Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

1,446 Reviews
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 drewba
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy, translucent blood orange. Pours a two finger head with big, frothy bubbles. Lots of lacing.

S - Colossal aroma that doesn't fade during the duration of the beer. There is so much pine and lemon zest coming off this beer, i it's hard to smell much else. Ok, I am getting a little bread , ethyl alcohol and nutty character from the aroma.

T - Flavors are huge - from the hops, I'm getting a heavy dose of grapefruit fruityness which is adding a bulk of the bitter, also lots o grass and pine. There is an unusual dry, spicyness to this. Almost like a cedar or cinnamon. The malt is definitely here, notes of caramel sweetness, molasses and sourdough bread.

M - really satisfying, sticky, sweet medium-thick mouthfeel. Really light carbonation, I wish it was a touch higher, but I'm still liking the mouthfeel.

D - The cedar/cinnamon flavor I picked up in the taste is bothering me, because I can't exactly pinpoint it, plus it's sticking around. But, the tropical fruityness is keeping me interested and wanting more. Overall this is an unusual ipa, but still a tasty beer.

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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 birderbeerer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, almost chestnut beer with a standing two-finger head.

Citrus hoppy scent with fruity and medicinal notes.

Rich, complex taste. Creamy and vanilla notes, with a rich sweetness, and a strong citrus hop taste. The hop gives a good bit to the other sweet flavors.

A unique beer that is ill-served by calling it an IPA. It's more than that.

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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 Swim424
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A-pours a pale copper color with a small head that falls to a thin layer on top.

S-smells of some sweet possible citrus malt with a hint of hops. Seems to be lacking a bit on the hop scent for the style. But still nice

T-Nice malt up front hangin around through the finish, with a pleasant hop presence builds from the middle to the finish. Hops are nicely balanced by the strong malt presence.

MF- Nice smooth feeling to this one. A bit creamy feel hangs around after it goes down, But with a pleasant subtle bitterness, making you look forward to the next sip.

O-this is a great go to IPA. Not to bitter but nice enjoyable beer at a reasonable price. Nothing exceptional but very good all the time.

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

Look--beautiful golden color. Pours out with fine white head, which reduces to a nice collar aroma is hoppy and fruity. Taste is hoppy. Feel is light and smooth,

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

12oz btl served in shaker pint. Big thanks to nerdrocker101.

A: Hazy golden orange. Bright, almost backlit appearance. Fluffy off white head. Good retention. Sticky lace. Great looking IPA.

S: Some caramel malt sweetness. Candy-like hoppiness. Underwhelming.

T: Malty sweet with juicy citrus flavors. Some vanilla. Grassy, herbal hop character. Just a hint of spice. Nice dose of bitterness to offset the sweetness.

M: Smooth and soft. Carb is just about perfect.

D: Interesting IPA. I could have more than one. Drinks a little lower than 7.5%.

Jai Alai is a solid beer. It is not quite what I desire in an IPA, but I can see why others rate it so highly. This is my first offering from CCB and I'm really happy to have tried it.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

revisiting this beer since i went back to alabama. bought a single can packaged on 9/9/15, making it about 6 weeks old. may have lost some aroma potency, but already better than the bottle i tried almost 4 years ago. amber colored beer that is noticeably cloudy, with a thin, but persistent head. loads of apricot, some mountain herbs, and a little caramel on the first couple of whiffs. more stone fruit, orange marmalade and jalapeno jelly across the palate; there is definite sweetness from the malt bill, but the fruity, floral qualities of the hops rise above. medium bitterness at the back, and deceptively easy to drink. i get why folks in the south praise this IPA from cigar city.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint". Colour is a light tannish-brown. 2-finger head, slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, hoppy. Nicely balanced aromas, actually a little soothing.

Taste: Rather bitter upfront with some wheaty notes. Hoppy and a little boozy, just a hint of spice. A little citrusy, mostly grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A little bit of a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This brew is definitely a hop bomb, but a tame one at that. Flavours and aromas are very nicely balanced.

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Photo of itsscience
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a tap into a pint glass

Poured a cloudy copper with a thin head leaving a rim of white bubbles. The nose is mostly grapefruit with a pine smell and some crackery malt in the background. Right away when tasting you get pine, grapefruit, orange, and mango with moderate bitterness. This is balanced out by biscuity malt for a pleasant crisp finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a ruby color with a soapy white head the left little lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops come through strong right off the bat, mostly ruby red grapefruit and post ripened oranges. A slowly creeping solvent background and some heavier fruit flavors like red grapes and sweet plums are starting to develop. As I drink, I can start to smell some fusel alcohols coming in.

