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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 39
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I am so happy to report that I was able to share three bottles of this great beer. This is an example where I get so mad at my hobby... Why. Why only make this beer once? It's phenomenal!!!! It's not like dried papaya isn't available anymore. Time to raise more money for the Florida Brewer's Guild. One of my favorite IPA's...

A nice aggressive light tan head forms atop this beer. Retention is very impressive and lacing a left all over your glass. A brown/amber color with good clarity.

Aroma is the beginning of your awesome journey. Citrus and tropical fruits, which obviously resemble papaya. Fresh, bright and perfume like. Just wonderful.

The flavor of this beer is just amazing. There is this wonderful balance between the three main components. 1) A toasted malt backbone that is just great. The slightest sense of smoke. Not smokey.. But there is something nice. Reminded me of DFH 60 Minute's malt profile. 2) The bright fresh citrus & pine hop flavors and bitterness. Excellent. 3) And the tropical fruit flavors that just make this very complex and wonderful. Yes, papaya... but it's deeper than just that. All of this works perfectly together..

Subtle carbonation, medium bodied, smooth in your mouth with a touch of oiliness.

Phenominal Beer and one I would chase forever. Please make this again!!!! (1,326 characters)

Photo of mwa423
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Completely clear golden color with a fingerof head that left a nice lacing down the glass.

S - Aroma is a fantastic balance of hoppy bite, citrus and pine with a fruity sweetness from the papaya.

T - Taste is as good as the smell, a bit hoppierwith lots of citrus and the fruit mostly comesout in the aftertaste. Overall an excellent balanced flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a creamy finish.

Overall - Anybody who said don't fruit the beer would change their mind tasting this beer. It has an incredible balance of fruit and hops that will please any palate. (581 characters)

Photo of shand
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew is a fairly clear red-amber color with two fingers of head that retains and laces fairly well. The aroma is nice, the standard IPA hoppiness and pineyness are present, along with the normal tropical fruit bouquet from CCB's IPAs. The papaya blends in here on the nose, just adding another dimension to the aroma. The taste is exceptional, this is one of the best fruited beers I've ever had. The papaya is upfront on the taste, riding up front on a wave of other tropical fruits that that washes away to a nice hoppy, piney finish. The best thing is that the fruits are not very sweet too, this is less sweet than even the base Jai Alai. A great fruited IPA.

The mouthfeel is great, it's fairly thick but not quite as thick as a DIPA, and it is fairly highly carbonated. The drinkability is absolutely superb. I really, really love this beer. Now, personally, it must be taken into effect that I love fruit beers and I love IPAs, so the two making a beautiful beautiful child is something basically right up my alley. Highly recommended. (1,111 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a lovely shade of dark orange with a very slight red tint to it with a three finger offwhite head. Excellent lacing. I adore how this looks

S- it smells just like the regular Jai Alai, with a ton more papaya. I love this. So strong and juicy smelling...great

T- a lot of papaya, as you'd expect. It's mainly sweet, and there's just a slight bit of bitterness to it...I'd actually say it's a little too sweet and juicy, but still very nice

M- not too syrupy, but it is very thick. The standard Jai Alai is a lot like that, too

O- damn good beer, but reminds me more of a DIPA than a single IPA. No matter, still very enjoyable and I'm glad it's bottled now (706 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a pour. Tulip glass, beautiful burnt orange, sticky foam with a hell of a lot of lacing.

Wow, what an aroma. Smells sweetly floral with tropical fruits, not explicitly papaya - I'd say some passionfruit.

Great-tasting IPA here. Lots of tropical fruit-y hop flavor without a ton of residual soapy bitterness. Don't expect too much papaya - I'm not certain how much of the tropical fruit flavors I'm getting are from the hops, or the papaya...I suspect it's hops.

Medium-bodied, it straddles the line between a regular IPA and a DIPA.

