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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Matt_Foran (27) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of the citrus hops is really subtle but nice. The taste is mostly hops, I don’t pick up any malt characteristics. Last nicely on the palate. Very nice beer.
chiiidog (30) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first time I tried a Jai Alai I was unimpressed. The next few times, the citrus pop of this beer hooked me for good. This is almost up there with stuff like Heady Topper and Pliny, but the malt is a bit too strong in my opinion, which lends the beer a heavy, sticky mouthfeel. Regardless, when I’m in FL, I’ll always have a fresh 6 pack of Jai Alai in my fridge. Awesome beer.
jstonerock24 (125) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is of citrus namely grapefruit and caramel malts. Flavor is big on grapefruit and finishes with a strong malt backbone.
RickTStiles (743) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with a lasting white head. Peach and caramel aroma. Taste is woody with grapefruit, peach and apple. Finish is dry.
mR_fr0g (2930) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Bright orange coloured pour with a thin white lasting head. Aroma is pine resin, sticky, orange and dank hops, nice. Flavour is grapefruit, dank, orange and some spicy hops in the finish. Palate is hop resin, semi-sticky and nice and dry in the finish. REally solid.
steez (23) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like all highly rated and high dollar IPAs, this one is good. Nice color and thin compact head. Aroma is pear banana melon etc. Citrus punch but with a kind of buttery hit. Good stuff. I wish I could get to the brewery and try all CCs beers
Japalo (1161) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@courtesy Bolton. Amber hazy. One finger. Exotic fruits melon banana pearch pineapple. Dry not that bitter. Medium body. Good carbonation. Super delicious ipa from us.
Salmoniform (574) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can to glass. Honey hue with thick creamy off white head. Aroma is grapefruit, tangerine, melon, pine, lime, grassy. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a bitter following that blends well into the finish. Overall this is a really nice brew.
Petkus331 (249) - Redford, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A floral and mild clementine aroma. Appears clear pale copper with a ring of white foam and some lace. Taste is of reisling grape and grapefruit skin with a very nice sweet cereal malt backbone. Palate is a bit oily and a touch fizzy but nice. Overall, the attention to the malt in this IPA made it a great IPA.
firstsip (414) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Murky dark orange. Some lacing. Light nose of grapefruit, floral sweetness. Almost syrupy body. Sweet piney bitterness followed by bright hop kick. ABV noticeable, but in a good way.