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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#597
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
7,893
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,039
Gots:
2,321
Trade:
77
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Ratings: 7,893 |  Reviews: 1,513
Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the world class beer spot called Rattle N Hum in NYC. Poured cloudy medium amber, with a typical light khaki head, that left nice looking sheeting and spotty lace. Bold nose of grapefruit, with the hop juices oozing out, nice. More grapefuit on the tongue mingling with minty tee notes and general hoppy IPA goodness. More then espectable hop pesence, malt in the rear. Enjoyable and agressive IPA.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/18/10.

Poured from a growler into a round wine glass. The growler was purchased at Big Z Beverage in Huntington NY during an in-store event featuring the guys from Cigar City, who are very nice I might add.

Pale clear amber honey colored with a soft sudsy head. Looks very nice. A very interesting IPA on the nose. I picked up a lot of Sauvignon Blanc like aromas which included grapefruit and melon. It was also grassy and slightly herbaceous. Soft and easy drinking with juicy melon and pineapple. There are citrus and pine flavors along with biscuity malt. Carbonation is silky and gives a custard-like mouthfeel. I would have liked a touch more hops but overall an extremely pleasing brew.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA on Cask!

A- Ruby brown/amber golden colors. Off white/tan head with lacing that coated at last half of my glass.

S- Faint, but picked up some notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, cedar, and piney resin. Fruity smelling IPA.

T- Really an excellent flavored brew. Perfect infusion and blend of caramel malt and chewy fruits with the bitter grapefruit hops. Biscuity at times, but the hops always seemed to shine through and be the star of this one.

M- Chewy almost block-like. Smooth and rich. Easy going down.

D- Easy drinking IPA. So tasty and so well done. I could tell I was drinking a quality brew. Look forward to more CC stuff! Excellent!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper hue, decent head, spotty lacing

S: The expected citrus and floral, though not a very strong presence of either.

T: Again, the usual citrus, floral, hop bouquet, but too subdued for my liking. There is a noticeable bitter kick in the finish. I would prefer a gentler finish, even in a bold IPA or DIPA.

M: Very fresh and great carbonation. This growler was only a few days old.

D: This is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, and I'd have it again. Jai Alai would be a good choice for a football game, playing darts, or whatever you prefer. I wouldn't seek it out or trade for it, now that I've had the opportunity to try it. It lacked any special or unique qualities, and didn't make up for it by being incredibly smooth.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. The regular Jai Alai is a very good IPA. Above average mouthfeel, bitterness. Very cloudy with white head. Grapefruit flavours. Of course more complex on cedar. Good palate cleanser, and good drinker, as many of their beers are sippers.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for picking me up a mini-growler of this.

A-Bright copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Citrus pop with a lighter dose of pine. Nice caramel sweetness lies underneath. Interesting notion of cedar un the background.

T-Nice melding of citrus and pine hop flavours with a nicely supporting caramel malt backbone. Drying finish with the same suggestion of cedar as in the aroma.

M-Medium bodied, smooth with good lingering hop flavours and a dry finish.

D-Good stuff. Tasty and enjoyable if it is just a touch to malty....but barely. Good hop presence and I like the woody dry finish.

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

Had this at Blind Tiger in The Village. Great place.

A: Dark golden copper/amber with a decent head and moderate staying power.

S: Nice hop bouquet.

T: Oh, where do I start. Drool? The hops with a brilliant citrus and floral taste blend so well with the great sweetness this beer brings to the table.

M: I love it! Good hop bruise with a fine sugar stickiness and just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Yes!!!!

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Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with a tight cream colored head that left a sheet of lacing around the whole glass as it dissipated. The aroma is of grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine. Has a juicy fresh aroma. The flavor has more of a pine hop with an asprin like bitterness. The asprin character is not too harsh. There is also a fresh grassy flavor as well. The hop profile is supported by a fairly sweet malt, perhaps with some brown sugar notes. The body is light to moderate with tingly carbonation, not that strong, has some nice balance but does finish with a hoppy bitterness. Another very good cigar city brew. This AIPA has good balance and is quite easy to drink. The hop profile doesn't blow me away but it is good.

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Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once I finally learned to pronounce this, we picked up a growler to consume back at our cozy beachfront condo. The four ounces that came with the sampler were tantalizing in their hoppiness.

Pours a very dark orange. The smell is hop-forward, a lovely bouquet of flowery hops that were perhaps stuff in a pineapple for a while before brewing.

Jai Alai picks up where the stench left off & brings the hops like a Stallone movie. A lot of the descriptors would fit this: floral, citrus, pine, oily, etc. Rather than one note of hops ammo, this one's packing all sorts of strains. At the end of a sip comes the grapefruit, heavy & bitter, to make sure you know - this is an IPA, not a Malt-PA. Very slick & slippery in the mouth &, if not for the slightly high ABV, something that could perhaps be considered for one of those massive 128 oz. growlers. Really, in technical terms, is that a growler or a barrel?

