Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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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 Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

Thanks to Mavajo for this great brew!

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thinner white head that LLAB.

S- Strong pine hops sit on top of a nice caramel malty backbone with a great amount of citrus and grapefruit.

T- Sweet Grapefruit and citrus with a really nice bitter dry pine hop flavor to compliment. Solid caramel malt background for sure but gets lost in all the hop presence.

M- Medium body with lower to moderate carbonation and a real nice strong bitter finish.

Excellent IPA that could easily stand up to most DIPA's.


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Photo of boss302
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai, pint draft.

A Cloudy unfiltered, nice reddish amber color. This beer had been allowed to settle a bit, it was not quite clear, but you could see through it. Head was thick and it stayed for quite a while, had good lacing, and was still present at the end.

S A very nice floral hop aroma, some malt, but mostley hop. Just like it should be.

T Nice malty taste, some citrus/piney flavors from the hops and a little astringent at the back of the tongue. A quality AIPA.

M Medium to heavy mouthfeel, more of thick feel than thin. Carbonation was good.

O A good Am IPA and worth trying. I will be having another of these on my next visit.

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Photo of HopheadOberg
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time. It did not disappoint. Superb citrus smell when opened. It is just perfectly hopped and amazingly drinkable and refreshing for the abv. A top of the heap IPA!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color. White head that starts a few fingers high and has pretty good retention. Nose is quite hoppy with pine and citrus taking the front. Taste is strong hops along with a light bit of malt in the background. Good dry, resinous mouthfeel with superior drinkability.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Description: Copper, light brown appearance with a white head that quickly dissipates. No significant lacing or legs on the glass. The smell is a fruit bouquet with strong notes of pineapple, mango, orange and a bit of pine/resin. There also seemed to be something else sweet (honey?) that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I love it when a beer tastes just like it smells and that's the case with this one: lots of tropical fruit up front with a bit of bitter hoppiness on the finish giving it a nice balance between the two. Alcohol was not really discernible. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with medium carbonation so...medium?

Suggested food pairing: Grilled chicken or fish with a spicy, fruity salsa

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sip of Sunshine

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely have it again) Having already downed three of these, I looked at the six-pack sitting in my hotel room and thought, "Man, I could really go for a couple more Jai Alais." That probably would have been a bad idea as the alcohol is well hidden in this tasty brew, making it a totally crushable, easy to drink beer; I may not have stopped at a couple. Instead, I opted to stash them in my suitcase and call it a 'souvenir'. I thought this might be one of those regional champions that's really only so-so, but this was delicious. Fruity, flavorful and well-balanced, Jai Alai is a must try (that rhymes!) if you're able to get your hands on one.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bit of an orange-amber color with a solid white head.

S - Very aromatic here. Plenty of grapefruit and grass notes. Just a tad piney. Very nice.

T - Very robust citrus taste. Good balance of citrus and piney hops. Solid malt bill that provides plenty of support. A bit of toffee and caramel at the end.

M - Incredibly smooth and crisp. Very refreshing.

Overall - A wonderful IPA here, great balance.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear
H. Gold
N. Strong Citrus Hops

Comments taken from my blog

Yep, Cigar City has done it again. This is not your normal IPA. Jai Alai starts with a nice citrus odor and then slaps you in the face with a great balance of malt and hop bitterness. This is a great tasting and perfect IPA. I have had this beer in bottle and on tap and I can say the fresher that you can get you hands on it, the better it is. This is my type of IPA!

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A really solid IPA, but also distinctive. It is exceptionally smooth, sitting somewhere between an east and west coast IPA, but being something totally distinct. It is bitter like an east coast IPA, but without the earthiness that characterizes the style. At the same time, it doesn't go all-in on the aromatics. Very good beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of my favorite ipa's that I've been able to try. I put down a 5 for the appearance because I have never poured it into a glass! This is great straight from the can. My family went through about 6-6packs while we were vacationing on Sanibel. This just tastes tropical. Doesn't smack you in the face like a dirtwolf but is dangerously sessionable. My wife absolutely loves this beer, and she is not an ipa fan. If you can get your hands on some fresh Jai Alai, do it!

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Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Hazy dark orange body with a two finger off white head that recedes pretty quickly.Good lacing sticking to the glass.Great carbonation.

