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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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88
very good

85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
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

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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 Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle with no freshness date visible. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for this beer I really wanted. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish orange in color with a two finger pillowy beige head. Not cloudy in the slightest with some pretty nice retention.

Aroma: Pine, tropical fruits, and citrus notes from the hops definitely dominate. Backing notes of caramel and toasted bread, with the slightest touch of papaya. The papaya aspect of this beer really is not that prominent here.

Taste: Much like the regular Jai Alai, sharp pine, grapefruit, cirtus and some tropical fruits. But the added papaya really does not hit too hard. In fact, it is well hidden here. I would love more fresh or dried papaya notes to be honest. Some caramel and toasted bread backing. Very much like the original Jai Alai.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and crisply carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, a really solid IPA but not that different from the regular Jai Alai. The name really made me want more fruit character from the Papaya, but it really is just an extremely subtle variation of the regular. I wonder if I could even distinguish if given a blind taste test. I enjoyed, but stick to the original. (1,244 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a light amber color with a slight white head. Nice and fruity aroma with the papaya and also mango with pineapple. Really like the nose on this one and hope the taste doesn’t let down! Fairly sweet start with all of the fruit flavors invading the palate and dominating. It does have a mild bitterness that slowly builds until the end when the sweetness has subsided and the bitterness takes over. Fruity and malty. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Overall, pretty tasty but could be a little on the sweet side for me. (544 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.89/5  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 (303 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (725 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a light orange color with a thin white head and not much lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some really nice tropical and citrus notes with papaya dominating. The flavor is all papaya. Wow, there is a lot of papaya there. Not too complex, but I really like the flavor. Beer is mildly hoppy in the flavor and then the finish is a bit bitter. Really interesting and I'm glad I got to try this one. (480 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very fruity, like a fruit punch fortified with fresh tropical fruit. Esters seem to play a supporting role, but floral and tropical notes keep it feeling organic, rather than chemical.

T: Begins off-dry, with floral hop aromatics and toasted malt amidst sharp bitterness and restrained acidity. Grain turns more spirituous as hops fade in the middle. A fairly dry brand of caramel defines the finish, but stays grainy, with moderately intense bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although this beer was received skeptically, it works as a fruit beer and as an IPA. In fact, the fruity and floral qualities that own the smell and touch the flavor make this more approachable than the standard Jai Alai IPA. Sweetness stays light and mobile on the palate, adding to the appeal. A successful experiment. (1,044 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured amber in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass. It left some moderate lacing on the sides as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a brighter citrus quality to it. I get some notes of grapefruit and pineapple coming through, but I'm not sure I can pick out the papaya. Pretty decent IPA aroma overall.

The taste starts out with more of a floral, brighter citrus flavor. Towards the finish more of the bitter, grapefruit flavor comes out. Again a pretty decent IPA flavor but the papaya doesn't really seem to add anything unique to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a pretty nice drinking IPA. I have never had a papaya beer so I was hoping it added something a little more unique to it. Even though the papaya didn't really come out that much it was still a pretty solid IPA overall. (913 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a La Chouffe Snifter

A- caramel color

S- Papaya and some sweet malts

T- Definitely notice the papaya, with a nice sweet malt and citrus hop balance.

M- Light to medium mouthfeel.

O- Liked this one a little more than the cedar IPA from Cigar City. Still not a favorite but would recommend to another IPA fan. (322 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems my rumoured love of Cigar City has spread far & wide - rec'd bottles from steelcitybrew, moose3285, & beerisheaven in short order the past couple weeks. First bottle downed at a gathering; this is #2, opened up with my wife.

Pours like a straight-up IPA, strolling between copper & light orange. Clear as gin. Light pine hops, malts sweetness, & feathery touch of papaya in the nose. Pretty tame.

Papaya IPA has that trademark Jai Alai bitterness that I love so much, but it's cut signifantly by the papaya sweetness. Lovely bitterness, pine needles, floral curtains, & a quieter papaya presence. It's more lurker that Shogo. This is a swigger; the slight sweetness cuts into the strong hops enough that I want to take full mouthfuls of this rather than dainty sips.

