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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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Reviews: 85
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 39
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 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 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 Trilogy31
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first ccb to taste and was slightly disappointed. Reminded me somewhat of dfh aprihop coming across as a middling ipa without much fruit to speak of. Pours a mahogany brown with a slight head that does leave nice lacing. Nose is somewhat with candied mango, sweet malts backed by a slightly citrusy hoppiness, with maybe some pink peppercorn. Maybe i served this too cold (15 minutes after refrigeration) but all i get is simple bitter ipa characteristics along with bready malty sweetness, and honestly not much else. I am far from a west coast homer (not a big pliny fan) but after having nelson last night it is tough to bring myself to attempt to enjoy this beer.

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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 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 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 jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the pub but this is available in bottles now... Pours a dark peach, not much retention or lacing... The aroma is boring, very sweet, a hint of topical fruits, I guess papaya, with hops and tons of alcohol. Way too much alcohol, reminds me of a dipa... The taste isn't much better, shows off notes of a generic fruit with lots of alcohol.

Boring with too much alcohol, papaya added nothing.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is a clear golden amber.

Aroma: Fairly malty ipa. Bready. Citrus fruits. I must be smelling the papaya. Very fruity.

Taste: A bit malty again. Pretty much all bready malt flavors. A bit boozy as well. Lots of grapefruit citrus and papaya.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this would be way better if it wasn’t so malty. It is still enjoyable, however.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer is a slightly hazy, golden orange hue with a 1/4" of head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the chalice. The aroma brings pineapple and other citrus fruits. The flavor is decent and pretty well balanced. I can't detect papaya specifically, per se, but some nice tropical fruit notes emerge. Malt presence is more prominent than I prefer, and alcohol presence is too forward, and really gets in the way of everything else. Overall, an OK brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Had at a DC RB tasting.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, and tropical fruits, which I guess is the papaya.

t - Tastes of pine hops and citrus hops again. Some fruity malts, but not a ton of papaya or tropical fruits like in the smell. Also some bitterness and alcohol in the taste. A slight step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice IPA, but would have liked more tropical fruit and less alcohol in the taste. Would give another shot.

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Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

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

Smell: Citrus peel hops dominate. I'm picking up some malt sweetness and a hint of fruit as well.

Taste: 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 I don't think I could have told you that it was papaya if I didn't know. The finish is bitter from the hops.

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

Overall: I enjoyed this version of the Jai Alai, but I don't know how much the papaya did. I'd probably just have the regular version in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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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 alleykatking
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcartamdg for sending me this one in a trade. Another Jai Alai variation.

A: Dark orange with a darker middle and a nice pinky of head that goes down to a fluffy full ring. Some nice lacing makes for a very nice look.

S: A round, not overly potent aroma with tropical fruit notes that are not really bright but more like the flesh of the fruit without tons of hops to augment those flavors. OK.

T: Nice tropical fruit with perhaps a little bit of 3F like tastes but not nearly that strong in the hop department. Fruit sweet malt overall, not super complex but refreshing.

M: Nice, semi bitter back and a little sweet up front, not a lot of hop bursts.

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

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a surprisingly clear amber color with a big off-white head.

S: Not terribly fragrant. Some sweet malt and caramel notes to it with yeast and citrus hops being present. The papaya aroma is minimal, unfortunately, and there is a light pine note.

T: Fairly sweet and malty. Lots of brown sugar and toffee with a moderate fruit sweetness. The papaya flavor is there, but still somewhat mild. A mild to moderate bitterness on the back end and some decent citrus flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too sweet and not quite enough papaya flavor for me.

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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 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 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 bierguru
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of AgentZero
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden beer with a big white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Grainy malt backbone with a lot of papaya. I'd like to add some more commentary here, but it really does smell like papaya and malts. There is some resiny notes and pine hops, but it is pretty light.

T - Grainy/bready malts with papaya and some other tropical notes from the hops. Pretty straight-forward for what it is.

M - Juicy, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Pretty good beer, and a nice break in the middle of our Southampton tasting. Not amazing, but a nice take on a fruity IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
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