Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - PapayaJai Alai IPA - Papaya

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
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 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 corby112
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 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 CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.


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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 brew3crew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of StLThrash
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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..."

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