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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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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 38
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 146
Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangish amber (almost like a clear papaya color) with an off-white head that holds very well and leaves proper lace. no bottle date, so after reading other reviewers' comments, i wonder if the hop character has changed and the papaya has come out, but nevertheless... nose is caramel and tropical fruit sweet. papaya and papaya seed are there for sure. wouldn't have to guess. also some floral notes. taste is very sweet with a pretty strong hop bite coming through the sweetness about mid-palate. just as it should be the tropical fruit and papaya are there, and a piney, grapefruitiness comes cutting through. bright flavors, but just a touch muddy and/or muddled. could use a bit more definition, but the flavors are all tasty. medium-full body that is quite chewy for an ipa, and a little bit sticky. touch of heat in the end, as well as a healthy dose of bitter. overall, a decadent florida-all-the-way beer that manages to speak of where it is from. mmm. i wish i was on the beach right now!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of RossCain
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into tulip. Thanks to silverX for this. If this is the same batch he reviewed this would make it a 7 month old bottle.

A- Slightly chill hazed copper pour. Booming 3+ finger off white head. Tiny carbonation bubbles shooting to the top everywhere. Lacing is just sheeting around the glass.

S- Slight pine and floral notes. Papaya is there but very subdued. There is a slight alcohol presence with a sweet malt backing.

T- Pine and floral hops up front again. A strange medicinal taste which I can only attribute to the papaya with a bit of the alcohol. There is a lingering papaya aftertaste in my mouth that won't go away. It's a juicy papaya aftertaste that changes to a dry rind feeling/taste. It's far from off putting just very strange.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, slight alcohol warmth.

O- I'm not super impressed. It's different for a change but I'm not sure that papaya is the go to IPA addition. Mind you this isn't fresh I can only imagine how different it was than.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber at Luekens in Dunedin. Poured into a tulip. Somewhat cloudy and amber in color with a beautiful tightly piled off white heading that left tremendous lacing throughout the tasting.

The nose is unlike anything I've ever whiffed. The notes of a regular hoppy IPA are apparent but with fruity more yeasty potency kind of steals the show. A somewhat fruit funk binds this all together. Not crazy potent but noticeable.

Taste is solid. It delivers what it promises a heavy hoppy IPA hits hard at first as it mellows on the palate a bit of Papaya knocks this IPA into low gear with a more boozy finish. Papaya really pinches the cheeks.

Medium body with great carbonation. Smooth with a slickey buttery mouthfeel.

An all around very unique tasting beer. Just fell short in certain area's for me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Generates a massive head that sits atop the clear amber liquid; the retention is excellent and there are plenty of lacing strands left around the pint glass

Smell: Tropical fruits with loads of pith; a combination of both citrus and other elements; hard to pick up the papaya but papaya is not a fruit that is particularly sweet or fragrant

Taste: Hop forward, with citrusy bitterness dominant; by mid-palate, the papaya can be discerned underneath, but I would not have picked it out had it not been clearly identified as an ingredient; clean malt flavors provide a nice backdrop for the tropical flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Glad I found a bottle of this on a recent trip to Miami but as it does have a bit of age on it, I wonder whether the papaya and citrus would have been more vivid in its early days

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I split this one with a buddy whom had never had any Cigar City before. We followed it with a Humidor Series Spanish Cedar IPA [I've already rated this from a previous experience]. Needless to say, I think he really enjoyed his Cigar City exposure...

Huge thanks to miamichael2 who sent me up a couple of bottles after I had inquired about the availability and freshness of them recently!

A~orange, somewhat hazy body with a nicely placed layer of head

S~lighter than expected fruit, alongside of an earthy quality; mixed with a blend of tropical hops presence

T~although I was hoping for more fruit to shine through, this was still a tasty beer. Fruit, hops, some malt - a little sweetness, yet very appealing.

M~medium in body, refreshing

O~worth the shot if you get the chance :)

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Photo of rel
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a 750. I've read online that as an IPA it might not be at its freshest considering the time-frame of its brewing.

It poured a radiant burnt orange with clarity and a decent off-white head. Minimal lacing.

Smellingly speaking, I get some caramel malts, citrus fruits, flowery hops and lots of sweetness from the papaya.

