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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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3,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 3957
Reviews: 1014
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%

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 cpetrone84


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy dark golden amber color with a three full fingers of a slightly off white head that is tight and creamy. The retention is quite good and the lace is light but covers everything.

S-Caramel malts with a touch of brown sugar right up front. Hints of pine take over, slightly oily, with a good bit of tangerine hops in the back.

T-relatively big and a little balance. The caramel and brown sugar are right up front. Pine resign and again slightly oily. Tangerine in the middle with a touch of grapefruit in the back. More pine towards the finish with a nice slightly lingering hop bitterness.

M-medium to light body, slightly thin. Smooth and a little syrupy. Hints of cream up front with a slightly rough feel in the back.

D-this is a very good IPA, I do like my IPA's to be all hops; but this has a good malty front with a hop explosion in the back. Very tasty and the light bitterness keeps true to a good IPA and doesn't overpower like some so I can keep enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 00:40:49 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Lerxst


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours amber in color with a decent white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-A bit tame and underwhelming, especially given the style. Hoppy with notes of citrus and floral with a underlying sweet malty aroma. It smells good, but it is really understated.

T-Follows the nose, but the taste is a bit more pronounced which is good. Citrus hops are most predominant with floral undertones. Some sweet caramel malt is there too and perhaps a touch of honey.

M-Nice medium body, even a bit creamy with a slick finish.

D-Goes down easy and can be a nice session brew.

Overall, a very good IPA and another good job from CCB.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 16:15:19 | More by Lerxst
Photo of Wasatch


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, citrus, slight pine notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, fruity, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice bitter/dry finish. Drinkable, a nice brew, but there's something about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 23:28:40 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Lunch


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with Kiefdog as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/07/10)

A: Pours a nice rich darker amber color with a slight orange hue. Capped with 1.5 fingers of an off-white head which stays around until the leaving nice sticky lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruits, mango, pine, orange, citrus and some grapefruit. Has a nice marmalade character too it.

T: This is a very solid American IPA that is quite well balanced with a great backbone of caramel malt, but the highlight here is the citrus and tropical character. Mango really sticks out to me and the bitterness of the pine was quite nice. As the beer warmed it had almost a Belgian character for it.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was lively yet creamy. Nothing to complain about here.

D: Very drinkable and the 7.5% abv is completely undetectable.

Overall this was a very solid IPA from Cigar City and one that appears to be quite sessionable. Thanks again Kevin! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 18:19:05 | More by Lunch


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. (I'm still kicking myself in the ass for missing the cedar aged version from the Humidor Series...on cask nonetheless!)

A: One finger white, creamy and tightly knit head that diminishes slowly and sticks incredibly well to the glass in the beginning. (Becomes a thick film, the lacing remains excellent all the way through.) Brassy orange body with 90% transparency. Active visible carbonation with a couple of streamers here and there.

S: Plenty of lemon/lime citrus mixed in with orange and grapefruit. Plus well placed floral/herbal aromatics, with even a little earthy component. The Jai Alai has a high quality, super complex hop profile. Balanced as far as IPAs go (the aroma is definitely hop forward as it should be), but there is a sturdy malt backbone too. Additional aromas of wood, peat, caramel and possibly a faint vanilla. Very well executed and really clean.

T: In addition to what the nose presents, there is a semi fruity quality that I can not quite place, again adding to the depth and complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is enlivening but really nothing you wouldn't expect from a quality IPA.

D: A very, very good IPA. But alas, just short of fantastic. Cigar City is a real-deal brewery though and I can't wait to try more of their offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 07:24:26 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of homebrew311


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade with Sebletitje- thanks for finally introducing me to the greatness that is Cigar City.

A: pours a deep orange/amber with a slight haze, a nice and dense white head forms and has terrific head retention, the head leaves a lot of lacing behind

S: the front of the nose has huge aromatic hops, lots of citrus notes, mango, which seems to be seamlessly integrated with a cereal grains and bready malts. The malts add a depth of earthiness to the citric hops. I also am picking up some woody notes as well. This is a unique smelling IPA.

T: the hops are there on the palate and lend a lot of bitterness as well as juicy fruitiness, this gives way to a nice malt backbone, again the balance is incredible. I'm picking up some oak on the palate as well.

