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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: 40
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 devilben02
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While visiting Miami from out of town, this is one of the Cigar City beers I was able to pick up to sample the brewery's work. It makes a great first impression, with a hazy yet brilliant orange color being topped by a thick, creamy, off-white head that leaves great lacing as I emptied the glass. The aroma is varied but not very fragrant, with light notes of honey, flowers, orange, and a dull pine characteristic.

The flavor is likewise pleasant but not as exotic as I had hoped, with big doses of wood and pine being contrasted by a fruity sweetness that is more like canned peaches than like papaya. Because I know it's there, I can force myself to taste the papaya, but it is not prominent. The texture is solid for an IPA, with a resinous body that lingers long after each swallow. Overall, this is a well-done IPA, but it is far more common than I was hoping.

devilben02, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Clear and dark orange. Moderate white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Citrus hops, caramel malt, and a candy-like sweetness--I'm assuming that's from the added papaya.

A relatively sweet and caramelly IPA. It's good and certainly tasty, but it's just a touch too sweet for my tastes.

Medium bodied.

A good IPA but I'm not sure the inclusion of the papaya actually translates all that well. I think it probably adds a substantial amount of sweetness to an already terrific IPA, but the sweetness doesn't necessarily taste much like papaya. Though, all in all, a very good IPA.

ehammond1, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich cloudy amber color with a nice and tight eggshell crown cap. The aromas are not as intense as I was expecting/hoping for. They begin with juicy citrus (orange mainly) hops with some pale and light caramel sweetness. As you dive back in you get some more tropical fruitiness (which I have to assume is Papaya, but if I didn't have the label in front of me I wouldn't have known.
The tastes begin with light pale and bready malts but only for a moment, because the intense bitterness immediately assaults your palate. As it warms you are able to discern the hop flavors a little more. You get some orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit but they are all kinda muddled together. Not a great hop flavor here. This is quite sticky and resinous actually. Mouthfeel is full but the finish is fairly dry from the ample hopping. Plenty of carbonation.
Overall this is a good IPA; I have had a few of their fruit aged IPAs before (on cask) and this is much more bitter than I remember, but that is to be expected from bottle vs. cask conditioned beers, specifically IPAs. This was bottled in March so who knows if the freshness is a factor. Anyway, I prefer their White Oak which I had again last evening; it is also a better deal because it comes in 4 packs for a similar $ point. Worth a sample if you have never had a fruit IPA before.

claspada, Jul 09, 2011
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.

womencantsail, May 21, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep orange with minimal head and nice clarity. Moderate lacing left behind. The nose is fruit forward with tropical papaya qualities coming on strong, waves of fruit countered by a decent malt depth. The taste is slightly syrupy with a nice tropical fruit profile that melds well with the sturdy malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Overall, there is a nice feature of fruit here, but it comes off as being a malt forward IPA which seems a touch counterproductive to its concept.

homebrew311, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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.

alleykatking, May 06, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber at Luekens in Dunedin. Poured into a tulip. Somewhat cloudy and amber in color with a beautiful tightly piled off white heading that left tremendous lacing throughout the tasting.

The nose is unlike anything I've ever whiffed. The notes of a regular hoppy IPA are apparent but with fruity more yeasty potency kind of steals the show. A somewhat fruit funk binds this all together. Not crazy potent but noticeable.

Taste is solid. It delivers what it promises a heavy hoppy IPA hits hard at first as it mellows on the palate a bit of Papaya knocks this IPA into low gear with a more boozy finish. Papaya really pinches the cheeks.

Medium body with great carbonation. Smooth with a slickey buttery mouthfeel.

An all around very unique tasting beer. Just fell short in certain area's for me.

TheFightfan1, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

AlexFields, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ncaudle, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Bartos
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Bartos, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Gosox8787
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle with no freshness date visible. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for this beer I really wanted. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish orange in color with a two finger pillowy beige head. Not cloudy in the slightest with some pretty nice retention.

Aroma: Pine, tropical fruits, and citrus notes from the hops definitely dominate. Backing notes of caramel and toasted bread, with the slightest touch of papaya. The papaya aspect of this beer really is not that prominent here.

Taste: Much like the regular Jai Alai, sharp pine, grapefruit, cirtus and some tropical fruits. But the added papaya really does not hit too hard. In fact, it is well hidden here. I would love more fresh or dried papaya notes to be honest. Some caramel and toasted bread backing. Very much like the original Jai Alai.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and crisply carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, a really solid IPA but not that different from the regular Jai Alai. The name really made me want more fruit character from the Papaya, but it really is just an extremely subtle variation of the regular. I wonder if I could even distinguish if given a blind taste test. I enjoyed, but stick to the original.

Gosox8787, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a clear dark orange color with an off-white head. Aromas of apricots, papaya and guava. On the palate this one was medium bodied and fairly sweet, with flavors of apricot, papaya and guava.

emmasdad, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

kbutler1, May 23, 2011
Photo of bierguru
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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

bierguru, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

AgentZero, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

beagle75, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Gkguliani
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%

Gkguliani, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of aepb1
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange body with a creamy ivory head and lots of lacing

S-tropical fruits, sweet

T- fruit, sweet malts up front, finishes with a nice bitter citrus hop bite

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, not crisp but refreshing

O- a very refreshing beer. Not the best jai alai variation but a solid take

aepb1, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into my DFH Signature Glass.

A--Poured like what I expected an IPA to do. It had a very aggressive 3" inch that was a slightly off-white color. Had syrupy retention throughout the drink. Giving a vigorous swirl produced quite a bit of head that each time.

S--A rich pine, floral smell. There is a slight booze to it as well. Unfortunately, it smells like any other IPA to me. The papaya is too faint or non-existent. Really disappointed.

T--Tastes a lot (read: almost identical) to their other Jai Aalais. Lots of nice hop presence. The floral notes come off and dance on the tongue. Pine is very present as well. Sweetness of the papaya comes through pretty substantially in this beer. It really knocks out the hop flavor and replaces it with the sweetness of the fruit.

M--Very light. There are tons of carbonation bubbles in this beer (and from my DFH glass). So it feels really nice on the tongue. Good mouthfeel over all.

O--It's a very good IPA that can really hold its own. Unfortunately, there's not a lot separating this beer from either the Humidor Series or regular Jai Alai to justify the hefty price ($12.99). I think I'll stick with the regular since I can get more of it for less of a price. But definitely give this one a try if you have the opportunity.

Mosley1212, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Out of my Founder's Tulip.

A- Pours a glowing reddish amber, clear and crisp. The beer pours with a healthy white head, and the lacing is pretty intense.

S- Smells sweet and fruity, the papaya is very evident. Some fruity and piney hops are present too.

T- It's smooth and slightly sweet. The finish is dry and hoppy, with a touch of papaya. Excellent dry hoppy aftertaste.

M- Very good here as well. It has enough body without being too overboard. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, but that's ok.

O- This is pretty tasty, could use a bit more papaya though. I'm not sure you would know it was there if it wasn't on the bottle. A big malty single IPA that is quite tasty.

-GFunk

Gfunk720, Apr 02, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 31, 2011
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.

billab914, May 10, 2011
Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.