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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,205
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 697
Gots: 770 | FT: 57
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

sacrelicio, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Brabander
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice gift in a trade with my beerbuddy Bierenutz. Thanks Dave.

I had a CC beer a mont go and was a bit (Very) disappointed. Untill i heard that i could have had an infected Maduro.

That's why i tried this one to see what this is all about this brewer. Have some more in the fridge....

Poured in my Struise glass. My oh my, very nice darkyellow fluid with a borken white three finger head. No carbonation? No, nothing!

The smell was a bit flat, i would have expected more from an IPA.

The taste however is great, very hoppy but not too bitter and very crisp. A very nice allround IPA.

Mouthfeel was pleasant because of the low bitterness.

Brabander, Nov 12, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trappistlover for this one. Bottle date says JUN2711.

A- Clear orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin cap, which lasts 'til the end of the pint.

N- Huge tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Papaya, melon, pineapple, and cherry gummy bears/jolly ranchers. There's also some bubble gum undertones.

T- Rich toasty malt backbone with a touch of sweet caramel. Papaya and melon mingle with the malt while a smooth, grassy, herbal bitterness provides some balance. Light juicy citrus really makes for a thirst-quenching brew. The beer dries out nicely for a long herbal, floral, grassy finish. Some toasted grain also lingers into the aftertaste.

M- Medium light bodied, quaffable, slightly sticky, moderate carbonation, with a semidry finish.

D- Overall highly enjoyable, though being from SD, I don't think I'll seek this out again. Plenty of local IPAs to chose from. Definitely glad to have tried it though.

KevinBrewer, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pretty clear orange color. Marmalade hints in the tan head. Leaves bits of lacing. Head dies off a bit.

S-Hoppy. Floral and pine with some good citrus. Grassy. Lots of flowery notes. Malt holds its own as well. A pretty enticing aroma.

T-Quite like the nose. Very floral. Pine and citrus/fruity hops hit you after the flowers. The malt is sweet and a bit bread. The beer's flavor ends with a long, long, long grassy finish. Very grassy on the end. Tastes nice.

M-Medium body and carbonation. Slightly slick/resinous. Not extremely bitter, but the flavor does last.

O/D-Really wanted to try this beer. Happy to have had it. Would love to be able to drink this regularly. Just a very solid IPA. Love the bottle too.

VelvetExtract, Nov 06, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a creamy one-finger off-white head and a moderate amount of carbonation floating up toward the top of the glass. Plenty of lacing on this one.

S: Bright orange peel notes along with some prominent piney hops and a bit of mango in the background. Fresh and inviting. Alcohol notes come through slightly as it warms.

T: Starts off with a tropical fruit sweetness that gives way to a healthy malt body, and finishes with a slightly bitter pine note that stays on the palate. A bit of booziness on the finish, but very well-constructed overall.

M: Medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a bit of carbonation. Some alcohol burn on the finish.

D: This is an interesting take on an American IPA in the sense that you get some tropical fruit flavors as opposed to the typical orange or grapefruit notes. Yet another solid beer from CCB.

schlimenhaumer, Nov 02, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 33cl bottle into wine glass.

A: decent head, good lacing. Slightly opaque copper.

S: pale Ale malts and caramel balanced with grassy hops, understated for the style.

T: bisquit and caramel followed by aggressive bitterness. Aftertaste is hoppy, grapefruit and lime. Hoppy even for the style.

M: could use more cArbonation. Not easy drinking.

atlason, Oct 31, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orange with a nice thick white head.

S - Citrus with some herbs and malts.

T - Very hop forward, middle provides some relief with a caramel malt taste, the finish provides the return of the hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation, clean dry finish.

O - Great IPA, would be in my regular rotation if it was available. Thanks mikesgroove.

mattyb, Oct 30, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating but I got it just a day ago in a trade...

A= A vigerous pour yeilds a nice hazy orange color with a sexy finger of head on it that is an off white color and some spotty lacing on the glass. The head holds some pretty decent retention actually. A decent looking IPA.

S= The smell is very very floral. More floral than any IPA I've ever had I think. Clean is another word I would use to describe it. Clean flowery hop nose to it with a touch of malty backbone but not much.

T= The taste is very unique. A punch in the mouth. It has a nice floral hop character just as the nose let on but then quite a bit more on top of that. A good malty backbone which leads me to believe that the things they do to this is worth doing. The beer has an almost woody tobaccoy taste to it. I hope that's not just cigar placebo effect but I think I taste a little of it.

M= Maybe a little heavy on the carbonation despite the intense pour.

