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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,208 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,208
Hads: 6,493
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 895
Gots: 1,431 | FT: 73
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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Reviews: 1,208 | Hads: 6,493
Photo of bs870621345
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jessee for this bottle in our recent trade.

Pours amber with an inch of white head. Leaves a ton of lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and herbs with a hint of caramel in the background. Its a pretty nice smelling beer.

Taste is exceptional a pine flavor warms up the tongue and then its smacked by grapefruit and caramel. Herbs and the pine again finish off the taste.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, not enough IMO, would have liked a tad bit more

Drinkability is great. Too bad I only have one to enjoy.

Would also recommend the cedar aged version. (582 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Beautifully copper-orange, like so many of the jingle shells found on the beach here on Marco Island, Florida. Nice white head looks like sea foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

On first nose, it's a hugely hop-bombed orange creamsicle. Varying levels of citrus give a really nice introduction.

Somewhat vegetative and spicy to begin evolves into the orange creamsicle suggested on the nose. It's punchy, delicate, bright and highly consuming.

There's a pretty significant spice to begin, but it does mellow quickly to reveal a long-lingering hoppiness.

Really great example of an IPA - hoppy, multi-dimensional, just sings. (640 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz can into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers khaki head over a body of amber; moderate amount of visible carbonation; nice lace

S - citrus, spice, quite fruity, malt sweetness

T - bready malt, caramel sweetness, pine, citrus (notes of orange and grapefruit), apricot/tropical fruits, spice

M - sturdy medium/full body with medium carbonation, delightfully smooth and creamy

O - Jai Alai is a solid IPA. On the sweet and fruity side for an IPA, but the hops still pack a decent punch. A very good beer. (510 characters)

Photo of Coldsnack
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange-copper with plenty of small floaters; small off-white head.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit and pineapple. More malt in the nose than the taste.

T: Hoppy bitterness up front with light malts on the back. Dominate flavors are hoppy citrus with some pine.

M: Not a ton of carbonation but a very nice mouthfeel. Some dryness on the back.

O: One of my favorite beers. Not as much balance as some other IPA's, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. (480 characters)

Photo of beersensei305
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a honey gold in color with a perfect one inch white head with great sticky lacing. Very aromatic, sweet and hoppy with hints of herbal citrus. The taste is sweet from honey, loaded with hop, and has a good citrus bite. This IPA has a medium body a bit syrupy. This is IPA is great, one of my favorites and a great example of what IPAs should be. (360 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a dogfish spiegelau glass. Bottle exactly one month ago.

Pours a great deep amber/copper color with plenty of translucent quality. Smell is super citrus, sweet citrus - clementine and tangelo. Even a hit of mango in there. Taste is just as good, it is a unique IPA citrus to jai alai and really sets this beer apart. Great IPA. (352 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12 oz can a few weeks old

A - golden copper with a receding head and good lacing
S - citrus and pine, note orange than grapefruit
T - milder bitterness than I expected. Very very smooth and drinkable. Orange is there on the palate as well
M - solid malt backbone. Just right.

Having this side by side with a zombie dust. Overall I think I prefer the jai alai because it is just so balanced and smooth. Zombie is all about the pow hops hit. Jai alai is classier and smooth (474 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled up a growler in New York on Sunday after having it on draft at Prost in Garden City.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to singer layer. It is a hazy pale orange that has good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super ripe tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango followed by pale caramel and toasted malts. Floral and herbal notes too.

Taste: Whoa, this is like eating real fruit. Herbal, tropical, and citrus with super mild bitterness, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, slight tingly bitterness, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Extremely enjoyable to drink.

Overall: This beer is truly amazing. Each sip gets better and better. Bummed that the growler is almost gone. (837 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of cans purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Popped a few New Year's Eve this year.

Pours a beautiful hazy IPA orange. Some good residual sediment floats around the glass. Good head forms, 2 inches.

The smell and taste runs the same. Peaches, oranges, pineapples, mangos, so much fruit juice- alongside slight crackery malts, pine needles, and not-quite astringent hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, very dry.

Glad to see these up in New York finally! I could see this being a hop fix mainstay in my fridge. (542 characters)

Photo of BobaFret
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 5/28/13; enjoyed on 6/16/13.

A - Deep orange/amber with a thick cream head that quickly dissipates. A beautiful example of the style.

S - Strong notes of tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, orange, grapefruit. Sweet maltiness in the background. Smells ridiculously juicy!

T - Very juicy, as expected. First taste is of grapefruit/citrus followed by a malty finish.

M - Medium body; very easy to drink.

O - An exceptionally juicy and drinkable IPA. A nice contrast to the hop-bombs from the West Coast. (514 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a sixer picked up at Publix. Poured into a DFH IPA glass...

A: Bright copper; a three-finger, fluffy, cream head forms on a rough pour; a few rings of lace.

