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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,210
Hads: 6,500
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.07%
Wants: 894
Gots: 1,433 | FT: 74
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: 1,210 | Hads: 6,500
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Opaque dark bronze and burnt sienna with a nice foamy little head that lingers.

S: Big blast of floral hops and tropical fruits, kind bud, grapefruit and notes of cream and coffee.

T: Huge hops on the front with an array of tropical and citrus flavors in the middle. Little malt on the finish. Strong beer tastes more like a DIPA to me. Sightly smokey and bitter aftertaste.

D: Personally I couldn't see sitting down with 6 of these, it's just too busy for that. However, makes an awesome taster.

Value: Pricey. Even here in FL I paid around 11 bucks for a sixer. (620 characters)

Photo of BigBlacke
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a beer tasting at Mr. Dunderbaks in Daytona Beach.

A: is nothing extraordinary nice light copper
color. Leaves a nice light lace all the way
the last drop.

S: is where this one begins to jump out at ya.
VERY strong floral hop character.

T: Strong floral hop flavor
that rivals most DIPAs. Excellent

M: Smooth, has the ability to linger on the

D: Not as drinkable as most IPAs due to the
its higher alcohol and hop content. Not
your session beer by anymeans, but
absolutely delightful. Very impressed. (543 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color body with red tints. A rocky-like head that is white in color, diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a lot of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Sweet floral & fruity hops. Need I say more.

T: A very hoppy beer as the smell indicates. Hints of cane sugar and malts are there with a faint bitterness and spice on the back of the tongue. A smooth and simple tasting beer that is very balance between the hops and malts.

M: Smooth and crisp with little to no carbonation. A medium body beer that is mouth coating and juicy.

D: This beer would be easy to pound down 6 in one sitting being that it's smooth and simple. Very good example of an IPA. (679 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from the tap, a 10 oz pour. appears a hazy orange straw color, with minimal head. the smell is a bit spicy, with citrus hops as the main note. the taste is much more balanced, with a nice malt base to play with the hop profile. as with the smell, some citrus in the taste, orange? lemon?
mouthfeel is maybe a little thicker than a standard IPA, with moderate carbonation.
definitely easy to drink, even with the slightly elevated ABV. Interesting, I would have again. (469 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a beautiful hazy orange hazy color with a ton of hop haze and a nice eggshell off white head. Leaves nice lacing and really glows in the light. The aroma is the biggest tropical flavors I have ever smelled in an ipa. Has a huge mango, pineapple, and grapefruit aroma. Even has some starfruit and peach. Really nice on the palate. The mouthfeel however is a little off. Leaves a bitter dry feeling on the back end that is not appealing. The carbonation is silly smooth which I find in double ipas but not in ipas. Drinkability is good. Really delicious and complex. One odd the better ipas out there.

Thanks to Black13 for this sucker. Really great. (715 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just had this in the bottle for the first time, now I spot this on-tap at TRYST in Delray ($4 a pint), along with Hunaphu's, 110K IPA, and Guava Grove!

A: Pours a hop-hazed rich amber color with a fluffy eggshell head. Awesome retention, but less than its bottle counterpart.

S: Again, big differences on-tap. A LOT more hops than malts. Hops are bittering, floral, earthy, and spicy. Pretty aggressive.

T: Much hoppier on-tap. The malts are still there, but seemed to have lost their sweet characteristics. Butterscotch and toffee, followed by bitter, floral, and earthy hops. Also get some woody notes.

MF: A little more aggressive than I generally like, but awesomely delicious. A new go-to at the bar. (711 characters)

Photo of rmolledo
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Amber Maple Syrup in color with no head. (we think our batch had too little carbonation by mistake)

S: Beautiful Floral Hop Aroma.

T: Amazing IPA. Probably my favorite. Great Hop flavor and great balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Not overly bitter but just right. Toasted Malts.

MF: The 6 pack I got has lower in Co2 than what I'm use to on tap but I think it works very well. It really brings out the flavors.

