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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,257 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,257
Hads: 6,748
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.15%
Wants: 932
Gots: 1,593 | FT: 81
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: 1,257 | Hads: 6,748
Photo of robbrandes
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, trade from seeswo - thanks mang!

pours a slightly cloudy copper. very fine white head, excellent retention.

nose is a great - nice mix of pine, grapefruit/citrus and bready malt. pretty big hop bomb; again, tons of pine and citrus. just enough sweetness to round it out. clean finish, the mouthfeel is exceptional.

loved, loved, loved this beer. wish it was on the shelves in the west coast.

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Photo of fields336
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled july 10 (8 days old!!) SA PP glass

A: Cloudy as hell, orangey-amber color, not much head but really nice lacing. Carbonation is hard to see but decent. Love the cloudiness, reminds me of where all these craft brewers came from (Homebrewing)

S: mango, fruity, herbal, citrus, slight pine, definitely some simcoe in there, earthy, papaya, pineapple,

T: WOW. Bready and caramel malt is reinforced by a delicious tropical fruit hop burst- mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and earthy flavor hops. just a delicious beer.

M: Medium bodied, don't taste the 7% but is such an easy drinking beer. i can pound down 4 if I'm not paying attention..

O: I will be sad as hell to move away from florida.. COME TO NC CIgar City!!! Great beer, and visit the tap room if you are in or near Tampa!

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Photo of Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try a "softer IPA".

It's got amazing taste, and an amazing mouthfeel. It doesn't have a stong feel, and goes down amazing. It's like drinking water from a greek goddess.

Just simply amazing.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the can a murky amber, with a prodigious head of off-white suds. Heavy-duty, thick, and ornate lacing. Wow.

Nose is delicious and seemingly fresh floral and citrus hops. Yum.

Taste is a rich and heavy onslaught of hoppy goodness, yet with a nicely-balanced malt profile to set it all off. Drinks very smoothly, too.

This is a superb, top-tier IPA that I hope to encounter again if it becomes available in my area someday (crossed fingers)!

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Photo of tmm313
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous 1 finger, super creamy head. Excellent lacing. Coats the side of the glass and hangs on.

Smell: Big tropical citrus and creamy caramel. Orange, tangerine, sweet grapefruit and a good balance of pine.

Taste: A few things all at once carry from front to middle. Sweet tangerine, caramel, a touch of booze and slight charred wood. Finish is a nice pine resin flavor that floats on top of the sweetness left behind. Awesome oily, dry, bitter sweetness left behind.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy with crisp carbonation. Oily, dry finish with a nice lingering bitterness and sweetness.

Overall: Yep, this one is a winner. I love how it leans toward the sweet hops with the bitter ones hanging in the background. The malt backbone is pronounced and strong, but is nicely balanced with the hops. The alcohol is also hidden exceptionally well (except for realizing you may be a tad tipsy while writing your review). My fridge will definitely see this one from time to time.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a can of Cigar City Brewing's Jai Alai IPA that my friends Ben and Jess brought back from their trip to the brewery, thanks guys. I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile now and this is my first time having a beer from Cigar City, but I have had a couple beers they have collaborated on and I'm excited to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, but the color scheme they use makes it hard to see their logo and the information on the back, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice slightly hazy orange color that took on more of a amber and copper color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by some great fruity hop aromas being the first to show up and it's a nice mix of citrus and tropical fruit aromas that come together to make for a juice orange and pineapple like aroma and there's a little bit of floral hops coming through in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a light sweet and bready malt aroma. This beer had a great aroma, it was dominated by juicy and fruity hop aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the fruity hops still being the first to show up and they impart all those great aspects that they did in the aroma with the citrus hops seeming to show up the most, but there's still a good amount of tropical fruit flavors along with a light floral hop flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart the same bready and sweet malt like aspects that are still on the lighter side and there's just a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's higher amount of medium bitterness that doesn't really linger and it had a fruity hop and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a great tasting beer and I thought the fruity hops were showcased very nicely.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, fairly refreshing, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a great mouthfeel and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was a great example of an American IPA, it was just dominated by fruity hops and I didn't mind it one bit, sure it wasn't that balanced, but the hop profile was so nice that I didn't really think about it too much. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, fairly refreshing, slightly sticky, not too filling and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, If I had a bunch of these I would have no problem taking out a six pack throughout the day, especially on a warm summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the hop profile, it was great and it was really juicy and fruity. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing about this beer that I disliked or would change, it's great just the way it is. I would recommend this to just about everyone, I think it lives up to being called a must try beer. I would for sure buy some if I ever saw it and if I knew it was fresh and I hope Cigar City makes it to Michigan one of theses days. All in all I was impressed with this beer and I was happy that It lived up to the hype, I now see why this beer is sought after, it's just a great beer with good drinkability, it's got a lot of appeal to it. So far this is up there as one of the best American IPA's I've had. This beer made for a great first impression for Cigar City and I would love to try more of their beers. Great job guys, this is one world class IPA, keep up the great work.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours transparent amber and carbonation is evidence after the pour as bubbles surface to a white head.