MF: the mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth for an IPA, I like!

D: wow, wish this was more readily available for me. A very solid and well balanced IPA that distinguishes itself from other IPAs. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:10:45 | More by homebrew311
Photo of urwithdave


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a million times and it's my go to IPA now that its available in the bottle. I was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it yet.

A- pours orange almost bronze in color. A 2 finger foamy white head that has good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S- hops out the gate. Then a lot of citrus. Grapefruit and oranges mainly. A sweet malt presence is noted also.

T- a nice crisp hops bite followed by notes of citrus. Grapefruit and a hint of tangarines. There is a sweet caramel malt in play that balances the bitterness.

M- pretty smooth. It's crisp and almost creamy in an IPA kind of way.

D- just about perfect. Before I was hooked on craft beer, bud lite was the staple beer that you could always find in my fridge. Now it's jai alai.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 20:10:44 | More by urwithdave
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Copper colored pour. A little over a finger of plush foam retains very well and sticks nicely.

Multi-dimensional hop nose. At times, it smells citric, tropical, piney, earthy, musty. Maybe even some cedar in there, even though this isn't from the Humidor series. Aroma isn't as in-your-face as I'd like, but it's still good.

Tasty hop flavor. The fruity character leans toward tropical. Pithy, resinous bitter finish. Not a whole lot of lasting flavor, just some empty bitterness.

Medium bodied, maybe even medium-full. Very soft, creamy texture. Packs enough heft to keep it from being a pounder. No hint of ABV. An easy drinker, but that ending bitterness knocks it down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 18:51:14 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at blue dog served in a tulip glass.

A- two good fingers of tan dense head. Copper orange in color with a nice shine to it.

S- clean and fruity the stand out grapefruit. Nice subtle sweetness and some pine.

T- Lots of bitter citrus and piney goodness. Solid malt backbone with some honey like sweetness. This bitter wins but in a good way.

M- medium bodied and great carb. Maybe slightly viscous but easily dealt with long finish but not everlasting.

D- easy drinkin for the abv but its a flavor packed ride and I'm feelin a one and done. Nice stuff would absolutely get another one some day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 23:39:11 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of drabmuh


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, extra from a recent trade. I love me some IPA thanks!

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer is slightly hazy and dark amber. Forms a moderate head of off-white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. A little darker than expected but looks good.

Whoa! At least now I know this beer is fresh. Strong hop aroma of the cascade variety followed by some malt sweetness. It smells pretty sweet unfortunately.

Bitterness is surprisingly tame, but so is the sweetness I expected from the aroma. Beer is medium bodied and has a nice finish to it, slightly dry. Second taste, I got more malt than bitterness this time. I think I like the body of this beer but the hops should be moved to the front of the flavors. Its a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:27:50 | More by drabmuh
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a trade from Dontcostnothin. Thanks man. Been wanting to try some cigar city stuff.

Pours a dark orange/amber color with just a film for a head. Slight bit of lacing.

Not much in the aroma. Little bit of hops but not that much. Even the malt is not that aromatic either.

Taste is pretty good. I've had better IPA's but this one is above average for sure. There is a weird hop bitterness though in the finish. Not that fond of that. Good overall.

Mouthfeel is kinda thick. I like a dryer mouthfeel. Good carb.

Overall a decent beer. I would have it again. Don't think I would seek it out in a trade though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 04:41:17 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug.

4.0 A: Hazy darker orange color. Two fingers of thick creamy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

3.5 S: Loads of floral hops. Also orange citrus, hints of mango, and doughy malts. Pleasant, but a little weak.

2.5 T: Soft bitterness with a lot of fruitiness including peach, pineapple, orange, and some grapefruit. The malts are again doughy. There's something about this beer that doesn't agree with me. It may be a combo of sweet doughy malts and peachy hops that I don't like, alongside a slight tinge of alcohol.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, creamy. No problems here.

2.5 D: I really liked the first sip, but after that I grew to dislike each additional one more and more. Some combination in here that I really don't care for.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:47:04 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of cyrusthepup


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass at Willard's Taphouse.

A- Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange with a fingers width of off white head.

S- Citrusy, fruity dank hops with a touch of sweet biscuit malt.

T- Herbal, piney hops up front followed by a very nice malt backing that makes for an excellent balance. Very fresh and rich with a dry woody finish.

