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RATINGS: 1354   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Small but delightfully creamy head. Nice smell of melon, maybe even peaches, mangoes or honey. Great malt balance in this IPA; taste of mango hops. Very smooth. A little thin, but a quite nice beer. Seems to be inconsistent from bottle to bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2950) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2010
12 oz bottle
A great barrel aged beer needs a good base to stand out. The Jai Alai series from Cigar City is a great example. After trying the Humidor version I wanted to see what was underneath. No disappointment this is a beer that is worth the price of admission even if it wasnt already affordable. Thanks to Beerlando for the bottle in a recent trade.

Aroma / Appearance - A strong vanilla colored head combined with the caramel carbonated body gave this a vibrant and colorful presence on the table. Orange peels, lemons, honey, and melon form a bright, glowing, and festive atmosphere that plays with the senses.

Flavor / Palate - Roses, citrus peels, and shavings from a sapling create a warm glow on the tongue. Fruity and fluid the mouthfeel transforms into a smooth bitterness gradually. Dry firewood remains in the finish. Well balanced alcohol is hidden in the background and never gets out of control. An excellent IPA this is to Florida what Head Hunter is to Ohio. I hope the standards at Cigar City remain high for a while to come.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (715) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 Re-rate. From a can. Canned on 12-27-12 so its about 2 weeks old. Very much improved from my previous taste! Tropical fruit, mango, great! As always, get those IPAs fresh! From a 12oz into a pint glass. No bottled on date???!!!! Pours a kinda nasty brown muddy color. Sticky lacing is stuck on strong. Aroma of alcohol and mango. Mouthfeel is really nice and thick with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Taste is straight up skunk! Tons and tons of hops. I’m not a big fan of skunky IPAs. Good thing is that it’s not too bitey-bitter either. Good IPA if you like this style but just not for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (1982) - Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Hazy amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, pine hops, & citrus; Flavor of slight woody sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, very good IPA - though I prefer their humidor version a bit more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2373) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2010
NEWTOWN BREWFEST 2010. Looks good. Hazy pour with notes of citrus and pine. Nice dry citrusy taste with a splash of grass. Well done.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erickok (3514) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Abricots, orange, earthy, malts. Looks delicious too, with a shiny red body. Taste has a good sweet, getting support from great carbonation. Develops into a bitter complexity. One of the very best IPAs Ive had. (On my FL trip.) (Rating re-indexed)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ExpendableHero (748) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2010
So this was pretty damn good for a beer style I do not really care for. Hazy orange colored brew with a small white head. Scent of pine needles and fresh cut grass. The taste is of grass, pine, intense grapefruit and quite hoppy. Bitter, yet unoffensive, aftertaste. Everything a good IPA should be. Bottle at Cervezas in Miami, FL.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
12oz Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, oily resinous hops, sweet malt. Wonderful flavor of big grapefruit and orange citrus with a solid backbone of piny/earthy hops. The hop profile is quite resinous and palate coating taking a note from the not too overly bitter finish. An awesome, balanced IPA.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
reygato (19) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
Well, as close to what piss tastes like as I have ever drunk, not that I have ever drunk piss, but if I had , it probably tastes like this

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (809) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2010
pretty flat aroma and taste-wise, but its got a unique (if muted) hop profile, and good balance. maybe not fresh, but again, not dated, and as such, not something id seek out again.


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