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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 5,523
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 732
Gots: 872 | FT: 55
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber, orange hues. single finger off white head.

S: mild pine, grass and hops

T: a little pine and hops. Its not super special in any one way. Citrus notes and mild bitterness in the finish.

M:smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA. Not the best out there but very smooth and drinkable. Decent amount of flavor complexity.

kylehay2004, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Forb
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest - Papillion, NE...

Appearance: Body is of a copper haze with minor lacing.

Smell/Taste: Sweet fruity / earthy aroma on both the nose and pallet leaving me to assume that the bread malt flavors were there to balance this heavily hopped beer. Skunky is definitely a word that comes through for this beer has a definite funk to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mediocre carbonation.

Overall: This IPA was great. I do wish I could purchase it at will.

Forb, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of julian
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours looks to be fairly big bodied and hazy. Coppery orange in color with a very healthy off white colored head that lingers nicely. 4

S: It’s definitely dominant on the malt (caramel), and has a lot of bready/toasty aromas, brown sugar and a bit of raisin 3

T&M: Taste is pretty much in line with the aroma. Lots of caramel, sweet malt, almost burnt brown sugar like or solventy. There’s also some toasted malt flavor along with a hop character that’s definitely present and trying to vie for attention, but it’s just not a hop presence I’m enoying. The mouthfeel is nice. Medium - big bodied and creamy smooth, although there is a weird roof of my mouth “tingle” that it’s causing and I’ve never felt that before. 3 / 4

O: Too malty for an IPA, although some may like it. It’s got a decent hop presence but it’s not remarkable and doesn’t make me want more. Too much caramel malt. Not balanced enough for me for the style, and not my kind of IPA aroma or taste. 3

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of biggmike
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive dark copper color with a head that hung around for quite a while. Aroma was of caramel, tobacco, and hops. Flavor was dominated by caramel malt and hops were not as dominant as I would have liked. Mouthfeel was good and overall this was an easy-drinking beer. Good, but I would not rush out to get it.

biggmike, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a fluted glass. A hazy orange color with a thick white head. Good lacing down the glass as the beer settled.

S: Very sweet and floral/fruit smelling. The hop is a little earthy also.

T: A big sweet malt flavor with some bitterness from the hop. There isn't as much hop flavor in the beer as with other IPAs, it is much more balanced with the malt. The hop is a fruity, floral, and earthy. A little bit of alcohol burn and flavor in the finish. The beer changes as you go....starts a little muted, but as I drank the beer, the peach and pineapple fruit flavors really popped up in the beer.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Not too heavy or syrupy like others. Very, very smooth. A nice finish that is both bitter and sweet. The best feel for an IPA I've had.

O: A nice IPA. I enjoyed it. Would recommend.

Kromes, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Jai Alai

A bright copper colored brew, soapy head forms and leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy. Tropical fruits and pine are making sweet love and it is sweet indeed to the nostril. Pineapple, mango, citrus and some alcoholic aromas are there as well. There are also suggestions of some type of wood.

Quite bitter upfront, with a woodsy herbal pine flavor. Grapefruit zest. There is a delicious malt base to this brew, a bit nutty, understated but quite nice. Mouthfeel is spot on, medium to light bodied, little hop bite, even finish.

Cigar City can lay claim to a damn fine I.P.A. Impressive hop character, balance, and drinkability.

Stinkypuss, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of olimpia84
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served the 12oz bottle into an English pub pint glass. Beautiful apperance with a one finger creamy head and an amber colored body that didn't let much through. Some lacing was present. The smell of this beer is amazing, as I was pouring it I already started to feel the aromas rising from the glass: this beer hits you with fruits, hops and most of all a strong oak and wood aroma. Nose follows the taste with an oak flavor that ends with a combination of fruits and bitterness in the palate. The alcohol level provides a big punch in the taste and you can feel it in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with slight carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA and I must say that even though I'm not a big fan of this style this is a must-drink for all the beer lovers out there.

olimpia84, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-orange hue with white head that leaves good lace.
S: Hoppy and citrus aromas dominate
T: Slight sweet citrus with hop blast and slight lingering bitterness to the finish
M: Smooth clean and refreshing medium-bodied beer with hop bitterness lending to clean finish. Moderate carbonation.
O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing brew that accompanies spicy food quite well. Will definitely have more of these now that CCB is becoming available in Georgia!

