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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Amber body with a small off white head. Smells kind of fruity, citrusy with something strange that I can't put my nose on. Tastes more citrus with a good amount of bitterness in the finish,not much hop flavor just bitterness. Once again there is just something off about this beer that I just can't name. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I would expect with a decent amount of carbonation. I dunno this one just isn't for me. Not as much hop flavor as I'd like. Very strange considering White Oak Jai Alai was one of my favorite IPA's I've had. I'll try this again but wouldn't seek it out.

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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 Charlotte09
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color is cloudy, rich, and a dark orange amber color. Head is about a finger width thick and creamy white in color.

S: Smells balanced of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

T: Beer starts off pretty malty with caramel notes. Followed by some citrus hops and continues through with a slight bitterness and grapefruit finish

M: Feels pretty smooth on the pallet, not very carbonated, slightly bitter and alcohol is pretty balanced.

O: Good beer overall, enjoyable to drink, like the variety of flavors and look foreword to trying more Cigar City Brews

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Photo of beveritt
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard Shaker pint glass. Picked this up on a recent trip down south. Label is a sticker type and depicts a jai alai player throwing a whole hop cone. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles slowly and just slightly, still maintaining a fluffy cap and nice, sticky lacing coverage. The beer itself is bright amber and slightly cloudy. A fair amount of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong piney hop aroma with hints of floral dry hopping and a citrus finish.

Taste: Sharp hop bitterness upfront followed by a slightly sweet, bready caramel malt. Hints of honey linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good; very nice creaminess.

Drinkability: A well balanced IPA that highlights the hops well. Unfortunately, won't be getting any more of this in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 3-25-11, edited 6-26-2011, from live bottle (labelled May 19)

A - nice crisp amber body, mostly clear.very small amount of white head, just a thin film and medium ring.

S - Nice earthy citrusy hops, mild vegetal aroma, floral/perfumy notes.

T - dry and bitter earthy hops, not getting much citrus or floral notes.

M - medium body, fairly smooth, a bit dry.

O (D) - over the course of my glass, it definitely grew on me. pretty tasty. A nice change-of-pace from the normal IPAs I drink. Not my favorite, but it's very good.

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

Very nice extra from Jsgreen16. Thanks buddy for the tasty beer. 12 oz into a pint glass.

A- Pours nice dark orange color. Pretty hazy. Nice white head on that stays on top for a good amount of time.

S- Mostly hoppy aroma. Pine, citrus notes throughout. Very nice aroma.

T- Good burst of hop flavor up front. Very crisp taste, tough to pick out all the hop flavors. Balances very nicely with some bready malt flavors. Cuts down the bitterness, without taking all of it away.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Fair amount of bitterness.

D- Very easy to drink IPA. Very crisp and clean drink. Good beer here and big thanks to Jordan for it!

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with moderate off-white head and light lacing.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, toasted malts and some light spiciness.

Taste: Massive orange flavor, with some grapefruit and toasted and caramel malts. Just light bitterness at the end as the orange flavor is fairly sweet.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is loaded with hop oils and even slightly warming. Almost DIPA-like. Finish is not quite dry enough but the body makes up for it.

Overall: Loads of flavor and definitely very tasty, but slightly too much orange and sweetness to be a top-rate IPA for me. However, it kinda works really well as a lower abv DIPA.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A slightly cloudy golden color. Very nice head retention and leaves a lace on the glass.

S - A floral hoppy aroma. Nectar. Sweet.

T - Sweet nectar of the gods! Alot of honey, hops, and surprisgly, not very bitter for a strong ipa.

M - Very smooth. High carbonation.

O - A highly drinkable IPA. I will buy and drink this one over and over.

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Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date on bottle

Pours a copper/orange color with a huge off white head. Nice pour. Smells like the usual IPA with plenty of hops and floral notes. Some citrus and malts are also present. Taste is quite bitter. Not much citrus sweetness on the tongue. A very bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall a tasty IPA. I would love to get to sample some of the other Jai Alai that are available.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep orange/amber with two fingers of thick eggshell head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: This is fruity as hell: mango, pineapple, orange. Amazing!

T: The first thing that hits you is the sweetness and you think you are in for a malt bomb but then the juicy hops take over and you forget all about the malt!

M: I'd say the mouthfeel is quite full and the carbonation is spot on.

