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 farrago
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a finger’s worth of off-white foam, not especially frothy and the retention is average at best, the lacing comes in solid sheets but little stickiness. Murky orange-amber in color with more of a brown than red cast, solid glow throughout, not too many bubbles visible. Sweetly hoppy nose of pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus, pineapple, nectarine, apple fruit and flowers, does show a piney resinous to cut grass and herbaceous side, peppery too, powerful lift and staying power. Full-bodied and close to thick, coats the palate and heavy on the tongue. The carbonation has more fluff than prickle but not that strong in either sense. Dry on the whole, the orange, lemon, grapefruit citrus dominant yet without sweetness. More biscuit, bread here with a touch of honey. The florality very pretty and spreads through the finish. More bite than juice in the peach, apricot, nectarine fruit, falls short of tropical. Very consistent presentation and very good balance, perhaps not that complex but easy to enjoy and doesn’t unnecessarily seek to push the envelope.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.21/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass (Sept. 2011 bottling).

Appearance: Amber with a thick off white head that fades somewhat slowly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Hops, pine resin, citrus. Fairly mild for a fresh IPA.

Taste: Hops, pine resin, caramel malt. Hop forward, sweet in the middle and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Overall: A good east coast IPA. Not as hoppy as I prefer and a bit too much malt profile.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out a golden citrus color with extremely good clarity. Only a slightly off white colored head. It clings to the glass for dear life, really good lacing. I'm digging the look.

Smell is good. Fruity and somewhat floral hops not super strong, but solid. With all the hops there's a decent malt backbone, a reasonably sweet smell. I like it.

Taste is good, right on par with the smell. Citrus, floral, and slightly earthy hop tastes. Good balance between the sweetness and bitterness in the taste here.

Mouthfeel is really good, has a really fresh feel. Light in body, good carbonation level. VERY clean bitter finish, this has a great mouthfeel. Nice job Florida, this must be a nice year round IPA to have on the shelf. Very drinkable brew, I like it a lot. My first Cigar City review, I look forward to more.

Thank you miamichael2 for the trade!

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

Pours a clear, deep orange with a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.

Tropical fruit aroma with a little pine in the background.

Taste is not as fruity as the smell, more pine up front followed by citrus. A nice clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good, decent carbonation.

A solid east coast IPA.

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

Crystal bright amber with a light head and lacing.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruit with toast and almost a winey quality. Big sticky grapefruit hop flavor nicely balanced by caramel and biscuit. Complex flavor that is well balanced. The hops and malt are well integrated.

Medium body with a round, vinous mouthfeel. Delicious and satisfying. A big, well crafted IPA. Thanks to 1stbiermeister for the bottle.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a shaped Dogfish Head pint glass.

Color: Copper with a white head.

Smell: Great hop aroma with some beautiful sweet fruity notes.

Taste: A delicious hop bitterness with a nice sweet tone.

Mouthfeel: A smooth and dry feel on the palate.

Overall: What a great IPA! A great hop smell and taste. An all around terrific IPA. A regular in my household. CHEERS!

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Photo of jm1229
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try Cigar City beer for a long time, but seeing that I primarily live in LA, it wasn't going to happen until the school year started and I was back in NY. Now that the time has come, I finally got my hands on some Jai Alai and I can't be more excited to try this. Hopefully I didn't hype myself up too much.

12 oz bottle served at 55 degrees and poured into a Founders pint glass. Can't really read the date on the label, but it says "11" on it, so it's not too old.

A- My conservative pour yielded quite the head, roughly 3 fingers worth. It sits on top like foam would atop a root beer float, sticky and clinging to the side of the glass. Body ls a golden syrup, expected for an IPA. Looks really nice. I have a feeling from the look that it'll be somewhat malty.

S- Immediately citrus fruit come to mind: grapefruit mostly, alongside orange, mango, and some pineapple. Really tropical. Some malt in there, as well. Expected in the east coast IPA.

T- Wow. Totally unexpected. It follows the nose in all the right ways. Mouthful of tropical juice: the mango, grapefruit, pineapple. Just a little malt to finish and balance the taste.

M- Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Goes down insanely smooth. Really nice aftertaste, as well.

O- While I must say I've been slightly disappointed by other east coast IPAs, this one really shines. I'm not really much of a malt lover (as I prefer the west coast hop-bomb), but this is a great beer. Glad I went for the 6 pack.

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Photo of hopking311
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange, 2 inch frothy white head..

smells of citrusy grapefruity hops, very floral..

medium body, great carbonation.. lacey

Tastes grapefruit, citrus bittering hops,.. smooth malty backbone.

Great session ipa, Amazingly smooth for the ABV..

Cheers Cigar City.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A regular favorite of mine I'm just now getting around to review.