D: A great flavorful IPA without Harsh Bitterness and muddled flavors. The hops and Malt stand out by themselves. (553 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a heavy dose of fruity citrus, along with floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice strong bite of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel comes in but the sweetness is not as over-powering as the smell would indicate. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this beer has everything you would want in an IPA. This is a beer that I could drink for a whole evening without looking for anything else. (954 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Willards in Largo, Florida. It shows a pleasant, hazy amber color with a solid off-white head and great lacing. The aroma is sweet orange and grapefruit with pine undercurrents. Very solid. The flavor offers strong grapefruit sweetness and grain malt goodness. Considering the ABV, this is very drinkable. It's got a rye touch that bleeds into wheat and citrus. It's medium bodied with a moderately crisp carbonation feel. It's almost syrupy but not quite, with plenty of citrus sweetness with slightly syrupy breadiness. Plenty drinkable for the ABV. Quite a memorable IPA with very good drinkability! Nice. (622 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged this little gem at an unassuming little liquor store in one of the innumerable unassuming strip plazas here in Florida. I was down here for a family trip and never got the chance to got to the brewery, frustrating as it is only about 20 minutes away, but at least I got a hold of a 6pk. of Jai Alai. Enough curious back story, here is what the beer tastes like to me.

Pours a darker hue than most other IPAs, bordering on a rich, honeyed gold, with plentiful pinpoint bubbles coalescing up to a fluffy, creamy head. Smells sharply herbal without much tropical fruit or citrus. Seems to follow the 'house hop' character of many of Cigar's brews. Note this is in no way a bad thing, but I have noticed a similar hop profile to many of their beers. There seems to be almost a hint of eucalyptus in the aroma. The flavor coincides with the nose and offers up a robust hop profile that leans heavily on the piney, earthy, herbal side as opposed to grapefruity, citrusy, fruity character of say, Lagunitas or Two Hearted. Different and no less delicious. There is also a well measured malt character lending balancing substance without over-stepping to sweetness. A long, lingering, drying bitterness wraps up the package nicely. A tasty surprise on my trip in the south. Cheers. (1,282 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery tangerine with several slow bubble streams leading up to a quality crown of pale khaki colored foam. Head descent is slow and lace deposition is extensive; even more so as more of the glass becomes available. Solid all around.

The nose is tropical fruity with a (slight) background contribution from caramel malt. The hop bill isn't made available, but Simcoe and/or Amarillo might be present. If power and pungency ramp up with foam meltage and beer warming, then the 4.5 will be granted.

Jai Alai IPA is a lupulin lovers India Pale Ale. This is clearly a fresh bottle, as the hops are bright and bold, giving the malts a breezy 'see ya sucka' as they blow past, dig into the tongue, and hold on with tenacity. And yet...

... there is some semblance of balance as the bitterness begins to ease up with warming. Mostly pale with a small contribution of caramel is my preferred malt profile for the style, which is exactly what JA IPA delivers. The hops are still tropical fruity with loads of white grapefruit peel. Centennial is probable and Simcoe is now doubtful.

The mouthfeel does pretty much everything right, from the soothing effect of the malt sugars... to the buzzsaw-like rasp of the hops... to the enlivening carbonation. Not special, but damn good.

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA is a hop-soaked treat that doesn't overwhelm its malt support. In other words, it's right up my alley. Thanks to ktrillionaire for not 1, not 2, not 3... but 4 bottles of this wonderfully delicious Sunshine State elixir. (1,519 characters)

Photo of tfield
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

A - Cloudy, amber colored, with little head, just less than one finger

S - Caramel scented, malt is more apparent than hops, which are not all that noticable in the smell

T - Good balance of malt and hops, although the bitter kick at the end is very apparent. Tastes like the caramel flavor is fighting with the hops for dominance, but the hops win out in the end. Not as fruity as other IPAs, but good.

M - A little thin and watery for my taste, but not so much that it distracts from the flavor.

D - Drinks more like a DIPA, in my opinion, only without the over-the-top hops flavor (which I like). Makes me wish Cigar City would release a year-round DIPA, to see how it compares to this "regular" offering. I'll have to grab the new 110 K + OT to see. (809 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for my first Cigar City brewski!

A - Off-white foam piles up then lowers to a thin covering and leaves almost no lace above a completely cloudy bronzy amber beer.

S - Loads of caramel malts and biscuity, honey loaded malts. Pine and citrus hops seem just a little faded but the aroma is still good. It leans more towards the malt suggesting it's an older bottle.

T - Jai Alai is laced with a bitter, citrusy hop kick but really only showcases the caramel toasted malts. A good flavor to be sure b but again, it may be a little old methinks.

M - Medium-full bodied and moderate bitterness with a citrusy kick and a dry finish.

D - Actually, this is a bit too malty, possibly from age like I said, but still fairly bitter to the finish, Jai Alai is a good first go from Cigar City and makes me excited to try their other stuff! (927 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to honuswagner for this beer.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy cider orange amber. About one finger of off white head recedes leaving a smattering of lace.

The aroma is pretty straight forward. Modest pine mixed with tart citrus fruit. That's about all I can say.

