Jai Alai IPA
Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #36
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #865
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Reviews:
1,771
Ratings:
8,934
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
Notes: Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188 mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at race car speeds, "the merry game." Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.

65 IBU
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gandres from Philippines

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:08 PM
12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: very light amber/orange, very hazy,
Smell: fragrant hoppy
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth Feel: good carbonation, medium drop. Long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good india pale ale Repeat: maybe Look for: no

Today at 07:08 AM
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frankdatank1337 from California

3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer that smells like a NE IPA but tastes like a West Coast. It's little too tart for my taste but still good. My main thought with this beer is it doesn't stand out against all the other IPAs out there. I'd be happy to find it at a party but I wouldn't order it at the bar.

Wednesday at 01:08 AM
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper, which is never a good IPA sign, unless you like malt up close and personal.
The nose confirms this (dirty dish water). And while there are hints of "something" (mostly unidentifiable) in the taste, really, this is all malt.
I bought a four pack of this West Coast style IPA and I can't wait to finish them, so I can move to things more New Englandish.

Nov 21, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an orange/amber color with a very thin white head that sticks around.
S: Super citrusy & hoppy up front, followed by some sweeter malt aromas.
T: Taste follows the nose, has a somewhat earthy aftertaste that is nice.
F: Medium-bodied with a smooth, yet crisp finish.
O: This IPA is bitchin to say at the least, super approachable beer.

Nov 13, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally. Have wanted to try this for years now.

From a can marked '147 CANNED 05/29/2020 3:15 WILLIAM ONYEABOR'

Body is a rich opaque amber with a creamy head - cream colored as well. Fluffy lace coats the glass.

Scent is pine, citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Clementines. Vanilla.

Taste is tropical fruit and citrus with an undercurrent of vanilla and caramel. Leans more to the hop side but the richness of the malt bill is noticeable. A definite sweet caramel vanilla base with tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit citrus and a touch of pine. Sweet and rich but never too sweet or too rich. Hoppy but not intensely bitter. Wonderful example of balance.

Mouth is creamy, silky and on the heavier side of medium.

Drinkability is very high.

This is really a great IPA. The 95 rating is clearly deserved.

Nov 01, 2020
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djsranger from New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this IPA. That rare balance of hoppiness and fruitiness that isn't too hoppy and isn't too fruity. The overtones of grapefruit and tangerine are what first hits you followed by a nicely balanced tartness from the hops. What puts it over the top as an above average IPA is just how drinkable this beer is compared to most. Its pleasant from the first sip to the last and even beyond...highly recommended.

Oct 30, 2020
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Mistress-o-IPAs from California

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably tasty! First tried about 6 months ago and loved it. Just secured a second 6-pack and JUST AS GOOD as last time. PERFECT balance of hoppy and fruity (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, i.e. citrusy fruits). Leaves you wanting a second can immediately after finishing the first one.

Oct 21, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip a big 3F light tan soft topped head forms. This slowly settles to a 2F bread like sponge beneath the spotty high level lace. Finally settling to an island of floppy foam on top of the 80% transparent orange amber color.

Nose hints at grapefruit and other citrus hop notes along with a mild malt scent.

Taste is a citrus and sweet malt delight. An orange mango flavor rides on top of a light brown sugar malt vibe. A very mild citrus rind bitterness adds to the finish. This is yummy without being too bitter or too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a bit of tang provided by ample small bubble carbonation. A subtle tannic quality of the hops dries the creamy body on the finish.

I was expecting this beer to be big on bitter hops but it is not at all. And its appeal to me is even more enhanced by the interesting citrus and malt. A really great beer and on my buy again list. Close to my fave Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.

Oct 03, 2020
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scottmstop from New York

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, crisp flavor with hints of caramel and grapefruit - has a bite but not overly hoppy which are the types of IPAs I enjoy most. Sits nice and golden in the glass with a citrusy aroma. Goes great with any food really, but especially with something savory and/or spicy.