Taste: More or less the same experience as the nose. The citrus hops hit hard, than the maltier dark fruits come in and it finishes fairly sweet. The alcohol is becoming more and more pronounced as I continue to drink it, which is strange for something at 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy for an AIPA and pretty slick, no drying affect.

Drinkability: I had one, then moved on. At first it was a pretty decent IPA (although tasted more like a bigger DIPA), but as I kept drinking it was really starting to turn me off. The alcohol and dark fruit flavors began to be the only thing I was tasting. With about 8 or 9 other IPAs on the list (including pte, sculpin, two hearted and speakeasy) I moved on pretty quickly. Overall not a bad beer, but I'll pass.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter.

Has a really nice orange glow to it with a touch of orange but there appears to be some floating matter in it. Are we unfiltered? A quarter inch of foam rests on top.

Smells A bit sweet and fruity. A little heavy. A touch of malt without too much bitterness from hops.

Tastes less of hops than I was hoping. Again I taste some swetness and feel like there's some over-ripe banana in (and not in the hefeweizen sense).

Mouthfeel is uneventful. Aclittle creamy up front without too much going on.

Overall I'm not so impressed with this. I feel line it doesn't carry the weight I thought it would. This is my first cigar city and I had heard good things but I am let down by this.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear honey orange color with fluffy white head, smells of dank piney hops slight pineapple, tastes of bright spicy hops on the front and continued bitterness as malts cool in the background for a dry finish, mouthfeel is superb, wonderfully silky smooth and rich.

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Photo of Roby923
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, full bodied IPA. Deep citrus taste with a malty, toasted caramel backbone. A real highlight out of FLA. Appears on some top 10 beers in USA lists, and for good reason.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with hints of amber in the middle. A thin white head that fades to a ring leaving some sticky looking lacing.

Aroma is some fresh bread dough and just mild hints of piney hops. Not particularly strong, perhaps this bottle has some age on it.

Taste has some sweet citrus up front with bread malts in the middle and a bitter finish.

Medium in body with a good bit of coronation. Overall, a nice IPA that is more balanced than others and not super bitter.

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Photo of godlessape
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Monday Night Brewing pint glass. The body has a somewhat cloudy brassy color, and the head started off at about two fingers then swiftly sank down but never gave up.
The aroma is alive and teeming with juicy tangy fruit and citrus notes, like a mid-morning Floridian farm stand.
The flavor is fruity and sweet, much like the nose but balanced off well in the end with a fairly decent hop bite and sizzle.
The mouthfeel is as smooth as the glassware I poured this into.
Overall an incredible IPA. I love that Cigar City is putting this stuff into cans that are actually dated. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured to my Stone IPA glass.

Thanks for the chance with this one Alex!

Pours a clear copper with yellow around the edges. Fairly aggressive pour produced a 1 finger white head that only stayed around for about 30 seconds. Very minimal lacing is left.

Smell is very weak. Slight grapefruit and I pick up a smoky burnt wood smell. There's not much else to it. Can't smell any hops at all.

Taste is a big change from the smell. Nice citrus and grapefruit base that has that charred wood characteristic towards the back end. Not very aggressive with the hops, but a smooth, wet finish.

Fairly creamy. I'd like this in a bigger DIPA, but it wasn't great for the beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable and it is fairly drinkable, but just slightly too thick for my liking.

I'm glad I got to give this a shot. It was my first CC beer and I'm curious to try some more. I wouldn't mind trying this again, but I won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased 7/2011 from a reliable bottle shop and well stored since, there is a 042311 printed on label in white ink. Is this the bottling date? Drink by date?

Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip, a tall narrow Tulip glass.

Pours a nice one finger head, nice rich amber color, the head settles down in to a persistent ¼ inch cap, easily increased with a light swirl, a very lively ale. This is an ale that looks real.

The piney hops are the leader in the smell when first pored, then the malt takes its turn, both could be a little more distinctive IMO.

Delicious rich malt hits your flavor buds first but are quickly dominated by the crisp acidity and the nice piney hops, delicious!, lots more going on here then the smell would seem to indicate, the hop oils stick to your mouth.

