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 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


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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Photo of BrewitYerself
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately served into a frosted pint glass.

Pours a medium copper, slight haze, not very good light. Nice thick white head, very good lacing.

Fresh citrusy-herbal aroma, some bready/honey/toasty malts. No esters.

Nice pithy tingle upfront, literally numbing. Strong, slightly sweet malt backbone. Bitterness fades from start to finish, leaving a clean pithiness with a bit of sweet malt. Hop flavor is citrusy-herbal, like the aroma. Very well balanced, even when too cold.

Moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Good hop tingle, nice progression.

Overall, very delicious; a perfectly executed IPA. Woohoo FLA! Well-balanced, refreshing, substantial, and finishes beautifully. I want another, but I plan to try at least one other beer first; it's a rough life.

BTW, after reviewing two other beers afterward, I ordered another one of these.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A copper body that was both hazy and bright...a tan head forms about one finger above the beer...the head holds nicely and leaves great lacing

S - Bright citrus hops...the aroma is loaded with grapefruit and orange...there are some pine resin linger around

T - The taste mirrors the nose...the hops are very bright in flavor leaning towards the citrus (grapefruit and orange)...the piney hops are there for a nice bitterness...but there is enough malts to make sure the bite isn't too harsh...I was also getting a little bit of smokiness in my beer (it wasn't my surroundings)...there was just that deep flavor in there that wasn't a roasted flavor but it was definitely a smokey flavor

M - Medium bodied...creamy...leaves a nice coating on the palate

D - I was pretty excited to try this beer since Cigar City is new to PA...overall it was a decent IPA and I'm looking forward to more Cigar City brews

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Photo of drlumps62
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 21 year old daughter visited Cigar City Brewery and brought me back a Growler. This was my first growler ever, and it wasn't disappointing.

A: A dark golden color. Clear. Thin, creamy, off white head with moderate retention. Tight sticky lacing.

S: Mild citrusy smell. The smell of food in the kitchen mmay have interfered with any other characteristics.

T: Smooth and creamy. I've had this beer on tap before, but it is most definately tastier in a Growler straight from the brewery. Very estery.

M: Silky smooth. Medium to heavy.

D: At 7.5% ABV. It is a,'to be respected beer'. It is so tasty you'll wanna have more than a few, but I suggest a couple and done.

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Photo of weeare138
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi transparent amber with a small off white cap. Tons of tubular lacing is left around the glass in a solid sheet.
Smell is of herbal, herbal, floral hops with some caramel, and dough.
Taste is of sweet malt, piney, earthy balanced brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous, sticky, and sweet.

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

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli. Cigar City is new to PA and this was one of the first kegs off the truck. Uber fresh.

A: A clear light amber orange color with a one finger sticky white head. Lacing lasts in the glass and is full.

S: Citrus hops with grapefruit, pine, other citrus and some slight floral smells.

T: Massive bitter hops bite up front with a huge hit of pine and floral quality. As the bitterness dies down, in comes the fruity grapefruit and citrus flavors. As is warmed this turned to orange and tangerine. Mid way through the beer the huge malt caramel sweetness takes over and rounds out the beer for the sweet finish. Bitterness is almost non existence upon the finish especially when warmed a bit. Overall a nice balance.

M: Bitter, prickly, hoppy up front and smooth, creamy and sweet upon finish. Slight alcohol warming when beer warms.

D: Medium, I enjoyed it much more when cold, but as it warms the sweetness starts to take over. A sweeter IPA that still shows lots of hops. Nice balance, but I left a bit disappointed. The hype on this beer was crazy and I left wanting a bit more. Still, a solid, solid IPA.

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 11/2/09.

A - Slightly hazy, effervescent orange/copper-tinged body with a finger's worth of thick, beige foam that laced up wonderfully.

S - Initial aroma displays a quick surge of citrus hops and piney accents followed by plenty of sweet caramel, toffee and burnt sugars.

T - Grapefruit and spicy, sticky pine both come to mind during my initial taste, which quickly segues into a complex malt profile featuring grainy breads, sweet caramel and toffee, burnt sugars and toasted notes. Finishes with a fairly potent piney hop bite.

M - Jai Alai straddles the line between medium and full-bodied and boasts a creamy, yet quite sticky mouthfeel with plenty of residual hop oiliness. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - The West Coast comes to Florida... kind of. Cigar City has crafted a very tasty, drinkable IPA with a balanced malt profile, though it perhaps can get just a tad sweet and malty overall. All in all, this is very good stuff, and I'm happy to see Cigar City is now available in PA.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at House of Beer, Orlando, FL.

Came a clear amber color with a good, frothy head. Decent retention; left a few rings of stick.

Smell was very nicely hopped, with lots of citrus and pine. Some caramel sweetness as well. Nice.

Taste was well balanced but not out of this world hoppy. Good citrus and pine hop flavors with a solid caramel malt backbone. Good level of bitterness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth; nice oily hop slickness to it. Crisply carbonated. Somewhat dry.

I didn't think this was an out of this world IPA but it was quite good. Had the Cedar Aged version last week and I think it's better fresh and not aged. If I were local I'd definitely get this on tap with regularity. Just a nice, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cigar City tasting room, but have had it numerous other times. Deep orange color nice fluffy head.

Smells hoppy and citrusy, seems like it will be a big beer a double ipa.

