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Jai Alai IPA - Peach - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA - Peach
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gtreid on 01-15-2010)
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Arrives a dark orange color, hazy throughout with a white head. No lacing is left behind.
Smell is note of malt, hops and peach. As expected but nothing beyond that.
Taste is malt with hops and a lighter peach note. None of the notable complexity that CCB beers normally show.
Almost full bodied with a light-medium effervescence. Smooth for an IPA, more like a pale ale in that regard. Drying finish and slightly warming. Not much peach, though.
I like the Jai Alai (and I'm not a fan of IPAs normally) but this one missed the target for me. Strange, considering I rated the on-tap Jai Alai much higher. Subtler flavors like peach and blueberry seem particularly difficult to get correct for most brewers. Or maybe the cask is the issue here? I've only had a few cask beers and haven't been impressed with one yet.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2012 16:35:09 | More by PorterLambic
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Serving type: cask

11-08-2011 20:43:22 | More by JustinMatthew
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afksports

New York

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-03-2010 21:26:18 | More by afksports
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aMILESupreme

Florida

4.61/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 22:55:40 | More by aMILESupreme
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 20:08:05 | More by GatorLCA
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Fux

France

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 23:47:26 | More by Fux
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 03:19:25 | More by spinrsx
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adam42381

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 15:12:46 | More by adam42381
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brystmar

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 02:59:04 | More by brystmar
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 22:19:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 22:52:33 | More by Rhettroactive
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codysjb

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 03:43:40 | More by codysjb
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 19:59:31 | More by calcio360jrd
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Heatwave33

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 20:19:12 | More by Heatwave33
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Brittmb29

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 18:26:32 | More by Brittmb29
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rel

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 15:20:41 | More by rel
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DustinPowers74

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 18:35:30 | More by DustinPowers74
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MufflnMan

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 04:43:16 | More by MufflnMan
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 05:20:58 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 02:25:04 | More by oglmcdgl
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 02:56:50 | More by mikesgroove
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 19:37:16 | More by plaid75
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 04:33:44 | More by xnicknj
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 06:07:09 | More by corby112
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LIQUORBARREL

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2011 01:49:14 | More by LIQUORBARREL
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Jai Alai IPA - Peach from Cigar City Brewing
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