M- Medium body with moderate to low carbonation.

D- Yes! I am fortunate to get this beer on a regular basis around the area. This is definitely my go-to IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 14:44:21 | More by cyrusthepup
Photo of vacax


3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange with a fair head with decent retention. Aroma has a sharp citric twang with a cabbage-like musty dankness. Flavor has a mild malt sweetness next to a full bitterness that is slightly floral, leafy, and a bit vegetal. Finish ihas bitter flowers and cookie. Full in body, somewhat warming with a mild-moderate level of bubbles. Plenty of hops and bitterness but not too much flora or fruit to speak of, and an odd nose. Decent drinking but twelve ounces is enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:23:44 | More by vacax
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of it at the Rattle 'n' Hum bar in NYC, the other night...

A - Slightly hazy orange body, with a nice frothy beige head

S - Very hoppy and fresh, with a rich fruit undertone profile. I was getting some orange, grapefruit, papaya, and mango notes, as well as some butterscotch and pine.

T - Wow, the taste is pretty intense. Moderately sweet, with a very solid hop bite, with its bitterness counterbalanced by a robust tropical fruit background. The after-taste was not very dry, with some more of that fruitiness and bitterness. This was remotely similar to the Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, only not as focused on the hops, this more balanced.

M - Medium body to it, a bit resinous, with some chewiness. Very mild carbonation. Very pleasant, with the alcohol virtually unnoticeable.

D - Good! This is moderately sessionable. The one pint I had went down very smoothly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 16:23:55 | More by NightINgale
Photo of brownbeer


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours sunset amber with a fluffy, white head.

The aroma consists mostly of orange flower honey and it's a little vomity, sorry don't know how else to describe it.

The flavor is mostly floral hops, the malt backbone is solid, i'm just not sure that it's so good. It's a little too sweet and not so clean, not that it's bad, it just doesn't stack up with the best period

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 06:06:09 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Slatetank


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's in Hbg - served cool in a shaker

A - A thick inch of rocky cap that is ecru colored w/ a moderately hazed copper body. Beading is fine w/ thick lace that clings

S - An aroma of dank hops w/ lots of bitter citrus, fruity w/ a hint of pine and yeast ester

M - The feel is pretty bitter as expected w/ piney resinous texture and mild toasty malt taste w/ moderate carbonation. mild warmth of alcohol is noted - The feel is lightly tangy w/ dry hoppy finish and lingering bitterness on the palate

T- The taste is sweet + nutty w/ a slight tangy flavor and intensely bitter hop taste which comes off near salty-the taste has a bit of toasted malt w/ an astringent hop aspect shining through. There is a slight tinge of alcohol late in the taste

D - I like the hops but it seems to be too hoppy for the style - I guess I mean too bitter. The bitterness seems to take over and makes the beer seem one dimensional which takes away from the overall drinkability for me- a good Ipa but one pint is plenty IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 17:24:39 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Thur123


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep red with orange and less than a fingers worth of head and low to moderate carbonation. The smell is big sweet and bitter hops with herbal and lemon like hops taking the forefront. The sweet fruity hops seem to be sitting under the bitterness next to the malt which is balanced smelling but restrained on the whole.

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This beer tastes incredibly hoppy, and the hop flavors are more complex than I'm used to lately. This initial impact of hops what bigger than expected and very fresh tasting. Bitter herbal hops dominate as by palate slowly recovers into the full bodied malt that really takes up the back half of this flavor profile. The sweeter hop flavors, grapefruit etc., come across mildly and still in a very bitter way. Overall this is a very well made IPA with a big bold flavor for something that's not a DIPA, but at the same time it never even comes close to being a DIPA. It just a tasty and very hoppy American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 18:38:54 | More by Thur123
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap quite a few times and I guess I never got around to reviewing it. Thankfully I had a newly released 12 oz bottle handy to rectify this problem. Poured into an "old-style" CCB pint with the yellow logo.

It pours a cloudy dark amber with a nice, frothy, eggshell head. Nice lacing, though light.

The smell is quite nice, lots of hops in the nose.

In the mouth it starts with a sweet malty goodness followed by a sweet hop blast, grass, and more hops. As it warms the malts come out more, but the focus is still on the hops.

