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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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Photo of Adam5150
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber color with a decent white head... Pleasantly aromatic, big grapefruit notes.Taste of tropical fruit, hops, pine and floral notes. mouthfeel is medium in body with a nice lingering bitter finish. This was my first experience with Cigar City and a good one.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with full foam that settles down. Lots of lacing. Grapefruit smell. Some grassy notes too. Strong bitter hop with a malty background. Toffee/caramel swirls in the background. Some lingering bitter. Well made IPA.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Jan 2012 "three" (not sure what the three means or if it is part of the date).

Beer is a caramel amber colour, with a nice sized white head. Pretty good retention and some sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of hop and biscuity malt. A bit of a wet grain smell. Doesn't sound great, but quite good.

Taste has a strong caramel malt base that stands up well to the stronger hop flavours that characterize the beer. Fairly bitter, with citrus flavours such as orange and grapefruit.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation, a bit oily and a bit chewy.

Overall, pretty tasty beer. A good one for sure.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jai Alai pours a slightly hazy amber with a small white head on top. The foam fades fast leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of orange and grapefruit citrus. A touch of caramel malt sweetness is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick & dry with firm moderate carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance between caramel & toasted malt and assertive orange and grapefruit citrus. Hints of tropical fruit are also detected. It finishes dry and bitter with lingering hop bitterness and orange citrus.

This is a very tasty and nicely balanced beer. Although it's more hoppy than malty. Get it fresh when you can.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Tulip.

A: Clear burnt orange pour with a 1.5 fingers of dirty white head.

S: Wonderfully fruity hoppiness: citrus and tropical fruits; and an equal amount of caramel.

T: Very fresh and superbly balanced.

M: Medium to medium thick body and a little sticky.

O: Thank you, Cigar City for gracing my state with your beautiful presence.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for this one!
12 oz. bottle dated Jan 13 2012.

It pours a deep saturated orange tone into a tulip glass. A fingers width of white foam rises and slowly settles, leaving a wispy island of skim in the center, and a denser collar of lacing that forms webs down the opposite sides of the glass.

Smells nice and resiny, some herbal pine and hefty malt presence. Seems a bit subdued however.

Resiny hop bitterness in the taste, lingering long into the finish. Leafy green, pine and herbals, some pale malt in the middle. Fairly rough hewn and straightforward. Medium body and carbonation levels. Overall a good IPA, sort of middle of the road.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: A cloudy golden orange, with a thin, fizzy, white head. Some lacing along the glass.

S: Awesome--citrus, with light fresh hops. Fairly sweet, dominated by orange, with fresh hoppiness in the background.

T: Citrus and graininess upfront, with bitterness from the hops in the back. The finish is bitter, with hints of grapefruit.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: Good, but not great. I was fortunate to come across a bottle of this and would try it again, but not hunt it down. It does satisfy my hop-thirst!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brought back from Florida.

A- Golden reddish, yellowish, hazy peach colored brown. Below average carbonation, almost no head.

S- Fruity- citrus, mango, etc.. A little bit sweet and hoppy (on the lighter side for an IPA) with caramel, honey, etc..

T- Fruity- citrus, mango, pineapple. Sweet- slight caramel, a little bit of honey. Hops- not as hoppy as a lot of IPAs but definitely present.

M- Medium bodied, easily drinkable, alcohol very well hidden.

O- The Jai Lai is a great IPA. A lot of times IPAs are too bitter, but this IPA had exactly the nice balance between hops and sweetness. Definitely a good IPA, probably one of my top 10s. I love the nice sweet fruity flavor that blends with the hops.

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Photo of adrock7309
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fresh bottle into a surly PTP glass.

Aggressive pour yielded an one inch cap of fluffy yellow white head. Faded slowly leaving small streaks on the glass

Nose is subdued. Hints of pillowy citrus and fresh cut grass. Smooth hops with a hint of mint and lime.

Flavors were creamy malts, Resinous Hops, and some slight toastiness. Seems like there is a bit of oak or cedar at play as well.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but very smooth.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle Erin brought from Jacksonville. Bottled 1/20/2012.

Appearance: Dark orange with some hop haze. Thin white head, fair retention. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Big tropical fruit and citrus hops. A bit of caramel malt and a touch of graininess.

Taste: Excellent integration of great hops flavors with sweet orange, peach, and mango and bitter, pithy grapefruit. There is well balanced malt sweetness with a little caramel flavor and very light toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Resiny finish.

