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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,089 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 5,089
Reviews: 1,082
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 683
Gots: 726 | FT: 55
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. The regular Jai Alai is a very good IPA. Above average mouthfeel, bitterness. Very cloudy with white head. Grapefruit flavours. Of course more complex on cedar. Good palate cleanser, and good drinker, as many of their beers are sippers.

02-21-2010 19:03:54 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Can pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Canned on 12/27/12.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There are small bits of sediment seen floating around after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

04-05-2013 22:41:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-20-2011 06:06:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color. White head that starts a few fingers high and has pretty good retention. Nose is quite hoppy with pine and citrus taking the front. Taste is strong hops along with a light bit of malt in the background. Good dry, resinous mouthfeel with superior drinkability.

11-08-2010 13:44:56 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-09-2013 13:18:15 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A: It poured medium dark amber with a thin, creamy head.
S: The smell isn't very strong, but there are aromas of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is very well balanced--there are lots of bitter hop flavors in the initial taste but these become somewhat subdued as the somewhat sweet flavors of the malt backbone begin to appear.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This beer was very drinkable and I would definitely try this IPA again.

05-05-2010 14:44:06 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Coppery tangerine with several slow bubble streams leading up to a quality crown of pale khaki colored foam. Head descent is slow and lace deposition is extensive; even more so as more of the glass becomes available. Solid all around.

The nose is tropical fruity with a (slight) background contribution from caramel malt. The hop bill isn't made available, but Simcoe and/or Amarillo might be present. If power and pungency ramp up with foam meltage and beer warming, then the 4.5 will be granted.

Jai Alai IPA is a lupulin lovers India Pale Ale. This is clearly a fresh bottle, as the hops are bright and bold, giving the malts a breezy 'see ya sucka' as they blow past, dig into the tongue, and hold on with tenacity. And yet...

... there is some semblance of balance as the bitterness begins to ease up with warming. Mostly pale with a small contribution of caramel is my preferred malt profile for the style, which is exactly what JA IPA delivers. The hops are still tropical fruity with loads of white grapefruit peel. Centennial is probable and Simcoe is now doubtful.

The mouthfeel does pretty much everything right, from the soothing effect of the malt sugars... to the buzzsaw-like rasp of the hops... to the enlivening carbonation. Not special, but damn good.

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA is a hop-soaked treat that doesn't overwhelm its malt support. In other words, it's right up my alley. Thanks to ktrillionaire for not 1, not 2, not 3... but 4 bottles of this wonderfully delicious Sunshine State elixir.

08-04-2010 11:31:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick head atop; nice retention and interesting pattern of lace

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit and mango with caramel malt underneath

Taste: Caramel base with grapefruit and mango fruit adding bitter complexity as well as a growing piney resinous flavor by mid palate; after the swallow, the sweetness builds and though there is plenty of floral bitterness, the beer finishes toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A Florida IPA to match the best of the west coast - who would have thunk it; a tad too sweet for more than one but still a fine brew

11-18-2009 00:57:38 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -15%

Jai Alai IPA, 12oz bottle poured in Delirium snifter. Interesting redish amber color with nice solid white foamy head. Head fell quickly but never quite left. Musty hop and carmel malt aroma. Malty, piney hop flavor, slightly bitter carmel finish. Little alcohol presence. Medium bodied and easy drinking. A strong offering.

12-22-2010 00:17:29 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-27-2013 02:01:00 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with loads of floral hoppy notes and a sweet malt base. Taste is a very nice mix between aromatic and floral hops with balanced bitterness and some citrus notes. Malt base is maybe a tad too sweet for my taste though very solid with no watery notes. Boyd is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well brewed and something I could drink on a regular basis.

07-29-2011 18:02:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%

And the new wave of IPA begins- fruit forward with both hops and esters; fused together with a seamless web of maltiness, citrus, tropical and orchard fruit but without compromising dryness, crispness or drinkability. I like where this is going!

Pouring a mid-amber honey-like color, the ale seems a touch darker because of its unadulturated haze. A very formidable ivory head forms on the beer and retains very well with sticky lace all around.

Aromas are hop-balanced between caramel malts, citrus and spicy hops, and alcohol. Lightly fruity and yeasty notes weave within the alcohols. Its a soft and appealing scent that seems slightly English-like.

Graham cracker breadiness, caramel flavor, and spicy alcohols set the stage while the orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, and pineapple hop character bounce off the glass is vibrant and assertive fashion. Bitterness does much more than just balance out the malts but never really demand attention away from them. Again light fruity notes make me think of English Ales- non descript but fruity nonetheless.

Medium creamy and medium sweet, the beer starts out with a hearty malty tone that waits until the last second to crispen up and dry out. Still, the finish hold onto a lot of sweetness and weight despite the adequate carbonation. The aftertaste brings an alcoholic and hoppy-dry memory of the beer; I just wish this had happened at mid-palate and then carried through.

Its quite remarkable the effect that these deeply citrus and tropical flavored hops have with the embedded starch and yeast all have on this new wave IPA taste. Its a smoother and more balanced approach will appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers- even those who have traditionally steered away from hoppy beers.