Poured with a little aggression this golden copper brew yields about a one inch head of tight tiny bubbles that simmers down pretty quickly leaving a thin white film on top of the beer all the way down.
Nose is full of citrus and tropical fruit with a little bit of woody pine.
The taste is nice and full. Lots of sweet and bitter hops.
Mouth feel could be a little more smooth, but the hop flavors resonate for awhile which is nice.
Overall I stick with the fact that this is the best IPA I can get readily at a good price and will keep giving cigar city my money.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled my growler today, just poured a pint. Not my first or last time having this beer, but have not enjoyed a pint of Jai Alai in a couple months so I thought it was time to refresh my pallet.

A: A light, clear body, tannish-orange color. White thin head, thick in texture. Foam lingers around for a couple minutes signaling carbonation is strong.

S: Citrusy hop aroma off the bat with a strong backbone of caramel malts with light undertones of cedar-like notes. A sugar sweet aroma that reminds me of a lil sumpin sumpin from Lagunitas.

T: A lot of the flavor comes near the end of the swallow, after the bitterness subdues, a sugar sweet molasses-like taste dominates before light cedar notes take over and linger until the next sip. My bench mark IPA is 90 minute and this comes real close to the taste, just focuses a little more on the citrusy hop profile compared to a rich caramel malt backbone.

M: Extremely bitter up front, feels like hop pellets are sitting on the center of my tongue. Typical IPA feel, 100% to style. Finish is warm and full of flavor. The hops are a key part to the beer but they do not dominate allowing other characteristics to shine.

O: Can't say anything bad about this beer. I think I have a problem, I am way to spoiled when it comes to tasting the best beers in the world. Right now this beer tastes average because I am thinking of the white oak version (OMG!) or tocobaga which is as hoppy as most IPAs. For what it is, Jai Alai is spot on for a typical IPA, should be the up and coming benchmark for what a balanced hoppy pale ale taste like.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Jai Alai is an IPA that emphasises woody hops. I didn't like the faint chlorine-like flavours.

A: Orange colour and 5 mm head that fades to a few bubbles. 3.5

S: Piney malt aroma. The hops aren't that strong in this bottle. 3.5

T: Malty with a piney flavour from the hops. I get the faintest hint of chlorinated pool and I don't like it. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: This was bottled on Aug 20th so it's reasonably fresh. Disappointing though. I didn't like the flavours provided by the hops. 3.5

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE White foamy head! Foggy dark copper brew comes from the bottle. Interesting label, btw. Brew is very thick for an IPA. nice lacing too.

S - HUGE fruit. Almost smells like a sour... Lots of mango, lemon, orange, kiwi... Quite nice.

T - Very smooth; much more so then the scent reveals. Some huge fruit notes... Almost a sour... very unique.

M - Perfect carbonation! Perfect Bitterness. Perfect!

O - Not quite an IPA, but by far the best Mango IPA I've ever had, this revitalizes my thoughts on Mango... There's only one thing "off", can't quite put my finger on it...So, it gets a "4" overall. Nice work CCB!

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Photo of csiewert
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy beautiful orange color with thick ivory head that leaves a large amount of lacing to the glass and retains well. The aroma is strong with caramel malt and some earthy hops. The taste is similar with the caramel malt notes being up front and a slightly piney hop finish... Could be a little more hoppiness to the flavor/aroma. The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean finishing. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 13JUL11

A: pours an apricot ale with under a finger of off-white head which falls to a sheet of the same with scattered cones. Ropes of lace. Limited clarity.

S: As I draw this in it is initially piny, woody and then there's an explosion of fruitiness. Mango, pineapple and oranges. Really pleasant and intriguing.

T: Sweet and bitter. Plenty of bitterness followed up by a lemon and soapy flavor profile. Finish has a hint of metallic flavor.

M: Medium bodied with hi carb and a dry finish.

O: Well done, looking forward to having the white oak next.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lagunitas pint jar

A: pours a hazy honey color with thick foamy white head. Head dissipates soon and leaves little lacing

S: bitter hops are dulled by sweet malts. Vanilla sugariness and tea bitterness

T: mellow vanilla is spiced by the tea flavored hoppy bitterness. More pronounced than the nose suggests

M: very smooth. Hoppy bitterness gives way to a velvety maltiness. Low carbonation suits this one.

O: beautiful interplay of hops and malts. A must try.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: reminds me of a strong ale. Big malt backs up a citrusy, resiney hop aroma which works well. You can practically smell the bitterness.

Taste: again, a bit malt flavor backing an interesting and dynamic hop profile. Hops start off rather floral, setting off the malt sweetness, then morph into an almost piney bitterness. Bitterness is very big right at the end. I like the dynamic nature of it. Great IPA quality.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. It works, but it's not particularly exciting.

Overall: I like Jai Alai a lot. If I could get it up here in the Pacific Northwest, I'd have it all the time.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of bone-white foam rests atop a murky, copper body with orange trim. Little lacing and a somewhat brief duration detract from what is overall a nice-looking beer. Good citrus aromas combine with ample biscuit malt.

