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RATINGS: 1561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 Botte, pours dark amber with medium head. Aroma is citrus, caramel, candy, hops. Taste is slightly bitter. Oily mouthfeel. Good balanced ipa. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2011
import from burg326. this one is a keeper! damn shame this isn’t more widely available.. poured from the bottle. deep amber color with a frothy head. aromas of sweet malts and pungent hops. starts out with a balanced malt taste followed by a great hop finish. slightly syrupy reminiscent or an imperial ipa. one of my favorite’s!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Macegan75 (756) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Pours a dark straw color with some head and lacing. Nose is fruity with some malt. First sip is slight malt with balance of holy bitterness, finishes sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bookman10 (757) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours an orangeish-copper color with thin head. Floral, grassy-hop aroma and flavor, which stresses the grassiness over the citrus nature of the hops. It’s a good, though not great, IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (11031) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle @ Craft Beer Co., shared by Harrisoni, thanks for that! Slightly hazy medium orange color, small white head. Smell hops, bitter, lightly metallic. Taste hops and bitter. The hops taste very round, not that nice ’sharp’ hoppy, grapefruit-taste. Medium carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23152) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2011
Bottled@SBWF2011. Ambery orange colour, small white head. Aroma is bready malts, crystal malts, that fruity and grassy hops as well. Flavour is caramel malts, fruits, grass and some mild floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
espenra (933) - Kurland, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2011
75cl bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Slightly dark orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, hops and sweet fruits like bananas and kiwi. Some alcohol. Flavour is also sweet. Malts and hops in a perfect blend as well as alcohol and bananas again. More Imoerual IPA than a regular IPA really. Aftertaste is a bit short.

   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 I’ve had. Not bad, I’m interested to see if they start distributing more offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2518) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4348) - 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, it’s underwhelming.

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