Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
BEER INFO

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 augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BPRESTON for the Cigar City haul! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Deep hazy tangelo liquid with tangerine and amber highlights and a fluffy three finger seashell stand of merengue up top. Thick soapy lacing, and a constant stream of rising bubbles throughout. Superior retention.

Lovely aroma - chock full of citrus-forward hops with fresh orange and pomelo zest dominating the nose. Clean malt and a light herbaceous note round out the scent.

Very faint caramel malt, immediately enveloped in a wave of citrus-y, lightly spicy hops which lead into a moderate bitterness mid-palate growing more fruity suggesting white peach and a touch of mango. Finishes dry and bready with a lasting subtle complexity of mixed hops. Very citrus-forward and flavorful, but remarkably balanced (without being too malty) and without overdoing the bitterness or acids. A true change of pace from many West Coast IPAs, but just as enjoyable as most of them.

Well carbonated, soft, then crisp and refreshing. Each sip demands another as you try to pick out subtle hop notes but are thwarted again and again as the wave of citrus/fruit and gentle caramel wash over you.

Really impressive.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look--beautiful golden color. Pours out with fine white head, which reduces to a nice collar aroma is hoppy and fruity. Taste is hoppy. Feel is light and smooth,

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Photo of kevinv
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Many thanks to a great new trader, Belthor, for sending a bottle of this my way as an extra.

A - Pours a dark murky copper/orange with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head, which retains very nicely by the way... Solid lacing is left on the glass as you enjoy this one.

S - Pungent aromas of floral and tropical notes. It smells like oranges, tangerines, and mangos. Slight caramel undertones. If you have the willpower to savor this beer without just gulping it down, the aromas really begin to shine as the beer warms a bit.

T - Very orange-y type fruits like you get in the smells dominate the flavor. Delicious. Slight maltiness is more noticeable when the beer warms a bit. Mild hop bitterness up front with a nice drying finish. No presence of alcohol. Piney notes in the aftertaste.

M - Good medium bodied brew with a well balanced mild carbonation.

D - This a great IPA that I'd love to have over and over. My glass was empty before I knew it and I was left craving more. Solid.

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Photo of Marleypoo
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How they got 7.5 abv to taste so smooth I will never know? I live on the beach in south Florida and drink beer all day everyday, this is my new favorite beach beer. You only need a few and your where you wanna be! I love beer and Really think Jai Alai is the best beer I ever had! Hands down!

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Photo of StrangerTides
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first introduction to IPAs, found it available on tap at The Living Room Restaurant in Boynton Beach, FL a few years ago. Prior to that I was a pretty undiscriminating beer drinker, choosing anything from Bud Light to Heineken to Sam Adams. It was a revelation to find a new type of beer with a really great taste. The thickness and smoothness of this beer combined with the tingling bitterness made an instant impression on me. Now I've taken every opportunity to try different beer varieties and IPAs remain my favorite, with Jai Alai being one of my top five or so.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Arrived today in a package from hoppy99, had to crack it right away.

Appearance: Pours a copper tangerine color, with a modest, bubbly white head. Some lace forms a nice web on the glass.

Smell: A great variety of citrus hop aromas. Grapefruit, mango, and sweet pineapple. A soft, caramel bready malt exists in the background.

Taste: The balance between a semi-sweet bready malt and the stronger citrusy hops stays steady throughout each sip. Sweet mango and pineapple help round out the dominating tart grapefruit hop presence. Quite a hoppy bitterness in the middle, but it finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: The definition of a smooth and creamy feel for an IPA. The great feel is what really sets this apart. Crisp and bold, with a light dry finish. A light sticky residue remains at the end of the sip.

Drinkability: This is very tasty, and the creamy feel puts it up there as one of the more drinkable IPA's I have had.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this beer, I was totally happy. It had that ever so appealing grapefruit, resin pine aroma,
The taste did not disappoint, Right from the copper Amber color with a good lasting dirty white head, I enjoyed this. The first sip was bold and crisp. This is one of the beer types I call chuggable. The second and third sips satisfied,until I just "downed" the rest. Not as much of a dry finish.
Now that I am leaving Florida I will have to see where in CT I can get some

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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 

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Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated review, after having had a couple six packs ranging from 5 days old to 2 weeks old.

