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RATINGS: 1665   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to Momar42 for the can! 12 oz can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a hazy golden copper color with a lot of sediment floating around. The head is a two finger white color. I love its thick texture, and how it leaves impressive lacing down the glass as it recedes. S: Right off the bat, the nose is slammed with tons of grapefruit, mango, lychee, papaya, and guava. It’s a bit catty as well, but the Simcoe hops used here give of an excellent tropical vibe. As it sits in the glass, the malt profile comes through more strongly, with notes of biscuit and caramel. T: A moderate level of tropical fruit flavors appear on the palate initially. This is soon replaced by a midtaste and finish comprised of grapefruit peel, herbs, biscuit, and caramel maltiness. Simcoe comes across as a very ’sweet’ hop to me, but these guys have done a great job extracting all the nuances out of the hops without any bitterness. I really like the hop complexity here. My only complaint is that it’s a hair too sweet for me. M: A bit on the heavy side for my tastes. Personally, I prefer a drier, lighter IPA (see: Troegs Perpetual IPA), but the wet finish manages to be lush rather than slimy. Some hop resins linger quite well without providing any bitterness. Personal preferences aside, this is how you execute the mouthfeel of a sweet IPA, plain and simple. O: Damn this is really good. Despite all my nitpicks, I’m really loving this one. A fantastic choice for those who want an IPA without any unpleasant bitterness.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3051) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Tap. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is grapefruit, piney. Taste is grapefruit, grassy, some spicy-earthy hops as well. Nice residual sweetness, a bit boozy-phenolic finish. Medium carbonation. Great IPA, but this crystal malt thing is not completely for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (3881) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2016
Tap at Borefts. Slight hazy golden with short lasting white head. Honey, light flowers, papaya, orange, light weeds and grass. Medium sweet and under medium bitter. Medium bodied with sparkly cardbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2684) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2016
Sampled from tap at Borefts 2016 day 2. Bit hazy orange golden with white head. Sweet malts, exotic fruit, lychee, tea bitter, spices, doughy yeast. Medium sweet, and bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. Bittersweet citrus fruity finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adamnowek (1825) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2016
Light bronze colour. Fairly bitter taste. Grassy aroma. Not a tonne of character here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1783) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2016
On tap at Borefts 2016, Bodegraven. Nose is lemon ice tea. Body is clear golden, head is small, white, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, honey, grass. Medium sweet, light bitter, light citric sour. Finish is medium lasting hoppy medium bittersweet. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Easy, refreshing, simple but tasty, nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abijen (2497) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2016
Goud oranje ondoorzichtig bier met een goede witte schuim kraag. Ruikt fruitig, zoet fruit, hop. Smaakt bitter, waterig, hop.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Biroholik (866) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Ekstrakt: 17% wag.
IBU: 70
SRM: 17
Data puszkowania: 26.07.2016
Kolor: Jasnobrązowy, prawie miedziany kolor. W przewężeniu szkła całkowicie klarowne.
Piana: Drobnopęcherzykowata, przechodząca w średnie oczka. Piana ma kolor złamanej bieli. Świetnie sobie radzi na powierzchni trunku. Powolutku osuwa się w dół po krawędziach Hamburg Glass. Pozostawia przy tym masę wybornych pajęczynek. Gruba oponka pływa nad piwem.
Zapach: Tutt-frutti jak to mówią, czyli potężna multiwitamina. Piwo pachnie jak sok wieloowocowy. Nie sposób wymienić wszystkich owoców. Z całą pewnością jest soczyste mango, marakuja, mandarynka i pomarańcza, a na dalszym planie intensywna grejpfrutowa świeżość. Z daleka nozdrza też drażni żywiczna woń igiełek sosnowych. Aromat nie wyrywa z butów, ale też nie ma się czego wstydzić.
Smak: W smaku półwytrawne. Po kilku łykach dochodziłem do takich oto wnisków. Początkowo wydawało się słodkie od tropikalnych owoców, potem odrobinę wytrawne od grejpfruta, białych winogron i agrestu. Mocno wyczuwalne białe grona, agrest i biała porzeczka. Cigar City nie podaje użytych chmieli, ale czuć wyraźnie Mosaic’ową naftę. W dalekiej perspektywie odrobina słodów i dosłownie muśnięcie karmelu. Goryczka jest wysoka, ale krótka. Doskonale okala język i podniebienie, ale znika przy kolejnym łyku. Tekstura super-oleista, gęsta. Odczucie w ustach półwytrawne, doskonałe, przyjemne. Pijalność na granicy Session IPA - obłędna.
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Podsumowanie:
Jai Alai jest to gra baskijskiego pochodzenia z zasadami podobnymi do squasha. Browar Cigar City z Tampa na Florydzie należy do Top 10 najlepszych browarów na świecie. Jest to mój bodajże pierwszy produkt z tego zacnego browaru (i na pewno nie ostatni!). Piwo zdobyło złoty i srebrny medal w The Best Florida Beer Championship. Ach cóż to była za uczta dla moich kubków smakowych. Jai Alai IPA dostarczyło niesamowitych wrażeń. Zaskoczyło nieprawdopodobnym balansem, ułożeniem, gładkością oraz niezwykłą pijalnością. Aromat może ustępował innym topowym IPA, ale smak był już spełnieniem marzeń. Aż żal za serce ściskał kiedy ostatnie kropelki trunku lądowały w moim szkle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taboada (920) - Compostela (Galiza), - SEP 19, 2016
Tasted from the tap on the 17/09/2016. Cloudy golden colour with a medium froamy white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, intense hops and some pine. Aftertaste is citric and hoppy. Dry and intense hoppy finish. Next one please!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dal9000 (527) - Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2016
At The beach House. In a can. Pours murky yellow with a thin sticky foam head. A burst of creamy citrus hops with a thick mouthfeel. Finishes with a long mild hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricksta_p (3494) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2016
From tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Aroma is big juicy fruity hops, rich orange, sweetish fruits, light malt, grapefruit, apricot. Flavour is light sweet with a bitter finish. Body is medium. Exquisite IPA, so fresh and hoppy!


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