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Jai Alai IPA - Peach - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 105
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gtreid on 01-15-2010

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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Short review from a fly at Cigar City.
On tap and referenced as Peach IPA (I figure this is this one as there seems to be no other Peach IPA listed from Cigar City).
Golden orange color with a white creamy head. The nose is fruity with a strange blend of citrus hops and peach. The taste is even more pronounced on the peach side, good but a bit unbalanced. Mouthfeel was good,ok carbonation, medium bodied and refreshing. Interesting but I prefer the regular Jai Alai (if this really was the base beer here).

More User Reviews:
Photo of codysjb
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Engine 15 in Jacksonville (poured into a pint glass)
A: Straw yellow with no head (or at least none visible to me).
S: Like peaches and hops a little bit of pine. The smell is quite impressive to say the least.
T: Peaches are shy and fade fairly fast, but there is a strong ipa to back it up. hops and pine are evident, its sweater than most ipas.
M: Same as tatse but doesn't really take away from the beer since it's good.
O: A good beer, I'd keep it on hand it I could. Not a top 100 beer, but something that I like that I could drink a lot of it was available. I wouldn't seek it out again but i'd certainly reorder it.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City smokes NYC at Rattle N Hum. Peachy aroma, it smells likethe real thing rather than extract. Dark yellow body, little head. Smooth drinker, though carbonation is right there. More of a pale hale in terms of bitterness tasted. A Nice novelty.

Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the CCB tasting at Beer City in North Babylon, NY.

Poured into a Hoffbrau mug

A - Orange and slight carbonation.

S - Sweet and plenty of peach flavor. It is not overwhelming, and quite nice. Doesn't come off as forced/articificial.

T - OMG! This is a nice variant of an american IPA. Slightly hoppy and hints of grain give way to a sweet finish loaded with peach flavor. Almost like a peach Snapple, if it were a beer.

M - Extremely light for the ABV, and smooth. I can imagine this being rediculous in the summer.

D - They really need to make this in bottles for us that live too far from the brewery. I would love to have this in the summer.

CCB has gone up a few notches in my book with this.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a Pint glass.

Color: Light copper with a white head.

Smell: Peach, hops and malts.

Taste: Peach, hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and slightly dry on the palate.

Overall: Very good. Reminds me of a hoppy peach ice tea. The peach is defintely there but it's not overwhelming. If you love peaches and IPAs you have to try this. Cheers!

Photo of LIQUORBARREL
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to theduderules for sharing this awesome growler with tasting group.

Drinking from a Brandy Snifter...sitting on the couches at The Nova.

Delicious scent of peach aroma from the second the growler was popped. This Ipa has a ripe peach smell and finish. You get a little light hops but the showcase here is the peach. Excellent beer I could drink this all day.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the ccb taproom, i had the pleasure of enjoying this one multiple times this week. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

very nice light pour with a light golden amber and a slight amount of haze to it. a light white head came up to about an inch or so above the glass before settling back down and leaving a goo bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

aroma is light citrus and loads of fresh peaches and fruit. this really works very, very well i have to say. i was quite impressed with how nicely it pulled off. the light peach notes really seemed to mesh well with the well balanced profile of the jai alai, creating a light, and very sessionable flavor. smooth and clean finish was just what the doctor ordered and overall i could not have enough good things to say about this one.

great beer and a fantastic treatment here. would love to see this bottled.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured balmy, sweet tropical fruit - pineapple, apricot, peach.

The taste consisted of pineapple and a touch of pepper. A pleasant residual sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was soft and round.

Overall an interesting and tasty IPA. A sure original that surprised me with its drinkability.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, peaches

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with some hops. There is also some sweet peach syrup flavour.. the kind of taste you'd find in a can of peaches. It ends with a mild hop aftertaste with some sweet peach flavour.

Overall – I was on the fence with this one at first because all I could taste is peach syrup. But as it warmed up I could taste the Jai IPA coming through. Interesting to try, but I'd rather just have the regular Jai IPA.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to taster glass at ChurchKey DC on 6/7/12
*From notes

A: Cloudy, orange-amber in color. A minimal head tops the glass, and minor lacing clings to the walls. Not much of a collar here.

S: Plenty of sweet, fresh peaches, juicy hops and a big league tropical vibe rocks the nostrils.

T: A bit sweet up front, with some really killer peach juice and tropical hops. It begins rounding on the mid, and bitters up with a bit of pine-like hop oil.

M: All of the beers at ChurchKey this evening were a bit lacking in the feel department, this one is no exception. Having said that, this isn't nearly as thin as most, and though it's undercarbonated, it's still well put together.

O: I love peaches. And I love beer. So it'd stand to reason that when the two are "mashed up", I'm a sucker. Lucky for me, this well done IPA does just what I was hoping: showcasing the fruit while packing plenty of the Jai-Alai base. Very well done. I sincerely hope that CCB bottles this, as I'd find someone to ship me a couple of sixers.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Casey for this growler.

