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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,260 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,260
Hads: 6,763
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 934
Gots: 1,597 | FT: 81
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: 1,260 | Hads: 6,763
Photo of MarkQ617
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at district tap. Color was a soft copper, little light for my taste. The flavor was good, definitely some citrus notes, but also a bit mild. Effervescent nose, very crisp. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh, lost of carbonation. Think this is a bit overrated.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, golden copper.
Smell: Citrus and pine notes. Sublte malt oder as well.
Taste: Smooth start with citrus flavor and a light carbonation throughout. There is also a really nice snap to the carbonation towards the end. Aftertaste is citrus and floral and remenecent of grapefruit, melon, and orange.
Feel: Very smooth. Carbonation provides a nice bite.
Overall: Cigar City Brewing strikes again with their year round IPA Jai Alai. This floral and citrus monster packs a ton of flavor and doesn't dissapoint. Highly recommend.

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Photo of obriendes46
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have read about this beer but never had until I vacationed in Florida - from NJ - really tasty - great beer - perfect for really hot Florida summers - can't really understand why the NJ craft beer club (Snobs) do not like.

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Photo of turbotype
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jai Alai is the best "east coast styled" AIPA I have had to date. If this was in a "The Alchemist" can, it would probably be one of the highest rated AIPAs on this site.

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Photo of laketang
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a cloudy orange look with 3/4 head

prototypical citrus notes for a beer of this kind, smell overtakes your nostral hairs with fruity delight

could be my new favorite, downfall is unavailability in Chicago area, I love the citrus tang unleashed onto your tongue,the perfect fruity citrus balance.

great mouthfeel, full of orange and some grapefruit notes as well.a definite linger in a good way

if you like mikkeller citra, revlolution antihero, bells two hearted, or even daisy cutter, then this will top them all!

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 7/17/2015 enjoyed 8/3/2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Carbonation exploded on me (beer before this required much heavier pour). Well over two fingers with slightly aggressive pour. Ivory head with a lot of lacing. See through orange/yellow body. Medium to thick bubbles.

Smell - Grapefruit. Other fruits I cannot distinguish between. Vanilla. Pine.

Taste - Grapefruit. Pine. Vanilla. Lime. Caramel.

Feel - Creamy. No carbonation bomb but throughout. Slight tingle on tongue.

Overall - Where is the alcohol taste? Very complex and very tasteful. On the citrus side of things. It is one thing to have two flavors with two sips but another to have multiple.

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Photo of South2NW
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber in color, with about a fingers width of white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: welcome to the tropics! amazing tropical nose on this beer

T: absolutely wonderful! tropical juicy goodness with moderate bitterness.

M: medium body. crisp. easy drinking

O: wish this was distributed in the PNW. one of my favorite IPAs of all time.

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Photo of sashavasko
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and funky. I can see a lot of southern character in it. Would not call it well balanced, it has several very strong characters in it. Might want to chill down that one to keep it less in-your-face.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nice amber color, is pretty murky. It has a very hoppy smell making it hard not to drink right away.It tastes just like it smells, hoppy but with some sweetness to it.

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy and very drinkable. Would be a very good IPA to introduce someone who has never had th style to. Either way, this is one of the very top IPA's I have had so far. Wish it was available locally as I would buy it all the time

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Photo of rynegne
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Up there with top IPAs I've tried to date and I've had a ton. Perfect balance of citrus, tropical fruit and slightly bitter pine. The malt is there, but really lends itself quite well to the beer by still allowing the hops to play a major roll in the taste of the beer by providing a subtle sweetness.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just a great IPA. Has a nice color and a hoppy citrus smell. The drink is smooth with a great hoppy, citrusy taste and pretty good balance. Overall an incredibly drinkable beer

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Photo of SSS
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours yellow with a hint of orange, off white head that lingers
S-Aroma is nice citrus hops, Columbus, perhaps, Citra?
T-A dank hop flavor is balanced by citrus and a nice malt backbone, maybe Carapils
M-Medium body with a higher end carbonation
O-I really enjoyed this beer, perhaps it was the Florida sun and surf...I highly recommend.

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Photo of MCCarrigan
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy, guava, mango, sunshine in a glass with a cool, breezy, grapefruit bite on the finish. Rich, delicious, sticky finish that lingers on. An amazing reflection of the tropical state where this brew is crafted. Great stuff that all those cruise ships heading out of Tampa don't deserve.

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Photo of jkinzey
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything you could want in an IPA. Beautiful balance between hops and malt. Slightly hazy and drinks very easy for 7.5%. Very tropical taste and smell. This beer is heavily dry hopped and is best enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer has such wonderful floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit, apricot, and other notes. A very complex and eminently satisfying beer. Smooth and very little bitterness on finish.

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer. Beautiful light orange color with white foamy head. Really nice aroma, with notes of citrus, orange, and a hint of malt. Taste is outstanding, with a bright citrusy bitterness followed by great balance with the malt. Nice dry finish and a great mouthfeel. Could drink this every day.

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Photo of JArt
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps my taste is changing or I got a "bad" batch, but this one was much more malty than I remember in the past. There's still quite a lot of bitterness in the back; however, that's about it. Kind of disappointed.

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Photo of Goldenknight4212
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great beach beer, but there are better ones out there. Was seriously hammered after drinking seven of these in 1.265 hours. Decent taste and nose. Did not spill in sand.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I may edit this later but have had 2 12 oz cans 3 months after pkg date.
A. Golden Amber
S. Tropical fruit bowl
T. Not,doing it for me, stale tasting and sweet not following nose sugary
O. Will try again with fresher batch

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with no haze. A white head with a good retention and laces the glass. The smell was really nice with a burst of pine and grass coming in immediately. The taste was similar with a lot of hop notes coming through with pine and herb flavors dominating. A very clean finish though made this one a very drinkable beer despite it's aggressive start. Very happy my cousin lives in Florida and sent this one up to me.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light, orange amber color with some carbonation bubbles. One to two finger white head that slowly diminished into light foam on the top. It left something to be desired in this area. Smell: Grapefruit came up and smacked me in the face. Passion fruit and mango followed up afterwards and then came the piney-hop notes. Refreshing, citrus forward and inviting. Taste: Wonderful, crisp, slightly dry and wonderfully grapefruity. Basically, what you smell is what you taste. There is a nice malt backbone that gives it some depth and very faint caramel notes. Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Goes down dangerously easy. Overall: It lived up to the hype. Down in the Tampa area on vacation and had it on tap. I liked it so much that I bought a six pack of cans right after. It was awesome.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Does this one live up to the hype? Well, it comes pretty close! Can was kindly provided by a colleague of mine from Tampa after a Stanley Cup wager. Freshly canned 2 weeks ago. This pours a vivid burnt orange/copper color with a significant off white head. As absolutely fantastic looking beer. Tropical fruit wafts from the pour. Nice full mouthfeel without being too heavy. A truly well balanced IPA which brings everything together extremely well.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +12.1%
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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.