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 mrnobody
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.

A: Pours a deep orange/amber with two fingers of thick eggshell head; decent retention and some sticky lacing.

S: This is fruity as hell: mango, pineapple, orange. Amazing!

T: The first thing that hits you is the sweetness and you think you are in for a malt bomb but then the juicy hops take over and you forget all about the malt!

M: I'd say the mouthfeel is quite full and the carbonation is spot on.

D: The drinkability is very high.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a fluffy off white head. As the head recedes slowly, it leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Nose is a mixture of bright citrus hops and earthy pine. Minimal sweetness in the nose.

Very well balanced taste. A nice bitterness coupled with a light caramel sweetness.

Mouth is on the full side for the style. Silky.

Drinks like a champ. This borders on the line of a DIPA, but is as well balanced as any other IPA I've had. A solid flagship for CCB.

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Photo of Franz4
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle... no freshness info unfortunately.

A- looks great with a big foamy off white head. cloudy copper in color. Very good head retention.

S- grapefruit, floral, and slight touch of caramel in the nose.

T- starts malty and then the hops hit, pine and grapefruit. very refreshing.

M- very smooth, just slightly carbonated, aftertaste stays with you but it's actually quite pleasant.

D- Very drinkable, quite good. Very glad I was able to try this as This is at least a month old b/c it was procurred by a fellow BA down south somewhere, but I wish I had a bottling date.

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

Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this delicious treat!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Color is a fairly-clear orange/ruby and the head is an off-white one finger froth that recedes pretty slowly. Lacing is great and seems to find its way up the side of the glass without any agitation. A few carbonation bubbles slowly make their way up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a nice balance of tropical citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. The malt character is definitely a little more up front than I anticipated, but not to the point of being too much. Lots of caramel and toffee, rounded out with subtle grapefruit and pine notes.

Taste: Very creamy texture and more hop bitterness than I suspected, given the aroma. There isn't a whole lot of sweetness to the flavor; just the opposing forces of pine hops and an almost buttery, bready malt punch. Alcohol is is present as well, lending a bit of warmth and body.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side for an IPA and quite creamy. Nice hop bitterness off the bat, with warmth towards the end and a fairly clean finish. A pleasure to drink!

Drinkability: Very drinkable for its higher ABV. Definitely a little less hop-centric than a lot of IPAs, but I really don't mind that. Certainly a beer that I will go back to!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Datz in CCB's back yard.

A - Pours a copper/amber reddish color, white head which reduces down to a bit of spotty lacing, some bubbles, no real retention.

S - Nice solid hoppy profile, good dose of bitterness followed by a touch of malt to help balance things out a bit. Mostly citrus with a touch of tropical and floral bitter notes.

T - Hops in the form of citrus, pine, and slight tropical bitterness. Nothing else going on and I really didn't expect there to be anyway. They did what they set out to do here: hops.

M - Light, crisp, smooth and refreshing and an oily finish.

D - A very solid IPA that I would enjoying having in my city. CCB has yet another solid staple in their lineup. Nuff said.

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

Beer review number 500!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace and a bit of foal floating on the top.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy with a bit of a whiskey-like aroma.

Taste: Begins with a citric sweetness which rounds out to some buttered toast flavors and with a finish that at first seems overly alcoholic but becomes pleasantly bitter after a bit more drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium, oily body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A good, not great IPA. It seemed very off-putting at first, but becomes better as you drink it. I'd have it again, but this is not the first thing I would go for.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Light orange-copper liquid, thin off-white head clears quickly, minimal Belgian lace as the brew is consumed.

Aroma of fruit, oranges, pineapple, sweet hops.

Front loaded hoppy bitterness, smoothed by mellow malts, nice full body, lingering piney aftertaste.

Nice IPA overall. If I lived in FLA full time this may be my go to IPA. As it is, coming from the NEO region, my options are limitless, and I would much rather have a GLBC Commodore Perry or Fathead's Headhunter.

