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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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Reviews: 1,295
Hads: 6,940
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 957
Gots: 1,715 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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 bierbrauer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle brought back from visit to FL and CCB in Oct. No freshness date. Tasted in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Clear amber, 1" white head that drops gradually and leaves sparse lacing; steady effervescence.

S: Flowers, some citrus and caramel malt.

T: Citrus/fruit & floral hops first, followed by sweet caramel malt, then growing bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium/high carbonation and medium body; neutral or slightly dry finish; little alcohol warming.

O: This I.P.A. is a cut above most in complexity and balance. Very solid and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of dowen17
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a one finger head. Great lacing and decent retention for an IPA. Huge lacing down the entire glass.

On the nose is orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine and other citrus esters. Earthy notes linger in the back and some pine resin begins to come through at the end.

Taste is very citrus forward. Sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit meld perfectly. Some malt backbone really gives this beer a great balance. Some honey sweetness. Pine bitterness rests on the back of the tongue but its not just a hop bomb. There's a hint of grain/wheat at the very end that was surprising but welcomed as a nice touch for this style.

On the light side of medium bodied but not watery at all. Very nice carbonation. Keeps the flavors alive in your mouth and makes the beer very refreshing.

Very good IPA. Would definitely drink again. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai – IPA (7.5%) - Cigar City Brewing (Florida)

App: Pours a bright copper with a one finger off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing up the glass. Brew is slightly hazy with visible hops sediment and steady carbonation.

Smell: Earthy and piney notes hit first, backed up with a slight chile like bitterness. Malt aroma present as well, pretty significant caramel aroma. Smell is very clean and inviting. Hoppy no doubt, but not overwhelming. Slightly green, fresh hop aroma as well as beer warms.

Taste: Foretaste is sweet, but not overwhelming. Quickly coupled with waves of hops bitterness that never over do themselves, allowing the sweet and slightly caramely malt backbone to stay present throughout drinking. The hops and malt in this one are incredibly well balanced, with each hop flavor both pulling away from, and complementing the persistent sweetness of the malt. Hops are floral, earthy, with just a touch of resinous quality that makes them bright and engaging, and never too bitter.

Mouth: Solid medium body. Fits style very well. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 4/11/14.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cigar City tasting room, but have had it numerous other times. Deep orange color nice fluffy head.

Smells hoppy and citrusy, seems like it will be a big beer a double ipa.

What a great citrus hoppy taste. Some floral notes as well. My favorite ipa sorry DFH. Big taste almost like a double. Taste lingers in your mouth soooo smooth. It packs the taste of a double but wont leave you totally tanked after 3. Could and have drank these all night.

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Photo of aglose45
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's.

A: Pours a darker golden brown with a nice frothy off-white head. The head on the beer hangs around for the entire adventure.

S: Smell is a bit faint, but I do pick up some grapefruit and floral hop smells.

T: The taste definitely exceeds the nose. Definitely some cites hop presence, mostly grapefruit and orange. There is a floral hop presence. Overall good flavor, but not worthy of a 5/5.

M: Light to medium body, some hop resin, great carbonation.

D: Good flavor, I could drink this for awhile.

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Photo of MonkeyboyATL
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA I've tasted. Not really such a profound statement since I'm pretty new to the craft beer world. Mine had lots of floaties in it, but from other reviewers comments I guess that's to be expected since it was not kept cold. It was brought to me from Tampa by a friend. As far as I know it didn't adversely affect the taste though (first one, so how could I know). This is not a one dimensional beer as I think is often the case with a lot of IPA. Jai Alai is much more balanced, with a healthy malt presence. It also has a much thicker mouth-feel than your standard IPA. A fantastic brew that I hope returns to Georgia very soon. Floridians should not be allowed to keep this to themselves (blatant jealousy intended).

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Photo of wogreen
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - golden bronze
S - floral, citrusy hops aroma. not overpowering but i get a hint of pine
T - very balanced smoothness on the hop profile
M - not overly effervescent
O - overall a strong IPA. more balanced than anything. no punch you in the mouth hops flavor, but very good

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Photo of mbudner
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled tonight at Hawthornes. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours like a golden amber with a white spotty, but frothy head (kind of weird and off putting, something to do with way growler was filled?). About 1-finger and dissipates relatively quickly.