Smell: The hops are very evident immediately, with some hints of citrus.

Taste: Great hop flavor but smooth and a bit sweet, not bitter. Relatively high ABV (7.5%) is completely masked and unnoticeable.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and bitterness is balanced very nicely, not overpowering. Very smooth.

Overall: I am a bit biased because I live in Tampa but this is one of my favorites for the beer style. I'm lucky that I live someplace where I can keep these on regular rotation in the refrigerator. I'm not a big IPA fan (like it, don't love it) but this is one of my favorites. The hops and bitterness are very well balanced and not overpowering. Overall just a good beer.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found my way down to Tampa and had to get some. Was not disappointed. Must say ill be taking a few six packs back to jersey with me!!! A nice balance of maltiness and tropical hop flavor, and especially on tap, this beer is a treat.

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Photo of Teaguemonie
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. Pours a nice Amber color with a great three finger head. Very present citrus and hoppy aroma but not overwhelming. Has a nice bitter taste but leaves a dry finish, begs you to have another drink. Overall great beer.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff looks like carbonated fruit juice when it's poured. Nice head, as well; fluffy and persistent, with lacing that hangs around awhile.

First sip brings a blast of oranges, tangerines, the tropical mango/passionfruit flavors that suggest a healthy dose of Citra or something from the southern hemisphere. Malts are fairly subdued in flavor, but yield a delightful, slightly sweet flavor that counters the bitter assault of the hops. Excellent mouthfeel ties it all together: medium-bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation just right. This might be the best IPA I've had, save perhaps for "Pseudo Sue," and I've not had that fresh enough to judge properly between them (I got the "Jai Alai" at a week or so old).

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Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA, wish we could get it around here. Poured at a good temperature with a nice size, cream-color, foamy head that soon settles to a light cover and some lace. Color is a nice clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is equal parts hop& malt, some toffee, caramel, fruit, spice. Flavor's like nose, great balance, clean, and just plain flat out yummy. Body/carbonation spot on. Finish is like taste, average length, no off flavs, and I want to drink this till the cows come home. Pity we can't get it around here.

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Photo of tedvr
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey/amber color with a rich white/caramel head. Smells are of fruit and honey. Tastes are citrus with honey in the background and a somewhat strong hops finish. Mild carbonation with a very balanced taste. Overall, a very good IPA!

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Photo of nodder
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A- Amber/orange and clear. A one finger white head that fades fast leaving some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet fruits like orange and mango. A big sweet maltiness present also.

T- Boom. What a great balance of sweet and bitter. Juicy citrus, mango, apricot.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A dry, clean finish. Very smooth for the bitterness present.

O- Phenomenal. Picked up a six while traveling in The South. Wish I had picked up a case.

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Photo of mick303
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the fresh can into a tulip glass, beer is rich bright orange with a good sturby head and solid lacing and film retention.

