Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - PapayaJai Alai IPA - Papaya

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very good

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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

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/14/11
*From notes

A: Amber-ruby. This is a dark one, though it has been filtered. A cascading two finger, bubbly head with that icky, sticky lacing that's quickly become CCB's calling card.

S: If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was their standard Jai-Alai. That wave of rich malt and citrusy, tropical essence hits immediately. I do detect a slight bit of earthy sweetness, though I don't know if I could honestly pinpoint it as papaya.

T: The mild and subdued papaya shows up on the forepalate, but is quickly swept under the rug for the floral hop notes. The malt washes the palate from the mid to finish, and it all ends rather bitter, with trace hints of tropical fruit. As this warms, a heavy dose of alcohol begins to percolate.

M: A bit lighter then I was expecting, though I assume that comes from it being filtered. I can say that it really suits the delicate flavor profile of the papaya well, and makes it a bit easier to pick up and retain. As always, the carbonation level for this CCB beer is spot-on. Overall, the mouthfeel pretty close to perfect, and extremely well balanced.

O: I really enjoyed Cigar City's Jai-Alai Papaya IPA. It isn't my favorite Jai-Alai one-off that I've had (that would be the Humidor), but it's damn tasty and easy drinking. The papaya wasn't nearly as heavy as I'd expected coming from Joey Redner and crew, but it is there. You'll simply need to dig deep within the bottle to find it. None the less, this is the perfect summertime beverage, and one I hope they keep in heavy rotation. Thumbs up.

*Paired with a fresh, organic papaya (1,637 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Clear, copper color. The pour dropped an enormous three finger head that left nice lace.

A: Very similar to regar jai alai. A hefty malt profile balances the hops nicely. Big citrus, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and papaya.

T: Much like the nose. Big citrus profile with orange, papaya, and grapefruit. Caramel malts are big in this one also. Finishes dry with a little too much alcohol.

M: crisp and clean. Spot on carbonation.

O: I thought this was very similar to the original base beer. The papaya get lost in the complexities of jai alai. Still a very soild treatment, just wish the papaya was a little more prevalent. Skal. (679 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at Chris' (spycow's) place during the Southampton tasting, and then cracked my own bottle courtesy of Beerlando. Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Big white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Transparent golden body.

S - This was quite an odd experience. One bottle seemed faded and malt-forward, while the other smelled of straight-up Papaya. Both were refrigerated for the majority of the past month, so I'm baffled by the bottle variation. In any case, it's heavy on tropical fruits, but also has a bready malt backbone that is fairly assertive.

T - Tropical fruits, burnt sugars, toasted grains, and bready malt character. Not as juicy as it was merely a week ago - I wouldn't sit on this beer too long.

M - Big juice medium-full body, medium carbonation, sticky residual feel that reminds me of fruit juice. No discernible alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink, and one of the better Jai Alai variations I've had. I'm confused as to why one bottle tasted significantly older even though I sampled them about four days apart. In any case, fairly enjoyable but not essential. (1,121 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber a mostly clear orange amber with two finger cream colored head, slowly fades to a thin ring leaving splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, with a quick touch of grapefruit, sugary dried papaya, and spicy, woody and earthy notes. Taste: sweet but in a light, sugary way, biscuit with sugary fruit (mango or papaya, can't really tell)), citric and leafy with light earthiness. Medium bodied with the right balance between creamy carbonation and viscosity. As is customary from CCB, this is a unique IPA that is hard to rate as an IPA as it is sweeter than usual and with a measurable sweet tropical fruit component. But it's really tasty, so it gets a nice score here.

If you plan to review, let it warm a bit as that citric component takes a while to come out, and adds a lot. (798 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Cheesemoose for the hookup from the hunahpu release. Shared with the wife and bro-in-law. Enjoyed thoroughly by all (who all have different beer palettes).

a - poured a solid orange with steady carbonation and a thin white head. beer was clear, but attractive. carbonation and bubbling could be seen long after the pour. no head to speak of.

s - sweet papayas and oranges mixed with hops. nice fruit medley.

t - sticky bittery hops with a papaya undertone. nice fruity flavor that melds nicely with the hops. surprising bitterness to the taste, but not overly so. probably would enjoy the ipa a bit more without the papaya, but an interesting take on the classic ipa.

m - surprisingly bitter but not overly so, i just didn't expect the bitterness, was expecting more fruitiness.

o - overall the papaya is a nice touch in this IPA, but not quite as good as the peach jai alai. the papaya mellows everything out. an interesting take on the ipa...if given the opportunity would probably have a pint of regular jai alai over this beer, but glad i got to try this interesting variation. (1,100 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into tulip.

Thin, white head, minimal Belgian lace.

Very nice aroma of fruit, citrus, pine, sugars.

Nice hop presence from front to back lingers, then is cleaned by papaya fruit sugars.
Overall balanced hop bitterness with subtle papaya. Jai Alai yields base hops, pine and papaya is not cloying but offers an adequate complement.

I find this mutation of Jai Alai leans more toward the bitter hops one expects from an IPA and the papaya is just the right touch, but does not overwhelm the base. (511 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.18.11

25.4oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright reddish orange with thick cream colored head with mixed bubbles. Leaves amazing lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus, tropical fruits.

T - Floral and citrusy.

D - Nice and smooth with a nice bitter finish. (292 characters)

Photo of betsona
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gtreid for this 750mL bottle shared with a buddy, poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- A deep hearty ruby amber color with two fingers of white head that dissipates into thin covering. Lots of spider web lacing on the glass that indicates a very healthy beer.

S- Had the exact same nose as the Jai Alai IPA. Lots of tropical citrus hops hit first followed by a rich bill of sweet smelling malt. I was expecting to smell some papaya, but I couldn't detect any. Still a good smelling beer; though it would have rated better if it differed from the regular IPA.

T- Good. The papaya makes a great subtle appearance right away. It is replaced by tropical fruits and floral hops. Finishes with a bitter pine taste. Some sweet malt comes through to balance it out. Except for the subtle hints of papaya, this one tastes almost identical to Jai Alai, which isn't a bad thing.

M- Medium body with correct amount of carbonation that accentuates the myriad of flavors especially the papaya. Slightly oily.

O- I liked it. Though it is almost identical to Jai Alai, the subtle papaya gives it an interesting difference that makes it worth trying. It was an extremely easy drinker that I will gladly try to acquire again. (1,227 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white foam head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks and rings of soapy lacing.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of pine needle, tropical fruit and faint malt. Slghtly earthy and resinous but the prominent charaterstic in the nose is tropical fruit. I was expecting more of an earthy citrus presence but it's domnated by the papaya along with hints of mango and pineapple. Faint malt presence with a bit a graham cracker and biscuit in the nose.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, resinous oily hops and a bitter pine needle presence that lingers over the sweet citrus/tropical fruit flavor and pale malt backbone into a slight dry finish. The bitterness is countered mid-palate by a nice tropical fruit presence with hints of papaya, mango and pineapple as well as some citrus rind/orange peel. Underneath, there is a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker, adding complexity while balancing out the sweet and bitter notes. Toward the end of the swallow I'm picking up some slight heat but overall the ABV is very well masked and this beer is extremely quaffable. I had to slow myself down before pounding down the whole 750ml too quickly.

Overall, this beer is a nice variation on the base beer and I'm glad that they bottled it. Not as good as some of the others that I tried at the Hunahpu's release(especially the Peach) but the papaya adds a nice tropical element that I really liked. Hopefully they decide to bottle more of these in the future. (1,657 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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