Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

1,435 Reviews
Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Reviews: 1,435 | Ratings: 7,577
Photo of Winzlow
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding example of the IPA class of beers. Living near Tampa, I receive very fresh samples of Jai Alai (pronounced: "Hi Lie"). Last sixer was 7 days in the can - wife says that tonight's sixer is dated 7 days old as well (she called from store to ask if date was OK). From the pop of the top - you KNOW this is going to be something special. The aroma fills the room! Fruit - citrus and wow! I understand that CCB uses Ahtanum hops for aroma - and one can tell. Head is off-white and lacey. Taste has to be experienced.... It is the World Class IPA that other IPSs try to be - just like the Bros say. A deliciouse beverage that is up there with the ABV pushing the IIPA boundry - but it is not noticed due to the sensory experience of the beer. A bit pricey - but worth it. Not my everyday beer - but a sixer on Friday is to be expected in my home (and it IS Friday!). This is my favorite IPA.
Drink fresh. Drink Local.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jai Alai is the best IPA I have ever had. A phenomenal brew that "wows you" from the minute I cracked open the can and poured it into a glass, Aroma, appearance and taste were all max scores. A must buy if you have not tried this IPA.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer for the first time today. It had an exceptional aroma and it went down very silky! I can see why this beer is so highly rated. I highly recommend this beer!

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Photo of BlackrockBrew
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently in my Top 5 IPA's. Unfortunately not available close to home. Makes for a nice treat when visiting Florida. Well balanced between citrus hops and malt. Grabbed a six of this without knowing a thing about it. Glad I did. Found a place in NYC that always has it in stock.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear copper color with the perfect layer of frothy white bubbles sitting atop the body. This layer settles slowly but retains a good layering.
S: Layers of tropical fruit, mango, and grapefruit primarily, with fresh pine sap, cut grass and more orange peel citric notes fill the nose. The hops reign supreme but a doughy a fresh grain undertone shine through the hops enough to let you know there is good body and sweetness there.
T: Beautiful partnering between the soft, sweet doughy malts and the intense tropical especially mango, citric and pine resin hop flavors. This beer is one of the freshest tasting ipa's I have had out of a can! Abundant hop resins continue to dance side by side with the clean, smooth malted barley.
M: Almost creamy, light carbonation smooths over the tongue and down the throat of this medium- bodied beer. No alcohol warming here everything is in check and in balance.
O: Hitting all the characteristics of an amazingly drinkable IPA that commands interest and is refreshing enough to satisfy the taste buds at a very high level. So dreamy this beer is I am glad to have finally experienced this one! Hop lovers must try this!

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Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is delicious with great fruity flavors and aromas from the hops. I wish that this beer was distributed in St. Louis, I make sure to get one every chance that I have.

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy and very drinkable. Would be a very good IPA to introduce someone who has never had th style to. Either way, this is one of the very top IPA's I have had so far. Wish it was available locally as I would buy it all the time

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Photo of jopezu
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly hazy copper with a small, quickly thinning head. nose; big floral citrus hops (amarillo & cascade) and a light candied sweetness. taste; easy on the malts and mouthfeel, leaving the complex hop profile to fully run the show here. big citrus notes are immediate; grapefruit, orange rind, light pine, mango, then some caramel breadiness in the middle, and finishes a slightly sweet lime. strong carbonation. perfectly balanced, floral, hoppy and juicy. wayne wambles from cigar city has made the recipe public, so it's not really a guarded secret. it's a laundry list of grains and hops, and the beer it produces is magic. this has to be my favorite hop profile among all the ipa's i've tried so far and i have no choice but to give it a 5 score. simply incredible brew and it impresses me every time i have one.

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Photo of ssteakley
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To date this is the finest IPA I have ever tasted. Discovered it at a small restaurant in Ybor City in Tampa. I found 6 packs available only at Whole foods in Tampa and no where else since. I judge all IPA's based on this one and Sierra Nevada my old standby which I gave an 8. Learning more each day about the brewing and chemistry of IPA beers. The beer was equally good in the bottle.

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Photo of righlander
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

they serve this at the bar down the street from my house. it's AMAZING. the first time i had it it was right after i finished a stone IPA and my friend was trying to tell me to try it but i was hesitant because i was really digging the fact that they had stone IPA on tap. ANYHOW...i was convinced to try it because the brewery is around here in tampa. so first of all the appearance was amazing. nice foamy, sticky, clingy lace. nice amber color. the smell captivated me for like 3 minutes before i even took a sip. smells is like picking a fresh hop, cracking it and smelling it, and also very deep toasty malt. smells soo beautiful. it's really hard to explain. maybe oak chips in there somewhere. taste is a very perfectly balanced romance between beautiful toasty sweet malt and very abrasive (but still beautiful) hops. mouth feel is perfect...but maybe a tad more full bodied than your average american IPA. drinkability is great. the only thing that sucks is that i want to have like 6 of these but i have to drive home....7.5%

call a cab...it's SOOOO worth it to drink this beauty of an AIPA
touche cigar city...TOUCHE

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nice amber color, is pretty murky. It has a very hoppy smell making it hard not to drink right away.It tastes just like it smells, hoppy but with some sweetness to it.