I'm not a CCB homer; I've been quite critical of some of their beers. I either love their beer or I hate it. This one, I love. My very minor criticism would be that I'd like to see a little more actual papaya taste, which caused me to knock off a taste point, but even so, this is a very good IPA, one of the best I've had in a while, so I feel justified in giving a 5 for overall impression. Great beer. Weird, I'm not too crazy about regular Jai-Alai, but I love its treatments. This 750 is done. (1,048 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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/ (836 characters)

Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Leaves behind some nice spotty lacing.

S: A nice hoppy aroma with notes of tropical fruits (papaya) and pine. Very similar to Jai Alai, just more fruity.

T: Being that it's a Papaya IPA, I expected it to have a more strong tropical fruit flavor. Put that aside, a nice bitter pine hop upfront, followed by some caramel malts, and finishes with tropical/papaya fruit flavor. Slightly sweeter then their regular Jai Alai and very well balanced.

M: Medium body & carbonation, smooth & sticky texture.

O: Really enjoyed this beer and wish I bought more then 1 bottle. Extremely easy to drink and very smooth. (669 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Split with my lady.

A - Pours a nice clear and flittered solid copper color with some slight orange notes. There is a nice .35 inch white head that recedes a bit quickly but is quite denes. After a vigorous swirl the head grows to a nice .5 inch an stay for a bit.

S - Citrus and tropical aroma. Some nice fruitiness to it which defiantly seems like papaya. Some mango and some slight tangerine is present in the nose. The papaya gives it a nice dry note to it. Very interesting hop aroma combines with the fruit.

T & M - Taste starts off with some slight citrus and some nice tropical fruit notes. Some mango and some slight tangerine. Then the papaya kicks in which gives it a nice slight sweet fruity note but its also a fresh papaya fruitiness, which is kind off dry. Delicious bitter finish to this beer with an enveloping grassy and dank profile. It is quite fruity and fresh tasting beer. As it warms the papaya is quite nice and prevalent. Mouthfeel is nice and light with some refreshing notes and good CO2.

O - Great IPA and I can imagine a great version of Jai Alai. (1,129 characters)

Photo of jaw8325
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple 750ml of these at Cigar City's taste room. The proceeds go to benefit the Florida Brewers Guild, which is where I first tried it on draft.

A - Pours a very clear amber. Lots of head and great lacing with some carbonation.

S - Fruity, floral, and piney.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Seems to be a little easier to drink than the regular Jai Alai. But I'm not really an IPA drinker.

M - Nice carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O - Very nice beer will definately have another (513 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Colin for sending me this bottle from sunny Florida! Really enjoy these CCB brews, and look forward to giving this one a shot! Poured from 750 ml bottle into La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very beautiful mineral amber color with a copper hue, huge white bubbly 2 finger head. I hardly ever give above a 4 for appearance, but this one gets the nod.

Nose: Ahhh, yes. There is that Jai Alai nose with a bit of dried fruit attached at the end for good measure. Papaya, apricot, and a bit of citrus hop.

Taste: Jai Alai is so tasty, and this really gives it some extra oomph. The dried fruit really meld well with the bright flavors of the hops. Nice mellow, easy drinking profile.

Mouth: Bright, full of carbonation. This beer explodes with aroma in the glass, and flavor in the mouth. A really wonderful IPA variation. I'd like to do a side by side with the DFH Aprihop, both great variations on classic styles, this one might take it.

Drink and Overall: Honestly, a really fantastic beer. I'm super happy Colin (Alienoqium) sent this one along with a box of CCB goodies. Very drinkable, and enjoyable. The ABV is just right, and the blend of dried fruit and hops is wonderful. Thumbs up CCB! (1,219 characters)

Photo of JeffSpicoli
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- looks just like troegs nugget nectar and it really sticks to the glass

S- the smell is nice and very different from any other ipa but its not potent very subtle, I prefer to smell the bottle than the glass to get a better aroma of the beer.

