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RATINGS: 1370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Jai Alai India Pale Ale pays tribute to the original extreme sport. Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt, whilst the ball travels at speeds of up to 188 miles per hour! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dub this game, with its ball traveling at race car speeds, """"the merry game."""" Tampa was once home to a busy Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the strong ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. To survive the journey the beers needed more alcohol and more hops (which act as a natural preservative). This “big” brewing practice made India Pale Ale one of the first """"extreme beers"""" and a favorite among the Queens military men in India. Eventually it became a favorite style of the new crop of American brewers seeking more flavor and complexity than mass-market brewers were willing to offer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - FEB 4, 2011
BIF Bottle. Thick, chewy bordering on the verge of Imperial, IPA. Reminds me a lot of our own Jamieson Beast. Nose is caramel and prickly hops. In the mouth it is full, with the initial blast of pine and floral hops washed away in a sea of caramel and toffee. Good bitter finish. Quite well balanced. A very well made (if ever so slightly pedestrian) British American Hybrid (2)IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (434) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
bottle in Tampa Florida. A solid IPA that was pretty unique compared to many others of its kind.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Thanks bro! Pours orange to reddish amber with a frothy light tan head. Sweet and juicy hop aroma with notes of lemon and tangerine. The taste is quite juicy as well with similar flavors. Low carbonation, frothy medium mouthfeel, and some pleasant bitterness. This is bottle may be a little past its prime, but this is about the smoothest IPA I’ve ever had.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brp10 (59) - USA - JAN 27, 2011
i really like this IPA. and cigar city is just awesome............................

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2011
On tap at Hurricane Grill in Bonita Springs. Pours a hazy golden amber, with moderate off-white head. Mild aroma is of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine hops, with a bit of caramel malts. Taste is sweet caramel and citrus hops. Slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Thin, slightly watery body. Solid, but nothing spectacular.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Draft at Capone’s. Pours a deep honey amber with a thick, rich, meringue tan head. Huge webbed lacing with heavy froth. Aroma of pine, hop resin, grapefruit, peach, honey and slight notes of oak and sweet malt. Medium bodied with a nice hoppy, tangy, firmm mouthfeel, which supports the alcohol well and hides it even better. Finishes with a sauve, gooey bitter pucker. Awesome IPA. Great for lovers of hoppy IPAs and those that tend to favor more floral, citrusy IPAs. A must-try, regardless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
bottle. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head. Nose is of pine, wood, grass and pepper. Taste is of caramel malt, pine and tobacco. Do they have cigar tobacco juice in everything they brew? Mouthfeel is medium, resinous and oily with good bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 First rating
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Hazy golden color, white head. Sweet, fruity, citrus, hoppy taste with a well balanced bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness to the dry side. Finishes fairly bitter though. Sweet, alcohol, hoppy scent.
7/3/8/4/15=3.7

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Bottle shared @ Timo’s/tkrjukoff’s CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
Cloudy orange color, big lasting yellow head. Hoppy, acidic scent, herbal. Hoppy, bitter, grape taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Smells a little bit of Brettanomyces.
7/4/7/3/14=3.5

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4057) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
If you’r an IPA lover and want the real style numbers; subtract my rating from 5. On style for an IPA. Gunk on the bottom of bottle. Smell is sharply IPA like crunched up spruce needles and bark. A darker brew but not brown by any standards. Big bitter chewing on green grapefruit rinds. I must say that it is not over the top like so many other IPA wannah bees. Oily palate, and feels a bit viscous after a while. Longggg bitttttter finishhhhhhh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Pours a dark golden color almost brown with a creamy head. Has a nice hop taste with hints of caramel, citrus, banana and malt. This is another great beer from Cigar city.


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