Very good beer, very, very good beer, but doesn't live up to the sheer bliss of the other Jai Alai treatments I've had to date. Would love to see more papaya character to relly make this one belch, but hey, I've been so spoiled by Cigar City all I can think is "what if..." (1,052 characters)

Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 :) (789 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (965 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.. (520 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a dark honey color with about a finger of off white head. Smells of papaya and pineapple. Tropical to say the least. Certainly papaya on the tongue. This beer is rather sweet. I could see this being overly sweet for some. There is a slight malt backbone but I can work with that. Surprisingly for how sweet it is, it finishes incredibly dry. Not too bad. Glad I tried it. (411 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-amber body with a white wispy head
S-nice fruitiness to align with the hops.
t-taste just lime the normal jai Ala I. Nothing to really differentiate it. Still a nice hop taste to it. Citrus hops fo sho
M-medium bodied and oh so smooth
O-good, but just like their normal I pa. (278 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a tall white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice citrus aroma with mild more tropical fruit notes. The Papaya did not really come through very much.

T: Lots of citrus, mild pine and a very light dash of the tropical fruit. Medium in body, smooth great carbonation.

M: Medium in body, smooth refreshing.

D: Good wish it had a bit more of the tropical fruit character. (414 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of sliverX
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass perfectly clear copper with a huge rocky white head that left lots of lacing
Smells is sweet caramel, tropical fruits, citrus hops
Taste is sweet almost to sweet very fruit with a nice hop bite, fear this may be a bit old.
Mouthfeel feel is a light medium with light carbonation
Overall its good but I bet much nicer super fresh.
Looks like it was bottled about 2 months ago so not super old and the papaya brought out the maltyness (479 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at CCB's Fruit in the Room event

This Jai Alai variant reminds me of less-fresh examples of Jai Alai, when the malt starts to show heavy notes and the hop fades into orange-blossom and pine resin nuances. Apparently the fruit picked up certain sweet elements and toned down or muted some bitter and fruity notes that existed in the base IPA. Other than that, it has pretty similar appearance, feel and drinkability. (423 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (859 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (998 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles down quickly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Fruity pine hops with notes of pineapple and mango (and papaya I suppose). There is quite a bit of bready malt in the background as well with a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet, biscuit and toffee malt with sharp, citrus hops and moderate bitterness. The hop character becomes more fruity in the middle with pineapple and other tropical fruit character as well as more sweet, cake-like malt. The beer finishes with notes of sweet fruity hops and alcohol as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This beer is very similar to the regular Jai Alai, but it seems heavier and sweeter. The papaya is a bit hard to pick out since the base beer is already full of tropical fruit hop notes, but it does seem to add a bit of acidity and fruity sweetness to the finish. The hops aren't quite as sharp as I remember them being from the regular version either and their flavor seems to linger on the palate with the malt much longer than the bitterness does. This almost comes across more like a very sweet DIPA than a standard IPA and the sweetness along with the fruit and the pithy hop flavor makes it seem stronger than it really is. Worth trying, especially if you have had any of the other Jai Alai permutations, but I definitely prefer the white oak version and the straight Jai Alai to this one. (1,495 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for the bottle!

Pours a beautiful, clear, amber-orange with a thin, white head that leaves a few patches of lacing behind.

Lots of residual sugar on the nose with fruit sweetness and citrus-laden hops. A little malty. More sweet than hoppy.

Grassy, citrusy hops mixed with papaya and sweet malts. I'm not a huge fan of papaya, but it works quite well in this beer. Very cool.

Smooth, creamy body with lingering bitterness. Medium to light carbonation. This feels great going down.

Overall, this is a cool spin your typical IPA. The papaya is well integrated and really helps this beer stand out. On the sweeter side for an IPA, but delicious none the less. Worth checking out. (702 characters)

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