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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,213
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 697
Gots: 771 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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 VaTechHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical light bronze IPA colored, just barely hazy. Nice head that lasts and tons of visible carbonation.

S - As one could imagine with this style, hops. Mostly citrus. What I like about this aroma is that there is a solid caramel backbone from the malts to back it up but it's not predominant at all. Wonderful balance.

T - The hops are a little more of the Earthy and resin flavors than the aroma, but it works. The caramel flavor backbone is still there and helps support and balance the beer out wonderfully. The aftertaste is a medium-strength bitter left on the palate. I reviewed this from the bottle and had it several times on tap from the brewery so I do notice a little hop fade, but not much.

M - Straight up medium body with the correct amount of carbonation in my book. Alpha acid resin lasts a while during the aftertaste and the alcohol is hidden. Oh so smooth, too easy to drink.

Very easy to see how this beer put Cigar City on the map and I'm fortunate enough to travel/work in Florida frequently enough to get my longing for this beer filled!

VaTechHopHead, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Jmr85
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Jmr85, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of BrokenStones
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper into a pint glass. 1 inch head that stays up for a while.
Delicious bouquet, citrus hops, some tropical fruits, sweet and devious scent.
Sweet on the tongue, 7.5% ABV kicking in along with the hops.
A hint of buttery nice caramel in the background.
Hoppy, but not overwhelming.
A great everyday IPA.
Happy that Jai Alai is now on NYC shelves!
Highly recommended!

BrokenStones, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of DanforthPewter
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

DanforthPewter, Sep 09, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

lonestarstate97, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of soze47
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

soze47, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of McDiddyPop
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, oh, man. After all the times I have had this beer, I finally decided to sit down and review it. 32oz growler poured into my Cigar City pint glass.

This one pours deep amber with a rusty hue. Perfect clarity. A rocky off-white head rose two fingers high and slowly dissipated to a thick quarter-inch cap of foam. Some of the best lacing I have seen. There is a ring all the way around the glass from the initial pour.

Smell is amazing. Citrusy. A bit of mint and pine aroma comes through. Tropical fruits are there as well. Maybe mango?

Taste is very refreshing. Nice and fruity with a fairly harsh yet enjoyable citrus edge. Sharp grapefruit on the finish. I love this beer.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Could perhaps use a bit more carbonation, but this might be unique to this growler. A sticky finish that puckers my mouth up.

The drinkability of this one is extremely high given its ABV. I shudder to think what Wayne and Joey would do with a DIPA considering their IPA is pushing about 7.5%. Goood to the last drop.

McDiddyPop, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Brabander
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice gift in a trade with my beerbuddy Bierenutz. Thanks Dave.

I had a CC beer a mont go and was a bit (Very) disappointed. Untill i heard that i could have had an infected Maduro.

That's why i tried this one to see what this is all about this brewer. Have some more in the fridge....

Poured in my Struise glass. My oh my, very nice darkyellow fluid with a borken white three finger head. No carbonation? No, nothing!

The smell was a bit flat, i would have expected more from an IPA.

The taste however is great, very hoppy but not too bitter and very crisp. A very nice allround IPA.

Mouthfeel was pleasant because of the low bitterness.

Brabander, Nov 12, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

nickbman, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of bonkers
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an SA perfect pint glass. The pour is golden honey and a 2 finger white sticky head. The nose is sweet with mangoes, pineapple and citrus. The beer taste better than it smells, tropical fruit blend with grapefruit that finishes with a slight bitterness. Jai Alai has a sticky medium feel to it and is nicely carbonated. Kinda wish I had picked up a sixer of this instead of the single.

bonkers, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of it at the Rattle 'n' Hum bar in NYC, the other night...

A - Slightly hazy orange body, with a nice frothy beige head

S - Very hoppy and fresh, with a rich fruit undertone profile. I was getting some orange, grapefruit, papaya, and mango notes, as well as some butterscotch and pine.

T - Wow, the taste is pretty intense. Moderately sweet, with a very solid hop bite, with its bitterness counterbalanced by a robust tropical fruit background. The after-taste was not very dry, with some more of that fruitiness and bitterness. This was remotely similar to the Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, only not as focused on the hops, this more balanced.

M - Medium body to it, a bit resinous, with some chewiness. Very mild carbonation. Very pleasant, with the alcohol virtually unnoticeable.

D - Good! This is moderately sessionable. The one pint I had went down very smoothly.

NightINgale, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of sls0210
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours hazy orange with a nice creamy head, definite carbonation (bordering on more than I would like). Upfront hops, slight citrus and a nice pine scent. Decent hop bite with a good malt backing, very balanced. Drinkability is high. Perfect for a summer afternoon, and I will definitely be on the look out for more of it. Looking forward to an increase in distribution as the popularity of Cigar City increases in the Bay Area.

sls0210, May 15, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous deep and delicious orange color with some golden hints. There is a nice 0.5 creamy and dense off-white head that has some great retention. (5.0)

S - Tropical fruit notes. Mangos some grapefruit, tangerines and some slight papaya notes. There is some nice grassy notes from the hops as well as some mild pine but definitely more towards the citrus and tropical noted hops. There is some nice slight malt sweetness ion the nose as well. Nose is good but a bit mild.

