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RATINGS: 1517   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours golden yellow with a slight orange tint and a large frothy white head. This beer looks superb, with decent lacing and slight carbonation during the tasting. The aroma is what I expected for an IPA with hints of flowers, hops, light malts, and slight sweet backbone. The taste is very smooth, dangerously smooth, and very good representation of the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2607) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2010 2nd bottle. Thin offwhite head with fair retention and spotty lace. Clear copper color. Nose is Light malts and hops, some teabag notes, caramel. Body is lightly medium, lightly oily, juicey. Dry malt flavors, caramel, light hoppiness, citrus, faint pine and earthyness, ice tea notes, distracting. Dry, malty finish. CCB has not impressed me yet. Thanks to Bierbauch for the bottles.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Acquired in a trade with drowland - thanks! Gorgeous orange-amber pour with some very nice foamy white head. Minimal lacing, but the color and opacity of the beer are really stunning. Aroma is a bit underwhelming after the lovely look of the pour - mostly just picking up the hop scents. Flavor is excellent though - floral, citrus, and bitter hop notes all come together very very well. Carbonation and mouthfeel seem just about perfect. I could drink this all day - if only it was easier to acquire! Looking forward to my next bottle already... DELICIOUS!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draft @ Brewery: Orange color with a light head and average lacing. The nose is bright with grapefruit and juniper with some cascade and cenntennial hop notes. Malty with a sharp acidity and quickly impacting hop bitterness. Full and bold IPA with nice hop notes but a little brash bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle from Total Wine ($2.00). Fare amount of sediment on the bottom. Careful pour yields clear results, slightly amber. Nose is sweet with slight sticky malts and pine, cedar, and citrus bearing hops. well bodied palate. Smooth bitters, leaning away from grapefruit and more into sticky pine, mountain floral bouquets, and refreshing filtered water. On the end is a fare amount of orange, some lemon, but well balanced in that it doesn’t feel too much like a summer ale. really good this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2010
First Cigar City brew, and first Ratebeer review courtesy of drowland. 12oz Bottle poured from Refrigerator temp into a Pint Glass. Strong head that stays with the brew through consumption, maybe a slightly darker color than would be expected. Smells delicious, but there is something there that I don’t recognize, I don’t think its a bad thing, tempting me to sip. Not extremely hop forward, very wet to the mouth, almost tastes tropical if that is possible. Please, Sir can I have some more? I feel like it is begging me to take sip after sip. A great IPA from an area not known for great beer, I’m honestly disappointed this is my last bottle. I want more. Now for that Humidor version...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (3980) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Brooklyn Beer and Soda ($12): Looks very nice with a pretty beige head cascading over a cloudy light amber body. Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malts. This is not one of the hoppiest IPAs, but it doesn’t hold back at all either. Bitterness contained mostly in the middle of the sip and doesn’t cloy (like Greenflash IPA). The hops are bitter and have aspects of grapefruit and other citrus. There is a nice malt backbone that gives this beer a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy and beer is medium bodied. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a cloudy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, orange zest, pine and light pink grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pink grapefruit and light pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle (thanks to Beerlando, shared with Angeloregon)... Poured a thick, cloudy orange with a white head. Nose was floral with hops and some sweet earthy tones. Some sweetness upfront to balance that hops. A tad bit cloying. The hops were floral and citrusy with a zesty, black pepper spice. Mango and other fruity/estery ale yeast qualities with a hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours hazy orange with nice thick white head, aroma is big pine and resinous hops, touch of spicy hops with biscuit undertones. Taste up front is big pine and resin, going into floral and spicy hops, a bit of sweet malt with caramel finishing nice and bitter. Excellent IPA, full bodied, tasty, and bitter.


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