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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
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2010
My very first Cigar City brew, much thanks to Kiefdog. Often times, high anticipation leads to disappointment. However, this IPA is spot-on. It is exactly how an IPA is supposed to taste. I’m glad I have a few left.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (955) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle, poured a hazy orange with no real head, left some sticky lace. Aroma was a nice mix of floral and citrusy hops. Flavors started out nice and hoppy, bitter orange peel throughout with a touch of sweet malt in there too. Just excellent. Carbonation was medium to low lending to a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. If this were more available in GA it would be a goto IPA for sure. Big time hops and a lingering bitterness throughout, really nice. Thanks to al_b for sending a couple my way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
al_b (36) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with little head that quickly subsides leaving behind little lacing. Aroma is hops, citrus and caramel. Flavor is hoppy and malty, probably slightly more malty than your average IPA. Nice hops in the end for pretty smooth finish. Overall a decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2010
12 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a hazy amber color with a 2/3 finger thick off white head. Faint, tiny spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and light hops. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is a little chewy. Medium body. A nice beer. Thanks Jason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4871) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Hazy orange pour, thin off-white head. Citrus, grapefruit, caramel, fresh hops, and some candy sweetness in the nose. Flavor is still nice and hoppy, but more bready malt. Nice IPA, still I like the west coast versions better. Bottle from drowland, thank you sir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010. This India Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, citrusy and grapefruity. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Nice carbonation. Good balance. A medium bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (4192) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF 9-18-2010. Amber pour with not much head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops. Tastes very similar with just some malt sweetness. A touch bitter. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, medium amber-toned body with a tall, frothy, off-white head. Smell: Caramel-scented maltiness rounded out with fruity, citrusy, spicy hop notes and a sprinkle of booze. Taste: Pale malts with a slim measure of inherent breadiness and lightly coated in a thin veneer of sweet caramel. JAIPA is laden with citrusy hops with additional accents of fruity mango and resinous pine. Minute hint of aspirin-like astringency lurking in there as well. Moderate bitterness. Some warming alcohol sneaks into the drying, bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A beer that does a decent job of displaying the natural beauty of the hop plant. It’s good, though maybe I shouldn’t have gone from trying the Cedar-aged and Guava versions to trying this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Nose is lemon, slight solvent (alc?), and fruit. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, bit hop flavor & bitterness. Pine sap in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4013) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of drowland. Clear orange yellow color. Slight lacing. Aroma is big fruity hops. Large spicy hops. Flavor is intensely dry and bitter. Heavy hopped flavor with lots of spice. Dry but solid.

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