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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 Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of korguy123
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into tulip. Thanks to silverX for this. If this is the same batch he reviewed this would make it a 7 month old bottle.

A- Slightly chill hazed copper pour. Booming 3+ finger off white head. Tiny carbonation bubbles shooting to the top everywhere. Lacing is just sheeting around the glass.

S- Slight pine and floral notes. Papaya is there but very subdued. There is a slight alcohol presence with a sweet malt backing.

T- Pine and floral hops up front again. A strange medicinal taste which I can only attribute to the papaya with a bit of the alcohol. There is a lingering papaya aftertaste in my mouth that won't go away. It's a juicy papaya aftertaste that changes to a dry rind feeling/taste. It's far from off putting just very strange.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, slight alcohol warmth.

O- I'm not super impressed. It's different for a change but I'm not sure that papaya is the go to IPA addition. Mind you this isn't fresh I can only imagine how different it was than. (997 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a pour. Tulip glass, beautiful burnt orange, sticky foam with a hell of a lot of lacing.

Wow, what an aroma. Smells sweetly floral with tropical fruits, not explicitly papaya - I'd say some passionfruit.

Great-tasting IPA here. Lots of tropical fruit-y hop flavor without a ton of residual soapy bitterness. Don't expect too much papaya - I'm not certain how much of the tropical fruit flavors I'm getting are from the hops, or the papaya...I suspect it's hops.

Medium-bodied, it straddles the line between a regular IPA and a DIPA.

I'm not a CCB homer; I've been quite critical of some of their beers. I either love their beer or I hate it. This one, I love. My very minor criticism would be that I'd like to see a little more actual papaya taste, which caused me to knock off a taste point, but even so, this is a very good IPA, one of the best I've had in a while, so I feel justified in giving a 5 for overall impression. Great beer. Weird, I'm not too crazy about regular Jai-Alai, but I love its treatments. This 750 is done. (1,048 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from old notes.

Amber/golden clear body. Two finger frothy white head. Good retention and wispy lacing.

Smells fruity and sweet. The papaya comes through a tad. Earthy hops hide behind the sweetness and fruit along with some alcohol.

Tastes of light malty sweetness up front papaya is there, but kinda lingering in the background. Some bitter/resinous hops and a dollop of fusel alcohol come in at the end. Yuck.

Mid range carbonation for an IPA. Medium bodied. Super hot. Minus points.

Too hot, alcohol is just way too present. Papaya didn't add enough to the mix to make up for it's flaws. (603 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (998 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of mwa423
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Completely clear golden color with a fingerof head that left a nice lacing down the glass.

S - Aroma is a fantastic balance of hoppy bite, citrus and pine with a fruity sweetness from the papaya.

T - Taste is as good as the smell, a bit hoppierwith lots of citrus and the fruit mostly comesout in the aftertaste. Overall an excellent balanced flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a creamy finish.

Overall - Anybody who said don't fruit the beer would change their mind tasting this beer. It has an incredible balance of fruit and hops that will please any palate. (581 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Leaves behind some nice spotty lacing.

S: A nice hoppy aroma with notes of tropical fruits (papaya) and pine. Very similar to Jai Alai, just more fruity.

T: Being that it's a Papaya IPA, I expected it to have a more strong tropical fruit flavor. Put that aside, a nice bitter pine hop upfront, followed by some caramel malts, and finishes with tropical/papaya fruit flavor. Slightly sweeter then their regular Jai Alai and very well balanced.

M: Medium body & carbonation, smooth & sticky texture.

O: Really enjoyed this beer and wish I bought more then 1 bottle. Extremely easy to drink and very smooth. (669 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.89/5  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 (303 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (969 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first ccb to taste and was slightly disappointed. Reminded me somewhat of dfh aprihop coming across as a middling ipa without much fruit to speak of. Pours a mahogany brown with a slight head that does leave nice lacing. Nose is somewhat with candied mango, sweet malts backed by a slightly citrusy hoppiness, with maybe some pink peppercorn. Maybe i served this too cold (15 minutes after refrigeration) but all i get is simple bitter ipa characteristics along with bready malty sweetness, and honestly not much else. I am far from a west coast homer (not a big pliny fan) but after having nelson last night it is tough to bring myself to attempt to enjoy this beer. (670 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely clear with a very ambery golden hue and very little accompanying white foamy head that doesn't stay very long. Moderate lacing.

Smells strongly of papaya and tropical fruits. A pineappley hop whiff in the background makes itself known. Strong malt backbone too.

The tropical fruit is still very present but there is a very dominating hoppiness right up front. Somewhat piney with a citrussy residual flavor leaning more toward pineapple. Strong malt character, a little between caramel and toffee as well as a very bread like yeast presence. This is quite a flavorful beer, very dominant notes all across the board, like they are competing very hard for my tastebuds affection.

Dry medium body mouthfeel with lots of prickly carbination. Residual body is fairly light, tolerable is a good word.

A bit too heavy to have a bunch of these but still worth drinking.

Yummy beer, but its a bit too much at times. I would almost file this under desert beer. Still very delicious. (993 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Colin for sending me this bottle from sunny Florida! Really enjoy these CCB brews, and look forward to giving this one a shot! Poured from 750 ml bottle into La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very beautiful mineral amber color with a copper hue, huge white bubbly 2 finger head. I hardly ever give above a 4 for appearance, but this one gets the nod.

Nose: Ahhh, yes. There is that Jai Alai nose with a bit of dried fruit attached at the end for good measure. Papaya, apricot, and a bit of citrus hop.

Taste: Jai Alai is so tasty, and this really gives it some extra oomph. The dried fruit really meld well with the bright flavors of the hops. Nice mellow, easy drinking profile.

Mouth: Bright, full of carbonation. This beer explodes with aroma in the glass, and flavor in the mouth. A really wonderful IPA variation. I'd like to do a side by side with the DFH Aprihop, both great variations on classic styles, this one might take it.

Drink and Overall: Honestly, a really fantastic beer. I'm super happy Colin (Alienoqium) sent this one along with a box of CCB goodies. Very drinkable, and enjoyable. The ABV is just right, and the blend of dried fruit and hops is wonderful. Thumbs up CCB! (1,219 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Cheers.. (520 characters)

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