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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

1,375 Reviews
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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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

Scored a couple of bottles of this from the NEPA Beer Club's latest split...

Appearance: An easy pour, the brew is a cloudy, dull amber color. Not too much head, but I'll chalk that up to the girly pour. Retention is good, though...slick and soapy along the sides of my Shorts pint glass.

Smell: A light, citrusy hop smell balanced nicely with some malt. Not too shabby for an IPA, though I do prefer them to be on the hoppy side.

Taste: A sweet sort of citrusy taste with a little bit of resiny pine thrown in. Reminds me of really over-ripe tangerine, which is still slightly bitter yet slightly sweet. Unique, certainly, but good.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice medium body.

Overall (Drinkability): Not a bad drinking IPA. Got some good hoppy flavor, but is drinkability balanced. I've had better, sure...but I wouldn't turn this one down if it was offered to me.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. 4/21/11

Appearance- Poured into a Pint glass. A dark golden, caramel or light Amber color with a thick 3 finger head.

Smell- Usually what I'm afraid of in an IPA...too much sweet maltiness coming through. But, that usually happens with the oak-aged IPA's I've had. A little of the hops come through as citrus.

Taste- Some of the pine and citrus comes through. Definitely dominated by the malts, oak and sweetness. Caramel, turkish apricots, kumquats, and grapefruit zest sit on my tongue.

Mouthfeel- A good creamy, lingering mouthfeel with slight bitterness.

Overall- Good for this style. I prefer traditional American IPA's. Give me my hops! Keep the Malts!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 10-oz. draft served in a tulip shaped glass at City Tap House. Poured a hazy-like light orange copper color with nice bright white finger width head. The foam clung to the sides of the glass with each ensuing sip. Smelled nice & hoppy, mostly citrus-like, but not too overwhelming. Tasted great - not too overly bitter, but enough to satisfy just about any hophead. Overall, a pleasant surprise. Had previously never heard of this brewery before, but I'll definitely give this one (and other brews from their lineup) another try.

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Photo of JMikeQJr
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Cigar City Brewing Co. Overall a quality beer. Nothing stands out as exceptional, but it drinks smooth and has a nice finish. Nice color with a surprise slight smokey finish, that may be the oak aged coming through. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Naugros
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy amber brew, measuring about 26 degrees Lovibond, doesn't develop a very large head, but the one it does is creamy and has pretty decent retention.

The smell is fat and juicy with citrus and pine balanced with caramel malts. The hops carry into the flavor with more resin coming out on the tongue and attacking the back with a bitter wash. Hop heads will like this one. The malts show some more character on the tongue with a sense of toasted wheat bread.

A little heavy for a single IPA and quite bitter and resinous. A really over-the-top IPA worthy of the Left Coast.

Personal note to myself...this one is a bit out of my tolerance range for bitterness. A great example of the American IPA style, but a bit too assertive for my taste.

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Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Deciccio’s in Brewster. Had on the train to grand central with Jlynn and some college girls… Giggity.

A – Unfiltered golden color with off white head.

S- Hoppy citrus aroma with a certain malty sweetness to it.

T- Nice hoppy citrus base with a syrupy malty sweet backbone

M- Full bodied ipa with decent carbonation

D- Interesting ipa. I usually like mine hoppy but the syrupy malt backbone complimented the citrusy hops very well. Cigar City does some very cool stuff.

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Photo of zrab11
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a Hazy GOlden color with a off white 1 finger head, Nice lacing

S- Has the hoppy citrus aroma most ipas have but this has a toffee or sweetness that u usally don't smell

T- Has a nice Citrus flavor up front then hits you with some nice balanced hops and malts in the middle then finish's with the subtle toffee sweetness

M-Medium body with ok carbonation

D- Overall this is a really nice IPA. Not ur typical IPA, As added sweetness or different cirtus flavor that most ipa's don't have. Pick this one up and give it a try. I know ill trade for this again.

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Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden hue with a steady tan head and very nice lacing that clings to the glass

S: Pleasant and balanced aroma: bready toffee malted grains and citrus/grapefruit hops--some lemon rind too

T: Bready burnt malts and grapefruity, oily hops make for a nicely balanced flavor; there is a subtle numbing alcohol presence; and this is a bit spicy

F: Good, medium body; bubbly and the beer nearly bites the back of the tongue

D: Nice, drinkable and balanced IPA; it doesn't quite knock your socks off but this is a very solid, well-balanced, extremely drinkable IPA

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way past 5 o'clock. Hate playing from behind.

Rounded pint glass. Couple inches of heavy, cream-colored head over a clear, orange amber body. Even rings of lace as the mound subsides.

Smells of resin, dew, & sticky sweet & sharp(though slightly grainy) toasty malt.

Taste is way drier then I had expected. More sharp rind then resin, paired nicely with a toasted middle that doesn't have much residual sweetness. Finish is rind & bittergreens that linger on for some time, to the point where it gets to be unpleasant. Actual hop bouquet doesn't deliver anything special in my opinion. Website says they dry hop with Simcoe, but only related thing that comes through for me is urea; shame. Touch oxidized, no BO/BB date on the bottles that I can see. CC sixers don't usually sit on the shelf for very long up here, so it's probably the wood that I'm misinterpreting.

