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RATINGS: 1504   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 ďbigĒ 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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Pours a beautiful amber/honey color with a tinge of red. Very little bright white head. Hoppy and citrus aromas. Slightly hoppy attack which warms to a fruity and hoppy middle. Not puckering hoppy, more of an earthy hop flavor, which is very nice. Warms to a nice balanced finish. First Cigar City beer Iíve had. Not bad, Iím interested to see if they start distributing more offerings.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Bowery, New York, NY. A golden/amber coloured pour with a small white head on top. Hoppy, citrus fruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, malty, bitter, caramel, some tropical fruit. My first Cigar City beer, it was pretty good but I was expecting to be blown away.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4175) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 12, 2011
Courtesy of ogivlado, thanks! Hazy orange-amber. Medium thick white head. Jammy nose, sweetish grainy maltiness mixing with vague hints of fruity aroma hop. Earthy, bitter, sweet maltiness. Bit carroty. Peachy background, soft. Need to try this more fresh, like this, itís underwhelming.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CHickman (2) - - OCT 11, 2011 does not count
Bottle review: pours cloudy orange with a huge 2 finger frothy head that didnít move for a while and faded slowly, leaving excellent frothy lacing clinging to the glass. A great looking beer. Smells of mango, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, lemon, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, brown sugar, apple peel, sweet malt, cinnamon, sweet fruit, light spices and faint alcohol; wow, the citrus aroma is just massive and like a fruit salad. A really impressive and great smelling nose. Tastes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, mango, lemon, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, grass, hay, brown sugar, apple peel, sweet malt, cinnamon, pear, light spices like pepper and coriander, wet bread or cardboard, and faint alcohol thatís covered up by the massive citrus hop presence that dominates the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily slick, with light carbonation, a medium body and slight bitter finish thatís on the sour and tart side. High drinkability, this was an excellent tasting beer that was much fruitier out of the bottle than on tap.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14007) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2011
Draught. Cloudy orange colour. Small white head. The flavour is nicely malty, has a mild hop note. Mildly Nelson Sauvin-like. Subtle and nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14715) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle at Craft Beer Co. Yes hoppy yes intense. A bit syrupy. But you know what it settles down into a decent ipa. Still a little sweet. Toasty metallic aroma. Its ok but not mind blowing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 10, 2011
Botella. Nice hazy deep golden colour with a big white lively head, nice. Pleasant fruity very hoppy citrus iney like grape fruit like too aroma. Good mouthfeel indeed. Flavour is fresh and fruity hoppy, citrus, pine, grape fruit too, quite bitter, dry. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5571) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2011
Big bottle (750 ml?), Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV not mentioned on the label. Deep golden to amber colour, slightly hazy. Large to moderate white head. Sweetish aroma of crystal malts and American hops, notes of orange marmalade. The flavour has American hops on a fairly sweet malty base, the IPA bitterness is there, but not extreme. Hints of bitter orange marmalade. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2011
Slightly hazy amber with medium off-white head. Rich in both aroma and taste with a malty caramel body and packed with piney hops. Fairly good bitterness that lingers. A good IPA but could use some more aroma hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2346) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Floral hop aroma. Golden in color with a white head. Floral hoppiness with a nice bitter edge.


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