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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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89
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 39
Gots: 13 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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/

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  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.

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
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