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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

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 41
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010)
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-14-2011 18:00:12 | More by JRod1969
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-16-2012 16:52:21 | More by closisinthehouse
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-20-2011 02:52:43 | More by mmcnaughton
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baggedlunch

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-25-2014 22:09:42 | More by baggedlunch
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chickenflea

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 18:35:16 | More by chickenflea
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 15:58:25 | More by ColdPoncho
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RossCain

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:21:22 | More by RossCain
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 16:02:38 | More by regspeir
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:51:02 | More by AdamBear
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 06:00:47 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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HosP

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:41:50 | More by HosP
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:43:02 | More by xnicknj
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betsona

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 16:11:12 | More by betsona
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 07:34:12 | More by corby112
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Lerxst

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:16:32 | More by Lerxst
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 21:25:15 | More by Urbancaver
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 23:55:39 | More by glid02
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 19:05:55 | More by Rhettroactive
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 08:28:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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cosmicevan

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:33:39 | More by cosmicevan
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Gtreid

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 20:31:09 | More by Gtreid
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 07:05:03 | More by MasterSki
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:05:20 | More by CaptCleveland
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babaracas

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 06:02:54 | More by babaracas
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:28:22 | More by sisuspeed
Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.