What a great citrus hoppy taste. Some floral notes as well. My favorite ipa sorry DFH. Big taste almost like a double. Taste lingers in your mouth soooo smooth. It packs the taste of a double but wont leave you totally tanked after 3. Could and have drank these all night.

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

Had this one at GingerMan, poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a 2.5 finger creamy white super fine fluffy head with excellent retention. It never seemed to dissipate. Brew itself was semi-clear, deep orange/red, clay. Weblike lacing stuck to the glass through the entire experience.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, deep malt aroma, and hops.

T: Smokey, woody citrus, brown sugar, pine, earth, and hops.

M: Light to medium bodied and very smooth. Finishes wet and messy with a silkiness that lingers in the mouth along with a distinct hop aftertaste.

D: Highly enjoyable and tasty, this one is like a less malty DFH 90min. So if you like that, you'll probably enjoy this. Not a hop bomb by any means but with a great balance.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Always drinking this beer from a fresh keg, I'm sure because Cigar City can't keep up with the demand for this beer. Citrussy, grapefruity, almost west coast style of IPA with a twist, tasting like a double IPA. This beer has to be one of the best IPA's on earth. It would be impossible to say that one is better, it can only be said that one might be as good, in a different way. This beer will destroy your palate and keep you coming back for more carnage.

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

A: Orange amber body. Slight, off-white head. Not much retention or lacing. Not sure to chalk it up to the growler.

S: Bright, fruit, semi-bitter citric hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Somewhat hidden pine and floral notes. Slight caramel malt backbone coming through.

T: Not quite as assertive as the nose lead on. The citric notes are somewhat muted and blurred while the malt is a bit more amped up.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp finish.

D: Fairly good brew. Eager to try it on tap once it lands here in PA. The trick that the nose played on first sip was a bit disappointing, but all things considered I was pleased.

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

Boom!!! world class IPA

appearance: red-amberish

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: heavy citrus/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others. loved the strong citrus taste!

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, decently balanced

drinkability: overall one of the best. I would love to try this with some other top IPAs. Very very close to being double.

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

Thanks to RoyMunson for sharing this brew.

A: Pours a coppery amber, hazy as he'll. Medium sized head with a bit of retention and some lacing.

S: Plenty of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple with some pine and resin to support. Real juicy. A bit of sweet malt but not much there.

T/M: Nice crisp bitterness, nice hard water. More of the grapefruit thane orange and pineapple and some more resin than pine. Pleasantly balancingats that don't get big or sticky. Body is around medium with nice carbonation.

D: drinks easy and is nice and tasty.

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

Pours a nice reddish amber in color. Nice quarter inch of frothy head forms on the pour. Leaves very nice, spotty lacing on the entire inside of the glass.
Smell is floral, citrusy hops. Smells very enticing and welcoming.
Plenty of hop goodness in the flavor. Nice bitterness in the flavor.
Medium mouthfeel. Very nice and easy drinking. Would like to have a brewery like Cigar City local to me. They are very creative and solid in everything they do.
Will continue to seek out more of their beers.

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Photo of david18
2.38/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow. Am i surprised by all the positive feedback on this beer. I found it to be worse than unmemorable. The flavor was too strong for a standard ipa, very alcohol tasting and not enough sweetness or bitterness to balance it. Aroma was nothing special and the mouthfeel was average. Color is a typical amber. There's not much I can say about this beer.

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

Cigar City - Jai Alai IPA
Cigar City Brewing
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.50 %
9/25/09 European Street Jax Beach, FL

A very sessionable but stronger IPA - EXCELLENT!. Not to overly hopped, and definetly more on the citrus hop spectrum which is my preference. Nice stronger ABV to slow you down and not fill you up.

Golden Copper in color, nice head reduced to bumpy cratered cap. Nice aromas of dark citrus fruits dancing with nice sweet malt. Taste follows aromas, hop forward taste with balanced caramel and toffee support. Mouthfeel is a medium+ body supported by medium level carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet another tap filled bottle courtesy of THE NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

A nice hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a clear and bright copper colour with a good 1 finger head of foam. This is a really bright coloured brew...I almost need to get the shades out it is that bright. ;^)

Let's see how this puppy smells. First I get a butt load of hop aromas, some citrus and some pine, then I get some caramel malt sweetness and some nice fruity tones. Very nice indeed.

First sip and another mmm. The hops are in full force during the intial taste(pine and grapefruit) and return big time in the finish. In between, I get a good solid malt profile with lots of caramel and some toasty notes with a hit of some tropical fruit goodness like mango. Yummy and I'm glad I decided to drink this near room temperature as I'm getting the full monty of flavours here and now.

This tastes like it is dry hopped or maybe they used hop oils? Whichever, I'm finding it hard not to drain this bottle in mere minutes as this is *so* damn tasty and silky smooth and balanced that it's actually scary. In a very good way.

The mouthfeel is excellent where it is...a lightish medium and the carbonation is decidedly light but that makes the liquid glide over you tongue and down the throat with ease and total enjoyment. And...as far as head retention and lacing go, it bows down to nobody. Read a solid 1/2 inch layer with 1/3 of the beer remaining in the glass and a ring of lacing after every sip.

Drinkability? Wow. Can any American IPA be more drinkable than this one? I've had quite a few IPAs over the years and Jai Alai *has* to be in the top 2 of all time for me.

Floridians should be very proud to have a brewery like Cigar City and I'm very happy that my buddy NutBrown was able to send me this wonderful tap offering from the great state of New York. This is an amazing brew!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,426 ratings