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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - PapayaJai Alai IPA - Papaya

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BA SCORE
89
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 40
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010)
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Reviews by JamesWn:
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

JamesWn, Feb 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this beer. I love the Jai Alai series and look forward to drinking this beer.

The beer pours and orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the papaya with some bready malt mixed in. I also get a little bit of toffee and caramel with some floral notes mixed in.

The flavor has a lot of papaya and other citrus notes with some bread and toffee malt. The bitterness is fairly low and the flavor is all about the fruit.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Clear and dark orange. Moderate white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Citrus hops, caramel malt, and a candy-like sweetness--I'm assuming that's from the added papaya.

A relatively sweet and caramelly IPA. It's good and certainly tasty, but it's just a touch too sweet for my tastes.

Medium bodied.

A good IPA but I'm not sure the inclusion of the papaya actually translates all that well. I think it probably adds a substantial amount of sweetness to an already terrific IPA, but the sweetness doesn't necessarily taste much like papaya. Though, all in all, a very good IPA.

ehammond1, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. There's a slight amount of dried papaya in the aroma but for the most part it's drowned out by the hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as well balanced. Moderately sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by heavy citrus and mild leafy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but it didn't meet my admittedly high expectations. The balance from the normal Jai Alai wasn't there, as the malt flavors were drier and the hops weren't as bright. Still, an interesting take from CCB and one that's worth a shot for comparison's sake.

glid02, Apr 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light orange color with a small off-white head on top. Very little retention and lacing.

S: Surprisingly malty with a good bit of caramel. There certainly was some fruit present, but not as strong as I was hoping. Had the papaya been as forward as guava is in guava grove then I would have been thrilled.

T: Not as malty as the aroma led on. More floral and citrus flavors, can't really pick out papaya though. A little bit of pine mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Was hoping for a bit more oomph from the fruit in this one. Not a bad IPA, but I still prefer regular Jai Alai to any of the variants.

mdaschaf, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Fruitiness. papaya aroma, much sweeter than it is bitter. You must like papaya and what it does for your digestion. Interesting and good palate cleanser and changeup from all the cedar/imperial stouts.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Desaparecido, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle doesn't mention that the base beer is Jai Alai so your in the right spot if your reviewing the bottle that just says Papaya IPA.

Pours a nice clear amber. Thin white head and very nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity for sure. Can't say I have had dried papaya but I have had dried mango and it is a bit similar in aroma. A bit hoppy and a little malty.

Taste is the same. Has a dried fruit flavor for sure. Nice maltiness puts it between a west coast and east coast IPA. Nice bitterness in the finish and nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. As sort of mentioned above. Nice carb.

Overall it is a mighty tasty IPA. I would trade for some again.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

MCN56171, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending this one my way! Shared this one with a few people at BASC. Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a half finger off-white head that subsided to minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and passion fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, passion fruit, and earthy hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This was not my favorite variation of the Jai Alai, but it still wasn't bad by any means. The papaya was hard for me to pick up but it came across as passion fruit on my palate. It wasn't very pronounced in my bottle which was a slight disappointment, but overall the brew was solid. Really glad I got to try this one and to share it with some good friends/BAs while in-line at the BASC release!

thagr81us, Jul 18, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks to betsona (Andrew) for stopping over and sharing this.

A- Poured a orange/amber color. Two finger white head shows medium retention which caps the beer. Webbing style lacing left on the sides of the glass when taking drinks.

S- Citrus hops in the front with not much else going for it in the aroma. Where is the Papaya? I really don't smell it at all. Middle of the aroma shows a nice caramel malt base. Ending shows a light earthy pine aroma but no papaya. This just really smells like the base beer...oh well not bad but not what I was looking for.

T- Well with the aroma not being what I was looking for I was curious as to what this would taste like. Well upon first taste the papaya does show up first. And mans does this scream papaya upfront. About midway through the front of the beer the citrus hops do come through giving a nice sweetness and bitterness to the beer. Middle of the beer has a caramel malt base that helps calm down some of the bitterness. The ending is mostly pine with a hint of alcohol in the final flavor profile. I think Andrew and I both agreed that this tasted just like Jai Alai without much off flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops, light papaya, and caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is hint of alcohol, light caramel malt, and piney hops. Flavors were balanced to that of the style and done very nicely. No off flavors at all while I was drinking it. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was great. This beer also to me just tasted like Jai Alai with a hint of papaya in the front. If the papaya showed up more this beer would have been fantastic. ABV was well hidden except toward the ending of the pint where it showed a little more. A nice IPA that I wouldn't mind having again...oh wait maybe I should just stick with Jai Alai.

alleykatking, May 06, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear amber color with a finger of fluffy head. A layer of head remains along with some nice lacing.

Citrus smell. up front i get some malt sweetness and a hint of fruit,papaya, as well

Bitter citrus peel hops hits the tongue hard. After the initial bitterness, there is a sweetness from the malt. There is a fruity note, but The finish is bitter from the hops.

Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

I enjoyed this beer a lot and found it very refreshing a must have

bierguru, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A medium orange gold color with a white head and even lace.

S- Sweet smell of Papaya even fruitiness with no bold hop notes present at first had to work it's way in.

T- A well balance of hops and papaya. Not sweet like I would expect from the papaya since on the label state unsweetened Papaya but the flavor is still there. Not much of a hop bite but very blended.

M- Semi dry but with very good flavor.

D- Very good IPA. imo I would like it to be a little more sweeter but hey that's why I don't brew.

Cheers..

SamuelJackson45, Mar 31, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange body with a creamy ivory head and lots of lacing

S-tropical fruits, sweet

T- fruit, sweet malts up front, finishes with a nice bitter citrus hop bite

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, not crisp but refreshing

O- a very refreshing beer. Not the best jai alai variation but a solid take

aepb1, Jun 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Neffbeer, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness information available on the bottle. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light to medium orange/amber colour. Appears to be completely filtered. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and slowly receded to a few bubbles.

S - The initial nose is sweet caramel malts. A slight hop bitterness is apparent as well with some citrus notes evident but I don't specifically get the papaya.

T - Very malt forward, which makes me question the freshness. Sweet caramel malts and a slight hop bitterness that is more evident in the finish is apparent but certainly doesn't seem to be as dominant as I expected round out the flavour profile. The hops bring some light citrus notes and a slight papaya flavour is evident as well but I really had to be looking for it to find it.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was very disappointing but likely not the most fresh bottle. Without bottle dating, I won't give the brewery the benefit of the doubt.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into my DFH Signature Glass.

A--Poured like what I expected an IPA to do. It had a very aggressive 3" inch that was a slightly off-white color. Had syrupy retention throughout the drink. Giving a vigorous swirl produced quite a bit of head that each time.

S--A rich pine, floral smell. There is a slight booze to it as well. Unfortunately, it smells like any other IPA to me. The papaya is too faint or non-existent. Really disappointed.

T--Tastes a lot (read: almost identical) to their other Jai Aalais. Lots of nice hop presence. The floral notes come off and dance on the tongue. Pine is very present as well. Sweetness of the papaya comes through pretty substantially in this beer. It really knocks out the hop flavor and replaces it with the sweetness of the fruit.

M--Very light. There are tons of carbonation bubbles in this beer (and from my DFH glass). So it feels really nice on the tongue. Good mouthfeel over all.

O--It's a very good IPA that can really hold its own. Unfortunately, there's not a lot separating this beer from either the Humidor Series or regular Jai Alai to justify the hefty price ($12.99). I think I'll stick with the regular since I can get more of it for less of a price. But definitely give this one a try if you have the opportunity.

Mosley1212, Apr 15, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another new one this week for me from ccb, this was just straight genius. poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/12/2011.

nice pour, about what i would have expected with a rich amber color that was very clouded over and a nice and tight crown of what that gracefully sat on top of the glass. the aroma was to die for. just such rich, juicy citrus notes i was beside myself in all their glory. huge notes of papaya, orange, tangerine. so sweet and fresh, it was simply amazing and quite impressive i have to say. each sip opening up into another wonderful example of fresh fruit and smooth, citrus hops. even the finish was so fresh and clean i was simply floored.

overall i dont even know what to say. this was such a good beer i was beside myself. if you get the chance you need to check this one out/

mikesgroove, Apr 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Out of my Founder's Tulip.

A- Pours a glowing reddish amber, clear and crisp. The beer pours with a healthy white head, and the lacing is pretty intense.

S- Smells sweet and fruity, the papaya is very evident. Some fruity and piney hops are present too.

T- It's smooth and slightly sweet. The finish is dry and hoppy, with a touch of papaya. Excellent dry hoppy aftertaste.

M- Very good here as well. It has enough body without being too overboard. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, but that's ok.

O- This is pretty tasty, could use a bit more papaya though. I'm not sure you would know it was there if it wasn't on the bottle. A big malty single IPA that is quite tasty.

-GFunk

Gfunk720, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. The papaya adds a nice little extra twist on the already tasty Jai Alai. The extra flavor blends perfectly with the already citrusy (grapefruit and tangerine) notes of the base IPA.

Nice orange, hazy color with pristine white head, about a finger. The head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving pretty spotty lacing (not a ton).

Love the aroma on this one. All the things I love in an IPA. It is a citrus bomb for sure. Great notes of grapefruit, orange/tangerine, maybe a little pineapple, and all wrap in delicious papaya.

The flavors are the citrus notes from the aroma, balanced with the malt backbone of the beer. The malts don't add a tone of flavor, but just enough to keep the huge hop profile in check.

This is a crisp and fairly clean IPA, though it felt slightly more astringent than the regular Jai Alai, but overall a pretty smooth drinking brew.

I really loved this beer and thought it was a cool twist on the already dynamite Jai Alai.

CaskBeerouac, May 18, 2011
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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.