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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domienS (124) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear light orange beer with a nice white head.
Smells hoppy, citrusy, some pine, very fine malt aroma. No off smells.
tastes bitter and hoppy, piny.
Leaves a fine bitter palate that lingers on.
Mouthfeel is full and non alcoholic.
Really fine ipa!
g_georgiou (267) - CYPRUS - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear orange body with a medium white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, hops, citrus. Taste is medium sweet, strong bitterness. Nice lacing. Dry finish, light-medium body.
JefVerstraete (1531) - Ghent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from Dranken Geers, Oostakker. Orange cloudy colour. White creamy foam. Fruity nose of pineapple and lichee. Also pine and citrus. Well balanced. Juicy and sweet with long bitter aftertaste. Very good!
AwaKe (63) - Laval, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Servi en canette dans un restaurant d’un hôtel Disney. Couleur orangé avec une forte mousse blanche sur le dessus. Palais faible, beaucoup de fraicheur. Arôme d’agrumes, de fleur, un peu plus sucré que la norme. Très très rafraichissante et gouteuse.
Beerhunter111 (8082) - Hasborn, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trübes orangegoldenes Bier mit ordentlicher leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr hopfig, sehr fruchtig, harzig, reife Früchte. Geschmack nach Aprikosen, sehr hopfig, bittter, harzig, grasig, Melonen.
Prufrockstar (1089) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 12 oz can, thanks to Homer. Pours hazy orange amber with good head, nice lacing and retention. Aroma: initial impression of soft gentle tropical citrus with a moderately sweet backdrop. Becomes more resinous and earthy with time. Taste: moderate caramel sweetness followed by big piney bitterness that lasts and lasts. Alcohol flavor noticeable. Palate: medium+ body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Overall: In some ways sweet and gentle, in other ways strong and bitter, but all-in-all a solid IPA.
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/4/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of big juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
annunz123 (873) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity aroma with citrus and a little pine. Flavor has lots of bitter, tropical fruit, with a little underlying malt and fruit sweetness. Bitter, fruity finish. Really, really good.
ben4321 (4066) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just noticed that I have somehow neglected to rate this beer! My last one was pretty recently at Croxley’s in Farmingdale, but I have had this many times. I’ll have to revisit with a real-time rate, but it has been a favorite for years. Top notch, well made, and extrememly drinkable.
Arcadia (23) - DeLand, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can from ABC (for a dollar!?). Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a perfect, frothy white head that stays. Lacing is wonderful as well. Aroma is a glorious amalgam of pine, citrus, and floral notes. Flavor is mostly sweet with a little bitterness on the way down and thereafter. Light body, creamy feel. An all time favorite. Acquire.
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