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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: 6,758
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: 6,758
Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight off-white fluffy head with decent lacing.

Scent of caramel malt, fruit, light hops.

The taste was immediately of citrus and other very sweet fruit, roasted caramel malt, moderate hops.

Medium bodied, crisp and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good IPA, complex flavor, well balanced and very easy to drink. This is something I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of sdawson
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the ever-great trader jmu500 for this generous addition to a swap.

Jai Alai pours with a nice looking, foamy head and moderate lacing. The color is a deep reddish amber, perhaps just a tad more orange-red then your usual IPA fair. The smell is surprisingly sweet, resinous, with the addition of tropical fruits. The taste is strongly grapefruit, however, with the familiar sharp pine tang accompanying the style. Sweet pineapple surfaces briefly in each sip, cutting through the bitterness, and addind considerable more interest to the profile. The carbonation level and heaviness in the mouth are quite suited to this style - easy drinking, with just a hint of weight. All in all, this is definitely a great IPA, and I'm glad to finally have had the opportunity to try something from Cigar City.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a deep amberish color with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Floral and citrus aroma. Hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, and a decent malt backbone.

Taste: Very sweet citrus. Pineapple, passion fruit, bitter grapefruit and a hoppy bite. Malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: A very solid IPA from Cigar City. I picked up a six pack and probably will pick up many more in the future.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an nonic.

Dark golden semi hazy body with about 2 inches of fluffy rocky head. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey malts. Hints of lemon and grapefruits citrus hops, but that's pretty mellow compared to the honey fragrance from the malts.

The taste is bitter dank, pine, tobacco, and resin up front. Then a touch of bread and tons of sweet honey malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. High end of medium dryness, and a decent balance between bitter and sweet.

And the Floridian IPA is born! It's both bitter and sweet. Slightly leaning towards an east coast IPA, but a bunch of bitterness and a touch of hop flavor keeps it from being completely east coast in IPA style. Personally, I enjoy an all out well attenuated bitter hop assault. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of wspscott
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date

A: Medium copper colored, crystal clear with a white 1/2 finger head that leaves a little lace.
S: A mix of caramel malt and hoppy bitterness, a little bit of tropical fruit. Smells fruity sweet in a good way. The nose could use a little bit more of obvious hops, but I wonder if there is some age on this bottle, I know I have had it about a month. I hate it when breweries don't date stamp their beers.
T: Lots of hops flavor combined with some caramel sweetness. There is almost a "juiciness" to the hops character. The hops don't come across as "standard" hops, there is bitterness but not the piney/citrus that I associate with the classic American hops and these are definitely not noble hops, I am guessing one of the new hops that are out there. For and IPA, this is not super bitter, but it is obvious that there is a load of hops in the beer.
M: A little round from the caramel malts, with a medium level of carbonation. Not a "crisp" beer, but not heavy either.
D: A very interesting IPA, easy to drink if you are a hophead, but somewhat approachable if you are not. I could easily reach for a second or third of this and definitely would not mind having it on tap. I'll bet this is amazing fresh.

Note: I just looked at their website and I would guess the "juicy/tropical fruit" that I am getting is from the Simcoe hops. I had the same flavors in a Simcoe IPA that I brewed, need to get more of those hops.

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Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with caramel folds. The crown is 2 fingers, off white (slightly khaki), shows lots of retention and good lace. Lots of hop oil sheen on top of the crown.

Smell: Caramel malt and pine.

Taste: Caramel malt driven with some pine hops and a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a slight bit undercarbonated. The creamy crown that retains throughout the pint adds to the pleasant experience.

Drinkability: Pretty nice but I'm not really into caramel malt driven ipa's and the mouthfeel needs improvement.

A very good beer regardless of it not being my preferred style of IPA.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the brewers. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Nice light orange color with some haze. Not a huge head, but a good half inch off white layer covers the body.

Smells slightly fruity with a hint of mango, orange, and slight banana (from the yeast maybe).

The taste is not overly anything. It starts with the slightest bit of malt sweetness, but is quickly handed off to refreshing hop bitterness in the finish. Nice orange-like hops are noticed on the side of the tongue especially.

