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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,290 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,290
Hads: 6,931
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 961
Gots: 1,714 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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: 1,290 | Hads: 6,931
Photo of BSiegs
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange pour with a sticky off white head. Retention is excellent. The nose is grapefruit, tropical fruit, earthy. Hops are powerful in taste, with the tropical fruits really coming through. Also a little pine and a nice bitter bit on the swallow. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium body, medium carbonation, and supremely smooth. An all around excellent IPA.

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Photo of Nhmp105
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste the hops from the get go and the finish activates the bitter taste buds towards the back of the tongue. Prefer the taste of A Victory Dirtwolf.

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Photo of ZAP
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Muddy oak colored...nice lacing

S-Big tropical fruits and pine....fragrant...Pine slightly more prevalent. Tropical fruits seems ripe and sweet. Thinking mangoes and pineapples.

T-On the taste a ruby red grapefruit citrus flavor jumps out right away...that is the strongest flavor. Milder notes of tangerines, tropical fruits (pineapples) and peaches. Malt does its job and balances but doesn't strike much of an impression.....caramel bready but light..

F-Medium bodied....spot on carbonation....

O-Top notch IPA that would be in or near my top tier.

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Photo of D_Croaks
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reddish Amber hues, regardless of how "gently" you pour it, you will have the yeast suspended in it. orange citrus aroma. Citrus, slightly bitter taste with clean minutely bitter finish, no strong alcohol flavor. Lightly carbonated. No overwhelming malty notes when you finish the experience, you just need to get another one.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a snifter.
Pours a medium to light amber with nice clarity and two fingers of thick head.
Aromas are nice. Sticky sweet orange and tangerine come to mind.
Taste is very nice good citrus flavor with mild bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is nice as well.
This beer is very tasty and more orange in flavor than grapefruit. My thanks to Shaun Hill for getting this beer up to Vermont for us a second time.

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Photo of FFreak
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gifted this from BoldRulerVT...Thanks! A month-old can poured into glass, pours a clear light-copper color with a creamy light-tan head that leaves big lace. Aroma is a little juicy, a little piney, not super aromatic, but smells nice. Taste starts out really juicy. It reminds me of a kind of tangy orange juice. This is followed by a significant and lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right....zesty, medium-bodied, crisp. Overall, this is really nice. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got these from some friends who traveled to Florida, canned mid October so relatively fresh
Look: pours a nice orange color with a khaki head and some carbonation. The beer is relatively non translucent
Smell: I get some bready malts mainly and some orange
Taste: bready malt, orange, some earthy tastes in the finish
Finish: dry and a medium mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness initially which goes away mid drink, but appears more intensely later.
Overall: I did not get the hype on this beer at all. Sure, if it was available on tap I may grab it, but I probably wouldn't buy another six pack.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this when I was in Miami circa 2014.

Had a friend bring a few 6'ers of cans back from Tampa over the Holiday's last year....drank a couple during the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. Nice!

Miss it so much now that I am back in California...

I will put this in my top 5 IPA's on the Eastern Seaboard period (yeah I am comparing to you- Trillium, Heady, Lawsons)! Best beer I had in Florida period...flat out super tasty. If you can, get a case, do it! The best of the South!

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, copper in color, with 1/2 inch head. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine hops mix with a rich caramel base. This makes for a very well balanced semi-bitter beer. Really tasty and juicy. I will get this again...One of the better IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Treated as an American IPA, I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated extremely quickly. Lacing seemed to be messy and stringy.
The smell starts off with a big sweet caramel malt base wrapping around some sweet and bitter citrus and then bleeding into some bitter pine.
The taste was basically the same with a separated sort of flavor as the sweetness of the malts never seem to come together with the hops. There's a sweet caramel malty aftertaste as well.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a crisp malty sessionability about it. Carbonation runs right as an AIPA allowing some bitterness to take effect and scorch my tongue.
Overall, personally, I think this is an over rated AIPA as the flavors don't really come together. Its there, but CC just needs to get the recipe a bit tweaked to really compete with the great AIPA's on the market. Oh and for the record, I've had at least 12 of these in my life time and its been the same thing every time.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tampa brew pub.

a: a clear copper with about half finger of head and little retention. Good but not great.

S: this picks us a bit. Interesting floral hops, sweet caramel, a bit of lemons.

T: an interesting mix of sweet malts, forward Citrus hops, an astringency on the back end. This is much more floral than a traditional IPA, but still great.

M: it's one of the more peppy, fresh IPAs I've had in a considerable amount of time.

Really an excellent and unique IPA.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from Cigar City and I must say it lived up to the hype. Superb flavor all the way through. Nice hop hit at first then smooth the rest of the way. Nice citrus/fruity flavor throughout. Excellent beer, highly recommend.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz can: pours a beautiful hazy honey-gold with a half-finger or so of frothy but dense head. Smell is initially pine and grapefruit, but quickly switches to a more malty, earthy smell, with tropical fruit mixed in. Also a little burnt sugar/cotton candy in there. Taste is very complex, with the malt coming through stronger than hops at first, before a piney, citrus aftertaste that is nicely dry and bitter. Feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding beer that delivers something excellent in every area.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a mostly clear copper color with a fluffy white two finger head, some of which stays on top until the end. There is moderate lacing and good carbonation.

