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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,212 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,212
Hads: 6,510
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 893
Gots: 1,440 | FT: 76
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,212 | Hads: 6,510
Photo of Goldenknight4212
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great beach beer, but there are better ones out there. Was seriously hammered after drinking seven of these in 1.265 hours. Decent taste and nose. Did not spill in sand. (169 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I may edit this later but have had 2 12 oz cans 3 months after pkg date.
A. Golden Amber
S. Tropical fruit bowl
T. Not,doing it for me, stale tasting and sweet not following nose sugary
O. Will try again with fresher batch (223 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with no haze. A white head with a good retention and laces the glass. The smell was really nice with a burst of pine and grass coming in immediately. The taste was similar with a lot of hop notes coming through with pine and herb flavors dominating. A very clean finish though made this one a very drinkable beer despite it's aggressive start. Very happy my cousin lives in Florida and sent this one up to me. (435 characters)

Photo of kgammell1
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light, orange amber color with some carbonation bubbles. One to two finger white head that slowly diminished into light foam on the top. It left something to be desired in this area. Smell: Grapefruit came up and smacked me in the face. Passion fruit and mango followed up afterwards and then came the piney-hop notes. Refreshing, citrus forward and inviting. Taste: Wonderful, crisp, slightly dry and wonderfully grapefruity. Basically, what you smell is what you taste. There is a nice malt backbone that gives it some depth and very faint caramel notes. Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Goes down dangerously easy. Overall: It lived up to the hype. Down in the Tampa area on vacation and had it on tap. I liked it so much that I bought a six pack of cans right after. It was awesome. (830 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Does this one live up to the hype? Well, it comes pretty close! Can was kindly provided by a colleague of mine from Tampa after a Stanley Cup wager. Freshly canned 2 weeks ago. This pours a vivid burnt orange/copper color with a significant off white head. As absolutely fantastic looking beer. Tropical fruit wafts from the pour. Nice full mouthfeel without being too heavy. A truly well balanced IPA which brings everything together extremely well. (450 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance is hazed amber orange aroma citrus orange grape fruit and some pine.taste is grapefruit Boozy orange with more pine. nice malt backbone, an excellent IPA (164 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, orange, large 2 inch off white head, great lacing

S: Pine, citrus hops

T: Pine, citrus hops up front, malty sweetness in middle of taste to balance, fruity tropical taste in there that melds with the malty sweetness that makes a great combo

M: Medium, carbonation is spot on

O: Wow, really good IPA. The tropical fruitiness is really what stands out to me. Makes for a world class beer experience. (419 characters)

Photo of Seejae
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was wrongly presented to me as a Pale Ale by a misinformed waitress, but it was unmistakably an IPA upon the first sip. This IPA was solid all around. The hops were the star as they should be with any IPA. Great beer. (227 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very juicy with hits of grapefruit, mango, and orange. This pup is on the sweeter side and has a definite malt backbone to it. Smooth, not much bitterness. Medium bodied. Would actually like a little more bitterness, but good beer. (232 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tale of two beers. Had two from the same 6 pack, one was OMG excellent, one was dull and not nearly as good. It was an odd thing. Some, the great one had an almost orange juice like taste. Very citrus forward aroma. The dull one had a muted citrus aroma. Was more on the bitter side with way less citrus taste. Still good, just not as good as the other can. (357 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is all fruit and hops. There are layers of citrus, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, and a nice hop presence on the back end. Not a super hoppy IPA, but a great representation of the fruit forward side. My favorite type of IPA.

Would absolutely purchase again. (277 characters)

Photo of Liquorgal08
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange appearance. Head that dissipates quickly but has lovely color.

Aroma: Like a citrus field up in here. Very "florida". Lots or orange and grapefruit coming through, it smells downright juicy. Best part of the beer as far as I am concerned.

Taste: Rather close to the nose actually. Lots of citrus flavors with a bit of bitterness to cute through the fruit. Malt is hiding in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Dry with just enough carbonation.

As a liquor store worker, when people want a Florida IPA, this is the one I recommend. It's a really excellent offering from them. (588 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated review, after having had a couple six packs ranging from 5 days old to 2 weeks old.

L -- Thick bright white head on an copper body.

S -- Bright, citrus hops take it all for me. Can I pretend I smelled the malt in it? No? Ok, just hops then.

T -- Citrusy bitter hops, caramel malt on the back end that's tempered for me by some banana/mango/fruit flavors. The hops are very forward and are great.

F -- Crisp, fresh, smooth, nicely carbonated.

O -- Really great IPA. Some won't enjoy the malt presence, but I think it adds a balance to it. There's plenty of bitter hops in here and the malt tempers that. I can't go wrong with a pretty fresh 6-pack of this, especially on a hot summer beach. (709 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can dated "04/20/15 CHEERS 40657" thanks @floridadrift

A — This beer pours a very bright and hazy orange hue, the aggressive(ish) pour leads to a 1 finger width head that is off-white colored and leaves behind nice enough lacing. This just looks Juicy in the glass.