Paincane, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of david370
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.bottle dated aug 2011,im assuming thats a bottling date

A nice hazy amber/orange color with a almost white head..nice lacing

lots going on with the aroma..citrus notes dominated

smooth balanced taste,just a hint of biterness on the finish

Im glad this finally got to my area of georgia and its joining sweetwater as my favorite local IPAs

david370, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a nice big off white head that falls to a ring and laces well.

Aroma is light caramel malts citrus hops pineapple, tangerine.

Taste is hint of bready malt then bam citrus hops kick in and make themselves known, nice bitter hop presence. Nice hoppy IPA with lingering grapefruit rind and pine notes. Juicy and piney mingled on a malt base that can't peak through the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth medium with nice mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable hop forward IPA.

mntlover, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased 7/2011 from a reliable bottle shop and well stored since, there is a 042311 printed on label in white ink. Is this the bottling date? Drink by date?

Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip, a tall narrow Tulip glass.

Pours a nice one finger head, nice rich amber color, the head settles down in to a persistent ¼ inch cap, easily increased with a light swirl, a very lively ale. This is an ale that looks real.

The piney hops are the leader in the smell when first pored, then the malt takes its turn, both could be a little more distinctive IMO.

Delicious rich malt hits your flavor buds first but are quickly dominated by the crisp acidity and the nice piney hops, delicious!, lots more going on here then the smell would seem to indicate, the hop oils stick to your mouth.

Great full bodied mouth feel, which with the wonderfully balanced carbonation really helps the overall pleasure of drinking this ale.

Very long finish of more or less malt dominated flavors, though the hop oils definitely present.

Over all a very good IPA, the 7.5% ABV seems close to an imperial. I have tried a couple different glasses for this one, the British Imp Nonic being first of course, but finally settled on the one stated above. Also the temperature, seems best at 55 degrees or so. I know that seems warm, but well my opinion.

This is a really good ale, and yet it seems to be missing something? I know I was hoping for more of a hop “kick”, still the hops are here. Is this an old bottle or a six pack that was mishandled?, or am I just missing it on this one?

I tried to decode the “label date” as noted above. My online resources state that CCB does not use a bottling code but this sure looks like 04/23/2011 to me. Who knows.

JTSbeerislife, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of bamsdealer
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- poured a hazy, amber/burnt orange color into a pint glass. A rather large, white head dissipated quickly, but left bubbles and nice lacing all the way to the bottom.

s- Floral notes were there, but it was hard to pick up much else since my allergies are acting up.

t- Hops are very present, but this really is a mellow, well balanced IPA with a decent amount of sweetness making it's way though. A pleasant flavor but it's hard to pinpoint what citrus flavors are making their way though

m- Carbonation was a little overbearing the first few sips, but the remainder of the beer had a nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel

o- A bit more carbonated than I like my IPAs, but it's hard to hold that against what's an exceptional beer from Cigar City.

bamsdealer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville and this is jai alai" - Johnny Knoxville, Jackass.

Thick, goopy-looking orange with a creamy wheat head. Rocky retention with a few smudges of lace.

Nectarine, tangerine, orange-ine citures. Big malty backup carries a few telltale whiffs of alcohol.

Sharp, snappy bitter blossoms into engaging tangerine and Orange Julius hop heaven. Ample malty backup carries some heat.

It's like a big hoppy IPA with the malt bill of a DIPA. Either amp up the hops or town down the malt.

donkeyrunner, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled June 13, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is very floral with pine and grass notes, some tropical fruits, mango, and apricot. Fair caramel and bread malt backbone along with hints of vanilla. Very good strength.

Flavor is apricot, resinous hops, a bit of tropical fruit and citrus, decent caramel malt in the middle with a bit of sweetness and finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a touch creamy, good carbonation.