Taste is pretty standard. Lots of floral qualities, I don't much papaya except in its sweetness, and unfortunately the finish, which comes along quickly, is exceptionally bitter and metallic.

It had a medium body, really sticks around and if you pay close attention, you can get some nice flavors hidden behind all that bitterness.

Disclaimer: I don't like IPAs, but I continually try them because I'm interested in beer and it's one of the heavy hitters in the craft world now. They are growing on me, a little.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a clear dark orange color with an off-white head. Aromas of apricots, papaya and guava. On the palate this one was medium bodied and fairly sweet, with flavors of apricot, papaya and guava.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of devilben02
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While visiting Miami from out of town, this is one of the Cigar City beers I was able to pick up to sample the brewery's work. It makes a great first impression, with a hazy yet brilliant orange color being topped by a thick, creamy, off-white head that leaves great lacing as I emptied the glass. The aroma is varied but not very fragrant, with light notes of honey, flowers, orange, and a dull pine characteristic.

The flavor is likewise pleasant but not as exotic as I had hoped, with big doses of wood and pine being contrasted by a fruity sweetness that is more like canned peaches than like papaya. Because I know it's there, I can force myself to taste the papaya, but it is not prominent. The texture is solid for an IPA, with a resinous body that lingers long after each swallow. Overall, this is a well-done IPA, but it is far more common than I was hoping.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich cloudy amber color with a nice and tight eggshell crown cap. The aromas are not as intense as I was expecting/hoping for. They begin with juicy citrus (orange mainly) hops with some pale and light caramel sweetness. As you dive back in you get some more tropical fruitiness (which I have to assume is Papaya, but if I didn't have the label in front of me I wouldn't have known.
The tastes begin with light pale and bready malts but only for a moment, because the intense bitterness immediately assaults your palate. As it warms you are able to discern the hop flavors a little more. You get some orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit but they are all kinda muddled together. Not a great hop flavor here. This is quite sticky and resinous actually. Mouthfeel is full but the finish is fairly dry from the ample hopping. Plenty of carbonation.
Overall this is a good IPA; I have had a few of their fruit aged IPAs before (on cask) and this is much more bitter than I remember, but that is to be expected from bottle vs. cask conditioned beers, specifically IPAs. This was bottled in March so who knows if the freshness is a factor. Anyway, I prefer their White Oak which I had again last evening; it is also a better deal because it comes in 4 packs for a similar $ point. Worth a sample if you have never had a fruit IPA before.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from old notes.

Amber/golden clear body. Two finger frothy white head. Good retention and wispy lacing.

Smells fruity and sweet. The papaya comes through a tad. Earthy hops hide behind the sweetness and fruit along with some alcohol.

Tastes of light malty sweetness up front papaya is there, but kinda lingering in the background. Some bitter/resinous hops and a dollop of fusel alcohol come in at the end. Yuck.

Mid range carbonation for an IPA. Medium bodied. Super hot. Minus points.

Too hot, alcohol is just way too present. Papaya didn't add enough to the mix to make up for it's flaws.

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Photo of aepb1
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of StLThrash
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in recent trade.

A - Very clear yellowish / orange with nice 1 1/2 finger head that lasted quite a while. Left some nice lacing throughout.

S - Lots of juicy hops. Definite hints of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and some sweetness obviously from the papaya.

T & M - Similar to the nose - but not as pronounced. Papaya was not real evident, but added a little sweetness at the end. Up front, lots of hops and some sweet malt character. Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall - I really enjoyed this. It didn't have as much of the papaya sweetness that I was expecting and was more of a classic IPA, and reminiscent of the original Jai Alai. Good beer and I'd definitely buy it again if I could.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear rose with nice white head.

The smell is very sweet. Maybe a little Papaya but mostly of citrus forward hops.

The taste is fairly simple but with a little malt on the back which is nice and brings a little caramel in. Citrus and bitterness on the front. Light body as it should be in an IPA.

I've tried the regular Jai Alai and the Humidor versions. I must say the Papaya is ranked #2 of the 3 with the Humidor being the best.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.71/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Beer is orange and really hazy, big off white head of small bubbles. some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is malty malty malty, with mild fruit notes.

Beer is thick and chewy but not very bitter, it is like a crappy barleywine or something in the same family, heavy syrup, mild hop flavors and a big conspicuous absence of fruit. Not going to waste more money on this one.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
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