Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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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

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Photo of washburnkid
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper with a finger of white head. Aromas are in your face citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine. Flavors follow with a citrusy hop explosion but are balanced out by a perfect amount of caramel malt. Good carbonation, and a sticky residual mouthfeel. This is a solid IPA.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/4/14. Pint glass.

A: Pours pale with a giant three fingers of imposing, fluffy snow-white head, which deflates at a glacial pace. Sticky, messy lacing all over, with superb retention.

S: Tropical and citrus fruit, mild bready/crackery malt. Not exactly big aromas, but not faint either.

T: Wow, big juicy citrus (orange juice cut with sweetish pink grapefruit), a firm sweet malt presence mid-palate, and finishing with malt and a light/light-moderate bitterness carrying through a long finish.

M: Creamy, medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is really tasty; a pleasure to have access to this for those warm, muggy DC summers.

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Photo of Philousa
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw/orange color with a thin layer of foam clinging to the edge of the glass. The suds fall back into the drink, making lacing difficult and sparse, going more for the mosaic look than the ring look. Pine and resin accompany an overwhelming citrus aroma: grapefruit and orange are the heavyweights. There is some biscuit behind it, but you have to look for it especially when it is freshly poured and the carbonation is going well. The biscuit comes out a little more in the flavor, cooked well with some doughy presence, it comes first, then lots of citrus and resin, followed by a strong bitterness, but it isn't overwhelming. The citrus is almost tart and balances the bitterness well. The hop flavors are enough to knock me off my chair, they're so prevalent. The feel is quite dry, the body on the light side. This beer is focused on hops a lot, but there is some maltiness to it as well, balancing it out very nicely. The hop bite is a little harsh in this, so I'd switch to another drink sooner than, say, a Stone IPA or Racer 5, but the flavor is more of an experience so it's a trade off.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally, some Jai Alai - canned, of course. Pours a nearly copper, light-amber color with mild clarity - just a slight sheet of haze muddles the middle of the brew. Little, tiny, tiny bits of sediment circle around the beer; a cloudy, pillowing white head retains like a beast and leaves chunky-ass lacing along all edges of the glass, like a true champ.

The aroma is... Wow. Brilliant. Big-time fruit on the nose; huge bouts of tropical fruits - mango, papaya, tangerines, peaches, grapefruit, apricot... Smell this shit and tell me I'm wrong, I dare you. Not only do you get this wonderful cornucopia of fruit, you've got a nice bouquet of hops to fill in the edges. Pungent, wet, leafy, with a light, dank, weediness. This is the stuff dreams are made of. And Jai Alai, apparently.

The taste picks up right where the aroma leaves off - a fruit-fileld bitch slap to the tongue, complete with more mangos, pineapples, papayas, and oranges. And I'm talking some juicy-ass fruit, here. The kind that makes your mouth absolutely water. Authentic, ripe, and unadulterated in every sense of the word. Hops come to life even more so on the palate. Wet, pungent, oily, leafy, and I'm picking up some pine, too.

Bitterness is powerfully noticeable but not too sharp or harsh, not even close. It's perfectly balanced by the fruit and by the smaller helping hand of the malt; light bread and faint toasted caramel malts provide an extra "oomph" of sweetness, strictly for balance. It makes for such a soothing, drinkable bitterness. Finish is wet, grassy, juicy, fruity, etc... I could go on all day. Medium mouth feel and a medium-high level of carbonation.

Jai Alai. Blown away. There. I said it. This beer was fantastic, and it was much better than I was anticipating. I mean, I've heard good things about it, but I never thought it would be this good. Alcohol is seemingly absent, and 7.5% ABV isn't anything to scoff at. So goddamn drinkable and so goddamn tasty. Why don't they sell this in Michigan?

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Photo of mikeburd1128
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Canned on what looks to be 12/1/12.

A - Pours a very appealing reddish copper with a solid finger and a half of off white head that recedes very quickly with nice lacing.

S - Big citrus. I'm getting lots of tangerine (something I really can't recall experiencing in an IPA before) and grapefruit, and man, they are playing nicely together. However, after my 2nd of the day, the HUGE tangerine is almost getting a bit tiresome.

T - Big tangerine again. I can't get over how enjoyable this is to drink. You get the solid malt backbone in the finish as it finishes clean and a little bready.

M - Mouthfeel is wonderful. So smooth and full bodied for an IPA. Seems to be relatively low carbonation.

O - This is wonderful. So easy to drink. I'm noticing the heavy tangerine could be a little off putting after a few, but nevertheless, this is really a great beer. From beginning to end. Easily one of the best single IPA's I've had.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can date 5/13/14- pours lovely clean orange with foamy white head.

