Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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Reviews: 1,194
Hads: 6,433
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 885
Gots: 1,391 | FT: 69
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: 1,194 | Hads: 6,433
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)

Photo of adapt313
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a spiegelau ipa glass. Enjoyed with some super spicy indian food and they complimented each other perfectly. This beer is incredibly balanced, just bursting with tropical fruits, peaches, apricots, and tangerines. So easy drinking. The taste lingers but never bitter or biting. I love this beer and could drink it all day. It's juicy but balanced and feels lighter than the abv would suggest. (421 characters)

Photo of buckslayer50
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good lord tops was a good one! The awesome citrus and tropical aroma and fantastic taste. I'm lucky to live where this is plentiful and in every grocery store and now I will take advantage! (191 characters)

Photo of GoBeerGo
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Cooper, with a fluffy, lacy head. Smells sweet, roasted, citrus hops and citrus fruit. Tastes of citrus fruits, citrus hops and finishes with a caramel malt. Feels creamy and lasting. (189 characters)

Photo of Fishcrackers2015
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great session beer. Fruity but not overpowering. Well balanced with a clean finish. It isn't a west coast hop forward beer, but it hits the mark strong. (152 characters)

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

12 oz can

A- Amber/orange and clear. A one finger white head that fades fast leaving some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet fruits like orange and mango. A big sweet maltiness present also.

T- Boom. What a great balance of sweet and bitter. Juicy citrus, mango, apricot.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A dry, clean finish. Very smooth for the bitterness present.

O- Phenomenal. Picked up a six while traveling in The South. Wish I had picked up a case. (448 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 1 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Nicely aromatic citrus hops (strong grapefruit along with a hint of passion fruit and orange). Resinous pine note too.
T: Hop notes follow aroma (grapefruit, passion fruit, orange) plus dry toasted cracker malt. Excellent balance.
M: Dry sweetness. Light-medium body (drinks lighter than ABV). Only mildly bitter (much less than aroma would suggest).
D: Extremely drinkable, nicely complex, and exceedingly refreshing. Excellent for style. (589 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into tapered pint glass with a 3in head. Beautiful Amber orange color, with lots of carbonation, and the head held well. Smells citrusy sweet and light. Malty caramel flavors up front with a nice citrusy hoppy note on the back end. Very drinkable, very pleasant IPA. Would love to drink these regulars, great go-to beer but probably not the hoppiest IPA if you're looking for that over the top bitter bite. (422 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can into shaker pint. Pours clear copper-orange with a finger and a half of white head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is full-on citrus hops with tangerine and apricot notes, and some caramel malt. Taste is briefly sweet then a moderate to strong citrus rind bitterness takes over. Medium bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. (352 characters)

Photo of barfootbandit
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers and favorite IPA so far. I've had it on tap, from the bottle, and from the can; delicious every time. Malt and hop characteristics are well balanced and a hearty 7.5% ABV compliments this pairing. Smells of tropical citrusy hops and has a clean finish, not too hoppy. Overall taste is crisp and has notes of tropical fruits. Overall a well balanced and fantastically executed IPA. While both are world class IPAs I prefer it over Heady Topper, just sayin. (494 characters)

Photo of RamboII
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was sadly underwhelmed by this brew. I do not think it holds up to some of the world class quality IPAs. Very heavy on the malt and the hops did not really pop to me. (169 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - clear orange, off white almond 1 inch head

S - Apricot and mango dominate the nose, a little orange, hints of citrus and pine in the background

T - follows the nose exactly

M - nice smooth carbonation, slightly bitter hops that stick around for a bit, smooth for 7.5%.

O- very nice beer but spoiled being a new Englander. Certainly would buy again in Florida but wouldn't trade for it. (394 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Belgium style pub glass. Color is medium amber pour with quarter inch acing head. Nose has hints of tropical fruit, citrus zest, and citrus hops. Taste comes remarkably close to the nose as citrus hops are present with hints of caramel and pineapple. Not a terribly bitter after taste and is fairly sweet. A very nice IPA from an outstanding brewery. (364 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.