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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,180
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 694
Gots: 751 | FT: 57
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BKBassist, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%

This poured a hazy burnt orange with lots of sediment. A fat creamy head of off white foam that would have taken longer to fall than it did to finish the beer. Left scads of lace to look at. Nose is bombastic citrus fruits! You could name them all. But mostly grapefruit with the peel and the pith. Nice and earthy. Tangerine, a sweet hop herbal and stone fruit softness. Faint spice and faint nuttiness if you let the beer sit in your glass long enough to notice. Not a lot of pine more like a bit of earth on the nose.

Taste is outrageous and sensual. There was no malt at all on the nose really but it's the first thing to greet your palate. A light flaky biscuit and some sensual and smooth caramel. It's a touch nutty but not heavy. Then all that fruit! Tangerine, stone fruit juiciness, the tart grapefruit leading that pack. The mouthfeel is light and creamy but it has a fullness you can't ignore. It's delightfully contradicting. The herbal is sweet not pungent and the pine is soft like a bit of earth. The citrus tartness is as tart as the hop bitter is bitter. Fantastic! Finishes with the lightest dusting of resin I have ever observed in and IPA. Just to coat your tastebuds and allow this beer to resonate sweetly in the back palate so that you want MORE!

Thank you JayORear.

utopiajane, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

The aroma here is citrusy and resinous. Perhaps a note of pine. It's clean and hoppy. Definitely flower forward.

The taste is quite nice. This is a stout IPA that doesn't go overboard. The taste is strongly of citrus happiness along with a tropical quality as well. Between the two, it creates a great, clean IPA. Underneath, the sweet caramel malt base is there as well but certainly In the background. It's balanced quite well, and is delicious.

Certainly a top tier IPA here. No question. Solidly and pleasantly hoppy with a nice balance.

NODAK, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Hendrick24, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

HoppySeb, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Knoxrb12, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Elicoleman, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Docrock, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jakea, Mar 21, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

Shout out to rynosf2. Thanks Ryan! Great trade.

A - Reddish Brown, finger white head, hazy, strange chucky yeast, nice lacing

S - Juicy, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, pineapple, carmel

T - Carmel, tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit. Bit of pine up front - carmel and pineapple/ mango in the middle and a piney finish

M - med/full body, frothy,

O - Pretty awesome drinkability, blanaced really well, hoppy initially but all the tropical fruit swoops in mellows things out in the finish - fruits and juices are very very flavorful.

weonfire, Aug 28, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

A: Pours a very dark orange. Hazy with very little head

S: Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango even some peach and caramel toffee.

T: Very similar to the nose as far as the fruits go. There's a good amount of bitterness at the begining but it clears out and finishes on the sweeter side.

M: A little more then medium bodied. Reminds me more of a DIPA. Borderlining on not enough carbonation but not quite there.

Overall: An average IPA. Maybe a bit heavy on the mouthfeel for an IPA. Would definitely try again.

BigMike, Oct 05, 2010
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance : clear copper orange color a good half inch white head

Smell : great overall aroma,strong citrus aromas dominant smells like an orange peel also subtle pine aromas

Taste : tons of great taste- great hoppy bitterness not a whole lot of sweetness this beer is very hop forward

Mouthfeel : medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Overall : this was a very good beer if you love hops as I do this is a great beer to seek out. I love the orange peel aroma. There is something very unique about this beer!

BUNZILLA, Apr 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jk3, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of ToasterChef
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a pint glass. Has a bottled on date of 6/23/11, so the beer is a little old, but other bottles in the six pack tasted fine, so I am going ahead and reviewing (and it's not like I'll have the chance to buy any Cigar City any time soon).

This is a beautiful IPA. Orange copper liquid is crystal clear, with plenty of rising carbonation visible inside. The head is pure white foam that leaves great lacing. Head retention is impressive.

Big hop aroma has plenty of grapefruit. Some sweetness is hiding in the mix, but it is minor. Smelling Jai Alai let's you know this beer is all about the hops.

The beer tastes hoppy, but isn't too bitter (perhaps that is because it is nearly 5 months old). Fruity bitter hops sit atop a layer of caramel sweetness. Grassy hops linger. That tastes good now, but I'd love to try it fresh.

Medium body and carbonation at a level higher than average. There is a little bit of a coat, and it has a good amount of hoppy bitterness in it. I am not feeling much of a hop oil presence. My lips are slightly sticky, but this doesn't feel like a 7.5% beer.

This particular bottle is a very good IPA, so I can only imagine that a fresher sample would be even better. If you see this beer for sale, buy some. Even if it isn't fresh, it will probably still be enjoyable.

ToasterChef, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

abcdefghijkyle, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Nichols33, Apr 27, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%

"Jai Alai, the "merry game," is a game native to the Basque region of Spain. Tampa was once home to this high speed game, but sadly all that remains here is this India Pale Ale that we brewed in tribute to the merry game. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as a year round release, finally trickling back into Georgia after a far too long absence from Atlanta markets. Best savor it as fresh as possible!

