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
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of sliverX
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass perfectly clear copper with a huge rocky white head that left lots of lacing
Smells is sweet caramel, tropical fruits, citrus hops
Taste is sweet almost to sweet very fruit with a nice hop bite, fear this may be a bit old.
Mouthfeel feel is a light medium with light carbonation
Overall its good but I bet much nicer super fresh.
Looks like it was bottled about 2 months ago so not super old and the papaya brought out the maltyness

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Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light red with hints of yellow and orange. A wispy white head sits atop for a good while and laces nicely. The head consists of a copious amount of large bubbles and the beer itself us full of light small bubbles rising to the top quite a while after the pour is finished.

S: Light, piney hops are the dominant smell, but a sweetness from the papaya (I assume) is noted as well. A malt backbone is present, but in the background.

T: The hops really dont dominate the taste here. A slight hoppiness starts the beer off smooth. Followed by the papaya sweetness noted in the smell. The beer finishes with a nice malty, beady finish that makes the beer very well balanced. Hints of alcohol are only barely noticeable on the back, and linger for a bit.

MF: light and nicely carbonated. Not particularly dry on the finish, but the alcohol taste makes up for it.

O: I didn't know what to expect here, and I was quite happily surprised. The taste is not overly sweet, but the fruit ads some character to the IPA. Very drinkable and well balanced. Top notch IPA in my book.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of freduardo
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle with no freshness date visible. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for this beer I really wanted. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish orange in color with a two finger pillowy beige head. Not cloudy in the slightest with some pretty nice retention.

Aroma: Pine, tropical fruits, and citrus notes from the hops definitely dominate. Backing notes of caramel and toasted bread, with the slightest touch of papaya. The papaya aspect of this beer really is not that prominent here.

Taste: Much like the regular Jai Alai, sharp pine, grapefruit, cirtus and some tropical fruits. But the added papaya really does not hit too hard. In fact, it is well hidden here. I would love more fresh or dried papaya notes to be honest. Some caramel and toasted bread backing. Very much like the original Jai Alai.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and crisply carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, a really solid IPA but not that different from the regular Jai Alai. The name really made me want more fruit character from the Papaya, but it really is just an extremely subtle variation of the regular. I wonder if I could even distinguish if given a blind taste test. I enjoyed, but stick to the original.

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Photo of korguy123
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into tulip. Thanks to silverX for this. If this is the same batch he reviewed this would make it a 7 month old bottle.

A- Slightly chill hazed copper pour. Booming 3+ finger off white head. Tiny carbonation bubbles shooting to the top everywhere. Lacing is just sheeting around the glass.

S- Slight pine and floral notes. Papaya is there but very subdued. There is a slight alcohol presence with a sweet malt backing.

T- Pine and floral hops up front again. A strange medicinal taste which I can only attribute to the papaya with a bit of the alcohol. There is a lingering papaya aftertaste in my mouth that won't go away. It's a juicy papaya aftertaste that changes to a dry rind feeling/taste. It's far from off putting just very strange.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, slight alcohol warmth.

O- I'm not super impressed. It's different for a change but I'm not sure that papaya is the go to IPA addition. Mind you this isn't fresh I can only imagine how different it was than.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Clear, copper color. The pour dropped an enormous three finger head that left nice lace.

A: Very similar to regar jai alai. A hefty malt profile balances the hops nicely. Big citrus, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and papaya.

T: Much like the nose. Big citrus profile with orange, papaya, and grapefruit. Caramel malts are big in this one also. Finishes dry with a little too much alcohol.

M: crisp and clean. Spot on carbonation.

O: I thought this was very similar to the original base beer. The papaya get lost in the complexities of jai alai. Still a very soild treatment, just wish the papaya was a little more prevalent. Skal.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from old notes.

Amber/golden clear body. Two finger frothy white head. Good retention and wispy lacing.

Smells fruity and sweet. The papaya comes through a tad. Earthy hops hide behind the sweetness and fruit along with some alcohol.

Tastes of light malty sweetness up front papaya is there, but kinda lingering in the background. Some bitter/resinous hops and a dollop of fusel alcohol come in at the end. Yuck.

Mid range carbonation for an IPA. Medium bodied. Super hot. Minus points.

Too hot, alcohol is just way too present. Papaya didn't add enough to the mix to make up for it's flaws.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a pour. Tulip glass, beautiful burnt orange, sticky foam with a hell of a lot of lacing.

Wow, what an aroma. Smells sweetly floral with tropical fruits, not explicitly papaya - I'd say some passionfruit.

Great-tasting IPA here. Lots of tropical fruit-y hop flavor without a ton of residual soapy bitterness. Don't expect too much papaya - I'm not certain how much of the tropical fruit flavors I'm getting are from the hops, or the papaya...I suspect it's hops.

Medium-bodied, it straddles the line between a regular IPA and a DIPA.

I'm not a CCB homer; I've been quite critical of some of their beers. I either love their beer or I hate it. This one, I love. My very minor criticism would be that I'd like to see a little more actual papaya taste, which caused me to knock off a taste point, but even so, this is a very good IPA, one of the best I've had in a while, so I feel justified in giving a 5 for overall impression. Great beer. Weird, I'm not too crazy about regular Jai-Alai, but I love its treatments. This 750 is done.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-amber body with a white wispy head
S-nice fruitiness to align with the hops.
t-taste just lime the normal jai Ala I. Nothing to really differentiate it. Still a nice hop taste to it. Citrus hops fo sho
M-medium bodied and oh so smooth
O-good, but just like their normal I pa.