05-14-2010 03:03:54 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

What is it with these guys from Tampa! My second 32ounce growler of the night and again I am floored. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was perfect, no other way to put it. Rich amber in color with a light copper touch to it. Perfect head rises up to about an inch and a half and never really settles down below that level. Sticky lace all over this thing, just dripping down the sides of the glass. Pungent orange and citrus notes just rip through the air. Intense pineapple and some subtle sweet biscuit like notes as it warms. Just fresh, crisp, resin filled goodness. As I take a sip, wave after wave of crushing fresh hops just collide on my tongue, remarkable. Lots of ornage with a light biscuit like flavor mid palate before a sticky, dry hoppy finish just wins me over. Insanely drinkable, almost too drinkable as it went down like candy.

Overall not sure what else I can say here, this is easily one of the best and most solid IPA;s I have come across. I would love to have this one on tap everyday

06-14-2009 04:31:35 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -11%

Thanks to Trevor for this one.

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a couple fingers of white head that clings to the glass and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S: Decently perfumey with a nice floral note and a lot of orange zest, too. There is a light breadiness underneath the hops and a prevailing, though light, citrus note to it.

T: The flavor is pretty nice, better than the nose. Light pineapple with grapefruit and orange, and lots of orange zest. There might even be a bit of melon. Lightly malty with some bread and a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

O: Not the hugest fan of some of the variations of this beer, but this base version is actually decent.

07-28-2011 05:07:11 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-06-2012 15:21:43 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-07-2012 04:18:53 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-22-2011 18:41:32 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-13-2013 20:34:46 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Golden amber with a white head; full alcohol sweet pineapple nose. Much more alcohol in the nose than one would expect with 7.5%.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy and full with a nice big, full feel to it; inviting.

Flavors are much more like a double than an IPA. Big sweet citrus/malt front palate that goes to a very well balanced big sweet bright citrus malt and bitter grapefruit hop character.

Big malty sweet/bitter hop finish. Very drinkable. I'm not convinced that I tried "the freshest" bottle. I'd like to try it again although this bottle was very drinkable and appealing.

11-10-2010 07:03:01 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

A: light amber, orange hues. single finger off white head.

S: mild pine, grass and hops

T: a little pine and hops. Its not super special in any one way. Citrus notes and mild bitterness in the finish.

M:smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA. Not the best out there but very smooth and drinkable. Decent amount of flavor complexity.

08-31-2011 01:24:18 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, medium amber-toned body with a tall, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel-scented maltiness rounded out with fruity, citrusy, spicy hop notes and a sprinkle of booze.

Taste: Pale malts with a slim measure of inherent breadiness and lightly coated in a thin veneer of sweet caramel. JAIPA is laden with citrusy hops with additional accents of fruity mango and resinous pine. Minute hint of aspirin-like astringency lurking in there as well. Moderate bitterness. Some warming alcohol sneaks into the drying, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A beer that does a decent job of displaying the natural beauty of the hop plant. It's good, though maybe I shouldn't have gone from trying the Cedar-aged and Guava versions to trying this.

09-22-2010 18:43:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-21-2014 02:06:03 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

This is just as good as I remembered it being the first time I had it. This beer it a really nice amber color on top of the glass that fades to a golden yellow. The head disappears fast and there really isn't much lacing. The aroma is really hoppy, makes me want to go for a swim in this beer. It's aroma is wonderful. The flavor is aggressively hopped, floral and citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium and begs for you yichang another.

04-06-2011 22:59:54 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with just a really well definded whitemgreat defintion here,it faded slowly into a frothy mass leaving two rings of lace behind as it did.Tropical fruits and some herbal notes in the nose,underlying caramel biscuit.Fresh overripe tropical fruit,some resin,and herbal hops are not in your face they just flow nicely together.There is a bigger sweetish malt base that holds firm to the hops till the end.A very well made IPA with the alcohol being well hidden,I could drink alot of this.

04-07-2011 22:49:25 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big ups to HeyOhhh for this lovely bit o' extra goodnes!
What sits in the glass is a bright amber bit o' Everglades murk (...okay, so I don't know Florida geography very well, but they aren't too far from Tampa, right?). And I mean that in a good way. From the hazy maltiness below, a gator of ruby grapefruit snaps at my nose, joined by some piney snappers, who dredge up some water lilies as they jump; I enjoy the florality, but the soup in the boat just leaves me with wet clothes. At least my cooler's still safe. Just for the sake of vengeance, I dive in bedecked in a fully-working model of my own tongue. (I used to shop at Sharper Image...a lot...) Once fully immersed, it's immediately evident from my instruments that more tasty creatures lurk beneath the surface: Schools of caramel and toffee glide lazily about; more snappers dart to and fro, some taking daring little bites at Y.H.N.; and that original grapefruity gator's got himself some comp'ny, a tangello- and and orange-zest-resembling set o' luggage. Clearly intimidated by my lingual armour (it's British), these aquatic beasts pose no threat, but rather swim about for my amusement. All animals bow to man!! Back in the boat and back in my civvies, I find I don't need to wring all that much sludge from my suit. Instead, the murk's moderate body (listen to me, making it sound like a beer or something!), refreshingly dry finish, and what I assume to be natural and normal carbonation (hey, I've never been in a friggin' swamp before) coat only slightly before lithely gliding right off. Though initially shaken, as I motor off into the sunset I think to myself that I would definitely revisit this part of America's wang--er, the Sunshine State.

05-07-2010 01:22:05 | More by TMoney2591
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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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