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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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88
very good

85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 39
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:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 146
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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..." (1,052 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I am so happy to report that I was able to share three bottles of this great beer. This is an example where I get so mad at my hobby... Why. Why only make this beer once? It's phenomenal!!!! It's not like dried papaya isn't available anymore. Time to raise more money for the Florida Brewer's Guild. One of my favorite IPA's...

A nice aggressive light tan head forms atop this beer. Retention is very impressive and lacing a left all over your glass. A brown/amber color with good clarity.

Aroma is the beginning of your awesome journey. Citrus and tropical fruits, which obviously resemble papaya. Fresh, bright and perfume like. Just wonderful.

The flavor of this beer is just amazing. There is this wonderful balance between the three main components. 1) A toasted malt backbone that is just great. The slightest sense of smoke. Not smokey.. But there is something nice. Reminded me of DFH 60 Minute's malt profile. 2) The bright fresh citrus & pine hop flavors and bitterness. Excellent. 3) And the tropical fruit flavors that just make this very complex and wonderful. Yes, papaya... but it's deeper than just that. All of this works perfectly together..

Subtle carbonation, medium bodied, smooth in your mouth with a touch of oiliness.

Phenominal Beer and one I would chase forever. Please make this again!!!! (1,326 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly hazy dark amber in color. Forms a bubbly off-white head that leaves some light lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and some citrus hops. Then a woodsy quality, a bit of malt and some sweet floral hops.

T: Bitter and malty with very little papaya flavor. Starts with a relatively strong maltiness, then grapefruit. Some tropical fruit in the mix, but to a much lesser extent. Bitter and fairly one dimensional.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a strong, unbalanced bitterness.

O: Bitter and malty with only a hint of papaya flavor. Drinkable, but unbalanced and one dimensional. (604 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (706 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Split with my lady.

A - Pours a nice clear and flittered solid copper color with some slight orange notes. There is a nice .35 inch white head that recedes a bit quickly but is quite denes. After a vigorous swirl the head grows to a nice .5 inch an stay for a bit.

S - Citrus and tropical aroma. Some nice fruitiness to it which defiantly seems like papaya. Some mango and some slight tangerine is present in the nose. The papaya gives it a nice dry note to it. Very interesting hop aroma combines with the fruit.

T & M - Taste starts off with some slight citrus and some nice tropical fruit notes. Some mango and some slight tangerine. Then the papaya kicks in which gives it a nice slight sweet fruity note but its also a fresh papaya fruitiness, which is kind off dry. Delicious bitter finish to this beer with an enveloping grassy and dank profile. It is quite fruity and fresh tasting beer. As it warms the papaya is quite nice and prevalent. Mouthfeel is nice and light with some refreshing notes and good CO2.

O - Great IPA and I can imagine a great version of Jai Alai. (1,129 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,875 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of shand
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew is a fairly clear red-amber color with two fingers of head that retains and laces fairly well. The aroma is nice, the standard IPA hoppiness and pineyness are present, along with the normal tropical fruit bouquet from CCB's IPAs. The papaya blends in here on the nose, just adding another dimension to the aroma. The taste is exceptional, this is one of the best fruited beers I've ever had. The papaya is upfront on the taste, riding up front on a wave of other tropical fruits that that washes away to a nice hoppy, piney finish. The best thing is that the fruits are not very sweet too, this is less sweet than even the base Jai Alai. A great fruited IPA.

The mouthfeel is great, it's fairly thick but not quite as thick as a DIPA, and it is fairly highly carbonated. The drinkability is absolutely superb. I really, really love this beer. Now, personally, it must be taken into effect that I love fruit beers and I love IPAs, so the two making a beautiful beautiful child is something basically right up my alley. Highly recommended. (1,111 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I split this one with a buddy whom had never had any Cigar City before. We followed it with a Humidor Series Spanish Cedar IPA [I've already rated this from a previous experience]. Needless to say, I think he really enjoyed his Cigar City exposure...

Huge thanks to miamichael2 who sent me up a couple of bottles after I had inquired about the availability and freshness of them recently!

A~orange, somewhat hazy body with a nicely placed layer of head

S~lighter than expected fruit, alongside of an earthy quality; mixed with a blend of tropical hops presence

T~although I was hoping for more fruit to shine through, this was still a tasty beer. Fruit, hops, some malt - a little sweetness, yet very appealing.

M~medium in body, refreshing

O~worth the shot if you get the chance :) (789 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear rose with nice white head.

The smell is very sweet. Maybe a little Papaya but mostly of citrus forward hops.

The taste is fairly simple but with a little malt on the back which is nice and brings a little caramel in. Citrus and bitterness on the front. Light body as it should be in an IPA.

I've tried the regular Jai Alai and the Humidor versions. I must say the Papaya is ranked #2 of the 3 with the Humidor being the best. (448 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of sliverX
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (479 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light red with hints of yellow and orange. A wispy white head sits atop for a good while and laces nicely. The head consists of a copious amount of large bubbles and the beer itself us full of light small bubbles rising to the top quite a while after the pour is finished.

S: Light, piney hops are the dominant smell, but a sweetness from the papaya (I assume) is noted as well. A malt backbone is present, but in the background.

T: The hops really dont dominate the taste here. A slight hoppiness starts the beer off smooth. Followed by the papaya sweetness noted in the smell. The beer finishes with a nice malty, beady finish that makes the beer very well balanced. Hints of alcohol are only barely noticeable on the back, and linger for a bit.

MF: light and nicely carbonated. Not particularly dry on the finish, but the alcohol taste makes up for it.

O: I didn't know what to expect here, and I was quite happily surprised. The taste is not overly sweet, but the fruit ads some character to the IPA. Very drinkable and well balanced. Top notch IPA in my book. (1,079 characters)

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