O= This is the second beer I've had from Cigar City and it's another home run. I'm very very impressed with this. One of the most unique IPA's on the market. Really interesting. I feel like Cigar City is really making a unique product that is top notch.

jjanega08, Oct 30, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a cloud like 3 finger head into my DFH Signature glass. Deep, hazy pumpkin color with a bunch of black stuff floating around the bottom of the glass. The tinted head sticks in huge chunks all over the glass and doesnt let go.

S- Funky yeast that continues to bloom in your nostrils, grapefruit, orange zest and notes of lemon rind. Thyme, mint and tai basil and lemongrass. Has a touch of sour cherry on the back end. Very unusual... not sure how fresh it is, or if it's turned funky or something.

T- Funked up yeast with a ton of tropical fruit... pineapple, mango, grapefruit and oranges. Very bitter! Lemongrass, spicy basil and a sweetness that wants to shine under all that bitterness and yeast. Not your everyday IPA that's for sure!

M- Sweet, fruity, funky yeast and extremely bitter! Feels pretty heavy bodied for an IPA. A ton of sour fruit, sweet malts, and hoppy bitterness! Lots of things about this don't want to work together, but between sips... it all comes together nicely, and most unusually!

O- This has to be one of the strangest IPA's I've ever tasted. Belgian yeastiness, sweet tropical fruit, serious hop bitterness, and tai spices. I wasn't crazy about it when I first started drinking it, but it really grew on me and I started craving each sip.

Thickfreakness, Oct 29, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on these...

Poured froma 12oz bottle into RR snifter...

A - Poures a golden orange with a two finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Scent comes through pretty docile for me. Some hoppy citrus notes, and some faint pine. Also detect a little malt sweetness...

T - Very balanced. A good malt profile with some citrus in the mix. Grapefruit and a little apricot. Pine comes through in the end with some lingering grapefruit...

M - Goes down very smooth. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation...

O - Something that I would drink on regular basis if it was available in my area. Nothing is above and beyond about this brew, but it is solid. Super easy to drink and well balanced. Cigar City comes through with another winner...


comfortablynumb1, Oct 28, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a CC snifter.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a finger of head. Moderate sticky lacing is left.

S - Quite a bouquet of floral aromas hit at the front of the nose followed by herbal notes (sage, mint). Next are citrus hops and caramel malt heading into more herbs.

T - Citrus hops and sage at the beginning giving way to sweet caramel malt. This leads to a bit of chalkiness and lingering hop bitterness through the finish.

M - Medium carbonation and body with an extremely dry profile.

O - This is very interesting beer from CC with more of an herbal nose/flavor than I have had from an IPA. I would have preferred a bit more bitterness, but other than that it is very well-rounded.

sdmvd6, Oct 28, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: rich syrupy look. Hazy amber. Off white head with fairly large bubbles on the pour. Recedes to a slight ring.
Smell: Candied fruit.
Taste: dry. Slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: fairly full, medium high carbonation.
Overall: Strong ipa.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 28, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Everyday IPA. Nice inviting aroma of Hops. Nice balance of hops and bitterness. Crafted very well compared to other craft breweries. Slightly Hazy with a light frothy head, Jai Alai is tasty if your only drinking one....or six of them. Cannot wait to Locate some of their other beers.

GreenGoblinCC, Oct 27, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of MikeLuke23. Thanks Mike. Pours a cloudy light amber with a small light tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is light grapefruit, sugar cookie, and a bit of tangerine. Quite sweet. The taste is sweet sugar cookie, caramel, and some light grapefruit. The finish has a strong bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Overall, not that enjoyable. Too sweet. The flavors are in general quite bland with not enough hop presence.

jethrodium, Oct 27, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markwise for sending me this delicious morsal

Look: Pours a caramel orange color with a yellow bottom and a 1/2 inch off white head and great retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Great citrus notes right off the bat also picking notes of grass

Taste: The flavor has a nice earthy note to it with just a trace of grapefruit. Again the backend is quite grassy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation goes well with the flavor

Overall: Really nice IPA I think the flavor is the only thing keeping it from being a great IPA

DarthKostrizer, Oct 25, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but slightly hazy orange with a two finger head that sticks around. The aroma is orange and pine. There may be some mango and pineapple coming through as well. The taste is slightly sweet caramel with tons of orange and decent pine. Tropical fruits are also coming through as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is perfect for the style. Overall, a deliciously sessionable IPA that has become my go-to brew. This is a typical east coast balanced IPA and one that I keep coming back to time and time again.

hmf05, Oct 24, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a chill-hazed, murky looking golden color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap.

s: Bursting with grapefruit, mango, lemons, and a hint of pine. Also some barely discernible caramel balance.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, this is a hop showcase. Some minor caramel sweetness up front quickly overwhelmed by tropical fruit and citrus. There is just a little too much naked biterness at the very end.

m: Slick bodied and soft feeling overall despite the overwhelming hop-noxiousness.

o: Definitely a first rate IPA, hope I see it on-tap again sometime.

