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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,260 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,260
Hads: 6,757
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 933
Gots: 1,595 | FT: 81
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: 1,260 | Hads: 6,757
Photo of klkatz
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it's balanced like a russian gymnast... nice bite, decent mouthfeel.... not too bitter but a nice hop taste.

i guess it looks like an IPA should look.... like when a ball player makes a routine play you'd expect that they'd make the routine play, but the difference sometimes between an all-star and the scrubs is making the routine play... routine. 4 for appearance based on this philosophy.

clean and crisp upfront but then it finishes smoother than most american IPAs... kudos for that... no bitter beer face. but who doesn't like bitter beer? oh yeah... chicks.

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Photo of Seejae
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of bierenutz
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with a quickly evaporating 1+ finger dense head and nice lacing.
S-Very nice crisp hoppy aroma with orange and grapefruit citrus added and hints of caramel, pine and malt.
T-Mellow roasted malt flavor up front with the alcohol followed by the bitterness of the hops and finishes a little sweet and smokey.
M-Creamy medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There is lingering bitterness and some spicy aftertaste.
D-I'm liking this beer quite a bit. I'm sure glad I got a 6'r of this 'cuz I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Photo of RossCain
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours an amber/orange color (more towards orange in the spectrum) with a thick, off-white head which sticks around for a while. Leaves bubbly lacing around the edges of the glass with nice legs slowly falling back into the glass after sipping. A very attractive beer which fits the textbook IPA appearance quite well.

S: Strong hop profile upfront with a certain earthy, resin attitude. Somewhat between piney and citrusy, the beer gives off a great aroma of both the sweet citrus notes of tangerine and mellow notes of pine.

T: Upon sipping, the hops certainly make their presence known. The predominantly bitter and piney (mildly earthy, almost woody) notes with a more subdued profile of lightly sweet citrus are immediately present. The hop profile is later tapered off by a well rounded sweet caramel malt background making for a balanced, bittersweet finish. However, there is an unmistakable slight alcoholic twang that resides in the finish likely from the abv being closer to Double IPA status.

M: Medium bodied and smooth feeling with perfectly refreshing (but not overpowering) carbonation. Lightly oily on the lips and leaves a slick feeling upon the mouth and palate on the way down. Moderately dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable (dangerous for the abv). I had no problem finishing the glass and would gladly have more. Overall, a very refreshing and well balanced IPA that does not bitterly stress the palate and at the same time does not sacrifice much in terms of a dominant hop profile to achieve its drinkable means. I'll be picking up more 6 packs guaranteed.

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Photo of larsenju
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, batch codes, or best by.

A-Orange body with just a hint of amber, 2 finger solid white nice retention and lacing.

S-Strong citrus, kind of a mix of grapefruit and orange, some peach, and a little bit of a grassy pine character that cuts through everything. Backing up all those hops I got a little honey sweetness and some biscuity malt.

T-Sweeter fruits up front, some mango, peach and just a little bit of lemon. Moving back the malts started to come through, biscuits and bread. Finishing with a kick of bitter and some resin like pine. Starting midway across the palate it got pretty hot and only got worse from there.

M-Kind of on the thin side, medium carb.

D-I have had this before and I was pretty excited about it at the time. I enjoyed it today, but I am almost wondering how fresh this is. The hop flavors are way down from what I remember, and it is unpleasantly hot. The fruit flavors are nice, and the aroma is pretty interesting. I appreciate their deviation from the normal American IPA, but lets get some date codes, and maybe drop the ABV and build some body.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Chicowdy
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolute rock solid IPA. Lots of fruit, enough malt but not too much. Great hop profile. I can drink it on a chilly night or a hot day. A plus beer.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Passed along to me last week in Colorado during a beer swap. Was more than happy to take it up. Haven't had a whole lot from Cigar City at this point.

Appearance is quite nice. Has some little unfiltery clumps floating around which says 'good' to me in an IPA. Has a nice, rich orange to gold coloration. Has a slightly off white head that is very minimal. Poured according to can that says to pour gently. I can tell it is a thicker creamier beer just by the pour.

Smell is pretty mellow. Holds a lot of grass and grapefruit. Hints of other citrus fruits and pine resin.

Incredibly well balance beer. I'm not a big grapefruit IPA fan, but this harnesses that grapefruit character very well while allowing the other hop notes shine through. Very zesty citrus up front that eases very gently down toward the strong pine resin with herbal hints. Has a nice earthy undertone and a sweetness that brings in a reminiscence of flowers and a bit of dried tropical fruit. The sweetness is perfect. Has just a hint of vanilla to it as well.

