Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

1,409 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 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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one is darker than average, almost a light auburn color. Aroma had a small amount of hops. Nothing massive. Couldn't even discern if there was dry hopping.

Taste is a thicker mouthfeel for an ipa, relies heavily on the caramel/crystal malt. No off flavors, comes closer to balance than most current ipas. The caramel has a degree of sweetness to it. Didn't pull the tropical fruit flavors out of it. Pushes the limits of a single ipa in terms of malt and alcohol.

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Photo of zshaft
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been wanting to try this for a while. nice nose and taste of orange and tangerine with slightly bitter end. overall a nice ipa but a little overpowering with the orange.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: orange mango honey some fruit sweetness.
Taste: upfront oranges tangerine mango middle of the mouth honey a syrupy malt sweetness it Finishes with a pine needle bitterness and a peppery heat in the throat.
Feel: thick syrupy body.
Overall: this beer is a little to syrupy for me also you get a little bit of a
burn in the throat which is a little off putting for me. Still though it's a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of StephenM
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours orange-copper with mild haziness, creamy 2- finger head

S: Fragrant tropical orange, grapefruit, mango,coconut

T: Very well-balanced fruitiness with bitterness and bread-toffee notes

F: Well rounded, bitterness follows but doesn't hang, finishes clean. Smoother than expected at 7.5%.

O: My new favorite IPA, enjoyable in every way, full of flavor yet refreshing. Will look forward to picking up some whenever I can get to the Tampa area!

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Been wanting to try this for a while. First Cigar City beer. Can is fairly fresh dated 3-9. L: copper. S: nice tropical smell. Sweet malt, citrusy hops. T: tangy citrus washed down with a watery hop finish. F: light-medium. O: not enough hop bite for me, and too sweet. Also, second can I consumed had a really wierd flavor going on that I didn't like. Like peat smoke. No bueno.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a top notch IPA. Slightly more fruity than expected on the nose. Great Hop hit at first taste along with more malt than you would expect however the Hops win the battle. Very well balanced. Like every good IPA, this one makes me happy. If you are questioning if you should try it; don't waste any more time. You should.

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

A true go to IPA. Cigar City nails it. Rock and Roll Hoochi Coo! Best can of IPA with the freshest dates available.

L: Hazy Crazy Golden and Lazy
S: Ooh La La
T: A go back to fun, better than the rest can of whoop
F: Almost IIPA
O: Go to and stock the fridge for a weekend party

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Photo of Ipamadness820
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer, great bitter hop flavor and aroma. If you are looking for fresh beer you can't get much closer than Jai Alai. It seems Cigar City prides themselves on fresh beer. I'm located in north Florida and all I've seen is at most a week old. Great beer but a tad bit pricey $10.99 average.

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Photo of llerrafnad
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer really packs of punch of hops to the face.

Just be careful on drinking this fresh. It changes drastically if past 30 days or so. When fresh, it's delicious.

Perfect beer to give you a buzz at the beach or while grilling.

Well done, damn well done.


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Photo of kismet
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of a chameleon beer for me. I get a 6 pack of this every time I go to Florida on vacation. It has always been a great beach beer for me. It was usually citrus forward with bitter orange peel and grapefruit type hop vibe. I just got back last week from Florida and had my usual 6 pack. Seemed like a different beer to me. it was DANK...as it warmed, it tasted more and more like liquid pot. no off tastes, nothing wrong quality wise, but it seemed like a different beer. It was brewed 3 weeks prior, so it was fresh. it was much more of a slow sipper than a beach banger. Still a fine IPA, but with much more sticky, dank qualities of a DIPA. I must admit that I missed the citrus beachy version, though.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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