S - rich notes of pink grapefruit, zesty citrus, strawberry, tropical and juicy to a high extent. Mouthwatering, with melon notes, zesty lime, cranberry, some clean malt to support it and altogether a incredibly fresh zesty aroma.

T - right on point. A big feel with orange, grapefruit and melon/cantaloupe notes. Zesty with spice, lots of citrus, starts to show some orchard fruit, apples and cranberries. Some light bready notes, slight biscuitiness, with a bouquet of fresh florals and a banquet of tropical fruit. It is so fresh and robust, pineapple for sure, intense florals, grapefruit, nearly also the nice breeze off the tropical beach! Finish is very crisp, slowly drying with a lingering fruity and citrus character, as some florals come in as well.

M - deliciously juicy, moderate and refreshing carbonation, and a body that retains a highly refreshing character despite the strength, there is some hoppy bitterness and slight slickness that come out especially on the finish, but overall this a brilliantly executed IPA!

Delicious, amazingly vibrant, complexity on every sip and it just feels like have a full tropical buffet on a beach somewhere, with strong florals as well. This beer takes you there and its amazing, tough to say where it stacks on the top IPA list, it no doubt deserves consideration, I suppose a lot will be personal preference. For me this was especially zesty and tropical, pronounced grapefruit and melon notes, and especially bright. All together a showstopper.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had both on tap and from the can. Pours hazy dark copper, nice glowing orange, with a one-finger, creamy, light-khaki head on top that just refused to settle. Fantastic retention on this one, with walls of lacing to match. Gorgeous IPA.

Nose blasts you with smooth, citrusy, tropical hops. Orangey, with quite a bit of mango mixed in, bit of grapefruit, but not too prickley - again, the keyword is smooth. The malt never really shows through of its own accord, although there is a gentle sweetness to the fruity hop bouquet that they may be at least partially responsible for. In any case, very nice nose on this one.

Taste is really nice. Again, smooth grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit take center stage, with just a bit of astringent bite leading into the earthy, lightly prickly finish. Caramel body underneath provides a gentle sweetness that supports the fruity hop character perfectly, especially as the beer warms up a bit, never really emerging into the spotlight on its own, always in a supporting role. Finish is one last wave of richly sweet caramel and big tropical/orangey hops, before withdrawing and leaving a surprisingly light lingering bitterness on the palate. Beautifully executed.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium-full in body, with just a bit of astringency to complement the medium-light carbonation. Nicely put together, though not as stellar as the taste or smell.

Drinkability, however, is remarkable. The perfect level of bitterness on the finish, perfect balance of flavors that belie the 7.5% abv, making this one feel bigger than it is. Smooth and inviting. The only thing that could make this just a bit more fantastic would be if it were filtered but I won't let my likes get in the way of a great ale review.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

This ale puts its foot on the border of IPA and Impy IPA, a blurring of the lines. Clear copper hue, impressive lacing but coming from a highly hopped beer ... not a surprise. Big hop stink, heavy citric of ruby red grapefruit and tangerines ... faintly catty with some taffy undertones. Hops smack down hard, though some caramel and biscuity flavors from the malt appear; aside from that, it is a full-on palate bashing of citric, earthy pine, tobacco and wild herbs with a tropical fruitiness to compliment. Seriously epic beer, we can only hope a pint of it is waiting for us at the gates of hop heaven.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with korguy123, thanks Matt! Poured into a DFH snifter.

A: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a just off white, 2 finger head. Thick lacing runs down the side of the glass.

S: Citrus and grapfruit, a lot of tropical fruit. Some mango and pineapple, but I also get a lot of strawberry flavor.

T: Nice balance of citrus/hops and a biscuity/doughy malt flavor. It has a nice sweetness and finishes with a nice bitterness.

T- Smooth hop/malt presence, pine, toffee, grapefruit, orange peel. Sweet like candy but not over the top sweet. A really tasty fresh IPA.

M/D: Smooth with a nice bitter finish. Great carbonation. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Extremely easy to drink, only wish I had more of it!