The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy, carbonation is perfect, it is just a bit sticky and also has jus the right amount of dryness on the end. Couldn't have asked for more out of a straight up IPA.

Overall, very very good. I'm not a hop head, and I will proclaim once more, due to this fact I feel it takes more to impress me. This has impressed me. Cigar City has done one excellent job at making one very quality IPA.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small glass from can.

Appearance - Pours a clean honey gold color. Hint of orange color. Pours a large creamy white head which settles.

Smell - Definite citrus smell, not too strong.

Taste - Again, hints of citrus. Very fresh and appealing to the mouth and tongue. Strong taste when it reaches back of mouth, not overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel- Not crisp, tangy or sour. Very fresh and feels nice. Stronger towards back of mouth.

Overall - Excellent IPA. Tropical/citrus flavors and a great profile, an excellent beer. Will purchase again.

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Photo of busterwhite
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep orange with a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.

Tropical fruit aroma with a little pine in the background.

Taste is not as fruity as the smell, more pine up front followed by citrus. A nice clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good, decent carbonation.

A solid east coast IPA.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look--beautiful golden color. Pours out with fine white head, which reduces to a nice collar aroma is hoppy and fruity. Taste is hoppy. Feel is light and smooth,

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a foamy ring; head disappears right away. Medium-heavy even lacing.

Smell is big hop resin, oak, peppery spices, lemon rind, cognac.

The taste and mouthfeel really depend on each other here- it is sticky, sweet, and malty, but the hop bill comes across as a unified and subdued citrus. Great dryness from the hops, a nice toasted marshmallow/ cake batter taste in the leave. Appropriate level of bitterness and a linger that again suggests the toasted marshmallow. The hops contribute to the feel and flavor equally, lending the citrusy/peppery notes and bitterness as well as the dryness. Creamy.

I haven't had anything like it. It is very, very good, a perfect IPA for someone who seeks sweetness in their beer.

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Photo of Zaso
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A cloudy, light copper color with a small, half-finger head to it. A little bit of noticeable sediment. Hard to tell what was left in the can.

Nicely balanced. I get an assortment of some citrus and pine from the hops, while getting a small bit of roasted, toasty caramel on the head.

A bold, but sweet malt taste that's countered with a bitter resin flavor from the hops immediately comes through. The malt stays with this one throughout and it finishes with a acidic, pungent hop flavor at the end. A mild bit of warmth from the alcohol on it's way down.

Very typical of an Indian Pale Ale, maybe a little creamier from the malt if anything. Leaves the tongue dry.

It's probably worth mentioning that this beer was about three weeks old. There's a lot of good flavors going on in this beer. The really sweet malt, most noticeably on the front, and the tangy, resin-like bitterness from the hops on the back. Not necessarily balanced as other world-class IPAs, but still very pleasant. I really like how the sweetness comes through right from the start. Overall, this is a really enjoyable brew that I could see myself having a few of. A significant step above the Racer 5s and Hop Devils because of it's malt character and fresh flavor, but not well balanced or diverse to hang with the world class Plinys or Headys. A great beer that I would drink often if I had better access to it.

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Photo of jhawth
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy ruddy orange with a finger width head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a thin foamy cap.

Aroma: Awesome. Intense tropical fruit and citrus hop notes, biscuity malt notes beneath.

Taste: Follows nose. Grapefruit and orange bitterness leads to robust caramel malt notes, before finishing with more fruit hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really excellent IPA, glad I was able to get my hands on it. Wish it were just a bit more full-bodied, but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of laketang
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a cloudy orange look with 3/4 head

prototypical citrus notes for a beer of this kind, smell overtakes your nostral hairs with fruity delight

could be my new favorite, downfall is unavailability in Chicago area, I love the citrus tang unleashed onto your tongue,the perfect fruity citrus balance.

great mouthfeel, full of orange and some grapefruit notes as well.a definite linger in a good way

if you like mikkeller citra, revlolution antihero, bells two hearted, or even daisy cutter, then this will top them all!

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Photo of Shumania
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shocked to find a 6 pack of this in VA. Bottled on 11/12/13 and poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Golden orange with a nice 2 finger fluffy head

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit, some spiciness in there

T: Topical orange rind and then big malt backbone. good bitterness in here. There is a good amount of pine that balances with the tropical notes.

