Jai Alai IPA
Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #35
Ranked #912
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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
Reviews: 1,816 | Ratings: 9,046 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Lovely, uneven head.
S: Bright, citrusy, sweet. Mango, pineapple, and orange.
T: Sweet tropical citrus fruits, same as the nose. A bit of malty sweetness too. There’s a grapefruit bitterness on the finish, and a hint of pine to balance things out.
F: Fantastically smooth and creamy. Wow. Moderate carbonation, and a slight syrupy coating on the tongue.
O: Big and citrusy, but not intimidating. Great mouthfeel, and well balanced. If they sold six packs here I’d drink it on the regular.

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mnrider from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can - 1 Month Fresh

A: Pours semi clear/hazed. Deep copper/amber/gold color. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention with some real nice sticky lacing.

S: Sweet. Some citrus and other sweeter fruits. Not too strong of an aroma.

T/M: Citric hop flavors. Clementine. Bitterness. Hops. lemon and pepper. Hop bite. Medium mouthfeel with a pretty nice malt balance. Slight alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is bitter and on the dry side of things.

O: Excellent classic IPA. Great hoppy citric flavors and well balanced. Can't go wrong with this one.


Nov 23, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A harmonious medley of citrus fruit covers the front palate and then segues into malty notes of caramel and dark chocolates coating the mid-palate which crescendos, in turn, to a sumptuous hoppy bite on a luxuriously long finish. An utterly splendid poor!

Nov 21, 2021
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BrewMaven from New York

3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured deep gold with a large rocky head that sticks...around. Citrus and resin aromas hit my honker. Taste brings these scents to the tongue but, unlike a lot of others in this style, this beer packs a solid malt backbone more akin to a DIPA. Nice!
Mouthfeel is medium with the perfect amount of bubblies. As good as this is, it's not worth $5 a can at the local rip off beverage center.

Nov 15, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This near perfect citrusy, bitter-ish, American classic Top Shelf ipa is definitely on the go to list for any real IPA lover. Body, head, lacing, aromas, flavors...all spot on the mark. Not old school, a True Classic .

Nov 12, 2021
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Spike from England

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.
L: Light haze, dark amber colour, off-white head leaves arcs of lacing.
S: Rich aroma of st clements marmalade.
T: Citrus, caramel, resin and tobacco. Moderate bitterness.
F: Full-bodied, rich and unctuous. Finish is dry-ish.
O: A blast from the past. An old skool AIPA that balances bitter hops with a heft of sweet malt. Highly approachable despite 7.5% ABV. Excellent.

Nov 09, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber, thick white head.
Smells of tropical fruit, yeast rolls, pine, cedar.
Tastes sweet but not cloying. Tangerine, sweet brown bread, citrus, almost a canned fruit cocktail quality. There’s some bitterness on the back end but this is highly approachable as IPA’s go.
It has a medium finish.

Sep 29, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: amber, big white head, moderate lacing
A: not much there, ligh tropical piney aroma
T: Wow. I’m not an ipa person at all but an incredibly smooth, hoppy citrusy taste that isn’t overly bitter. Very balanced and pleasant.
F: medium body that leans a little heavier. Good sturdiness without being syrupy or light. Refreshing usually means light and watery from my experience but not here. Very refreshing with quality to boot.
O: by far the best ipa I’ve ever had. Many times on BA “world class” beers don’t live up to the hype for me. But as someone who normally stomaches IPAs without truly enjoying them, this one is on a whole nother level. Imagine a founders all day IPA 3.0, that’s this beer. Well done cigar city.

Sep 28, 2021
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dethomp from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a delight to buy this in very small Wisconsin town’s liquor/fishing store.
Good in all ways from behind to end.

Highlight is being a smooth throughout.
And it’s 7.5% ABV is just for me.

Sep 14, 2021
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RJLarse from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Six-pack of cans poured in to a pint glass. Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Smell is a fruity citrus aroma. Taste is also sweet and fruity. Clean feel with a thirst quencher character.

Aug 29, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has an orange hue with more than a finger's worth of creamy head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrusy, tropical, and piney. Notes of bread/biscuit malts, cracker, pine, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, caramel, blueberries, strawberries, and cantaloupe.

Taste is quite fruity and malty. Really tasting the caramel and the pine, along with the grapefruit being pretty present with the juiciness of the other fruity notes mentioned. Pleasantly fruity with a nice balance of earthiness to it. Body is medium-light.

Aug 27, 2021
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours a dark orange/amber with about 1 finger of head.
S: bread/biscuits with a touch of citrus and pine
T: juicy, citrus and the malt follows. Finishes with a nice bitterness
O: solid IPA. Checks all the boxes

Aug 24, 2021
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tomknowsbeer from California

2.71/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I bought this beer after seeing the 95 BA rating. I won't make that mistake again. It's an average looking, average tasting IPA with a different mouthfeel which resembles glycerin. I think this one needs to be really ice cold to appreciate. Nothing special here.

Aug 11, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

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

On tap at Vitale’s in Ada, MI.
Very nice beer colored beer with off white head and consistent lacing.
Smell is lost on me, I think there is something wrong with my sniffer.
The taste though is excellent, multiple hops are present and apparent.
The feel is good for the genre, what more can be said.
OA, good IPA. Happy to have it again. And again.

Aug 10, 2021
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TheBrewsClues from California

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know this is rated highly and I'm supposed to like it, but I just couldn't get behind it. The color is fine, but nothing special But it's the smell and taste -just a bit too dank and grassy for me and a tad too much carbonation. It's not terrible. it's just there are way too many IPAs out there (a number of which rated lower on BA than Jai Alai) to go back to this one.