Excellent IPA. Being a Minnesotan, Furious is, & probably always will be, my go-to IPA, but Jai Alai shares some of those angry notes. If this appears in six-packs it should make a lot of hop-heads happy.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler recieved from markwise in the review this bif!

a- growler (swingtop 12ozer) poured into a pint, finger of bubbly foamy head that faded fast to an uneven mix of large bubbles and wispy lace, slightly hazy light amber coloring.

s- pineapple, smooth caramel, grapefruit, not too much else.

t- more impressive than the nose, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a slight caramel candy like sweetness rounds all that flavors out, the finish is nicely bittered and lingers long and finishes ever so slightly dry, alcohol is masked very well.

m- medium bodied with lots of slickness that finishes almost creamy.

d- i'm so glad that i got to try this beer out, it was a very drinkable ipa that i had no hard time polishing off, i shared with a non ba and they loved it, i could have several pints of this!

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

Reviewed on 10/10/09. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a deep orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and grassy hops. Flavor is malt-forward with grassy hops and crystal malt character. Not very hoppy which was a disappointment to me. I am rather underwhelmed, especially since I enjoyed the cedar aged version so much.

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

Growler filled tonight at Hawthornes. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours like a golden amber with a white spotty, but frothy head (kind of weird and off putting, something to do with way growler was filled?). About 1-finger and dissipates relatively quickly.

S- Very floral with a very slight piney aroma. Some maltiness coming through as well, maybe even a little banana-like (which is weird for the style, expect this more from a tripe or weizenbock). Sweet grapefruit (not the bitter grapefruit typically found in West-coast and some of the more balanced east-coast IPAs and DIPAs).

T- Biscuity malts up front with very subtle floral hop flavors. "Balance" is the first word that comes to find. The hops mirror the aroma, nice floral notes with a very faint citrus (a lot of the other reviewers seem to be getting predominantly citrus, who knows); no real piney flavors as the smell had me anticipate, but that's neither here nor there. Slight buttery taste in the finish.

M- Nice hops resin coats the mouth. Very sticky on he back of the palate, which ultimately subsides leaving a slick coating on the palate. Slightly under-carbonated for what I prefer in the style, but not enough so to detract from the beer in any real sense.

D- Very easy drinking, deceptively so for a 7.5% brew. Overall, I prefer a less balanced IPA, but I know that this is strictly preference. Definitely some great flavors and masking of the heat. Another good brew from Cigar City.

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Photo of aglose45
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's.

A: Pours a darker golden brown with a nice frothy off-white head. The head on the beer hangs around for the entire adventure.

S: Smell is a bit faint, but I do pick up some grapefruit and floral hop smells.

T: The taste definitely exceeds the nose. Definitely some cites hop presence, mostly grapefruit and orange. There is a floral hop presence. Overall good flavor, but not worthy of a 5/5.

M: Light to medium body, some hop resin, great carbonation.

D: Good flavor, I could drink this for awhile.

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Photo of mullenite
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this several times on tap, this review is a culmination of the notes from those sessions.

Poured in to a standard nonic a rich copper/amber color with a somewhat short frothy white head that leaves an excellent, thick lacing down the glass.

Smell has a very strong distinct citric bitterness to it, lots of grapefruit and zest. There are some sweet fruits in there as well like pineapple and orange.

Taste is very similar to the smell but with the addition of a very slight pine resin flavor hiding in the background and a little bit of the malt sneaking in behind all the hops.

Medium bodied beer with nice, palate cleansing, carbonation.

All combined this beer is far to easy to drink.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Cock & Bull Pub. Poured a clear copper color with an average ceeamy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus and earthy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

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Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler bought yesterday at Hawthorne's in Philly into a tulip glass.

A: Like a newly minted penny. Just gorgeous. Very little head, but also not a very vigorous pour from me. Leaves a bit of lacing, but not as much as I'd like

S: Citrusy and floral hops well up in the nose. Hint of pine as well. Exactly how I like my IPAs to smell.

T: Some citrus from the sunshine state! Great malt presence as well. I've heard this billed as a "West Coast IPA," but it seems more balanced than that to me. Mouthwateringly good.

M: Not too thin, not too thick with good carbonation. Clean finish.

O: Probably my new favorite IPA. A great, sessionable beer (although the ABV might get me soon). Now if only they'd send up some bottles to PA...

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Photo of UncleBubba
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent American IPA. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, and drinkability of this beer. Had it on tap in Florida, and Im proud that there is a local beer of this caliber.
Excellent hoppiness, with a decent malt backbone. Very drinkable, and well worth checking out. I look forward to drinking many more of these!

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

Big thanks to Gtreid for sending me a massive growler of this. Shared this with a few buddies.

Pored into a pint glass.

Color is a bronze copper with a slight ruby hue to it. Pours 1/2 finger of creamy beige head. Leaves some dominate lace.