This one has a nice, creamy mouthfeel all the way through. Finishes crisp and dry. It makes you thirsty for more.

Ok, I'm more of a stout guy, but this beer (along with Pliny, Huma-Lumpa-Licious, and Two Hearted- on my second attempt) is a great gateway into the style. Scary drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:31:21 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear
H. Gold
N. Strong Citrus Hops

Comments taken from my blog

Yep, Cigar City has done it again. This is not your normal IPA. Jai Alai starts with a nice citrus odor and then slaps you in the face with a great balance of malt and hop bitterness. This is a great tasting and perfect IPA. I have had this beer in bottle and on tap and I can say the fresher that you can get you hands on it, the better it is. This is my type of IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 01:19:04 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer I'm drinking is from the first-ever run of Jai-Alai bottles, the first ever 12oz./6-packs from CCB, too.

A - Big, copper-red-amber and effervescent, with a mountain of luxurious tan head, great retention and chiffon lace draped everywhere

S - Everything the style should be, and more. The hop aroma is largely piney, with a strong suggestion of cigar box, and also a dank-resiny-herbal element. The malt is not specifically discernible in the nose.

T - Excellent; the brew is so hoppy and rich. The initial impressions are of a floral and evergreen bitterness melded with a rich and astringent base. The flavors evolve into a very dank and herbal-resiny taste, very earthy, segueing into pine-juniper-evergreen with some grapefruit too. The finish is extremely long and goes from pine to cigar box cedar and grapefruit rind, and it lingers on for quite a duration. This brew is a trip around the hop palette, with so many flavors, delicate and strong, sublimely balanced.

M - Very much on the refreshing side of full-bodied, this brew is near perfect in all aspects, including this.

D - I love it. It is my favorite hop-centric brew. Period. Well, at least excluding Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:18:51 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the world class beer spot called Rattle N Hum in NYC. Poured cloudy medium amber, with a typical light khaki head, that left nice looking sheeting and spotty lace. Bold nose of grapefruit, with the hop juices oozing out, nice. More grapefuit on the tongue mingling with minty tee notes and general hoppy IPA goodness. More then espectable hop pesence, malt in the rear. Enjoyable and agressive IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 14:33:42 | More by Billolick
Photo of MikeGill

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/18/10.

Poured from a growler into a round wine glass. The growler was purchased at Big Z Beverage in Huntington NY during an in-store event featuring the guys from Cigar City, who are very nice I might add.

Pale clear amber honey colored with a soft sudsy head. Looks very nice. A very interesting IPA on the nose. I picked up a lot of Sauvignon Blanc like aromas which included grapefruit and melon. It was also grassy and slightly herbaceous. Soft and easy drinking with juicy melon and pineapple. There are citrus and pine flavors along with biscuity malt. Carbonation is silky and gives a custard-like mouthfeel. I would have liked a touch more hops but overall an extremely pleasing brew.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2010 18:38:11 | More by MikeGill
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA on Cask!

A- Ruby brown/amber golden colors. Off white/tan head with lacing that coated at last half of my glass.

S- Faint, but picked up some notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, cedar, and piney resin. Fruity smelling IPA.

T- Really an excellent flavored brew. Perfect infusion and blend of caramel malt and chewy fruits with the bitter grapefruit hops. Biscuity at times, but the hops always seemed to shine through and be the star of this one.

M- Chewy almost block-like. Smooth and rich. Easy going down.

D- Easy drinking IPA. So tasty and so well done. I could tell I was drinking a quality brew. Look forward to more CC stuff! Excellent!

Serving type: cask

02-24-2010 16:20:14 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper hue, decent head, spotty lacing

S: The expected citrus and floral, though not a very strong presence of either.

T: Again, the usual citrus, floral, hop bouquet, but too subdued for my liking. There is a noticeable bitter kick in the finish. I would prefer a gentler finish, even in a bold IPA or DIPA.

M: Very fresh and great carbonation. This growler was only a few days old.

D: This is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, and I'd have it again. Jai Alai would be a good choice for a football game, playing darts, or whatever you prefer. I wouldn't seek it out or trade for it, now that I've had the opportunity to try it. It lacked any special or unique qualities, and didn't make up for it by being incredibly smooth.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2010 19:10:43 | More by Huhzubendah
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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