Overall: This is a delicious, drinkable IPA that is very hard to just sip. Please come to VA Cigar City.

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

I've had this beer which is as of the review unavailable in my home state of CT about five times now... consistently Jai Lai has delivered... this is among the cream of the crop as far as east coast ipa goes! I am greeted by cloudy glowing orange brew a light lacing resting on the edges of my glass. Earthy and Fruity on the nose the beer is a mouthful of grapefruit candy that finishes with great focus... The finish is what makes this beer... dry and hoppy your left with an uplifting foresty & piney goodbye.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead chalice.

Hazy orange body with a finger or two of thick white head.

Nose is crisp and clean citrus. Grapefruit, mango, yum.

Flavor is sharp, intense hoppiness without all the baggage of a solid malt body. Just a tart, quenching blast of crisp citrus hops. Plenty of the grapefruity-ness that I look for in my favorite IPAs makes this an instant favorite.

Mouthfeel is tart, stripping, even a little chewy. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall is outstanding. Very high drinkability. ABV is not really evident, drinks like a 6% IPA. Wish this were local, I love this beer!

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Photo of qthompso
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light amber with a good amount of head and really impressive lacing.

It smells like a big glass of citrusy, fruity hops. Rather sweet, pineapple and/or mango. A bit grassy, not the big danky hop type.

The initial taste comes across as the nose would indicate, pretty sweet, smooth and tasty. A real strong bitterness midway through followed by a lingering fruity yet smokey note. The malt towards the back keeps this one pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is rather medium bodied. Good carbonation and a real dry, crisp finish.

Overall, I really enjoy this one. There's a lot going on with this one. The hops come through big but there's a lot of malt to back it up. There's also enough of a booze presence to indicate that this is getting close to imperial territory. Really great IPA. If only it was distributed in MN!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this in a beer trade through reddit. gave up 2 bottles of pliny the elder and received 4 grolsch bottles full of jai alai poured from a tap in Alabama.

A - clear amber in color, good amount of head which is making some extreme amounts of lacing occur. this beer looks beautiful.

S - toasty, pine, floral and bitter hops

T - a very sweet ipa - the smell totally threw me off, i'm getting hints of caramel, sweet hops, SLIGHT earth tastes - this beer definitely deserves the highest ranking, hands down.

M - crisp, refreshing, perfectly balanced makes this easy to drink.

O - this is overall quite possibly the most perfect beer i've ever had. i wanted to see if it was mostly just hype (was a little disappointed with pliny the elder), but now i know this beer deserves the recognition.

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Photo of Jerone
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper and gold in color with a one finger slightly creamy offwhite head and some small bubbles coming to the top, pretty beer.

S - Smell is mostly of citrus hops with a touch of floral and some biscuity malt smells.

T - Yum yum hops with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit in the forefront with some floral/herbal notes in the background. There is also a slightly sweet and biscuity malt backbone that is very nice and balances it out. Tad bit bitter on the end but not harsh at all.

M - Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

O - A terrific IPA that is good year round, pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of cradke
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice crimson/ amber. Pours a beautiful fine head over an inch thick.

Smell: Not going to lie, i'm really unimpressed here. Maybe it's my recent sampling (within the week) of some massive DIPA's like hopslam and abrasive, but there is almost no hop and just a little pine here. Maybe a little wet cardboard almost. There is a little sweetness, but really flat. I smell more malts and caramel than I do hops. I have another bottle and I hope this is just an anomaly.

Taste: Well, with what I was let down with the smell, it was made up for by the taste. Fantastic hops, not abrasive or bitter but nice and well rounded. A good hop profile that comes out but does not overwhelm like a DIPA. Good sweetness and with a noticeable amount of alcohol. A well really well done IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice and foamy with a good amount of thickness for an IPA.

Overall: A really great taste and a really average and underwhelming nose. I hope the nose was just an anomaly as the taste was fantastic. I have another bottle and I can't wait to try it out and compare.

Serving: Bottle poured into Bells tulip glass.

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Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle dated Dec. 2011 courtesy of markwise poured into a pint glass. Opaque bronze color with a sticky tan head. Smell is rich in malt and hops alike, with gobs of caramel weighing down a piney citric hoppiness. Flavor is along the lines of your typical ’balanced’ IPA, plenty of crystal and caramel malt notes with a complementary hop profile instead of a showcase. Nice big bitterness in the finish, with a chewy mouthfeel that dries out well. A perfectly adequate IPA but I’m left wanting more hops.