S- Very floral with a very slight piney aroma. Some maltiness coming through as well, maybe even a little banana-like (which is weird for the style, expect this more from a tripe or weizenbock). Sweet grapefruit (not the bitter grapefruit typically found in West-coast and some of the more balanced east-coast IPAs and DIPAs).

T- Biscuity malts up front with very subtle floral hop flavors. "Balance" is the first word that comes to find. The hops mirror the aroma, nice floral notes with a very faint citrus (a lot of the other reviewers seem to be getting predominantly citrus, who knows); no real piney flavors as the smell had me anticipate, but that's neither here nor there. Slight buttery taste in the finish.

M- Nice hops resin coats the mouth. Very sticky on he back of the palate, which ultimately subsides leaving a slick coating on the palate. Slightly under-carbonated for what I prefer in the style, but not enough so to detract from the beer in any real sense.

D- Very easy drinking, deceptively so for a 7.5% brew. Overall, I prefer a less balanced IPA, but I know that this is strictly preference. Definitely some great flavors and masking of the heat. Another good brew from Cigar City.

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Photo of chetripley
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an IPA, especially one touting the bold bitter taste, I found this to be amazingly smooth and pleasant, and really drinkable.

For a long time I have been researching Florida and what they have to offer, especially what they can sell around here in Chicagoland and there isn't much out there. Thanks to JonL who was passing through Tampa and brought me this back.

I have to admit, that finally, after much discussion about IPAs and the term American IPA how it fits, and this one does.

The bitterness is present, no doubt, but the flavor is a great blend of many tastes and it doesn't weigh you down. It is actually refreshing.

Thanks, Cigar City, for defining the American IPA label for me.

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Photo of ItsMe
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz can: pours a beautiful hazy honey-gold with a half-finger or so of frothy but dense head. Smell is initially pine and grapefruit, but quickly switches to a more malty, earthy smell, with tropical fruit mixed in. Also a little burnt sugar/cotton candy in there. Taste is very complex, with the malt coming through stronger than hops at first, before a piney, citrus aftertaste that is nicely dry and bitter. Feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding beer that delivers something excellent in every area.

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Photo of Chris585
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow. I had this a few years ago for the first time and wow it still doesn't disappoint. Pineapple mango hoppy piney goodness. The feel on this is great and the malt to back up the hops tops it all. Not many better.

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Photo of kevinv
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Many thanks to a great new trader, Belthor, for sending a bottle of this my way as an extra.

A - Pours a dark murky copper/orange with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head, which retains very nicely by the way... Solid lacing is left on the glass as you enjoy this one.

S - Pungent aromas of floral and tropical notes. It smells like oranges, tangerines, and mangos. Slight caramel undertones. If you have the willpower to savor this beer without just gulping it down, the aromas really begin to shine as the beer warms a bit.

T - Very orange-y type fruits like you get in the smells dominate the flavor. Delicious. Slight maltiness is more noticeable when the beer warms a bit. Mild hop bitterness up front with a nice drying finish. No presence of alcohol. Piney notes in the aftertaste.

M - Good medium bodied brew with a well balanced mild carbonation.

D - This a great IPA that I'd love to have over and over. My glass was empty before I knew it and I was left craving more. Solid.

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Photo of emount91
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear dark orange almost brown color. white fluffy head that actually sticks around for a decent amount of time. smell is very tropical and fruity, mangoes, citrus fruits, stone fruits, with a caramel/bready malt smell that is very light. taste is everything I wanted from this beer: tropical, mangoes, peaches, slight orange, bright citrus, with a semi sweet caramel malt backbone that eventually turns into a toasty one. this beer is like a new england haze bomb, without the haze, so it has a level of "cleanness" that a lot of these new hazy beers dont have. But it sure has the hop flavor profile of a New England IPA. Mouthfeel was great and carried the tastes all the way through to the end, almost no coating or slick feeling from this beer. very happy that I live so close to stores that get this now, i will grab it anytime I see it on a shelf.

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Photo of atlason
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 33cl bottle into wine glass.

A: decent head, good lacing. Slightly opaque copper.

S: pale Ale malts and caramel balanced with grassy hops, understated for the style.

T: bisquit and caramel followed by aggressive bitterness. Aftertaste is hoppy, grapefruit and lime. Hoppy even for the style.

M: could use more cArbonation. Not easy drinking.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: A hazy, copper with an orange tinge. A two finger thick luscious foam topped the beer's surface. It rescinded down to a thick ring with a sudsy cap. Generous lacing. Gorgeous.

