Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

7,707 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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Photo of Shawner
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garuda
2.16/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A rigorous pour into the oversized snifter gets a thin white head that does not stay around long, but some suds do cling to the sides of the glass. Color is a murky deep orange.

S/T - Fairly similar and unimpressive in the same respects. Fully expecting hops off the bat, I'm greeted with malty, dark fruits of the prune variety. The malt body is way too much on this one, with hops taking a back seat. Some pine notes try to make an appearance in the lingering aftertaste.

M - Solid medium body, low carbonation, malty feeling for an IPA.

D - I'll try it on tap to confirm this tasting, but I won't be buying any more bottles until they put some kind of freshness dating on it. There's no way of telling if this bottle was fresh or not.

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Photo of bmwats
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a slight, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a little foam blanket. Persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough, pine, oregano, grapefruit, and a little honey.

T: Honey and wood accentuated pine nuts with some strong grapefruit and lemon citrus tones.

M: Mouth puckering hop bite with a hint of sweetness. Hops crush the palate for the duration of the experience.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and some persistent sticky lacing. Nose is bready with pine, spice, citrus, and honey. Very well-balanced. Super-hoppy flavor with strong citrus notes and some slight sweet and wood character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with huge, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, orange marmalade, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, fruity and bitter. Tasty, complex IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at The New Leaf Market in Tallahassee, FL.

Golden with good clarity and a small off white head. Aroma is a nice mix of tropical fruits and toasted malts. Flavors lean toward the hops with a tropical fruits and citrus. But they're supported by toasted and biscuity malts. A moderate consistency and carbonation.

A good, solid IPA.

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Photo of bum732
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Grapefruit and some orange hoppiness, slight bisquity malt, toasty, slightly dank.

L: Clear burnt orange, off-white creamy head with 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Quite pungent and bitter hoppiness. Dank and grapefruit peel mostly. Medium-high bitterness with some very toasty malt with some slight bisquit. Finishes quite dry and pungent with shades of alcohol hotness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol warming.

Ok, i think i need to find a fresher bottle as this was quite malty but still quite pungent.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orange hazy appearance. Smell is citrus and tropical fruits. Represents exactly what I look for in an ipa. Taste is like juicy nectar. Citrus from the hops dominates the palate with a light malt backbone to balance. Hops definitely take the spotlight. Mouth feel is nice and light. Overall I'd day this is my favorite ipa at the moment. Gonna bring done back to Chicago for sure.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a shipment in from lets pour.com and they sent some freebees with my order. Canned on May 14th...doesn't get much fresher than that for someone way out in the boonies of Long Island.

This beer is definitely worth the hype. Great IPA nose with the classic hops resin, citrusy grapefruit and lime with a little pineapple coming through. What I like in my IPAs are a faint malt backbone. Not a huge fan of malty, sweet beers and this one is right in the middle. The sweetness comes in the form of fruit juice instead of malt. Very nice touch.

I still have 3 more cans to hoard and will definitely savor each and every one of them.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours identical to so many other IPAs out there, golden yellow with a subtle orangy/amber hue and a finger of slightly off-white foam.

Light toffee/caramel sweetness, big citrusy punch of orange and grapefruit, and a light tropical fruits dancing in the background.

Resinous, mango, orange, grapefruit, and a sturdy caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, outstandingly crisp and balanced mouthfeel.

Overall, while in appearance it's not a looker, the real deal here is the wonderful aroma, flavor, and well-balanced mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slight dark orange with a bit of cloudiness. Half inch off white head that settles into some moderate lacing on the side. On the nose, it smells of a combination of citrus fruits and caramel sweetness. Heavy on the hops though and it comes through on the first sip. Strong fruity flavors; both citrus and tropical. Leaves a nice aftertaste at the end of the sip. Bitterness is on par with all great IPAs. Really enjoyed this one and hope to have again soon!

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Photo of AGust82
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rado
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of moarmare
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from DosBeerigos in a BIF-- huge thanks for an awesome box! This is the first one from you I'm trying!

Poured this little sexy brew into my duvel tulip.
This is a darker orangey golden color with slightly amber hints... Almost like the color of the sky just before sunset. Nearly white head shows hints of the inside of an orange peel color and rose 3 fingers before leaving thick lacing as it settled. The lacing looks like a mountain landscape from the southwest desert area. Really a great looking beer right here.

I am smelling huge tropical fruit and citrus... Mango, pineapple, papaya, maybe even a slight hint of toasted coconut. It reminds me a little of a certain sun tan lotion-- but I can't remember the name of it. There is also a faint hint of pine... and some sweet bready malts too.

This just flat out rocks. Nice malty sweetness hit first and gets balanced out out all the hoppy fruitiness leaving just enough bitterness on the aftertaste to remind of what a great beer-experience you just had. I actually do taste nearly everything from the smell... but no coconut... This tastes fresh and tropical... a little earthiness creeps in there too-- but it reminds me of the smell of Florida after a rainstorm (or how that smell SHOULD taste if it were actually palpable). How the hell did they bottle that? Fantastic.

The body is light and airy with great carbonation. Just fantastic. Really. This thing is extremely easy to drink. If I had another here, I would almost certainly pour it and enjoy it.

Overall-- This is a highly delectable beer. I have had all of the big west coast IPAs (except younger) and I would put this right up with any of them. I would even say this is better than most!! Flat out-- get your ISO post ready and trade up for a little piece of Florida goodness!

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of gonzo000
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of delta490
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice deep cloudy gold with a thick creamy white head. Head leaves big lacing and lingers.
S-big floral and pine hops
T-same as the aroma but blended nicely with the malt in the background
M- so smooth. No noticeable carbonation and very nice
O- great well-balanced IPA

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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