Slightly good mouthfeel and above average drinkability (like most IPA's in this reviewers opinion).

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

12oz bottle into a Cigar City Snifter pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight crisp Earthy hops and subtle sweet malts. The taste is loads of fresh citrus hops in front of a nice sweet malt backbone that leaves a nice lingering bitter finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with smooth carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. 9/1/10 bottling date (from case)

A - Pours a hazy dark burnt orange with some yellow hues. A small head fades into some bubbly film with some streaky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, caramel, and some sweeter citrus hops.

T - Bitter piny hops with plenty of grapefruit citrus and rind in the beginning. A bit of toasted grain leads into a nice malt backbone which isn't overdone. More biting hops return for the finish which is long and lingering with some dry touches.

M - Medium bodied, slightly heavier for the style though, some sticky and lingering dry effects, especially during the finish.

D - Pretty smooth, pleasant drinking, hardly any sense of the 7.5% either.

I had pretty high hopes for this beer - it was definitely tasty but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with an off-white head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - tropical fruits and citrus blast to the nose.

T - sweet tropical fruit taste upfront with a lingering citrus rind bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - good drinkability for this very tasty beer.

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

A- deep honey orange cant see a thing through this body, massive head after an aggressive pour with tons of lacing
S- fresh cut hops pineapple grapefruit the sweet malt bill is in there as well all the classic ipa goodies in here
T- a bit on the sweeter side more than i expected kind of like juicy pineapple and grapefruit juice really tasty i cant say anythings off or out of balance here
M-pretty thick body here
D- real tasty hardly cant detect the alcohol here excellent brew a must try! i dont see a single flaw here really a great IPA.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Village Whiskey, Philadelphia. PA (9/10/10):

A: The beer appeared a really nice dark, deep orange with a nice white head, which had decent retention, some nice lacing and noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S: The aroma is very good, mainly citrus hops with a light hint of the malted barley to not make the hops completely over-powering.

T: The taste follows the nose quite well. It had a very nice full IPA flavor. Citrus hops very much at the forefront, followed by a nice hint of pine hops perhaps. For all of its hoppiness, it is not too bitter, as the slight hint of malted barley balances it out nicely.

The beer had a nice medium body feel to it, but perhaps a bit on the heavier side. The beer had very nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink and the higher ABV was masked nicely. I wish that I could have taken some home with me as no one in GA sells the stuff. Overall, a fine example of an American IPA.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in Tampa into a standard pint glass.

A: deep honey/orange with a nice head, solid lacing, and carbonation

S: not as aromatic as my favorite IPAs, but nice. Aromas of pine, floral, and citrus. I smell a little simcoe but not overwhelming

T: a pretty balanced IPA. Citrus hops flavors complimented with caramel malt flavor. Nice bitterness but the hops flavors just don't explode quite as much as I tend to like. A bit of a buttery flavor which is difficult (luckily) to hone in on due to giving way to the bitterness.

M: Nice. Not too thin or watery but not too chewy to give up any refreshment. Prickly carbonation accentuates the bitterness nicely.

D: Very drinkable, a fine beer, just not my favorite.

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Photo of BigMike
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into .3l tulip. An extra from GOGRANDE in an all CCB box!

This pours wonderfully. Deep, rich color orange/amber that fans lightly in the bulb and at the edges. Topped with a solid head that leaves thick lacing as the beer receeds.

The aroma is largly citrus. Lemon, some burnt orange and a little malt sweetness.

Very nice full IPA flavor. Citrus/hops at the front with a bit of floral flavor underneath. There isn't too much bitterness, although there is also not the sweetness indicated in the aroma. There is a malt component and, while not muddled, it is secondary to the many hops flavors.

Nicely carbonated, a full medium bodied beer. Perhaps more of an imperial IPA body. But this is fine drink. Only got one 12oz and sad to see this go - but more CC stuff is making it's way to NYC so I'll keep an eye out.