DIM, Oct 24, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stankonia’s Florida LIF, I’ve got a glass full of Cigar City. Thanks again, man – after that Guava Grove, I’m excited to start exploring this brewery.

Brewed just about a month before the date of this tasting (“SEPT2011”).

A: Great head, with lacing that’s especially awesome. It’s a sudsy cream, micro-bubbled to perfection, standing a thick, two-finger off-white for at least a minute or two. The body could be a little clearer, seeing as it’s not unfiltered, but the color is a good yellow-orange. Great, lively look.

S: Hmmm…not super-hoppy in the nose, which is unexpected. The main scent is still a peppery pine with fruit nuances, but it’s not as big as I’d like. Malts are lightly dark, adding a hint of raisin to the cherry-lime and herbal pine of the hops. Something that really sparks my interest, though, is the earthen, farm-fresh yeastiness that comes through as foundation scents. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: THAT is the true spirit of an IPA. Let’s hope it plays a decent part in the taste…

T: Ahhh, smooth hoppy refreshment. The bitterness is spicy and slightly smoky, which is odd for a beer that looks and smells so light. It’s a good, balanced sting, though it’s not as piney or juicy as the hops I enjoy the most. No big deal – every beer is different. After, there’s a smoothly balanced malt flavor: caramel spice, a bit of roast, and a sizeable amount of earth/hay flavors. Glad I’m getting that barnyard-IPA-greatness that I smelt in the nose. I’m getting a mildly fruity aftertaste, with a very light hoppy dryness and some alcoholic tinges. Overall, it’s a great, balanced drink, but with a hop taste that leaves a little to be desired (at least to me); the bitterness comes across more as “I’m eating an exotic food” instead of “I drinking a hoppy beer.” It’s hard to put into words.

M: Oh-so-smooth – goes down quick enough to surprise you. Thankfully, the carbonation that was so apparent in the look is smooth and uplifting, rather than harshly crisp; it serves the palate by not exaggerating the hops. Overall, it’s quite buoyant.

O: I gotta say, this reminds me a lot of Three Floyd’s IPAs: Alpha King especially. It’s mostly about that peppery hop bitterness, which isn’t my favorite hop taste; however, they pull off these bitters quite well (seriously, this is legendary balance). I really can’t think of a better dinner beer for Mexican food, seeing as it’s hoppy, but not too hoppy to make spicy food unbearably intense. At this rate, I’ll be loving their White Oak version – and, thanks again to Chris, I have one in my fridge at this very moment! Great…a bit of woody complexity would do wonders for this palate.

BarryMFBurton, Oct 24, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the local Buffalo Wild Wings tonight.

Appearance: Clear, dark orange-brown with about a one-finger head. Decent retention and a solid lacing all the way down.

Nose: I don't know if it was just the serving method, or the area I was in and the associated ambient scents, but the nose on this puppy was weak at best. Mainly hops with perhaps a little citrus, but not a whole lot of anything.

Taste: This is where this beer swept me off my feet. It's got a complex sweet, citrusy flavor that dances among several citrus fruits, including grapefruit, apple, orange, and more. On finish, this beer moves to the bitter hop finish that defines the IPA style, but it might be the most balanced of hop finishes I've experienced thus far. By no means is the bitterness overpowering as some others, notably Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, can be.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant amount of carbonation here, and it really helps accentuate the flavors. It's a bit thin, but not unpleasantly so.

Overall: This is probably the best IPA I've had thus far, and if not the best, it's definitely the most balanced. The flavor really helped me move past the weak nose and allowed me to appreciate the full glory of this beer. I'm already looking forward to the next time I have an opportunity to have some of this beer.

QuantumPint, Oct 23, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a finger’s worth of off-white foam, not especially frothy and the retention is average at best, the lacing comes in solid sheets but little stickiness. Murky orange-amber in color with more of a brown than red cast, solid glow throughout, not too many bubbles visible. Sweetly hoppy nose of pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pineapple, nectarine, apple fruit and flowers, does show a piney resinous to cut grass and herbaceous side, peppery too, powerful lift and staying power. Full-bodied and close to thick, coats the palate and heavy on the tongue. The carbonation has more fluff than prickle but not that strong in either sense. Dry on the whole, the orange, lemon, grapefruit citrus dominant yet without sweetness. More biscuit, bread here with a touch of honey. The florality very pretty and spreads through the finish. More bite than juice in the peach, apricot, nectarine fruit, falls short of tropical. Very consistent presentation and very good balance, perhaps not that complex but easy to enjoy and doesn’t unnecessarily seek to push the envelope.

farrago, Oct 22, 2011
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,205 ratings.