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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 1,209
Hads: 6,496
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 894
Gots: 1,431 | FT: 73
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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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jai alai from Cigar City Brewery. Tampa, Florida

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Hazy straw colored with a thick off white head. Nice lacing as I drink it.

Smell- Musty, piney, hops accompanied with grapefruit and maybe some citrus rind of some kind.

Taste- Nice balance of hops and malt. Wait..did I just say that? I usually prefer very dry IPAs but I really like this one. The piney hops stick around nicely in my mouth. Still has the grapefruit from the aroma and the musty hops, in a good way. The alcohol starts to come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel- A little thicker than I think IPAs should be, but that doesn't take away from the beer at all.

Drinkability- This is a good beer but I like it in small doses. I am glad this is a 12oz serving and not a bomber. The hops start to get hairy and too much after awhile. I think this would be better with a 6.5 abv than a 7.5.

I was glad I got to try this. If it was available in my area I would pick it up from time to time but this is one that I would have to be in the mood for.
Got this one from beandip. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler I got yesterday at the brewery.

A beautiful deep amber in color with a short, but solid off-white head.

The aroma is unique: It smells of tropical fruits and hops. Fantastic.

The taste is excellent. It's hoppy and fruity and bitter with notes of malt sweetness. I've noticed that the hop flavors fade rather quickly, so make sure you have this beer when it's fresh; otherwise it's a more muted beer.

Glassy and smooth body that just glides around in my mouth.

It almost feels like Cigar City brewed this beer just for me. Stop reading this review and go drink some Jai Alai. (594 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice bulky tan head with a thick veil of lacing sticking to glass.

nose was for me more malty than hops, but a nice piney hop sniff

taste was hopalisciuos. grapefruit rind and all around citrus spice.
the beer has a real toasty sweetness not seen in many big american IPA's that i have had. It is a residual fresh malt flavor reminiscent of the smell of boiling wort sweetness in the air. It had a ral big long lasting oily hop finish that was nice with the aforementioned malty sweetness.
thus left you wanting another sip.

mouthfeel was full and pleasing to the senses.

There are so many big and good american IPA's these days and this one is right in the mix. (667 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden in color. white head with good retention.

s - big citrus hops. grapefruit sweetness.

t - very bitter and quite dry. bitterness is very piney and not so much citrus. citrus is more rind flavor. malt sweetness adds depth.

m - medium-light body. good carbonation. pretty dry finish.

overall - solid IPA, but more bitter than I like. (344 characters)

Photo of headbucket
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light red/amber hue. Vigorous pour yields a very attractive, rocky, frothy head almost an inch tall. It slowly recedes to a respectable 1/6th of an inch or so head after a little bit. Nice lacing left on the glass from the initial head from the pour.

Smell: Tropical fruit hop smell, a little orange/citrus smell that brightens it up more, with some sweet malt flavor in the background.

taste: tropical fruits, slightly bitter and piney hop flavor, and a sweet malt finish.

mouthfeel: slick, smooth and somewhere between heavy and creamy.

drinkability: it does kind of taste like a 7.5% beer, but goes down a lot easier than most other beers of the same strength do. I could probably have two maybe three at a sitting before I wanted to switch it up, or was feeling the effects of the 7.5%. (807 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a decent white heading. Some lighter golden highlight's.

Smell is a bit hoppy with a solid malt backbone which is mostly of tropical fruits.

Taste is very well balanced. Sweet malts,heavy fruit tastes of grapefruit,a bit in the mango area and just a solid hop grind finish. Like someone sprinkled little hop dust all over my tastebuds.

Mouth is medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation and finish with a tasty hoppy linger.

I had this side by side with Flower Power and I did favor this one just a bit more.

I've now had this on-tap a few months back and out of a bottle again I haven't found anything bad Cigar City has come out with. (662 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dimenhetfield for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a thick bright (yet hazy) orange with some thin, quickly receding tan head. Nose is power-packed with orange and yellow grapefruit. Sticky marmalade comes to mind as well, and bitter herbal notes like Campari or Aperol (gentian root?).

Palate is spicy with hops, really packed in there and the malt offers up a mellow sweetness. This is reminding me a lot of Aperol right now. Big bitter orange peel, yellow grapefruit pulp and rind, flower box (flowers plus potting soil, if you will) and dried roots. Finish is bitter and drying despite the persistent malt sweetness.

An excellent IPA. I wish I had access to this on a regular basis. Not the "best," but would definitely drink the hell out of it. (801 characters)

Photo of prg1976
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date that I could find, so I don't know how fresh it is.

