Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing
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4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-26-2011 15:58:25 | More by ColdPoncho
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-26-2011 00:29:21 | More by brew3crew
4.13/5 rDev +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.
03-25-2011 21:25:15 | More by Urbancaver
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-24-2011 06:02:54 | More by babaracas
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-23-2011 16:02:38 | More by regspeir
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-23-2011 02:45:13 | More by nickfl
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
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
03-21-2011 17:41:02 | More by jaw8325
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-21-2011 06:00:47 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-21-2011 02:05:20 | More by CaptCleveland
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip
A- pours a lovely shade of dark orange with a very slight red tint to it with a three finger offwhite head. Excellent lacing. I adore how this looks
S- it smells just like the regular Jai Alai, with a ton more papaya. I love this. So strong and juicy smelling...great
T- a lot of papaya, as you'd expect. It's mainly sweet, and there's just a slight bit of bitterness to it...I'd actually say it's a little too sweet and juicy, but still very nice
M- not too syrupy, but it is very thick. The standard Jai Alai is a lot like that, too
O- damn good beer, but reminds me more of a DIPA than a single IPA. No matter, still very enjoyable and I'm glad it's bottled now
03-19-2011 02:12:14 | More by bigfnjoe
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-17-2011 20:31:09 | More by Gtreid
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-14-2011 23:51:02 | More by AdamBear
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
03-12-2011 20:52:58 | More by jrallen34
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-31-2010 06:04:20 | More by ktrillionaire
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
02-21-2010 18:47:57 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-07-2010 21:13:33 | More by tpd975
Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
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