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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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Reviews: 1,401 | Ratings: 7,463
Photo of The_Epopt
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy juicy ya ya yeah yeah! Beer so good you sing disco. Gorgeous color, smells divine, and the flavor, piney/tropical up front with a rolling cascade down the tongue leaving a mellow yet increasing bitter at the back of your palate. Not as deadly as the sport but we'll played Cigar City

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/5/2016. Poured into pint glass. It pours a cloudy orange-amber color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing. It features a nice strong, fruity aroma of lemon peel, orange, pineapple, and floral hops. The taste is very fruity: tangerine, lemon, and mango; with a malty backbone and a hint of caramel. It also has an interesting spicy finish that complements the hops. It's really a unique flavor that I can't compare to other IPA's I've had. The mouth feel is rather chewy with moderate carbonation, and its 7.5% ABV is barely noticeable. I could see drinking a few of these by the pool or at the shore. Overall, Jai Alai is a well-crafted, delicious, and unique IPA that merits its outstanding rating.

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Photo of Icraveipa1
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit there is no other beer like this one . I have sampled a 100 or so IPA styles and only a few have the overall drinkable satisfaction this has to offer. Blessed to have this remarkable beer made 20 miles from my refrigerator. Cheers. !!! Must try it to believe yourself.

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

A very damn good IPA - all the things I look for -- citrusy and yes - rather bitter!! Good, lasting head and copper color. Had on tap at Tria at Rittenhouse, Phila where, btw it was reasonably priced at $6 a pint.

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Photo of beerbully
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter

L-Light copper, 3/4 inch head with some retention, thick lacing

S-Fruity hops.......Pineapple, orange, papaya, bubble gum,

T-Follows the nose..........Fruity hops, sweet malts with a mild bitter finish..........Starts with Orange citrus, pineapple......sweet bubble gum in the middle and finishes with lemon zest and piney bitterness

F-Less than medium body......mild carbonation

O-dangerously drinkable.........tasty brew that deserves to be in anyone hop lovers regular rotation

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Photo of Rnodea
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft in pint glass
Appearance: nice amber gold with creamy head about 1.5 fingers.
Smell: windy bar and a pint glass make it hard to get a nose
Taste: robust. Strong hops up front lead into a juicy citrus, creamy, lightly carbonated texture.

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

An outstanding example of the IPA class of beers. Living near Tampa, I receive very fresh samples of Jai Alai (pronounced: "Hi Lie"). Last sixer was 7 days in the can - wife says that tonight's sixer is dated 7 days old as well (she called from store to ask if date was OK). From the pop of the top - you KNOW this is going to be something special. The aroma fills the room! Fruit - citrus and wow! I understand that CCB uses Ahtanum hops for aroma - and one can tell. Head is off-white and lacey. Taste has to be experienced.... It is the World Class IPA that other IPSs try to be - just like the Bros say. A deliciouse beverage that is up there with the ABV pushing the IIPA boundry - but it is not noticed due to the sensory experience of the beer. A bit pricey - but worth it. Not my everyday beer - but a sixer on Friday is to be expected in my home (and it IS Friday!). This is my favorite IPA.
Drink fresh. Drink Local.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is weird. Looks nice, smells like citrus hops and wonder bread factory and tastes floral and minty in addition to the citrus and bread notes. Not bad but .... Weird.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I paid way too much for a single on-tap pour of this earlier tonight at a Rays game at Tropicana Field that my wife and I went to with some friends of ours during our currently ongoing vacation in Sarasota, FL. We have to leave early Friday morning, so I figured this might be the only chance I get to drink this awesome beer this time around, so I went for it since I do really like this beer and haven't reviewed it here yet. Served to me in a plastic pint glass cup, this beer draws a slightly cloudy/hazy, medium copper color. The color and level of haziness/cloudiness of this beer reminds me a lot of apple cider, only the beer's color is slightly lighter than apple cider typically is. Had a head that was a good 2/3 inches thick when first served to me that settled eventually to a medium sized cluster swirl of foam floating around in the middle of the beer's surface along with a fairly thick ring of foam lining the inside of the glass. Has a slightly bready/biscuity, somewhat toasted sweet caramel malt aroma that immediately gives way to a big citrus and mango hop aroma. The taste is pretty much exactly the same, only even better than the aroma, with a bit of a bready/biscuit, fairly toasted caramel malt sweetness along with pungent citrus and mango hops. The hops certainly dominate, but the pungent, juicy hop flavor is not overly bitter either by any means. An excellent flavor profile indeed! Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a very nice aftertaste. A real winner of a beer here!


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Photo of Jay_P22
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer and never rated it.

Looks like a darker orange but bright colored brew with sizeable lacing.

Smells of hops and citrus.

Taste follows the nose. Happy, balanced and full of bright citrus notes.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a great IPA. One of the best out there, and love that it's in cans. I buy it Everytime it's out and it never disappoints.

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Photo of MamaHoney
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite FL brews. Light and refreshing, but packs a lot of flavor. Tropical fruits & mango flavors stand out enough to make it unique, but are not overwhelming. I've had it out of the can and on tap, and never has it disappointed! A good solid IPA year round, regardless of the occasion.

