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 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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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6-pack of cans ($13.99) while passing through Wilkes-Barre PA a few weeks ago. Have had a couple but now it's time to put thoughts into the record while watching more snow come down here in Southern New Hampshire.... They were canned on 12/28/16....

Poured one into a small tulip.... It is ever so slightly cloudy, and the color is deep golden-bronze. There is scattered carbo within, and the head is a thin, creamy, fine layer of off-white foam. Lacing is pretty good as well. The aroma has lots of citrus, with grapefruit, pineapple and apricot mixing nicely. The body is a solid medium, and it's not rough at all on the tongue.

Flavor has a touch of caramel and toasty malt, though the hopping is where it's at. It has a nice balance of sweet fruit and bitter. On the sweet side is some apricot and tangerine, while the bitterness comes from some grapefruit, resiny pine and some rindy notes. The hops linger nicely on the palate in the finsih. Quite tasty, all-in-all! Prosit!!

4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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

From the growler, it pours a lightly hazy amber with a modest head, lacing as you enjoy it. Some pine in the nose. The mouth revels in the well balanced flavor of hops and malt. Yumm!

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Photo of wsf357
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great balance that a lot of IPAs seem to lack. The bitterness has a place, and actually enhances the flavor instead of being there just to slap the IPA label on it. This isn't some gimmicky beer trying to take advantage of the popularity of IPAs. It was clearly well thought out and deviated from the regular IPA formula to make a delicious unique beer.

The bittersweet hoppy/grapefruit flavor is strong, but its still smooth enough to be chuggable. It has a nice fruity/musky odor and taste that sits on top of the hoppiness.

The flavor remains consistent even after drinking an entire 6 pack. It lacks the harshness of a lot of IPAs, which keeps your palate intact after many drinks, and it sits well in the stomach.

A lot of IPAs are unpleasant and lead to headaches after a few. This one gives the cleanest buzz of any IPA I've tried, which is what keeps me coming back. Living in Tampa, they have these in every store. Needless to say, I've drank hundreds and never had any kind of hangover or negative effects.

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Photo of jaunders1
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this along side the white oak version while escaping the snow on vacation in Florida. The hops are very present in both the nose and taste. Clearer look than the oak version. Overall a great beer for the hop heads out there. M

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Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is delicious with great fruity flavors and aromas from the hops. I wish that this beer was distributed in St. Louis, I make sure to get one every chance that I have.

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Photo of bobstockwell
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

best beer at Disney, never heard of it before.Had no access to phone , and ordered this. Delicious, had it both on draft and from 12 oz can.
Nice dark copper color, really fruity scents and flavors, with a malty sweet finish. very well balanced

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Photo of TerryMills
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 1/5/17.. Pours copper with 1 finger white head.

Smell is very weak and mild , bit of pine resin ,not much else.

Taste is much like the smell , not very hoppy tatsting or malty , just bland for an IPA especially .

Feel is pretty good medium body , certainly not watery.

Overall we just got this in TN this month and ive heard about it online so maybe I had too much hopes for it, kind of let down , have had many better IPA.. Would not buy again..

So far maduro is the best thing ive tried from cigar city..

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Photo of daliandragon
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a classic of the style, and probably Florida's most famous beer. I pick up a sixer every time I can get down here.

It has a big caramel malt sweetness that really stands out but has the chops and hops to overwhelm it mid sip. Citrus, pine, and the whole shebang. This is designed with hop heads in mind and is suitably revered for the effort.

A big, flavorful IPA that improved the beer credibility of an entire state single handedly. Not my personal favorite, but in the pantheon of best in style.

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Photo of mikeeeee
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Plenty of reviews on this delicious IPA.
So I give a quick and dirty.

Juicy Citrus, floral, and tropical fruit explode into the nose and palate. Malty sweetness follows as the piney deliciousness comes to the rescue.

Cigar city hit a grand slam with this one.

Pale row, Honey malt, citra, cascade, and mosiac hops come to mind drinking this.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/10/17. Pilsner glass.

A:bright copper gold, slow streaming bubbles in the center. Two fingers of bright white head. Excellent lacing.

S: had on tap earlier this evening, and the smell was classic citrus, floral, and hop resin. Very traditional citrus, tangerine, lemon peel aroma. Some mild malt backing it up.

T: floral hops on the arrival, crisp, crackery malt, turns barely sweet citrusy, then lengthy bitter grapefruit peel finish. Superb. Very traditional, classic IPA, a lot like two hearted ale.

M: very well attenuated, relatively low carbonation, extremely clean. Lingering hops.