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Photo of Janderson91
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date to be found. Enjoyed on 03/06/11.

A - Nice amber color, slightly hazy with a one finger white head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Fruity, vanilla, sweet malt, woody aroma. Also has somewhat of a wet dog smell to it that I can't seem to get away from.

T - Taste is better than the nose. Sweet up front with an oaky vanilla flavor. Finishes with a crisp hop bitterness and again a woody flavor that lingers for a while. Good tasting beer.

M/D - Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style. Nice and full. Drinkability is pretty average.

Glad to finally see some Cigar City in Alabama. A good beer for sure but not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of Waltherpk380
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at total wine in Fort Myers, Fla. Pours a hazy orange. Smell is of lovely hops and grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy, and you can really pick up the fruitiness of the hops, I'm getting some malt coming through too, mouthfeel is definitely thicker than the IPA's I have tried, syrupy but with some carbonation. I love cigar city's brews and I want to drive up there and take a tour, this brew I could probably drink 3 bottles but the ABV packs a punch, Excellent DIPA

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

Pours cloudy copper with a finger of white head. Aromas are in your face citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine. Flavors follow with a citrusy hop explosion but are balanced out by a perfect amount of caramel malt. Good carbonation, and a sticky residual mouthfeel. This is a solid IPA.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gotta love it, strolling through TW and Cigar City catches my eye. Pricey but so far proven. Jai Alai? That's usually rigged, but how do you rig a bottle of brew? it is good or it isn't. On that note, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has a nice citrus hop note with some arid maltiness. On the pour its a slightly cloudy yellow with a big beige head On the taste this brew is big citrus , starting with a tinge of grapefruit, moving quickly into orange then very quickly into banana then finishes big into a high test licorice . The AC stands out big on the finish but it is very smooth. This is almost like a reverse shot with a chaser, or a pain in the ass with a 151 floater. Extremely unique. Mouthfeel is like silk. I'm drinking this brew at about 62 degrees in a 68 degree climate. Incredible! I see what all the rage is.

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Photo of Radome
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - A nice orange color, just slightly hazy. The head is thick, slightly yellow and made of large soap-like bubbles with a slightly oily sheen. Huge mass of bubbles rising constantly through the beer.

S - Piney slightly lemon-like Northwestern hops, but surprisingly muted. No other aromas break through to become noticeable.

T - The hop taste is fresh and clean. There is just a tiny bit of biscuit-like malt in the sweetish aftertaste.

M - Sharp bitterness at a high level, almost soapy. Prickly carbonation. Moderate to heavy body.

D - A drinkable, cleanly made American IPA, but too one-dimensional with focus on the hops to be a great example.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BPRESTON for the Cigar City haul! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Deep hazy tangelo liquid with tangerine and amber highlights and a fluffy three finger seashell stand of merengue up top. Thick soapy lacing, and a constant stream of rising bubbles throughout. Superior retention.

Lovely aroma - chock full of citrus-forward hops with fresh orange and pomelo zest dominating the nose. Clean malt and a light herbaceous note round out the scent.

Very faint caramel malt, immediately enveloped in a wave of citrus-y, lightly spicy hops which lead into a moderate bitterness mid-palate growing more fruity suggesting white peach and a touch of mango. Finishes dry and bready with a lasting subtle complexity of mixed hops. Very citrus-forward and flavorful, but remarkably balanced (without being too malty) and without overdoing the bitterness or acids. A true change of pace from many West Coast IPAs, but just as enjoyable as most of them.

Well carbonated, soft, then crisp and refreshing. Each sip demands another as you try to pick out subtle hop notes but are thwarted again and again as the wave of citrus/fruit and gentle caramel wash over you.

Really impressive.

