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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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3,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 3962
Reviews: 1015
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

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

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of stephens101


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A prolific tan head leaves perfect, thin rings of lace in its wake. Color is bright orange w/ darker hues.

A modicum of citrus, pine and grain form a mediocre nose. A bit of lemon maybe?

Tastes of bready malt, piney hops, apricot and orange. Not too heavy, not too light.

Moments of brilliance attempt to poke through, but never find their way to the light.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:42:41 | More by stephens101
Photo of ItsMe


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:28:32 | More by ItsMe
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured a hazy burnt orange with lots of sediment. A fat creamy head of off white foam that would have taken longer to fall than it did to finish the beer. Left scads of lace to look at. Nose is bombastic citrus fruits! You could name them all. But mostly grapefruit with the peel and the pith. Nice and earthy. Tangerine, a sweet hop herbal and stone fruit softness. Faint spice and faint nuttiness if you let the beer sit in your glass long enough to notice. Not a lot of pine more like a bit of earth on the nose.

Taste is outrageous and sensual. There was no malt at all on the nose really but it's the first thing to greet your palate. A light flaky biscuit and some sensual and smooth caramel. It's a touch nutty but not heavy. Then all that fruit! Tangerine, stone fruit juiciness, the tart grapefruit leading that pack. The mouthfeel is light and creamy but it has a fullness you can't ignore. It's delightfully contradicting. The herbal is sweet not pungent and the pine is soft like a bit of earth. The citrus tartness is as tart as the hop bitter is bitter. Fantastic! Finishes with the lightest dusting of resin I have ever observed in and IPA. Just to coat your tastebuds and allow this beer to resonate sweetly in the back palate so that you want MORE!

Thank you JayORear.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 16:19:01 | More by utopiajane
Photo of BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper color with the opacity of honey, some sediment, and a big fluffy eggshell white head leaving thin rings of lace as it goes down.

S: Nose is loaded with tropical fruits, mango, papaya, passionfruit, grapefruit peel, lemon and grass in the nose.

T: Taste starts off malty, and weaves from malt to citrus to malt to tropical fruit to malt and everywhere in between. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Absolutely delicious, and I wish I could try some of the fruit infused versions. That said, I'd DEFINITELY recommend this over the humidor version.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:25:12 | More by BierJager89
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with huge, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, orange marmalade, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, fruity and bitter. Tasty, complex IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 14:31:31 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Tucquan


4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-01-14 and again on 2013-11-23 in Columbia, PA. Updated review from the most recent tasting.

A - Murky orange-amber with a 1-finger head with great lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, overly-ripe peach, orange, mild grain and yeast.

T - Pineapple, orange, toast, pine, earthy, woody and grapefruit. Dries out fairly quickly with a very pleasant, clinging aftertaste with a modicum of fruit sweetness overcome by tartness and tannin and hop bitterness. I like the lingering tannin taste. It adds something a little differnt to the flavor profile. Nicely done.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, thick, prickly.

O - A delicious IPA with very fine balance between tropical sweetness and hop bitterness. The tannin/tea aspect adds a certain Je Ne Sais Quoi that really works. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 20:32:17 | More by Tucquan
Photo of tmm313


4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:48:37 | More by tmm313
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:45:59 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of Ri0


4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned 8 days ago!

A - Nice dark burnt mango orange with a good 2 finger ghost white head. Some haze from the tiny suspended particles. Nice ring remains around the glass with some lacing.

S - It's a tropical hop grove of awesomeness. All teh citrus and pineapple mixed in with mango and passion fruit. Some nice sweet malt with caramel and bread is present, but takes a back seat to the hops. I also get a bit of pine.

T - Nice citrus bomb! Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and other fruits seem to be squeezed into the beer. Nice shot of bitter and pine gives the palate a nice kick. The sweet bread and malt smooth it out in the middle, bet yield again to a bitter grapefruit in the finish.

M - Very nice carbonation and a slick oily medium feel. The resin lingers on the mouth, yet it drinks oh so nice.

O - Yes, this is a very nice IPA. I can't get in WI without trading, but I have a tropical hop bomb right here in town called Fantasy Factory. I really enjoyed this one and want to thank Grant for hauling it all the way from FL.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 00:36:02 | More by Ri0
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Gordan Biersch glass.

Appearance- Cloudy/yeasty copper/orange color with thin head and moderate lacing.

Smell- Piney hops, mango, clementine, tropical citrus fruit, white grapes with light tartness. Very fruity.

Taste- Maltier than expected. Fruity hops with light mild earthy hops present. Not very bitter at all.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. Lighter body. Light heat at the back of my throat. Crisp clean finish.

