Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Jai Alai, the "merry game," is a game native to the Basque region of Spain. Tampa was once home to this high speed game, but sadly all that remains here is this India Pale Ale that we brewed in tribute to the merry game. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as a year round release, finally trickling back into Georgia after a far too long absence from Atlanta markets. Best savor it as fresh as possible!
Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a silky foam of an ivory complexion over a deep copper orange body with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4
(Smell) Heavy tropical fruit hop aromas with a lesser citrus and resinous influence, very potent and bold, inviting with a moderate bitterness to balance. Malts are a clean but equally bold pale and caramel syrup. Overall the hop profile in this beer is profound and I haven't found something that hits quite the same hop notes and comes off as appealing as this beer does aromatically. Potency is high. 4.5
(Taste) The first taste experience reveals a seemingly dampened hop experience with a focus on the light yet flavorful caramel malt profile. The hop flavor comes in wonderfully on the finish, a sweet and flavorful tropical fruit encore of pineapple, melons and mangoes, barring the sharper citrus and lemon hop notes, it comes off bright and clean. Hop bitterness is mellow but perseveres in the flavor without overshadowing the hop flavor. This could have easily been made an abrasive and bitter mess of an IPA, but I appreciate that Cigar City made a highly drinkable, clean beer with a more unique showcasing of hop flavor. It really stands out amongst the IPA crowd. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and sweet with a touch of thin caramel syrup. Carbonation adds a touch of thin crispness and froth without going overly sharp on the tongue. Body is medium for an American IPA, just shy of medium amongst all beer. Alcohol is well tucked away for this beer. Balance is neither too sweet nor too bitter, one can enjoy the lightness and balance of this beer's flavor as a standout in what makes it so memorable. 4
(Overall) When I heard this hit markets again locally (cans only and just yesterday- likely gone by now) I made sure to grab a six pack of this fantastic IPA. It avoids many of the cliches of pretentious standard IPAs- the beer is not overly bitter, not heavily pronounced on acidic, citrusy hop notes, and isn't overly sweet and cloying. This beer is certainly a solid all-around drinkable India Pale Ale. I hope to see it return to Georgia markets again full time in the near future: It would be a welcome regular for a great many craft beer fanatics, myself included. 4.25
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sturmthis (843) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Hazy amber color with slight head. Nice amount of grapefruit on the nose. Taste has grapefruit, some pine, nice aftertaste. Very good beer.
juangarcia (7) - Middleburg, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can to a glass. The pour was clear amber with a one finger head. The aroma was mostly pineapple, tangerine, mango. The taste was lighter than expected given the aroma. Tropical fruits, some grapefruit, light grassy notes, and a hint of butter. The mouthfeel was average and it had a bitter finish that didn’t linger.
adasko (862) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bardzo bardzo mało wyczuwalny aromat. Delikatna owocowa słodycz z nuta mrożonej herbaty w tle. Piwo słodkie, owocowe. Brak goryczki, delikatna jedynie w posmaku. Jak na IPA kiepsko. Odczucie w ustach średnie. Piwo bursztynowe, mętne. Ładny lacing.
Desverger (3176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@CBC2015, Yellow Session - orange pour with white head. Aroma and taste is sweet fruity, bursts of citrus and tropical fruits, sweet malts, some herbal piny hop nuances, fresh and juicy, lovely.
kustie (346) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can, Orlando. Copper color with nice head. Lemon, pine, mango and tropical fruits on aroma. Taste is bitter with long nice aftertaste. Flavors of malt, citrus, pine, tropical fruits. Excellent aftertaste.
ramstein2611 (30) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good IPA with a nice upfront citrus hop note. Finishes clean with a lingering hoppiness that is pleasing to the palate. A very good beer for those hot summer days.
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mgajdaczewa (812) - Katowice, POLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Niby w puszce, a jednak utlenione. W aromacie silna nuta ananasowa buduje bukiet tego piwa, jest mega soczyście, pełnie, choć niestety podszyta mokrym kartonem. W smaku również czuć dominantę ananasa, choć karton jest niestety bardziej wyraźny. Do tego dochodzi miękkość, wręcz mleczność piwa w ustach i idealnie skomponowana goryczka, krótka, grejpfrutowa i idealnie natężona. Skoro utlenione (i to w kartonowy sposób) tak daje radę to świeże wyobrażam sobie jako miażdżące głowę!
probstblueribbon (3239) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can from the brewery via Christine (thanks!), served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Slightly hazy amber with a tight, off-white head.
Aroma: Rich tropical fruitiness and peach/apricot with a little burnt hair (I get this a lot from hoppy beers), pungent citrus, a little resinous and peppery, bread crust and biscuit malt support.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly lively carbonation.
Flav.: Like the nose with plenty of rich, juicy fruitiness, peppery, slight burnt hair, a little more malt presence; off-dry with reasonable bitterness and a long fruity hops finish.
Quite good...as if there was any doubt!
IngetSlick (26) - - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Saveur Bičre. Small white head with a hazy amber body. Citrus/grass aroma. Bitter and sour taste with hints of orange and chocolate with a similar aftertaste.
vjohans (368) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@yellow cbc 2015
citrus, grass, caramell, mid sweet, mid bitter, soft carbonation