1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,216 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,216
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 697
Gots: 771 | FT: 56
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Jai Alai IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,216 | Reviews: 1,090 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Skrypt for the can(s).

Appearance: Nice and clear. Honey-gold with some darker burnt orange when held to light. Head is off-white, creamy, and dense. Decent head retention leaves a small clumpy cap with nice sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Mild tropical push buried under a decidedly bready malt base. Some solid caramelized malt sugars add a rounded sweetness. Some undercooked biscuit. Nice push of citrus, mainly fresh grapefruit, with some orange thrown in for good measure. A touch of backing bitterness. Sweet, juicy, and clean. Very faint touch of pine.

Taste: Follows the nose almost perfectly. Nice push of chewy biscuity malt. A touch of caramelization and caramel malt add a bit more depth. Hops are definitely loaded with citrus. Tangerine, ruby red grapefruit. Juicy. A touch of earthy bitterness with some pine edges. Slight powdery yeast thing going on as well. Starts off almost balanced and then crushes on the hops and leaves a ton of pithy bitterness and a lingering smack of grapefruit juice. Pushes a touch of mint and marmalade as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium body with a slight backing astringency. Moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the finish with a slick sip up front.

Overall: Not quite the game of life.

A solid but not earth-shaking IPA. It's a testament to the east coast style and that's appreciated. Perhaps super fresh it's something to envy, but 3-4 weeks makes it nicelt drinkable if a bit lackluster.

Goblinmunkey7, May 14, 2014
Photo of dranthony2012
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dranthony2012, May 14, 2014
Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

jopezu, May 14, 2014
Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -6.3%

GOBLIN, May 14, 2014
Photo of OnWisconsin
4/5  rDev -6.3%

OnWisconsin, May 14, 2014
Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Moses_Malone, May 14, 2014
Photo of MystikCelt
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

MystikCelt, May 14, 2014
Photo of jpro
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a sixer picked up at Publix. Poured into a DFH IPA glass...

A: Bright copper; a three-finger, fluffy, cream head forms on a rough pour; a few rings of lace.

S: Sweet malt; citrus hops; resin; pine; dank. Great aroma.

T: Follows the nose... pretty substantial malt sweetness, followed by a range of hop bitterness from grapefruit / orange peel to Chinook resin and Simcoe tropical fruit.

M: A bit flat... Full feel, but carbonation is pretty low. Not a particularly dry IPA, which is nice, though.

O: An easy to drink and super enjoyable IPA. Glad I stocked up in FL, but now I’m almost out! Will definitely get it again.

jpro, May 14, 2014
Photo of DubCo21
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DubCo21, May 14, 2014
Photo of NMFB
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

NMFB, May 12, 2014
Photo of KevBot89
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

KevBot89, May 12, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A nice looking beer. A hazy golden-orange with about two fingers of head that compacts down rather quickly to some dense foam that then fades a way leaving a dusting on top and lacing on the edges of the glass.

Great aroma! Grapefruit/citrus, grass, a little pine and a hint of floral and a little sweet (maybe caramel) in the background.

First taste is a hit of bitter pine, then tropical fruit/citrus and a hint of sweet malt followed by a lingering resinous pine flavor on the tongue. As it warms, just a hint of warming alcohol as it passes over the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very nice, good carbonation. It's a little tingly and a little sticky.

Overall, a really excellent IPA that I wish was easier to obtain up here in the Northern Plains.

SD-Alefan, May 12, 2014
Photo of Bearleo
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Bearleo, May 11, 2014
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

TXhomebrewer, May 11, 2014
Photo of mechamifune
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mechamifune, May 11, 2014
Photo of kelvarnsen
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kelvarnsen, May 11, 2014
Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

BH712, May 11, 2014
Photo of gjohns1212
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

gjohns1212, May 11, 2014
Photo of kingston2
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kingston2, May 11, 2014
Photo of CM-Drunk
5/5  rDev +17.1%

CM-Drunk, May 10, 2014
Photo of LarryMyers
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

LarryMyers, May 10, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

djgustafson, May 10, 2014
Photo of bdelonj13
4/5  rDev -6.3%

bdelonj13, May 10, 2014
Photo of SixPack6
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SixPack6, May 10, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,216 ratings.