Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

7,708 Ratings
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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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to sendsilk for including this one in a trade. Thanks a lot Matt! Been wanting to give this one a go for a while now. Bottled on 4/13/11.

Appearance: Jai Alai pours out an extremely murky caramel color with a lighter orange tinge around the edges. About 1.5 fingers of slightly off-white head forms that has good retention, and just okay lacing. Really, I would not call this a beautiful looking beer. I find clarity preferable in my IPAs (or at least not deep murkiness).

Smell: Primarily I get a big bitter citrus and grapefruit (rind) component, perhaps a bit of honey-like sweetness to balance. Also a good deal of fresh, juicy hops bring out the bitterness as well. This IPA is fairly high in ABV, and I can tell on the nose. I definitely get a good deal of alcohol. All in all though, pretty good.

Taste: Mirrors the smell for the most part. A touch of honey sweetness up front, followed by a lot of bitter grapefruit rind and other citrus components. Dank hops and noticeable alcohol on the back end, and a very bitter, dry finish. I can tell this one is fresh, lots of great fresh fruit and hop notes.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body is just a touch under medium, and the carbonation is very fine. It comes close to syrupy-feeling in the mouth. I'm a fan of IPAs with some substance, so it suits me just fine. Overall, this beer didn't disappoint at all. Very flavorful and one of the more bitter IPAs I've had in a while. I liked it a lot.

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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jai Alai into a pint. Didn't think Cigar City had bottling info, but there is a date of 'JAN2012' stamped on the side of the bottle. Not sure if it's a bottle date or a best-by. Hoping it's the former.

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with thinning glow. Puffy, loose head holds just fine. A bit rocky. Didn't lace at all, but I DID just wash the glass. 3.5

Moldy tropical fruits, alfalfa, and lemon. Musty malt wrapping up the nose. Not terribly impressive. 3.5

Earthy bitterness and fruity zing. Nice juicy pineapple middle with some insinuations of papaya or mango. Implied hop fruits have a lot of rind. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, but not as floral. Tartness matches the bitterness in the finish. Malts are roasty-toasty for an IPA, not too shabby. 4.0

Feels great. Drinkable as all hell and with a nice flushing spritz. Smooth-bodied and even. 4.5

My first Cigar City brew, and a good one. My only concern is that the bottle was not fresh enough. Still glad to have had. 4.0

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Revisiting Jai Alai, this time out of the can. Canned on 11/13/12. Enjoyed on 12/27/12.

Pours a sudsy and sediment-laden orange/amber with a nice and creamy peach-white head. Gave a great starter lace ring with some more residuals stuck to the glass after each big sip. The floaties seem to suspend in the beer uniformly. I didn't realize this was can-conditioned. 3.0

Bright tangerine, melon, and grassy aromas. Pulling through other hop smells of orange and honeysuckle. Honey is an element in the pale malts, as well. Very biscuity and almost lightly caramelized, but still showcasing the citrusy hop nose. Nice. 4.0

Citrus bitter and zingy. Pithy with more grapefruit, tangerine, and honeysuckle coming out over anything else. Lightly floral in flavor with honey malts and biscuity grain. Dry and hempy. Firmly bitter, with some threshold astringency. Citric acidity is nearly balancing. Lots of leafiness from the hops. Clean, bitter finish with a spike in alcohol sustaining its note. 4.0

Fully gulpable. Medium body has some resinous character in feel, but otherwise very smooth. Short, bursty carbonation cuts into each bite, but dispels upon an easy swallow. A nice aspect. 4.0

Very good IPA. Happy to have enjoyed again, and this time, served to me differently. Month-and-a-half age is still something I'd like to cut back on in the future with a fresher bottle or can. Recommended. 4.5

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mwb
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid, very good, smooth, but not spectacular

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4/5  rDev -5%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -5%
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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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