T & M - Starts off with some nice fruity and grassy hops. There is some mango and papaya as well as tangerines among other citrus and tropical notes. Very nice. Some flowery hints as well. There is a more bready malt character to this version of the CC IPA. The beer has some nice spice to it as well. As the beer warm there is some nice malt sweetness that develops and compliments the tropical notes very well. (4.5)(4.0)

O - Great offering the CC base IPA is pretty delicious and a solid IPA.

JoEBoBpr, May 28, 2011
Photo of thetomG
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with drowland - thanks!

Gorgeous orange-amber pour with some very nice foamy white head. Minimal lacing, but the color and opacity of the beer are really stunning.

Aroma is a bit underwhelming after the lovely look of the pour - mostly just picking up the hop scents. Flavor is excellent though - floral, citrus, and bitter hop notes all come together very very well.

Carbonation and mouthfeel seem just about perfect. I could drink this all day - if only it was easier to acquire!

Looking forward to my next bottle already...


thetomG, Sep 11, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (thanks, hdelavega!)

A - Very cloudy copper color. Pours with about 1 finger of white head. Not much retention or lacing, but some. Bottle artwork shows a Jai Alai player throwing a hop cone. There's a brief explanation of why they chose the name, food pairing suggestions, and a bottling date of Dec 2011.

S - First impression is great - smells fantastic even in the bottle. "Classic American hop aroma" that reminds me of Lagunitas. Something metallic/"dusty" in the background occasionally.

T - Classic, resiny, American hops. Super smooth. Perfect balance with the malts. Crazy delicious at first, but did acquire a little of that metallic/"dusty" flavor after it warmed up, and also some pine needle flavor. Still, great tasting overall.

M - Nice medium weight mouthfeel, refreshing for sure.

O - I really enjoyed this. It's really easy to drink fast, and as long as you are being careful, I think that's the way to drink it. There were a few little metallic notes that crept in here and there - I think that this would be more pronounced if you were sipping slowly, writing a review for some website. Bottle was shipped from Florida, so that may have affected it. All in all, quite glad I got to try this. Definitely recommended!

olfolxholme, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of godfathermg57
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber with a nice head that gives way to thin lace.

S: Fruity hops are certainly present as well as SImcoe hops. however I can still detect the malty body to the beer as well.

T: Very balanced between the various hops and malts. I detect the usual grapefruit, apricot, and other fruit flavors but also a hint of nutty or toasted malts.

M: Has some body and feel to it, which I much prefer to thinner IPA's

D: The alcohol content is higher than a normal IPA. Very drinkable, although not necessarily something you'd knock back a bunch of at one sitting

Between this and the other Jai Alai variations I've had (Humidor Cedar aged and Oak Aged) I'd have to say the Oak Aged is the best (and one of my favorite IPA's) but this original is pretty great too.

godfathermg57, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden , rich, clean, frothy thick impressive creamy head.

S: Sharp yet subtle and light citrus and tropical fruit. Slight bready malt, underwhelming, yet interesting.

T: Wow! This is a masterful tasting tart and bitter brew! After the slightly disappointing aroma, I was pleasantly surprised by it's novel and noble flavors with a traditionally bitter IPA bitter affect. It almost has the tart sweetness of cherry and holds a gentle malty backbone which is restrained and masterful. Almost tastes of an exotic and interesting Belgian brew. The end of the sip, fruity bitter joy!

M: very light, tart, malty, thin bubbles, almost champagne like.

D: Man o man, this beer rules and I could drink 4 of these much too quickly.

Note: This is my first sampling and I am hooked! I rarely see this in NY but I will actively seek it for a nice change of pace from the typical American IPA. Bravo!

Avantyawn, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass. CANNED ON DEC. 17th, 2012. Really happy I have access to cans of this, it really keeps the hops fresh.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a brief, off white head. Sticky lacing.

S: OMG so much hoppage. Big bright grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, sweet malt and a touch of weed-like dankness at the very end. Man does this smell great!

T: Tastes almost exactly like it smells, bittersweet citrus rinds smashed with tropical fruits, a hit of cereal-like malt and a sticky, resiny bitterness that makes you want to experience that first sweetness again.

M: Rather sublime, barely noticeable carbonation with how nicely sticky this beer is. It coats my tongue with a numbing stickiness I really dig.

