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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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4,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,747
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 644
Gots: 609 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of chugalug06


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE White foamy head! Foggy dark copper brew comes from the bottle. Interesting label, btw. Brew is very thick for an IPA. nice lacing too.

S - HUGE fruit. Almost smells like a sour... Lots of mango, lemon, orange, kiwi... Quite nice.

T - Very smooth; much more so then the scent reveals. Some huge fruit notes... Almost a sour... very unique.

M - Perfect carbonation! Perfect Bitterness. Perfect!

O - Not quite an IPA, but by far the best Mango IPA I've ever had, this revitalizes my thoughts on Mango... There's only one thing "off", can't quite put my finger on it...So, it gets a "4" overall. Nice work CCB!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:22:19 | More by chugalug06
Photo of csiewert


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy beautiful orange color with thick ivory head that leaves a large amount of lacing to the glass and retains well. The aroma is strong with caramel malt and some earthy hops. The taste is similar with the caramel malt notes being up front and a slightly piney hop finish... Could be a little more hoppiness to the flavor/aroma. The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean finishing. Overall a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:03:44 | More by csiewert
Photo of harrymel


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 13JUL11

A: pours an apricot ale with under a finger of off-white head which falls to a sheet of the same with scattered cones. Ropes of lace. Limited clarity.

S: As I draw this in it is initially piny, woody and then there's an explosion of fruitiness. Mango, pineapple and oranges. Really pleasant and intriguing.

T: Sweet and bitter. Plenty of bitterness followed up by a lemon and soapy flavor profile. Finish has a hint of metallic flavor.

M: Medium bodied with hi carb and a dry finish.

O: Well done, looking forward to having the white oak next.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 15:24:28 | More by harrymel
Photo of roodie


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lagunitas pint jar

A: pours a hazy honey color with thick foamy white head. Head dissipates soon and leaves little lacing

S: bitter hops are dulled by sweet malts. Vanilla sugariness and tea bitterness

T: mellow vanilla is spiced by the tea flavored hoppy bitterness. More pronounced than the nose suggests

M: very smooth. Hoppy bitterness gives way to a velvety maltiness. Low carbonation suits this one.

O: beautiful interplay of hops and malts. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:23:19 | More by roodie
Photo of flagmantho


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: reminds me of a strong ale. Big malt backs up a citrusy, resiney hop aroma which works well. You can practically smell the bitterness.

Taste: again, a bit malt flavor backing an interesting and dynamic hop profile. Hops start off rather floral, setting off the malt sweetness, then morph into an almost piney bitterness. Bitterness is very big right at the end. I like the dynamic nature of it. Great IPA quality.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. It works, but it's not particularly exciting.

Overall: I like Jai Alai a lot. If I could get it up here in the Pacific Northwest, I'd have it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:08:16 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Gehrig


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of bone-white foam rests atop a murky, copper body with orange trim. Little lacing and a somewhat brief duration detract from what is overall a nice-looking beer. Good citrus aromas combine with ample biscuit malt.

The taste and texture make Jai Alai a special IPA. It is packed with citrusy hop flavor, especially tangerine and orange; very delicious. That there is such a prominent malt backbone, with plenty of caramel and biscuit malt, makes Jai Alai all the more impressive, for the malt interacts very nicely with the hops and doesn't tamp down on the terrific taste and resiny texture.

This is excellent IPA that should certainly appeal to IPA lovers who enjoy a well-hopped, complex beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:24:57 | More by Gehrig
Photo of FunkyFibes


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful copper/caramel color that is perfectly transparent. Off white head with a ton of lacing down the glass that clings on pretty much forever, as far as I can tell.

S- Huge grapefruit with a lot of citrus and pine in the background. The smell feels like Florida, which CCB seems to incorporate into beer frequently.

T- There is a ton of hop flavor in this beer. Lots of grapefruit and more of a resin/pine flavor in the middle than was evident in the nose. The hop bitterness is very prevalent, but the malt background keep it from getting offensive. The bitterness sticks around reminding you to hurry up and take another sip.

M- The ample amount of carbonation ties in with the medium body. It is crisp and refreshing all the way through.

O- This beer is a great IPA that really impresses me. I am a little burnt out on IPA's right now, but I would drink this again frequently, but not in large volume. Even if this wasn't local, I would still be as thrilled with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:02:15 | More by FunkyFibes
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light amber color with a finger worth of head that lasts forever. Great retention, great lacing.

S: Big guava and citrus smell. I get a slight pine smell in the background.

T: Pretty similar to the taste, but more pine and less guava and citrus. I'm noticing a lot of bittering hops with less on the end of the boil. Good, but not great.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: I really like the smell, but the beer is a bit more bitter and less flavorful than I'd like. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 22:08:58 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of tzieser


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this beer for quite some time. Big thanks to Joe for the trade!