D: The drinkability is very high.

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

12oz Bottle into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a fluffy off white head. As the head recedes slowly, it leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Nose is a mixture of bright citrus hops and earthy pine. Minimal sweetness in the nose.

Very well balanced taste. A nice bitterness coupled with a light caramel sweetness.

Mouth is on the full side for the style. Silky.

Drinks like a champ. This borders on the line of a DIPA, but is as well balanced as any other IPA I've had. A solid flagship for CCB.

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Photo of Franz4
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle... no freshness info unfortunately.

A- looks great with a big foamy off white head. cloudy copper in color. Very good head retention.

S- grapefruit, floral, and slight touch of caramel in the nose.

T- starts malty and then the hops hit, pine and grapefruit. very refreshing.

M- very smooth, just slightly carbonated, aftertaste stays with you but it's actually quite pleasant.

D- Very drinkable, quite good. Very glad I was able to try this as This is at least a month old b/c it was procurred by a fellow BA down south somewhere, but I wish I had a bottling date.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this delicious treat!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Color is a fairly-clear orange/ruby and the head is an off-white one finger froth that recedes pretty slowly. Lacing is great and seems to find its way up the side of the glass without any agitation. A few carbonation bubbles slowly make their way up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a nice balance of tropical citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. The malt character is definitely a little more up front than I anticipated, but not to the point of being too much. Lots of caramel and toffee, rounded out with subtle grapefruit and pine notes.

Taste: Very creamy texture and more hop bitterness than I suspected, given the aroma. There isn't a whole lot of sweetness to the flavor; just the opposing forces of pine hops and an almost buttery, bready malt punch. Alcohol is is present as well, lending a bit of warmth and body.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side for an IPA and quite creamy. Nice hop bitterness off the bat, with warmth towards the end and a fairly clean finish. A pleasure to drink!

Drinkability: Very drinkable for its higher ABV. Definitely a little less hop-centric than a lot of IPAs, but I really don't mind that. Certainly a beer that I will go back to!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Datz in CCB's back yard.

A - Pours a copper/amber reddish color, white head which reduces down to a bit of spotty lacing, some bubbles, no real retention.

S - Nice solid hoppy profile, good dose of bitterness followed by a touch of malt to help balance things out a bit. Mostly citrus with a touch of tropical and floral bitter notes.

T - Hops in the form of citrus, pine, and slight tropical bitterness. Nothing else going on and I really didn't expect there to be anyway. They did what they set out to do here: hops.

M - Light, crisp, smooth and refreshing and an oily finish.

D - A very solid IPA that I would enjoying having in my city. CCB has yet another solid staple in their lineup. Nuff said.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review number 500!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace and a bit of foal floating on the top.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy with a bit of a whiskey-like aroma.

Taste: Begins with a citric sweetness which rounds out to some buttered toast flavors and with a finish that at first seems overly alcoholic but becomes pleasantly bitter after a bit more drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium, oily body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A good, not great IPA. It seemed very off-putting at first, but becomes better as you drink it. I'd have it again, but this is not the first thing I would go for.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Light orange-copper liquid, thin off-white head clears quickly, minimal Belgian lace as the brew is consumed.

Aroma of fruit, oranges, pineapple, sweet hops.

Front loaded hoppy bitterness, smoothed by mellow malts, nice full body, lingering piney aftertaste.

Nice IPA overall. If I lived in FLA full time this may be my go to IPA. As it is, coming from the NEO region, my options are limitless, and I would much rather have a GLBC Commodore Perry or Fathead's Headhunter.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date to be found. Enjoyed on 03/06/11.

A - Nice amber color, slightly hazy with a one finger white head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Fruity, vanilla, sweet malt, woody aroma. Also has somewhat of a wet dog smell to it that I can't seem to get away from.

T - Taste is better than the nose. Sweet up front with an oaky vanilla flavor. Finishes with a crisp hop bitterness and again a woody flavor that lingers for a while. Good tasting beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style. Nice and full. Drinkability is pretty average.

