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RATINGS: 1646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2012
Orange colour with a fragmented head. More malts than hops in the aroma: biscuits, toast and orange, mandarin. Sweet for an american IPA, but still balanced and VERY tasty with a long and mild bitter finish. One of the best (non aggressive) IPA’s I’ve tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle/12oz - Pours a hazy orange amber in color with a small whitish head that faded quickly, but produced some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is a balanced mix of hops... pine and floral... and caramel malts. Flavor follows pretty closely... very well balanced... medium bitter. Finish is lingering bitterness and slightly sweet at the very end. Really good!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
potas (25) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 10, 2012
Botella; Es una fantastica IPA, color anaranjado espuma esponjosa y blanca combinacion muy buena de lupulos predominando los sabores citricos aunque tambien al final aparecen sabores afrutados, altamente recomendable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2012
On tap @ CCB. Deep amber pour with a froathy white head. Tons of hop aroma - pine and floral, balanced with lots of caramel malt. Flavor is very balanced as well - a good hop bite but not overly bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihilistfranz (14) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2012
strong taste of alcohol, powerful hop aroma, but the bitterness and alc. overpower the malt too much for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden -orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, hop, pine, apricot. Flavour is malt, alcohol, hop, pine, grapefruit, peaches, apricot. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Looks as expected. Smells pleasantly floral and exciting. Great mouthfeel. Tastes like clean bitter hops, subtle but supportive malt backbone. Bitter finish. Quality, quality ipa from CCB.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mzaar (2699) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2012
Till att börja med, detta är en helt fantastisk IPA. Rent ljuvlig att dricka. Mörkorange öl med gulvitt skum. Dofter från blomster och citrus. Smaker av päron, grapefrukt, skumbanan och melon.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
Delicious. Pours hazy orange/gold with only very slight head that sticks to glass. Aroma is of pine and floral scents. Taste is strong with hops and increases sweetness throughout the tasting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Jai Alai pours a dark orange color with a three finger fluffy white head. Lacing throughout. It really is a good looking pour. Now when this beer was first poured I was really disappointed in the smell. Very malty. This sounds weird but it almost had a soapy aroma to it. So I let it sit for a bit and as it warmed up the smell got better and better. A nice deep aroma of mango, citrus, and grapefruit. Nice bready malt background. Don’t jump right into this beer. Let it sit for a while. Maybe more than you would wait for other beers. Upon first sip the hops bite the tongue giving a nice bitter flavor and feeling. Piney and citrusy. Then comes a nice rich sweetness. Tasted like honey and tropical fruit. It’s once again backed up a sweet bready malt. Mouthfeel is kind of on the medium- heavy side. Creamy and nicely carbonated. If Cigar City gets one thing right it seems their mouthfeel is always top notch.


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