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottle says "JULY 05". i hope this beer didn't lose too much of it's muster before it got here.

a: pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. without a doubt one of the best looking IPAs i've had in a while.

s: as much as i was hoping for a big, fruity, hoppy nose, i was pretty let down...the simcoe hops supposedly used for dry hopping definitely take a back seat to a sweet malty aroma. nothing to write home about, but it could be due to age.

t: sweet, malty flavor at first with subtle orange character (maris otter?) quickly followed by a solid punch of oily hop flavor. piney, a bit of floral flavor but not as much tropical/fruit flavor as i was hoping for (like pliny). hop character is comlex and deep with a solid malt backbone. well balanced and delicious.

m: sticky mouthfeel.

was this as good as i hoped? hm....not really. it's good but didn't have nearly as much hop character as i expceted. i definitely need to get a fresher bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:36:46 | More by tzieser
Photo of bum732


3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Grapefruit and some orange hoppiness, slight bisquity malt, toasty, slightly dank.

L: Clear burnt orange, off-white creamy head with 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Quite pungent and bitter hoppiness. Dank and grapefruit peel mostly. Medium-high bitterness with some very toasty malt with some slight bisquit. Finishes quite dry and pungent with shades of alcohol hotness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol warming.

Ok, i think i need to find a fresher bottle as this was quite malty but still quite pungent.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:09:34 | More by bum732
Photo of Mako82


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Poured a white foamy head, that left a nice lace around the glass. Color is of caramel, slight red hue, that is clear in appearance.
S - First smell is of citrus hops, similar to a toned down grapefruit smell. Picking up the traditional piney smell, but has a more malty presence.
T - Starts off with the usual hop flavor of an IPA, but quickly changes to more of calmer malty flavor.
M - Medium carbonation, leaves a dry feeling upon the aftertaste
O - Thought it was a great IPA, with a lower bitterness than most styles in this class. Felt it was a unique IPA with more of a malt presence. Found the beer challenging to evaluate, but don't let that fool you, it was a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:59:49 | More by Mako82
Photo of jmarsh123


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a nice fluffy white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, pine, citrus and maybe a bit of grapefruit.

Taste is a bit on the malty side for an IPA. Doesn't overpower the hops completely, but I'd like more bitterness. Some grassy spicy flavors come through after the initial malty flavors and it finishes with a little pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick for an IPA, but just slightly so. Good carbonation level.

Very drinkable IPA, but not especially stands out about it to push it over the top. I'll definitely drink it again if it comes my way, but won't go out of the way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:40:15 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of baggio


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Golden copper with a nice, white head, and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Citric notes.

T: Caramel, Hay, Mandarin, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Oxidized malt.

M: Liquid feels thin with plenty of carbonation. Pleasant mix between sweetness and bitterness makes it an easy drink.

I suspect they've used some Sorachi-hops in this one as that's what i usually associate with coconut. A very drinkable ipa but nothing i could drink all night. 750ml was no problem tho. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:43:20 | More by baggio
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - big thanks to pushkinwow for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of pineapple flavour mixed with some oranges. The beer finishes with a slightly hoppy pineapple sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of DIPA qualities in this beer. It has a lot of sugary sweet pineapple flavour and some nice hop bitterness. I definitely couldn't drink this all night long, but I would love to have a few on hand for throughout the week.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 19:25:15 | More by spinrsx
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours nice brick red/ very light amber color with 2 fingers worth of off-white head

S- mixture pine and citrus hops and small bready malt and some alcohol makes it selft present

T- getting a sticky resiny pine limited amounts of the bready malt alcohol and nice slight bitter finish

M- medium body, carbonation is low, alcohol hangs around a little in the finsih

O- this beer has some hype and for me it doesnt live up to it. That being said, i like my ipa's more towards the citrus side, and this is piney. I do get citrus in the nose but not in the taste and for some reason the alcohol is slightly off-putting in this beer. I usually dont mind it, but it just doesnt seem to work for me here. Still def above avg, and something i will try again, but being from upstate ny, not something i will try hard to seek out "B-/B"

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 20:44:40 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of CurtisLoew


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery yellow color with a nice head. A very rich orange/yellow/amber color. Nice.

Nose is typical for a good IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, slightly floral.

This is a very good tasting IPA. I am very impressed. I liken it to two hearted from bells, one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel good for the style. No complaints.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:45:06 | More by CurtisLoew
Photo of matttttYCE


3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 16oz shaker pint glass

Appearance - Pours with a creamy white 1 finger high head. Head retention is decent. Lace is decent as well. Color is a slightly hazy, brilliant golden-orange.

Smell - Smell is moderately hoppy and closer to balanced than not for an IPA. Not a bad thing. Hops at play are slightly spicy, earthy, floral, grassy, and maybe a bit of fruit and citrus. Other aromas are plenty of caramel malt, some bread/dough, and slight yeasty qualities. This smells like it has a good malt backbone, but one that still allows the hops coexist nicely.

Taste - As the aroma suggests, this one has a taste of a sturdy malt backbone, but one that doesn't muscle out the hops. They coexist nicely. Plenty of earthy, grassy, floral, and spicy hop flavors, slight citrus, with lots of caramel malt and bready/doughy malt.

Mouthfeel - Feel is nice with a relatively smooth consistency, a light-medium carbonation, similar body, and a moderately quick, wet finish.

