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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 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 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 beagle75
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of HosP
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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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 TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 CaskBeerouac
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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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 MarcatGSB
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 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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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 betsona
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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/

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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