Pours an orange apricot color into my tulip. Nose brings some really nice peach aromas with a bit of citrus fruit and some pine. Tropical notes abound. Taste is pretty good with some peach, although the nice bitterness an resin from the original Jai Alai is a bit muted. Great feel with a nice smoothness and body. Drinks incredibly well and overall is a very good variation on the original.

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium caramel with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Fresh peaches are dominant with a hint of apricot and a touch of pine. The aroma reminds me of a much better version of Magic Hat #9.

Taste: Peaches everywhere. This one is all about the fresh peaches. I detect a little bit of typical Jai Alai bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. You could knock back several of these. Very refreshing.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This is a really easy drinking beer despite the 7.5% ABV. The peaches may be off-putting for those looking for a normal IPA, but I really liked it. Give it a shot if you get the chance. I'd love to see this one in bottles.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a shade or two darker than normal Jai Alai, but generally appears similar. The head and lace may not be as vigorous.

S - Lots of fresh peach aroma, some piney-citric hop behind it and the malt mostly fuses with the peach to enhance the sensation of sweetness.

T - This beer tastes like a fruit beer, first and foremost, with a huge bitter hoppiness underlying it. Bottom line: I like it. I think this is an interesting and quite pleasing brew, although the peach is so prominent that it overwhelms most of the base subtleties without adequately replacing them. It reminds me of the peach-flavored Snapple that I used to love years ago. I don't love that peach Snapple anymore; I don't know if it has changed or I have. Anyhow, it is really not an improvement on Jai Alai, and it is especially not as delicious as Tropical IPA or Creamsicle IPA.

M - IPA. Good.

D - The peach is a bit much for me, but other people love it.

Photo of brystmar
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Breuklyn Bier Merchants.

Fantasticly pungent, fresh peachy aroma from my glass. Juicy, ripe peaches. Wow, that's incredible.

Hops are at the forefront here, but the peach accents show up strongly to accent the fresh hops. It's like biting into a freshly-picked peach immediately after sipping a top notch single IPA. And for a style I don't normally enjoy, this is great!

I'd happily buy this bottled (fresh only!), and I might even be back tomorrow for another pint. Delicious!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Superstar North Babylon for hosting a Cigar City tasting and having this available.

a - Through the growler has a nice apple juice look to it (and the jug being shaped that same almost had my pregnant wife cracking it open while looking for the juice!). Poured into a Duvel taster tulip, still fresh so lots of nice carbonation and a bubbly off white head which slowly faded leaving sparse lacing blotches on the glass...settles as a clear orange.

s - Unreal. Peaches...perfectly ripe mouth watering peaches. Touch of grapefruit, but peaches all the way. I could smell this all day.

t - While peaches are featured in the flavor as well, the bitterness is a bit much for me to rave about the taste like the nose. Jai Alai is a really subtle and balanced IPA in my opinion and the peaches seem to have brought out the bitterness. Quite delicious and unique.

m/d - I really wish that this was in bottles and available to me all of the time. The folks at cigar city have proven themselves time and time again with their product, but this beer is in a class of it's own. It is amazing what you can do with a beer and this is ground breaking stuff and something that should be a staple for trying to convert non-craft drinkers. Jaii Alai on it's own is a great beer, most of the variations are excellent twists on the original. I guess when you have a great starting point...? This one has a stronger bitterness, but the peach flavor and smell (WOW, the smell) more than make up for bittery mouth and flavor. It is delicious and easy to drink.

Photo of rel
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the CCB tasting at Cervesas. Fun event!

It poured a clear powerful orange, with thick head, little retention, but nice lacing.

Being particularly sensitive to IPAs, it was the first thing I smelled; hops, hops, floral hops. But then there was a dominant sweet peach aroma, almost malty.

Peaches to the rescue! I like the Jai Alia, but this grabbed the IPA by its horns and said, "whoa there buddy, I'm a peach and I'm gonna play with you!" This was definitely an IPA, but everyone agreed much less aggressive than most. Tasting more like a peach dessert, the new ingredient interacted beautifully with the floral hops.

Mouthfeel: see IPA.

This might be the first IPA to make me say, "I Like IPAs." Done, I said it.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hawthorne's 2nd annual IPA block party. I love drinking in the street in front of cops so i'll be attending every year.

Peach Jai looks like the regular with a hazy mix of deep orange and some light browns with golden specks. It looks like an IPA alright. Not a lot of head, not even a cap, some small sticks.

Well, this certainly smells peachy clean. I mean it really is all im getting in the nose along with a semi big malt base akin to the regular. It smells good alright.

This is a dman fine IPA and the peach addition really shines. It melds well with the little bit of pineapple from the regular and I get a bit of bubblegum as well. Not piney, just fruity and malty.

