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 Tilley4
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh sixer at Chan's in Destin...

Earthy piney dank aromas roll off of this brew poured into a nonic glass... Malts make a brief appearance but are quickly drowned out by these grassy hops...

Excellent blend of base malts and grassy earthy hops with the bitter hops winning by a large majority... Bracingly bitter in spots much like a chewed up aspirin... Not unpleasant but not ideal...

Solid IPA...

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

Pours a beautiful amber with gold hues and a decent head. Solid lacing down the sides, though the head disappeared a little too quick for me. Full, hoppy bouquet with nice fruity notes (I'm thinking peach or apricot, a little grapefruit). Very full, smooth body, which, together with the ABV, really helps simultaneously balance and enhance the hops. Clean, strong bitterness throughout.

Overall, this beer is really a joy to sip, and a perfect addition to a summer meal. The bitterness is pronounced but not overwhelming, and the extra fruity notes really help Jai Alai stand out from the rest.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous deep and delicious orange color with some golden hints. There is a nice 0.5 creamy and dense off-white head that has some great retention. (5.0)

S - Tropical fruit notes. Mangos some grapefruit, tangerines and some slight papaya notes. There is some nice grassy notes from the hops as well as some mild pine but definitely more towards the citrus and tropical noted hops. There is some nice slight malt sweetness ion the nose as well. Nose is good but a bit mild.

T & M - Starts off with some nice fruity and grassy hops. There is some mango and papaya as well as tangerines among other citrus and tropical notes. Very nice. Some flowery hints as well. There is a more bready malt character to this version of the CC IPA. The beer has some nice spice to it as well. As the beer warm there is some nice malt sweetness that develops and compliments the tropical notes very well. (4.5)(4.0)

O - Great offering the CC base IPA is pretty delicious and a solid IPA.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap from my kegerator, keg filled days ago, picked up from ccb. Poured into my ccb pint glass, orange amber with a sticky two finger head. Lacing is crazy on this one, beautiful beer. Aroma of citrus, floral hops and tropical fruits, this is a very complex ipa. Taste follows the nose, again this is very complex, it borders on a dipa, very intense. Mouthfeel is moderate, smooth with substance. Overall this is the beer that made me fall in love with craft beer. Match Jai Alai up with any of the super-hyped ipa/dipas and I believe it rises above!

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Photo of jimboween
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hello: jai alai is a viciously fast sport played with lethal projectiles. the beer lives up to that legacy. it is viciously hoppy played with lethally good taste. its from tampa, on draught at boomerangs in port orange, fl.

appearance: gorgeous, orangy yellow. what an ipa should look like.

smell: mint? my nose sucks, really. i dont get much from sniffing beers.

taste: like biting into a peach thats been crossbred with a grapefruit. wonderful, wonderful.

mouthfeel: a bit sticky, as ipas can be. refreshing, though dry. it leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

overall: awesome. hoppy, fruity, delicious. and alcoholic, oh yes alcoholic. imo, cigar city is the best that florida micros have to offer. get you one, enjoy it. thank me later.

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

A - pours a very rich copper color with an impressive foamy 2 finger yellow frothy lace that does a good job of hanging around.

S - smells like a well done IPA. Huge notes of grapefruit and citrus all around. Simcoe fairly present in the nose.

T - huge on caramel and grapefruit, this beer is well balanced. Very biscuity, with a good hop kick. Carbonation is a little low to land a very intense twang, but it comes together well. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - medium to full bodied with good balance and enough carbonation and malt to hold everything together well.

O - this is a well done IPA. Not my favorite, but it's enjoyable and I'm glad I got to try it. Not extraordinarily complex, but gets the job done to keep IPA lovers happy.

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Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no bottling dates. Reviewed on 4/25/11.

A tiny, off-white head sits atop an amber body. Minimal lacing, and a slight whirl pool of head remains after it settles down.

Sweet fruit aromas, mostly of peach and mango. Some grapefruit citrus. Pine resin. Carmel malts. Hint of oak and floral tones.

Good amount of oak flavors at the start. Some orange and peach flavors, but subdued. Middle has a good maltiness, providing a nice backbone. Carmel and biscuit tones. Leads into a pine hop finish, with restrained bitterness. Very nice balance.

This reminds me a lot of Burton Baton, but with the hops dialed back a bit. Very good IPA.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: A rich golden orange that shine well in the light. Only slightly translucent. Quite inviting presentation with a finger tall off-white cap.

S: Grapefruit is big and blusterous up front, followed by some sweet caramel and notes of earthy pine. Not overly potent nor feint to detect.

