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 boomer31
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra.

A - Murky gold with an off white lacing, sticky on the glass

S - Mostly malt but a touch of fruity hop presence. I'm surprsed at the lack of hops in the nose.

T - A sweet malt blends well with the dry grassy finish. I get some mango along with a grassy hop but the dryness really sticks.

M - Rich and full. Nice low carb. You realy notice how well balanced this beer is with the rich malt backbone and full mouthfeel.

D - Very dry but welcoming for a hophead. A solid AIPA

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I'm not sure it's one of my favorite AIPAs but solid nonetheless. Perhaps with more of a hop nose I'd enjoy ths more.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, really a dark yellow almost light brown, definitely dark for a single ipa. Aroma, a little hoppy, definitely seems to be lacking in any noticeable hop nose. Might not be dry hopped at all.

Taste, eh, a little thicker than I like ideally in a single ipa, heavy on the caramel, but this is a good beer. Pretty balanced, a higher degree of sweetness than was expected. This is a big, single ipa. . . but not what you might expect, it isn't hugely hopped relative to its malt heft. This is just big all over. Made me think of Eye of the Hawk a little bit, not right on point, but you know, just that level of abv and big all over.

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Photo of pburland23
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a orangy chestnut color with about a finger or so of off white head.

Has a beer hops aroma. Citrusy...I'm detecting some peach, maybe a little apricot.

Taste is decent but not what I'm expecting. The hops flavor is there...citrusy again with some lingering caramel malts. However, something just not right about this beer. It's not as big and bold as I was expecting particularly since Cigar City has six kinds of hops it. I mean the beer is well balanced, but kind of underwhelming for me.

I had heard nothing but good things about Cigar City. I have to say that the Ja Alai IPA is a disappointment. It's a good but not great beer.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for the great extra. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed autumnal orange hue with one finger of sudsy white head. Lacing abounds in thick bands.

Smell -- Big citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple, pine resin, dark honey malt. Diacetyl is in the mix at Alpine levels: present, but not distracting.

Taste -- Citrusy hops for days, pine resin, faint pineapple and tropical fruits, buttered biscuit, caramelized malt. Finish is grapefruit and honey.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with somewhat gentler carbonation, nearly still. Slightly oily finish. Disappointing.

Drinkability -- Just goes to show it's always worth going back. Cracked another bottle of this and found the second to be much better than the first in regards to carbonation. While I'd still like to see more carbonation in this one, It's pretty damn solid. If your aim is to try all of the best American IPA's this has to be on your list. Period.

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Photo of beersensei305
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a honey gold in color with a perfect one inch white head with great sticky lacing. Very aromatic, sweet and hoppy with hints of herbal citrus. The taste is sweet from honey, loaded with hop, and has a good citrus bite. This IPA has a medium body a bit syrupy. This is IPA is great, one of my favorites and a great example of what IPAs should be.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. at Harp and Celt in downtown Orlando.

Light amber and clear. Nice head with decent lace and retention. Citrus-floral aroma. Carbonation noticeable up front. The middle brings out the flavors found in the aroma, a bit of citrus, with some floral characteristics. Back of the tounge bitterness on the finish and afterwards. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from cigar city!

A. Pours a bright cloudy orange with short lived but soapy head.

S. A good mix of pineapple citrus and bright pine.

T&m. Sharp hop bight up front that fades into the citrus, going from grapefruit to a sweeter pineapple finish. Just sweet enough to seem like it would be quite refreshing on a hot Tampa day.

D. It remains dry enough to go down easy, and the balance is right on. Very solid ipa.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a hazy amber with a white head that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Honey and malt forward - yum.

T. Sweet with honey and citrus.

M. Medium to thick body with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

I placed this at the top of the blind IPA tasting that we conducted (ahead of Sculpin, Furious, Red Racer, Two Hearted, Columbus). I'd love to see one of these as an extra in any trade I conduct or in a BIF!

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Photo of beer2day
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey gold pour. 1-finger thin, large bubbled head. Very thin retention, but nice lace.

Strong herbal citrus nose. Notes of peat and earthy malt underneath. Getting passion fruit later in the glass. Weaker grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Very nice.

Thin hit. First few sips yield very little, but the flavor really starts to grow on you. Nice, light, but chewy flavor on the back end. More herbal and spice than pine. Nice hop burn in the finish. A little bit of pepper flare, too. Alcohol not much of a factor.

Thin feel, not quite up to the flavor profile ... or the nose.