S: Sweet malt; citrus hops; resin; pine; dank. Great aroma.

T: Follows the nose... pretty substantial malt sweetness, followed by a range of hop bitterness from grapefruit / orange peel to Chinook resin and Simcoe tropical fruit.

M: A bit flat... Full feel, but carbonation is pretty low. Not a particularly dry IPA, which is nice, though.

O: An easy to drink and super enjoyable IPA. Glad I stocked up in FL, but now I’m almost out! Will definitely get it again. (641 characters)

Photo of ItsMe
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow. fantastic stuff. the reputation this brew has is well deserved.

I poured this into a snifter because my pint glass was dirty and I'm lazy. It was hazier than I expected but no floaties. I make note of this because the date on the bottom of the can was ilegible.

smells bready, piney mango all day. nice.

the malts play nicely with the piney east coast slightly citrusy taste. somewhat sweet. but still has a nice bitterness.

lively carbonation. feels nice.

good stuff. would love to try a can with a confirmed canned date. pretty sure this was fresh though. (570 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured this 12 oz can into a Sam Adams glass. Canned Feb 11 2013 and consumed not long after. The body was bright orange/copper and had yeasty bits in suspension. The off white head left minimal lacing.

The smell was like orange juice and bread dough. Crisp fall leaves. Simple and clean.

The taste was of orange rinds with a light bready sweetness. Juicy and so flavorful - I could drink this all day! There was a nice lingering bitterness that dried out leaving me drinking this one way too fast.

The mouthfeel was a bit slick with an understated carbonation. Medium body. Solid and worthy of the glowing reputation. (644 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with one finger of white head that dissipates in about a minute. Tons of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is something else. Absolute fruit bomb. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits, with a touch of pine. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had.
Taste is quite fruity as well. Tangerines and pineapples. Once again, a touch of pine. A nice malt backbone to support the hops. Bitter, but not overly so. Juicy, and refreshing. Medium bodied and somewhat low carbonation. Incredibly smooth and crisp.Just how i like my IPAs. (565 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice, deep copper color with a thin cream colored lacing and moderate carbonation. Looks very good.

S - Floral character with pine, grapefruit, lemon, and some caramel malt with the majority of the nose greeted by some generous hopping. There's a little bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. The tongue is greeted with piney floral hop flavoring, migrates to the citrus notes, and ends with some caramel malt on the back end, alot of grapefruit, and a pretty dry finish. There's some alcohol warming on the way down also. This is a single IPA that could easily be mistaken for a D-IPA for the mere fact of it's aroma, assertive taste, and big time borderline D-IPA; at 7.5%, in my book, that's the cut-off before it starts turning into a Double IPA. The bitter dryness of grapefruit slaps the mouth after the sip and leaves you wondering where all your saliva went. The bitterness lingers for several minutes.

M - Heavier side of medium body, very light on the tongue with mild carbonation.

D - Exceptional, hands down. I'd love to sample this beauty of an IPA on tap, it must be fabulous. If a bottle can be this good, then in my opinion, the tap is most likely that much better. DEFINITELY worth a try. (1,256 characters)

Photo of afdempse
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited to be in Tampa trying these beers!

Pours a very nice copper color with off-white head. Head gradually winds down to cover the liquid in patches of froth.

Very strong fruity aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, herbal evergreen, citrus peel.

Bitingly bitter with multiple layers of citrus and spice. Piney, floral, and fruity. Cracker-like malt flavors come through in the finish. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium-low carbonation helps bring out the hop flavor without being harsh. Drinkability is high despite the strength of flavor and alcohol percentage. Clean hoppy finish that invites you to have more.

One of the best east coast IPAs I've had, hands-down. Would love to see this start making its way up to D.C. (768 characters)

Photo of itsscience
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a tap into a pint glass

Poured a cloudy copper with a thin head leaving a rim of white bubbles. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a pine smell and some crackery malt in the background. Right away when tasting you get pine, grapefruit, orange, and mango with moderate bitterness. This is balanced out by biscuity malt for a pleasant crisp finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. (397 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a one finger head. Great lacing and decent retention for an IPA. Huge lacing down the entire glass.

On the nose is orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine and other citrus esters. Earthy notes linger in the back and some pine resin begins to come through at the end.

Taste is very citrus forward. Sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit meld perfectly. Some malt backbone really gives this beer a great balance. Some honey sweetness. Pine bitterness rests on the back of the tongue but its not just a hop bomb. There's a hint of grain/wheat at the very end that was surprising but welcomed as a nice touch for this style.

On the light side of medium bodied but not watery at all. Very nice carbonation. Keeps the flavors alive in your mouth and makes the beer very refreshing.

