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RATINGS: 1498   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to steelcitybrew. Pours hazy bunt orange and minimal head. Citrusy, and fruity with notes of malt, toast, and light alcohol. Taste is some hops, malt, toast, sweet caramel, nuts, and not all that bitter. slick on the palate and well balanced. My first CCB beer and a nice balanced cross between an English and American IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankStallone (13) - , Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2010
I am not a lover of IPAs, but this one is a step above your usual fair. Like most IPAs, it is very hoppy on the front, but has a smooth finish. I like a little stronger flavors on the backside, besides hops, but this beer does better than most, leaving a mild hint of fruit on your palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3840) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle: Poured a coppery burnt amber with a huge off white creamy head. Aroma is a mix of fruits, malts, and nice woodsy hops. Taste well damn this is how I would like all my IPAs, the balance of malt, hops, and slight citrus works so well. I wish I had bought a sixer instead of just one. Simply a wonderful beer and now I understand why some of the experimentals of this beer work so well. Just an amazing beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2634) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to drowland, pours dark amber/copper-brown with strong notes of hops and fruit, has very bitter and hoppy finish, very good IPA! Thanks drowland!!!!

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Rating #300. Bottle, courtesy of a trade with BierBauch. Pours a cloudy amber with just a finger of solid, but not fluffy, white foam head. The head doesn’t fade, but there is a promising amount of bubbling activity just under its surface. Aroma is a full and promising mixture of bitter hops, malts, pine, passion fruit, and caramel/cinnamon. Initial taste is on the dark, fruity side, with subdued bitterness and flavor. Some apple flavor really comes through in the mid-palate, and this beer is extra, extra smooth from start to finish. ABV is wildly well-disguised, and the lingering bitter finish is truly a mark of this brew’s superiority. From sweet, to smooth, to balanced bitterness, this beer is a real poem and pleasure to drink. Thanks Ron.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Clear golden orange, frothy loose off white foam. Aroma is tropical fruit, mango, citrus, light spice, fruity caramel malt. Taste is more mixed fruitiness, sweet caramels, apple, hops are still tropical pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, lingering bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJJereme (375) - Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a copper-brown color with a decent sized off white-head. Contains a fair amount of carbonation. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, fig, and alcohol. It carries the signature flavors of an IPA, namely citrus and pine. Hallmark bitterness too. A good balance b/w the malts and the hops. Medium bodied. Crisp and a bit tight on the palate. Pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiddleBrau (1001) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Amber, a bit hazy, nice just off-white head. Its got to have aroma, perhaps the air-conditioning is taking it away. Big mouthfeel. Hoppy, malty and full. Finishes dry, sharp and lingering hop flavor. A nice full flavor IPA

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 Orange hazy pour. Not the greatest aroma, more than made up for with the flavor. Hoppy, resinous and chewy, lots of citrus, unique malt profile. Bitter in the middle, nicely balanced with the hop flavor and malt. Nice dry finish with lingering happiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (422) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle curtesy of Leif. The pour is cloudy amber which is pretty damn impressive for an IPA. The aroma is fruit with flavors of fruit, spice and citrus. Very delicious, very different, my first Cigar City Beer, and I am very excited.


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