S — Smells fairly muted initially, though it does develop into a juicy and citrusy bouquet, lots of fresh squeezed orange juice here along with a truly bitter tone of citrus.

T — Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice bitter orange juice character, balanced with a little tropical sweetness, pineapple, key lime, slightly peachy and juicy. There is a mild sweet malt undertone as well.

M — Bitter and dry overall, as it sits on your palate it dries it out with time.

O — Nice overall, though I hate to say it, I am a bit underwhelmed, I think that it is surely deserving of its praise, but I think I may just need to stick with the plethora of local options available here in the Hop Capital! (983 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mango orange and slightly hazy brew topped by a sticky foam. Looks delicious. Smells peaches, floral, citrus. Taste is papaya, nectarines, floral, tropical. Moderate bitterness is refreshing. Medium body is creamy. Delicious. Perfect way to enjoy a day on Ft Myers Beach. (271 characters)

Photo of LloydDobler
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was very enjoyable after mowing the lawn. Thanks Kevin!
Heavy pour from can(5-12-15) into an imperial pint glass.

Light amber in color with brilliant clarity, shining in the sunlight. It left a tall collar of foam that slowly dissipated, leaving lacing in large/thick lines. The nose was very sweet with big plunges of tropical/citrus fruits as I dove deeper. The taste was much of the same. A quick "pop" of mildly spicy hops with a super clean finish. The body was thin to medium, with great carbonation giving it a light creaminess. A great example of this style. Hope to get my hands on more before the summer ends! (626 characters)

Photo of Donsolo420
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew from my friends in Tampa. Subtle pine notes with some tropical fruit in the background. Beautiful Amber color with nice lacing and good head. Mine was canned 3 days ago and the freshness shines through . Just drank a 6er and feeling pretty good about myself (273 characters)

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look--beautiful golden color. Pours out with fine white head, which reduces to a nice collar aroma is hoppy and fruity. Taste is hoppy. Feel is light and smooth, (162 characters)

Photo of thehoppylady
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Legit local beer, lucky gal right here to get freshies daily. 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. (253 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Jai Ali

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: waited years to try this... Didn't live up to the hype. Still a really great IPA worth grabbing when you see it~ (315 characters)

Photo of Panda_Brew
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a beer. If you are in or around Florida, you've gotta try this out. It fits the atmosphere perfectly and is a great treat, you've gotta be there to get it and you've gotta be there to "get" it.

A: Pours a huge three finger foamy head and a clear amber orange color. No carbonation rising up, but it's damn beautiful.

S: Hoppy smells, papaya and passion fruit with slight pineapple

T: Great malty presence despite what the nose let on, while the hops still come in strong with out being overly potent (though this can is two months off the shelf), the hop taste is a pleasant candy papaya and passion fruit with slight herbal (weed) back notes. The malt bill is great, just enough sweetness to keep it from being dry - anyone who's been to Florida knows a dry drink wouldn't be the best idea.

M: Slight booziness and huge malt body - despite the massive hop character, it's not aggressively bitter; though, bitter it is. It's a very cool drinking beer, bold in all directions so much so that all is equalized. . . in a boldly neutral way.

O: Just a great beer that is my first when ever I visit the Sunshine State. It's best fresh, but if a few months of age wont rob you completely of the experience as it does with, say. . . Heady (condolences to anybody whom ever opened a two month old Heady with anticipation). I'd call it a titan of American IPA's, a must have representation of the East Coast Style from the deepest of the South. Word. . . 93. (1,477 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion, Jai Alai IPA doesn't live up to it's hype. I've had it on 2 occasions and both times I was underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it's a tasty IPA - lots of pine, citrus, and hops, but I've had much better IPA's - think Dogfish Head IPA's or my new personal favorite IPA, Creature Comforts Tropicalia. (313 characters)

Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Most beers fail to live up to "the hype". I bought a 6 pack of Jai Alai while traveling in Florida and assumed this would be the case, once again. But to my pleasant surprise, it lived up and then some. Grassy, citrusy, piney, hoppy... everything I want a complex IPA to be. The tropical fruit forward finish as the hops trail off takes this a from a good beer to a great beer. (I am told this is what is lost when no longer fresh) Now I just have to get my hands on some of the oak barrel version. (498 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look is orange with a nice thick inch and a half head of white foam. Smell is of grassy hops, citrus, and earth. Taste of bitter orange citrus, piney resin, and grassy dank hops. Nice full mouthfeel and a crisp slick hoppy aftertase. (233 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear honey orange color with fluffy white head, smells of dank piney hops slight pineapple, tastes of bright spicy hops on the front and continued bitterness as malts cool in the background for a dry finish, mouthfeel is superb, wonderfully silky smooth and rich. (270 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.