T- I have eaten lots of papaya so I actually know what it taste like and it does taste like papaya, I have even eaten allot of papaya from Cuban woman ;) this is a very nice and distinctive ipa IMO it is their best ipa, so they better continue it, much better than their regular jai ali ipa.

M-Its good, damn good, cause you know its good! yes I may have had one to many. but thats not stoping me from having another now is it!

O-I'll drink this beer till the cows come home. (724 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely clear with a very ambery golden hue and very little accompanying white foamy head that doesn't stay very long. Moderate lacing.

Smells strongly of papaya and tropical fruits. A pineappley hop whiff in the background makes itself known. Strong malt backbone too.

The tropical fruit is still very present but there is a very dominating hoppiness right up front. Somewhat piney with a citrussy residual flavor leaning more toward pineapple. Strong malt character, a little between caramel and toffee as well as a very bread like yeast presence. This is quite a flavorful beer, very dominant notes all across the board, like they are competing very hard for my tastebuds affection.

Dry medium body mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbination. Residual body is fairly light, tolerable is a good word.

A bit too heavy to have a bunch of these but still worth drinking.

Yummy beer, but its a bit too much at times. I would almost file this under desert beer. Still very delicious. (993 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light red with hints of yellow and orange. A wispy white head sits atop for a good while and laces nicely. The head consists of a copious amount of large bubbles and the beer itself us full of light small bubbles rising to the top quite a while after the pour is finished.

S: Light, piney hops are the dominant smell, but a sweetness from the papaya (I assume) is noted as well. A malt backbone is present, but in the background.

T: The hops really dont dominate the taste here. A slight hoppiness starts the beer off smooth. Followed by the papaya sweetness noted in the smell. The beer finishes with a nice malty, beady finish that makes the beer very well balanced. Hints of alcohol are only barely noticeable on the back, and linger for a bit.

MF: light and nicely carbonated. Not particularly dry on the finish, but the alcohol taste makes up for it.

O: I didn't know what to expect here, and I was quite happily surprised. The taste is not overly sweet, but the fruit ads some character to the IPA. Very drinkable and well balanced. Top notch IPA in my book. (1,079 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes, 3-25-11

A - crisp and clear amber, some white head to a big fluffy ring, good lacing

S - awesome balance of tropical fruit and citrus hops, some floral notes

T - real smooth and good balance of sweet papaya and dry bitter hops.

M - dry, good body, moderately creamy.

O (D) - nice, and very enjoyable. (317 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-dark amber with a lot of off white colored head

S-a lot of nice grassy hops enriched with lush papaya. its not a strong scent, but its a great one

T-comes in with a bold taste of grass and some papaya. it then transforms in to a strong bitterness. the after-taste is very bitter with some tropical fruit punch flavor. this is definitely a tasty beer, i'm just having a difficult time finding the hops.

M-has a good creamy medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-tonight, i'm really glad this came in a 750mL bottle. half of this would not have been enough. tomorrow, i'll be sad i can't go out and find 6-packs of this. the beer started off mediocre, but the more you drink it, the better and better it becomes. i'll be craving the flavor for a long time. (769 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from Littleb. Thanks buddy for the treat!

A- Pours slightly hazy dark amber, copper color. Nice fluffy white head, recedes down to spotty lacing left on glass.

S- Lots of juicy hop aromas coming from this. Lots of citrus, grapefruit notes. The papaya notes really bring everything together wrapping up with some orange hints dropped in.

T- Interesting flavor, wasn't what I was expecting however very nicely done. Citrus flavors come through the most. Some mild bitterness up front, but cut pretty quick with a nice malt touch. Turns a little sweet at the end. Get a little bit of the orange, papaya flavors hinted. Flavors don't live quite up to the nose, but are well done.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp taste with little bitterness. Very juicy mouthfeel.

