Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,195
Hads: 6,439
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 884
Gots: 1,392 | FT: 69
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: 1,195 | Hads: 6,439
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)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz canned 4/14/15. Deep amber color with a huge creamy head. Sparse lacing. Big tropical fruit aroma. A little sweetness from the caramel malt rounds out the flavor. Hoppy and bitter, but fairly balanced. Dry mouthfeel from the judicious use of hops. Medium bodied. A well made India Pale Ale.

I had been wanting to try this for years, but Cigar City does not distribute to NJ so I haven't gotten the chance to until now. Out of nowhere, I stumbled upon a can at a shop in Astoria, NY while doing some work in the area and snatched it up immediately. From the font to the color scheme, it's one of the coolest looking cans I've ever seen. And the beer inside ain't so bad either. Glad I finally got a chance to try it! (723 characters)

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

Absolute rock solid IPA. Lots of fruit, enough malt but not too much. Great hop profile. I can drink it on a chilly night or a hot day. A plus beer. (152 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap

L: Pours a clear deep amber with a thick white head and nice lacing.

S: Lots and lots of hops. Citrusy and semi-sweet... grapefruit and spruce.

T/F: Very nicely balanced between some aggressive hops and some malts. The hop profile tends to the citrus which takes away some of the bite. Balance is the key word for this beer. Moderate carbonation and pretty smooth.

O: This is a very nicely put together beer. Hoppy... but like being smacked hard by a guy wearing kid gloves. Very enjoyable and sessionable. Would have again any time. (560 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lite auburn pour and off white head. Thick lace. Pine and orange juice nose. Orange slices and pine nut flavors with great malt balance. Full bodied IPA, yet still light on the tongue. Malt balances nicely with buttering hops. A very good IPA. (243 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a can. Nice color, but lots of floating sediment. Nice hop flavor up front with some sweet maltiness. Finishes pretty smooth and balanced. Excellent beer. The hops were a little more muted than when I had this fresh at the brewery. Liked it much better, not sure how old the can was. (299 characters)

Photo of Bis4beer70
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The second micro brew i got while in florida...loved it! Quite possibly among the best AMERICAN india pale ales i've ever had...shared one w/my brother in-law,Bob (he enjoyed it too,& that man KNOWS beer-even lives in the PNW too!)...One of the highlights/best things to say about it,is that the Jai Alai has a fine, non-lingering after taste & is one of the top two beers i had while on vacation in 2015...tampa beers! cheers! (427 characters)

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

solid flavors of citrus ,tropical fruit citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel on the back end solid brew but I've had better ipas but this one drinks pretty well (164 characters)

Photo of senglish7
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ordered a keg of this for moving day. Fresh Jai Alai is hard to top. This is a malty IPA with fruity notes. The first beer was just as delicious as the last. Great beer after a day of hard work. (194 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned on 03/31/15. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: I must have poured too strongly because a lot of floaters came along with the pour. Otherwise, a slightly hazy amber copper, with a persistent 1/16" off white head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. If not for the sediment this would have been a very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus aroma with orange and lemon dominating. Just a hint of fresh cut tropical fruit.

Taste: Fresh cut citrus, citrus peel, maybe a bit of mint/bergamot. Nice malt balance with a cracker/bready malt under the hops. The finish I think got damped a bit by the yeast/sediment floaters, but otherwise was a bit clean for a IPA. The hop bitterness didn't linger that much. As the beer approached room temp the bitterness and citrus lingered a bit more, but I was surprised about the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a bit sticky. As it warmed up, it took on more of a spiciness that lingered on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: I will need to try this beer again and pour much more slowly to see if I can keep the sediment in the can. Otherwise, a good AIPA that was very balanced and full of lots of citrus type hops. Very nice. (1,242 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. One of a kind IPA - deep citrus & tropical fruit aromas envelop you on the nose & carry over remarkably well to the palate. Carb & mouthfeel are perfect. Just enough malt to offset the fruity, slightly resinous hops. (233 characters)

Photo of smb
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Cigar City beer and it's a very malty east coast IPA. Light hop and citrus flavors make themselves present at the front of the tongue and finish with the creamier malty characteristics at the back. A nice change of pace from some of the west coast hop bombs, but overall I couldn't see myself drinking this on a regular basis. (335 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought can at cigar city brewery. 3 days old!!!

Golden orange, honey colored brew. 1 1/2 finger head.

Bright citrusy hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.

Taste is a tropical fruit explosion. Definitely a generous amount of grapefruit. I get a honey like sweetness. The beer is not overly bitter, but has just enough bite to cut through it all. Beautiful lacing on the glass post consumption.

My only critique is that the beer was a bit thick. Not by far, but just slightly. Really fantastic beer overall. It would go great with a shrimp ceviche or something with nice bright flavors. This beer does remind me of sculpin for everyone who can't get it. I give it a 96/100. (695 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ultra clear gold color with a decent head and clingy, spotty lacing. Aroma is up front with citrus and pine, nice. Taste is bold with hop bitterness, ruby red grapefruit, tangerine and other faint assorted citrus. Also getting a touch of caramel or toffee, something sweet.....Mouthfeel is good and bitterness and citrus are well balanced. I like this beer, a nice IPA from Cigar City. (403 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey/amber color with a rich white/caramel head. Smells are of fruit and honey. Tastes are citrus with honey in the background and a somewhat strong hops finish. Mild carbonation with a very balanced taste. Overall, a very good IPA! (243 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.