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Photo of jimangie1973
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't normally review anything but this beer is phenomenal when served from the bottle (more later on this). It pours a golden color with a very prominent head. It is unfiltered so I pour 3/4ths then agitate sediment and pour remaining. The result is a hazy golden brew with a wonderful head. The smell is dominated by the hops producing an ultra fresh citrus aroma. Upon first taste, the hops is also pronounced but what sets this apart from every other IPA is the wonderful malty taste and full bodied mouthfeel.

I've had this beer on tap and it wasn't the same. It tasted much more like the standard American IPA. The amazing malty balance to the hops wasn't there and the body was lighter. It was also clear so it is likely the keg just wasn't agitated as necessary.

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Photo of saison19
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper with fluffy white head, nice lacing and the head sticks around for the duration. Smell is hoppy with hints of tropical fruit. Taste is perfectly bitter sweet with hops, guava, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and molasses...complex. Medium mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, semi-dry finish that begs for the next sip.

I prefer drinking this one as it warms up so the strong malt presence shines through. This is pretty damn close to being a DIPA, and better than many DIPAs.


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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Technobabylon. Smoothness and refreshness are its more remarkable qualities. Full.of tropical fruits with a non-agressive bitterness inciting to drink more

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Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +19%

This gives IPA a new perspective it has a perfect balance of taste and isn't dry at all the citrus hits in many many levels great brew only bad side I cant find here in tx

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Photo of Fitwitchik
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint goblet.

Beautiful cloudy amber orange with creamy head

Smell is delightful. Just the smells says "this is something good". A malty pine says alot.

Taste is incredible! Plenty of hops tasting fresh with slight grapefruit. A sweet malty flavour makes this exceptional for an India/American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is divine. Nice carbonation and smooth going down.

Overall this rocked my socks! Seriously the ONLY brew I have ever wanted to just suck down.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in an IPA!
Smell: Amazing flora hop nose
Taste: great floral hops with perfect sweet malt base that balances out any bitterness. Bitterness but balanced,
Overall: Smells amazing and tastes as good as it smells. This is a must try beer! It wil not disappoint.

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Photo of barfootbandit
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers and favorite IPA so far. I've had it on tap, from the bottle, and from the can; delicious every time. Malt and hop characteristics are well balanced and a hearty 7.5% ABV compliments this pairing. Smells of tropical citrusy hops and has a clean finish, not too hoppy. Overall taste is crisp and has notes of tropical fruits. Overall a well balanced and fantastically executed IPA. While both are world class IPAs I prefer it over Heady Topper, just sayin.

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Photo of EMPotter
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt one of the best IPA'S in the world. Lots of character to the senses and one of the only IPA's I consistently find myself enjoying and recommending to friends.

A- Hazy, dark amber/orange color with a nice level of carbonation and froth at pouring.
S- Very hoppie with tropical/citrus, grass, and sweet honey undertones.
T- Very complex with a great balance of hops, citrus, grass and pine
M- Crisp bold flavors that stay on the tongue with a nice balance of bitterness and carbonation.
D- Excellent IPA. Jai Alai compliments spicy foods and barbeques.

Update: 7/5/12, thank God I live in Tampa and can spend time in the CCB tasteing room. I have sampled over 25 IPA's since this review and still can't find one that compares. Great IPA!

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Photo of turbotype
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jai Alai is the best "east coast styled" AIPA I have had to date. If this was in a "The Alchemist" can, it would probably be one of the highest rated AIPAs on this site.

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Photo of gblaustein
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a six pack on Longboat Key. Canned two days ago. Smells like candied tropical fruit, tastes the same, creamy malty tropical citrus, very little bitterness, slight spice. My wife loved it too. Who knew they could brew such a great beer from Florida gator p@@s water. Not a tongue bruiser hut one ofthe best I've ever had.

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Photo of CCsog1
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this IPA, I have tried IPAs in 47 of the 51 states and prefer one from my home town over anything I have ever tried,\. I am on my fifth one this evening. The Jai Alai is smooth and I like.

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Photo of drgoose23
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For what I am told we are spoiled with Cigar city only distributing in Florida. Jai Alai is most definitely enjoyed at 4 days since canned. Wow it is fresh IPA and when you crack open a can during a hot Miami summer afternoon its dammmn good. I have had this stuff from the brewery in Tampa and it's great on tap too. They don't ship bottles of this stuff so if you find it in a bottle you're probably having it old as f##K. Anyways CCB always prints the date on the bottom of the can when it was made. So anything less than a month its gonna be awesome. It still taste good after 90 days but they don't like selling anything past 90 days so CCb is serious about putting a quality product. MUST DRINK. OVERALL_Amazing beer

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Always drinking this beer from a fresh keg, I'm sure because Cigar City can't keep up with the demand for this beer. Citrussy, grapefruity, almost west coast style of IPA with a twist, tasting like a double IPA. This beer has to be one of the best IPA's on earth. It would be impossible to say that one is better, it can only be said that one might be as good, in a different way. This beer will destroy your palate and keep you coming back for more carnage.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale has a thick, off-white, spongy head, a mostly clear, very bubbly, deep amber appearance, and significant lacing left on the glass. The aroma is bold- strong, piney hops and vibrant sweetness. Taste is of a out-front, piney hop bitterness, sweet, white bread malts, and and maybe sugar. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Cigar City Jai Alai finishes crisp, bold, and not alcohilic. Great and wonderful!


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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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