The flavor is pretty stock as well.Pine and citrus blend with a solid dose of malt. Age may may have mellowed the hops a bit. Without a bottle date I will never know.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Overall glad I had the chance to try this one. Maybe not a world class beer but enjoyable for sure. (600 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to pick up a 6er at my local beer stop...Florida Wine and Spirits. Reviewing the last of my 6...here we go:

A: Poured into a pint glass, this brew pours a mix of deep rusted orange with yellow opaque highlights. The tan head is lacking the quality of what I've come to find in an A+ IPA.

S: Fresh Florida citrus with hints of apple cider. This is a very fruity IPA, and has a very fresh sense to it. It lacks hop complexity though, which is why I am withholding the extra .5 points.

T: The flavor profile is also very fruity, naturally sweet, and pleasantly bitter. Grapefruit and cider type sweetness. Hints of tobacco are present, but very light on the finish. EDIT: On tap this brew seems to have a banana fruit note, after sampling another bottle, this attribute is very subtle, but present.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is medium, and light at times, but very refreshing and smooth. Some beer would benefit from a bigger MF, but this brew is right on. It's drinkability is excellent.

Overall, I've been very critical of Cigar City (keep an eye out for my upcoming review of 110K+OT Batch #3). I love their Marshal Z. Stout, and Humidor IPA is just out of this world. As far as IPAs go, Jai Alai can rival any IPA on the market sold in a 6 pack. Honestly one of the best IPAs I've had, and possibly in the top 3 of the east coast IPAs. (1,342 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Rattle n Hum. First off, I am extremely surpised and not in a good way on this beer. It is a nice beer but I believe it was hyped way too high and got my expectations up. Tasted like a standard west coast IPA; undistinguishable if you ask me. Average mouthfeel, amber color, carbonation, bitterness, underwhelming aroma, and not enough sweetness to balance it. Aroma was nothing special and the mouthfeel was average. There's not much I can say about this beer. Good but not worth seeking out and would order many others before this in the future. (556 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomaniIteDomum for sending these to me in the Hometown BIF. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of eggshell white foam formed on top of the murky, golden/mahogany body. The head retained nicely...receding down to a thin, but solid layer; excellent lace.

The nose has piney hops up front with sweet malts and light fruits in the background.

Hmm...bitter hops bite the palate first, but that fades to a sweet, caramel malt center. The sweetness lasts through to the finish, where it meets a woody/oak character. You get a little booziness in the aftertaste...

Medium bodied, slick and coating with moderate carbonation.

Pretty decent drinkability, but it does suffer a little due to the boozy finish. Worth a try and recommended. (775 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a ruby color with a soapy white head the left little lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops come through strong right off the bat, mostly ruby red grapefruit and post ripened oranges. A slowly creeping solvent background and some heavier fruit flavors like red grapes and sweet plums are starting to develop. As I drink, I can start to smell some fusel alcohols coming in.

Taste: More or less the same experience as the nose. The citrus hops hit hard, than the maltier dark fruits come in and it finishes fairly sweet. The alcohol is becoming more and more pronounced as I continue to drink it, which is strange for something at 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy for an AIPA and pretty slick, no drying affect.

Drinkability: I had one, then moved on. At first it was a pretty decent IPA (although tasted more like a bigger DIPA), but as I kept drinking it was really starting to turn me off. The alcohol and dark fruit flavors began to be the only thing I was tasting. With about 8 or 9 other IPAs on the list (including pte, sculpin, two hearted and speakeasy) I moved on pretty quickly. Overall not a bad beer, but I'll pass. (1,133 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is lightly hazed golden light brown or apricot color with a 1/8" off-white head that leaves some lacing as it soon recedes. Sipping leaves some interesting lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some grapefruit and other citrus and tropical fruits but the caramel and biscuit from the malt stand out prominently.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the caramel breadiness and a light sweetness that is full of citrus and tropical fruit notes that "complexify" the flavors. There is no alcohol detectible and the bitterness is quite restrained.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and thin, with persistent light carbonation. The finish is medium length and contains both some malt and alcohol sweetness that fades into light hop flavors and ends with light persistent dryness

