Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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6,371 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,371
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 878
Gots: 1,352 | FT: 67
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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Photo of PintOh1759
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the Keys

Photo of Goldenknight4212
3.04/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great beach beer, but there are better ones out there. Was seriously hammered after drinking seven of these in 1.265 hours. Decent taste and nose. Did not spill in sand.

Photo of Davidstan
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I may edit this later but have had 2 12 oz cans 3 months after pkg date.
A. Golden Amber
S. Tropical fruit bowl
T. Not,doing it for me, stale tasting and sweet not following nose sugary
O. Will try again with fresher batch

Photo of Delz
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Nice tropical fruit on the nose and tongue, although not in your face about it.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with no haze. A white head with a good retention and laces the glass. The smell was really nice with a burst of pine and grass coming in immediately. The taste was similar with a lot of hop notes coming through with pine and herb flavors dominating. A very clean finish though made this one a very drinkable beer despite it's aggressive start. Very happy my cousin lives in Florida and sent this one up to me.

Photo of kgammell1
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light, orange amber color with some carbonation bubbles. One to two finger white head that slowly diminished into light foam on the top. It left something to be desired in this area. Smell: Grapefruit came up and smacked me in the face. Passion fruit and mango followed up afterwards and then came the piney-hop notes. Refreshing, citrus forward and inviting. Taste: Wonderful, crisp, slightly dry and wonderfully grapefruity. Basically, what you smell is what you taste. There is a nice malt backbone that gives it some depth and very faint caramel notes. Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Goes down dangerously easy. Overall: It lived up to the hype. Down in the Tampa area on vacation and had it on tap. I liked it so much that I bought a six pack of cans right after. It was awesome.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Does this one live up to the hype? Well, it comes pretty close! Can was kindly provided by a colleague of mine from Tampa after a Stanley Cup wager. Freshly canned 2 weeks ago. This pours a vivid burnt orange/copper color with a significant off white head. As absolutely fantastic looking beer. Tropical fruit wafts from the pour. Nice full mouthfeel without being too heavy. A truly well balanced IPA which brings everything together extremely well.

Photo of matgrat2422
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Still my favorite IPA. Nothing better to have on the beach. Great citrus taste with a good smooth malt backbone. Highly recommend.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, orange, large 2 inch off white head, great lacing

S: Pine, citrus hops

T: Pine, citrus hops up front, malty sweetness in middle of taste to balance, fruity tropical taste in there that melds with the malty sweetness that makes a great combo

M: Medium, carbonation is spot on

O: Wow, really good IPA. The tropical fruitiness is really what stands out to me. Makes for a world class beer experience.

Photo of Seejae
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was wrongly presented to me as a Pale Ale by a misinformed waitress, but it was unmistakably an IPA upon the first sip. This IPA was solid all around. The hops were the star as they should be with any IPA. Great beer.

Photo of Snow
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Coming from the northeast I was anxious about vaca in Fl with no local craft IPA .... This beer stands up to many of my favorites including heady !!!

Photo of Mwb
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid, very good, smooth, but not spectacular

Photo of Mburk
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes just like orange juice. Highly recommend on a hot day, super refreshing.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very juicy with hits of grapefruit, mango, and orange. This pup is on the sweeter side and has a definite malt backbone to it. Smooth, not much bitterness. Medium bodied. Would actually like a little more bitterness, but good beer.

Photo of Capsfan90
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On vacation in Orlando and came across this delicious ale. Truly lives up to the hype.

Photo of kkleu357
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tale of two beers. Had two from the same 6 pack, one was OMG excellent, one was dull and not nearly as good. It was an odd thing. Some, the great one had an almost orange juice like taste. Very citrus forward aroma. The dull one had a muted citrus aroma. Was more on the bitter side with way less citrus taste. Still good, just not as good as the other can.

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Liquorgal08
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange appearance. Head that dissipates quickly but has lovely color.

Aroma: Like a citrus field up in here. Very "florida". Lots or orange and grapefruit coming through, it smells downright juicy. Best part of the beer as far as I am concerned.

Taste: Rather close to the nose actually. Lots of citrus flavors with a bit of bitterness to cute through the fruit. Malt is hiding in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Dry with just enough carbonation.

As a liquor store worker, when people want a Florida IPA, this is the one I recommend. It's a really excellent offering from them.

Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Moose90
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can dated "04/20/15 CHEERS 40657" thanks @floridadrift

A — This beer pours a very bright and hazy orange hue, the aggressive(ish) pour leads to a 1 finger width head that is off-white colored and leaves behind nice enough lacing. This just looks Juicy in the glass.

S — Smells fairly muted initially, though it does develop into a juicy and citrusy bouquet, lots of fresh squeezed orange juice here along with a truly bitter tone of citrus.

T — Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice bitter orange juice character, balanced with a little tropical sweetness, pineapple, key lime, slightly peachy and juicy. There is a mild sweet malt undertone as well.

M — Bitter and dry overall, as it sits on your palate it dries it out with time.

O — Nice overall, though I hate to say it, I am a bit underwhelmed, I think that it is surely deserving of its praise, but I think I may just need to stick with the plethora of local options available here in the Hop Capital!

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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!!!

Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mango orange and slightly hazy brew topped by a sticky foam. Looks delicious. Smells peaches, floral, citrus. Taste is papaya, nectarines, floral, tropical. Moderate bitterness is refreshing. Medium body is creamy. Delicious. Perfect way to enjoy a day on Ft Myers Beach.

Photo of mangoman39
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

historical ratings from personal notes

Photo of LloydDobler
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was very enjoyable after mowing the lawn. Thanks Kevin!
Heavy pour from can(5-12-15) into an imperial pint glass.

Light amber in color with brilliant clarity, shining in the sunlight. It left a tall collar of foam that slowly dissipated, leaving lacing in large/thick lines. The nose was very sweet with big plunges of tropical/citrus fruits as I dove deeper. The taste was much of the same. A quick "pop" of mildly spicy hops with a super clean finish. The body was thin to medium, with great carbonation giving it a light creaminess. A great example of this style. Hope to get my hands on more before the summer ends!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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