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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - PapayaJai Alai IPA - Papaya
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tpd975 on 01-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
85
Ratings:
146
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/14/11
*From notes

A: Amber-ruby. This is a dark one, though it has been filtered. A cascading two finger, bubbly head with that icky, sticky lacing that's quickly become CCB's calling card.

S: If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was their standard Jai-Alai. That wave of rich malt and citrusy, tropical essence hits immediately. I do detect a slight bit of earthy sweetness, though I don't know if I could honestly pinpoint it as papaya.

T: The mild and subdued papaya shows up on the forepalate, but is quickly swept under the rug for the floral hop notes. The malt washes the palate from the mid to finish, and it all ends rather bitter, with trace hints of tropical fruit. As this warms, a heavy dose of alcohol begins to percolate.

M: A bit lighter then I was expecting, though I assume that comes from it being filtered. I can say that it really suits the delicate flavor profile of the papaya well, and makes it a bit easier to pick up and retain. As always, the carbonation level for this CCB beer is spot-on. Overall, the mouthfeel pretty close to perfect, and extremely well balanced.

O: I really enjoyed Cigar City's Jai-Alai Papaya IPA. It isn't my favorite Jai-Alai one-off that I've had (that would be the Humidor), but it's damn tasty and easy drinking. The papaya wasn't nearly as heavy as I'd expected coming from Joey Redner and crew, but it is there. You'll simply need to dig deep within the bottle to find it. None the less, this is the perfect summertime beverage, and one I hope they keep in heavy rotation. Thumbs up.

*Paired with a fresh, organic papaya

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Photo of corby112
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white foam head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks and rings of soapy lacing.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hints of pine needle, tropical fruit and faint malt. Slghtly earthy and resinous but the prominent charaterstic in the nose is tropical fruit. I was expecting more of an earthy citrus presence but it's domnated by the papaya along with hints of mango and pineapple. Faint malt presence with a bit a graham cracker and biscuit in the nose.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, resinous oily hops and a bitter pine needle presence that lingers over the sweet citrus/tropical fruit flavor and pale malt backbone into a slight dry finish. The bitterness is countered mid-palate by a nice tropical fruit presence with hints of papaya, mango and pineapple as well as some citrus rind/orange peel. Underneath, there is a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker, adding complexity while balancing out the sweet and bitter notes. Toward the end of the swallow I'm picking up some slight heat but overall the ABV is very well masked and this beer is extremely quaffable. I had to slow myself down before pounding down the whole 750ml too quickly.

Overall, this beer is a nice variation on the base beer and I'm glad that they bottled it. Not as good as some of the others that I tried at the Hunahpu's release(especially the Peach) but the papaya adds a nice tropical element that I really liked. Hopefully they decide to bottle more of these in the future.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems my rumoured love of Cigar City has spread far & wide - rec'd bottles from steelcitybrew, moose3285, & beerisheaven in short order the past couple weeks. First bottle downed at a gathering; this is #2, opened up with my wife.

Pours like a straight-up IPA, strolling between copper & light orange. Clear as gin. Light pine hops, malts sweetness, & feathery touch of papaya in the nose. Pretty tame.

Papaya IPA has that trademark Jai Alai bitterness that I love so much, but it's cut signifantly by the papaya sweetness. Lovely bitterness, pine needles, floral curtains, & a quieter papaya presence. It's more lurker that Shogo. This is a swigger; the slight sweetness cuts into the strong hops enough that I want to take full mouthfuls of this rather than dainty sips.

Very good beer, very, very good beer, but doesn't live up to the sheer bliss of the other Jai Alai treatments I've had to date. Would love to see more papaya character to relly make this one belch, but hey, I've been so spoiled by Cigar City all I can think is "what if..."

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Cheesemoose for the hookup from the hunahpu release. Shared with the wife and bro-in-law. Enjoyed thoroughly by all (who all have different beer palettes).

a - poured a solid orange with steady carbonation and a thin white head. beer was clear, but attractive. carbonation and bubbling could be seen long after the pour. no head to speak of.

s - sweet papayas and oranges mixed with hops. nice fruit medley.

t - sticky bittery hops with a papaya undertone. nice fruity flavor that melds nicely with the hops. surprising bitterness to the taste, but not overly so. probably would enjoy the ipa a bit more without the papaya, but an interesting take on the classic ipa.

m - surprisingly bitter but not overly so, i just didn't expect the bitterness, was expecting more fruitiness.

o - overall the papaya is a nice touch in this IPA, but not quite as good as the peach jai alai. the papaya mellows everything out. an interesting take on the ipa...if given the opportunity would probably have a pint of regular jai alai over this beer, but glad i got to try this interesting variation.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.18.11

25.4oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright reddish orange with thick cream colored head with mixed bubbles. Leaves amazing lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus, tropical fruits.

T - Floral and citrusy.

D - Nice and smooth with a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the pub but this is available in bottles now... Pours a dark peach, not much retention or lacing... The aroma is boring, very sweet, a hint of topical fruits, I guess papaya, with hops and tons of alcohol. Way too much alcohol, reminds me of a dipa... The taste isn't much better, shows off notes of a generic fruit with lots of alcohol.

Boring with too much alcohol, papaya added nothing.