Overall - A good IPA, and certainly one of the more balanced IPAs that I prefer. Certainly glad to have tried this. Thanks so much to coreyfmcdonald for this as an extra in our recent trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:09:32 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of SupaCelt


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lovely caramel. crystal clear and nice to look at. small head. lacing.

the nose is caramel. crystal malts and basic ipa recipe fixings.

taste is caramel crystal malt and hop bitterness on a light scale.

mouthfeel solid. medium.

good beer given by a buddy with a florida friend.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:55:47 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of DCon


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a Contains 12 FL. OZ. bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & has a $2.89+TX sticker on the side. Poured from the awesome labeled bottle with a cricket player on the front into my 16oz Founder Pint Glass and has a JUN0311 on the front of the bottle.

Aroma- A nice "Brewery Hop" aroma from the get-go. Very nice! A good resinous and fresh hop aroma this is. A bit of fruit and citrus but in the background. Maybe even some alcohol aroma here too! Is it dry-hopped? I think so! Loving it!

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger frothy head that overflows over the top of the glass and has good retention. Has a reddish/copper body that is semi-hazy. Nice lacing is left on the glass and is very random all over the place.

Flavor- Has a great citrus hop flavor from the beginning and not overpowering. Good amount of floral tastes behind it as well. Has a medium hop bitterness at the finish and very fresh all the way through.

Mouthfeel- Barely Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth but then a bit of Alcohol Warming, and leaves good hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- Once again, CCB has REAL beer! Awesome aromas from the start and then a good hoppy but not too strong IPA. I would even recommend this for the non-hop heads out there because the alcohol warming keeps it smooth and easier to drink. Love this Brewery! Move me to FL and I'm keeping anything from this brewery in my bridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 06:40:35 | More by DCon
Photo of eclipse54


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you!

One is greeted by a hazy orange/copper body resting beneath a voluptuous white head that dissipates a little too quickly, but leaves ample sticky lacing in its place. Smells of piney hops, flowers, rich citrus, and some faint dark fruits in front of an even fainter malt background. Taste begins with a hop assault but quickly mellows into a smooth caramel flavor rounded out by loads of citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lots of lemon). A oaky, wood flavor also makes itself known throughout the drink. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and finishes very well. Overall, an excellent IPA that I will gladly seek out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:42:57 | More by eclipse54
Photo of kylehay2004


3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber, orange hues. single finger off white head.

S: mild pine, grass and hops

T: a little pine and hops. Its not super special in any one way. Citrus notes and mild bitterness in the finish.

M:smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA. Not the best out there but very smooth and drinkable. Decent amount of flavor complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 01:24:18 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Forb


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest - Papillion, NE...

Appearance: Body is of a copper haze with minor lacing.

Smell/Taste: Sweet fruity / earthy aroma on both the nose and pallet leaving me to assume that the bread malt flavors were there to balance this heavily hopped beer. Skunky is definitely a word that comes through for this beer has a definite funk to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mediocre carbonation.

Overall: This IPA was great. I do wish I could purchase it at will.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 23:37:30 | More by Forb
Photo of julian


3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours looks to be fairly big bodied and hazy. Coppery orange in color with a very healthy off white colored head that lingers nicely. 4

S: It’s definitely dominant on the malt (caramel), and has a lot of bready/toasty aromas, brown sugar and a bit of raisin 3

T&M: Taste is pretty much in line with the aroma. Lots of caramel, sweet malt, almost burnt brown sugar like or solventy. There’s also some toasted malt flavor along with a hop character that’s definitely present and trying to vie for attention, but it’s just not a hop presence I’m enoying. The mouthfeel is nice. Medium - big bodied and creamy smooth, although there is a weird roof of my mouth “tingle” that it’s causing and I’ve never felt that before. 3 / 4

O: Too malty for an IPA, although some may like it. It’s got a decent hop presence but it’s not remarkable and doesn’t make me want more. Too much caramel malt. Not balanced enough for me for the style, and not my kind of IPA aroma or taste. 3

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:53:57 | More by julian
Photo of biggmike


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive dark copper color with a head that hung around for quite a while. Aroma was of caramel, tobacco, and hops. Flavor was dominated by caramel malt and hops were not as dominant as I would have liked. Mouthfeel was good and overall this was an easy-drinking beer. Good, but I would not rush out to get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 06:23:37 | More by biggmike
Photo of Kromes


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a fluted glass. A hazy orange color with a thick white head. Good lacing down the glass as the beer settled.

S: Very sweet and floral/fruit smelling. The hop is a little earthy also.

T: A big sweet malt flavor with some bitterness from the hop. There isn't as much hop flavor in the beer as with other IPAs, it is much more balanced with the malt. The hop is a fruity, floral, and earthy. A little bit of alcohol burn and flavor in the finish. The beer changes as you go....starts a little muted, but as I drank the beer, the peach and pineapple fruit flavors really popped up in the beer.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Not too heavy or syrupy like others. Very, very smooth. A nice finish that is both bitter and sweet. The best feel for an IPA I've had.

O: A nice IPA. I enjoyed it. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 20:19:07 | More by Kromes
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