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Jai Alai IPA - Peach - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 181
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 3.75%
Wants: 105
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of LIQUORBARREL
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peach in the nose, peach in the middle, peach on the end.

Very well balanced.. Slight citrus hop bite. Smells like a peach snapple. this is a fantastic twist on the classic ipa and kicked in just 15 mintues. I wish they would bottle this.. I would drive to great lengths to drink this again (292 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The favorite craft beer I had during NYC Beer Week. Probably one of the favorites I've had ever. Ever ever? Ever ever. Where can I buy more of this and how. Please let me know and I will.

The appearance is akin to the Jai Alai IPA. Not much different about the orange and red hue with a finger of head. Still, it's as appealing as you'd expect.

The aroma is absolutely delightful. You've got the typical IPA smell of hops, a scent of florals coming in, and then a huge blast of peach. An orchardful.

The taste has the same batch of peaches. Somehow when you get fruit in beers they overpower everything else and you feel like it's juice. In IPA's, I feel like too frequently it's just all hops. Or there's sweetness of malt but nothing to balance it. This has it all. The peaches are present, but tempered by the hops, which bite at the finish and keep it clean.

Mouthfeel is just as well done. Carbonation and a thick medium body keep it interesting.

Best part about this for me is the drinkability, probably because it's an IPA variety that I can finally enjoy. A++. Can't wait to travel to Tampa.

UPDATE: Had on tap also, at Blind Tiger's CCB event. Still measures up. (1,178 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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! (875 characters)

Photo of aMILESupreme
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This looks just like Jai Alai.

S: Jai Alai with a sweat peach nose.

T: Also tastes like it sounds. the citrus and floral hops work well with the peach.

O: Not my favorite CCB Jai Alai variant. You should try but i recommend the wood aged variants more. (259 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells great with a very natural fragrant peach. Tastes like it smells but the best part is that the peach is not overpowering and let's the original Jai Alai flavor come through. It only adds to an already great beer. I never grew tired of drinking it and in fact had two which is rare for a fruit adjunct beer. (325 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a plastic cup on the street at hawthorns block party.

A- comes to me with a small finger of light tan head atop a dark burnt orange brew. Almost looks like iced tea when the light hits it right. Head settles in a few but does leave a solid ring around the cup.

S- booom! That smells amazing. Like a fresh peach and crisp fruity and floral hops. Malts are mildly bready and sweet with a touch of caramel. Hints of pine in the background.

T- big bold juicy peaches and ruby red grapefruit. Lots of tropical and citrus fruits in there as well. Malts come off simple yet with enough flavor to keep up. Toasted bread and caramel come to mind. Long fruity hoppy finish.

M- about medium in body with a nice carb that feels just right up against the body. Super tannic and dry.

O- this is a spectacular brew and a great twist on the style. The fruits never over power the base beer and blend together like a champ. I had two of these instead of an elder so take that for what it is. (994 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (371 characters)

Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the cigar city takeover at WOB-coconut creek.

So far i believe this is my favorite variation of jai alai. The peach taste was not over the top, just subtle enough to mellow out with the massive hops of regular jai aiai. I sure wish this would get bottled or be a draft release all year round, i could drink this every day. As with regular jai alai, wonderful fluffy white lacing is left on your glass as you slowly drink this hoppy goodness. The smell of the peach is actually stronger than the taste is, big plus to that as too much peach could have been overwhelming to the taste buds. Going to the florida tap takeover at my WOB-clematis tonite, hope we have this one on tap again! (695 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,551 characters)

Photo of rel
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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! (491 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is apricot hued and pretty clear with a quarter inch of white head. A delectable aroma, led by fresh juicy peaches. Pleasant scents of tropical fruit and fresh hops. Delicious beer, with ample peach character throughout. Light bodied and easy drinking, with alcohol hidden quite well. Overall, a great IPA that I really enjoyed. (368 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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). (509 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firkin fun.

Sunset amber color with a creamy head. Moon surface bubbles on top. Very turbid.

Smells like peach nectar, citrusy hops, caramel malt sweetness, tangerine, grapefruit, and floral notes.

Stuffy peach flesh, burnished hops, citrus crush, grassy herbal bitterness, alkali, caramelized fruit, dried apricot, mild toast, and dry oak finish. Awesome. Not completely washed out with peach like the nose was.

Delicate mouthfeel. Good texture. Carbonated accordingly. Taken care of.

A sweet hoppy treat. Great beer. (523 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of GatorLCA
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Peach White Oak Variant

On draft...at my house, don't ask.

A- Pours out a cloudy, orange tinge with medium head as if you're pouring a Jai Alai, the coloring may be due to the peach but for the most part it's just a hair cloudier than the standard Jai Alai

S- All Peach,hint of orange and grapefruit coming off the base beer, very pleasant and inviting if you never had the beer before

T- Jai Alai at first, then comes the peach and on the backend the White Oak. If the beer is too cold then there's no way to taste the white oak, it completely disappears. If you're going to drink any Wood treated beer from CCB you have to let it sit for a good 10 minutes to fully appreciate the complexity of the flavors. This isn't my favorite Wood treated beer but that's mainly due to the Peach flavoring

M- Typical IPA, but there is a slight syrupy feeling lingering in the mouth if you are taking your time with drinking it (as in writing this review). I don't get that so much with the standard White Oak, must be something to do with the Peach treatment

O- Not bad for a treatment Jai Alai, I still prefer Tocobaga as my go-to crushable beer, even the treatments of Tocobaga are better than the Jai Alai even though Tocobaga doesn't get much love when it comes to distribution. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Brittmb29
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (943 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA - Peach from Cigar City Brewing
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