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RATINGS: 1326   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours hazy amber with a white head. Smells of citrus, spicy. Tastes of caramel, some light citrus, peppery, light bitterness on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2011
On tap, dark orange/amber pour with frothy white head. Nose is sharp, citrusy, with peach, tangerine, apricot, and a slight vanilla presence. This beer simply electrifies the palate: very carbonated mouthfeel, but the elegantly coalesced flavors of orange, clementine, and peach round it out. A pleasure to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12 oz bottle (thanks to Pawola22) This being my first experience with Cigar City, I was more than impressed, even considering their reputation. This was a well balanced, intriguing, and highly drinkable ipa. For starters, a gorgeous pour with a thick, creamy mountain of head, a big, frothy layer of sticky lacing and retention, and a cloudy medium thick looking brown-orange body. Great aromatics here as well. Hazy, nicely hopped, though with a rich milky cream aspect to it as well. The quantity and variety of hops do take over though with lots of herb, pine, and pineapple citrus fruits. Right on par again in body and drinkability, which is again, creamy, pleasantly bitter and fruity, with a rich malt balance. Heavy citrus fruits to start, then grassy grains, caramel, and a very minor mocha even. The hops then take over in a sticky bitter-sweet way with mild tropical fruits, cookies, pine, herbals, and fruity esters. The finish is sticky, long and citrusy, though still retains a not too clumpy, medium thick body with great drinkability. Overall, this was some pretty darn good stuff. Outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Jazzbassman. Awesome, thank you. Lovely pour, golden orange with a healthy haze to it. Nose is pineapple hops and peachy sweetness. Taste is big sweet to caramel bitter hops. Not over powering, but strong. Taste not as awesome as nose. Nice beer though.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gvmdw7 (186) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
One of the best IPA’s I’ve had. You can only find this beer regionally, so try it if it is available. Smells like it will blow you away with hoppy bitterness, but the taste is much more subtle. Well balanced between the hoppiness and the malt character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours an orange color with an off white head. Smell and taste is not as bitter as expected. Pretty malty flavors. I liked the color of this one. Had it on the beach!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
on daft. A nice craft ipa from the east coast! Hazy orange color with nice citrus notes. Very drinkable for the alcohol. Refreshing!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
19-MAR-2011, bottle @home, from "Whole Foods Orlando". Orange/amber with off-white quite high head. Lovely fruity nose with a bitter twist. Taste is more fruitiness with especially grape fruit... ...and then the bitterness kicks in. Moutdrying almost hurting bitterness, and it just goes on with a very full and creamy texture. Lovely IPÅ. Really one of the best. Not just bitter but also very complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Clear red-gold pour with a dense head that fades to good lace. Malty aroma, with some resinous pine and citrus. A little sweet, tropical fruit backed by bracing bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 Florida IPA. Citrus and tropical flavors that reminds me of kumquats and oranges, but it has a spicy hop profile too. A variety of hops for sure. It is also very malty and thick. Jai Alai is one of a kind for sure, a must try.


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