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a silky foam of an ivory complexion over a deep copper orange body with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Heavy tropical fruit hop aromas with a lesser citrus and resinous influence, very potent and bold, inviting with a moderate bitterness to balance. Malts are a clean but equally bold pale and caramel syrup. Overall the hop profile in this beer is profound and I haven't found something that hits quite the same hop notes and comes off as appealing as this beer does aromatically. Potency is high. 4.5

(Taste) The first taste experience reveals a seemingly dampened hop experience with a focus on the light yet flavorful caramel malt profile. The hop flavor comes in wonderfully on the finish, a sweet and flavorful tropical fruit encore of pineapple, melons and mangoes, barring the sharper citrus and lemon hop notes, it comes off bright and clean. Hop bitterness is mellow but perseveres in the flavor without overshadowing the hop flavor. This could have easily been made an abrasive and bitter mess of an IPA, but I appreciate that Cigar City made a highly drinkable, clean beer with a more unique showcasing of hop flavor. It really stands out amongst the IPA crowd. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and sweet with a touch of thin caramel syrup. Carbonation adds a touch of thin crispness and froth without going overly sharp on the tongue. Body is medium for an American IPA, just shy of medium amongst all beer. Alcohol is well tucked away for this beer. Balance is neither too sweet nor too bitter, one can enjoy the lightness and balance of this beer's flavor as a standout in what makes it so memorable. 4

(Overall) When I heard this hit markets again locally (cans only and just yesterday- likely gone by now) I made sure to grab a six pack of this fantastic IPA. It avoids many of the cliches of pretentious standard IPAs- the beer is not overly bitter, not heavily pronounced on acidic, citrusy hop notes, and isn't overly sweet and cloying. This beer is certainly a solid all-around drinkable India Pale Ale. I hope to see it return to Georgia markets again full time in the near future: It would be a welcome regular for a great many craft beer fanatics, myself included. 4.25

Cigar City Brewing's
Jai Alai India Pale Ale

Jadjunk, Oct 18, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

Cigar City Jai Alai is an IPA that emphasises woody hops. I didn't like the faint chlorine-like flavours.

A: Orange colour and 5 mm head that fades to a few bubbles. 3.5

S: Piney malt aroma. The hops aren't that strong in this bottle. 3.5

T: Malty with a piney flavour from the hops. I get the faintest hint of chlorinated pool and I don't like it. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: This was bottled on Aug 20th so it's reasonably fresh. Disappointing though. I didn't like the flavours provided by the hops. 3.5

vandemonian, Sep 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

comfortablynirm, Jan 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

baklo, Nov 18, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A - This beer pours a hazy orangish copper color. It has a nice 1.5-finger white head. The head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - The smell has a nice hop presence, with a nice sweet malty background. There are also some hints of tropical fruit, citrus, and it has a slight oakiness.

T - There is an earthy hoppiness up front. Notes of grapefruit and orange shine through. There are also, notes of caramel, citrus, and light oak present. The finish has some lingering hop bitterness and some citrus.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing, and goes down very easily. The finish has some lingering bitterness that works perfectly for the style.

O - The drinkability here is great. I could drink this all day long. The flavor is great, and never gets boring. There is a slight oakiness to it that I find great, and the hop presence is perfect. This is my first Cigar City beer, and I look forward to many more. I recommend trying this one.

JizackFH, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured chilled in weizen glass

A: cloudy copper orange; small head, but good lacing
S: wonderful, beautiful aroma, with citrus and fruits up front then moving on to malt and bubble gum; long persists
T: Very finely balanced IPA; the hops are gentle and sweet, so they complement and shore up the malts nicely; the extra booze makes this nearly a DIPA.
M: very smooth and rich

Wow, this is a really good IPA

Arithmeticus, Jul 13, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

Thanks to funkybuddha for this treat.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a dark amber peach with a massive 3 inch head that leaves some seriously sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. It's like the lacing creates curtains all the way down the sides of the glass. That's some serious lacing. The aroma is, well, hoppy. There is a slight bit of tropical fruit a bit of pine and just a hint of flowers but nothing to distinctive. More then anything, it just smells medicinally bitter. Almost like hops dusted with aspirin. The flavor is big hops, but once again rather nondescript and still there is that medicinal aspect to it. Citrus hops show bits of tangerine and a little lemon peal. Slight bit of pine, a little caramel and pale malts. Big medicinal bitterness. It really is a bit off putting. I think it kind of drowns out pretty much everything else. The mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. It finished nice and dry, just like I want it to, but unfortunately that medicinal bitterness is just overpowering. Man, I understand there are people who really like that flavor but for me, its just to overpowering.

hwwty4, Sep 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

1424IpA, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

funkyaudio, Apr 16, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,180 ratings.