A long-time want and a pretty darned good IPA overall, although more caramel malt than I generally care for in the style.

elgiacomo, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color that would have been clear had I stopped the pour a nano second earlier. Frothy white head slowly dissipates to a cap and leaves moderate lacing in its wake. Smells yeasty, earthy and citrusy, pine and resin mixed with a fair amount of caramel. Taste is sweet caramel malt up front followed by an earthy piney resinous taste. Hints of citrus follow then a fairly dry finish that leaves a bitter hop bite on the palette. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but nothing about it knocked my socks off. I really wanted more hops in here. I got this bottle in trade and with no bottle dating I have no idea how fresh this sample is. Maybe one day I will get to try a version at the source.

johnnnniee, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark, hazy orange color with a nice off white head. Head is gone pretty quick, becoming a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some very nice layered lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A nice touch of pine and malts too.

T- Tropical fruits again are front and center. A nice back bone of malts to provide a bit of balance. A bit of pine and alcohol round every thing out. Very nice and awesome.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- This is a very solid IPA. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Steve.

nrbw23, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pecafaced for this REALLY big want in the N00B BIF round 5. Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A- Smaller white head that slowly turns foams with many bubbles. Very frothy with carbonation bubbles jetting toward the head. The body is a hazy copper amber with some lacing left around the glass

S- Sweet upfront with some nice grapefruit and pine in the nose, just what i like. Some nice malt is in there too which makes a nice smelling IPA

T- Sweeter than I originally expected. The malt is more noticeable on the palate than the hops. Some lighter citrus comes in toward the middle which turns to a medium bitterness on the finish which lingers a little bit.

M- About a medium mouthfeel with a similar carbonation.

O- Overall not too bad, but was expecting some more hops from this. I'm going to assume its an old bottle or has seen better days. Will definately give it another try in the future however.

Gushue3, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent IPA, and one that grows on me the longer I drink it. In fact, I drank through 2 six packs before reviewing one, because for me it was hard to nail down the flavors here, as they were changeable and fleeting, but oh so tasty. A nice pour, orange amber with a head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. Very citrusy with a nice bitterness throughout, but it's hard to place the particular citrus flavors and aromas. A bit of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine, and some carambola comes through for me as well. A veritable fruit salad here. There is a touch of woodiness and a little bit of a sour zing, but it all seems to belong. The malt is very well integrated and merely provides a sweet counterpoint to the fruit notes. Very smooth, and not chewy at all. At the finish there are some additional light notes of coconut that help add a little creaminess to the bitter undercurrent and fruity topnotes. A very nice package indeed- a great IPA/

Georgiabeer, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I traded for 5 12oz bottles of this with a friend that lives near the brewery. He doesn't know that much about beer, so the trade I sent him was certainly too generous, but it is what it is. I am reviewing on the last beer he sent me. I have been certainly less than impressed with it thus far.

Half inch off white head consistent of medium sized bubbles. Dissipates somewhat quickly leaving a ring of retention on the inner rim of the snifter. Very cloudy and deep orange in color. Some lacing.

Aroma is rich, sweet and creamy. Nose at first does not come off as too balanced, more of just a different, unique hop character. Some caramel malts and hints of booze add to its complexity.

Upon tasting, I realize the nose is more interesting than the taste for me. Just too balanced for my liking. The hops become muted and the caramel malt shows too much face. There is a rum booziness to it as well as some oak character as it was barrel aged or something. This would help explain the muted hops.

Nice creamy smooth mouthfeel with a medium full body. A bit light on the carbonation, yet it is still quite drinkable.

I had an IPA from 512 from Texas that was legit. This one is not and I wasn't expecting it to be. The best IPAs are from my backyard, I was hoping for something more unique in this trade but was a bit let down.

ibbjamin, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of DUBinMIA
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle. Beer is golden orange with white head that dissipates quickly but leaves decent lace.

Smell is like a almost like a complex Belgian ale.... Very dominate hop citrus floral and spicy notes at once... great!!! even some yeast and malt is noticeable.