S. Big tropical fruit notes peach,mango,pineapple, as well as some pine and some earthy tones.

T. The smell is spot on with this one.Awesome tasting IPA,very well balenced just how I like it.

M. Good creamy medium mouth,good carbonation.Doesnt leave that big after taste that alot of IPA's do.

Overall this might be my favorite IPA! This is one nicely crafted brew.A must try,its just a shame I cant get it were I live.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light caramel color, very small head of white dust sized bubbles.

Smell of strong citrus , great bouquet of floral oranges, tangerine and pale malts.

Taste of a very well rounded India Pale Ale. Not overly bitter and not overly sweet. A lot of the IPAs out right now have a little too lopsided of flavors on the hop side ; this is not in that category. Bits of grapefruit mixed with toasted sugars. Everything that I like in a barleywine only at a lower level. This is a great IPA. Medium bodied and light to medium carbonation levels make this very drinkable. A great IPA that tastes remarkably fresh considering it had to make a trip up the east coast to get here.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade. Thanks miamichael2 for sending them my way.

Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours a hazy deep gold almost orange in color with 1 finger of off white head that has good retention and leaves some mild lacing.

S- Strong tropical fruits. Overly ripe pineapple, and fresh cut grapefruit. Sweet smelling tangerine citrus.

T- Starts off with a pleasantly sweet tangerine flavor. Then theres a healthy dose of bitterness in the form of pine, and grapefruit flavors from the hops. Finishes with a solid malt backbone that attempts to balance things out. Tasty.

M- Feels kind of creamy on the palate. Goes down good for being 7.5%ABV. Moderate amount of carbonation.

O- My first offering from Cigar City is a hit. Look forward to trying more.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance is hazed amber orange aroma citrus orange grape fruit and some pine.taste is grapefruit Boozy orange with more pine. nice malt backbone, an excellent IPA

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Photo of mattyb
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orange with a nice thick white head.

S - Citrus with some herbs and malts.

T - Very hop forward, middle provides some relief with a caramel malt taste, the finish provides the return of the hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation, clean dry finish.

O - Great IPA, would be in my regular rotation if it was available. Thanks mikesgroove.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd Cigar City beer! Huzzah, trades! Less than 2 weeks old, to boot.

A - Deep gold, orange peel colored with an extreme head with awesome lacing.

S - Breathtaking. You'd swear tropical fruit juice was in here. Spice, malt, blood orange, pineapple, mango, it's all there.

T - Follows nose. Heavy tropical fruit flavor, massive hop flavor, spicy, amazingly floral burps. Sweet malt in the middle with a short, bitter finish and sweetness and hop flavor clinging for some time.

M - Standard top-quality IPA - medium body, medium carbonation, oily and slick.

O - Great IPA from a great brewery. Just need to find some White Oak Jai.

I think it tastes like the IPA version of Zombie Dust.

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Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with HeatSeeker. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden copper hue with a nice one finger head that faded to leave a very thin blanket leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Very nice aromas of citrus here, slightly dank, with lots of bright orange, sharp tangerine, and light grapefruit.

T - Alright, this is more like it. Good bitter hops with nice citrus peel. Stuff is delicious really. Slightly malty but only as a sweetness. Really solid IPA notes.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice, good sharpness for an IPA to offset the bitterness.

O - Overall this was a surprisingly good IPA. This must be a fresh bottle because the citrus really pops. Quite delicious really.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained at CCB on 6/19, consumed same day. Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy burnt orange color. One and a half fingers of light kahki head appears then receeds to a quarter inch, and leaves awsome thick lace.

A: Great blend of cascade and simcoe hops. Grapefruit, orange, mango, and lime are present as well. Sweet malts give it an excellent balance.

T: Very nice balance here. Caramely from the malts, and crisp citrus from the hops.

M: Medium body, rather resinous mouthfeel.

D and overall impression: Huge marks on drinkability here. 7.5% ABV can get dangerous, but this is sessionable. I really like this beer. I little heavier than most IPA's but the taste is soooo refreshing. I can't wait to review the ceadr and flora versions of this one. Kudos to Wanye and Joey for crafting a very fine beer. Skal.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark, hazy orange color with a nice off white head. Head is gone pretty quick, becoming a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some very nice layered lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A nice touch of pine and malts too.

T- Tropical fruits again are front and center. A nice back bone of malts to provide a bit of balance. A bit of pine and alcohol round every thing out. Very nice and awesome.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- This is a very solid IPA. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Steve.

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Photo of qthompso
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light amber with a good amount of head and really impressive lacing.

It smells like a big glass of citrusy, fruity hops. Rather sweet, pineapple and/or mango. A bit grassy, not the big danky hop type.