O: a very classic, traditional IPA, not too hoppy, not too sweet. Citrus driven and mildly sweet. If I lived in Florida, would drink this regularly.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Truth be told I'm a bit let down with this one. I've anxiously awaited this for quite awhile so when my buddy brought home a pack from Florida after his trip to the CFP Championship game, I was super stoked. The nose was super subtle, almost non-existent, and the hop profile was very understated. I picked up just a hint of the orange, but the rest of the expected fruit/hop blast I had hoped for was nowhere to be found. The taste followed the nose, and it reminded me more of a low IBU pale ale. Let's just hope it was an old vintage and not typical of what this beer is like fresh.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had Jai Alai several times and I had it again on my last visit to Cigar City. It is a really great IPA in my opinion. Fruity, juicy, crisp, with all the IPA hop flavors.

Look: Semi-clear amber with a bubbly two-inch head.

Aroma: It has a piney and fruity aroma.

Taste: It’s a bit sweet, there’s caramel and tropical fruits, orange, pineapple, mango, piney, dank, juicy, extremely good..

Feel: Medium to light body, juicy and crisp

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Photo of mattmarch
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Still one of my top favorite IPAs. And now readily available in TN!
Look of clear dark amber.
Smells of pine needles, lemon and orange.
BIG tropical fruit salad flavors, with just the right touch of honey-sweet. Guava, pineapple juice, papaya, melon and custard.

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Photo of pro45
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold copper with a very small head. Kind of hazy. Smell is a wonderful mix of tropical fruit, hops, and pine. Taste follows the nose. Also very resiny. Goes down smooth. Little carbonation. Oily at the front with a semi dry finish. Definitely for the hop head. Excellent IPA. Had this six weeks after canning date. Would love to try fresher.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste delivers immediately following a promising aroma. I have a bad habit of not trusting clear IPAs, but the amber color is certainly appealing. Jai Alai lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of Chasegator
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look- Pours a dark golden with a cream white head
Smell- Citrus citrus citrus for the nose. Light hops as well
Taste- Blend of citrus and hops. Taste has a heavier hop finish than the nose. Very good
Feel- Medium bodied
Overall- Fantastic IPA. Definitely worth a try. Citrus and hops blend very nicely for a smooth, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into libbey tulip
canned 11/25/16 a month old
L- hazy burnt orange, thick fluffy white head, that is slowly recedes and leaves beautiful rings of lacing behind
S- piney aroma with hints of tropical fruit, more tropical fruit as it warms with hints of guava
T- sweet caramel malt, followed by a mellow tropical fruit salad, with lightly bitter ever so slight piney finish
F- medium-bodied, real smooth drinking for 7.5% ABV IPA, no alcohol bite and no piney bite either
Overall this is one great drink. I'm really glad I tried this and hope to drink many more

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Photo of dee4maine
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It has its own identity in the big world of IPAs. Pours copper, as stated and has balance of citrus and hop notes on aroma. Taste is exactly like the nose. It is a tad more of west coast style in terms of IBU and mid west style in terms of malts.

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Photo of Pinkmonkewt
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty good. not the greatest. but something different. can definitely see how the carmely citrusy thing goin on is something you may not constantly wana sip on but its still pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Hop-Dawwg
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. I'm a transplant from Maryland to Southwest Florida, this has become my got to beer and absolutely one of my favorites. Great copper color in the glass, hoppy without too much bitterness and goes down too easy.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City IPA Spiegelau glass.

Thick frothy,white,1 1/2 finger head that retains well,and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.The poor created a beautiful cascade,that went from the top,to the bottom of the glass.Dark gold / amber in color.Moderate carbonation,that rises fast.The light coming through the glass is plenty,but it is distorted light,and there are alot of small particles floating around.

The nose is very hop forward,you have alot of citrus,and pine aromas.This was the beer that got me started on craft beer,and it was because a friend told me it smelled like really good weed lol.And that fragrance still holds true today! Some earthy notes as well from the hops.

The palate follows the nose,very hop forward IPA.Pine resin,grapefruit,some sweet malts to balance it out.I also get some earthy hop notes.A very nice bitter back end to finish it out.This is a great tasting IPA.

The body is medium,with a good amount of punch from the hops,and the carbonation.Medium dry finish,very smooth going down.

This is a go to IPA for me ,living in the state of Florida.Looks great in the glass,smells amazing,has that great IPA taste without too much bitterness,and feels great going down.This is the beer that got me into craft beers,and I am truly going to miss drinking it when I move to Massachusetts.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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