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Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange to copper, nice sustaining head with great lace. Smells of papaya, tropical IPA all the way. Aroma comes through as quick as a Matt Ryan pass on the Eagles defense. Sweetness and grapefruit, orange peel, but overwhelming citrus sugar. Smells almost diabetic.

The taste is slightly disappointing, if only because it fits a more standard IPA mold. Wonderful smell, but the front of the taste only has a little papaya and is mostly grapefruit, moving to malts in the middle and drying at the back. Less than fantastic.

That said, it's got a medium body, sweet and dry finish, and great carbonation, so it's a quality beer that smells excellent, which half the time is all you really need.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes, 3-25-11

A - crisp and clear amber, some white head to a big fluffy ring, good lacing

S - awesome balance of tropical fruit and citrus hops, some floral notes

T - real smooth and good balance of sweet papaya and dry bitter hops.

M - dry, good body, moderately creamy.

O (D) - nice, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangish amber (almost like a clear papaya color) with an off-white head that holds very well and leaves proper lace. no bottle date, so after reading other reviewers' comments, i wonder if the hop character has changed and the papaya has come out, but nevertheless... nose is caramel and tropical fruit sweet. papaya and papaya seed are there for sure. wouldn't have to guess. also some floral notes. taste is very sweet with a pretty strong hop bite coming through the sweetness about mid-palate. just as it should be the tropical fruit and papaya are there, and a piney, grapefruitiness comes cutting through. bright flavors, but just a touch muddy and/or muddled. could use a bit more definition, but the flavors are all tasty. medium-full body that is quite chewy for an ipa, and a little bit sticky. touch of heat in the end, as well as a healthy dose of bitter. overall, a decadent florida-all-the-way beer that manages to speak of where it is from. mmm. i wish i was on the beach right now!

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Photo of Alpar
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle doesn't mention that the base beer is Jai Alai so your in the right spot if your reviewing the bottle that just says Papaya IPA.

Pours a nice clear amber. Thin white head and very nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity for sure. Can't say I have had dried papaya but I have had dried mango and it is a bit similar in aroma. A bit hoppy and a little malty.

Taste is the same. Has a dried fruit flavor for sure. Nice maltiness puts it between a west coast and east coast IPA. Nice bitterness in the finish and nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. As sort of mentioned above. Nice carb.

Overall it is a mighty tasty IPA. I would trade for some again.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for the bottle!

Pours a beautiful, clear, amber-orange with a thin, white head that leaves a few patches of lacing behind.

Lots of residual sugar on the nose with fruit sweetness and citrus-laden hops. A little malty. More sweet than hoppy.

Grassy, citrusy hops mixed with papaya and sweet malts. I'm not a huge fan of papaya, but it works quite well in this beer. Very cool.

Smooth, creamy body with lingering bitterness. Medium to light carbonation. This feels great going down.

Overall, this is a cool spin your typical IPA. The papaya is well integrated and really helps this beer stand out. On the sweeter side for an IPA, but delicious none the less. Worth checking out.

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Photo of mwa423
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Completely clear golden color with a fingerof head that left a nice lacing down the glass.

S - Aroma is a fantastic balance of hoppy bite, citrus and pine with a fruity sweetness from the papaya.

T - Taste is as good as the smell, a bit hoppierwith lots of citrus and the fruit mostly comesout in the aftertaste. Overall an excellent balanced flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a creamy finish.

Overall - Anybody who said don't fruit the beer would change their mind tasting this beer. It has an incredible balance of fruit and hops that will please any palate.

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Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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

750ml poured into tulip.

Thin, white head, minimal Belgian lace.

Very nice aroma of fruit, citrus, pine, sugars.

Nice hop presence from front to back lingers, then is cleaned by papaya fruit sugars.
Overall balanced hop bitterness with subtle papaya. Jai Alai yields base hops, pine and papaya is not cloying but offers an adequate complement.

I find this mutation of Jai Alai leans more toward the bitter hops one expects from an IPA and the papaya is just the right touch, but does not overwhelm the base.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Leaves behind some nice spotty lacing.

S: A nice hoppy aroma with notes of tropical fruits (papaya) and pine. Very similar to Jai Alai, just more fruity.

T: Being that it's a Papaya IPA, I expected it to have a more strong tropical fruit flavor. Put that aside, a nice bitter pine hop upfront, followed by some caramel malts, and finishes with tropical/papaya fruit flavor. Slightly sweeter then their regular Jai Alai and very well balanced.

M: Medium body & carbonation, smooth & sticky texture.

O: Really enjoyed this beer and wish I bought more then 1 bottle. Extremely easy to drink and very smooth.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Lerxst
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a decadent looking orange/amber with an admirable one inch white head that has good retention and left spotty lace.

S-Very prominent nose. Probably one of the most aromatic beers I've ever had. Hopslam smells better to me, but this is pretty darn good. Strong citrus and pine hops waft through the air along with a subtle yet nice and slightly sweet bready, malty backbone.

T-Nice bitter hop bite leads with citrus and pine. Hints of papaya come through in the middle and finish-but thats all I get are just hints. No strong papaya taste which is somewhat surprising given the name of this beer. But still, this is one fine tasting beer. A nice bready malt also comes through in the middle and adds a nice complement to the hops and hints of papaya. A nice bitter hop bite rounds things out at the finish. A slightly medicinal like flavor present in the aftertaste knocks a half point off right here. If it weren't for the aftertaste, it'd be a 4.5 on taste.

M-Medium body. Slightly slick and oily with a crisp carb bite.

O-A very enjoyable beer from a great brewery.

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Jai Alai IPA - Papaya from Cigar City Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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