The initial taste comes across as the nose would indicate, pretty sweet, smooth and tasty. A real strong bitterness midway through followed by a lingering fruity yet smokey note. The malt towards the back keeps this one pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is rather medium bodied. Good carbonation and a real dry, crisp finish.

Overall, I really enjoy this one. There's a lot going on with this one. The hops come through big but there's a lot of malt to back it up. There's also enough of a booze presence to indicate that this is getting close to imperial territory. Really great IPA. If only it was distributed in MN!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just as good as I remembered it being the first time I had it. This beer it a really nice amber color on top of the glass that fades to a golden yellow. The head disappears fast and there really isn't much lacing. The aroma is really hoppy, makes me want to go for a swim in this beer. It's aroma is wonderful. The flavor is aggressively hopped, floral and citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium and begs for you yichang another.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass, got this courtesy of a beer mail!

Appearance - Incredibly hazy dark amber color with a slightly brighter orange color at the bottom. Pours a nice fluffy 2 finger head that's slightly off color in appearance. This also leaves behind alot of great lacing.

Smell - There's some floral hops in here along with the typical citrus smell. However, this smells fairly fruity as I can smell some orange notes and some sweet yeast notes. Either way, it smells fantastic

Taste - There are some definite floral hops in here as well as some strong citrus notes and subtle yeast flavors. It also tastes fairly sweet thanks to the sweet yeasts in here as well. All of together makes for a pretty tasty IPA!

Mouthfeel - Body is pretty heavy and the carbonation is normal and it adds some variety to the flavor. Interestingly enough, it's a fairly creamy feeling beer which makes it pretty easy to drink.

Overall - This is a delicious IPA that no IPA fan should pass up on and it's very easy to drink. It's a shame they're not distributed throughout the country as I would be buying this almost all the time!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to Screach for bringing this gem to the May Austin BA tasting event!

Pours from the mini-growler an attractive, burnt copper-orange body with a well-retained patch of light tan foam. Leaves some splotches of lacing along the inside of the glass. Fantastic aroma on this IPA, with big, fresh notes of pine needle, resin, cotton candy, and toffee malts. Mouth watering profusely...

Great usage of hops, and although that is to be expected for an IPA, the brewers at Cigar City really knew what they were doing with this beer. Lots of piny, leafy, fresh hops in the mix, balanced by a solid backbone of caramel and biscuit. Lingering hoppiness rounds out a medium body with a good carbonation level. Jai Ali drinks nicely, and measures up to many of the other top-notch IPA's out there. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of Deadheadbill
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with a nice white head and very good lacing. Very nice aromas of hops, citrus and some malt. Medium bodied with nice bitter citrusy hop flavors balanced by malt, citrus fruit and some sweetness.

The amazing thing about this beer is that it always stays in balance with a lush mouthfeel and the hops always winning out in the flavor battle. CCB has done something few brewers can do, they have crammed all the flavors of an Imperial IPA into their regular bottling. This is without a doubt one of the best IPA's available.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful and hazy pour hits the glass in a vibrant, orange color. The head that forms is frothy and about 2 fingers thick with great lacing. Scent is of mild, pine bitterness up front, with a touch of citrus hop profile towards the end. Along with the citrus, there is just a touch of a sweet smell at the end as well.

As you take a drink, a light bitterness greets the tongue up front. That same bitterness holds off for just a second and then explodes in the mouth and intensifies. The bitterness follows the same flavor arc as the scent, starting off lightly resinous and piney, before moving to a citrus forward flavor. Lots of orange notes are in the middle of the hops before the sweetness ramps up a bit, just like the smell. The drink ends with the hops left sitting on the tongue. For feel, this one average in weight and sticky on the tongue. The hops in the beer make the liquid feel somewhat thicker than it is, and drink just a bit smoother.

Overall, I am a fan of Jai Alai. I can't believe that this is my first one of these, but it was worth the wait. A very good IPA.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was orange-amber in color, clear, and gently carbonated; forming a two finger thick head that proved very durable. The first thing hit me as the can was opened was the tropical citrus smell, and it intensified upon pouring. Bringing the glass under the nose revealed a ton of grapefruit, mandarin orange, bitter orange, and a hint of papaya. The taste was very hoppy, revealing layers of grapefruit, pine, hay, and some butterscotch. The finish was spicy and earthy, and the body felt quite sticky. This straddled a line between a regular IPA and a DIPA, and should probably be considered a double. I am so glad I bought two sixpacks, as this would keep me happy for a while.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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