Jai Alai IPA
Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #34
Ranked #802
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
Notes: Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.

70 IBU
Reviews: 1,720 | Ratings: 8,764 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BulmasPanties
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The score description of "world class" is no exaggeration. To say that this beer is bursting with flavor may not do it justice. The strong hop flavor accentuated by citrus overtones makes every sip cut as deep into your taste buds as any beer out there. Cigar City Brewing makes some damn good beer but this one stands out even by their standards and deserves to be mentioned alongside the world's highest rated beers.

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Photo of MattDecker
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: sticky hazy honey gold with a small tint of Amber, decent sized head that lasts for a medium amount
Smell: citrus hop bomb, fruit - both sweet and citrus, citrus pine, grapefruit/lemon zest
Taste: first a citrus hop flavor that transitions to a sweet cirtus flavor (papaya?), hoppy and honey flavor kinda combined after - they hit at roughly the same time for me, the sweetness lingers for moment which unique and really pleasant and then a really refined malty hoppy flavor that comes out of that sweetness and lingers. Very unique, very complex, very interesting!
Feel: medium to full body
Overall: man, I really love this thing. And I do not like piney hoppy flavors particularly. But what overcomes that is that complex ever evolving taste profile and that seems to present a COMPLETELY new flavor right when you start to pin it down. And it seems to alter almost every time, or more realistically, its so complex that you pick up on different nuances each time.

This flavor though! It goes like this for me: Honey (but not a sweet honey, the flavor honey) > to citrus hop flavor > the to sweet (literally pretty sweet) flavor > then to a malty piney hop flavor that lingers > then mellows out to a mostly malt with the best kind of piney hoppy flavor

I am not an pine-hop flavor fan and I still give it a 5 for flavor!!!! Look the look, smell, taste and body. WOW. Ipa's are not my jam but this beer is so unique and interesting, on that alone I have to give it a 5. Worth experiencing!!

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear amber. Mixed citrus (lemon, grapefruit), pine, plenty of caramel. Not terribly bitter, a bit on the sweet side. Quite malty. Moderate mouthfeel.

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Photo of octortus
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL Can. ABV 7.5%.
Appearance: Veiled copper, One and a half fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head, Good retention, Good lacing, Medium carbonation.
Aroma: Tangerine, Citrus candy, Tropical fruit, Juicy hops, Slightly earthy, Herbal.
Mouthfeel: Slightly under medium body, Smooth, Soft carbonation.
Flavour: Earthy, Herbal, Juicy, Tropical fruit, Citrus candy (grapefruit, orange), Pine, Slightly sweet.
Overall: The six hops (Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Motueka, CTZ) are very nicely integrated. I really appreciated the light sweetness mixed in with the bitterness. I'd definitely enjoy this again.

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Photo of entheos
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. It’s tart, frothy, spicy and delicious! If cigars were like this beer, I’d smoke them. Fortunately, no cigar is this good and my lungs are safe! Drink your pleasure, don’t smoke it!

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Photo of EJPA_0425
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA. Has a good fizzy head and a beautiful dark amber color. Smells of various tropical fruits. Has a very smooth and refined hoppy taste that's relatively easy to drink. Feels good and has a nice hoppy aftertaste. Highly recommend this one if you're into IPAs.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz.single can bought from Plaid Pantry in West Salem OR
Clear deep copper colored beer with a really handsome rocky/frothy light cream coloured head.
Deep floral and pine hop aromas..some bitter orange peel and spice. Caramel toffee malts.
Taste bitter/caramel/ orange peel..mixes well an despite having very strong flavor profiles ends up balanced as a whole.
Mouth feel is medium with lowish carbonation..its fault is its stickiness in the end..near cloying.
Good IPA..super if the mouth feel was improved

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Photo of BGDrock
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright amber body, unfiltered, pouring an airy white head, light and with great retention.
Aroma is a blend of citrus hops, on the sweeter side - clementine, orange, touch of pineapple and mango; whispers of pine, and mild caramel malt. Draws you in.
Taste draws parallels to aroma with similar, but appropriately bitter, citrus hop notes, balanced by prominent caramel malt. It all blend together beautifully, almost hard to tell where the hop flavours begin and the malt ends. Feel is fantastic and full, with perfect carbonation. I see the ingredients include wheat, which must be helping. A dry finish, including a hint of residual sugar, is long and hold the best parts of the flavour on the tongue.

