1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Jai Alai IPA - PapayaJai Alai IPA - Papaya

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 139
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 40
Gots: 10 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 85 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
alleykatking

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:20:02 | More by alleykatking
More User Reviews:
Photo of MCN56171
MCN56171


5/5  rDev +25.9%

07-22-2014 12:49:47 | More by MCN56171
Photo of Bartos
Bartos

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-20-2014 18:53:34 | More by Bartos
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-27-2013 02:19:01 | More by zestar
Photo of ncaudle
ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-19-2013 13:54:01 | More by ncaudle
Photo of Cascade77
Cascade77

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.4%

08-06-2013 16:31:01 | More by Cascade77
Photo of DaTimBennett
DaTimBennett

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-26-2013 03:21:54 | More by DaTimBennett
Photo of WynnO
WynnO

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-26-2013 00:19:00 | More by WynnO
Photo of homebrew311
homebrew311

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep orange with minimal head and nice clarity. Moderate lacing left behind. The nose is fruit forward with tropical papaya qualities coming on strong, waves of fruit countered by a decent malt depth. The taste is slightly syrupy with a nice tropical fruit profile that melds well with the sturdy malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Overall, there is a nice feature of fruit here, but it comes off as being a malt forward IPA which seems a touch counterproductive to its concept.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 04:04:34 | More by homebrew311
Photo of JamesWn
JamesWn

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

02-28-2013 20:57:04 | More by JamesWn
Photo of FLBeerGuy
FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-27-2013 03:23:35 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of sirsteve42
sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-23-2013 04:01:17 | More by sirsteve42
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-18-2013 20:53:21 | More by AlexFields
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-14-2013 05:21:55 | More by spycow
Photo of afksports
afksports

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange to copper, nice sustaining head with great lace. Smells of papaya, tropical IPA all the way. Aroma comes through as quick as a Matt Ryan pass on the Eagles defense. Sweetness and grapefruit, orange peel, but overwhelming citrus sugar. Smells almost diabetic.

The taste is slightly disappointing, if only because it fits a more standard IPA mold. Wonderful smell, but the front of the taste only has a little papaya and is mostly grapefruit, moving to malts in the middle and drying at the back. Less than fantastic.

That said, it's got a medium body, sweet and dry finish, and great carbonation, so it's a quality beer that smells excellent, which half the time is all you really need.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 17:13:23 | More by afksports
Photo of sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

10-27-2012 15:54:16 | More by sendbeer
Photo of HairyHood
HairyHood

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-23-2012 22:16:00 | More by HairyHood
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-15-2012 21:35:36 | More by t0rin0
Photo of beernads
beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-15-2012 10:49:45 | More by beernads
Photo of IpeeA
IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-05-2012 02:48:31 | More by IpeeA
Photo of DIPADude01
DIPADude01

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.9%

07-26-2012 02:45:12 | More by DIPADude01
Photo of closisinthehouse
closisinthehouse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-16-2012 16:52:21 | More by closisinthehouse
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-23-2012 22:28:44 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Florida9
Florida9

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly hazy dark amber in color. Forms a bubbly off-white head that leaves some light lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and some citrus hops. Then a woodsy quality, a bit of malt and some sweet floral hops.

T: Bitter and malty with very little papaya flavor. Starts with a relatively strong maltiness, then grapefruit. Some tropical fruit in the mix, but to a much lesser extent. Bitter and fairly one dimensional.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a strong, unbalanced bitterness.

O: Bitter and malty with only a hint of papaya flavor. Drinkable, but unbalanced and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 13:23:33 | More by Florida9
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-14-2012 03:59:10 | More by RomaniIteDomum
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.