Glad to finally see some Cigar City in Alabama. A good beer for sure but not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of Waltherpk380
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at total wine in Fort Myers, Fla. Pours a hazy orange. Smell is of lovely hops and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy, and you can really pick up the fruitiness of the hops, I'm getting some malt coming through too, mouthfeel is definitely thicker than the IPA's I have tried, syrupy but with some carbonation. I love cigar city's brews and I want to drive up there and take a tour, this brew I could probably drink 3 bottles but the ABV packs a punch, Excellent DIPA

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Photo of washburnkid
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper with a finger of white head. Aromas are in your face citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine. Flavors follow with a citrusy hop explosion but are balanced out by a perfect amount of caramel malt. Good carbonation, and a sticky residual mouthfeel. This is a solid IPA.

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

Gotta love it, strolling through TW and Cigar City catches my eye. Pricey but so far proven. Jai Alai? That's usually rigged, but how do you rig a bottle of brew? it is good or it isn't. On that note, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has a nice citrus hop note with some arid maltiness. On the pour its a slightly cloudy yellow with a big beige head On the taste this brew is big citrus , starting with a tinge of grapefruit, moving quickly into orange then very quickly into banana then finishes big into a high test licorice . The AC stands out big on the finish but it is very smooth. This is almost like a reverse shot with a chaser, or a pain in the ass with a 151 floater. Extremely unique. Mouthfeel is like silk. I'm drinking this brew at about 62 degrees in a 68 degree climate. Incredible! I see what all the rage is.

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Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - A nice orange color, just slightly hazy. The head is thick, slightly yellow and made of large soap-like bubbles with a slightly oily sheen. Huge mass of bubbles rising constantly through the beer.

S - Piney slightly lemon-like Northwestern hops, but surprisingly muted. No other aromas break through to become noticeable.

T - The hop taste is fresh and clean. There is just a tiny bit of biscuit-like malt in the sweetish aftertaste.

M - Sharp bitterness at a high level, almost soapy. Prickly carbonation. Moderate to heavy body.

D - A drinkable, cleanly made American IPA, but too one-dimensional with focus on the hops to be a great example.

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

Thanks to BPRESTON for the Cigar City haul! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Deep hazy tangelo liquid with tangerine and amber highlights and a fluffy three finger seashell stand of merengue up top. Thick soapy lacing, and a constant stream of rising bubbles throughout. Superior retention.

Lovely aroma - chock full of citrus-forward hops with fresh orange and pomelo zest dominating the nose. Clean malt and a light herbaceous note round out the scent.

Very faint caramel malt, immediately enveloped in a wave of citrus-y, lightly spicy hops which lead into a moderate bitterness mid-palate growing more fruity suggesting white peach and a touch of mango. Finishes dry and bready with a lasting subtle complexity of mixed hops. Very citrus-forward and flavorful, but remarkably balanced (without being too malty) and without overdoing the bitterness or acids. A true change of pace from many West Coast IPAs, but just as enjoyable as most of them.

Well carbonated, soft, then crisp and refreshing. Each sip demands another as you try to pick out subtle hop notes but are thwarted again and again as the wave of citrus/fruit and gentle caramel wash over you.

Really impressive.

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Photo of happygnome
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Miamichael2 for this one.

a: pours a hazy orange color with about an inch of pillowy head that disappears semi fast leaving a good amount of lacing resting atop the beer and around the edge of the glass. As I sip, the lacing sticks to the edges of the glass

s: Citrus, Grapefruit, pine hop bitterness. The Citrus is what hits me the hardest, followed by the pine. A little malt sweetness to balance

t: Fruity sweetness. The bitterness is strong. Unlike in the nose, the piny hop bitterness is the dominant flavor

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation, very nice

overall, this is a really good brew. I am thankful I had the chance

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

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to a great trader for this one - UMCaner74. Cheers Dave!

A: Crazy three finger head on a good pour. The lacing is just ridiculous. Murky, dark and unfiltered amber in color.

S: An absolute citrus bomb. Sweet resin and pine tar.

T: Liquid hops. It's like being shot in the mouth with a (hop) pellet gun. It's biting, tarry and intense. Slightly sweet with a backbone of sturdy malt. As it warms, it becomes a spring bouquet that is so floral and complex, it's like sipping on a sunflower patch.

M: Insanely creamy. It's about perfect - ample weight to compliment the delicious flavor profile of this American IPA.

O: One of the most enjoyable drinking experiences I've had in some time - I love what Cigar City has done with this beer. A part of me wishes I still lived in the Sunshine State, just so I could have access to CCB's suds 24/7.

Seek this one out.

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