The disappointing start gave way to a pretty decent glass.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into chalice

A - poured a deep ruby copper with a thin head that clung to the glass a bit after it dissipated.

S - Soft hops, citrus & banana. grassy & piney.

T - YUM! Nicely tamed and sweetened hop profile. Really great mix of flavors. This beer is fantastic.

M - Just right. Leaves a subtle bitterness in my mouth, but nothing off putting. Cooling for sure.

D - Wow. As a general non-hoppy beer fan I expected to be trying yet another overly hopped out IPA but was pleasantly surprised to find such a balanced beer. For the hop-heads this one might not be up your alley, but this could be a fantastic cross over beer into hoppy beers since it is so nice and gentle.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.16/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green glass. Big thanks to StormKing47 for a couple of these!

A: Pours a burnt amber with a large, thick light tan head that slowly receded into a thin layer of foam that left a sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big notes of pineapple and other sweet tropical fruits with hints of citrus and caramel malt. Hints of fruity bubblegum.
T: Maltier than the nose but still balanced by a big sweet fruity hop punch. Finish is sweet and the aftertaste is lightly bitter. Black tea to the aftertaste as well.
M: Low carbonation over a medium body and a mediumly sticky-sweet mouthfeel.
D: Straight foreword IPA. Good, but a bit sweet for my tastes. Thanks again StormKing for this one!

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Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bonkers for this one.

A: Darker, dull copper in color. Forms a small 1/2" of whitish head that has little retention and only leaves a light amount of lacing.

S: Caramel malt. A mix of earthy and citrus hops, but leaning more to the earthy side. Some alcohol shows through.

T: Mild caramel malt and a sweet fruitiness. Mild bitterness. Even a bit watery. Overly sweet and rather simplistic.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation.

D: A surprisingly unimpressive beer from a great brewery. Decent at best: Overly malty and underhopped while being somewhat watery at the same time.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight off-white fluffy head with decent lacing.

Scent of caramel malt, fruit, light hops.

The taste was immediately of citrus and other very sweet fruit, roasted caramel malt, moderate hops.

Medium bodied, crisp and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good IPA, complex flavor, well balanced and very easy to drink. This is something I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of sdawson
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to the ever-great trader jmu500 for this generous addition to a swap.

Jai Alai pours with a nice looking, foamy head and moderate lacing. The color is a deep reddish amber, perhaps just a tad more orange-red then your usual IPA fair. The smell is surprisingly sweet, resinous, with the addition of tropical fruits. The taste is strongly grapefruit, however, with the familiar sharp pine tang accompanying the style. Sweet pineapple surfaces briefly in each sip, cutting through the bitterness, and addind considerable more interest to the profile. The carbonation level and heaviness in the mouth are quite suited to this style - easy drinking, with just a hint of weight. All in all, this is definitely a great IPA, and I'm glad to finally have had the opportunity to try something from Cigar City.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a deep amberish color with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Floral and citrus aroma. Hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, and a decent malt backbone.

Taste: Very sweet citrus. Pineapple, passion fruit, bitter grapefruit and a hoppy bite. Malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: A very solid IPA from Cigar City. I picked up a six pack and probably will pick up many more in the future.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an nonic.

Dark golden semi hazy body with about 2 inches of fluffy rocky head. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey malts. Hints of lemon and grapefruits citrus hops, but that's pretty mellow compared to the honey fragrance from the malts.

The taste is bitter dank, pine, tobacco, and resin up front. Then a touch of bread and tons of sweet honey malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. High end of medium dryness, and a decent balance between bitter and sweet.

And the Floridian IPA is born! It's both bitter and sweet. Slightly leaning towards an east coast IPA, but a bunch of bitterness and a touch of hop flavor keeps it from being completely east coast in IPA style. Personally, I enjoy an all out well attenuated bitter hop assault. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of wspscott
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date

A: Medium copper colored, crystal clear with a white 1/2 finger head that leaves a little lace.
S: A mix of caramel malt and hoppy bitterness, a little bit of tropical fruit. Smells fruity sweet in a good way. The nose could use a little bit more of obvious hops, but I wonder if there is some age on this bottle, I know I have had it about a month. I hate it when breweries don't date stamp their beers.
T: Lots of hops flavor combined with some caramel sweetness. There is almost a "juiciness" to the hops character. The hops don't come across as "standard" hops, there is bitterness but not the piney/citrus that I associate with the classic American hops and these are definitely not noble hops, I am guessing one of the new hops that are out there. For and IPA, this is not super bitter, but it is obvious that there is a load of hops in the beer.
M: A little round from the caramel malts, with a medium level of carbonation. Not a "crisp" beer, but not heavy either.
D: A very interesting IPA, easy to drink if you are a hophead, but somewhat approachable if you are not. I could easily reach for a second or third of this and definitely would not mind having it on tap. I'll bet this is amazing fresh.