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Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich cloudy amber color with a nice and tight eggshell crown cap. The aromas are not as intense as I was expecting/hoping for. They begin with juicy citrus (orange mainly) hops with some pale and light caramel sweetness. As you dive back in you get some more tropical fruitiness (which I have to assume is Papaya, but if I didn't have the label in front of me I wouldn't have known.
The tastes begin with light pale and bready malts but only for a moment, because the intense bitterness immediately assaults your palate. As it warms you are able to discern the hop flavors a little more. You get some orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit but they are all kinda muddled together. Not a great hop flavor here. This is quite sticky and resinous actually. Mouthfeel is full but the finish is fairly dry from the ample hopping. Plenty of carbonation.
Overall this is a good IPA; I have had a few of their fruit aged IPAs before (on cask) and this is much more bitter than I remember, but that is to be expected from bottle vs. cask conditioned beers, specifically IPAs. This was bottled in March so who knows if the freshness is a factor. Anyway, I prefer their White Oak which I had again last evening; it is also a better deal because it comes in 4 packs for a similar $ point. Worth a sample if you have never had a fruit IPA before.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hops. There's a slight amount of dried papaya in the aroma but for the most part it's drowned out by the hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as well balanced. Moderately sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by heavy citrus and mild leafy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but it didn't meet my admittedly high expectations. The balance from the normal Jai Alai wasn't there, as the malt flavors were drier and the hops weren't as bright. Still, an interesting take from CCB and one that's worth a shot for comparison's sake.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large wine glass - thanks to bastionshaw during the brewery release II BIF

Pours a hazed golden orange with some burnt hues. A decent froth of off-white head bubbles up, plenty of wispy film and spotty lacing on the glass.

Plenty of fruit scents in the nose with apricot and orange, plus a huge bang of papaya. Citrusy hoppiness, soft sweetness and bready malts.

Bitter citrus and grapefruit hops right up front. Assorted fruits with apricot, orange and a decent amount of sweetness. The papaya is definitely in the forefront here, but still allows some of the other flavors to shine. Breaded malt with some caramel tones and honey. Finishes hoppy and bitter with fruit.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, bitter and slightly dry. Drinks really nicely, and the integration of papaya was really nice. I enjoyed this more than any of the other jai alai variations so far.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending this one my way! Shared this one with a few people at BASC. Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a half finger off-white head that subsided to minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and passion fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, passion fruit, and earthy hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This was not my favorite variation of the Jai Alai, but it still wasn't bad by any means. The papaya was hard for me to pick up but it came across as passion fruit on my palate. It wasn't very pronounced in my bottle which was a slight disappointment, but overall the brew was solid. Really glad I got to try this one and to share it with some good friends/BAs while in-line at the BASC release!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden beer with a big white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Grainy malt backbone with a lot of papaya. I'd like to add some more commentary here, but it really does smell like papaya and malts. There is some resiny notes and pine hops, but it is pretty light.

T - Grainy/bready malts with papaya and some other tropical notes from the hops. Pretty straight-forward for what it is.

M - Juicy, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Pretty good beer, and a nice break in the middle of our Southampton tasting. Not amazing, but a nice take on a fruity IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I am so happy to report that I was able to share three bottles of this great beer. This is an example where I get so mad at my hobby... Why. Why only make this beer once? It's phenomenal!!!! It's not like dried papaya isn't available anymore. Time to raise more money for the Florida Brewer's Guild. One of my favorite IPA's...

A nice aggressive light tan head forms atop this beer. Retention is very impressive and lacing a left all over your glass. A brown/amber color with good clarity.

Aroma is the beginning of your awesome journey. Citrus and tropical fruits, which obviously resemble papaya. Fresh, bright and perfume like. Just wonderful.

The flavor of this beer is just amazing. There is this wonderful balance between the three main components. 1) A toasted malt backbone that is just great. The slightest sense of smoke. Not smokey.. But there is something nice. Reminded me of DFH 60 Minute's malt profile. 2) The bright fresh citrus & pine hop flavors and bitterness. Excellent. 3) And the tropical fruit flavors that just make this very complex and wonderful. Yes, papaya... but it's deeper than just that. All of this works perfectly together..

Subtle carbonation, medium bodied, smooth in your mouth with a touch of oiliness.

Phenominal Beer and one I would chase forever. Please make this again!!!!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a tall white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice citrus aroma with mild more tropical fruit notes. The Papaya did not really come through very much.

T: Lots of citrus, mild pine and a very light dash of the tropical fruit. Medium in body, smooth great carbonation.

M: Medium in body, smooth refreshing.

D: Good wish it had a bit more of the tropical fruit character.

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Photo of Florida9
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly hazy dark amber in color. Forms a bubbly off-white head that leaves some light lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and some citrus hops. Then a woodsy quality, a bit of malt and some sweet floral hops.

T: Bitter and malty with very little papaya flavor. Starts with a relatively strong maltiness, then grapefruit. Some tropical fruit in the mix, but to a much lesser extent. Bitter and fairly one dimensional.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a strong, unbalanced bitterness.

O: Bitter and malty with only a hint of papaya flavor. Drinkable, but unbalanced and one dimensional.

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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep orange with minimal head and nice clarity. Moderate lacing left behind. The nose is fruit forward with tropical papaya qualities coming on strong, waves of fruit countered by a decent malt depth. The taste is slightly syrupy with a nice tropical fruit profile that melds well with the sturdy malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Overall, there is a nice feature of fruit here, but it comes off as being a malt forward IPA which seems a touch counterproductive to its concept.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Clear and dark orange. Moderate white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Citrus hops, caramel malt, and a candy-like sweetness--I'm assuming that's from the added papaya.

A relatively sweet and caramelly IPA. It's good and certainly tasty, but it's just a touch too sweet for my tastes.

Medium bodied.

A good IPA but I'm not sure the inclusion of the papaya actually translates all that well. I think it probably adds a substantial amount of sweetness to an already terrific IPA, but the sweetness doesn't necessarily taste much like papaya. Though, all in all, a very good IPA.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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