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Beer had a great copper hue. Immediately you were hit with a nice hoppy smell which is to be expected from an IPA. Taste was not as hoppy as expected but still very good. Nice after taste with not too much bitterness. Overall this is a wonderful beer and folks who do not like IPA's will enjoy the beer!

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Photo of JasW
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured a four finger head with a gorgeous amber body from a can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. A tropical nose, if that makes sense. Presents with a citrusy hop blast, with a pervasive and fruity sweetness; there are pine notes, but they are almost too subtle to mention. A refreshing and light mouthfeel, resulting in a session-beer-like drinkability. This is a unique IPA, and one at least in the top ten. I'll fight anyone who says otherwise.

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Photo of HopintheSouth
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From a can- brought back from Orlando by a friend.

Smell of apricot, orange and tangerine and a slight sweetness of malt. Unfiltered as poured in a glass, looks like rusty orange- almost what you see as the sun rises on a hazy day.

At first taste, hop flow of delicious citrus fruits, bitterness well pronounced and a lingering aftertaste of slight alcohol and orange/grapefruit rind. Sweet malt backbone and medium body.

Like many have said this is a solid IPA. Very tasty, I can almost feel like I'm in Florida drinking it. I would replace my OJ in the morning with this beer every day. Very solid- I hope to try more from Cigar City

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is all fruit and hops. There are layers of citrus, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, and a nice hop presence on the back end. Not a super hoppy IPA, but a great representation of the fruit forward side. My favorite type of IPA.

Would absolutely purchase again.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay I just have to say that I am glad this beer has made it to Alabama and in bottle form. I know it is in keg form also but I have not tried it out of a keg yet. I grabbed a bottle the other day when I got my delivery at the store and love it. I have been drinking Bells Two Hearted and SN Torpedo alot lately. This brew was awesome. The pour was a light golden haze and right away I could smell the hops and grapefruit. The taste was smooth and hops were upfront the finish was full of citrus and grapefruit and then smooth after taste. I love this brew and will be drinking more very soon. My new go too.

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Photo of D_Croaks
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reddish Amber hues, regardless of how "gently" you pour it, you will have the yeast suspended in it. orange citrus aroma. Citrus, slightly bitter taste with clean minutely bitter finish, no strong alcohol flavor. Lightly carbonated. No overwhelming malty notes when you finish the experience, you just need to get another one.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai – IPA (7.5%) - Cigar City Brewing (Florida)

App: Pours a bright copper with a one finger off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing up the glass. Brew is slightly hazy with visible hops sediment and steady carbonation.

Smell: Earthy and piney notes hit first, backed up with a slight chile like bitterness. Malt aroma present as well, pretty significant caramel aroma. Smell is very clean and inviting. Hoppy no doubt, but not overwhelming. Slightly green, fresh hop aroma as well as beer warms.

Taste: Foretaste is sweet, but not overwhelming. Quickly coupled with waves of hops bitterness that never over do themselves, allowing the sweet and slightly caramely malt backbone to stay present throughout drinking. The hops and malt in this one are incredibly well balanced, with each hop flavor both pulling away from, and complementing the persistent sweetness of the malt. Hops are floral, earthy, with just a touch of resinous quality that makes them bright and engaging, and never too bitter.

Mouth: Solid medium body. Fits style very well. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 4/11/14.

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Photo of riored4v
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a clear copper body and a 1 finger, rocky head. Great appearance.

Aroma was excellent. Very bright and crisp. Light maltiness that seemed to balance out the floral, citrusy and tropical aromas of the beer. Mild caramel and biscuit aromas.

Taste was what you hope for out of an IPA. Resinous, citrus and floral hop flavors up front followed by a light maltyness and slight caramel and biscuit. Hop flavors continued throughout and the finish had a mellow bitterness that didn't destroy your tongue. Slightly piney in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body, medium carb and a crisp finish.

Outstanding beer. Anytime I'm near the east coast I make sure to get as much as this as I'm able to bring home with me. Excellent IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.