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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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1,208 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,208
Hads: 6,494
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 894
Gots: 1,431 | FT: 73
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: 1,208 | Hads: 6,494
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 Roby923
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, full bodied IPA. Deep citrus taste with a malty, toasted caramel backbone. A real highlight out of FLA. Appears on some top 10 beers in USA lists, and for good reason. (175 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)

Photo of HoppyADK
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I spend a couple of months in Florida during the winter and the ABC folks down there do have a great selection. I usually just pick up a few brands I haven't tried but this time I asked about what was popular down in Florida. The guy told me this Jai Alai so I got a six pack. As you can tell by the ratings - many rate it high. Can't do it. I found it oddly sweet and lacking a good hoppy flavor. Rather flat in its carbonation as well. So, in all fairness, let me say I like a strong IPA with a real hoppy bite. I bought it in a can and usually don't do this. I hope the difference isn't that great. Didn't finish the six pack. But again, with a rating of 95+ I must be the oddball. Good Luck. (709 characters)

Photo of craigh130
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A phenomnal ipa. Loads of tropical fruit in the nose and on the palate. A bit boozy for everyday sessioning but overall a great ipa. Nice full body and mouthfeel with a gorgeous Amber color and foamy head. (205 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Too much foam. Smell is pretty lacking but not the worst smelling beer. Taste is great and smooth. It's kind of like wolf among weeds but I like wolf among weeds better because wolf is refreshing and crisp (205 characters)

Photo of Blade1952
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge IPA fan. I live in Tampa about 20 minutes from the brewery. It is always a treat to visit the tasting room. I enjoy and home brew double IPA's and this is a nice full bodied brew. At 70 IBU's it is up there near the (undefined) double IPA level. Really enjoyable. (274 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Copper with a slight haze under a persistent 3” off-white foam cap that produces thick clumps of lace. The beer turns brilliant as it warms. Smell: A light earthiness, pitted fruits, light biscuit, some tropical elements. Taste: The attack begins with creamy malt with a mild sweetness and then grapefruit rind bitterness followed by apricot and citrus. It dries out on the finish with a repeat of the citrus rind bitter accent. Mouthfeel: Creamy, clean, medium body and carbonation. (499 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can into a tulip glass. Beer was canned 8 days ago.

Look - Pours a beautiful copper orange with lots of bubbles and nice white fluffy head. Beers don't get much better looking than this.
Smell - An intense attack on the senses, spicy floral, citrus, caramel, malt.
Taste - The consensus is right. This is a very balanced IPA. The hops are certainly prevalent but the malt is big enough to hang in there with them. Very drinkable and approachable. Citrus and other tropical fruits give way to caramel and a surprisingly sweet finish that doesn't linger.
Feel - Feels really thick, but smooth. Not exactly a beer I would reach for to quench my first. Definitely full bodied, especially for the style. I think the balance and maltiness have a lot to do with it.
Overall - Certainly a great beer, but there are others I like better and better suit my palate. (862 characters)

Photo of Lyndiekins
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been my default beer of choice for awhile when I can't make a decision... I might be a little bit prejudiced, being from FL though.. but it IS delicious.. just sayin... (177 characters)

Photo of TimTheBatteryMan
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper/orange color with a 2 finger head. The citrus hops are very prominent and give it a wonderful aroma. Taste is very smooth, the bitterness fades quickly and has a nice balance. Overall a solid IPA. (221 characters)

Photo of YeahRightt
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long been one of my favorite and go-to beers but it fell out of availability in the DC area, sadly. Recently got some in a trade and realized I hadn't reviewed it, so here it goes.

Look: Cloudy deep amber color with a lingering head. Attractive and unfiltered look.

Smell: Has a malty, caramel scent with the fruits all hanging in the background. Really nice, like the first whiff of fresh squeezed orange juice on a weekend morning. Hops are present and remain the backbone of the bouquet of tropical scents.

