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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nazbion (165) - Tübingen, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy orange with thin white head. Strong aroma of oranges, really nice. Very citric. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, a bit of alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Fanta-stic.
geologyguy (1106) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light IPA smell, taste is hoppy of course but not too bad...tasty, hoppier with time...pretty smooth though
FunkyF (635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burk på beer culture nyc. Ljust bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Härligt fruktig doft. Välbalanserad fruktighet och beska.
williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange gold pour. Aroma of citrus and melon. Flavor of citrus, melon, floral notes.
Zymurgeist2 (1427) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of a can. A quick beer while waiting for a flight at MIA. Poured a very hazy orange with moderate white head. Leaned towards the malt with the hops showing moderate low pine and citrus.
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample on tap at Hill Farmstead. Pale lightly hazy gold pour with nice sticky white head. Aroma is super fruity, nice and tropical, light grassy notes, nice wet juicy hop aroma. Tastes just moderately bitter, nice juicy flavor, tropical fruit notes. Palate is med-light bodied with med carbonation. Tasty.
Kroney (233) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BIF project 2. Appearance: slightly clouded burnt orange, thin off-white head, leaves minimal lacing. Aroma: orange juice concentrate, huge sweet bread malt aroma. Some tropical fruit notes. Taste: tropical sweetness, malt sweetness, some citrus rind bitterness, almost getting some cinnamon spice or something similar. Palate: harsh carbonation, dry, astringent. Really really good beer... Been waiting to try this for a couple years. A little disappointed.
jjsint (1663) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at CBC Clerkenwell. Deep Amber, slightly hazy. Lovely little white head on top. Tropical fruit, pine, baker’s yeast and bubblegum aroma with an unfortunate but ultimately forgivable plastic note. Taste starts sweet, then turns slightly bitter. Big and bready with mango, guava, cedar. Cinnamon and spruce in the finish. Full palate, nicely carbonated. Delectable, intelligent and Floridian as fuck. A cut above similar beers and a real treat.
malvrich (131) - durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can into a tulip.
Can dated 10/7/15, 3 weeks old
A: 1" tall coarse head lingers for several minutes atop a clear pale orange body. A little lacing in patches.
S: Sweet tangerine citrus greets the nose first from the can. A little spruce also. Not much maltiness.
T: Crisp sweetness from the malts combine with piney but round bitterness with citrus zest ending the finish.
M: Medium body with average carbonation level. Medium length finish is oily.
O: Nice complexity of flavors save this from mediocrity IMO. Among the freshest beers I’ve had so this is as good as it gets evidently. I’m not terribly impressed but not my favorite style.
jeevan (196) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to Danny. Pours light golden. Hoppy citrus aromas. Quite bitter and refreshing. Some pine and oranges in after taste. Not as good as I’d have imagined it would be. Nice though.