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

Thank you Miamichael2 for this one.

a: pours a hazy orange color with about an inch of pillowy head that disappears semi fast leaving a good amount of lacing resting atop the beer and around the edge of the glass. As I sip, the lacing sticks to the edges of the glass

s: Citrus, Grapefruit, pine hop bitterness. The Citrus is what hits me the hardest, followed by the pine. A little malt sweetness to balance

t: Fruity sweetness. The bitterness is strong. Unlike in the nose, the piny hop bitterness is the dominant flavor

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation, very nice

overall, this is a really good brew. I am thankful I had the chance

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

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to a great trader for this one - UMCaner74. Cheers Dave!

A: Crazy three finger head on a good pour. The lacing is just ridiculous. Murky, dark and unfiltered amber in color.

S: An absolute citrus bomb. Sweet resin and pine tar.

T: Liquid hops. It's like being shot in the mouth with a (hop) pellet gun. It's biting, tarry and intense. Slightly sweet with a backbone of sturdy malt. As it warms, it becomes a spring bouquet that is so floral and complex, it's like sipping on a sunflower patch.

M: Insanely creamy. It's about perfect - ample weight to compliment the delicious flavor profile of this American IPA.

O: One of the most enjoyable drinking experiences I've had in some time - I love what Cigar City has done with this beer. A part of me wishes I still lived in the Sunshine State, just so I could have access to CCB's suds 24/7.

Seek this one out.

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Photo of samyoung
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beers you find in the random bodegas...
I was heading back from dinner at a friends and stopped into a neighborhood store expecting to get a Sierra Nevada; instead I found a beer I have been wanting to try for months. Picked up a single for $2.39.

A - Cloudy, autumn haze; it looks fantastic.
S - Slight scent of hops, vanilla and citrus; really had to smell hard.
T - Vanilla, pine-cone and bitter oak.
M - Thick and sticky.
D - Very robust and complex; may be hard to have multiple.

I think this one may be an acquired taste. I really like the oak aging idea - it definitely shows in the beer. The vanilla-oaken undertones make this beer unique as far as IPAs are concerned. I want to try it on draft.

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Photo of ggilman
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a six-pack at ABC in North Port, FL while visiting my Dad this week. Hoping to swing by the brewery in Tampa on my way out of town!

Poured into a brandy snifter.

A - Hazy apricot color with an intially thick foamy head, that subsided quickly, leaving small amounts of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet Candy Malt nose.

T - Rich malt sweetness fully coats your mouth. Grapefruity bitterness lingers in the back.

M & D - Thick & syrupy. Rich, but enough carbonation to cut it. Smooth, but heavy. Like drinking a hop nectar reduction. A couple will fill you up. 7.5% ABV comes through. Finish the 6-pack and you'll be drunk dialing ex-girlfriends.

I'm not sure what defines Imperial or Double vs. a regular IPA, but to me, this is an IIPA! Similar in character to a 90-Minute. This has become my official vacation beer. I'm excited to try more of their beers soon!

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Photo of brew3crew
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange with white head
S-smells like mostly faded hops. Get some pine after it warms up some
T-very malty with almost no hop presence. Doesn't seem like this is very fresh. Ok at best and I think that is the biggest indicator of freshness
M-mediun bodied and smooth.
D-Very drinkable considering the abv. Would like to try a fresh one and see what it tastes like

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Photo of BamaViper1
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I assume this is an early 2011 vintage.

The Jai Alai pours golden amber and slightly opaque into the glass. It forms a half-inch thick, white head that leaves nice whisps of lacing down the side of the glass.

This beer has strong aromas of hops with notes of grass and grapefruit. There are also slight hints of banana and a caramel malt.

This brew is nice with the grassy hops coming through as the beer hits the tongue. That bitter grassiness is the base from which all of the other tastes emerge, those others including hints of grapefruit and orange. The finish is bitter with a hint of bread.

The beer is medium-bodied with good carbonation. The finish is long but a bit too thin. The almost DIPA-like taste screams to me for a DIPA body, but it's an IPA and the mouthfeel fits its style. Just with it were a little bigger.

