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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,239
Hads: 6,621
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 922
Gots: 1,502 | FT: 79
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: 1,239 | Hads: 6,621
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 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Jai Alai

A bright copper colored brew, soapy head forms and leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy. Tropical fruits and pine are making sweet love and it is sweet indeed to the nostril. Pineapple, mango, citrus and some alcoholic aromas are there as well. There are also suggestions of some type of wood.

Quite bitter upfront, with a woodsy herbal pine flavor. Grapefruit zest. There is a delicious malt base to this brew, a bit nutty, understated but quite nice. Mouthfeel is spot on, medium to light bodied, little hop bite, even finish.

Cigar City can lay claim to a damn fine I.P.A. Impressive hop character, balance, and drinkability.

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

I was surprisingly impressed by this IPA. Living in Florida I've had total access to CCB's line up of beers. I have to say that I don't love them all but Jai Alai Is my kind of IPA. The color is very golden and pure. The aroma is a terrific citrus smell with the familiar pine presence as well. The taste follows the nose with a up front citrus presence followed by the hops to back it up. Just the right amount of hops without getting out of control but enough to keep the hop heads happy. Excellent balance with the 7% abv completely hidden and all you can think about is popping another beer. Overall this is an excellent IPA and is now part of my regular rotation. I only wish it were a little less expensive.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from can into snifter.

A- Pours a nice light amber. Medium amounts of carbonation and lacing. Small half finger white head.

S- Tropical and citrus fruits. Super fresh and fruity. Lots of pear, mango, even some orange. Not much pine or grass, but some resins very lightly detectable.

T- Just like the smell, this ale is very fruity. Lots of tropical layerings giving it a very fresh and drinkable taste with just the right amount of lightly detected malts and resins. This IPA is super juicy but the light bitterness reminds you its def an IPA.

M- Light bodied, some detectable carbonation, otherwise Id be slamming these like juice boxes. Crisp and clean finish.

O- Lives up to the hype. I hope I run into more of these, as they put a smile on my face. Great warm weather ale, as its very refreshing. A home run by Cigar City.

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Photo of 49ers
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I really like this IPA and has my type of balance in the 70ibu range is where i find the best ones. Fruit forward and very tasty, hops are not dry at all.

Citrus flavors in beginning but subtle and excellent finish. This is one of my top 3 east coast IPA's

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE White foamy head! Foggy dark copper brew comes from the bottle. Interesting label, btw. Brew is very thick for an IPA. nice lacing too.

S - HUGE fruit. Almost smells like a sour... Lots of mango, lemon, orange, kiwi... Quite nice.

T - Very smooth; much more so then the scent reveals. Some huge fruit notes... Almost a sour... very unique.

M - Perfect carbonation! Perfect Bitterness. Perfect!

O - Not quite an IPA, but by far the best Mango IPA I've ever had, this revitalizes my thoughts on Mango... There's only one thing "off", can't quite put my finger on it...So, it gets a "4" overall. Nice work CCB!

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Photo of obriendes46
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have read about this beer but never had until I vacationed in Florida - from NJ - really tasty - great beer - perfect for really hot Florida summers - can't really understand why the NJ craft beer club (Snobs) do not like.

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

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.
Some nice caramel in the backround.
Hoppy, but not overwhelming.
An amazing IPA, almost wants to be an Imperial IPA(DFH 90 minute comes to mind).
Highly recommended!

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

Boom!!! world class IPA

appearance: red-amberish

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: heavy citrus/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others. loved the strong citrus taste!

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, decently balanced

drinkability: overall one of the best. I would love to try this with some other top IPAs. Very very close to being double.

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

I've avoided evaluating bottled versions of IPAs because it is a style that needs to be enjoyed fresh. Being that bottled beer seldom reaches the drinking glass fresh, I can't consider my tastings fair source for evaluation. This is an exception.

A - Light gold. Nice head. Has the same makings as a good girlfriend.

A - simcoe is prevalent, but not offensive. Citrus and pine flush the senses. This beer is noticed from across the table.

T - juicy, oily, soft caramel sweetness. Enough said. The citrus isn't rind bitter, the pine isn't scalding hot. There's no cat piss. Flavorful, while inoffensive.

M - its as strong as it is because it finishes dry. Of course It's not grainy or too thin.

O - Not my favorite beer ever, but got dayum ... Is love to have this one in tap.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Coldsnack
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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