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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

1,377 Reviews
Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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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Photo of photomike
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Big big thanks to BA HeyOhhh who included this in his very generous package as an extra.

Pours a nice clear gold/amber color with a very soft eggshell head comprised of many tiny bubbles. Even with an aggressive pour, not much head is formed, but what is there is beautiful, and retains wonderfully with great lacing. Beautiful beer.

Aroma is potent, and definitely leans east with a substantial malt smell comprised of honey, biscuit and crystal malts. Orange peel and pine with some booziness. Did somebody say Amarillo?

Flavor is more or less unsurprising given the smell. Rather sweet with biscuit and honey malts taking center stage, and orange and pine hop flavors coming through in spades. Very little bitterness, but tastes boozy for a beer this sweet at "only" 7.5%. If I had to peg this I'd put it in the neighborhood of 9%.

Mouthfeel is where this beer excels. Exceptionally smooth with low carbonation, this goes down easy. Mouthcoat is oily, but not heavy by any means. THE medium-bodied beer.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, but a bit too sweet for me. Undoubtedly well made and delicious to boot, but I'm not reaching for seconds.

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Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Golden copper with a nice, white head, and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Citric notes.

T: Caramel, Hay, Mandarin, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Oxidized malt.

M: Liquid feels thin with plenty of carbonation. Pleasant mix between sweetness and bitterness makes it an easy drink.

I suspect they've used some Sorachi-hops in this one as that's what i usually associate with coconut. A very drinkable ipa but nothing i could drink all night. 750ml was no problem tho. Quite nice!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can brought back from NY by mr-jj. Canned 11/11/15.

Pours deep golden amber, not hazy looking, nice big long lasting head, lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is nice -- fresh cut grass, citrus and pineapple.

Taste is a little bready, a little citrusy, a little piney, a little more grapefruit rind. Second sip reveals a little stronger bitterness than the first.

Mouthfeel is very nice, rich texture without being sticky or heavy. Overall, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy amber/orange color with a one inch frothy white head filling the rest of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing.

The nose has a pretty nice hoppy, presence with grapefruit, mango and a little pine present. It also has a decent malty, sweet and biscuity aroma to it as well.

The taste has a spicy, earthy and pine hoppiness to it with some mango and grapefruit citrus as well. Like in the nose the biscuity and sweet malt is present as well. It finishes with a nice bitter pine and sweet malt mix of flavors that I really liked.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed the beer a lot. It was a very flavorful and tasty drink for this Friday afternoon.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, medium amber-toned body with a tall, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Caramel-scented maltiness rounded out with fruity, citrusy, spicy hop notes and a sprinkle of booze.

Taste: Pale malts with a slim measure of inherent breadiness and lightly coated in a thin veneer of sweet caramel. JAIPA is laden with citrusy hops with additional accents of fruity mango and resinous pine. Minute hint of aspirin-like astringency lurking in there as well. Moderate bitterness. Some warming alcohol sneaks into the drying, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A beer that does a decent job of displaying the natural beauty of the hop plant. It's good, though maybe I shouldn't have gone from trying the Cedar-aged and Guava versions to trying this.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade with Chad. More Cigar City... Who's gonna complain about that? Canned the day after Christmas. Still fresh.

A- Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass. Pour yields a nice finger-and-a-half of bone white head. The head lingers for a bit, then is gone, kissing the glass with lacing. This IPA is a nice, hazy, light amber color. Good looking beer, here.

S- Grass and pine dominate the nose. There's also a juiciness to the aroma. The hops are balanced out by the malt. Quite nicely, actually. Not an overwhelmingly amazing nose. Just pleasant and balanced.

T- What goes for the nose can be said about the flavor. Nothing overwhelming. It's just simple and pleasant. Wish there was more bitterness. Though, it does have a nice juicy flavor. As with the aroma, the malt complements the hops nicely.

M- Really smooth drinking here. Light body with medium carbonation. Nice.

O- Glad to have been able to try this. Wouldn't go out of my way to get it again, but wouldn't be upset if Florida traders threw it in as an extra. A solid offering from CC.

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Photo of diesel59
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very nice ipa... be sure and leave about an inch in the bottom of the bottle and swirl vigorously to get all that cloudy goodness @ the bottom... i also like the 7.5abv for it being marketed as only a straight ipa and not an imperial... oh damn... not enough characters... how about now?

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Photo of HalfFull
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can imported from Florida to California. Pours a clear deep copper in color and blasts a good dose of hops from the can. Sports a nice iinch of soapy foam cap which shows good retention. Touch of muddled caramel on the nose along with a balanced op character.

