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RATINGS: 1251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4138) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
12oz bottle. Cloudy, practically blood orange brown. Thin, oily head. Thick caramel malt and orange hop aroma. Thick, with quite a rich, sugary mouthfeel. Quite well done, the alcohol is masked perfectly between the balanced malt tones and steady hoppiness. Big and bold, but easy drinking. Awesome balance, great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle with James. Great looking pour with nice head and intense grapefruit nose. This is the best IPA ive had in a long time. The balance of bitter to grapefruit to malt to mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Highly drinkable if you are even like IPAs in passing. Would love to try more from Cigar City.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2155) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
a little sticky and sweet, the beer has good body and a full citrus hop flavor. some fruit and a bit of scotch like malt with some fresh grass. a moderate finish that is bitter and then sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Glowing orange color with a fading white head. Nose is citrusy hops with alcohol present. Taste is sweet/sugary, with the citrus hops giving some bitterness on the end. Alcohol is definitely in play here. Nice fluffy body. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2017) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 12 oz bottle courtesy of manny57. Thanks. Pours a cloudy copper color with a big white head that has fair retention. The aroma is choc full of pine and toffee with some faint citrus. The taste is biter hops forward with pine, oranges, and loads of caramel. The palate is smooth and full with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Very nice, but Ill bet this stuff is much better when its fresh and on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Lucent copper, dense beige head, creamy full body, high carbonation.

Aroma: piney floral hops, caramel malt.

Taste: sweet caramel malt, bitter herbal piney hops.

Nice, but much better with a little wood-ageing. Malt profile is good but overrun with hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. via trade. Pour was amber color, with very little orange creamy head. very good taste blend of grapefruit and citrus oranges, mixed with a nice hop, caramel, and pine to finish of the beer. Very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Small but delightfully creamy head. Nice smell of melon, maybe even peaches, mangoes or honey. Great malt balance in this IPA; taste of mango hops. Very smooth. A little thin, but a quite nice beer. Seems to be inconsistent from bottle to bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2010
12 oz bottle
A great barrel aged beer needs a good base to stand out. The Jai Alai series from Cigar City is a great example. After trying the Humidor version I wanted to see what was underneath. No disappointment this is a beer that is worth the price of admission even if it wasnt already affordable. Thanks to Beerlando for the bottle in a recent trade.

Aroma / Appearance - A strong vanilla colored head combined with the caramel carbonated body gave this a vibrant and colorful presence on the table. Orange peels, lemons, honey, and melon form a bright, glowing, and festive atmosphere that plays with the senses.

Flavor / Palate - Roses, citrus peels, and shavings from a sapling create a warm glow on the tongue. Fruity and fluid the mouthfeel transforms into a smooth bitterness gradually. Dry firewood remains in the finish. Well balanced alcohol is hidden in the background and never gets out of control. An excellent IPA this is to Florida what Head Hunter is to Ohio. I hope the standards at Cigar City remain high for a while to come.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (685) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 Re-rate. From a can. Canned on 12-27-12 so its about 2 weeks old. Very much improved from my previous taste! Tropical fruit, mango, great! As always, get those IPAs fresh! From a 12oz into a pint glass. No bottled on date???!!!! Pours a kinda nasty brown muddy color. Sticky lacing is stuck on strong. Aroma of alcohol and mango. Mouthfeel is really nice and thick with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Taste is straight up skunk! Tons and tons of hops. I’m not a big fan of skunky IPAs. Good thing is that it’s not too bitey-bitter either. Good IPA if you like this style but just not for me.


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