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 sls0210
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours hazy orange with a nice creamy head, definite carbonation (bordering on more than I would like). Upfront hops, slight citrus and a nice pine scent. Decent hop bite with a good malt backing, very balanced. Drinkability is high. Perfect for a summer afternoon, and I will definitely be on the look out for more of it. Looking forward to an increase in distribution as the popularity of Cigar City increases in the Bay Area.

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Photo of JAA
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This wonderful brew was consumed at the Lost Kangaroo Pub in Bradenton, Florida.

A- Dark amber, one finger head due to a gentle pour. Excellent lacing with micro bubbles that cascade down the glass. Very appealing.

S- Hops Hops Hops! Grapefruit and other citrus notes.

T- Reminiscent of ruination, slightly more balanced, though. Strong hop presence. Tastes fresh. Good God, Cigar City is busting onto the scene with some exceptional brews!

MF- Relatively creamy. Zingy hops.

D- Phenomenal. I'm unaware of the ABV, but it seems pretty strong for an IPA. Wonderful brew, can't wait for sixers.

Okay, now that i know it's 7.50%, it is right at what i expected. A strong IPA that could have been classified as an Impy IPA. Very Very fresh. The freshest IPA i have ever had. Thank you, Cigar City.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the waiter at Mr Dunderbak's in Tampa for recommending this wonderful beer. In a pint glass the beer was a slightly hazy cherry amber color. It had a medium-sized white head and some specks of lacing. Very nice floral and citrus aroma. Hops came through well in the taste, mostly grapefruit, but also a bit of pine. Very well-balanced with malt. This is a well-brewed beer. Wish I could get it here in Maine.

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

A big thanks goes out to Screach for bringing this gem to the May Austin BA tasting event!

Pours from the mini-growler an attractive, burnt copper-orange body with a well-retained patch of light tan foam. Leaves some splotches of lacing along the inside of the glass. Fantastic aroma on this IPA, with big, fresh notes of pine needle, resin, cotton candy, and toffee malts. Mouth watering profusely...

Great usage of hops, and although that is to be expected for an IPA, the brewers at Cigar City really knew what they were doing with this beer. Lots of piny, leafy, fresh hops in the mix, balanced by a solid backbone of caramel and biscuit. Lingering hoppiness rounds out a medium body with a good carbonation level. Jai Ali drinks nicely, and measures up to many of the other top-notch IPA's out there. Would gladly have again.

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Photo of ucusty
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markwise for the 32oz growler. My first taste from the CCB and I must say I'm hooked! Dark hazy amber pour with a thick off white head and spotty lace. Color is a little too dark for an IPA. Caramel and citrus on the nose. Nice resinous body & great balance. Earthy resinous hops with a twist caramel malts. Long bitter finish.

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

On tap at Vine and Barley in Port St. Lucie. Pours a nice orange tan color with a bit of head, leaves a ton of lac eon the glass. Smell is of citrus and outdoor freshness. Taste is where this is at, leaves pine, orange, tangerine the flavor is all there with a nice overall bitter aftertaste. This is an amazing IPA and it grealy exceeded what I was thinking it was going to taste like. Finally we get an amazing Florida IPA.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in to a tulip glass at the Lost Kangaroo in Bradenton.

pours a murky dark orange brown with an almost white head

big sweet citrus piney smell

taste is big. first is hoppy citrus and and then a big malty backbone. well balanced for the huge hop bill.

mouthfeel is right on as well as the drinkability.

this beer is a huge ipa. beautiful.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando. Pours a clear dark amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is loaded with lots of pine and citric hops and some malt as well. The taste picks up right where the aroma left off with a big dose of hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic IPA that is highly recommended! Well done Cigar City!

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz mini-growler courtesy of tpd975 poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom feeding a fluffy white head that recedes to a bubbly collar with a lingering swirl of bubbles in the middle. The lacing is decent.

The aroma is big and floral with lots of pine and other evergreen needles in the nose with plenty of caramel malts in the background.

The taste has a quick piny hop bitterness up front before the sizable malt backbone takes over with some subtle sweetness in the middle. The finish is bitter again with the pine and also some earthy grass hops as well.

The mouthfeel is sticky with the pine resin and fairly full bodied for a normal IPA. The carbonation is soft and accentuates the bitterness of the hops.

This is a very good IPA and I've been pretty impressed with the two offerings I've had from Cigar City. It's not over-the-top hoppy and was a nice, balanced IPA.

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Photo of REDBIKE22
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at OLDSMAR TAP HOUSE, undoubtedly tampa bay's best pub....overall awesome IPA! Strong hop flavor...close to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo...I was shocked it came from Tampa! Excellent with cheese and crackers...gonna have to check out Cigar City Brewery and see what else they have! Wanting it to come out in bottles locally!

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

Cheers to tpd975 for this brew in a trade! Pours with a think head. Settles to a nice lacing. Dark amber in color. Smells mostly of pine hops. Taste is a mix of pine and some malts for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth. A very drinkable IPA. Worth seking out if you are a hophead.


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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz Pint poured at Redlight Redlight here in Orlando.

Pours a deep orange color with a pure-white head. Good lacing and a fantastic collar.

Smell is a bit malty, a little bready, and of course, a fair amount of hops.

Taste is a bit more acrid than I would like, but still a very fine version of an IPA from a great new local brewery. A bit sweet, a bit bitter, overall, this beer is very true to style with very little deviation. A fine IPA but overall I would pick the Maduro over this at any chance.

EDIT: I received a beermail from Wayne (head brewer from Cigar City) telling me that there will soon be a 2nd batch available that is filtered slightly different. I will re-review when I have a chance to try this new version.

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at my house (Hell Yeah!)

A: Pours a beautiful amber hue. A nice 1 1/2 finger head rises and shows good retention. Nice chunks of lace left all the way down the glass.

S: Nice bold aromas. Nice resinous pine notes with hints of grape fruit. Big herbal grassy notes as well.

T: Very much like the aroma. Nice light dose of sweet pine and caramel malt up front. The subtle sweetness is quickly overtaken by nice bitter grapefruit rind. Lots of green grass in the fairly bitter finish.

M: Medium in body, slick, with a nice bold bitter finish.

D: Uber sessionable. Will try to keep this one on draft at the house all summer long!

Florida finally has it's tasty yet sessionable IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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