Taste is chewy and bright with a pleasant courseness and an everpresent citric hop presence. Touch of ethanol eminates from the glass. Offers a rather complex malt structure/hop mystery. Bit woody in nature. Hop forward yet skillfullly balanced. Actually quite remarkeable and easy on the palate. Not a San Diego IPA by any means but pretty damn solid,.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Orangey citrus, grapefruit and lemon, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, caramel sweetness, and a hint of bready malt.

T: Citrus, lots of orange, lemon, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, mango, backed with some bready malt, caramel sweetness, and a touch of pine on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: For a 2 month old can the malt seems to jump out more than I would expect. The hops are there but seem a bit restrained. I had heard that this beer has a tendency to fall off somewhat quickly. What's in my glass is still a good beer, but I would love to try this one again super fresh and see what's up.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with huge, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, orange marmalade, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, fruity and bitter. Tasty, complex IPA.

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Photo of cps98
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade, and all I can say is wow!

A – Poured a really beautiful sunrise yellow with a really healthy 2 finger head. Great lacing was seen for the entire drink.

S – Lots of citrus and piney hops.

T – Great citrus hop flavor with some grapefruit thrown in.

M – This was a really nice smooth medium bodied IPA. Everything meshed really well and the beer was carbonated perfectly.

O – This was really nice and paired perfectly with the spicy stew I was eating. I would highly recommend this IPA because it was not overpowering just really good.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this for free off a Florida Instagram follower of mine (my IG is StStrange). It was canned in January so it isn't fresh.

Pours a nice copper/orange with a solid inch of head. Moderate lace retention.

The smell is muted grapefruit and caramel. Orange rind around the middle, citrus to finish.

Taste is caramel and grapefruit up front. Nice blood orange in the middle. Cumquat aftertaste. All a little mellow and the caramel is too up front. Goes down smooth.

Like Pliny, this beer must be best fresh. The one I had, four months old, but still good. I would absolutly love to have this brew with less than a month on it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange body with persistent and sticky off-white head.

Sweet upfront with caramel malts and fruity/tropical hops.

Mild bitterness and a medium body. Tastes almost like orange juice with the sweet malts melding with the hop flavor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy deep orange with a small white cao which fades leaving a small dose of white bubbles and light lacing

S: Tropical fruits, mainly pineapple and some citrus.

T: Initial pineapple/tropical fruit, light grapefruit and ornage peel transitions into a subtle hop bite on a light caramel backbone. The finish lends a slightly dry finish with a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, tropical fruits, citrus and lingering light biterness

O: Well done.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned date was 2 months ago. Relatively fresh poured into a tulip glass.

L: mild orange, slightly opaque with finger width white head
S: wow this is great. A dreamsicle smell. Candy orange, papaya, mango, hints of pineapple.
T: initial bready malt, then slight pine comes through then the hop bitterness hits. Really wish the taste was similar to the smell (more tropical)
M: pretty high carbonation, hop bitterness coats tongue moderately.

Overall good beer. Wish the taste was as tropical as the nose, but I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A - Copper color with 2 finger pillowy white head. Excellent lacing on the glass

S - Floral aromas, pineapple, pine resin

T - Pineapple, caramel malt, then bitter piney hop finish. Good balance of sweet and bitter

M - Thick for an IPA

O - Very solid offering; perhaps not as crisp as some, but quite tasty

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Photo of Mathed
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just purchased a sixer tonight. I've heard of this beer but had never seen it to any of the Kroger stores that I typically shop at. Poured from a can into a tulip, says it was canned 10/07/15.

L - Bright amber color like honey or maple syrup. Very nice white lace that filled the glass to the brim yet was light and dissipated quickly.

S - Hints of melon, grapefruit and apricot with a slight alcohol aspect near the end.

T - Taste begins with an apricot burst, followed by a grapefruit flavor that followed by a dry malty after taste.

F - Beer is smooth and the initial semi-sweet apricot balances nicely with the dry bite at the end. Makes you want to wash out the bitter taste with some more of the sweetness and it's pretty smooth so it kind of goes down like water even at 7.5%.

O - I think this is a pretty good IPA but I do think it is lacking on the taste. I've read some reviews touting a killer taste but to me, the smell was better than the actual taste. I'd definitely buy this one again but I'm thinking this beer would taste MUCH better from the tap.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange with ample carbonation, deep soapy off-white head that sticks.

S: Plenty of tropical fruit that brings sweet refreshing juices to mind.

T: No pine, just mango/orange/papaya/pineapple hop-derived flavors. A bit of sweetness with hardly any 'malt' flavor, good un-astringent bitterness.