Great full bodied mouth feel, which with the wonderfully balanced carbonation really helps the overall pleasure of drinking this ale.

Very long finish of more or less malt dominated flavors, though the hop oils definitely present.

Over all a very good IPA, the 7.5% ABV seems close to an imperial. I have tried a couple different glasses for this one, the British Imp Nonic being first of course, but finally settled on the one stated above. Also the temperature, seems best at 55 degrees or so. I know that seems warm, but well my opinion.

This is a really good ale, and yet it seems to be missing something? I know I was hoping for more of a hop “kick”, still the hops are here. Is this an old bottle or a six pack that was mishandled?, or am I just missing it on this one?

I tried to decode the “label date” as noted above. My online resources state that CCB does not use a bottling code but this sure looks like 04/23/2011 to me. Who knows.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours very cloudy dark orange and has nice fluffy head with good retention and lacing. The smell is citrusy and slightly malty…you can almost smell the tartness. The taste has a unique fruitiness that I have not quite had before. There seems to be a robust tea-like presence in the flavor, and I can detect some peppery hops as well. There is quite a bit of flavor going on here, and the body is medium-heavy. There is a pleasant crispness that allows this beer to finish pretty smooth, just as you expect it to linger and be overly syrupy. I’m drawn back to this beers unique complexity again and again. One drink begat another, and so on…

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange to light amber, one finger creamy white head with lots and lots of bubbles. This is also crystal clear.
The aroma is somewhat grassy, it's not as strong as I was anticipating. Im picking up some floral notes as the beer warms.
The flavor is mostly citrus like grapefruit. I also taste peppery spice and also a bit of cereal/grain which is subtle and more noticeable as the beer warms.
Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Bitter hop flavors stay with me all the way through with hints of pepper and grain on the finish, leaves a citrusy aftertaste.
Overall this is a very solid year round IPA. It's a beer I've had before on vacation and will continue to purchase when I can.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy received a lot of these in a trade and we decided to drink a lot of them. They never got dull
Pour - drank all of them out of the can/bottle
Smell - bitterness and fruit
Taste - smooth citrus balanced out with the hops
Overall - highly drinkable, find and drink on a sunny day

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Photo of leokbelo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper into a pint glass. 1 inch head that stays up for a while.
Delicious bouquet, citrus hops, some tropical fruits, sweet and devious scent.
Sweet on the tongue, 7.5% ABV kicking in along with the hops.
Some nice caramel in the backround.
Hoppy, but not overwhelming.
An amazing IPA, almost wants to be an Imperial IPA(DFH 90 minute comes to mind).
Highly recommended!

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trappistlover for this one. Bottle date says JUN2711.

A- Clear orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin cap, which lasts 'til the end of the pint.

N- Huge tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Papaya, melon, pineapple, and cherry gummy bears/jolly ranchers. There's also some bubble gum undertones.

T- Rich toasty malt backbone with a touch of sweet caramel. Papaya and melon mingle with the malt while a smooth, grassy, herbal bitterness provides some balance. Light juicy citrus really makes for a thirst-quenching brew. The beer dries out nicely for a long herbal, floral, grassy finish. Some toasted grain also lingers into the aftertaste.

M- Medium light bodied, quaffable, slightly sticky, moderate carbonation, with a semidry finish.

D- Overall highly enjoyable, though being from SD, I don't think I'll seek this out again. Plenty of local IPAs to chose from. Definitely glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of ELS
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprisingly impressed by this IPA. Living in Florida I've had total access to CCB's line up of beers. I have to say that I don't love them all but Jai Alai Is my kind of IPA. The color is very golden and pure. The aroma is a terrific citrus smell with the familiar pine presence as well. The taste follows the nose with a up front citrus presence followed by the hops to back it up. Just the right amount of hops without getting out of control but enough to keep the hop heads happy. Excellent balance with the 7% abv completely hidden and all you can think about is popping another beer. Overall this is an excellent IPA and is now part of my regular rotation. I only wish it were a little less expensive.

Three years later and this beer is always in my refrigerator. It's the best consistently distributed IPA in Florida.

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Photo of Nhmp105
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste the hops from the get go and the finish activates the bitter taste buds towards the back of the tongue. Prefer the taste of A Victory Dirtwolf.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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