Note: I just looked at their website and I would guess the "juicy/tropical fruit" that I am getting is from the Simcoe hops. I had the same flavors in a Simcoe IPA that I brewed, need to get more of those hops.

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Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with caramel folds. The crown is 2 fingers, off white (slightly khaki), shows lots of retention and good lace. Lots of hop oil sheen on top of the crown.

Smell: Caramel malt and pine.

Taste: Caramel malt driven with some pine hops and a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a slight bit undercarbonated. The creamy crown that retains throughout the pint adds to the pleasant experience.

Drinkability: Pretty nice but I'm not really into caramel malt driven ipa's and the mouthfeel needs improvement.

A very good beer regardless of it not being my preferred style of IPA.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the brewers. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Nice light orange color with some haze. Not a huge head, but a good half inch off white layer covers the body.

Smells slightly fruity with a hint of mango, orange, and slight banana (from the yeast maybe).

The taste is not overly anything. It starts with the slightest bit of malt sweetness, but is quickly handed off to refreshing hop bitterness in the finish. Nice orange-like hops are noticed on the side of the tongue especially.

Slightly good mouthfeel and above average drinkability (like most IPA's in this reviewers opinion).

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Photo of atsprings
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Cigar City Snifter pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight crisp Earthy hops and subtle sweet malts. The taste is loads of fresh citrus hops in front of a nice sweet malt backbone that leaves a nice lingering bitter finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with smooth carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I would love to have again.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. 9/1/10 bottling date (from case)

A - Pours a hazy dark burnt orange with some yellow hues. A small head fades into some bubbly film with some streaky lacing.

S - Roasted malt, caramel, and some sweeter citrus hops.

T - Bitter piny hops with plenty of grapefruit citrus and rind in the beginning. A bit of toasted grain leads into a nice malt backbone which isn't overdone. More biting hops return for the finish which is long and lingering with some dry touches.

M - Medium bodied, slightly heavier for the style though, some sticky and lingering dry effects, especially during the finish.

D - Pretty smooth, pleasant drinking, hardly any sense of the 7.5% either.

I had pretty high hopes for this beer - it was definitely tasty but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with an off-white head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - tropical fruits and citrus blast to the nose.

T - sweet tropical fruit taste upfront with a lingering citrus rind bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - good drinkability for this very tasty beer.

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Photo of foogerd
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep honey orange cant see a thing through this body, massive head after an aggressive pour with tons of lacing
S- fresh cut hops pineapple grapefruit the sweet malt bill is in there as well all the classic ipa goodies in here
T- a bit on the sweeter side more than i expected kind of like juicy pineapple and grapefruit juice really tasty i cant say anythings off or out of balance here
M-pretty thick body here
D- real tasty hardly cant detect the alcohol here excellent brew a must try! i dont see a single flaw here really a great IPA.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Village Whiskey, Philadelphia. PA (9/10/10):

A: The beer appeared a really nice dark, deep orange with a nice white head, which had decent retention, some nice lacing and noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S: The aroma is very good, mainly citrus hops with a light hint of the malted barley to not make the hops completely over-powering.

T: The taste follows the nose quite well. It had a very nice full IPA flavor. Citrus hops very much at the forefront, followed by a nice hint of pine hops perhaps. For all of its hoppiness, it is not too bitter, as the slight hint of malted barley balances it out nicely.

The beer had a nice medium body feel to it, but perhaps a bit on the heavier side. The beer had very nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink and the higher ABV was masked nicely. I wish that I could have taken some home with me as no one in GA sells the stuff. Overall, a fine example of an American IPA.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in Tampa into a standard pint glass.

A: deep honey/orange with a nice head, solid lacing, and carbonation

S: not as aromatic as my favorite IPAs, but nice. Aromas of pine, floral, and citrus. I smell a little simcoe but not overwhelming

T: a pretty balanced IPA. Citrus hops flavors complimented with caramel malt flavor. Nice bitterness but the hops flavors just don't explode quite as much as I tend to like. A bit of a buttery flavor which is difficult (luckily) to hone in on due to giving way to the bitterness.

M: Nice. Not too thin or watery but not too chewy to give up any refreshment. Prickly carbonation accentuates the bitterness nicely.

D: Very drinkable, a fine beer, just not my favorite.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,047 ratings