Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,447
Ratings:
7,619
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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1,029
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2,170
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Photo of MikeKadas
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I have read a bunch of reviews on this beer and I must have a very unsophisticated palate. Perhaps it is because it is 5 1/2 weeks old. I bought this in Cape Coral and brought it up to New Jersey where I have been really enjoying the local IPAS like 609,Double Nickel and Spellbound, which for me have high marks on all categories.

Poured into a frosted glass to a nice one inch head. Aroma was nice but not overpowering. The first sip I thought I got all foam. Second sip went deeper and there was not a whole lot there. Very fizzy. I was looking for that blast of flavors but it wasn't there until the aftertaste,which was dank and not pleasant.

In all fairness, I may have killed this beer myself. I stopped at a wine store headed out of town and all they had was refrigerated 6 packs. 35 hours later I got one in the fridge. I was sorely let down.

Second can today and it is much better! Either the first one was funky or my taste buds were off because of lunch. Still would grab a can of Spellbound, Double Nickel, Brickface locally or Ballast Point sculpin, Racer 5 for my taste.

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Photo of RAFH
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely wonderful and delicious beer I received from my Dad and Sherrie when they were in Florida for this last year's winter vacation of 2017. They gave me a 12 ounce can. Tried it right away and was not disappointed at all. Tangy and tasty..... More than any IPA I've ever tried. A MUST HAVE! Thanks Dad and Sherrie!

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Photo of bgillespie
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearace: Clear golden amber with a thick white head and lacing.

Smell: Very powerful, citrus - mostly orange/tangerine.

Taste: Citrus and a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall: Really nothing to complain about here. Very satisfying, great beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Already my kind of IPA. A classic semi-clear light amber with a fluffy and sticky white head.

A: Smells of citrus, pine, and faint traces of papaya and sweet malt dancing in the background.

T: Citrus and tropical fruit blend seemlessly with a touch of sweet lightly toasted biscuits, followed by a mild pine presence.

F: Smooth, medium carbonation, and some good bitterness make this dry finishing IPA something to cherish in this day and age.

O: It's nice to see other breweries still focusing and getting the attention they deserve on classic and clean, bitter IPA's like this in today's changing scenery. I'm no one to argue, as I love all the styles, but I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I get to taste a new-to-me beer like this, as it is what I was raised on in the beer world, and still love more than most. Cheers!

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Photo of nick_perry
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color, foamy white head. Tropical fruit aromas, very West Coast in nature. Earthy hop profile, notes of orange. Somewhat sweet, resiny, lingering finish.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can dated about 3 months out.

Pours a hazy Amber color with a finger of off-white head. The head settles into a film, leaving a few splotches of lace as it goes.

The aroma is faintly piney with tons of malt. Doughy, subtly tart, with some caramel sweetness.

The taste follows the nose, with some pine up front, followed by a huge wave of malts. The finish is full of citrus and pineapple.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. A tad oily, but very smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, a good and well-balanced IPA. This can may not be too fresh, but the beer holds up well and is extremely drinkable despite the higher ABV. Would love to try a fresher can to see the difference.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean brass and golden yellow color with creamy lacing that seems to hold substantially. Smells like spices as well as blended hops and malt. The citrus is there in the nose as well of notes of pine and floral plants. The taste is effervescent with a strong malt tanginess. I am also finding a little mango as well as orange marmalade. The spices are blended well with the hops and make this IPA seem complex. Definitely not something to guzzle down, but enjoy with all its flavor.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Florida so I decided to give this popular brew a try. Nice looking slightly hazy copper color with an off white head. Citrus and pineapple scent with some slight pine and malt. Good IPA flavor with my first impression is that it is very much like a Hopdevil. Lively carbonation and slight bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We had this at least twice, trying it at different temperatures, and overall we were underwhelmed, perhaps because the rating is so high. It's good, but nothing about it stood out (note: the last little bit in my glass that came to about room temperature showed some promise in the complexity in the taste and aroma, but that's not the temperature I want to drink this beer at)

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Photo of Apellonious
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can 3/5/17 poured into an IPA glass. Cloudy copper/orange with a one finger head that dissapates quickly to a thin layer of retaining foam . The aroma is tropical fruit (pineapple/mango) and pine/herbal notes. The taste is balanced, lemon citrus piney hops with crystal malts. The mouthfeel is solid, medium carbonation and medium heft with a bitter finish. Overall, glad to finally see this in the area and try it. A well balanced IPA.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at a Publix in Naples, FL on spring break 3/23/17 and drunk straight from the can. Pours a hazy bright orange copper color. Smells of mango, tangerine, orange and pineapple, plus other citrus fruits I've never heard of. Taste is citrus and mild hops, but not bitter, similar to a double IPA due to the sweetness. Very refreshing on a warm spring day, definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of pants678
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow, white foam.

Hay and citra hops.

Very citric but rounded off, doughy NE quality to it. Dank and rich, sticky, no pine or berry or floral flavor.

Light carbonation, lends to the candy taste.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange gold/copper. Medium, thick, off white head. Lasts shortly

Smells caramel malts, citrus, tropical, light dank and juicy.

Tastes citrus, tropical, doughy malts, sweet and light bitter. Well balanced. Finish is dry and lingering pine. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of Erikdrinksbeer
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is delicious. I've never had it on draft but it is delicious directly out of the can or poured into a glass. Not overly bitter hops. Just a damn good beer.

