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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Photo of FinkMeister
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pinyin
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1-11-16.

Poured from the 12 ounce can at 39F into a 16 ounce snifter.

Color is a dark copper orange, slightly cloudy and yeasty.

Scent is bitter melons, pine, citrus.

Flavor on the palette is malty, piney with some slight citrus and melon notes. A little bit too sugary. Seems as though this is a fast fermenting ale, and as such the finish is too sweet for the malt and hop blend. I would tend to prefer a much dryer finish with a longer fermentation.

Mouthfeel is somewhat abrasive. Lacing is clean and head retention is abundant. I think CC might benefit from using less carbonation sugar to decrease the head on this 7.5% ABV ale, and this would inherently keep the finish more dry.

This is the fourth time that I have tried/purchased regular Jai Alai since 2013. to me this ale really feels like a direct competitor to Bell's Two Hearted, although I think Two Hearted is a much better product.

I also really liked the dry hopped versions of Jai Alai, and I think those had more fruit, resin aromas and flavor profiles with less abrasiveness.

Jai Alai is most likely much better served on draft in Florida, no doubt, and I think it suffers some yeast stress coming from the tropical climate of florida all the way to the arctic tundra temperatures of NYC in the middle of January.

Might be a better purchase during the summer months where the temperatures are somewhat equal.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CCsog1
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this IPA, I have tried IPAs in 47 of the 51 states and prefer one from my home town over anything I have ever tried,\. I am on my fifth one this evening. The Jai Alai is smooth and I like.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the can: Canned 01/15/16 Made in Tampa 12918

Appearance: Dark copper body with good transparency. The head is a short white cap that maintains itself without fading too much. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The aroma has a good reach out of the glass sending out a strong sweet tangerine scent. It has a sugary sweet smell. It's very nice.

Taste: It has a light orange pith flavor with a some very nice grapefruit flavor and after this fades out a bit a bit of the malt flavor comes in as a hint of bread crust. No alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Off-dry with a light body and an aftertaste that lingers shortly on the palate. Very good middle of the road bitterness. A very drinkable beer.

Overall: Beers like this make it so easy to review. It is obviously an outstanding beer. It's like a well made machine that just works. Everything is just where it should be and it's enjoyable to drink. I would highly recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful, slightly hazy golden orange color with a two finger off white head. Retention is decent and there are many rings of lacing. Smell is orange, tangerine, mango and pine with a little bit of sweet and bready malt to balance it out. Taste is the same, but very complex. The flavors really blend together in quite a magical way. There is a good deal of bitterness on the front, but the finish is sweet and so smooth. Feel is light side of medium with excellent carbonation. Overall a great IPA. This to me is a perfectly balanced beer. The malt compliments the bitterness perfectly without getting in the way of the hop flavors.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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 BGW17
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I've heard and read about and of course wanted to try this beer. I flew down to ATL for work and bought a 6er at a local spot in little 5 points. I'm kinda disappointed. Nothing really special. I'm from the Chicagoland area and We have better. I just read a review comparing it to two hearted. That's not saying much. My craft beer taste buds started with fat tire when you couldn't get it past the Mississippi and then turned to two hearted ale. So far I'm way past the taste and didn't do anything special. Wasn't bad, but wasn't great

Ps. Picked up a 6er of Orpheus - life.death.life.truth ....and that was a much better beer


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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JKretz
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the orange color. How do they do that? Good thick head and retention. Aroma gets you right away with the citrus and slightly tropical hoppiness. Taste is the same and so flavorful. Will try to find some more as a go to IPA.

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Photo of Turbojet307
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just like a heady.

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Photo of matcris
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Cool looking orange/amber. 2 fingers of foamy off white head that lingers. Moderate carbonation rising. Very clear beer. Leaves good looking lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big blast of orange/citrus. Grapefruit & Pine. Reminds me a little of Bell's Two Hearted without that little licorice bite.
TASTE: Nice bready malt. Nice balance of sweet to bitter, very mild bitterness lingers on the finish. Nice. Mostly citrus flavors/orange, orange pith, and some nice pine notes.
FEEL: Smooth and soft, but the carbonation is medium full and moves the flavor around the palate, nicely.
OVERALL: This one is the closest to Bell's Two Hearted I've had, in terms of general flavor. Really nice, smooth, and very easy drinker.
Edit: Just got a six pack of this that's 7 days old. So good, tastes sooo fresh. Adjusted rating upwards a little bit.

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Photo of JF1917
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very rarely do I come across a much hyped beer and feel it lives up to expectations. In the case of Jai Alai, right off the bat, out of the can, I wasn't impressed - weak head, minimal lacing, but it did have a nice ochre color, very appealing. That's where all the disappointment happened. The odor was just enough citrus mixing well with the strong hoppy scent. I really liked the lightly carbonation - it's perfect for my tastes. Speaking of tastes, it was amazing - almost sweet, citrus (mostly oranges), all of it blending well with the bitter hops. Like I said, rarely does a brew much hyped live up to expectations when I get to it, but Jai Alai did just that.

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Photo of jdg204
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digs5446
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Lani Lai resort restaurant in Ft Myers Beach. Really nice IPA this one. The aluminum can was awesome too.

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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rootevan67
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datalager
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BlakeH215
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7,984 ratings