Carbonation is right there. Constantly frothy as well. Light body, & I'm grateful. Drier finish is a plus. Alcohol hurts just a bit, but I'm a puss.

Beer has great texture, but I'm not digging the hops. Average rating, but if the individual parts were configured a bit differently... :)

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had many of these over the course of the last couple weeks. I wish Cigar City distributed to Ohio. With continued success, they just might!

I've had at least a dozen different oak aged IPA's and this one I have enjoyed the most.

I may be crazy, but I get a slight hint of cedar in this beer. The hops are perfectly aggressive and it's so easy to drink.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What great IPA!

A- hazy copper. Gorgeous color. Small head and a little lacing.

S- smell is pretty average. Exactly what I'd expect from an IPA or IIPA. Definitely some citrus and pine. But it's not strong.

T- wow. Lots of malt and hop. Caramel, tropical mix of fruits, etc. A great zing in my mouth. Small biscuity lingering from the malts. Love it!

M- medium body with a great playfulness from the carbonation. Not too much. Dances on my tongue.

O- like I said....wow. Way to go, Cigar City. This is an oustanding IPA! I need more, like right now!

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Photo of thepeter
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden brown with a nice head that retained nicely. Smelled of a good amount of citrus, cedar wood and a light malt backbone. Tastes a bitter hop pine flavor little citrus and slight malt presence. Not as complex as I would like but a solid beer indeed. Medium bodied and decent carbonation, very refreshing and good mouthfeel. Overall, a very good IPA but nothing crazy. I would have liked more tropical fruit and floral presence. But that is just me.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, almost chestnut beer with a standing two-finger head.

Citrus hoppy scent with fruity and medicinal notes.

Rich, complex taste. Creamy and vanilla notes, with a rich sweetness, and a strong citrus hop taste. The hop gives a good bit to the other sweet flavors.

A unique beer that is ill-served by calling it an IPA. It's more than that.

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Photo of kaips1
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An extra from CaptianRedBeard thanks man, 12oz into an av snifter
A-dark murky orange with a lively one finger frothy head, my gf says it looks good so that's a plus, on closer inspection it still has a good amount of bubbles forming
S-lots of citrus, possibly some grapefruit, smells delicious
T-lots of hops upfront,amazing, very citrusy a lot like the smell, it's delicious
M-lots of bitter and tingle all over the place except the end of the drink, the wet finish was a bit of a surprise
O/d- it's a great lite session type of ipa, maybe not an all dayer for most but I'd like to spend a whole day drinking this.

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3.09/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.
A: The head formation is rocky and very sticky. The body is a deep orange/copper hue. Nice and hazy, with good carbonation presence. The lacing is left in large swaths.

S: The aroma is a bit weak for this IPA, I am finding a earthy, herbal aroma, but still very faint. With no bottling date, I really have no idea how fresh this is, although it is from Florida.

T/M: The first impression is a full bodied IPA, with nice creamy undertones. A nice smooth piny hop flavor, but a bit faded. Malt smoothness and balance is nicely done. The mouthfeel is a creamy sensation, although the linger ends with a dry character.

O: I find this to be a possible faded IPA and will look forward to finding (hopefully) fresher batches. But still a nice average IPA, with a nice hidden ABV.

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

12oz bottle from the Foodery, Northern Liberties.

Pours clear, light copper with a thin head of white that dissapated to a partial skim coat.

Aromatics lead off with chewy malt, piney, tropical hops, and a hint of oak. Nice combination but fairly subdued and light for the style.

Medium bodied with a slightly tacky mouthfeel. Softish and creamy.

Sweet malt, pine resin, and some oaky tannins start the palate. Crisp and drying beyond some sweet mango and apricot. Medium bitterness adds some great drinkabilty.

Finishes with lingering fruit and plump malt. A trace of warmth brings up the rear.

Nice beer but the nose is lacking and this beer is probably not the freshest. Would like to revist a freshly drawn pint.

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber, burnt orange in color with a one finger soapy white head. It's mildly cloudy and has constant bubbling from the bottom of the snifter. It smells of dry, sticky, sweet, piny hops, some light citrus and bubblegum. The flavor too is pretty top notch. It features a nice array of piny hops, sweet and sticky malt, and citrus and bubblegum in the aftertaste. It drinks well for the style, is both sweet and bitter but like most IPAs it gives me cotton mouth. This is a really good IPA and very drinkable. I had a few on the beach last week and it was perfect. I'd highly recommend it and I'm glad it's one of their year round releases.

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Photo of betsona
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gtreid for this 32oz growler poured into a shaker pint glass and split with another BA.

A- Clear lightish amber color that had a two finger fluffy white head with good retention throughout the entire drink. Plenty of visible carbonation. Modest lacing on the glass.