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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an SA perfect pint glass. The pour is golden honey and a 2 finger white sticky head. The nose is sweet with mangoes, pineapple and citrus. The beer taste better than it smells, tropical fruit blend with grapefruit that finishes with a slight bitterness. Jai Alai has a sticky medium feel to it and is nicely carbonated. Kinda wish I had picked up a sixer of this instead of the single.

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Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is malty and hoppy with hops dominating. The hops are citrus and grass. The malt is caramel and a bit of corn. The appearance is beautiful gold amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is smooth and thick for the style. Overall this is a good IPA.

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

Received as an extra in a recent trade. I was in the mood for something hoppy so I pulled it out. Poured a hazy amber color, with a medium off-white head. Pretty good hops on the nose, peaches, citrus, pine. On the palate, a little caramel, and plenty of hops keep this one nicely balanced. I enjoyed the cedar aged version, and was quite pleased here as well.

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

Thanks to korguyu123 for this bottle

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Slightly cloudy orange/amber colour with a nice glow and two fingers of thick, creamy white head

S - Huge citrus hops up front that have notes of juicy grapefruit, tangerine and tropical fruit. A sweet malt backbone rounds out the nose nicely. A very pleasant overall nose.

T - A nice combination of bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have notes of citrus and some earthiness and the malts have just the right amount of sweetness. There is a unique background taste that I can't put my finger on that reminds me of a double bock and is an excellent compliment to this beer.

M - Medium body with a ncie chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent IPA!

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark orange color.

S- Smell hop citrus notes hopes and a little malty

T- flavorful of citrus notes like grape fruit and oranges and hops not to hoppy and a hint of malty in the background.

M- dry flavors linger through out sip.

D- Very good beer from Florida very tasty well worth another buy.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to beerwolf77 for yet another beer!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color. Produced a great fluffy 3+ fingered white head with great retention behind it; tons of clumpy lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

(S)- A woody pine malt up front with a lemon and lime citrus profile.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A very woody pine profile with subtle lemon and lime citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a bigger bitter bite to it due to how much pine and wood flavors going on.

(D)- I cannot be positive on the freshness of this one due to no date, but it seems like the woody pine takes center stage over the citrus in this. Good, but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.86/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Torps
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with 1 finger off white head that dissipated rather quickly. Moderate lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, bready yeast and grassy, earthy hops with hints of pineapple. This was brewed about a month ago and the hops have taken a back seat a bit but that just leads to a nice balance overall. This is a pretty "heavy" IPA or rather the bitterness has a death grip on my palate. The carbonation is spot on though. Don't think I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32-oz growler pour from wine world in pcb.

pours a slightly hazy orange-brown. decent head settles out to thin film with some spotty lace. sheets cling to the side and fall back with each sip.

aroma of herbal, woody funk. this shit is dank. some light brown sugar and tropical fruit as well.

mascerated pineapple, papaya, and woody sap are like a tropical brandy. big hit of orange oil. grapefruit bitterness rises late. dirty sock funkiness is unique and pleasing. bitterness lingers but doesnt bite too hard. lots of complex, resiny hop flavors, with a solid cotton candy sweetness and caramel underneath. bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

medium bodied and sticky, with just the right carbonation. mouth coating and a bit heavy after a while.

definitely a sipper, but does not overwhelm the palate. well done. seems like another step forward for big ipas.

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Photo of Soonami
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local 44

This is my first Cigar City beer, a brewery I have been anxiously awaiting to try since this brewery's distribution made its way to Philadelphia. Poured into a pint glass, this beer was a hazy polish copper color with sticky head that produced a clingy head that stayed around for a long time, leaving just a little lacing. The aroma has herbal yeast, a little pine, Bubblicious Gum and fruity yeast. The taste is bitter with a lot of bubblegum and vanilla upfront. Bitterness is medicinal and woody that subsides to a tropical fruit sweet aftertaste that has a chamomile flower and Fruit Loops flavor. The IPA is a little prickly but smooth and a tad chewy.

In all, I think I would've liked more bitterness from the hops and a pine or resin character to really drive the beer.

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