The smell is heavy on the grapefruit and pine but orange and lemon are also forward; the grapefruit dominates. There are is also a caramel malt backbone.

The taste follows the nose with a lot of grapefruit and pine, orange and lemon come in followed by a light caramel malt backbone which is mostly drowned out by the hops. The finish is dry with piney hop resin left on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol leaks through just a little but you hardly notice it through all of the hops. At 7.5% alcohol the booze can sneak up on you.

Overall this is a good, hop forward IPA. It is not subtle, the hops hit you in the face.

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Photo of Mathed
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just purchased a sixer tonight. I've heard of this beer but had never seen it to any of the Kroger stores that I typically shop at. Poured from a can into a tulip, says it was canned 10/07/15.

L - Bright amber color like honey or maple syrup. Very nice white lace that filled the glass to the brim yet was light and dissipated quickly.

S - Hints of melon, grapefruit and apricot with a slight alcohol aspect near the end.

T - Taste begins with an apricot burst, followed by a grapefruit flavor that followed by a dry malty after taste.

F - Beer is smooth and the initial semi-sweet apricot balances nicely with the dry bite at the end. Makes you want to wash out the bitter taste with some more of the sweetness and it's pretty smooth so it kind of goes down like water even at 7.5%.

O - I think this is a pretty good IPA but I do think it is lacking on the taste. I've read some reviews touting a killer taste but to me, the smell was better than the actual taste. I'd definitely buy this one again but I'm thinking this beer would taste MUCH better from the tap.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into tulip. You can smell the malt and melon like fruit right away. Beautiful sunrise orange color. Tastes of melon, grape, pine, sweet malt. Awesome beer.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out of 12 oz can into Pint glass and its color s a burnt orange gold color with a nice white thick head that laces the glass very nicely. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a flower & fruit basket. Taste varies by can. 1st was super citrusy and mango fruity. 2nd was sweet with hints of mango, grapefruit but with a more malty backbone present but both were outstanding. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and refreshingly crisp yet also creamy. Overall, this deserves all the hype it gets! Can't wait to find some more. It's a great Citrusy IPA!

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy received a lot of these in a trade and we decided to drink a lot of them. They never got dull
Pour - drank all of them out of the can/bottle
Smell - bitterness and fruit
Taste - smooth citrus balanced out with the hops
Overall - highly drinkable, find and drink on a sunny day

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Photo of anonymoose
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a dark orange color. The aroma is citrus and malt. The taste is fairly balanced with citrus, pine, and a sweet bready malt that lingers on the palate. I remember the beer being juicier but this can is almost 3 months old at the time of review so it has aged a bit.

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Photo of thebeers
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden honey-amber color with two fingers of near-white foam and heavy lacing. A zesty orange hops aroma with quite a lot of sweet pineapple behind. These notes are little less pronounced in the taste, which is somewhat watery in the middle when cold, with hops bitterness on the backend. The pineapple flavor definitely increases as it warms though, becoming, perhaps, too sweet. It's light bodied, but with enough bitterness and carbonation to make due. It's fine for what it is, but I'm not the biggest fan of this whole genre of Juicy Fruit IPAs.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is nice, great looking amber hue with a slight orange coloring, smells of tangerine and pineapple, taste of caramel, citrus and a great feel and mouthful, very light feel for the ABV and very smooth, a dangerous mixture here, don't fool this for a session brew. but it is drinkable for a session job.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can (dated three weeks ago) into a tulip glass
L: Translucent orange to amber color with about a finger of head. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.
S: White grapes, white wine, crisp apple, grapefruit peel, papaya, and some pine. Very interesting and unique aroma.
T: Follows the nose well with lots of white grape, apple, and bitter grapefruit peel. Back of the mouth bitterness comes in pretty rapidly and lingers throughout the finish.
F: The carbonation and rounded flavors make it easy to drink with a crisp medium mouthfeel.
Overall this is a solid IPA . Easy to drink at 7.5 ABV and unique with its white grape/wine flavors. Not a tropical or resin IPA but does something a little different.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A – Caramel-orange; fairly clear. One finger thick white head, nice lacing

S – Citrus aroma; a little pine hint

T – Immediate citrus, mango/orange with a good hop note and balance...a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M – Medium-bodied, nice carbonation. moderately dry

O – I'd put this in a class with some of the top IPAs I've had Bell's, Sculpin, Stone...they have their individual personalities, but all high-level.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 3, 2015

12 oz can, tulip

A – Deep orange to medium-light amber, and very clear. Foam head, white, is thick, about an inch and a half, and very long-lasting, a cap of a couple centimeters remaining .

S – A lot of citrus, grapefruit, melon, mango, with a very low note of pine or herbal spiciness. Some light caramel malt but mostly light bread crust and baked crackers.

T – A lot of mango here and grapefruit strong in the mix. Maybe a touch of nectarine. Bread crust and crackers.

M – Medium-bodied and not as carbonated as it appeared to be, moderate-low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA, with a touch of slickness, only moderately dry. Bitterness is quite noticeable but not overwhelming, in balance with the hop flavor.

O – Love the look and aroma on this one, but it left a lot to be desired for me on the second half of the experience. Still a solid IPA.

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Photo of dazedman
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just tried this for the first time and I am impressed.
Not much on the nose, a little pine, maybe some mango. But the taste is so smooth with lots of tropical fruit notes and a nice dry finish that keeps you reaching for another sip.
I will be buying this again!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.