With lower alcohol and a solid taste, this beer is easily drinkable. I like the Jai Alai a lot, and for now it is probably my favorite Cigar City brew. It's a really hoppy and bitter IPA. You can't really ask for more.

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Photo of gskitt
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a tight fluffy head, has some floating sediment in the body. Smells of sweet citrus and pine resins. Something else coming through, can't put my finger on it. Very resiny, oily, citrus component comes through as a sour bitter grapefruit. Has a touch of sweetness at the end. Leaves my mouth puckered and watering. This is a drinkable 7 1/2 %. My first beer from Cigar City, impressive.

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Photo of ms11781
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sburrough. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange color with a 1 and half finger, fluffy, off-white head. Great head retention with decent foamy lacing left on the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced. A few different hop aromas are present. Some citrus and grapefruit, and a good amount of pine. The pine is probably more prominent than the others. It's all balanced by an underlying malt sweetness that is probably stronger than it seems if it keeps the hops in check.

Strong hop flavor in the taste as well. Still fruity, but not so much citrusy as in the nose. The sweet malt character is very strong here, balancing the hops nicely. Finishes strong with some bitterness from a piny, resinous bite.

Medium mouthfeel with a lower carbonation give the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel all the way through. That being said, it could probably use a bit more carbonation. Sometimes a beer with a good bitter kick at the end doesn't finish all that smooth but that's not the case here.

Good drinkability. Overall a pretty balanced IPA with strong malt and hop flavors. Definitely surprised to see that the ABV is 7.5% because it feels like a beer that you could have a more than a few of. But with an ABV that high it would catch up sooner rather than later.

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

Pours a deep orange/gold color. Nice fluffy cream colored head than slowly descends to a thick blanket. Nice lacing. Smell is malty with tropical hop aroma. A. Lot of tart tropical fruit hop flavors with a malt backbone. Some Carmel notes due to the malt. Long lingering slight bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with nice carbonation. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Quite smooth. Overall a decent ipa.

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Photo of larsenju
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, batch codes, or best by.

A-Orange body with just a hint of amber, 2 finger solid white nice retention and lacing.

S-Strong citrus, kind of a mix of grapefruit and orange, some peach, and a little bit of a grassy pine character that cuts through everything. Backing up all those hops I got a little honey sweetness and some biscuity malt.

T-Sweeter fruits up front, some mango, peach and just a little bit of lemon. Moving back the malts started to come through, biscuits and bread. Finishing with a kick of bitter and some resin like pine. Starting midway across the palate it got pretty hot and only got worse from there.

M-Kind of on the thin side, medium carb.

D-I have had this before and I was pretty excited about it at the time. I enjoyed it today, but I am almost wondering how fresh this is. The hop flavors are way down from what I remember, and it is unpleasantly hot. The fruit flavors are nice, and the aroma is pretty interesting. I appreciate their deviation from the normal American IPA, but lets get some date codes, and maybe drop the ABV and build some body.

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

Pours amber-orange with a pearl white one-finger head. Not much lacing, decent head retention. Big hoppy aroma. Tropical and pine hops dominate, also a bit of floral hops, bready malt and alcohol present in the nose. Taste is what you'd expect from the nose. Big citrus hops, a little sweetness from the tropical fruits mix well with bittering pine hops. A little bready malt sweetness on the back end. Pine hops linger a bit into the aftertaste.

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

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A-Murky orange/copper with flakes of amber and a large frothy 2" white head

S-Spicy Hops, slight malts and citrus

T-The citrus is a bit more pronounce and the hops more subdued in the taste than in the nose, however it certainly works, a slight alcohol infused malty finish wraps up a delicious tasting beer

M-Crisp, medium bodied and well carbonated

D-Loved having a homegrown Florida beer that was absolutely delicious, a great tasting beverage that I'll definitely be having again.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,431 ratings