Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
05-06-2011 04:20:02 | More by alleykatking
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
05-27-2011 01:34:49 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.6/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
04-15-2011 04:06:34 | More by shand
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-23-2011 12:11:45 | More by kbutler1
4.13/5 rDev +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.
03-25-2011 21:25:15 | More by Urbancaver
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-30-2011 22:54:07 | More by kawilliams81
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-03-2011 22:53:11 | More by beagle75
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-07-2011 18:06:52 | More by TheFightfan1
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-24-2011 06:02:54 | More by babaracas
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-14-2011 23:51:02 | More by AdamBear
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
06-17-2011 02:23:24 | More by Eriktheipaman
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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
05-10-2011 02:02:44 | More by sliverX
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
06-13-2011 14:49:33 | More by russwbeck
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
04-19-2011 01:17:01 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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 :)
08-21-2011 21:07:44 | More by vande
Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.