and orange at first. But what sticks out is the mouthfeel, just killer. Pillow softness mixed with lingering aftertastes of incredibly light LIGHT brown sugars and the most tolerable bitterness. Airy lingering grapefruit citrus finish that lasts and lasts and lasts. Wood component out of the bottle for me seems to be missing.

Overall though an extremely quaffable GREAT feeling IPA on tap.

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says "Happy B-day Joey Canned On 3 DEC 12." I know that guy!

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of head that retains slightly before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and thick tufts of surface foam. Slippery cobwebs of lacing.

S- Hops have a peppery/citrusy hybrid thing going on that's reinforced by a sturdy malt sweetness. Notes of lemon, mango and grapefruit.

T- Bitterness clamps down at first but lets up a bit once the grainy malts make their way in, then it's right back to the hops that linger in the finish. Grassy and vegetal while also providing some citrus characteristic. This IPA is certainly dynamic in flavor. Alcohol is excellently hidden. One would probably assume this was just a single without knowing its official classification, but it's incredibly close to DIPA territory.

M- Juicy but with a sharp afterbite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a mostly standard body.

O- This beer speaks for itself. Such an awesome go-to IPA.

Photo of mrnobody
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep orange/amber with two fingers of thick eggshell head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: This is fruity as hell: mango, pineapple, orange. Amazing!

T: The first thing that hits you is the sweetness and you think you are in for a malt bomb but then the juicy hops take over and you forget all about the malt!

M: I'd say the mouthfeel is quite full and the carbonation is spot on.

D: The drinkability is very high.

Photo of Stoneyrok
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice deep murky orange but cleared a little after settling in the glass. Thin head poured into a basic thin walled crystal beer mug which I can't really fit into a glass category.

S - whoa, clean, floral, slightly hoppy, I knew I was about to drink an IPA, smell reminded me a bit of Burton baton. deep, hard to find malt smell.

T - This is an IPA, grapefruit, piney, a little more grapefruit, but what I noticed the most was a wicked bitterness on the first few sips. Did not notice ETOH at all (alcohol) even though it's 7+%. Still a strong bitter, grapefruit aftertaste. Toward the end I could pick up the malt's a LOT better than in the beginning.

M - prickly, great balanced carbonation I thought. Smooth but not as smooth or sweet or floral as Burton baton, and I keep comparing this beer to that dogfish so that is good..

D - well, I was only able to find 4 in Jensen Beach and Port St Lucie Fl. So I will drink these sparingly since I am now home in NC, but for IPA drinkers, I think you could,knock out 3-4 before you are sick of the IPA for the night, and/or have had too much ETOH.

Another sip before wrapping this up, and again, bitter and strong grapefruit.. "I am an IPA and I PROVE IT" is what it shouts at you, not sweet, not dry - I am very malty once you start drinking me!

Photo of Arenbeer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

Thanks to Mavajo for this great brew!

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thinner white head that LLAB.

S- Strong pine hops sit on top of a nice caramel malty backbone with a great amount of citrus and grapefruit.

T- Sweet Grapefruit and citrus with a really nice bitter dry pine hop flavor to compliment. Solid caramel malt background for sure but gets lost in all the hop presence.

M- Medium body with lower to moderate carbonation and a real nice strong bitter finish.

Excellent IPA that could easily stand up to most DIPA's.

SkÅL!

Photo of boss302
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai, pint draft.

A Cloudy unfiltered, nice reddish amber color. This beer had been allowed to settle a bit, it was not quite clear, but you could see through it. Head was thick and it stayed for quite a while, had good lacing, and was still present at the end.

S A very nice floral hop aroma, some malt, but mostley hop. Just like it should be.

T Nice malty taste, some citrus/piney flavors from the hops and a little astringent at the back of the tongue. A quality AIPA.

M Medium to heavy mouthfeel, more of thick feel than thin. Carbonation was good.

O A good Am IPA and worth trying. I will be having another of these on my next visit.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color. White head that starts a few fingers high and has pretty good retention. Nose is quite hoppy with pine and citrus taking the front. Taste is strong hops along with a light bit of malt in the background. Good dry, resinous mouthfeel with superior drinkability.

Photo of evanforbeer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can date 5/13/14- pours lovely clean orange with foamy white head.

Nose- stone fruits and citrus, herbal hop spice and pine, bready malt

Taste- smooth and lush fruity hops with nectarines, peaches, tangerines, tropical fruit up front, o touch of hop spice underneath, a little bready/caramel malt with a slight trace of vanilla mint on the back end with more juicy stone fruit,citrus and pine lingering on

Feel- smooth, juicy, fresh, zesty, medium-full bodied

A great IPA. Great flavor profile and perfectly balanced and drinkable. Glad I ha an extended layover in Miami and could snag some

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bit of an orange-amber color with a solid white head.

S - Very aromatic here. Plenty of grapefruit and grass notes. Just a tad piney. Very nice.

T - Very robust citrus taste. Good balance of citrus and piney hops. Solid malt bill that provides plenty of support. A bit of toffee and caramel at the end.

M - Incredibly smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.

Overall - A wonderful IPA here, great balance.

Photo of HoptimusPrimeIPA
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful copper with a nice two finger head that gives a ton of lacing.

Piney with a tropical fruit sweetness, some nice sweet malts are present as well as some caramel

Grape fruit, tropical fruit and hoppy goodness take center stage with the malts adding a very nice flavor but taking the back seat to the aforementioned flavor. Good bitter finish and almost no alcohol taste even though the beer is 7%+.

Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation

Very very drinkable for an IPA with a 7% ABV. Had to force myself away from this one at the bar.