This was 5 months old, but still flavourful and a delight to drink. Fresh off the line, it must be unreal. Wonderfully crafted across the board, with delicious taste and outstanding feel.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy orange-amber with a rocky tan head.
Smell: Sweet orange and juicy melon. Tropical fruit candy. 2-month-old can, not overpowering on the nose.
Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness and juicy orange and melon. Good amount of grapefruit and hop bitterness for balance.
Feel: Medium-bodied.
Overall: This is a nice IPA that I'd be happy to pick up again.

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3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jai Alai by Cigar City Brewing 7.5% ABV 65 IBU

Appearance: pours amber, good head and retention, nice lacing throughout

Aroma: hops, orange, grapefruit

Taste: citrus fruit, hoppy, pale malts

Mouthfeel: medium bodied,smooth, astringent

Aftertaste: citrus peel, hop resin

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying this after beings on my wants list for 5 years. Bursting at the lid to escape the can. LCBO purchase for $3.45 CDN. Unfortunately not the freshest sample, canned 06/07/19 making this about 4 months old.

Appearance - Rich golden / orange colored beer, capped with two plus fingers of off-white head. A preponderance of sticky lacing in all sorts of patterns. Head settles at a half finger.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine resin up front, lots of heavy malty grain in behind. Hops are faded, but still plenty aromatic. Would love to try a fresher sample, but alas I can only rate the beer in front of me.

Taste - Grapefruit, orange and pine resin. Hops have faded some, but still assertive bitterness. Plenty of pine resin and heavy malty body in behind. Not that you can taste the ABV, but there's no secret that this is a bigger than standard IPA.

Mouthfeel - A little thicker than many IPA's this is approaching DIPA territory with a fuller feel and ABV. Carbonation is crisp and assertive the finish is quite dry.

Overall - A very enjoyable tipple and certainly a beer I will review if (and or when) I get a fresher can as I think I'm missing a little bit of the juicy aspect of this beer as well. As it is a really damn good IPA, even if it's a couple months past its optimal drinking point.

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Photo of -steve-
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Transparent, coppery colour with abundant and fluffy foam head. Tangerine and citrus on the nose. Taste follows the nose with a bitterness and hop juiciness that makes you think of a double IPA. Very nice! There is also a pleasant, malty sweetness. This is a great beer and I'm very happy to have been able to buy this in Ontario. Hopefully it stays part of a regular rotation through the LCBO.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a just slightly hazy amber colour with a tall fluffy head which seems to have an amber tint. Big sheets of lacing during drinking. Aroma primarily sweet bready caramel malt with a bit of hop aroma as well; more stone fruit to me than the citrus the can claims. Really not a lot of aroma to speak of compared to the big IPAs I'm used to. Then again, this can found me in Canada & is almost 2 months old, so maybe not quite what it would be when fresh. Taste follows the aroma with sweet malt dominating the flavour; it is pleasant - I'm reminded of Sam Adams Boston Lager with a little more orange & stone fruit. The mouthfeel is full, smooth & I want to say frothy. There is little bitter aftertaste to speak of. In the end, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would upon the initial smell. I had heard of this & hoped for world class, saw the date on the can & worried its best time had passed, then my hopes faded as the aroma was malt forward. The taste did not vary much from this, but I enjoyed the mouthfeel & sweet malt flavours. Will need to try this fresh some time to see if it deserves better than this score.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up three cans as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about eighteen dollars. Must have had about a case of these two years ago @ Disney. Pretty good, but doesn't stand out in a very stacked market.

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Photo of pootz
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can- poured a deep burnished lightly hazed gold with a large off-white meringue cap lasts and laces the glass....aromas of mango, pine and citrus, rich pale malt undertones... malty, fruity and bitter in balance up front.....goes bitter and dry in the finish...rich satisfying flavorful IPA

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

Gold in appearance, some head and lacing. Smells hoppy, herbal, and citrus which is an excellent preview of what’s to come. The taste is a bitter punch in the face, herbal, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, delightful. I love me some IPA, and could drink this all the time. I buy it whenever it’s relatively fresh, and the price is not too bad for an upper tier entry.

