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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 First rating
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Hazy golden color, white head. Sweet, fruity, citrus, hoppy taste with a well balanced bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness to the dry side. Finishes fairly bitter though. Sweet, alcohol, hoppy scent.

Bottle shared @ Timo’s/tkrjukoff’s CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
Cloudy orange color, big lasting yellow head. Hoppy, acidic scent, herbal. Hoppy, bitter, grape taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Smells a little bit of Brettanomyces.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (3941) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
If you’r an IPA lover and want the real style numbers; subtract my rating from 5. On style for an IPA. Gunk on the bottom of bottle. Smell is sharply IPA like crunched up spruce needles and bark. A darker brew but not brown by any standards. Big bitter chewing on green grapefruit rinds. I must say that it is not over the top like so many other IPA wannah bees. Oily palate, and feels a bit viscous after a while. Longggg bitttttter finishhhhhhh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Pours a dark golden color almost brown with a creamy head. Has a nice hop taste with hints of caramel, citrus, banana and malt. This is another great beer from Cigar city.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
32oz growler filled 2 hours ago at Cigar City
A solid pour into my Cigar City Snifter produces a frothy, palely tanned head that starts out two fingers in thickness. The beer is a pretty, amber-cranberry color that shows a brilliantly clear cranberry tinged, gold color when held up to the light. From a distance the nose smells of lychee and tangelo zest, while my first focused attention to the nose has me noticing a piney, spruce tip citrus kind of note. As the beer warms, essential citrus oil aromatics mix with a hemp oil like dankness that lightly spices the nose of this brew. Brightly hoppy, though at times not quite as expressive as I would like it to be, it makes me wonder if that Mikkeller collaboration called Gypsy that I had 6 hours ago ruined my nose.

A nice biting bitterness starts out from the get go and only grows as the beer rolls across the tongue; the bitterness never gets harsh, though does really grip on with a clean, bright, loud bitterness in the palate lingering finish. There is a certain spiciness to the finish as well that is sort of peppery and seems to be from a mix of alcohol and hop contributions. A solid herbal note leans towards pine, perhaps a touch of menthol and just plain, green, herbal, yet clean hop flavors. There is a lot of hop fruit character to this beer as well, much of it becomes more prominent as the beer warms up a bit and as my palate adjusts to the hops. Flavors of super ripe tangelo zest, big lychee, candies citrus zest, super ripe-floral peach notes, kumquat and dirty grapefruit zest. This last gets dirty because this does have a certain dank, herbaceous, or should I say “hemp” like green quality to it that nicely helps to add complexity and balance to the other hop notes. There is actually a fair amount of malt character to this brew, not so much that this isn’t nicely drinkable with only a medium’ish body and heft, but it does have a soft caramel backend and a slightly more noticeable biscuit like maltiness that subtly influence and balance this hop dominated brew.

I can’t believe how brilliantly clear this beer is, I don’t know whether to marvel at how pretty and shiny it is, or to cry over all that lost hop character that is stuck in a bed of DME somewhere; but this last is not really much of a complaint, as the hop character that made it into the beer is aggressive enough to satisfy any hop head. This is a thoroughly enjoyable IPA and the perfect night cap after driving a total of 3 hours on the road and spending 12 hours helping brew a double batch of beer on the CCB pilot system; I am so happily satisfied right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a mug. 4.0 A: Hazy darker orange color. Two fingers of thick creamy head with good retention and plenty of lacing. 4.0 S: Loads of floral hops. Also orange citrus, hints of mango, and doughy malts. Pleasant, but a little weak. 2.5 T: Soft bitterness with a lot of fruitiness including peach, pineapple, orange, and some grapefruit. The malts are again doughy. There’s something about this beer that doesn’t agree with me. It may be a combo of sweet doughy malts and peachy hops that I don’t like, alongside a slight tinge of alcohol. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, creamy. No problems here. 2.5 D: I really liked the first sip, but after that I grew to dislike each additional one more and more. Some combination in here that I really don’t care for. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-01-2010 03:47:04

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Big, bubbly, white head sits atop a hazy pour and boasts decent lacing and retention. The smell is piney up front, followed by some maltiness. A slight floralness up front, piney hops next, which aren’t dominant. This is followed by a nice caramel malt character. The dry aftertaste is also subtle, but nice. Very light with a slight carbonation. The alcohol is masked nicely, very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marlin322 (61) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
really hoppy bitter after taste i would finish on this beer since take away from others not thrilled with it but not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle:   Cloudy amber, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Subdued hop aroma, some caramel, a little dank and musty.   Smooth on the tongue, not terribly hoppy albeit it does have a hop aspect.   It actually seems very very dank and musty.   I partially wonder if this one is over the hill.   Doesn’t seem very bright, in fact seems very dull and dank.   Body and mouthfeel is pretty good, seems full bodied.   Not lopsided at all.   Seems well balanced, but just seems aged.   Smidgen of wet cardboard, moldy cheese, and overcooked vegetable.   Yeah, just not very bright.   Well balanced, but seems over the hill or just maybe light struck.   Could be a temp thing?   I get the feeling this is not what is what it would be fresh.   Certainly not standing up to west coast IPAs.   Thanks Kevin for the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and a hint mango. It pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, sweet citrus, and some light mango. The finish has some light-moderate grapefruit. Overall, a little on the sweet side for my IPA preferences. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle from changeup45. Copper nice white head, spotty lacing. Woody, herbal hops up front, citrus background, not much for malt in aroma. Flavor leads with biscuit/toast character, fades into woody/herbal hops, slighly astringent. Caramel and light metallic character in finish. Carbonation is kind of flimsy, falls apart a tad.

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