Very good IPA. Would definitely drink again. Well worth seeking out. (919 characters)

Photo of RichKent
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai is my favorite Florida IPA. I've had Jai Alai on tap at the CCB brewery, as well as on tap at restaurants in the Tampa Area, and from cans in Florida and Atlanta. It's slightly better on tap, but holds up really well in cans.

Appearance: Wonderful orange and copper color. Pours with 2 fingers of foam. Very attractive IPA in the glass.

Smell: Pink Grapefruit and Citrus, with balanced malt. One of my favorite smelling beers.

Taste: Like it smells. Jai Alai is delicious. It's a very well balanced beer that starts with grapefruit and citrus which gives way to smooth malt and finishes bitter and clean . The high ABV (7.5%) is perfectly disguised. It's easy to drink too much!

Mouthfeel: The only knock on Jai Alai in my opinion. It's a little too syrupy This doesn't take away from my enjoyment, and it's minor, but it sticks in my mouth a bit more than I prefer.

Overall, this is my go-to IPA when I can find it. It's not as bitter as a west coast IPA, and not as fruity or juicy as the North East IPAs, but it fits perfectly right in the middle. Jai Alai is an excellent IPA. (1,094 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pumpkin golden in my tasting glass with a generous creamy head. Enjoying it with - A Cigar - Hoyo de Monterey Palmas Extra. It holds its own with a cigar, wonderful smell - piney and citrusy - plenty of grapefruit. Lots of mounds in the creamy head, still. Nice hoppy grapefruit tast with some creaminess - not sure if I should call it hop con leche or not, but it is a splendid flavour. Sweet, low on bitterness but the hops keep it toned down. Alcohol seem lower than advertised, but I'll press the I believe button. Mouthfeel is great, I like the creaminess to the texture, I would say medium bodied. Very drinkable but will wait to see what the alcohol does before I pound a few more. I'll try again! (712 characters)

Photo of BrewitYerself
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately served into a frosted pint glass.

Pours a medium copper, slight haze, not very good light. Nice thick white head, very good lacing.

Fresh citrusy-herbal aroma, some bready/honey/toasty malts. No esters.

Nice pithy tingle upfront, literally numbing. Strong, slightly sweet malt backbone. Bitterness fades from start to finish, leaving a clean pithiness with a bit of sweet malt. Hop flavor is citrusy-herbal, like the aroma. Very well balanced, even when too cold.

Moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Good hop tingle, nice progression.

Overall, very delicious; a perfectly executed IPA. Woohoo FLA! Well-balanced, refreshing, substantial, and finishes beautifully. I want another, but I plan to try at least one other beer first; it's a rough life.

BTW, after reviewing two other beers afterward, I ordered another one of these. (868 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice deep cloudy gold with a thick creamy white head. Head leaves big lacing and lingers.
S-big floral and pine hops
T-same as the aroma but blended nicely with the malt in the background
M- so smooth. No noticeable carbonation and very nice
O- great well-balanced IPA (273 characters)

Photo of Charlotte09
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is cloudy, rich, and a dark orange amber color. Head is about a finger width thick and creamy white in color.

S: Smells balanced of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

T: Beer starts off pretty malty with caramel notes. Followed by some citrus hops and continues through with a slight bitterness and grapefruit finish

M: Feels pretty smooth on the pallet, not very carbonated, slightly bitter and alcohol is pretty balanced.

O: Good beer overall, enjoyable to drink, like the variety of flavors and look foreword to trying more Cigar City Brews (562 characters)

Photo of yesferro
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6pack from a ratebeer member who filled up his trunk and drove to us poor peeps in MS to let us have a taste of real beer. This was bottled on dec 8th, I doubt I'll ever get it fresher around here.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy amber, beautiful head, laces perfectly

Smells sweet but not a floral sweet, more like a carmelly sweetness, very promising, I get a hint of spices too, but it's faint.

tastes like it smells, carmel, hops hops and hops, slightly dry finish. I usually go for more floral ipa's but this one is delicious, I love the hint of carmel/malt. Really wish this was readily available anywhere remotely close (632 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a cloudy, copper color body with a decent stream of carbonation and quite a bit of sediment. Crowned by a finger-thick, white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma:
Simply fantastic! A vibrant rush of pineapple, mandarin oranges, and kiwi. Very sweet with hints of pine and caramel.

Taste:
Starts of bitter, fades to sweet, then wraps up with a faint bitterness. Pine on the first wave ushers in a potent, sweet malt and various tropical fruit. Wraps up with a hint of pine and ground pepper. Light booziness on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and easy to drink. Medium-bodied with incredibly light carbonation. Sediment is sometimes big enough that you can't help but notice it. Finishes sweet but clean with a slight stickiness.

Overall:
Fantastic brew that I'm happy a friend of mine was willing to part with, seeing as there are plenty of miles between us and the nearest state that sells Cigar City brews. Well worth your coin, even if you're not a fan of most IPAs. (1,030 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.