Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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

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Photo of SDDanC
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into standard pint glass. lots of wonderful soft head. about two fingers (i was aggressive). pours a beautiful golden haze. nose is all malt, tid bit of hops. taste is malty caramel up front then a solid hop finish. not much citrus in this one. if i had to pin-point, id match some subtle grapefruit. mouthfeel is great, awesome and refreshing. overall, great beer. i would drink it again, and again and again. i would definitely like to try it fresh!

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Photo of vande
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a murky golden-coppery color with a very thin lacing left to settle on the top

s: sweet, citrusy hops... fruit... bit of subtle malt flavor mixed in their...

t: citrus hops all the way... grapefruit and faint touch of piney hops....just enough malt to be there.

m: bit lighter, but seemingly pretty standard feel for an IPA

o: I'd love having a fridge full of this waiting for me after a long day of work..

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter.

Has a really nice orange glow to it with a touch of orange but there appears to be some floating matter in it. Are we unfiltered? A quarter inch of foam rests on top.

Smells A bit sweet and fruity. A little heavy. A touch of malt without too much bitterness from hops.

Tastes less of hops than I was hoping. Again I taste some swetness and feel like there's some over-ripe banana in (and not in the hefeweizen sense).

Mouthfeel is uneventful. Aclittle creamy up front without too much going on.

Overall I'm not so impressed with this. I feel line it doesn't carry the weight I thought it would. This is my first cigar city and I had heard good things but I am let down by this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it poured a light, yellow-copper coloring with a light, fluffy head. Aromas of fresh fir trees, slight citrus, and fresh cut grass. The beer has a great lacing as you drink. Flavors are light, citrus sweet malt and a heavy foundation of fresh, peppery hops. Very well balanced. The aftertaste is crisp hops and grapefruit, with a dry and bitter finish. Tasty and light!

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Photo of ajcobb24
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orangey tan with a moderate amount of head. About one finger of head with an aggressive pour into a snifter glass. Carbonation sticks to sides as the beer is swirled around.

Smell - Slight citrus smell with a heavier spice smell. Some floral notes can be detected with some real effort.

Taste - Perhaps I am spoiled with the Hopslam IPA I love so much, but the Jai Alai just didn't taste nearly as good. Less citrus than I had hoped for and spice notes that were way too strong. Some floral notes detected with some serious retro-nasal breathing.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with some carbonation notes can be detected as I swirl this brew around my mouth.

Overall - Slightly above average beer. It is fairly easy and cheap to get where I live so it would be my choice over mainstream beers, but not the best craft IPA I have had. I would have liked to be greeted with stronger citrus notes than I was with this beer.

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Photo of Lillie1128
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Magic Hat "I toured the brewery & artifactory and won this pint glass" pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber color with an almost nonexistent white head. Would have expected a bit of a darker color

S -citrus and spice

T - A really unique ipa! Very citrusy with some floral and pine notes and hoppy throughout

M - a little thin, really carbonated

D - high!! Um, delicious.

When I picked this up at 5 points, I asked one of the guys what it was like and he described it as "just...good." That's really what this beer is. I love this.

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Photo of seeswo
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a malty-orangish, golden-light-brown (or maybe the light is low in here). Has a real nice egg-shell head on it. The nose is hops, malt. I get big simcoe and pretty big, sweet malt. The taste is big, sugar malt balancing a nice hop flavor. There is a definite simcoe presence (which I firmly believe makes an ipa taste horrible when old), but this beer is evidently fresh. More sweet than hoppy, this really drinks like a lower ABV DIPA. There is a touch of piney-hop flavor that I think brings this beer around and elevates it from an average IPA. Mouthfeel is sugary and thick (for the style) hanging on the tongue. Overall, I actually really enjoy this beer, but when I break it down it sounds less positive than it is. This is a good one and really nice to try next to the cigar box one (5 nose!) and the white oak one. In fact, this beer comes off like it was designed to be put in barrels. Oh well, I like it.

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Photo of mocktm
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer at the local Bev Barn. Being the only beer at all from Cigar City in the place, this either sold out really fast, or has been sitting there for a while. My money is on the latter, but I bought it anyway, having always wanted to check out something from this brewery.

Pours a deep copper orange with a solid two fingers of sticky white head that leaves a whopping amount of lacing behind. Sweet.

Nose is full of grassy pine and fruit citrus hops. Some sweet maltiness in the background as well. Smells just as any IPA worth anything should.

Hops aren't as biting as I'd hoped, but that's probably due to over aging. Caramel maltiness takes the lead here, but there is still some fruity citrus presence in the front. Alcohol is also apparent in the back end, emitting some warming sensations to finish it off. Pretty damn good.

Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Real easy drinking for an IPA, especially one that clocks in at 7.5%.

Overall, a real solid brew. Just wish I could have gotten some fresh. I'll have to be on the lookout for some more later.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy brought this one back from FL for me. Cheers!

A- Pours a golden color with orange highlights. A thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Citrusy hops and some pine wood like aromas.

T- Very bitter initially with a decent dose of alcohol in the finish. The malt back bone does all that is possibly trying to balance the tongue bruising hoppy bitterness but it is fighting a losing battle! Not for the faint of hop...err...heart.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The bitterness makes it difficult to pick out much else.

O- This is a Florida IPA that certainly has its roots from the west coast.

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Photo of richkrull
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep hazy copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it.

Smell is fantastic citrus and floral hops.

Taste is really great as well. Some citrus and spice up front with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and goes down smooth and easy.

Overall a really great IPA. Glad I finally got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Soapy, off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a few islands. Traces of lacing here and there. Cloudy, orange-copper colour.

Fruity, sweet and citrusy nose. Bursting with aroma. Light malts and caramel in the background. Absolutely enticing!

Evenhanded hopping in the start makes it nicely balanced between caramel-malty and ctirus-pine hops. The long finish is bitter hops of citrus, pine, flowers and hints of metallic twang. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.

Medium bodied with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

Dangerously drinkable for a 7.5% ale. Excellent, but just a hair's breadth from world class. Look for this when you're in the area!

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Photo of RodneyX
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a big foamy head that left behind some good lacing. It smells of hops with some sugar and malts. The taste is slightly better, there is kind of a weird wood to this but it isn't a bad thing. Mostly citrus and pine hops on the malts. Mouthfeel is fine for the style. This beer is a pretty easy drinker and not bad, but not great.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -2.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +17.9%
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 -3.3%
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 -4.8%
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 -0.7%
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 -8.8%
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 -1.9%
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 -4.8%
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 smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.2%
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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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