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Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep Orange/copper with amber hues and an off-white head. Huge aroma of pine and citrus hops with some sweet malt and caramel. Taste is a citrus hop bomb that has a hint of tropical fruit with a touch of pine and grassy hops coming through in the finish with a touch of sweet malt and caramel. Medium mouth feel with a moderate to strong amount of bitternees and well hidden alcohol. Freakin delicious. This reminds me more of a Double IPA, full flavor.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 12/13/11:
Bottled: Sept. 2011; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white billowy head; Semi-hazy, orange hued caramel color; Nice lacing left all around the glass

S - Very inviting sweet and hoppy smell; Notes of pineapple-like tropical fruits and citrusy, grapefruits; Very light caramel aroma

T - Prickly up front with a good dose of hop flavor consisting of apricot, grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of pine; Moderate bitterness during the taste that lingers; A bit of sweetness in the aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Oily, bitter film left in the mouth, leaving it somewhat dry

O - I'm surprised that I even found this in Virginia, so I was pretty happy to try it regardless of it not being too fresh. Even after being bottled for three months or so, this beer was quite delicious and had a good bit of tropical and citrus fruit aroma/flavor. Even with the moderate presence of bitterness, this was still super drinkable and enjoyable. There's no doubt that if I saw this beer around here often, it would be one of my go-to IPA's for sure.

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Photo of cps98
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade, and all I can say is wow!

A – Poured a really beautiful sunrise yellow with a really healthy 2 finger head. Great lacing was seen for the entire drink.

S – Lots of citrus and piney hops.

T – Great citrus hop flavor with some grapefruit thrown in.

M – This was a really nice smooth medium bodied IPA. Everything meshed really well and the beer was carbonated perfectly.

O – This was really nice and paired perfectly with the spicy stew I was eating. I would highly recommend this IPA because it was not overpowering just really good.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pilsner glass at Bonefish Grill, Plantation, Florida. Pours an orange gold with a thin head. Aroma is passion fruit and sugared grapefruit. Taste is a bit rough - grilled grapefruit skin, no sweetness here. Paired decently enough with my grouper and mango salsa. However, this will not be a go-to IPA for me. Plenty of much better stuff out there.

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Photo of diesel59
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very nice ipa... be sure and leave about an inch in the bottom of the bottle and swirl vigorously to get all that cloudy goodness @ the bottom... i also like the 7.5abv for it being marketed as only a straight ipa and not an imperial... oh damn... not enough characters... how about now?

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.71/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear copper color with no head or lace. Tha aroma is of bread crust and grapefruit. The flavor begins with grapefruit and caramel notes with an overpowering hop bitterness in the finish that's almost medicinal. There's a strong bitter aftertaste long after it's gone. The mouthfeel is medium-light. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA is a so-so beer that fits the style ccriteria. Not recommended.

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

I've avoided evaluating bottled versions of IPAs because it is a style that needs to be enjoyed fresh. Being that bottled beer seldom reaches the drinking glass fresh, I can't consider my tastings fair source for evaluation. This is an exception.

A - Light gold. Nice head. Has the same makings as a good girlfriend.

A - simcoe is prevalent, but not offensive. Citrus and pine flush the senses. This beer is noticed from across the table.

T - juicy, oily, soft caramel sweetness. Enough said. The citrus isn't rind bitter, the pine isn't scalding hot. There's no cat piss. Flavorful, while inoffensive.

M - its as strong as it is because it finishes dry. Of course It's not grainy or too thin.

O - Not my favorite beer ever, but got dayum ... Is love to have this one in tap.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nice, I immediately pick up citrus and pine on this one. Nice sweet tropical fruit on this one too.

Beautiful looking beer, it's a nice moderate amber topped with a fluffy white head made of big bubbles. Lacing is good on this one too.

Love the taste on Jai Alai! It has all those wonderful fruit notes from the nose with a nice sweet, malty background. It's bitter enough to be considered an IPA, but the malt plays a huge role in the taste of this one.

Mouthfeel is okay, loads of carbonation but not overt. Nice medium body.

Overall, this is probably one of the best East Coast IPAs that I've had. Easy drinking, but it's defiantly a sipper. Great job Cigar City!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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