Nose- stone fruits and citrus, herbal hop spice and pine, bready malt

Taste- smooth and lush fruity hops with nectarines, peaches, tangerines, tropical fruit up front, o touch of hop spice underneath, a little bready/caramel malt with a slight trace of vanilla mint on the back end with more juicy stone fruit,citrus and pine lingering on

Feel- smooth, juicy, fresh, zesty, medium-full bodied

A great IPA. Great flavor profile and perfectly balanced and drinkable. Glad I ha an extended layover in Miami and could snag some

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Photo of pschul4
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a "first run" can as an extra in a trade with greghochsprung. Who send old ass IPAs as extras? JK I asked for it, thanks greg!

A- Pours a nice murky orange wih a big fluffy 1" head. Looks great. I like my IPAs like I like my women, translucent.

S- Pretty faded. Some citrus in there but it seems to be 5 month old for some reason...

T- A shell of what it once as, the first run Jai Alais must stick close to the heard. If they wonder even fifty yards the wild ales will take them in a moments notice

M- Really good mouthswing, just the right level of carbonation

O- Excited to drink the fresh one tomorrow and do a re-review

Alright heres the fresh one, only differences for smell, taste and overall

S- Lots of great citrus hops on this end. Touch of sweet pale malts in the background

T- Huge burst of citrus in the front then a sharp change to pale malts in the end. Honestly I really like that aspect

O- This is what CCB was intending me to taste. Well done all around

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Photo of beerbully
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter

L-Light copper, 3/4 inch head with some retention, thick lacing

S-Fruity hops.......Pineapple, orange, papaya, bubble gum,

T-Follows the nose..........Fruity hops, sweet malts with a mild bitter finish..........Starts with Orange citrus, pineapple......sweet bubble gum in the middle and finishes with lemon zest and piney bitterness

F-Less than medium body......mild carbonation

O-dangerously drinkable.........tasty brew that deserves to be in anyone hop lovers regular rotation

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Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky 7.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange amber cor with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Rings and spots of chunky lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with subtle spices, caramel malt and sunlte sweet alcohol. Lts of tropical and citrus fruit notes in the blnse including mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orang peel. Slight dry pine needles as well as sme toasty biscuit malt character.

Chewy medium body that is very hop forward with lots of dry earthy pine and sweet tropical/citrus fruit flavor. Hi ts of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus peel along with a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone and sweet alcohol heat. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish but overall the ABV is very well masked makig his beer extremely quaffable.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

COD 1/2/16. Pours a clear orange/amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of orange, mango, pear, passion fruit and light biscuit. As it warms, subtle notes of tangerine and pine emerge.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with an effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and had it been a bit more intense, it would be world class. The flavor is quite complex, perfectly balanced and mildly bitter. It begins with the flavors of the nose in blended fashion, citric at first (tangerine, orange) then flowing to the sweeter tropical aspects. The middle is very mildly bittered for the style and the resultant sweetness shines at this juncture through the finish. Here is where mango, pear and passion fruit take center stage over a soft bready biscuit with rich caramel notes. The finish just hints at dryness and leaves you with a slightly sweet fade of tropical hop flavor. Take your time with this one. The closer it gets to room temperature, the more intense the flavor becomes. Consequently, I'm scoring this world class in flavor.

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Photo of rangerred
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dirty orange with a one finger thick white head. Great head retention with nearly solid lacin all the way around.

Orange, tangerine, pineapple, and pine burst from the top of the glass. Just amazing punch of hoppy goodnees out of this beer. Tropical fruit really dominates but there is that light touch of pine. Not really any malt that I can pick up.

More juicy hops in the flavor. Very citrusy and there is a touch of caramel malt I can pick up on. There is a slight tartness but it really compliments everything more than detracts. Very high bitterness that lingers on the tongue long after the finish. Nice thick mouthfeel and body that doesn't get too sweet.

Overall, a truly world class IPA. There is just so much hop aroma and flavor here but it still stays in balance somewhow. A great beer that I wish I could get all the time.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mucky Duck, Captiva Island, FL.
Nice lacing, aroma dominated by the Citra hops.
This beer is perfectly balanced with a bitter, yet smooth finish, and a great malt backbone that just keeps this propped up. Great beer!

