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RATINGS: 1640   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaross (28) - - DEC 23, 2012
Nice thick head. Poured from a can in a pint glass. Great hazy deep orange. Sweet Slight barley flavor rounds into hops, hops and more hops! Aftertaste is bitter hops at the back of the tung and lingers. Good ipa. Nose is fruity ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1622) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong hoppy aroma; equal parts tropical fruit juice and dank resin. Some grass. No distinct malt aroma. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Burnt amber/flame orange. Quite hazy but visible CO2. Two-finger, off-white froth. Plenty of lace. 3/3

FLAVOR: Plenty of hops throughout. Tropical fruit to start with pine and resin on finish. Bitterness is dank throughout with a dryness on the end. Malt base imparts slight sweetness in the form of orange marmalade. Delectable all around and a textbook example of the style. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Though potent at 7.5% ABV, body is only medium with a consistent crispness. Hops linger with slight dryness but is not harsh. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. Smooth and quaffable (but not refreshing). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect IPA in every way. That it’s so consistent after many years of production and on such a large scale is amazing. 9/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flatearthman (17) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Pours copper in color with subtle nose of citrus. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with citrus (mango) and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish. While many IPA’s are on the sweet side, this one does a nice job of blending the sweet/bitter scales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2609) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Tall pint draft pour on the roof top of Zamora. Apparently this is the beer that is everywhere around town, and if you are a newcomer like me, and not sick of it yet, it’s pretty damn good. Dense orange pour with an active fizz head. Fresh hops aroma. Flavor is hop heavy right out of the gate, with hops, and a hint of hops. Hoppy too. And some hops. Seriously. Tropical fruit hints in there. Pretty good, and actually reminds me a lot of an IPA back home. Cool beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (730) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Pours a slightly hazy gold with thick just off-white head. Head has tons of lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and some resin. Taste is biased towards resin side. Fantastic IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerzrus (2) - - JUN 6, 2016 does not count
Aroma of CItrus, Tropical Fruits, Pine, Resin Great Color. Perfect for an IPA. Orange/Blonde Overall a Great IPA!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBroFla (8) - - JUN 4, 2016 does not count
Cigar City's Jai Alai is a very basic IPA. Slightest Hop Aroma is present and hop taste is nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1644) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Leafy, green, and fresh hop aroma right out of the can. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a full white head. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus notes come through, with enough malt there to just bring everything together, before it fades off into a bitter finish. Moderate body, with that long bitter finish to help out. This is an amazing IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkSong (352) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2016
It pours a light amber color with a massive white long lasting head. It has the aroma of pine, tangerine, grapefruit, resin & candy. It has a nice restrained bitterness and tastes of grapefruit, pine, spruce, flowers & resin. Wonderful beer. I highly recommend it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (324) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Geproefd tijden IPA/Sour proeverij in de Vinotake, blik uitgeschonken in Struise BD proefglas. Koperkleurig oranjeachtig bier met een lichtbeige schuimkraag. Perfect IPA aroma, met tonen van tropisch fruit, als ananas, mango, grapefruit, honingachtige notities die overgaan in de typische dennenhout pijnboom aroma's. Het smaakpallet is geweldig in balans, waarschijnlijk een van de beste IPA bieren voor mij tot nu. Hopbitter, maar zoeter dan andere Amerikaanse IPA bieren. Zeer gebalanceerd met heerlijke zachte en zoete honingachtige notities, tropische vruchten als meloen, ananas en mango. Afdronk is zacht fruitige hopbitters, perfect bewaard in het blik. Dit was mijn eerste bier van Cigar City, lang naar gezocht, moeilijk verkrijgbaar in Europa. Maar het is absoluut de moeite waard, een geweldige IPA, met dank aan Thijs voor deze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1169) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Une cannette offerte par mon ami Yan pour mon anniversaire. Merci mon vieux! Liquide cuivré, voilé. Une belle mousse se forme lors du service mais disparaît en quelques minutes sans laisse de lacings sur le verre.En faisant tournoyer le liquide dans mon verre, j’anticipe un liquide plutôt collant et résineux. Arômes qui vont justement dans ce sens: parfums à la fois gommés de conifères et citronnés. Un très joli équilibre entre le fruit et l’arbre. Sans être explosifs, les arômes me paraissent bien balancés. Belle rondeur en bouche accompagnée d’une attaque très amère et florale. L’alcool est plutôt mal dissimulé mais apporte une touche bien chaleureuse qui se conjugue parfaitement à la rondeur du liquide. La cannette représente mal le produit à mon avis. Pour avoir vu cette cannette très souvent dans ma vie, j’ai toujours pensé que le liquide serait très léger et tropical. Or je ressens plutôt le contraire. Présence marquée des malts qui supportent magnifiquement ces houblons résineux. Une bière bien faite qui ne révolutionne toutefois pas le style.

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