Taste: Goddamn is this beer tasty. Hops are up front and in the back, creating a really nice foundation for a bunch of fruit smacking your palette in the middle. Orange and grapefruit are very present, and the grapefruit bitterness is there, adding nicely to the hop finish. Refrains from having sweetness, which is awesome. I love this beer.

Feel: Right in the middle in terms of viscosity. Coats the tongue but doesn't feel sticky or syrupy.

Overall: I wish this beer was readily available. Easily my favorite go-to IPA. Not the greatest n the world, but way better than even the most common above average IPAs (90 minute, sculpin, etc.). If your in the same situation, Victory's Dirtwolf is a nice replacement thats pretty easy to find around the more northern southeast united states. Highly recommended. (1,328 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange with ample carbonation, deep soapy off-white head that sticks.

S: Plenty of tropical fruit that brings sweet refreshing juices to mind.

T: No pine, just mango/orange/papaya/pineapple hop-derived flavors. A bit of sweetness with hardly any 'malt' flavor, good un-astringent bitterness.

F: A little coarse, but still very drinkable. The thick head gets in the way a bit too, but that's the price to pay for a badass appearance,

O: Fantastic, wonderful refreshing tropical fruity hops with crisp bitterness. A boon to the Florida craft scene. (576 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding beer and an outstanding IPA. Significant amount of carmel malt. Very juicy and sweet. Orange and tropical fruits. Low bitterness in the finish. Comes across a little more balanced than some others in case you are looking for a hop bomb. Reminds me of Deshutes Fresh Squeezed. I also have found that I enjoy this more from the can than poured. I think it is because the aroma is a real weak point, where the flavor is signifigantly better. Maybe a tad overrated in general, but I would gladly drink this any time. Especially on the beach. (552 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the fresh can into a tulip glass, beer is rich bright orange with a good sturby head and solid lacing and film retention.

S - rich notes of pink grapefruit, zesty citrus, strawberry, tropical and juicy to a high extent. Mouthwatering, with melon notes, zesty lime, cranberry, some clean malt to support it and altogether a incredibly fresh zesty aroma.

T - right on point. A big feel with orange, grapefruit and melon/cantaloupe notes. Zesty with spice, lots of citrus, starts to show some orchard fruit, apples and cranberries. Some light bready notes, slight biscuitiness, with a bouquet of fresh florals and a banquet of tropical fruit. It is so fresh and robust, pineapple for sure, intense florals, grapefruit, nearly also the nice breeze off the tropical beach! Finish is very crisp, slowly drying with a lingering fruity and citrus character, as some florals come in as well.

M - deliciously juicy, moderate and refreshing carbonation, and a body that retains a highly refreshing character despite the strength, there is some hoppy bitterness and slight slickness that come out especially on the finish, but overall this a brilliantly executed IPA!

Delicious, amazingly vibrant, complexity on every sip and it just feels like have a full tropical buffet on a beach somewhere, with strong florals as well. This beer takes you there and its amazing, tough to say where it stacks on the top IPA list, it no doubt deserves consideration, I suppose a lot will be personal preference. For me this was especially zesty and tropical, pronounced grapefruit and melon notes, and especially bright. All together a showstopper. (1,631 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this beer, I was totally happy. It had that ever so appealing grapefruit, resin pine aroma,
The taste did not disappoint, Right from the copper Amber color with a good lasting dirty white head, I enjoyed this. The first sip was bold and crisp. This is one of the beer types I call chuggable. The second and third sips satisfied,until I just "downed" the rest. Not as much of a dry finish.
Now that I am leaving Florida I will have to see where in CT I can get some (491 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from beer into a pint glass, a copper body with a white head that's a finger thick.
This beer smells and tastes so fresh, was canned just 10 days prior to drinking this. The only word screaming out in description is tropical. The citrus is so fresh and juicy, like a good pineapple or a peach. The taste lingers with no bad after taste, making it so drinkable. I'd recommend this beer for any season and any occasion. (425 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.