L -- Thick bright white head on an copper body.

S -- Bright, citrus hops take it all for me. Can I pretend I smelled the malt in it? No? Ok, just hops then.

T -- Citrusy bitter hops, caramel malt on the back end that's tempered for me by some banana/mango/fruit flavors. The hops are very forward and are great.

F -- Crisp, fresh, smooth, nicely carbonated.

O -- Really great IPA. Some won't enjoy the malt presence, but I think it adds a balance to it. There's plenty of bitter hops in here and the malt tempers that. I can't go wrong with a pretty fresh 6-pack of this, especially on a hot summer beach.

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Photo of illMurray
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored, white head, sticky lacing. Smells sweet with orange blossom aroma and caramel. The taste is sweet caramel orange and flowery hops. Medium body with medium caucusing. Dangerously drinkable beer.

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Photo of themind
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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)

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tale of two beers. Had two from the same 6 pack, one was OMG excellent, one was dull and not nearly as good. It was an odd thing. Some, the great one had an almost orange juice like taste. Very citrus forward aroma. The dull one had a muted citrus aroma. Was more on the bitter side with way less citrus taste. Still good, just not as good as the other can.

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Photo of BWED
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Orange golden hue. Medium lacing with minimal head for an IPA.

S- Lemons, orange, hops, grapefruit. This beer smells wonderful.

T- Follows the nose. More tropical fruit in this beer than in any other IPA that I have had.

M- Very smooth. Carb follows down the throat. Really good M on this one.

O- I don't really enjoy many IPA's, but this one I do.

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Photo of Retroman40
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Got this in a can only 14 days old. Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a very persistent foamy white head. The smell is dominated by very fruity hops as is the taste. Initially the citrus (particularly grapefruit) flavors dominate but there is a quick transition to a rich malt flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich and the finish begs for the next sip. This is my new go to IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando. Pours a clear dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is loaded with lots of pine and citric hops and some malt as well. The taste picks up right where the aroma left off with a big dose of hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic IPA that is highly recommended! Well done Cigar City!

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Photo of mdvatab
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
Date on bottle says Jun 03 (hoping that's bottled-on date, not consume-by date)

Aroma: Orange and lemon citrus hop notes. Brown sugar sweetness. Light grapefruit appears as the beer warms.

Appearance: Two-finger persistent off-white collar settles to a pad of foam the lingers in the middle of the glass through to the last creamy sip. Light iced-tea colored body. Fantastic lacing.

Flavor: Hops and malt combine to an almost pumpkin pie spice-like flavor. Robust, but not overwhelming, bitterness. LOTS of spiciness from the hops followed by some grass notes. Bitterness doesn't hold on like a bulldog at the end like in some IPAs. Some medicinal notes also show up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & medium carbonation. Hops are not drying in this brew.

Overall: I really enjoyed Jai Alai. Very well balanced, while having one of the most unique hop and malt-derived IPA flavor profile out of most any of the ones I've tried. I'll definitely be getting my hands on some of this again when I'm in the Southeast.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A regular favorite of mine I'm just now getting around to review.

Poured with a little aggression this golden copper brew yields about a one inch head of tight tiny bubbles that simmers down pretty quickly leaving a thin white film on top of the beer all the way down.
Nose is full of citrus and tropical fruit with a little bit of woody pine.
The taste is nice and full. Lots of sweet and bitter hops.
Mouth feel could be a little more smooth, but the hop flavors resonate for awhile which is nice.
Overall I stick with the fact that this is the best IPA I can get readily at a good price and will keep giving cigar city my money.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguyu123 for this bottle

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Slightly cloudy orange/amber colour with a nice glow and two fingers of thick, creamy white head

S - Huge citrus hops up front that have notes of juicy grapefruit, tangerine and tropical fruit. A sweet malt backbone rounds out the nose nicely. A very pleasant overall nose.

T - A nice combination of bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have notes of citrus and some earthiness and the malts have just the right amount of sweetness. There is a unique background taste that I can't put my finger on that reminds me of a double bock and is an excellent compliment to this beer.

M - Medium body with a ncie chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent IPA!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,342 ratings.