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RATINGS: 1365   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttutony (654) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Slightly hazy copper color in the glass. Earthy hop and woody aroma. Fairly decent level of bitterness on the palate offset by malty flavors fairly equally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
12oz bottle from Big Z Beverage. Pours a mostly transparent, copper, orange amber with a very creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. The head left this really cool looking film on the inside of the glass. Nose is nice, light pine, citrus, floral, some crackers, biscuit. The aroma is a mix of earthy hops and a solid malt backbone. Flavor is sweet, caramel, crystal malts, oranges, light pine, lemon zest, crackers, a touch metallic. Finish is a touch too sweet, just a touch of bitterness. This was good, but not great. You could tell this was brewed to be a base for other things. It could stand on it’s own more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A really solid offering here. Probably one of the better beers to come from the state of Florida, in fact. Complex malt and complex hops, a bit citrusy on the finish and dry. Great head retention, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1147) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2010
12oz bottle received in trade from changeup45. Thanks! Pours a deep amber with a big white head. Amora is a light hoppy smell. Thin on the palate with medium carbonation. Flavor is an extremely smooth balance of citrus hops and malty goodness. An Excellent IPA. I wish CCB was available in WI.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4167) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Another pretty solid offering from Cigar City. Light, clear golden brown with a big, big bone-colored head. Lively hop aroma with some light caramel. Zesty. A little brininess, medium sweetness. Pretty good. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2010
A dark orange pour with a fine but fading white head. The aroma is dominated of a hard malty base, some vanilla and fresh piny hops that also has a blooming attitude. The taste is very bitter that fades out in a sweet and flouring profile with a bitter long lasting finish. Its really suduced by the bitter hops. Is this one balanced - no no really, i kind of miss some smoothness. But hell, its still good. The palate is not as fat as other CCs but creamy and quite easy to drink. Nice IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours caramel with hues of orange. Thick, foamy, ivory head that lasts. Sticky lace. Nose of grapefruit, peach, floral, tangerine, and a hint of booze. Taste of caramel, bread, resin, grapefruit, and pineapple. Lightly sweet up front; medium bitter on the finish. Solid malt backbone to balance out the hops and mask the alcohol. A solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Another treat from tarheels86. Slightly cloudy rusty orange with a small head that fades quickly. Aroma of citrus, pine, earth wood and burnt sugar. The flavor is sweet caramel malt with a fair amount of hop bitterness, also a light alcohol heat. Medium body with average carbonation and a sugary mouth feel. Pretty good IPA, the sweetness and mouth feel take the drinkability down a bit for me though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours a hazy brown-orange with decent head. Good lacing. Very nice floral aroma. Hints of citrus and pine. Very well balanced hop profile...strong but not overdone. Hints of sweetness on the end. Good mouthfeel and surprisingly clean finish for something so hoppy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greencatfish (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Love this beer great hop balance and nice finish. Another home run by Cigar City who is becoming my new favorite brewery

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