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Photo of justme
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Draft with a rich copper color and one inch of a dense white head. The smooth creamy head gives way to a crisp citris falvor. Mild bitterness easily handled by a non IPA guy. Enjoyable!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Libations. Delivered in a tulip glass with a nice golden hue, minimal foam. Citrus and pine notes were evident, but didn't overpower. A complete IPA, nicely done Cigar City.

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Photo of wedge
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

CANNED 03/01/17

Hazy orange with a dense slab of foam that diminishes to patchy, soapy bubbles on the surface. Nose is hoppy with malt to balance, but it's not a huge hoppy wallop...grassy orange, earthy pine sap, under-ripe mango, and toasty caramel. Flavor is similar with a resinous bitterness, orange marmalade, peach, melon, and flowers over a little malt. Creamy medium body, finishing dry and not too sweet. Not bad, kinda old school, but muddled and not particularly refreshing.

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Photo of ludachris
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a golden amber with a bit of haze. Steady streams of carbonation keep the two fingers of fluffy and chunky white head afloat. Lace is left in chunks.

The nose is extremely bright and bursting with fresh citrus. Sticky, slightly syrupy pineapple mixes with juicy tangerine and tangy lemon. Fresh grass, fresh pine, fresh all things green. Its light on its feet with plenty of zing.

Freshly cut grass and green pine are on a more level playing field with the tangerine, pineapple, and heaps of citrus peel. A bit of citrus tartness is intertwined with a leafy and earthy bitterness that makes its way into the finish. Its malt bill is more fleshed out as well with biscuit and a drop of caramel rounding its edges.

The level of carbonation and bitterness cuts and cleans. It's medium bodied with a bit of stick and plenty of dryness. It's extremely well rounded and devilishly balanced.

This IPA has it all. I was hard pressed not to say the term "fresh" in every other sentence. Citrus forward and bright with a refreshing level of bitterness and extremely rounded body. A standout IPA.

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Photo of afroskully
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Second time trying this one. First one was canned over a month before I got to it which I liked but found nothing remarkable about it, and I'd read that the flavor tends to fall off after 3-4 weeks. This time I got to try one 2 weeks post canning and what a difference. Deliciously balanced IPA

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-amber color with a fluffy, sudsy stark white head of 2 fingers.

The nose on this is really nice. Aromas of pure hop pellets, I'm guessing Amarillo. Just grassy, herbal, and ever so slightly piney aromas. Very fresh. You know the type.

Wow. The hype is real. It's not a total flavor explosion, but what's there is extremely smooth and easy drinking. Lots of hop resins, some slight dew grass, followed by tropical rinds and some juicy grapefruit. There's some faint honey in there that's kind of throwing the freshness off a bit, and the finish may impart some of the resins too loudly for my personal taste, but make no mistake the flavor profile on this one is serious business.

Feel is likewise resiny and oily with no mercy. Lots of natural hop action going on all the way through this beer from the aroma to the feel. Mild carbonation provides a little boost to an otherwise whip-creamy mouth feel.

Overall, if you want to know what hops smell, taste, and feel like, without much alteration from their natural state, this beer will capture it for you. Total freshness in a freshly opened hop foil pouch-like way. Lots of great resins, fruity flavors, and great yeast action throwing some kind esters out there. Highly recommended, glad I traded for it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. canned 11/25/16

Pours slightly hazy amber-gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like toasted caramel malts, mild peppery spice, mango, orange citrus, grapefruit, papaya, guava, melons, pineapple, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted caramel malt, mild peppery spice, mango, orange citrus, grapefruit, papaya, guava, melons, pineapple, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA.

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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 Semh57
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Krogers @ Swift Creek Midlothian Virginia on 2/15/17. 6 pack 12oz cans cost $11 plus tax with date on bottom of can - 2/02/17! Fresh as that! Great Find! Pours a golden copper color with 1 finger head. Nice lacing on glass. Great hop aroma (grapefruit, some lemon maybe? oranges peach and a hint of spice!) with a considerable underlying malt backbone to support. Awesome and very well balanced taste!! Tasty! 70 IBU'S but not noticeably bitter! Excellent job by Cigar City and Thank the Beer Gods they sold to Oskar Blues! Will definitely look for this beer in the future!! Enjoy more beers! SEH

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Photo of B0shes
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I went to Disney during the '16 food festival. I'm not sure where I saw her or how the conversation started, but a stranger in Epcot told me she was drinking the best Beer to be had in the park... Jai Alai. I looked everywhere during my weeklong visit and never found it. A month later I was back home in Florida and found this beer in a Panama City Walmart. Loaded up on it and brought it back to try with friends. Finally getting around to review this fine beer.

Poured from a can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Thin head never fades on the cloudy amber/hay hued beer. Personally, the appearance beer other than a nice stout rarely seems to me worth dwelling on.

Smell is a little bitter grapefruit with a sweet, maybe caramel, note. Not super complex, just clean and balanced.

Taste is similar to smell its a few more sweet notes. Still a hoppy IPA and true to the style, but with the smallest hint of mango and apricot to level it out. Nice to find a solid IPA that doesn't taste like a pinecone.

Carbonation is there, nothing noteworthy which is how it should be. Beer might be the slightest bit sticky.

Overall, a favorite.

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

Poured the 12oz can into a teku glass.

God, how coud I lived to 33 without ever having tried this ? Smells like orange peel citrus and tropical fruits. Taste the same.


Unfortunately I was only able to buy one yet I'm sure this make an excellent session IPA.

The best I have ever tried from the southeast.

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