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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,235 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,235
Hads: 6,601
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.15%
Wants: 915
Gots: 1,493 | FT: 77
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: 1,235 | Hads: 6,601
Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance is hazed amber orange aroma citrus orange grape fruit and some pine.taste is grapefruit Boozy orange with more pine. nice malt backbone, an excellent IPA

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, orange, large 2 inch off white head, great lacing

S: Pine, citrus hops

T: Pine, citrus hops up front, malty sweetness in middle of taste to balance, fruity tropical taste in there that melds with the malty sweetness that makes a great combo

M: Medium, carbonation is spot on

O: Wow, really good IPA. The tropical fruitiness is really what stands out to me. Makes for a world class beer experience.

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Photo of Seejae
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was wrongly presented to me as a Pale Ale by a misinformed waitress, but it was unmistakably an IPA upon the first sip. This IPA was solid all around. The hops were the star as they should be with any IPA. Great beer.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very juicy with hits of grapefruit, mango, and orange. This pup is on the sweeter side and has a definite malt backbone to it. Smooth, not much bitterness. Medium bodied. Would actually like a little more bitterness, but good beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tale of two beers. Had two from the same 6 pack, one was OMG excellent, one was dull and not nearly as good. It was an odd thing. Some, the great one had an almost orange juice like taste. Very citrus forward aroma. The dull one had a muted citrus aroma. Was more on the bitter side with way less citrus taste. Still good, just not as good as the other can.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is all fruit and hops. There are layers of citrus, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, and a nice hop presence on the back end. Not a super hoppy IPA, but a great representation of the fruit forward side. My favorite type of IPA.

Would absolutely purchase again.

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Photo of Liquorgal08
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange appearance. Head that dissipates quickly but has lovely color.

Aroma: Like a citrus field up in here. Very "florida". Lots or orange and grapefruit coming through, it smells downright juicy. Best part of the beer as far as I am concerned.

Taste: Rather close to the nose actually. Lots of citrus flavors with a bit of bitterness to cute through the fruit. Malt is hiding in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Dry with just enough carbonation.

As a liquor store worker, when people want a Florida IPA, this is the one I recommend. It's a really excellent offering from them.

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Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated review, after having had a couple six packs ranging from 5 days old to 2 weeks old.

L -- Thick bright white head on an copper body.

S -- Bright, citrus hops take it all for me. Can I pretend I smelled the malt in it? No? Ok, just hops then.

T -- Citrusy bitter hops, caramel malt on the back end that's tempered for me by some banana/mango/fruit flavors. The hops are very forward and are great.

F -- Crisp, fresh, smooth, nicely carbonated.

O -- Really great IPA. Some won't enjoy the malt presence, but I think it adds a balance to it. There's plenty of bitter hops in here and the malt tempers that. I can't go wrong with a pretty fresh 6-pack of this, especially on a hot summer beach.

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Photo of Moose90
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can dated "04/20/15 CHEERS 40657" thanks @floridadrift

A — This beer pours a very bright and hazy orange hue, the aggressive(ish) pour leads to a 1 finger width head that is off-white colored and leaves behind nice enough lacing. This just looks Juicy in the glass.

S — Smells fairly muted initially, though it does develop into a juicy and citrusy bouquet, lots of fresh squeezed orange juice here along with a truly bitter tone of citrus.

T — Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice bitter orange juice character, balanced with a little tropical sweetness, pineapple, key lime, slightly peachy and juicy. There is a mild sweet malt undertone as well.

M — Bitter and dry overall, as it sits on your palate it dries it out with time.

O — Nice overall, though I hate to say it, I am a bit underwhelmed, I think that it is surely deserving of its praise, but I think I may just need to stick with the plethora of local options available here in the Hop Capital!

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found my way down to Tampa and had to get some. Was not disappointed. Must say ill be taking a few six packs back to jersey with me!!! A nice balance of maltiness and tropical hop flavor, and especially on tap, this beer is a treat.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.61/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of Donsolo420
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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,

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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~

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Photo of Panda_Brew
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of justinp444
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of Chicowdy
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.