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is its great balance. A lot of IPAs are aggressively hoppy, which is fine, but what keeps me coming back to a beer is nuance. The biggest defining factor was how the orange-citrus touch to it gave the hops a nice uplifting buzz. It balanced out the piney hops and left a warm lingering aftertaste. This makes Jai Alai the perfect summer drink for an IPA fan. I could imagine making multiple return trips to a cooler to crack one of these open! Great beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ktrillionaire for sending this beer to me.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is awesome. I get some grapefruit and also some pine. There is also the slightest amount of orange citrus in the aroma. The flavor is a even mix of pine and grapefruit with neither standing out or dominating. There is some caramel malt in there as well. The bitterness is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy drinking. I had this after a 12 hour day at work and it was the perfect beer. So glad I got to try this and happy I have a few more.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA will knock your socks off! Delicious! One of the best IPAs I've had in awhile. Probably the best since my trip to Minneapolis and Masala Mama several years back. Excellent example of the style. Poured a beatiful coppery/golden hue with great foamy head and retention to the last sip. Aroma gave me chills, as I felt as though I'd been dropped in a pine thicket, or grapefruit grove. Taste is earthy, piney, citrusy, with just a hint of malt sweetness to balance it out. A great beer for hop lovers and hopheads. Definitely one of my go to IPAs for now. Great brew!

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a shaped Dogfish Head pint glass.

Color: Copper with a white head.

Smell: Great hop aroma with some beautiful sweet fruity notes.

Taste: A delicious hop bitterness with a nice sweet tone.

Mouthfeel: A smooth and dry feel on the palate.

Overall: What a great IPA! A great hop smell and taste. An all around terrific IPA. A regular in my household. CHEERS!

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Photo of david370
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.bottle dated aug 2011,im assuming thats a bottling date

A nice hazy amber/orange color with a almost white head..nice lacing

lots going on with the aroma..citrus notes dominated

smooth balanced taste,just a hint of biterness on the finish

Im glad this finally got to my area of georgia and its joining sweetwater as my favorite local IPAs

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. A completely indecipherable blob is stamped on the base of the can.

A: Golden yellow body with a orange tint. Faint haze. 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Big and rocky as it goes. Moderate lacing. Great.

S: Fruit-forward hop with a nice citrus character. Grapefruit. Apricot. Light grass. I'm not picking up many distinct elements, but damn, the whole is very nice.

T: A welcoming, fruity bitterness opens. Development of a nicely integrated malt backbone that sits in perfect balance. Finishes semi-dry with a tasty hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence. Excellent citrus and tropical fruit notes. Vanilla.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Slightly oily. Very smooth.

O: I don't know if it's all the mulch I shoveled today, or the sweet can, or what, but this one just hit the spot. Really a fine drinker. Highly session-able for the ABV. Refreshing but with good depth. Get some to enjoy on the patio.


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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says "Happy B-day Joey Canned On 3 DEC 12." I know that guy!

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of head that retains slightly before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and thick tufts of surface foam. Slippery cobwebs of lacing.

S- Hops have a peppery/citrusy hybrid thing going on that's reinforced by a sturdy malt sweetness. Notes of lemon, mango and grapefruit.

T- Bitterness clamps down at first but lets up a bit once the grainy malts make their way in, then it's right back to the hops that linger in the finish. Grassy and vegetal while also providing some citrus characteristic. This IPA is certainly dynamic in flavor. Alcohol is excellently hidden. One would probably assume this was just a single without knowing its official classification, but it's incredibly close to DIPA territory.

M- Juicy but with a sharp afterbite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a mostly standard body.

O- This beer speaks for itself. Such an awesome go-to IPA.

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Photo of mrnobody
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.

A: Pours a deep orange/amber with two fingers of thick eggshell head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: This is fruity as hell: mango, pineapple, orange. Amazing!

T: The first thing that hits you is the sweetness and you think you are in for a malt bomb but then the juicy hops take over and you forget all about the malt!

M: I'd say the mouthfeel is quite full and the carbonation is spot on.

D: The drinkability is very high.

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

A - nice deep murky orange but cleared a little after settling in the glass. Thin head poured into a basic thin walled crystal beer mug which I can't really fit into a glass category.

S - whoa, clean, floral, slightly hoppy, I knew I was about to drink an IPA, smell reminded me a bit of Burton baton. deep, hard to find malt smell.

T - This is an IPA, grapefruit, piney, a little more grapefruit, but what I noticed the most was a wicked bitterness on the first few sips. Did not notice ETOH at all (alcohol) even though it's 7+%. Still a strong bitter, grapefruit aftertaste. Toward the end I could pick up the malt's a LOT better than in the beginning.

M - prickly, great balanced carbonation I thought. Smooth but not as smooth or sweet or floral as Burton baton, and I keep comparing this beer to that dogfish so that is good..

D - well, I was only able to find 4 in Jensen Beach and Port St Lucie Fl. So I will drink these sparingly since I am now home in NC, but for IPA drinkers, I think you could,knock out 3-4 before you are sick of the IPA for the night, and/or have had too much ETOH.

Another sip before wrapping this up, and again, bitter and strong grapefruit.. "I am an IPA and I PROVE IT" is what it shouts at you, not sweet, not dry - I am very malty once you start drinking me!

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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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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