Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

7,708 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 wingnutter
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Revisiting my review...havibn a day old Jai Alai stright from the source...when this fresh, its among the best IPAs Ive had...yes, it falls off fast...but if you can get it within a few days of canning, youll LOVE this beer. So juicy, hoppy, tropical, and delicious.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with Kiefdog as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/07/10)

A: Pours a nice rich darker amber color with a slight orange hue. Capped with 1.5 fingers of an off-white head which stays around until the leaving nice sticky lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruits, mango, pine, orange, citrus and some grapefruit. Has a nice marmalade character too it.

T: This is a very solid American IPA that is quite well balanced with a great backbone of caramel malt, but the highlight here is the citrus and tropical character. Mango really sticks out to me and the bitterness of the pine was quite nice. As the beer warmed it had almost a Belgian character for it.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was lively yet creamy. Nothing to complain about here.

D: Very drinkable and the 7.5% abv is completely undetectable.

Overall this was a very solid IPA from Cigar City and one that appears to be quite sessionable. Thanks again Kevin! Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Apellonious
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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 TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JohnQVD
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head that dissipates after a couple of minutes. Medium carbonation, clear with a color not unlike aged bourbon, kind of a dark gold. Smell is malty and herbal, with a touch of brightness.

The taste is a bit maltier than I tend to think of IPAs but the beer is well-balanced, hoppy without being overwhelmingly so. If it was a little more hoppy and a little less malty, it would taste more like a double IPA than a regular one.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, bubbly and a little rough around the edges. Overall this is a great everyday drinker that improves even more in the brewery's aged versions.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this beauty; super-surprised to see CC in PA!
Poured into tulip; glowing orange with a medium white head that dissipates after a bit into a nice layer of bubbles.
Smells glorious; tons of sweet tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, lychee...with backing scents of pine, almost agave-like. Warms to a weaker spicy pine aroma.
Taste follows nose perfectly; tropical fruit, citrus, pine and malt perfectly melding with bitterness. It's like Heady's cousin.
Mouthfeel is slick and resiney, but with enough carbonation to keep it from getting cloying.
Overall, this is an awesome tropical fruit-forward IPA. I'm super glad I found it and I understand why it's consistently listed with other top-of-the-line IPAs such as Heady, Sucks, and the like. Awesome!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a slightly cloudy burnt orange color. Light head on the pour and not really present while drinking. Very light random lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Soft fruits of mangos, papaya, kiwi, and pineapple on the front. Freshly squeezed citrus on the body meshes well with just a touch of piney bitterness. Oaky finish with a touch of caramel malt.

Taste: Pretty much follow the aroma, pleasant soft fruits greet the drinker right away. Open airiness of papaya and kiwi really stand out. Mangos and mixed tropical fruits open up on the body. Light oak and cedar malt tones are picked up on the back end with a touch of piney bitterness. Lots of juicy fruits left behind long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: So fruit and citrus forward creates a sweet, easy going mouthfeel that results in this beer disappearing too quickly. Carbonation is light but fits so well here.

Overall: Yeah this stuff is phenomenal. If you are a fan of huge citrus and tropical fruits with a minimal yet present malt body then this is an IPA for you. Wish I didn't have to trade for this stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle Erin brought from Jacksonville. Bottled 1/20/2012.

Appearance: Dark orange with some hop haze. Thin white head, fair retention. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Big tropical fruit and citrus hops. A bit of caramel malt and a touch of graininess.

Taste: Excellent integration of great hops flavors with sweet orange, peach, and mango and bitter, pithy grapefruit. There is well balanced malt sweetness with a little caramel flavor and very light toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Resiny finish.

Overall: This is a delicious, drinkable IPA that is very hard to just sip. Please come to VA Cigar City.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pecafaced for this REALLY big want in the N00B BIF round 5. Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A- Smaller white head that slowly turns foams with many bubbles. Very frothy with carbonation bubbles jetting toward the head. The body is a hazy copper amber with some lacing left around the glass

S- Sweet upfront with some nice grapefruit and pine in the nose, just what i like. Some nice malt is in there too which makes a nice smelling IPA

T- Sweeter than I originally expected. The malt is more noticeable on the palate than the hops. Some lighter citrus comes in toward the middle which turns to a medium bitterness on the finish which lingers a little bit.

M- About a medium mouthfeel with a similar carbonation.

O- Overall not too bad, but was expecting some more hops from this. I'm going to assume its an old bottle or has seen better days. Will definately give it another try in the future however.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of grimey68
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mattymystique
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tsauce2
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

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

This is a very good tasting beer with high marks for drinkability, smell, and taste.

A - This beer looks charming. It pours a dark, rich orange with a good amount of sticky foam as the glass empties. There is goodness (particles) floating in the beer.
S - Lovely rich smell of sweet citrus, and pine.
T - Juicy grapefruit/citrus with hop and a touch of piney flavor.
M - Outstanding. Subdued, dense carbonation that expands in your mouth.
O - Very yummy and session drinkable.

This reminds me of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, but with more flavor and complexity.

This beer reminds me of the beach and the sun. This is a very nice beer with a great future.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.04/5  rDev -4%

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

Photo of jeonseh
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip glass

A - A bright, copper color that almost seems to shine. Mildly opaque and slightly reflective. Poured a quickly dissipating white head. Initally, there was a lot of carbonation when poured but that slowly went away after a few seconds

S - Citrus flavors seem to dominate the nose with lemon and tangerine prominent. I also seem to get a slight barnyard funk that I usually find in Saisons

T - At first i get a bit sweeter flavors of orange and as the beer continues, I get that slight barnyard funk I picked up in the nose as well as lemon. A slight hop bitterness comes in near the end as well as a surprising alcohol kick. There seems to be a slight woody aspect to this as well. It's an interesting flavor profile that I can't say I'm in love with.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation and a slight stickiness to it. It seems to straddle the line between a thicker DIPA and a lighter IPA.

O - An interesting IPA from cigar city. It seems to have an interesting flavor profile that seems to add in some oak and more barnyard flavors then mixed in than I like or am used to in my IPAs

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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