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RATINGS: 1334   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1653) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Thanks to Chalsk for the bottle. Pours copper with long lasting head. Aroma is lots of florals, citrus, resin, caramel and dough. Taste is sweet with a bitter and crisp finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. Lots of flavor in this IPA, the malts and hops blend perfectly together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2010
A deep hazy brown with plenty of creamy head. A lovely, bright hop nose. Piney and tingly with a great freshness but also some sticky thickness of tropical fruits. Big strength with a nice, light cereal flavour and some deep caramel. The hops are tight and astringent with a long back-of-the-mouth bitterness. The beer has a thick, puffy smoothness and a pleasant amount of carbonation. If it could be a touch less strong I would hit this way more often, but it has a great ’olde world’ feel and flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12 oz bottle brought back by a buddy of mine when he visited Orlando. Top ten IPA I’ve had. Immensely fruit-filled cornocopic hop aromas bespeaks an alcohol-laced monster IPA. Flavors don’t dissapoint with pineapply and floral notes. Quite a complexity of hoppiness, leaving me curious about the recipe. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4304) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
12oz bottle. Cloudy, practically blood orange brown. Thin, oily head. Thick caramel malt and orange hop aroma. Thick, with quite a rich, sugary mouthfeel. Quite well done, the alcohol is masked perfectly between the balanced malt tones and steady hoppiness. Big and bold, but easy drinking. Awesome balance, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle with James. Great looking pour with nice head and intense grapefruit nose. This is the best IPA i’ve had in a long time. The balance of bitter to grapefruit to malt to mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Highly drinkable if you are even like IPAs in passing. Would love to try more from Cigar City.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2205) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
a little sticky and sweet, the beer has good body and a full citrus hop flavor. some fruit and a bit of scotch like malt with some fresh grass. a moderate finish that is bitter and then sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1499) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Glowing orange color with a fading white head. Nose is citrusy hops with alcohol present. Taste is sweet/sugary, with the citrus hops giving some bitterness on the end. Alcohol is definitely in play here. Nice fluffy body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2091) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 12 oz bottle courtesy of manny57. Thanks. Pours a cloudy copper color with a big white head that has fair retention. The aroma is choc full of pine and toffee with some faint citrus. The taste is biter hops forward with pine, oranges, and loads of caramel. The palate is smooth and full with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Very nice, but I’ll bet this stuff is much better when its fresh and on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Lucent copper, dense beige head, creamy full body, high carbonation.

Aroma: piney floral hops, caramel malt.

Taste: sweet caramel malt, bitter herbal piney hops.

Nice, but much better with a little wood-ageing. Malt profile is good but overrun with hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. via trade. Pour was amber color, with very little orange creamy head. very good taste blend of grapefruit and citrus oranges, mixed with a nice hop, caramel, and pine to finish of the beer. Very enjoyable beer.

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