Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 6,427
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 885
Gots: 1,387 | FT: 69
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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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (292 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (685 characters)

Photo of acurtis
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (324 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (584 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (362 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (478 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (312 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 (637 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

have to thank my mom for this one, best fedex package ever! thanks mom. poured a rich coppery red color from the can, with sudsy off white foam that lasts forever. sticky and sweet is the nose, sappy, resinous, and fresh. the hops are very woody, pine-like, but maybe not so aromatic as some of the more spruce heavy IPAs. mid round caramel malt body underneath all the hops. the flavor of this one is huge, super fresh, and unique in the sense that its got a very foresty feel to it, and some mineral richness that are both uncommon for the style. not that location matters, but this feels more like a Canadian beer to me than one made in florida. its got the real sturdy bearded sort of fortuity that I just don't associate mentally with the sunshine state. this is super impressive. big creamy feel that keeps the foam going in the mouth but doesn't get heavy. its sort of soapy in feel, but not in taste obviously. bitterness in the finish isn't very intense at all, almost tranquilizing really, and the alcohol is invisible. I could not have asked for a better sixpack for cold weather drinking on the Furthur lot this weekend. truly one of the few beers that lives up to the hype, this is a gem. (1,201 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,743 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (431 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (521 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a couple of times thanks to mfielden; thanks Mark. Dark amber color with a thick white head that retains well. Toasted grain and caramel aroma. Moderately hoppy nose, but leaning toward the malty side; the hops have a resiny, citrusy character with a touch of tropical fruit. The taste is decidedly East Coast, very balanced between caramel malts and citrusy hops, with malts taking precedence slightly. Mango and grapefruit hop flavors appear mid-palate, but never truly shine due to the heavy malt backbone. Bittersweet in the finish. Solid stuff, but not my favorite take on the style. (601 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for this one!
12 oz. bottle dated Jan 13 2012.

It pours a deep saturated orange tone into a tulip glass. A fingers width of white foam rises and slowly settles, leaving a wispy island of skim in the center, and a denser collar of lacing that forms webs down the opposite sides of the glass.

Smells nice and resiny, some herbal pine and hefty malt presence. Seems a bit subdued however.

Resiny hop bitterness in the taste, lingering long into the finish. Leafy green, pine and herbals, some pale malt in the middle. Fairly rough hewn and straightforward. Medium body and carbonation levels. Overall a good IPA, sort of middle of the road. (656 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 (1,027 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (540 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (715 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (810 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small, white head with little lace. The body is clear with a copper-brown color.

S - Fruity citrus, lots of pineapple and apricots, balanced by a good dose of caramel and toasted malt.

T - Lots of caramel malt sweetness battles with an equally big hop flavor. The fruity hops blend with malt sweetness and border on cloying. The malt character finished a bit darker that it initially tasted, with a hint of roast barley and tobacco.

M - A moderately thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Well balanced and, if anything, a bit on the malty side despite the big hop aroma. Very drinkable, this combines a great hop character with rich, thick malt and almost comes across as an east coast DIPA like DFH 90min. (749 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,766 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with some malt sweetness. The hops smell very fresh.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel and pine hops hit the tongue pretty hard. There is a strong sweet malt flavor in the background. As the sweetness fades the bitterness clings to your tongue through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. This is the second time I've had it, and the first must have been from a not so fresh bottle, much more impressed from the tap. I'd definitely have it again. I enjoy the malt sweetness along with the bitter hops. (783 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cliff's Notes to Cigar City Brewing's Jai Alai

Appearance: Hazy orange amber body. Creamy off-white head that holds remarkably well and leaves short but solid walls of lace completely round the glass.

Aroma: Gently caramelish malt base in the nose, infused with spicy/peppery, and grassy/leafy/floral hops. More English than American.

Flavor: As expected, it delivers a rich, round maltiness that offers an edge of dextrinous, medium caramel sugars. The hop flavors cling to that, move through it, and are supported and sprung forward by it. Solid bitterness, but not overly brutal at all. Finishes dry with receeding malt and rising hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full in body. Dextrinous. Crisp but not biting (smoothed by the fullness of the malt).

Drinkability: There are several components that seem to dance in a circle here, continually nodding and giving space to one another, yet existing mainly as one. The malt dominates and steps forward but then needs the hop bitterness and spiciness to keep it in check and steps back. Nicely balanced. Full flavored. Oddly compelling in its heavy-handed finesse. (1,109 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with a finger of creamy looking slightly off-white head. This maintains a nice frothy richness to it, leaving back lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in a creamy cascade. The aroma is sharp, with grapefruit and pine cutting through the nose. This is softened somewhat by notes of tropical fruit, herbal accents, and some toasted grains in the back. Alcohol undercuts the flavors but isn't coming off as overly stiff or stinging.

The taste is once again, fairly sharp and aggressive, being bitter with grapefruit, earth, and pine, which sits against a backbone of rigid grains and some more sweeter feeling tropical character that comes out in a flush from behind the malts. This finishes strong with spice, resins, and bitter rind that linger with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being crisp on the edges but then mostly smooth and oily throughout the rest of the body. This is a little warming feeling from the alcohol straight out of the fridge but the balance opens up as this warms and helps cover most of the ABV up.

This is a solid staple American IPA from Cigar City, with an aggressive, yet well balanced, hop presence and a body that maintains a smooth feel despite the ABV being on the higher side for the style. This was nice but I really need to give this a shot on draft as well. (1,380 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a heavy dose of fruity citrus, along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice strong bite of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel comes in but the sweetness is not as over-powering as the smell would indicate. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this beer has everything you would want in an IPA. This is a beer that I could drink for a whole evening without looking for anything else. (954 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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