The taste and texture make Jai Alai a special IPA. It is packed with citrusy hop flavor, especially tangerine and orange; very delicious. That there is such a prominent malt backbone, with plenty of caramel and biscuit malt, makes Jai Alai all the more impressive, for the malt interacts very nicely with the hops and doesn't tamp down on the terrific taste and resiny texture.

This is excellent IPA that should certainly appeal to IPA lovers who enjoy a well-hopped, complex beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful copper/caramel color that is perfectly transparent. Off white head with a ton of lacing down the glass that clings on pretty much forever, as far as I can tell.

S- Huge grapefruit with a lot of citrus and pine in the background. The smell feels like Florida, which CCB seems to incorporate into beer frequently.

T- There is a ton of hop flavor in this beer. Lots of grapefruit and more of a resin/pine flavor in the middle than was evident in the nose. The hop bitterness is very prevalent, but the malt background keep it from getting offensive. The bitterness sticks around reminding you to hurry up and take another sip.

M- The ample amount of carbonation ties in with the medium body. It is crisp and refreshing all the way through.

O- This beer is a great IPA that really impresses me. I am a little burnt out on IPA's right now, but I would drink this again frequently, but not in large volume. Even if this wasn't local, I would still be as thrilled with this beer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light amber color with a finger worth of head that lasts forever. Great retention, great lacing.

S: Big guava and citrus smell. I get a slight pine smell in the background.

T: Pretty similar to the taste, but more pine and less guava and citrus. I'm noticing a lot of bittering hops with less on the end of the boil. Good, but not great.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: I really like the smell, but the beer is a bit more bitter and less flavorful than I'd like. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, though.

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Photo of tzieser
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this beer for quite some time. Big thanks to Joe for the trade!

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottle says "JULY 05". i hope this beer didn't lose too much of it's muster before it got here.

a: pours a crystal clear amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. without a doubt one of the best looking IPAs i've had in a while.

s: as much as i was hoping for a big, fruity, hoppy nose, i was pretty let down...the simcoe hops supposedly used for dry hopping definitely take a back seat to a sweet malty aroma. nothing to write home about, but it could be due to age.

t: sweet, malty flavor at first with subtle orange character (maris otter?) quickly followed by a solid punch of oily hop flavor. piney, a bit of floral flavor but not as much tropical/fruit flavor as i was hoping for (like pliny). hop character is comlex and deep with a solid malt backbone. well balanced and delicious.

m: sticky mouthfeel.

was this as good as i hoped? hm....not really. it's good but didn't have nearly as much hop character as i expceted. i definitely need to get a fresher bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of bum732
3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Grapefruit and some orange hoppiness, slight bisquity malt, toasty, slightly dank.

L: Clear burnt orange, off-white creamy head with 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Quite pungent and bitter hoppiness. Dank and grapefruit peel mostly. Medium-high bitterness with some very toasty malt with some slight bisquit. Finishes quite dry and pungent with shades of alcohol hotness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol warming.

Ok, i think i need to find a fresher bottle as this was quite malty but still quite pungent.

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Photo of Mako82
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass

A - Poured a white foamy head, that left a nice lace around the glass. Color is of caramel, slight red hue, that is clear in appearance.
S - First smell is of citrus hops, similar to a toned down grapefruit smell. Picking up the traditional piney smell, but has a more malty presence.
T - Starts off with the usual hop flavor of an IPA, but quickly changes to more of calmer malty flavor.
M - Medium carbonation, leaves a dry feeling upon the aftertaste
O - Thought it was a great IPA, with a lower bitterness than most styles in this class. Felt it was a unique IPA with more of a malt presence. Found the beer challenging to evaluate, but don't let that fool you, it was a great beer!

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a nice fluffy white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, pine, citrus and maybe a bit of grapefruit.

Taste is a bit on the malty side for an IPA. Doesn't overpower the hops completely, but I'd like more bitterness. Some grassy spicy flavors come through after the initial malty flavors and it finishes with a little pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick for an IPA, but just slightly so. Good carbonation level.

Very drinkable IPA, but not especially stands out about it to push it over the top. I'll definitely drink it again if it comes my way, but won't go out of the way to get it.

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Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Golden copper with a nice, white head, and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Citric notes.

T: Caramel, Hay, Mandarin, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Oxidized malt.

M: Liquid feels thin with plenty of carbonation. Pleasant mix between sweetness and bitterness makes it an easy drink.

I suspect they've used some Sorachi-hops in this one as that's what i usually associate with coconut. A very drinkable ipa but nothing i could drink all night. 750ml was no problem tho. Quite nice!

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

12oz Bottle - big thanks to pushkinwow for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of pineapple flavour mixed with some oranges. The beer finishes with a slightly hoppy pineapple sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of DIPA qualities in this beer. It has a lot of sugary sweet pineapple flavour and some nice hop bitterness. I definitely couldn't drink this all night long, but I would love to have a few on hand for throughout the week.

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