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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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5,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,896
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 803
Gots: 1,093 | FT: 61
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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Photo of mnphish
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz can dated 12.27.12 poured into a Snifter. This has got to be one of the most beautiful looking IPA's on the planet. It's got a hazy dark orange body with a one finger white head that stays afloat and leaves light lacing.

The nose brings very real tropical flavors of exotic fruit. Sugary Pineapple, grapefruit, peaches, orange, mango, and citrus.

It starts with hop flavors that are dominated by citrus fruit, oranges, and sweet peaches. There is a slight bitter aftertaste that makes it very balanced. There aren't many 'tropical' IPA's that live up to Jai Alai. I could drink this on a beach for the rest of my life. Underrated on BA.

I wish I wasn't spoiled with the White Oak version first. This is still fantastic. Peachy O's in a can!

Photo of andthevolcano
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

The beer pours a ruddy copper orange color with a nice rocky head of smaller bubbles. The head leaves behind a lovely sticky sheet of lacing that forms a ring with some nice stalactites running from it. In the body, the beer is very clean and light, and completely clear of particles. On the nose, the beer smells of tropical pine trees with a touch of mango citrus. The beer smells even better from the can, where the citrus is amped up into pineapple range while the pine amplifies as well into dank resinous hops. The hops are big but not overpowering, and really quite inviting. The malt base behind it is warm and bready with a terrific yet subtle rye spice. On the tongue, the beer tastes bittersweet with a nice warming heat from the spice flavor. The flavors begin as bready spice, which builds into bitter pine and grapefruit flavors with a touch of pineapple. The finish is strong with bitters which move towards medicinal in flavor with a nice little hiccup of spice to close out the finish. The aftertaste also tingles with spice and bitter pine. This is not an in-your-face IPA flavor, and certainly not a big double IPA, but it is delicious and still fills my bitter-thirst. The nuances between the hops and the generic spice flavor continue to unfold different flavors on the tongue, and really make this beer fun to drink. In the can, this beer’s fruit flavors are intensified and made crisper while the spice is diminished. I get a lot of juicy pine and orange citrus hops with a touch of cool mint at the back of the throat. On the mouth, the beer feels medium creamy in carbonation with just a touch of tingle. The beer’s body feels medium light on the tongue, and the mouth is left properly dry and a touch sticky. Alcohol is present only as a soft tingle in the sides of the mouth. Overall, this is a damn fine IPA that stands out by being different. I love the spice and I love the mixture of the hops with the spice. This is a terrific in-the-can beer, and this is a terrific out of the can beer. It is my first taste of Cigar City, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed it, they pack a hell of a lot of flavor into it, and they hide the alcohol brilliantly. Try this beer.

Photo of bpk59
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JulianB
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Hallertau
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This ale made my hotel nights at Disneyworld tolerable. Pours a hazy dirty orange color with rather thick and creamy off-white head. Nose is nicely enticing with some candied fruits, fresh fruits, and an herbal/grassy presence. On the palate there's a big juicy fruit hop quality right away with plenty of tartness, some decent malt balance, and a very good body. Savory, rewarding, and drinkable. Probably my favorite on the shelves in Florida.

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WallingBrew
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA reminded me a lot of Jockamo from Abita.
Hop forward with noticeable spice.. I enjoyed it but the the spicy flavor to the hop profile is not my go to for IPA's, still I enjoyed it. All in all worth seeking out and trying. I was far more impressed by the Maduro Brown ale. This being offered in a can was a plus.

Photo of NoleDoc
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a can to a snifter glass. Cigar City's Jai Alai a crisp and refreshing IPA. It has a nice dark orange color. You can smell the tropical aromas jump out at you as you begin to take a sip. Smells of grapefruit and pineapple jump at you. The initial citrus flavors invade your pallet with a crisp hoppy finish towards the end. The mouthful is crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of hops, the bitterness doesn't linger in the back of the pallet. Truly another delicious beer from Cigar City.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks goes out to Immortale25 for this one!

12 oz can poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger frothy, rocky, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some nice patchy, bubbly lacing. Initially clear with a good amount of bubbles – I clouded it up after pouring in some of the bottom-dwelling sediment.

S – A big blast of fruity, juicy hops with orange, peach, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple notes. There may be some caramel malt here, as well. For all the times that I’ve used juicy in a description for hop bouquet, this is by far the juiciest. This aroma just seems to ooze tropical fruit and citrus juices.

T – It starts off sweet with caramel and bready malt. As the taste progresses, the bittersweet twang of orange, mango, peach, and pineapple hops appears. Toward the finish, bitterness builds with grapefruit being the foremost flavor. Again, very juicy.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and sticky mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Bittersweet fruity hop flavors linger for a fantastic amount of time.

O – This is a great IPA. The aroma and taste are great and are just packed with fruity, juicy hops. It’s a bit thinner than I would like, but that’s really the only complaint I can have about this beer. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while and I’m so glad that I finally did. Thanks, Joel!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JDizzle
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kennethkearns
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of comrade_tony
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of MIA4IPA
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Qwest_35
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had this beer plenty of times, most of the time with about 3-4 week's of age on it. However I was able to get some 10 day old cans today and I thought I would review. Pours a beautiful hazy orange-gold with a decent amount of fluffy creamy head, great lacing. This is by far one of the most unique smelling IPA's out there, the aroma just says Florida! I'm getting a ton of citrus, pineapple, mango and slight canned peachy goodness! Taste is right there with the nose, this is a perfect beach beer after a long day of surfing. Overall a very well balanced easy drinking offering from Cigar City. A must try for everybody who loves great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,896 ratings.