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RATINGS: 1399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 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 (240) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4118) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2010
12oz bottle. Aroma of hops, not too strong for an ipa. Flavor of hops, caramel hops, and a little alcohol. A pretty good ipa, and definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1726) - Clarks Summit, 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 (1841) - 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 (4667) - 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.

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