F: A little coarse, but still very drinkable. The thick head gets in the way a bit too, but that's the price to pay for a badass appearance,

O: Fantastic, wonderful refreshing tropical fruity hops with crisp bitterness. A boon to the Florida craft scene.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/2/15. A very well done citrus forward IPA. However, I didn't find it terribly exceptional. I've had a number of IPAs with a similar flavor profile that were just as good. Nevertheless, still incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade. Not an IPA fan, but I'll give it a go...

A: Super copper brown with a 1 inch bleach white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Earthy grapefruit blended with some deep hops. Citrus and pine in the middle with some very faint hint of vanilla and banana on the backend. Decent.

T: Interested blend of malts and hops. Sweet malt upfront quickly following by a sharp hop bitterness. Earthy grapefruit and banana on the backend. Good.

M: Good carbonation blend here.

D: Goes down surprisingly easy despite the bitter hop taste. The fact that malts are followed by hops help this go down so easy. Very good.

All in all, this was a decent IPA. Not ground breaking, but good. I think this might be a good IPA to try if you're not a huge fan of IPA's. It might make you a little more of a believer. Not worth hunting, but definitely try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Revisiting this after a two year Florida vacation hiatus. This is a good "reference" beer, and reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted. Anything better is really good, and anything worse isn't really worth drinking

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Photo of Jimmys
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, canned on Jan 15 2013.

A: a lot of sediment pours with this brilliant orange hued brew. head is frothy and bright white. retention is limited. as is the spotted lacing.

S: floral. rich pine aroma. bowl of grapefruit and a lot of melon. in conclusion, it smells hoppy.

T: flavor starts rich in American hop flavor. guava and melon focused. finish is certainly bitter. and chalky.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: I was hoping to be a little more blown away here. certainly a good AIPA, but cant say that I am blown. maybe I had too high of expectations....anyway, like I said nothing bad, just nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received two of these as extras in my recent third trade with Bucwild. Thanks again David!

Appearance- Pours a very nice shade of amber-golden out of the bottle with about two and a half fingers of creamy looking, slightly tan head sitting on top. Moderate amounts of lacing left as I drank and a fair amount of beading carbonation in the body of the beer as well. Very nice looking.

Smell- Wow, smells surprisingly citrusy and juicy. Lots of big notes of grapefruit rind up front but also a very strong dose of resiny hops as well. An interesting mix of both fruity and piney smelling hops. I like it.

Taste- Much more towards the side of pine here. Big notes of piney hops up front that provide a nice bitter bite. Lots of noticeably sweet malt in the background however. I wish more of the citrus flavors present in the nose had shown up on the palate but very nice overall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel started out nice and substantial with decent carbonation but became a touch on the slick/sweet side as the beer warmed and carbonation died. Didn't take away from the beer too much however and still had pretty decent drinkability.

Overall, a good IPA with a nice hop punch. Not my favorite and I greatly preferred the cedar aged version overall, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a teku

A- cream-colored foamy head two fingers thick. Cloudy orange/amber body with residue floating around and no visible carbonation. 4

S- light citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit peel, sweet malt. 4

T- considerably sweet and malty, like oatmeal almost, but then a dose of grapefruit breaks through. I suspect some of the hop aroma and flavor have faded. Tough to know since there's no canned date here. 4

M- medium-bodied, malt-heavy, with a mild, pleasant bitterness. The finish is semi-dry and lingers with both sweet and bitterness. 4

Overall, it's good but I still am not convinced I've ever had this beer fresh enough to be blown away. 4

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with a finger of creamy looking slightly off-white head. This maintains a nice frothy richness to it, leaving back lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in a creamy cascade. The aroma is sharp, with grapefruit and pine cutting through the nose. This is softened somewhat by notes of tropical fruit, herbal accents, and some toasted grains in the back. Alcohol undercuts the flavors but isn't coming off as overly stiff or stinging.

The taste is once again, fairly sharp and aggressive, being bitter with grapefruit, earth, and pine, which sits against a backbone of rigid grains and some more sweeter feeling tropical character that comes out in a flush from behind the malts. This finishes strong with spice, resins, and bitter rind that linger with a steady dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being crisp on the edges but then mostly smooth and oily throughout the rest of the body. This is a little warming feeling from the alcohol straight out of the fridge but the balance opens up as this warms and helps cover most of the ABV up.

This is a solid staple American IPA from Cigar City, with an aggressive, yet well balanced, hop presence and a body that maintains a smooth feel despite the ABV being on the higher side for the style. This was nice but I really need to give this a shot on draft as well.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,377 ratings.
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