Poured into my DFH snifter, a slightly hazy pale amber color. Decent whitish head. No lacing, slight retention.

Smell is citrusy hops. Grapefruit, but not very prominant. There's definitely a malty presence, so I'm leaning towards this being a couple months old at least.

Taste is a little more malty with some citrus hops. I can still get the gist of the hops, it's still very good.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, not super carbonated. Pretty smooth.

Great drinkability. the 7.5% is not detectable. Could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

I wish I could tell how fresh it was....PUT DATES ON YOUR BOTTLES!!! (690 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a snifter with a half inch white head that does not retain. Smells very caramelly with a bit of a hop presence. Tastes very much like caramel with a bit of pine to it. Very smooth with a bit of an afterbite. Very drinkable when it is warmer outside but not as much during winter. I really enjoy this beer and may be underrating it because i enjoy dipas more than regular ipas but this is a great beer. (412 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a white head; full alcohol sweet pineapple nose. Much more alcohol in the nose than one would expect with 7.5%.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy and full with a nice big, full feel to it; inviting.

Flavors are much more like a double than an IPA. Big sweet citrus/malt front palate that goes to a very well balanced big sweet bright citrus malt and bitter grapefruit hop character.

Big malty sweet/bitter hop finish. Very drinkable. I'm not convinced that I tried "the freshest" bottle. I'd like to try it again although this bottle was very drinkable and appealing. (584 characters)

Photo of Zoxygen
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark for such a hop heavy IPA. I'd call it a copper color but more of a deep copper color.

The head was perfect. If you pour properly it settles into a creamy froth that sits on top all the way down.

Smell was pleasant. Its not as powerful as I would hope though!

Tastes awesome! Candied citrus hops and pine are the predominant flavors. Just enough malt backing to round it out pleasantly.

I'd say dont let the color trick you, there's not too much malt in this beer. Just enough to round the beer out nicely.

Its a main stay in my fridge now! (562 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color. White head that starts a few fingers high and has pretty good retention. Nose is quite hoppy with pine and citrus taking the front. Taste is strong hops along with a light bit of malt in the background. Good dry, resinous mouthfeel with superior drinkability. (312 characters)

Photo of boomer31
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra.

A - Murky gold with an off white lacing, sticky on the glass

S - Mostly malt but a touch of fruity hop presence. I'm surprsed at the lack of hops in the nose.

T - A sweet malt blends well with the dry grassy finish. I get some mango along with a grassy hop but the dryness really sticks.

M - Rich and full. Nice low carb. You realy notice how well balanced this beer is with the rich malt backbone and full mouthfeel.

D - Very dry but welcoming for a hophead. A solid AIPA

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I'm not sure it's one of my favorite AIPAs but solid nonetheless. Perhaps with more of a hop nose I'd enjoy ths more. (673 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, really a dark yellow almost light brown, definitely dark for a single ipa. Aroma, a little hoppy, definitely seems to be lacking in any noticeable hop nose. Might not be dry hopped at all.

Taste, eh, a little thicker than I like ideally in a single ipa, heavy on the caramel, but this is a good beer. Pretty balanced, a higher degree of sweetness than was expected. This is a big, single ipa. . . but not what you might expect, it isn't hugely hopped relative to its malt heft. This is just big all over. Made me think of Eye of the Hawk a little bit, not right on point, but you know, just that level of abv and big all over. (633 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a orangy chestnut color with about a finger or so of off white head.

Has a beer hops aroma. Citrusy...I'm detecting some peach, maybe a little apricot.

Taste is decent but not what I'm expecting. The hops flavor is there...citrusy again with some lingering caramel malts. However, something just not right about this beer. It's not as big and bold as I was expecting particularly since Cigar City has six kinds of hops it. I mean the beer is well balanced, but kind of underwhelming for me.

I had heard nothing but good things about Cigar City. I have to say that the Ja Alai IPA is a disappointment. It's a good but not great beer. (705 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for the great extra. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed autumnal orange hue with one finger of sudsy white head. Lacing abounds in thick bands.

Smell -- Big citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple, pine resin, dark honey malt. Diacetyl is in the mix at Alpine levels: present, but not distracting.

Taste -- Citrusy hops for days, pine resin, faint pineapple and tropical fruits, buttered biscuit, caramelized malt. Finish is grapefruit and honey.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with somewhat gentler carbonation, nearly still. Slightly oily finish. Disappointing.

