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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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 rfbenavi80
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance is hazed amber orange aroma citrus orange grape fruit and some pine.taste is grapefruit Boozy orange with more pine. nice malt backbone, an excellent IPA

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Photo of mattyb
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark, hazy orange color with a nice off white head. Head is gone pretty quick, becoming a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some very nice layered lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A nice touch of pine and malts too.

T- Tropical fruits again are front and center. A nice back bone of malts to provide a bit of balance. A bit of pine and alcohol round every thing out. Very nice and awesome.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- This is a very solid IPA. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Steve.

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Photo of qthompso
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light amber with a good amount of head and really impressive lacing.

It smells like a big glass of citrusy, fruity hops. Rather sweet, pineapple and/or mango. A bit grassy, not the big danky hop type.

The initial taste comes across as the nose would indicate, pretty sweet, smooth and tasty. A real strong bitterness midway through followed by a lingering fruity yet smokey note. The malt towards the back keeps this one pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is rather medium bodied. Good carbonation and a real dry, crisp finish.

Overall, I really enjoy this one. There's a lot going on with this one. The hops come through big but there's a lot of malt to back it up. There's also enough of a booze presence to indicate that this is getting close to imperial territory. Really great IPA. If only it was distributed in MN!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just as good as I remembered it being the first time I had it. This beer it a really nice amber color on top of the glass that fades to a golden yellow. The head disappears fast and there really isn't much lacing. The aroma is really hoppy, makes me want to go for a swim in this beer. It's aroma is wonderful. The flavor is aggressively hopped, floral and citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium and begs for you yichang another.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass, got this courtesy of a beer mail!

Appearance - Incredibly hazy dark amber color with a slightly brighter orange color at the bottom. Pours a nice fluffy 2 finger head that's slightly off color in appearance. This also leaves behind alot of great lacing.

Smell - There's some floral hops in here along with the typical citrus smell. However, this smells fairly fruity as I can smell some orange notes and some sweet yeast notes. Either way, it smells fantastic

Taste - There are some definite floral hops in here as well as some strong citrus notes and subtle yeast flavors. It also tastes fairly sweet thanks to the sweet yeasts in here as well. All of together makes for a pretty tasty IPA!

Mouthfeel - Body is pretty heavy and the carbonation is normal and it adds some variety to the flavor. Interestingly enough, it's a fairly creamy feeling beer which makes it pretty easy to drink.

Overall - This is a delicious IPA that no IPA fan should pass up on and it's very easy to drink. It's a shame they're not distributed throughout the country as I would be buying this almost all the time!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to Screach for bringing this gem to the May Austin BA tasting event!

Pours from the mini-growler an attractive, burnt copper-orange body with a well-retained patch of light tan foam. Leaves some splotches of lacing along the inside of the glass. Fantastic aroma on this IPA, with big, fresh notes of pine needle, resin, cotton candy, and toffee malts. Mouth watering profusely...

Great usage of hops, and although that is to be expected for an IPA, the brewers at Cigar City really knew what they were doing with this beer. Lots of piny, leafy, fresh hops in the mix, balanced by a solid backbone of caramel and biscuit. Lingering hoppiness rounds out a medium body with a good carbonation level. Jai Ali drinks nicely, and measures up to many of the other top-notch IPA's out there. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of Deadheadbill
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a nice white head and very good lacing. Very nice aromas of hops, citrus and some malt. Medium bodied with nice bitter citrusy hop flavors balanced by malt, citrus fruit and some sweetness.

The amazing thing about this beer is that it always stays in balance with a lush mouthfeel and the hops always winning out in the flavor battle. CCB has done something few brewers can do, they have crammed all the flavors of an Imperial IPA into their regular bottling. This is without a doubt one of the best IPA's available.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful and hazy pour hits the glass in a vibrant, orange color. The head that forms is frothy and about 2 fingers thick with great lacing. Scent is of mild, pine bitterness up front, with a touch of citrus hop profile towards the end. Along with the citrus, there is just a touch of a sweet smell at the end as well.

As you take a drink, a light bitterness greets the tongue up front. That same bitterness holds off for just a second and then explodes in the mouth and intensifies. The bitterness follows the same flavor arc as the scent, starting off lightly resinous and piney, before moving to a citrus forward flavor. Lots of orange notes are in the middle of the hops before the sweetness ramps up a bit, just like the smell. The drink ends with the hops left sitting on the tongue. For feel, this one average in weight and sticky on the tongue. The hops in the beer make the liquid feel somewhat thicker than it is, and drink just a bit smoother.

Overall, I am a fan of Jai Alai. I can't believe that this is my first one of these, but it was worth the wait. A very good IPA.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was orange-amber in color, clear, and gently carbonated; forming a two finger thick head that proved very durable. The first thing hit me as the can was opened was the tropical citrus smell, and it intensified upon pouring. Bringing the glass under the nose revealed a ton of grapefruit, mandarin orange, bitter orange, and a hint of papaya. The taste was very hoppy, revealing layers of grapefruit, pine, hay, and some butterscotch. The finish was spicy and earthy, and the body felt quite sticky. This straddled a line between a regular IPA and a DIPA, and should probably be considered a double. I am so glad I bought two sixpacks, as this would keep me happy for a while.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/11/12
Estimated calories - 225/12oz

Purchased through LetsPour.

Price - $5.00/can

Oh yeah, exactly what you would expect from a quality IPA. Big, thick white head (two fingers high) with lacing to die for. Copper in color with lots of sediment both in suspension and on the bottom of the glass. Mounds of soapy suds sit atop this gem.

Smell is tropical with tangerine, pineapple and orange. Big hops here without holding back. Fairly strong in the nose and leaves very little for the imagination. No surprise here.

Flavor is spot on for the style and a surprise with 2 months of age on it. Holds up well here with fruity characteristics one would expect straight out of the settling tanks. Grapefruit peel, pine apple, pear and caramel malt for some sweetness balance rounds this one out.

Body is medium and feels sticky with low carbonation. Refreshing for a 7.5% beer with a fair amount of bitterness and mild dryness, impressive.

Overall this beer is full of flavor and highly drinkable. From start to finish the beer is a cookie cutter example of the style the way it was meant to be. More please. My biggest hang up here is price but I understand the cost of doing business.

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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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,367 ratings.