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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Reviews: 1,446 | Ratings: 7,618
Photo of DaveinFF
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA. Poured a nice copper-apricot color with fine white head that held for a while. Very nice body with fine carbonation. Not much of a nose, hint of pine. Pine resin upfront with some bitter citrus and some malt sweetness on the backend which is a nice finish.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, piney and floral hops balanced with fine, almost peppery, malts make this beer a pleasure to drink. It's bold and could be consider as a dipa, it has the profil. It's west coast style even if it's brewed in Florida

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Photo of sorthcj
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz cans either poured into a glass or straight from the can.

Appearance is golden and slightly hazy.

Aroma is very citrusy followed by intense grapefruit and pineapple. Smells delicious

Taste follows the aroma perfectly. Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and I believe the occasional banana .?.?
Mild hops and finishes earthy.

Mouthfeel is mild carbonation, light and crisp.

Overall Jai Alai is by far my favorite IPA.
Great living in Tampa area and having this brew in my backyard.

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Photo of jonwiseman
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best beer in the state and one of my favorites nationally. Beautiful light copper unfiltered color. Superb head leaves a full glass of lacing. Smell is all orange peel. Mouthfeel is full and enough hops to retain a smooth oily feel. Taste is orange citrus initially with grapefruit retention in the finish. 100 percent better on tap than canned. A superb IPA that warrants it's world class rating. And one of my three favorite beers of all time.

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

Beautiful IPA. It is less citrusy than your average American IPA, but there is a subtle grapefruit that comes through. I pick up a nice malt balancing out the hops with a hint of tobacco. Overall, this is an excellent ale that will be a part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color is a deep thick honey with an orange hue. The smell indicates a heavy citrus/orange flavor, but the taste does not follow suit, and that is a great thing. I love this beer, full of hoppy flavor and just a hint of bitterness. Very well balanced beer.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well, this may be my new favorite everyday IPA. Smooth with a great finish, not too hoppy. I drank this so fast I need more. Just a solid year-round beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Single can purchased at United Ale House in Ft. Myers. Pours a golden, copper, amber hue, with moderate frothing. Strong aroma of citrus zest with notes of lemon, grapefruit, and pine. Very similar flavor, with strong pine presence. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ABrigg42
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a Tampa native, I am so damn proud of this beer. This was one of the best beers I've ever had so far (although my journey has only yet begun).

Look: Pours a beautiful dark gold with a thick foam head that retains for a while and then leaves a film. Just watching it made me giddy.

Smell: Mmmmm, hops! So piney and fruity! Makes your mouth water.

Taste: A bitterness that awakens your taste buds and then settles to notes of grapefruit rind (and I also tasted pineapple but I don't know if it was the general consensus).

Feel: Smooth, crisp, slightly thick on the palate but that's just my opinion.

Overall: Absolutely delicious, completely turned me around on IPA's and I'm not looking back anytime soon.

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

Just moving to Florida! Have had this before but am now drinking it more regularly. It has really grown on me and is now my go to beer? Love the fruit and piney tastes! Has a nice lacing head. Glad I came back to this and lucky enough to have it available fresh year round!

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Photo of PotatoHorse
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of CCB but it's the only IPA on tap tonight at Ugly Oyster, Reading,PA Having my second one. Agree with all the positive reviews here. Served in a pint glass, nice foamy head. Great flavor. Never noticed that it's a 7.5 abv brew.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mucky Duck, Captiva Island, FL.
Nice lacing, aroma dominated by the Citra hops.
This beer is perfectly balanced with a bitter, yet smooth finish, and a great malt backbone that just keeps this propped up. Great beer!

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from a local beer store and poured a glass the first night in a regular beer glass. Beer poured a golden color and you could taste a slight bitterness (not much though). I would drink this one again in the summer or the winter.

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

Can dated 06/30/16 into a Speigelau IPA glass. Pours a bronze orange with 2 fingers of variable density white head that left substantial lacing. Nose is great, nice balance of citrus with some tropical fruit, including mango and pineapple. The taste is good, mirrors the nose with some sweetness, but honestly the nose built up an expectation that I didn't feel the taste matched. Substantial astringency on the finish with some bitterness, bit of a citrus (perhaps grapefruit) that lingers. Mouthfeel is nice, just enough body but yet still easy drinking, carbonation is medium. It's a damn good IPA!

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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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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