Aroma: Big apricot and peach flavors up front with a nice citrus touch. A ton of floral hops but everything is blended together well.

Taste: Huge citrus profile. Nice grapefruit taste with a lot of peaches. Bready and caramel malts balance it out. A nice amount of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bitter, and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean, a tad sticky but pretty nice for an ipa.

Overall, a damn great ipa. This beer is just delicious. It is drinking easy and the pints are going fast. Thanks Grant for letting me drink a lot of this great beer!

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

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured amber with medium head that dissipates quickly and leaves significant lacing.

S - Predominantly hoppy with mild citrus, light pine and floral.

T - Just like smell the hops dominate from the start and then grapefruit bitterness takes over with some pine hints at the end.

M - Medium bodied with normal carbonation.

D - Good IPA that should be mostly enjoyed in the summer.

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Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Half-finger of slightly off-white head; OK retention; deeper coppery orange color; kinda clear

S - Lightish grapefruit and pine; some malty sweetness; pretty well balanced in the aroma compared against other more aggressive takes on the style

T - Very hop forward as I had hoped; the hops draw out through each sip and actually become more bitter with the finish; grapefruity then resin-like; really nice. Strong malt back, but not overly sweet

M - Medium to lighter overall; light and soft carbonation; bit dry

D - Really wonderful drinking experience; fairly balance but wonderfully aggressive at points.

Really nice brew, and a tasty IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick head atop; nice retention and interesting pattern of lace

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit and mango with caramel malt underneath

Taste: Caramel base with grapefruit and mango fruit adding bitter complexity as well as a growing piney resinous flavor by mid palate; after the swallow, the sweetness builds and though there is plenty of floral bitterness, the beer finishes toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A Florida IPA to match the best of the west coast - who would have thunk it; a tad too sweet for more than one but still a fine brew

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Photo of m1ked
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Niel at the WF Bowery Beer room for recommending this one. He sold we with "Its Florida's version of the Sculpin" and I love me some Sculpin.

A- Pours a clear- not crystal clear, a touch of....I wouldn't call it haze, but just not crystal clear- coppery orange. Big pour gives a big off white foamey head, that recedes leaving behind alot of sticking lace. Couple of spaced out streamers. Ends up retaining a full covering of a caped head.

S- First some pine, that blends into a resiny sugary sweetness, that reveal a melon, pineapple tangerine fruity floral note. I like.

T- Get the bitter pine, grapefruity rind up front. The malty backbone is not as present as in the nose. There is a little light caramel sweetness in there though. Doesn't have as much of the fruity floral as the nose, too bad. There is a hint of cantalope in there. Ends bitter for sure.

M- The carbonation isn't overwhelming. There is a brief moment where it seems sharp though, it almost matches the peak of the bitterness on the palate. Medium bodied. Brief resin coating on the tongue.

D- A solid IPA for sure, it has the piney bitter with some floral & fruit notes to it. I do get bummed sometimes when the taste doesn't fully deliver what the nose had advertised. I will have no problem drinking this growler. I look forward to trying some other CC offerings.

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

Had this beer on tap at House of Beer in Orlando.

Apperance: Poured a nice amber color with a nice 1/2 inch head. Lacing was decent.

Smell: Nice hoppy aromas with hints of pine, grass and grapefruit

Taste: Similar to the aroma. A very well balanced IPA with a nice malty sweetness to balance the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very sessionable IPA from a local Florida brewery!

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

On-Tap

Jai Alai holds a bright orange color with a lighter bronze built in from certain angles. A nice tight bubbled off white head with a creamy look. Window covering lace. The usual tropical blast of grapefruit and some mango with pine. A sweet malt base giving caramel/toffee. In taste the hops beat out the malts but not by much, but good enough for me to get a lot of fruit and pine with malt backing sweetness. Grapefruit, mango and some pine. A nice clean crisp medium body with some bitterness in the end. The alcohol peeks through just a bit and the finish has some mango slices. Pretty drinkable but not a standout, I do think it's better than some other east coast IPA's though. This is enjoyable with just the right amount of bitterness and a nice flavor

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get plenty of citrus, with some underlying sweet malt as well. The beer smells like a nothing special, moderately hoppy IPA. Flavors replicate the nose, with some interesting (if not especially attractive) roasty malt. Hoppy bitterness is a bit restrained for an IPA, and there's barely enough bitterness to counter the moderately sweet, roasty malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with alcohol pretty well disguised. The beer finishes pretty well, with no off flavors and with alcohol well disguised.

While nothing special, this is a solid enough IPA. I realize it's difficult to find good IPA's down in Florida, but the A grade for this beer is puzzling. It's a solid enough beer I suppose, but I can't imagine why I'd want to order it again. In the SEPA market, there are many more IPA's superior to this beer (IMHO).

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7,893 ratings
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