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Photo of Peach63
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with a foamy one inch thick white head. Light carbonation. Suspended fruit? particles. Nice lacing.

Very fruity aroma of orange, and other citruses.

Excellent tropical fruit taste with caramel malts. A bitterness typical of good IPA's.

Medium bodied, syrupy feel.

What did I do, die and go to heaven? This is one of the best IPA's I've tasted. Fruity and appropriately bitter.

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear rose gold with three fingers of bone color head. Rings and swathes of lace form as the head slowly recedes.
Smell floral citrus fruity hops light pine and bready malt.
Taste is pine pink grapefruit orange zest with good bready malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and medium bitter.
Overall a delicious IPA. Canned 08/16/19. First time I have seen this in my area. $10.49 for the six pack of cans.

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Photo of CC49
3.17/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. But I don’t understand the world class rating. I could see it like 10-15 years ago, but not today. Maybe in Florida this is world class but not here on the west coast where amazing IPA’s are abundant. Not a waste of money but I’ll pass next time.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit marmalade color. Beautiful lacing creates notches as I drink

S: Sweet citrus, fresh, balanced with amber honey caramel

T: Starts off surprisingly balanced, but the hops come to play with orange, grapefruit, and spicy, piney oomph. Makes itself heard and doesn't overstay its welcome. Dry throughout.

O: Surprisingly malty IPA. Not sure how I feel about it yet

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six pack of cans purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, Washington.
Canned on 08/13/19, really fresh. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy, golden orange color. Modest, creamy white head with great retention and a moderate amount of lacing. Solid carbonation rising as it sits.

Smell- Big citrus (tangerine, orange peel, pink grapefruit, Meyer lemon), pineapple, bready malts. Light caramel, florals, dank and pine.

Taste- Much of the same, very tangy, sweet with some good malt backbone. Great citrus profile here. A good bit of pine in there too.

Feel- Light/medium body, semi-dry, nice carbonation on the tongue. Really well balanced, easy drinking with moderate bitterness.

O- No gimmicks needed here. Just a very well done, old school style IPA. Reasonably priced as well, definitely going to get some more in the future.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine, three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit and mild mixed stone fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, tangerine, light grapefruit, pine needles and mild mixed tropical fruit. Lingering, resinous pine and citrus hop finish with fleeting bright fruit esters. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A classically profiled IPA with a caramel base and nice citrus and pine hop bill, leaning heavily towards citrus, particularly orange flavors. Somewhat underwhelming at first, good herbal hop flavors develop with appealing fruit esters and suggestions of pine in the finish. Nicely done and welcome; traditional IPAs are still my preferred style.

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Photo of WA_Brian
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 08/13/2019.

L: Pours a nice orange color with big head. Good retention and producing some nice lacing.
S: Nice orange citrus. Wish it was stronger.
T: Subtle, but very clean citrus flavor. Orange with a bit of bitterness, almost like orange zest when you accidentally get a bit of the pith. It's also similarly not the most pleasant bitter finish, but the citrus flavor is good enough to make me forget about it.
F: Medium body, dry finish.

Really like the orange citrus flavors on this one, but I wish there was more on the aroma and taste and a bit less of the lingering bitterness. Overall it's still quite good and I'd happily buy it again. Compared to most year-round IPAs, it's top-notch.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - Copper orange color. Slightly hazy. Medium foam head with minimal lacing.
Smell - Sweet aroma that isn't too different from the average IPA. Tropical fruits, sugar, floral, and fresh cut strawberries.
Taste - It reminds me of a less intense Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. Bold piney hops that hits the palate hard at the end but a very, very sweet body. Carbonation is medium. Medium-heavy body, which isn't surprising at 7.5%. While I think the beer is very good, it's not bringing anything that you haven't tasted before in the style.
Overall, I prefer Sierra Nevada Torpedo although the two are similar. It's a solid beer that i would buy again but it's not what i would call world class or outstanding. Grade is an A-

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look: Slightly hazy orange. One finger of foamy white head with endless retention.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy hops with a distinct orange peel note dominate.

Taste: Bitter, citrusy hops at the forefront. Somewhat soapy. Hard to taste anything else.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with excellent carbonation.

Overall: Like many IPAs, badly unbalanced in favor of hop bitterness.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 8764 ratings