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RATINGS: 1687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours a lovely hazy amber with a very nice soft creamy head. Big lovely citrus aromas, grapefruit dominant. Simcoe hops? Perhaps. Slightly cloying, soft and bitter. What a lovely beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1305) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Very floral and citrus aroma that is pretty powerful. I got a lot of pine in the taste with a decent hopful flavor. Finished clean with only a very slight bitterness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle at Olympen. Amber colour, stable head. Sweet fruity aroma. Some tropical fruits, fudge, little bitterness. A disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
20oz imperial pint, on tap at the Sarasota brewpub. Was labeled simply, "Cigar City IPA". Nice, thin off-white head leaing good lace. Nice, crisp carbonation, dry texture, lighter body. Friends thought it was "mild" compared to Sarasota’s IPA (as in, more drinkable). Very nice bitter taste. Great, piney fresh tropical citrus aroma. I really like this IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle 12 fl.oz from erzbierschof.ch. Immediat scents of fruits, citrus, resin, pine in that beer, coppery veiled with pale yellow head, but it’s not excessive. It’s maybe a limite nevertheless, jam of hops-pineapple-peach-grapefruit. A fine carbonation gives lightness. There are notes of toffy, herbs, lemob and medicament too, fruity finale all in bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eeez (47) - Thatcham, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
Good if unremarkable west coast IPA. There's little point in paying premium import prices for this type of beer when local breweries like the kernel do them just as well if not better. Looking forward to trying other more adventurous styles by cigar city though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
355ml bottle sharedby jsprime. a big bold IPA. nothing special. hazed orange with an off white head. just a decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3182) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Pours deep golden with small white head. Little lacing, heavy body, resinous texture, and pine aroma. Taste is caramel malt, some grapefruit, and strong long pine finish. Not a fan of the pine and expected more from this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stewajt (30) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Copper in color. Very citrusy. Very drinkable and balanced. Even enjoyable right out of the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2012
a lovely copper color, mostly white head. Bright green hops aroma, seems a mixture of dusty European hops and piney american resin. Strong malt spine and bracing bitterness, smooth and full bodied and a archetypal IPA. Very nice, city. forward to more from cigar city.

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