S- A lot of citrus hops (grapefruit and hint of lemon) come through when the beer is cold. As it warmed up I picked up a tiny amount of dried hay. Primarily the citrus hops which added a slight sweetness combined with a whiff of caramel.

T- Mixture of sweet ripe orange with not so ripe grapefruit. Some sweet bitter caramel comes through with a lot piney resin bitterness. Long lasting bitterness on the tongue. Not a hop bomb, but as close as good be.

M- Medium body with correct amount of carbonation. Made my cheeks pucker ever so slightly. Easy to drink.

O- This was a good beer. Easy to drink with a nice taste. I could easily put a few of these back without much thought. Nothing all that overpowering about it, yet the lingering bitterness made me want a palate cleanser after a while, be it food or water. Will gladly have another of these when I see it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Thanks! No bottle date listed, but purchased in early April with understanding it was "fresh" (to them at least). Poured into DFH pint glass.

A: Hazy amber color. Thin one finger white head that disappears really quickly. Good, not great carbonation. Some lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma from the nose. I do get some OAK notes, even in the nose. I am surprised that others didn't mention this, but obviously every palate is different.

T: Delicious flavor but definitely different from other American IPAs I have been drinking recently (Blind Pig right before this one). I get the citrus hops but there is most certainly a hit of alcoholy oakish flavor there. Interesting when following the Pig. There are nice hops but the oak and malt take over in the middle.

M: Nice, mouth coating IPA. Sticky hoppiness.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA, but that ABV could definitely sneak up on you. I felt it after drinking this and the Blind Pig (16oz).

Overall, glad that I was able to try this one. I had been searching for a while. Big shout outs to Tim and Dan at Pinocchio's for getting this in.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is one gorgeous looking brew. Dark copper color that looks very lively with a great white foamy head.

Smells of all the different hops thrown in there. Very flowery with a hint of citrus.

Taste is... well... a nice kick in the face with hops. Flowers/herbal, lots of citric flavors - mainly grapefruit which leaves it acidic and just a little bit of malty caramel in there to weigh down the hops a bit.

Mouthfeel is good with some slight carbonation, wish it had a bit more.

Really well balanced IPA. I'm not much into hops so I usually have to make an effort to keep these IPA reviews fair, but this one was nice and easy. Still very hoppy, true to IPA style, but just a little bit of malt to soothe my buds a bit.

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Photo of medic25
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this at Dos Caminos in Fort Lauderdale. Amber-orange appearance with a nice white head. Aroma is a very citrusy scent. Taste was fantastic; I occasionally drink a beer that makes me stop and say "wow", and this was one of them. Incredibly refreshing citrus/grapefruit hop character with a little bit of pine; perfect bitterness. The hops are perfectly balanced with the malt flavors; it avoids pushing over in the hop bomb type of brew. After drinking this in Florida I was incredibly disappointed that we couldn't get it in CT; didn't take me long to make a NY roadtrip to stock my fridge!

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Photo of EkimGram
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint". Colour is a light tannish-brown. 2-finger head, slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, hoppy. Nicely balanced aromas, actually a little soothing.

Taste: Rather bitter upfront with some wheaty notes. Hoppy and a little boozy, just a hint of spice. A little citrusy, mostly grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A little bit of a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This brew is definitely a hop bomb, but a tame one at that. Flavours and aromas are very nicely balanced.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with just a really well definded whitemgreat defintion here,it faded slowly into a frothy mass leaving two rings of lace behind as it did.Tropical fruits and some herbal notes in the nose,underlying caramel biscuit.Fresh overripe tropical fruit,some resin,and herbal hops are not in your face they just flow nicely together.There is a bigger sweetish malt base that holds firm to the hops till the end.A very well made IPA with the alcohol being well hidden,I could drink alot of this.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lerxst!

Pours slightly hazy amber. 2 finger head that recedes pretty quickly. Leaves sticky lacing around the glass.

The aroma is mostly citrus and pine with sweet honey and malt. Slight spiciness to the hops. Quite sweet smelling. Big whiffs reveal a slight alcohol warmth. As it warms, the hop aroma fades slightly, and there's bit more sweetness and alcohol. Not overwhelming though.

The taste initially is a boat load of grapefruit peel, pine, and more citrus. This is balanced quite nicely with honey and caramel malts. Finishes with bitter hops and a sticky (but not cloying) sweetness.

Medium carbonation, maybe it could be a little more carbonated to bring out more hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite full though, and it coats the mouth nicely with hop resin and caramel malts with a slight alcohol spiciness.

Overall, I find this to be a unique example of an IPA being that it has a significant malt presence rather than just a punch in the face with hops. Not to say it isn't hoppy because it certainly is.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance : clear copper orange color a good half inch white head

Smell : great overall aroma,strong citrus aromas dominant smells like an orange peel also subtle pine aromas

Taste : tons of great taste- great hoppy bitterness not a whole lot of sweetness this beer is very hop forward

Mouthfeel : medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Overall : this was a very good beer if you love hops as I do this is a great beer to seek out. I love the orange peel aroma. There is something very unique about this beer!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.
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