T: Large bitter bite as it begins, before meeting a wall of tangy grapefruit citrus and spicy levels of pine and grass. Caramel malts come and go throughout providing some light sweetness for balance. As it warms, this sweetness grows even more.

M: Medium body and carbonation. A nice light tingle to the mouth, with some tackiness but no syrupy quality.

D: CCB has a balanced base of an IPA here. Not getting too complicated in hops taste, and providing a solid backbone. No wonder they do so many different versions of this beer, as it seems to be a great foundation IPA. Bitterness and flavor is all kept in check.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Lakefront Brewery pint glass. Not distributed here, so received in trade from urwithdave. Thanks Dave!

A - Slightly aggressive pour yielded a one finger frothy head that lingered for awhile. Slightly hazy yellowish-orange and left lots of lacing.

S - Wow. Hop bomb. Holy hops, Batman. I get an array of aromas - obviously citrus (grapefruit), pine, tobacco, and I also get a bit of bourbon for some reason. Really nice on the nose.

T & M - The hop bitterness grabs ahold of your tastebuds and squeezes the hell out of them! Lots of hops up front, some sweet malts and nice carbonation.

Overall - CCB does it again. I've had 3 or 4 of their beers so far, and have yet to be disappointed. An excellent IPA that is close to being a DIPA / Imperial... one of my favorites.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden amber, with one finger frothy off-white head that retains its lacing throughout. Aroma is of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, and spruce hops, with a bit of caramel malts. Taste is sweet resin from the start; caramel malt is more pronounced here, and the pineapple flavor of the citrus hops really stands out. Nice bitter aftertaste from the hops balances things out. Thin, smooth body with medium to high carbonation. Overall, a solid sessionable IPA.

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

Poured into a tumbler at ChurchKey on tap.

Small off cream white head with a golden amber body that is slightly cloudy, leaves some good lacing. It doesn't appear as suspended as it's bottle counterpart. Still good none the less

Bouquet on this is a soft fleshy fruit, specificaly a pulpy grapefruit sense. There seems to hint at some density and thickness coming. Very enjoyable.

Taste is a big malt hop and orange at first. But what sticks out is the mouthfeel, just killer. Pillow softness mixed with lingering aftertastes of incredibly light LIGHT brown sugars and the most tolerable bitterness. Airy lingering grapefruit citrus finish that lasts and lasts and lasts. Wood component out of the bottle for me seems to be missing.

Overall though an extremely quaffable GREAT feeling IPA on tap.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured Into a cigar city sniffer.

Pours a really nice dark amber to ruby red. There is a nice fruityango nose with a bit of pine and tart fruit.

Taste is really bitter and sharp but fruity and smooth, super mellow and creamy with a smooth mouhfeel. It's super tasty dam drinkable.

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

Cigar City doesn't distribute in my neck of the woods, so I was pleased to have a chance to sample something from this brewery. A very nicely done American IPA - emphasis on fruity/citrus hops, with a well-moderated bittering throughout and a clean, hoppy finish. A touch of sweetness toward the end is pleasant. Big abv is well integrated with little alchohol evident.

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Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Hazy dark orange body with a two finger off white head that recedes pretty quickly.Good lacing sticking to the glass.Great carbonation.

S. Big tropical fruit notes peach,mango,pineapple, as well as some pine and some earthy tones.

T. The smell is spot on with this one.Awesome tasting IPA,very well balenced just how I like it.

M. Good creamy medium mouth,good carbonation.Doesnt leave that big after taste that alot of IPA's do.

Overall this might be my favorite IPA! This is one nicely crafted brew.A must try,its just a shame I cant get it were I live.

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

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, then some orange, grapefruit, citrus aromas followed by a nice citrus/earthy hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts with a nice citrus (mainly grapefruit and orange with some lemon as well) flavor nest followed by a nice citrus/pine/earthy hop finish.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, this was a great take on the IPA.

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Photo of Matt1516
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up on a lark on holiday. What a find!

Pours a cloudy golden with a generous head that lingers and lots of lacing remains on the sides. Smells of cloves and grapefruit.

Taste explodes with hops, maltiness--even tobacco. Strong on the fruity taste (esp. grapefruit) but not overly much.

There's a carbonated bite on the tongue and a nice bitter finish.


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

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

Down the middle pour yields a two finger head of dense white foam. The head recedes leaving wispy remnants floating atop a hazy amber body. The nose is sweet biscuity malt and citrus. Taste is orange and mango hoppiness backed up by a very nice pale malt backbone. There is a pleasant bitterness that is well balanced by the malt making this an easy drinking and refreshing IPA. Not over the top bitter like many IPAs that I enjoy immensely, but a very solid take on the style and one I'd have again if it was local. Recommended.