M: Medium body and easy to drink

I may have had too high expectations for this one. It is a very good beer, but i want more punch with the citrus and tropical fruit.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- very dark (for an ipa) brown/amber, hazy, large head that lasts forever, a nice thin layer of lacing
s- sweet malt, citrusy hops, some floral notes, very bright pleasant smell
t- nice piney/citrusy hops and sweet malts, nicely balanced but the hops take a front seat, very good
m- sorta thin but a little oily and creamy with nice carbonation
d- awesome beer, proud that it's from my state

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Photo of AdamF625
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy orange and golden in color with a thick fluffy white head.

S- citrus and floral hop aromas.

T- citrus and pine dominates the flavor with a bit of sweet malt. Slight bitterness on the finish that leaves quickly.

M- smooth and thin at first then fizzy carbonation rolls on the tongue, dry on the finish.

O- while this IPA is very sessionable I think it lacks a bit in flavor and aroma.

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Photo of ELS
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 ianmatth
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange-yellow. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Good hop smell. Fruit and citrus

T - Fruit, a little citrus, thin malt taste, not a lot of bitterness.

M - Easy to drink, not too bitter, very thin

O - A good IPA, but a little overrated. Nice fruit taste, but very thin.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange-amber with a one finger white head and good lacing.

Nose consists mainly of citrusy hops, mostly lemon and orange peel, and some bready malt.

Taste is not very aggresive. Some citrus hops followed by a little bit of piney hops and and balanced out well by some sweet malty to finish. Leaves a nice sweet floral hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Aftertaste is dry, but not aggresively.

Drinkability is high. Light enough and mild enough to knock a few back.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pretty excited when my parents brought me back a sixer of this from their vacation.

A: Cloudy copper hue with a great frothy head that sticks around and won't go away.

S: Hops play into a tangerine, clementine, ruby red grapefruit aroma. Smells so fresh and sweet with a biscuit malt note in the background.

T: Very sweet, its like tangerine and caramel together in the best of ways. There's more malt then some people might care for, but its quickly cut back with a crisp hop bite. Lingering flavor is very much grapefruit.

M: Slightly syrupy for the style. Medium carbonation.

D: Great; flavor has enough to keep you interested, its crisp yet complex, and you'd never guess it was 7.5%. One of the most enjoyable and drinkable American IPA's.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai (said like "hi lie") is a game with origins traced back to Basque and was once a big part of florida. This brew pours a deep copper with a medium head of bone color. Lacing is top notch, excellent. Smell is enticing, to say the least, with great attributes being sweet, fruity, spicy HOPPINESS! The taste is clean and fresh with huge floral hoppy notes. Its bitter but the best kind of bitter. I liken it to wasabi(the heat is intense but leaves quick without a trace). Doesn't linger around on the palate like some other well known IPAs. Feel is incredibly smooth, refreshing with a perfect light carbonation. I can't say enough about this beer, easily the best IPA I've had to date. Highly recommended to anyone who likes hops and even those who don't.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this beer has been showing up roughly once a month in my area of Long Island. Each time it is about 2-3 weeks old. Fresh enough for me. The first time I bought it, I was so pleased that I went out the next morning to buy the rest of the case. Gone. Now every time I go to the store that has this, I buy up all of their stock (usually 2-4 six-packs).

A: Deep orange, almost reddish-brick looking. Tons of carbonation in this batch fades to still a rather heavy lacing. Not much carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Bready malts, citrus, slight mango and caramel. Malt really dominates the beginning but fades to a very nice hop aroma.

T: Boom! Citrus, grapefruit, mango explosion. Tons of bready, biscuity and caramel malts to follow. Tastes like damn hoppy orange juice. Awesome.

M: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Minimal bitterness (compared to the recent DIPA bombs I've been drinking).

O: One fantastic IPA. I remember, recently, when I started hearing about this beer. I wanted to try this beer for awhile and I walk in one of my local stores and they had it on the shelf. I almost planned a trip down to visit my uncle near Tampa to go to the brewery before it arrived here. I will still be planning that trip. CCB rules.

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Photo of purdueflyguy
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 16JAN13 into tulip glass
Canned 3DEC12

Pours hazy golden with about a finger of fluffy white head dissipating at average pace.

Strong citrus especially grapefruit. Lots of pine very west coast hop profile smell.

Taste very dry throughout the drink. Very bitter upfront then more grapefruit and orange. Fades to a dry pine finish.

Perfect carbonation and very full feeling IPA. Really enjoy this one.

Thanks to the bartender who gave this to me from her personal cigar city stash when I was in florida recently because she didn't like IPA's!!!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.