O- Very much enjoyed this beer. Love the big hop aroma, wished for a bit more hop flavor. However, very well done and enjoyable drink to have! Thanks a lot Ben for the bottle! (969 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewery in Tampa. Pours an amber orange color with a pale cream white foam head. Heavy lacing. Good IPA aroma with citrus, caramel, and pine, with some definite hints of papaya. A touch of pineapple rather than Papaya. Has a sweet caramel taste with a nice rounded hop hit. Sticky through the finish. Papaya is only apparent on the finish where it moderates the bitterness and provides some smoothness.

Exceptionally good. Reminds me of a DFH 90. (471 characters)

Photo of RossCain
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from mid-May 2011, beer purchased from brewery around mid-March 2011. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic:

A: Pours with hues of golden honey and amber topped off by a foamy, cream colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Full on citrusy, clean aroma with a slightly tart note in the finish of the nose gifted presumably by the papaya. Beckons you forward...

T: Surprisingly floral in the hop profile (given the nose) with citrus like notes of grapefruit and orange-rind coming in for the second round. Light, caramel malts prop up the beer then gently fade into a tart, sublty sweet finish. Great tasting cast of flavors!

M: Good carbonation with a medium body. Drying in the finish with a clinging bitterness. Pretty refreshing and makes you want to drink more.

O: Compared to a regular Jai Alai, the papaya plays a relatively minor role and only really comes through in it's characteristic tartness. Regardless, the tartness complements the typically juicy, sweet Jai Alai flavors nicely. I would buy this beer again as I quite enjoyed it. (1,072 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at CCB on tap. Poured an orange/amber with a two-finger, off-white head. Nose is pine, sugar/molasses and dried fruit. I DO like the taste of this - hops evident up front but they quickly give way to fruit and malt. Bitterness is meduim and what is there is moderated by the sweetness, especially in the finish. For me, there is a very pleasing aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavier than medium, there is moderate carbonation and it is, not surpringly, a little sticky. Wish I could get more of this as I preferred it over the other Jai Alai's i have tried. (561 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a decadent looking orange/amber with an admirable one inch white head that has good retention and left spotty lace.

S-Very prominent nose. Probably one of the most aromatic beers I've ever had. Hopslam smells better to me, but this is pretty darn good. Strong citrus and pine hops waft through the air along with a subtle yet nice and slightly sweet bready, malty backbone.

T-Nice bitter hop bite leads with citrus and pine. Hints of papaya come through in the middle and finish-but thats all I get are just hints. No strong papaya taste which is somewhat surprising given the name of this beer. But still, this is one fine tasting beer. A nice bready malt also comes through in the middle and adds a nice complement to the hops and hints of papaya. A nice bitter hop bite rounds things out at the finish. A slightly medicinal like flavor present in the aftertaste knocks a half point off right here. If it weren't for the aftertaste, it'd be a 4.5 on taste.

M-Medium body. Slightly slick and oily with a crisp carb bite.

O-A very enjoyable beer from a great brewery. (1,079 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty golden orange. Identical to jai alai. Smells almost identical to jai alai but with a touch of papaya. The fruit is very subtle but compliments well. The beer is nearly identical to jai alai in every way just with a subtle twist. Not as good as masala mama but still very good. (296 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large wine glass - thanks to bastionshaw during the brewery release II BIF

Pours a hazed golden orange with some burnt hues. A decent froth of off-white head bubbles up, plenty of wispy film and spotty lacing on the glass.

Plenty of fruit scents in the nose with apricot and orange, plus a huge bang of papaya. Citrusy hoppiness, soft sweetness and bready malts.

Bitter citrus and grapefruit hops right up front. Assorted fruits with apricot, orange and a decent amount of sweetness. The papaya is definitely in the forefront here, but still allows some of the other flavors to shine. Breaded malt with some caramel tones and honey. Finishes hoppy and bitter with fruit.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, bitter and slightly dry. Drinks really nicely, and the integration of papaya was really nice. I enjoyed this more than any of the other jai alai variations so far. (901 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,024 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.