Oct 02, 2020
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lschupba from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as turbid as other IPAs, brown caramel color and taste, crisp and pleasing. It compares favorably to Surly Xtra Citra and Toppling Goliath PseudoSue, two of my favorite go-to IPAs. This beer got my attention in March 2018 on a trip to Sanibel but the review is from today; consistent.

Sep 25, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

May 12th, 2016 - Cigar Cityi's distribution networks have come to town and I'm excited to see what the fuss is about. But it looks like we're just getting the standard fare and their core beers, starting with the Jai Alai. A lovely foxy brown, it props up a healthy looking heads and swirls like a blizzard in the glass. The aroma has hoops, sure, but smells most distinctly of vinegar and apple cider. The mid-palate is soft and curious, with a great gravity and depth, and a rich taste of pear. Good, but not sure it's a phenomenon. I'll have to try it again soon.

Sep 22, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an rich amber body with an off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: earthy but sweet grapefruit citrus notes with some sweet burnt toffee undertones
T: sweet, grapefruit rind taste with some burnt toffee notes; dry, subtle earthiness in the finish.
M: silky smooth; soft on the tongue
O: solid drinking IPA; while the hops are prevalent, the sweet malts DP a good job of adding balance. Definitely a top flight IPA.

Sep 07, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Amber and LOTS of foam. Pour cold. If you try to pour this warm you will have a bad time.

S: Plenty of fresh hops, again, balanced and approachable.

T: The malt blend is absolutely bursting in hops. No more can be done.

F: Feels like you will need a cigar to go with it.

O: World Class indeed.

Aug 29, 2020
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a good citrusy IPA, has a typical cloudy orange, with a tangerine like taste up front, and a very noticeable caramel aftertaste. Finished well however which made up for the caramel.

Aug 28, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jai Alai is an orange-amber hue, some transparency, and a good head on top. The smell is full of tropical and piney hop notes. The taste is also full of these hops, fruity and piney with a bitter aftertaste. The malt characteristic is a good base and is unobtrusive. The alcohol taste is noticeable and mostly pleasant with slight phenolic notes. The feel is good, thick and bubbly. the body isn't outstanding. Overall, this is a really enjoyable IPA. It could be a bit more bitter, but that is my only complaint.

Aug 02, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

finally ive hit a world class brew...i tend to try them before i read the reviews so im not swayed or disappointed ....
this brew poured perfect
perfect frothy head
golden color
nice piney hops aroma.with a fruity, crisp taste, with the right amount of bitterness i was shocked with the 7.5% ABV
this is a great brew for a nice hot summer day!

Jul 28, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It’s been quite a while since I had an IPA. Quite ironic that for so many years I could not have lived without an IPA and that was the only thing I had 99% of the time. Now that I’m living in Japan, imported beers are expensive and domestic craft is... how should I say, had better than that? so I don’t have the luxury anymore to drink genuine US-brewed IPAs all the time.
This one for example, has been sitting in the fridge for quite a long time now, waiting for the right time - I’m afraid I might have sacrificed its freshness for the occassion. Still, I didn’t quite get that “world-class” feel that was advertised.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good IPA. Very aromatic, citrusy, mostly dank and grapefruity. The flavor is similar, again perhaps grapefruits dominate and you get quite an intense bitterness in the end. It’s all good. The dankness prevails, although the intensity of it dies down quite quickly.
What I was missing was something that would catch my attention - or a larger quantity of the beer, because I had an introductory feeling by the beer. Either for being a bit on the reserved side and thus feeling like an “introduction to real IPAs” or the 330ml can not even being a pint and thus being an introduction, an appetizer that just makes you want more. I was kind of left wanting more of something.

Jul 24, 2020
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Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

2.97/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this one fresh, have liked most offerings I've had from Cigar City. The aromas and flavors were very under whelming for an ipa. I feel strongly that some breweries label a beer "ipa" when the characteristics of the beer is more similar to a "pale ale". That was the case here and why I rated so low. Not a bad beer but did not feel it was a good example of an IPA.