Overall- Not a bad IPA. Maltier than expected. Can't wait to try the white oak I have as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 16:06:43 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden-amber color with thick head that lingers well.

Smell is heavy grapefruit, lemon and pine.

Taste is bitter from the beginning. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Sweet malts in the background. Bitterness linger long on the palate

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 00:14:08 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of Lawl3ss


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a pint snifter. No visible bottling date.

Look- Medium amber, slight orange-red hue. Two fingers of dense eggshell foam leaves an ample web of lace.

Smell- Floral, nutty, citrus rind, spruce, passionfruit, mild earthy, light sweetness. Swirling brings out all sorts of tropical fruits- starfruit, mango, meatier papaya, and a bolder sweetness. Light brown sugar. Very nice.

Taste- Bright citrus, tropical fruit, fir needles, nutty, light toffee feel, biscuit, mild bitterness. Floral, nectar, citric hops fade to white tea. Gobs and gobs of hop flavor without becoming too bitter. Toasted biscuit malt and light sweetness balance nicely. Exceptional flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, juicy. Clean finish with the barest hint of light syrup. Very easy drinking.

Overall- Delicious, and packs more bright American citrus and fruity hop flavor in than you'd expect was possible without actually mixing it with mango juice. An American IPA all the way, and I regret not being able to purchase it regularly. Consider yourself lucky if this is on tap or on the shelf in your area.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 06:00:54 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short review: Bottled served in a pint glass, clear golden amber with 1 finger head with great head retention, sticky. Nose has nice flora and citrus hops notes, very pungent. Taste full of light malts and moderately bitter floral, grapefruit citrus, and a touch of mango. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Really enjoyed it, solid IPA Cigar City has some great things going for it!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 20:45:03 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of Coldsnack


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:32:23 | More by Coldsnack
Photo of jucifer1818


2.6/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at Tallahassee brew-fest

If feel like my memory of this brew betrayed me when I had it
I recalled it being quite good, but I found myself feeling it as a very forgettable experience, and even less than that, I found it hard to drink

Its quite a dissipointment to me, especialy coming from what I see to be the best brewery in Florida

Id call it slightly below average, and you can easily pick somethign better

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:06:09 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of SassieCassie


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is beer is pretty much what I have in mind when I think of an IPA.

Served in a pint glass, it has a nice golden/hazy color. The smell is pine-ish with some fruit mixed in, but not overbearing. There wasn't much of a head though....

The taste was citrus, with hints of grapefruit followed by just the right amount of hops. It is dry and balanced, but not too thick.

I would definitely recommend this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:26:26 | More by SassieCassie
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours cloudy bronze. Maybe two fingers of head that recedes to very light lacing.

Smells a little caramel with tropical fruits. Some mango in there.

Taste is ripe mango and a caramel biscuit flavor. Fruit flavors abound, I want to say guava as well. Some nice bitterness but it plays a supporting role. I had to think about the bitterness since it's so well integrated.

The beer really reflects the warm climate from which it comes.

The mouthfeel is really full for the style but works nicely.

Overall a great IPA. Just wish I could get it more.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:38:09 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 15, 2012 printed almost illegibly in red ink near the top, towards the back of the label on the yellow ring (“15 OCT 12” ??). Glad Cigar City uses bottling dates (especially with day, month, and year), but they could use something a little sturdier and clearer.

Appearance (3.5): Jai Alai pours a solid two fingers of off-white foam composed of some fine, and some rather coarse bubbles that slowly dies off. The body is a really, really nice, glowing orange-amber color that’s evenly hazy all the way through, perfect-looking body, really. Too bad the head is lacking: just a couple fat splotches of lace, not exceptional retention, and just a thin collar at the surface of the beer.

Smell (4.5): Just oodles and oodles of juicy citrus, bright and light but sweet and very fragrant, specifically sweet red grapefruit juice and some ripe pineapple. There’s a bit of resin on the back end, just enough to come off modestly dank. There’s a bready character underneath that’s easy to miss at first; it smells like toasted white bread (à la Elwood Blues). That sweet grapefruit character is so, so nice, though—great smelling stuff.

Taste (4.5): Starts with a modest bitterness, slightly pithy in nature, and moves into a great, great combination of sweet citrus (more grapefruit, some pineapple) that transitions into a moderately strong citrus-zest bitterness, like they brewed it with lime peels. It comes off a bit vegetal, too, but cleanly—not dirty, like raw onion and bad brussels sprouts, but clean like Centennial hops done right. There’s a little malt character underneath, just lightly bready and VERY lightly sugary, and it’s plain but does what it does well. No sense of alcohol or any yeast notes to speak of, just very dry and clean, respectively.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Modest carbonation, just a light foaming on the way down and little prickling to speak of; the body is a solid medium weight, however, and rather oily, which is great. Finishes pretty dry, and doesn’t feel like 7.5% ABV at all.