Serving type: Tap

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear
H. Gold
N. Strong Citrus Hops

Comments taken from my blog

Yep, Cigar City has done it again. This is not your normal IPA. Jai Alai starts with a nice citrus odor and then slaps you in the face with a great balance of malt and hop bitterness. This is a great tasting and perfect IPA. I have had this beer in bottle and on tap and I can say the fresher that you can get you hands on it, the better it is. This is my type of IPA!

Photo of Andrew041180
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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 BeerAndBourbon
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a hazy amber with a white head that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Honey and malt forward - yum.

T. Sweet with honey and citrus.

M. Medium to thick body with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

I placed this at the top of the blind IPA tasting that we conducted (ahead of Sculpin, Furious, Red Racer, Two Hearted, Columbus). I'd love to see one of these as an extra in any trade I conduct or in a BIF!

Photo of REDSOXIPAGUY
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of my favorite ipa's that I've been able to try. I put down a 5 for the appearance because I have never poured it into a glass! This is great straight from the can. My family went through about 6-6packs while we were vacationing on Sanibel. This just tastes tropical. Doesn't smack you in the face like a dirtwolf but is dangerously sessionable. My wife absolutely loves this beer, and she is not an ipa fan. If you can get your hands on some fresh Jai Alai, do it!

Photo of Marty30
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Hazy dark orange body with a two finger off white head that recedes pretty quickly.Good lacing sticking to the glass.Great carbonation.

S. Big tropical fruit notes peach,mango,pineapple, as well as some pine and some earthy tones.

T. The smell is spot on with this one.Awesome tasting IPA,very well balenced just how I like it.

M. Good creamy medium mouth,good carbonation.Doesnt leave that big after taste that alot of IPA's do.

Overall this might be my favorite IPA! This is one nicely crafted brew.A must try,its just a shame I cant get it were I live.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light caramel color, very small head of white dust sized bubbles.

Smell of strong citrus , great bouquet of floral oranges, tangerine and pale malts.

Taste of a very well rounded India Pale Ale. Not overly bitter and not overly sweet. A lot of the IPAs out right now have a little too lopsided of flavors on the hop side ; this is not in that category. Bits of grapefruit mixed with toasted sugars. Everything that I like in a barleywine only at a lower level. This is a great IPA. Medium bodied and light to medium carbonation levels make this very drinkable. A great IPA that tastes remarkably fresh considering it had to make a trip up the east coast to get here.

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade. Thanks miamichael2 for sending them my way.

Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours a hazy deep gold almost orange in color with 1 finger of off white head that has good retention and leaves some mild lacing.

S- Strong tropical fruits. Overly ripe pineapple, and fresh cut grapefruit. Sweet smelling tangerine citrus.

T- Starts off with a pleasantly sweet tangerine flavor. Then theres a healthy dose of bitterness in the form of pine, and grapefruit flavors from the hops. Finishes with a solid malt backbone that attempts to balance things out. Tasty.

M- Feels kind of creamy on the palate. Goes down good for being 7.5%ABV. Moderate amount of carbonation.

O- My first offering from Cigar City is a hit. Look forward to trying more.

Photo of mattyb
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orange with a nice thick white head.

S - Citrus with some herbs and malts.

T - Very hop forward, middle provides some relief with a caramel malt taste, the finish provides the return of the hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation, clean dry finish.

O - Great IPA, would be in my regular rotation if it was available. Thanks mikesgroove.

Photo of Trifecta1
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd Cigar City beer! Huzzah, trades! Less than 2 weeks old, to boot.

A - Deep gold, orange peel colored with an extreme head with awesome lacing.

S - Breathtaking. You'd swear tropical fruit juice was in here. Spice, malt, blood orange, pineapple, mango, it's all there.

T - Follows nose. Heavy tropical fruit flavor, massive hop flavor, spicy, amazingly floral burps. Sweet malt in the middle with a short, bitter finish and sweetness and hop flavor clinging for some time.

M - Standard top-quality IPA - medium body, medium carbonation, oily and slick.

O - Great IPA from a great brewery. Just need to find some White Oak Jai.

I think it tastes like the IPA version of Zombie Dust.

Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with HeatSeeker. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden copper hue with a nice one finger head that faded to leave a very thin blanket leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Very nice aromas of citrus here, slightly dank, with lots of bright orange, sharp tangerine, and light grapefruit.

T - Alright, this is more like it. Good bitter hops with nice citrus peel. Stuff is delicious really. Slightly malty but only as a sweetness. Really solid IPA notes.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice, good sharpness for an IPA to offset the bitterness.

O - Overall this was a surprisingly good IPA. This must be a fresh bottle because the citrus really pops. Quite delicious really.

Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky 7.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange amber cor with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Rings and spots of chunky lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with subtle spices, caramel malt and sunlte sweet alcohol. Lts of tropical and citrus fruit notes in the blnse including mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orang peel. Slight dry pine needles as well as sme toasty biscuit malt character.

Chewy medium body that is very hop forward with lots of dry earthy pine and sweet tropical/citrus fruit flavor. Hi ts of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus peel along with a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone and sweet alcohol heat. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish but overall the ABV is very well masked makig his beer extremely quaffable.

Photo of Gtreid
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained at CCB on 6/19, consumed same day. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy burnt orange color. One and a half fingers of light kahki head appears then receeds to a quarter inch, and leaves awsome thick lace.

A: Great blend of cascade and simcoe hops. Grapefruit, orange, mango, and lime are present as well. Sweet malts give it an excellent balance.

T: Very nice balance here. Caramely from the malts, and crisp citrus from the hops.

M: Medium body, rather resinous mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Huge marks on drinkability here. 7.5% ABV can get dangerous, but this is sessionable. I really like this beer. I little heavier than most IPA's but the taste is soooo refreshing. I can't wait to review the ceadr and flora versions of this one. Kudos to Wanye and Joey for crafting a very fine beer. Skal.

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