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Photo of McGiblets87
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly amazing IPA. After a few years of wanting this beer finally had a trade go through for Jai Alai and the year of so of waiting was well worth it.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smells delicious out of the can, tropical fruits and nice pale malts. There are enough reviews to describe the flavor - which is really nice - but what stands out to me is the mouthfeel... its kind of thick/oily, but drinks really clean. Almost like drinking juice, but without an harsh acidity. A+

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Photo of gerite
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Dick's Last Resort in Panama City Beach. I usually don't drink IPAs, But this was the best IPA I've ever had. In fact It was so good I had 3 of them at the bar.

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Photo of MattyTibbs
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer very much. Good balance in the body w/the profiles. An initial scent of pine & citrus (orange?). Flavor follows the nose w/ sweet malt & some bitterness. Goes down creamy & smooth. A very solid IPA

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Photo of Bretribution
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden in color, light lacing. Aroma is floral hops with light scent of oranges. Citrus presents itself first on the tongue, quickly shifts to sweet malt that ends on a spicy bitterness. Feel is smooth, almost creamy. Very nice ale. Wish I had more than one.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful and hazy pour hits the glass in a vibrant, orange color. The head that forms is frothy and about 2 fingers thick with great lacing. Scent is of mild, pine bitterness up front, with a touch of citrus hop profile towards the end. Along with the citrus, there is just a touch of a sweet smell at the end as well.

As you take a drink, a light bitterness greets the tongue up front. That same bitterness holds off for just a second and then explodes in the mouth and intensifies. The bitterness follows the same flavor arc as the scent, starting off lightly resinous and piney, before moving to a citrus forward flavor. Lots of orange notes are in the middle of the hops before the sweetness ramps up a bit, just like the smell. The drink ends with the hops left sitting on the tongue. For feel, this one average in weight and sticky on the tongue. The hops in the beer make the liquid feel somewhat thicker than it is, and drink just a bit smoother.

Overall, I am a fan of Jai Alai. I can't believe that this is my first one of these, but it was worth the wait. A very good IPA.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a one inc white, well retained head that left a lot of lacing. Strong citrus aroma , predominately orange with hints of tropical fruits. Taste is strong, sweet orange followed by slightly bitter grapefruit, nice malt flavor and tropical fruit notes. Very well balanced, moderate to high carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Excellent IPA especially for the price.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy copper color with a huge cap of white foam that was very persistent and lead to great lacing. Big citrus hop aroma with grapefruit and tropical fruit dominating. Tastes well balanced, the high ABV, nice body and strong citrus hops work well together. Mouthfeel was crisp, finish a bit resinous. Really well made IPA.

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Photo of illpass78
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on draft at Brass Tap in Oldsmar, Florida.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper/gold with a short white head. Ringed lacing.

Aroma: Huge citrus presence. Oranges, mostly.

Taste: Delicious, citrusy, slightly resiny IPA. Classic hop bitterness. Oranges and fruit dominate up front, while a solid malt backbone and hop bitterness kick in on finish.

Mouthfeel: Dangerously sessionable at 7.5. Definitely an easy drinker.

Overall: Excellent IPA. Find it and enjoy it. Stands up to some of the best.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a quite hazy, copper-orange with lots of carbonation. Also, a white, foamy head that leaves lots of lacing.
Citrus hop abound! Also a resin smell and floral. Awesome!
Taste is amazing! Follows the nose. A wonderful combination of citrus hop and malt in which the hop comes through. Mouthfeel is creamy for an APA. Also hoppier than most APA's. It kind of reminds me of some food dipa's with the slight funk.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into "IPA" style glass. Canned on 05/05/16

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light copper with 1 finger of foamy head

Smell: Citrus forward with plenty fruity notes

Taste: Citrus hops with some malt in the middle followed up a fruity finish of grapefruit, lemongrass, and orange

Mouthfeel: Medium with slight resin finish

Overall: I have been wanting to try this one for a long time, and I was worried it would be overshadowed by more recent IPAs. This still stands up to the top IPAs across the country with lots of fruity, citrus notes that really build as the beer warms. Plus a wonderful head that never goes away.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent citrus hopped ipa. Pours a slightly cloudy mixture of tans and golds with a beautiful frothy head. The hops addition tastes as it smells, but the inherent malt flavor either doesn't jive with me or is just a bit too far in the background, even for an ipa.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My cousin mailed a sixer of this to my house as a wedding present. (He's young and single, but somehow must have known that marriage may sometimes require some quality beverages in order keep the wheels spinning smoothly.) And this is no doubt a quality beverage. (As for whether the wheels will actually continue to roll smoothly is another matter.) Great hazy/orangey look to this stuff. Nose is fantastic, bursting with tropical fruits.. Pineapple, orange/tangerine, maybe some banana. Taste follows the nose with a satisfying hop presence and strong, but appropriate citrus overtones. A great summertime IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp and nice, and pairs very well with the flavor of this beer. Not bad for a selection from a 21 year old.. or an 81 year old for that matter. Good stuff, different, and highly recommended. Cheers!!

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Photo of entropysquared
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

New to reviewing beers...but one of the best IPAs I've enjoyed. I can't articulate it as well as many. But, I will say it has the intense hoppy and citrus flavors I want in an IPA. Additionally, it finishes smoothly -- similar to a nice cream ale.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 7,463 ratings.
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