Overall (4.0): This is a great beer, and I love it, but it’s not quite a 4.5 overall. The smell is the best part for me, but the taste isn’t far behind. Cigar City used a great blend of hops and a pulled this one off very well—just very well-balanced without sacrificing in any way. My only real complaint is with the head, which could be thicker, chewier, and lacier, but that’s just me. This is a top-tier American IPA in my opinion, and certainly for the price it’s hard to beat. Now I just need to find it in cans!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:29:38 | More by fmccormi
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a cloudy orange color with a nice sticky white head.

Aroma is mostly of citrus and grapefruit. Very clean in the aroma with little pine, resin, or grass. Nice floral balance to the nose which really lets the citrus notes shine through.

Solid malt body with really helps to balance the beer. It is dry in the finish but not overly bitter, yet still hoppy. No lingering bite.

Mouthfeel is full and medium in body.

This is a great IPA, really debuts what the aroma of an IPA can be. Nice floral and citurs notes, very smooth for 7.5%.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:46:12 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jayhoop!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Bitter citrus rinds, some pale malts and floral hops.

Taste. Nice bitter citrus rinds and sweet citrus fruits. A little tropical fruit as well, papaya and pineapples with a nice, somewhat mild bitter citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carboantion.

Overall. Very nice ipa with well balanced hoppy flavours.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:00:09 | More by Rutager
Photo of ckollias


4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange hue with a thick, frothy, 3-finger, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the slide of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Strong malty hoppy aroma with some mild citrus and pine hints.

T: Hoppy bitterness meets a caramel sweetness. Hop flavor is dominant but there is a good malt biscuity mix.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome IPA. Amazing hop and malt character.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:08:12 | More by ckollias
Photo of Etan


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz extra sent by Willcarrera. Thanks! As far as I can tell this was bottled 12 days ago.

A: Pours a darkish orange wit a decent white head.

S: Apricot, pineapple, some caramel malt notes.

T: Plenty of orange and mango, a bit raisiny even. Hefty malt character gives a little dough and butter.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very juicy IPA, could benefit from a bit more dryness but I like the fruity notes coming out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 03:54:59 | More by Etan
Photo of jegross2


3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.
Score: 84

Bottle is from the 238th day of 2012 (08/26/12), won in a fantasy baseball BIF. Served in a Founders tulip glass and enjoyed on 10/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a light flurry of finely ground floaties at the bottom. Three full fingers of foamy tan head at pour settles to a thick ring around the glass and big clumpy island of head in the middle surrounded by a moat of beer. Good lacing, retention and legs. 3.5/5

Smell: Tons of grapefruit and orange upfront. On the "back end" of the aroma is a slightly syrupy pineapple juice aroma -- you know, the cheap kind you make those store-bought frozen "just add juice" Jamba Juice smoothies with? That smell. Sweet caramel and pine too. The nose is surprisingly "syrupy sweet" for an IPA. 3.5/5

Taste: Tons of bitter caramel and pineapple flavor present here. The pineapple flavor tastes just like it smells and lingers after the swallow. There's a touch of orange too, but it's mostly caramel and pineapple flavor here -- though it's not what I would call a "malty" beer. There is a nice and smooth bittersweet balance that lends this beer a lot of drinkability. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low carbonation. Very oily and juicy. Bittersweet. 3.5/5

Overall: Solid, but nothing spectacular. I imagine this one is better fresher. Oh well.

Recommendation: I'd order it on tap, but I would not seek it out again. Would make a good starter IPA for more casual beer drinkers given it's balanced flavors, not in-your-face hoppiness and smooth drinkability.

Pairings: Pretzels and cheese dip.

Cost: $12 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 02:33:21 | More by jegross2
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy deep orange with a small white cao which fades leaving a small dose of white bubbles and light lacing

S: Tropical fruits, mainly pineapple and some citrus.

T: Initial pineapple/tropical fruit, light grapefruit and ornage peel transitions into a subtle hop bite on a light caramel backbone. The finish lends a slightly dry finish with a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, tropical fruits, citrus and lingering light biterness

O: Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 06:12:45 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of BMMillsy


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have had this from the can and the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a creamy white head on top. Aroma is huge mango and grapefruit, with some bitter pine. Flavor follows with beautifully tropical citrus notes, and a nice hit of bitter pine on the back end. Supported by plenty of malts, and no hint of the abv here. Light and airy, high carbonation, slick, and beautiful. Awesome beer to have regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 21:23:56 | More by BMMillsy
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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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