Smell: I get a mix of citrus fruits - grapefruit, lime, sweet mandarin orange - and tropical notes - pineapple, papaya, mango - compounded with quite a bit of pine resin.

Taste: Sweet biscuit malts up front followed by resiny hops through to the finish. A slight pleasant bitterness leaves you wanting another taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit of resin stickiness.

Overall: This one doesn't disappoint. I really dig how well the malt and hops are balanced in this offering. I've been wanting to try for some time and Pintofbrown surprised me with this one in our latest trade. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Mdez
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this when I recently took a trip to Florida; bought a 6 of cans and was really surprised how good it was; a canned beer that really was noticably good. I drank one from the can and was very suprised and poured another into a glass and loved the way it looked and tasted. If this becomes a permanent presence in VA, I'll always have some in the fridge. If not, I'll always grab some when I'm down in Florida. It's nice when the rumors are true...

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into tapered pint glass with a 3in head. Beautiful Amber orange color, with lots of carbonation, and the head held well. Smells citrusy sweet and light. Malty caramel flavors up front with a nice citrusy hoppy note on the back end. Very drinkable, very pleasant IPA. Would love to drink these regulars, great go-to beer but probably not the hoppiest IPA if you're looking for that over the top bitter bite.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is nice, great looking amber hue with a slight orange coloring, smells of tangerine and pineapple, taste of caramel, citrus and a great feel and mouthful, very light feel for the ABV and very smooth, a dangerous mixture here, don't fool this for a session brew. but it is drinkable for a session job.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange pour with a sticky off white head. Retention is excellent. The nose is grapefruit, tropical fruit, earthy. Hops are powerful in taste, with the tropical fruits really coming through. Also a little pine and a nice bitter bit on the swallow. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium body, medium carbonation, and supremely smooth. An all around excellent IPA.

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Photo of brewmastercat
2.47/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cigar City Jai alai IPA was an India Pale Ale that I was really looking forward to before I got the chance to try it. After multiple attempts at trying this beer to give it the benefit of the doubt, I am still left unsatisfied.

Lots of buttery tobacco notes that I could not stand. I thought it could of been because the can was old or bad, but after 3 different attempts, this beer is hype.

This is coming from someone living in San Diego, it just might not be my jazz.
If I make it to Tampa, or see it on tap, I'll give it another go.

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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 RyanPoff
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tampa brew pub.

a: a clear copper with about half finger of head and little retention. Good but not great.

S: this picks us a bit. Interesting floral hops, sweet caramel, a bit of lemons.

T: an interesting mix of sweet malts, forward Citrus hops, an astringency on the back end. This is much more floral than a traditional IPA, but still great.

M: it's one of the more peppy, fresh IPAs I've had in a considerable amount of time.

Really an excellent and unique IPA.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA will knock your socks off! Delicious! One of the best IPAs I've had in awhile. Probably the best since my trip to Minneapolis and Masala Mama several years back. Excellent example of the style. Poured a beatiful coppery/golden hue with great foamy head and retention to the last sip. Aroma gave me chills, as I felt as though I'd been dropped in a pine thicket, or grapefruit grove. Taste is earthy, piney, citrusy, with just a hint of malt sweetness to balance it out. A great beer for hop lovers and hopheads. Definitely one of my go to IPAs for now. Great brew!

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Photo of CraigS119
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my local Wal-Mart (yes, we're spoiled by Cigar City) in Tampa, FL. $9.49 for the sixer and they come in these nifty green & orange cans:


A- Cloudy, orangey-gold color. It's got some moderate carbonation and a little bit of white, silky head lacing the top.

A- Smells hoppy, piney, and orange zesty… almost like a Blue Moon on roids.

F- The taste packs a punch. It's like biting through the peel of an orange- bitter, but satisfying. Hops are definitely at the helm of this beer, but there's good balance of malt and fruit, leading to a very full-bodied taste. Altogether a complex, yet harmonious flavor profile.

M- Lots of coarse carbonation on the tongue, with heavy, silkiness throughout.

O- This is the beer that first got me into IPAs. It's got that brutal kick upfront that takes you aback, an orangey/fruity middle, and the bitter follow-through that reminds you what a hell of an IPA it is that you're consuming. Jai Alai is not only a terrific beer, but also a great marquee of the Florida beer scene.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.