Aug 05, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As far as IPAs, this one is ok. Overall not a beer that i would get all the time, but im not mad about it. Certainly not a bad brew. The hops are definitely there, but they are not overbearing.

Jul 29, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

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

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a beautiful dark orange with quickly fading white head. The nose is fresh and inviting. Definitely picking up citrus peel, pine, resin, lychee, and a hint of raspberry. The taste deviates somewhat from the nose, with a hop bitterness being dominant up front. The fresh fruit is a background note. The hops are vibrant, but not overbearing. Grapefruit peel, burnt toffee, hay, and some malty notes come through. This is a nicely balanced and relatively complex IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. An easy drinker.

Jul 10, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The pour is beautiful, as almost all of a 19.2 fluid ounce can fits inside a clear Imperial pint glass. There's gold and copper hues to its amber color and the modest white head is soft and enduring. It would take significant searching to find a better looking beer. The aroma is less impressive, with only mild glimpses of malt and hops, then just a little yeast. Although not particularly malty, nor overly hoppy, this is one fine tasting brew. The limited sweet presence of malt is of no concern, because the body is supple and the hops aren't overly bitter. The balance in taste between the malt and hops, milder than some in the category they may be, is flawless. The glass lacing acts as a witness to the quality of this beer. Are there any better south of the Mason-Dixon line, until you get to San Diego?

Jul 09, 2021
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md3kcn from North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from Fresh Market for $2.10 as a single can. Poured into a nonic pint glass. Posting this review from some notes I wrote down a couple of days ago, but only now could post to BA.

L - Pours a bright orange with a thick three-finger cream head that stays for the whole session.
S - Sweet grapefruit, blood orange, and pine tar. Very slight starfruit at the end.
T - A very beefy citrus combo is present on the start of things; grapefruit peel, orange peel, and a bit of lemongrass. Bitter for sure, but offset and balanced by a smooth caramel note throughout. Gets slightly sweeter towards the grassy finish, and ends bittersweet with a strong pine note.
F - Full-bodied, medium carbonation. An easy drinker despite the relatively high IBU and ABV counts. The 7.5% ABV is hardly noticeable until about halfway down the glass, where you end up taking slower sips. Smooth throughout.
O - I would say that this IPA is the gold standard for the style. I wouldn't buy this often, but it's a nicely complex and delicious IPA that is an absolute must-buy. Would highly recommend.

Jul 07, 2021
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VALIS666 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange like a tropical sunset with heavy lacing. I smell the malt, yeast, cracker components before the citrus, but it is there in the back -- orange peel especially. Also a bit of pine. Very balanced taste -- a bit of hops/pine bitterness, a touch of sweeter citrus, very drinkable. Low-medium carbonation and a medium sweet aftertaste, especially if you swish the beer and let it coat your mouth. A very approachable 7.5% IPA while still having lots of character and flavor.

Jul 06, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I feel like this didn't have as much flavor as I wanted but nonetheless definitely felt like an easy drinker. After getting through the pack it's not the best but overall a good experience

Jun 09, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted using a pint glass from 6 pack of cans

Great summer IPA. Great citrus and orange flavor with a creamy top. Even with a 7.5 abv, it is very smooth to drink and you will feel the it’s strength after. Bitterness is present but not enough to distract from those great main flavors

Jun 07, 2021
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Danieljm from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass (only glass available) with a golden amber color with a large white creamy head. Head stays around for long time with extensive lacing down the entire drink
Smell: First word is refreshing. Nice blend of citrus with grapefruit, lemon, along with orange notes. None are predominate, just a good mix.
Taste: The first sip has a slight sweetness from a nice blend of malts, nothing really stands out. The taste does have some citrus, but has a nice hoppy follow thru. Very nice blend. The finish is more with citrus than the normal hop dryness in particular with a beer with this high of IPUs. As with the smell, it is refreshing.
Overall: Was not sure what to expect, always want to try something new, but this beer was a very well blended IPA. If you enjoy IPAs, this is a must try.

May 31, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 3/11/21. Bought off a room temp shelf on about May 3 2021. Pours a rich amber/orange color with nice, dense, creamy 1-1/2 finger of long lasting white head that leaves nice lacing. Given the popularity of this beer I was surprised at the subtlety of the smell, but smell is not my strong point. The taste was a wonderful combinations of malt and hops. "Complex" and really nicely balanced come to mind in the flavor. The 6 hops work great together and top me, no one dominates and it leaves a fairly unique flavor unlike all the IPAs where one or two or even three hops are obvious in the smell and taste. Medium body with carbonation in the mouthfeel on the subdued side. Overall one of my favorites.

May 08, 2021
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 5/2/2021, Canned on date 02/25/2021
A: Pours a dark burnt orange color with an inch of dark white, cream colored foam. Nice lacing as the foam dissipates.
S: Subtle citrus notes consisting of orange peel, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. A bit of a grassy, earthy character with pine and resin. Malts have notes of caramel, and there is an underlying sweetness. Maybe I’m crazy, but I get a whiff of the acidic hint that is present at the back end of many sour beers.
T: Citrus is subtle and consists mostly of stone fruit. Pine and resin present, but the bitterness is lessened by an underlying sweetness. Caramel malts provide a solid backbone and supporting role. As the beer warms the citrus becomes more prevalent and the beer gets sweeter. It also becomes a bit more dank with notes of cannabis.
F: Carbonation is excellent and overall feel is great. Malt provides solid backbone, lacking a little bit of bitterness but the finish is clean. Abv is very well hidden.
Overall: Solid beer for the price point, and I am a bit surprised at the overall amazing reviews. I have seen this beer all over the place and glad I finally tried it, not bad for being so mass-produced.
Would buy again!

May 02, 2021
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