O: Perhaps a tad too bitter, lacking in head retention. Not a trace of alcohol to be found in the nose, taste or mouthfeel, which is rather impressive for a 7.5% single IPA. All in all a really, really juicy IPA that is absolutely perfect for the oppressive humidity in Florida. SO happy I live just on the opposite coast from them, my fridge will never be without at least one can of this.

d1ckvanswype, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ubenumber2
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into a pint glass tan beer with an orange hue to it , nice 2 finger head , streaky lacing

Smell is very hop forward on this one , citrus and a hint of pine and a sweet malty smell to finish it off

The mouth on this beer is just right for the style , not to thin and not too heavy

The taste taste is very hop forward as well , the pine resin taste hits you off first then a load of citrus and the sweet malt comes in with the bitterness biting hard at the end

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and wish I could purchase it in Arkansas

ubenumber2, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky grapefruit color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is initially malty, quickly followed by citrus and tropical fruits. Lovely hop aromas with some nice pine and pineapple. A bit of melon with some grapefruit as well. Taste is bitter hops at first, which fades to tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, guava) and citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon). Quite complex flavors here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic IPA.

DovaliHops, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Augustiner719
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a beautiful hazy orange hazy color with a ton of hop haze and a nice eggshell off white head. Leaves nice lacing and really glows in the light. The aroma is the biggest tropical flavors I have ever smelled in an ipa. Has a huge mango, pineapple, and grapefruit aroma. Even has some starfruit and peach. Really nice on the palate. The mouthfeel however is a little off. Leaves a bitter dry feeling on the back end that is not appealing. The carbonation is silly smooth which I find in double ipas but not in ipas. Drinkability is good. Really delicious and complex. One odd the better ipas out there.

Thanks to Black13 for this sucker. Really great.

Augustiner719, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of ahatcher78 - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours an ossified apricot amber, gorgeously transparent, with persistent bursts of carbonation rising slowly and blossoming outwards like a mushroom cloud of effervescence from a single nucleation site at the bottom of the cervoise. The carbonation cloud rises loftily towards what was initially an immaculate alabaster crown, two fingers tall, but eventually falling to a persistent and uniform sheen. The lacing is glittery and glossy in places but rocky and dense in others. An excellent start that's really only lacking in firm head retention.

Aroma: A surprising amount of both herbal mintyness and, surprisingly and pleasantly, stone fruits. A slew of peach and nectarine notes greet the nose upon initial whiff, alongside a few lighter, tarter, less sweet, and more traditionally hop-esque notes (orange zest, slight lemon peel) lend a decided west coast suggestion, though there's also a spicy herbal quality throughout, slightly minty, and slightly leafy, so the east coast is definitely representin'. All of this is accompanied by that biscuity, somewhat English, and moderately roasted underbelly, suggesting peaches of the ripe variety and York peppermint patties (though the latter only slightly).

Taste: See above. A strong, spicy, minty note is present throughout, equal parts kick and pungent, leafy tobacco, sort of reminiscent of those York peppermint patties again (at least, insofar as its minty and sweet, not so much on the mint and chocolate thing). The peach and stone fruits are a little more subdued here, and the malt base a little less biscuity - it's more of a straightforward caramel malt punch, but it's a little more pungent, powerful, action packed, though much of the actual bitterness of the hops are merged and blended well with the spiciness of the hops as described above. Pretty easy going while at the same time being pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Great feeling beer, with a nice amount of carbonation and a moderately thick but in-no-ways sticky body making for a slightly creamy but whipped-creamy body, airy and light but also smooth and even with a kiss of a slick oilyness that adds rather than detracts.

Drinkability: A little on the high side as far as an IPA goes (7.5%), but it's neither tasted or felt. Just a really well made and enjoyable beer, and really a stellar IPA (one of the best of the style I've yet to try) from a very young brewery. Thrilled to have had the chance to try it.

CrellMoset, Apr 21, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off - thanks to Bamadog for the hookup with this single from Cigar City. I had the cedar version of this prior and didn't get a chance to review it but thoroughly enjoyed it.

A: Cloudy orange with a nice fluffy head that sticks around forever. Amazing look.

S: Interesting nose - smells of faint citrus but may have some element of melon present?

T: Wow. Bitter up front, Pine hops linger a while giving way to the malt back. Very nice balance in the flavor.

M: Great carbonation

D: All night long. I need more of this IPA.

beerman207, Nov 27, 2010
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We have so many great option in the world of IPA's these days. Here is another one.

Nicely carbonated as it took no effort at all to achieve a three finger head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as the off white head slowly fades. Body is a deep hazy honey amber color.

Nose is bright with deep resinous hops. I get citrus, honey and hoppy sap. This is noticeably all balanced with a solid malt feel.

The first sip brings Piney sharp hops that attack the tongue. Citrus rind and resin both play to carry the bitterness across the palate. Once again there is a consistent malt bill here that provides the balance to the brew.

This is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick but very enjoyable.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Sensaray
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a hazed dark golden
Smells of piney grapefruit citrus bit o tropical as well come to mind, smells good
Taste is grapefruit pine tropical fruit good bitter throughout and builds through to a dry close, a bit sticky, nice
Mouthfeel is pleasant, good spice is immediately apparent, solid mouthfeel
Overall this is a tasty brew, glad to have found in the last section of the store I went to! almost missed the can section

Sensaray, Apr 30, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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