Taste is good.. initial hop flavor is delicious. ends with a smooth malt flavor that i wasn't expecting. some yeast notes in the middle as well.

light to medium body with average to light carbonation.

Great IPA must try!!!

DUBinMIA, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of JWU
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A - dark gold, a little orange, with a thin bright white head. Leaves ok lacing down the glass. Almost transparent, but a hint of haze.

S- The best smelling IPA ever. I'm not kidding. Very bready and caramel like, the hops really hide in the smell, but you can tell they are there on the back end. I could smell this all night.

T- Taste really follows the smell. Bready/biscuity malts up front, a very defined caramel note for an IPA. Hops start to bite middle to end, and finish dry. The taste and smell on this is downright crave-able. That defined caramel note does however get a bit dominating for an IPA, but I'm really nit-picking.

M- A little rough in the mouth, light to medium feeling, tight carbonation, but almost feels astringent on the finish.

O- Certainly an upper tier IPA and likely top 5 I've ever had. I'd certainly seek this out. Ranks up with Victory HopDevil, Bells Two-Hearted, Southern Tier IPA, Great Divide Titan and Bear Republic Racer 5 on my list!

JWU, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of JohnQVD
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head that dissipates after a couple of minutes. Medium carbonation, clear with a color not unlike aged bourbon, kind of a dark gold. Smell is malty and herbal, with a touch of brightness.

The taste is a bit maltier than I tend to think of IPAs but the beer is well-balanced, hoppy without being overwhelmingly so. If it was a little more hoppy and a little less malty, it would taste more like a double IPA than a regular one.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, bubbly and a little rough around the edges. Overall this is a great everyday drinker that improves even more in the brewery's aged versions.

JohnQVD, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamp is quite faded, but might read: 042211. Bottled 22 April 2011?

A: Big creamy head. Some bubbles within. The beer is transparent in direct light, opaque on the table; brilliant yellow-orange and dull brown-yellow, respectively.

S: Fruity-sweet, but then with a really odd barnyard/lambic sharpness. I hope this isn't a bad bottle.

T: It is sharp, with a bit of sasionesque funkiness at the end, but otherwise tastes pretty darn good. So I'll assume it's supposed to taste like this. The maintaste is nice and grapefruity, with decent hop presence on the endtaste. The aftertaste is light and clean, with a strong dose of carbonation.

M: Malty and robust; substantial and spicy-sharp; carbonated.

O: Aside from the bizarre smell and endtaste, it's a good IPA. I'll drink another couple to be sure I didn't get an off batch -- maybe the date-stamp is a best by. Not really recommended.

AgentMunky, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of kwakwhore
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for sometime and finally got my hands on some while visiting FL.
Dark coppery pour with substantial lacing on the glass.
Aromas were understated with some citrusy scents and something feline(trying to be polite here) going on too.
Big juicy hop presence on the tongue with a lot of malt balance. Close to a ruby red grapefruit with lots of bitter and sweet going on. The flavors are big enough that I could call this a double IPA with no problem.
A bit of an alcohol burn up front detracts from the mouthfeel, but only a little. Overall a top notch IPA. I wish I was driving on this trip because I would love to bring a case of this home with me.

kwakwhore, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: good amount of head for an IPA, strong retention, solid lace. Side note: I love the smooth/shiny-ness of Cigar City's labels -- gives them a uniquely polished look and feel. Fortunately, every beer of theirs I've tried is equally well-polished.

S: much more subdued than I expected. Floral hops with sweet malts; earthy. What's here is great, wish it were more pronounced.

T: great balance of malts and hops, among the best I've tasted in a single IPA. Sweetness up front gets pulled back by the hoppy backbone. Quite hoppy, but not overly bitter.

M: medium-bodied and creamy; relatively high amounts of carbonation (which I typically dislike), but it works really well in this brew.

D: if I liked IPAs more, I could session this one all day long. As it stands, I could easily throw back two bottles in a single sitting.

So I'm not an IPA guy in general, but this one is pretty darn good for a single IPA. Bought this 6pk for a party and would happily purchase it again for myself in the future.

brystmar, Aug 07, 2011
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,523 ratings.