Jul 23, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper hue on the pour, not much of a head but ample lacing. Sharp piney hops aroma. Wonderful fruity, crisp taste, with slight hop bitterness and a malty, bread finish and 7.5% ABV is well-hidden. This is a world-class IPA, worthy of its reputation. This is the people's IPA -- best value and quality.

Jul 21, 2020
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MaxBrews from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my quest to find the best supermarket IPA, we arrive at Jai Alai, the best selling craft six pack nation wide. This beers been around for 12 years, but it only came to Massachusetts in 2018.

This can was packages on 5/22, so not quite 2 months old, could be fresher.


The pour is a nice dark copper with a whispy head that hangs around.

The aroma is mild (potentially a freshness issue) but smells of orange peel, crushed pine needles, and caramel malt.

The mouth feel of this beer is big and chewy. The flavor is predominantly orange peel and caramel malt. It's sweet and pleasent up front, but then the bitterness sneaks up on you and leaves you with that classic West Coast IPA "leather mouth."

Overall I think Cigar City hit the nail on the head with this one. It's not the most unusual IPA, but it's a variation on a classic formula that works. It has the sweet caramel malt one would expect from an amber ale, but a nice orange zest and lingering bitterness. It reminds me of the beloved Michigan IPA two Hearted just with a bit more umph. If you're at the store and can't what to by, make it easy for yourself and pick up Jai Alai.

Jul 11, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can
Dated 5/29/20

Clear amber gold with two fingers white head. Dense lacing and full surface cap.
Strong fruity aromas of pineapple, cantaloupe, mango, light pine.
Nice balance of citrus and tropical hops and pair malt. Light mouthfeel with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Stubborn carbonation.
Getting this one fresh makes a big difference, and the canning date is stamped on the cardboard packaging.

Jul 02, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite amber, more deep orange in color with a half finger bone white head on top, good retention. Juicy and citrusy hops on the nose with a touch of booze in the back, maybe I got to this a little too late? About 6 months old. Not a huge punch in the nose but not unpleasant. Big punch of hops in the flavor though, so all is good. Just a touch of sweet up front giving way to bitter orange rind which pleasantly lingers like that for a few seconds after the swallow. There's a good backbone of malts that balance out the bigger hop notes but doesn't drown them out. A little one note, but possibly this is a freshness issue? There's a hint of alcohol in the back end, just to remind you that it's there, not in a bad way. Flavors are juicy but balanced, and the mouthfeel is lively making for an overall good experience

Jun 27, 2020
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned" date 5/14/20.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with one-finger, off-white head, excellent retention, the head slowly settled until a complete cap of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, heavy lacing on the glass.

SMELL: brown sugar, bread, grapefruit and orange citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar and bread then a soft grapefruit and orange citrus hop profile, this beer is very well balanced.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a fine IPA to be sure, always wanted to try this and looks like Cigar City finally started to distribute in Omaha, it's a beautiful beer and very well balanced, sometimes beers do not live up to the hype, this beer not only lived up to it's reputation but it's affordable as well at $9.99 for a sixer, I will certainly buy this again and will enthusiastically recommend to everyone I know.

Jun 24, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - clear copper color with a nice big lasting white head, fantastic looking!
Smell - Pine and Citrus (orange and grapefruit)
Taste - grassy orange clementine with a good caramel malt backbone
Feel - medium body and carbonation, slight fizz
Overall - pretty good standard IPA

Jun 08, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/15/2020. Poured into pint glass

Golden orange-amber, translucent leaning toward clear. Two-finger bone white, tight foam head Good retention leading to rocky dollops one the way down. Decent lacing.

Mellow bitter hop pine, orange, slight coconut and vanilla.

Crisp pine, pineapple, Underripe mango, orange and orange peel. A touch of guava and grass. Smooth, malty backbone.

Nice bitterness, a good bite in the back of the throat that lingers on the palate. Medium to full body that’s creamy and smooth and just the right amount of carbonation and dryness.

A true classic, balanced and refreshing, enjoyable in the heat orb whenever really. Great hop profile, hits so many right notes, a big malt character keeps it cohesive and approachable.

Jun 07, 2020
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 8934 ratings