Feel is a big medium. The build on this screams East Coast and has a sweet finish. Fruity up front, sweet on the end. Carb is kinda lacking and with a boost, great things would come.

I really enjoyed this and I would probably drink a shit ton of it. I hope to score a growler of this during beer week and hope to try the other varieties in the future.

Photo of MufflnMan
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the CCB tasting room. Beautiful dark golden orange with a foamy white head that revives with a swirl.

Smells is dominated by peach with subtle hops.

Taste follows suit, a great balance of sweet peach and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation.

I'm not much of an IPA guy, but what a great overall brew.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Set up on a trade from Afksports. Thanks Brendan.

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a beautiful amber hue. Smell is so divine. Floral and peach wafting from the glass. It smells so good I want to stick something else in there if you know what I mean. Taste is right on par with the smell. Peach right up front, kapow. Hop is there but not the starring role in this brew. On the backend I pick up some tea flavor.

This is a tatsy beer and should be sought after. Cigar City has proven again they are a force to be reckoned with.

Photo of Brittmb29
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer of my Cigar City Take Over night @ WOB coconut creek, fl (from notes).

A- Draft into shaker pint. hazy amber brown body w/ a finger of yellowish head almost fluffy, with thick lacing down glass.

S- peach and subtle hop aroma with malted body, veryyy peachy.

T- malted back, followed by poeach not too strong and then great hop mild astringency to compliment the sweet peachy flavor. my favorite fruit beer yet!

M- thin without being unsatisfying, enough carbonation to keep it crisp the whole beer.

O- Amazing beer, first experience w/ jai alai and i plan trying more and this great style! good amount of alcohol to be able to put back a couple too.

Photo of DustinPowers74
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is exquisite: a clear deep orange body is topped with a giant, yellow, ice cream, sheen and massively rocky whipped cream head. Amazing retention and lace. Aroma is really outstanding: fresh juicy peach, cooked peaches in dessert, peach cobbler. Very intense, full, and unmistakable. Taste is bitter, spicy, mild peach, sweet peach cobbler. Palate is soft, bitter, biting, and fairly intense. Oily and bitter rather than dry and astringent.

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the 2011 Hunahpu's release.

Pours a bright golden orange color that is hazy and opaque with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks, spots and rings of chunky, soapy lacing left behind.

The nose of this beer is bursting with tropical fruit with only slight earthy pine notes. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, mostly peach but also mango, pineapple and citrus rind.

Medium bodied and bursting with luscious tropical fruit flavor. Tons of peach up front providing more sweetness that lingers throughout. Not very dry with slight bitterness and the sweetness takes away from the hop flavor a bit. Lots of tropical peach, mango and pineapple as well as some orange peel. Pale malt backbone provides nice balance but this beer could use a bit more hop bite/bitterness/dryness. Very refreshing and extremely quaffable but it's a bit one dimensional.

Photo of Gtreid
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Identical to the regular Jai Alai. Hazy, copper penny color. The pour drops a quarter of off white head, that retains well and leaves some great lace.

A: I get the healthy dose of hops, the nice malt backbone, and yes, the peaches. The peaches really add a different aspect to the base brew.

T: The peaches are subtle, showing up on the back end. Still a great balance of hops with the malt. Finishes very peachy sweet.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. A little sticky from the fruit sugars.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is lower than the base brew due to the added sweetness. Overall, pretty solid treatment. Can't wait to try the mango version. Skal.

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at rattle n hum in nyc

Pours a hazed orange, thin white head, sticky lacing around the glass with some filmy retention.

Strong scents of peach juiciness with bitter hops and sticky sweetness. Plenty of pulp and pith with sugar.

Slight bitter hops with peach juice. Fruit sweetness with citrus pulp. Slight malt bill with more fruit juice. Finishes slightly bitter and sweet.

Medium body, mild carbonation, smooth on the tongue. I thought this was pretty decent but overall too sweet and the peach was too strong.

Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at my house.

A: Pours a nice bright copper orange with a nice tall fluffy head. Awesome retention and loads and loads of lace.

S: Wonderful aromas from this one. Sweet Peach O's candy like aromas with hints of citrus and pine.

T: Yowzers. Wonderful rich sweet peach flavor. The peach flavors are sweet yet mildly earthy.... think peach pit and the fuzz of the peach. The regualr Jai Alai is there with notes of citrus and pine. Mild sweet caramel and wow is there peach from start to finish. Dare I say Awesome? The best CCB IPA that has passed my lips.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation from the kegerator.

D: Awesome I was gonna invite a few friends over to share this one, but I think I will keep it all to myself. I can not dream of a better beer to enjoy while sitting pool side.

Huge thanks to Joe and Tim for doing this one for me. I owe you!

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Jai Alai IPA - Peach from Cigar City Brewing
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