Jai Alai IPA - Papaya - Cigar City Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
03-30-2011 01:17:59 | More by Gosox8787
2.93/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
10-17-2011 22:58:20 | More by korguy123
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
04-27-2011 22:33:19 | More by Patrick999
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-26-2011 00:29:21 | More by brew3crew
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-28-2012 17:13:23 | More by afksports
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-26-2011 15:58:25 | More by ColdPoncho
2.73/5 rDev -31.2%
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.
06-29-2011 21:56:09 | More by billshmeinke
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-17-2011 20:31:09 | More by Gtreid
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
12-19-2011 23:10:52 | More by timtim
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-21-2011 06:00:47 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.05/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-04-2011 01:28:22 | More by sisuspeed
4.72/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
04-03-2011 22:18:14 | More by mwa423
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
03-27-2011 19:14:16 | More by BrewCrew2010
3.93/5 rDev -1%
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
06-26-2011 00:38:33 | More by aepb1
4.13/5 rDev +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.
03-27-2011 00:16:32 | More by Lerxst
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-12-2011 18:35:16 | More by chickenflea
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
07-12-2011 16:11:40 | More by devilben02
Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.