Drinkability -- Just goes to show it's always worth going back. Cracked another bottle of this and found the second to be much better than the first in regards to carbonation. While I'd still like to see more carbonation in this one, It's pretty damn solid. If your aim is to try all of the best American IPA's this has to be on your list. Period. (934 characters)

Photo of beersensei305
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a honey gold in color with a perfect one inch white head with great sticky lacing. Very aromatic, sweet and hoppy with hints of herbal citrus. The taste is sweet from honey, loaded with hop, and has a good citrus bite. This IPA has a medium body a bit syrupy. This is IPA is great, one of my favorites and a great example of what IPAs should be. (360 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. at Harp and Celt in downtown Orlando.

Light amber and clear. Nice head with decent lace and retention. Citrus-floral aroma. Carbonation noticeable up front. The middle brings out the flavors found in the aroma, a bit of citrus, with some floral characteristics. Back of the tounge bitterness on the finish and afterwards. Medium mouthfeel. (347 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from cigar city!

A. Pours a bright cloudy orange with short lived but soapy head.

S. A good mix of pineapple citrus and bright pine.

T&m. Sharp hop bight up front that fades into the citrus, going from grapefruit to a sweeter pineapple finish. Just sweet enough to seem like it would be quite refreshing on a hot Tampa day.

D. It remains dry enough to go down easy, and the balance is right on. Very solid ipa. (427 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a hazy amber with a white head that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Honey and malt forward - yum.

T. Sweet with honey and citrus.

M. Medium to thick body with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

I placed this at the top of the blind IPA tasting that we conducted (ahead of Sculpin, Furious, Red Racer, Two Hearted, Columbus). I'd love to see one of these as an extra in any trade I conduct or in a BIF! (457 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour. 1-finger thin, large bubbled head. Very thin retention, but nice lace.

Strong herbal citrus nose. Notes of peat and earthy malt underneath. Getting passion fruit later in the glass. Weaker grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Very nice.

Thin hit. First few sips yield very little, but the flavor really starts to grow on you. Nice, light, but chewy flavor on the back end. More herbal and spice than pine. Nice hop burn in the finish. A little bit of pepper flare, too. Alcohol not much of a factor.

Thin feel, not quite up to the flavor profile ... or the nose.

The disappointing start gave way to a pretty decent glass. (648 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into chalice

A - poured a deep ruby copper with a thin head that clung to the glass a bit after it dissipated.

S - Soft hops, citrus & banana. grassy & piney.

T - YUM! Nicely tamed and sweetened hop profile. Really great mix of flavors. This beer is fantastic.

M - Just right. Leaves a subtle bitterness in my mouth, but nothing off putting. Cooling for sure.

D - Wow. As a general non-hoppy beer fan I expected to be trying yet another overly hopped out IPA but was pleasantly surprised to find such a balanced beer. For the hop-heads this one might not be up your alley, but this could be a fantastic cross over beer into hoppy beers since it is so nice and gentle. (685 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green glass. Big thanks to StormKing47 for a couple of these!

A: Pours a burnt amber with a large, thick light tan head that slowly receded into a thin layer of foam that left a sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big notes of pineapple and other sweet tropical fruits with hints of citrus and caramel malt. Hints of fruity bubblegum.
T: Maltier than the nose but still balanced by a big sweet fruity hop punch. Finish is sweet and the aftertaste is lightly bitter. Black tea to the aftertaste as well.
M: Low carbonation over a medium body and a mediumly sticky-sweet mouthfeel.
D: Straight foreword IPA. Good, but a bit sweet for my tastes. Thanks again StormKing for this one! (713 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bonkers for this one.

A: Darker, dull copper in color. Forms a small 1/2" of whitish head that has little retention and only leaves a light amount of lacing.

S: Caramel malt. A mix of earthy and citrus hops, but leaning more to the earthy side. Some alcohol shows through.

T: Mild caramel malt and a sweet fruitiness. Mild bitterness. Even a bit watery. Overly sweet and rather simplistic.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation.

D: A surprisingly unimpressive beer from a great brewery. Decent at best: Overly malty and underhopped while being somewhat watery at the same time. (606 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight off-white fluffy head with decent lacing.

Scent of caramel malt, fruit, light hops.

The taste was immediately of citrus and other very sweet fruit, roasted caramel malt, moderate hops.

Medium bodied, crisp and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good IPA, complex flavor, well balanced and very easy to drink. This is something I will definitely buy again. (414 characters)

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.