Drinkability: This was an ok beer that I enjoyed having once and would not turn down if offered in the future. That being said I'll probably not be putting this one on my shopping list to seek out in the future. I found that about 2/3 of the way through I had slowed down and was actually wishing I'd ordered something else (1,255 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up a slightly hazy orange amber with a very whipped looking slightly off-white head that leaves decent lace. The aroma is much less hop-centric than many of the IPAs I have had recently. The hop character in the nose is quite nice, with notes of candied orange, mango and peach. There is also a very strong caramel malt presence and plenty of sweetness in the aroma. One sip and I can tell this is not a west coast style IPA. It is hard to say this is balanced, because even when compared to Midwest and East Coast versions, it would appear quite malty. Flavors include orange, grapefruit, apricot, spice, brown sugar toast, and toffee. It also carries a decent amount of alcoholic kick that would seem more in place if it were a double. As I sip this it is like the malt and hops battle for supremacy, each trying to shine. This not necessarily a bad thing. The mouthfeel however, is free from all criticism in that it is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation and an amazing finish that is neither drying nor cloying. The aftertaste is also a great aspect of this beer, in that it really brings out some of the hop flavors that the malty body obscures. As far as drinkability, this is not the best IPA I have had in that department, but it does go down fairly well, especially for being closer to a double in power. This is a very good beer, but it is not necessarily the type of IPA I would most want to spend an evening with. (1,446 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange with a light haze. Big foamy head that left a white cap and wet sticky lacings. Big hoppy aroma, predominanty grapefruit with a hint of orange. Very smooth feel with soft but lively carbonation. Hoppy, grapefruit and citrus flavors at first that transition nicely into a brief malty character and smooth clean finish. Dangerously drinkable. An excellent IPA! (373 characters)

Photo of righlander
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

they serve this at the bar down the street from my house. it's AMAZING. the first time i had it it was right after i finished a stone IPA and my friend was trying to tell me to try it but i was hesitant because i was really digging the fact that they had stone IPA on tap. ANYHOW...i was convinced to try it because the brewery is around here in tampa. so first of all the appearance was amazing. nice foamy, sticky, clingy lace. nice amber color. the smell captivated me for like 3 minutes before i even took a sip. smells is like picking a fresh hop, cracking it and smelling it, and also very deep toasty malt. smells soo beautiful. it's really hard to explain. maybe oak chips in there somewhere. taste is a very perfectly balanced romance between beautiful toasty sweet malt and very abrasive (but still beautiful) hops. mouth feel is perfect...but maybe a tad more full bodied than your average american IPA. drinkability is great. the only thing that sucks is that i want to have like 6 of these but i have to drive home....7.5%

call a cab...it's SOOOO worth it to drink this beauty of an AIPA
touche cigar city...TOUCHE (1,128 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shawn (GOGRANDE) for this trade offering.

Pours a deep copper orange color with an okay off-white head that shrinks down pretty fast. Some nice lacing though.

Really digging the smell. If it were just a little stronger, I would go 4.5. Juicy grapefruit, orange and mango scents come through. A bit of malt sweetness. Kind of reminds me of Mango Mama.

Oh my, that is tasty. The hops are not in your face overly bitter like some brewers do in their IPA's. Actually, this is only moderately bitter, but the hops have a great mango and citrus taste to them. Sweet and juicy tropical fruit as well. The malt is of toasty caramel and adds a good dose of balance. Just an outstanding blend of flavor at the perfect amount of bitterness.

This is about medium bodied, maybe a touch more. The carbonation is mostly soft and smooth. Semi-dry finishing.

If this were not seven and a half percent, this would be a 5. Drinks heavenly. As I said before, the flavor is perfect. This has to be one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Thanks again to Shawn and thankfully I have one more bottle left! (1,095 characters)

Photo of boss302
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai, pint draft.

A Cloudy unfiltered, nice reddish amber color. This beer had been allowed to settle a bit, it was not quite clear, but you could see through it. Head was thick and it stayed for quite a while, had good lacing, and was still present at the end.

S A very nice floral hop aroma, some malt, but mostley hop. Just like it should be.

T Nice malty taste, some citrus/piney flavors from the hops and a little astringent at the back of the tongue. A quality AIPA.

M Medium to heavy mouthfeel, more of thick feel than thin. Carbonation was good.

O A good Am IPA and worth trying. I will be having another of these on my next visit. (648 characters)

Photo of oregonskibum
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is tangerine orange with a little haze. Head is 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick, creamy white. Fades slowly, leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy on the pine and citrus hops. Some faint grassy or herbal notes as well. Some faint sweet notes as well.

T: Hops continue to play a solid role in the taste, although there's a solid bready, malt presence. Mid taste has some faint caramel sweetness and citrus/piney hops. Hop flavors eventually fade, leaving some bitterness on the finish. Overall, tastes good, but doesn't quite live up to its smell.

M: Medium body, almost a touch on the heavy side. MOderate carbonation.

D: Nice solid IPA, very drinkable. Knocked it down just slighly in the taste, but overall this was enjoyable and something I would have no problem consuming again. (842 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.