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Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (and 6 pack) provided by my girlfriend from a recent trip down to Florida. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange, with some reddish-amber hues. A few fingers of super creamy white head is produced, with some big sticky lace left. The head retention here was particularly unique I found, as this creamy 'mocha'-style head remained, and almost looked like a batter because of how thick and dense it was. Nose has lots of tropical notes, pineapple and mango come to mind initially. Sweet, with some light caramel as well. Taste has more orange and mango, with a nice malt profile to support it. Malt base adds to a great full mouthfeel and a moderate bitterness that's almost fruity in nature; juicy and real tropical fruitiness to be found throughout. Medium to full mouthfeel, a solid but not substantial bitterness and fantastic drinkability for the alcohol. Thank God for the rest of this 6 pack.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA will knock your socks off! Delicious! One of the best IPAs I've had in awhile. Probably the best since my trip to Minneapolis and Masala Mama several years back. Excellent example of the style. Poured a beatiful coppery/golden hue with great foamy head and retention to the last sip. Aroma gave me chills, as I felt as though I'd been dropped in a pine thicket, or grapefruit grove. Taste is earthy, piney, citrusy, with just a hint of malt sweetness to balance it out. A great beer for hop lovers and hopheads. Definitely one of my go to IPAs for now. Great brew!

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dolfan84 for this one!

A - Dark amber with one finger head.

S - Very much key to east coast style. Citrus, grapefruit, maybe a little orange and pineapple. Very crisp

T - Shining point for me. Citrus up front with a surprising pine element that I couldn't find in the nose. Stick grapefruit and caramel finishes off strong.

M - Medium carbonation, very easy to drink.

O - Another great beer from CCB. Fresh, this is a great IPA and a very drinkable one. Can't wait to try more

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Photo of chilly460
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, dull amber color. A finger of white head sticks around nicely, soapy looking lacing.

S - A light, citrusy hop smell balanced nicely with basic caramel malt. Not as pungent as others, but very "juicy" aroma.

T - Follows the nose, sweet sort of citrusy taste with a little bit of pine thrown in. Tastes like tangerine, bitter and sweet at the same time. Didn't really pick up much of the oak flavor, maybe some of the sweetness is contributed.

M - Good carbonation, nice medium body.

O - Nice balanced IPA, nothing out of place. Hops are a bit muted to make it higher rated IMO.

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Photo of saison19
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper with fluffy white head, nice lacing and the head sticks around for the duration. Smell is hoppy with hints of tropical fruit. Taste is perfectly bitter sweet with hops, guava, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and molasses...complex. Medium mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, semi-dry finish that begs for the next sip.

I prefer drinking this one as it warms up so the strong malt presence shines through. This is pretty damn close to being a DIPA, and better than many DIPAs.


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Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jai Alai IPA

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the extra!

Poured from 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Pours golden and rests a dark, hazy, orangish amber. A fingers worth of off white head sits shortly before dissipating. Tiny spots of lacing.

The nose offers some malt and light citrus notes.

The taste is a bit malty and then presents a bitter apricots taste with a bit of honey. There is a good amount of malt sweetness balanced with the bitterness.

The mouthfeel starts smooth and ends very dry. Its a good presentation.

Overall, a different spin on an IPA, or maybe it is a bit old? The malt has much more presence over the hops but the hop bitterness remains to pack a punch.

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Photo of jimixr
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orangw copper color. Around a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Very goodhead retention. Once the head falls the beer shows a lot of lacing.

S- A lot of grapefruit and citrus. Some floral and a little malt.

T- Very refreshing. Not as hoppy as some, but has a very pronounced hop bitterness. Some carmel comes through as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Just a little carbonation is apperent. Easy to drink and very smooth.

O- Very good. Ive had the beer several times, but it has been a while since I last had it. I had forgotten how much I like it. Much better to me than the cedar version.

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Photo of wino47
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy copper tone with a nice white lacing on the glass. Aromas of citrus upfront with a bready, malt component as well.
Medium in body with a slightly creamy texture of malt, light carbonation helping the balance. Citrus and tropical notes are well balanced with the malty caramel background. This one leaves me wanting more hop bite but I don't feel it comes across too malty or sweet. Very different from what I expected, more tropical fruit notes than citrusy hop bite. Overall a good beer but my expectations left me a little underwhelmed.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,272 ratings