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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: 1,394 | Ratings: 7,430
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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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber body with a thick white head. Head gets a bit sudsy as it dissipates.
S: Citrusy, maybe orange, slight malt notes underneath. Overall very refreshing.
T: Citrus up front with some bitterness joining in towards the back end. Very well crafted.
F: Medium body.
O: Really, the only thing wrong with this beer is that I can't get it here. If I could, you can bet that it would be in my fridge all summer long.

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

A really solid IPA, but also distinctive. It is exceptionally smooth, sitting somewhere between an east and west coast IPA, but being something totally distinct. It is bitter like an east coast IPA, but without the earthiness that characterizes the style. At the same time, it doesn't go all-in on the aromatics. Very good beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass. Canned in Feb 2016.

L - Nice amber color with two finger head. Ring of foam around the glass. Lacing gripping to glass.

S - No surprise but orange is the dominant aroma. Little bit of orange pulp and peel. Not too aromatic.

T - Orange-pine taste. Citrus almost comes off as the bitterness. Finishes like an acidic aftertaste of orange juice. WOW!

F - No alcohol taste at all. Medium-light body with very little aftertaste. Easy drinking.

O - I would reccommend this to someone who wants to be introduced to IPAs. Deserves to be one of the best IPAs in the country. Must-try, do not put it off!

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Photo of Jrbutker
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very tropical with citrus overtones. Had it in can and finished pithy with a bit of metallic which I think came from can, couldn't find date; may have been old.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 4/25/16, poured 5/11/16
looks like beer, has a head
Piney and floral smell. Melon, pineapple, orange, malt, and a surprising touch of banana-y ester
Melon, grapefruit, pine, ester. Bitter
Very dry and slightly abrasive
A little disappointed. Tastes a little weird for an IPA, like it has a slight belgian accent.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper in color with a soapy white head. Aroma is huge tropical and citrus fruits, and it almost smells exactly like pog juice. Taste follows with citrus rind bitterness up front, followed by citrus and tropical fruit flavors which are rounded out by some caramel malt sweetness and hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and easy drinking, with just enough carbonation to scrub the palate and make you want more. Overall, this is a wonderful ipa that hits a great balance between fruity and bitter.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Orangey citrus, grapefruit and lemon, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, caramel sweetness, and a hint of bready malt.

T: Citrus, lots of orange, lemon, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, mango, backed with some bready malt, caramel sweetness, and a touch of pine on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: For a 2 month old can the malt seems to jump out more than I would expect. The hops are there but seem a bit restrained. I had heard that this beer has a tendency to fall off somewhat quickly. What's in my glass is still a good beer, but I would love to try this one again super fresh and see what's up.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can into a pilsner glass at Trump's place in Doral, Florida. I would say this is one of the three best IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Wonderful juicy hops with tons of tropical fruit but also a dankness that reminds me of our storm/canning/pickling cellar when I was a kid in Oklahoma. That part seems more like a DIPA and is always welcome in any IPA I drink. If you haven't had one, put it on your bucket list. You'll be glad you did. CIGAR CITY...send it to Houston!!

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Photo of Paulj22
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nearly perfect American IPA with a signature citrusy, hop filled taste upfront, solid mouthfeel, and lingering finish. Try it and you will not be disappointed.

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

Smell: loads of tropical fruit & citrus, floral hops.
Taste: silky mouth feel, juicy sweet citrus, caramel.
Finish: Grapefruit, lemon oil, orange zest, resiny dryness.
(canned 02/24/16)

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into a tumbler. The beer pours a bright and mostly clear copper to orange hue.
A bleached white tightly packed head of about 1.5 cm foams up on the pour and fades to a wispy island and clingy lattice after the pour.
Aroma is some citrusy hops and a bit of tropical fruit with just a little grainy malt buried in the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and very fine carbonation.
the flavor is a bit of sweet malt and then some mango and grapefruity citrus hops that dont linger too much but do have a bit of flavor on each swallow.
the beer is very drinkable and sneaky for a beer with >7% ABV.
Glad to have tried this one while visiting Tampa

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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