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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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
"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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (297) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
This review is a bit hazy. Had the pleasure of finally trying this beer at a bar in Key West. On draft in a pint glass. Appearance-Hazy orange with a solid white head. Started off at 2 inches and shrank to coat the top of the beer. Aroma-Lots of fruit. Apricot, pineapple, mango, peach. Some resin. Very bright and fresh. Taste- Super juicy. Tropical fruits as well as the fruits mentioned in the aroma. Mild resin flavors and the caramel malt is very nice. Palate- Easy to drink. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel and very quenching. Overall-This beer is awesome. Top 5 all time IPA for me easily. I wish Cigar City would distribute to the Chicago area.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
momordgz (48) - - JUL 27, 2014
I really love this cans! I hope i’ll will get them soon or I’ll have to travel florida... Best IPA I ever drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerZombies1 (33) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Jai Alai - Cigar city brewing American IPA 7.5% ABV 70 IBU APPEARANCE: Pours an attractive deep golden orange, with a nice creamy eggshell colored head that really stuck around. Finally settled into a nice thin halo that left some really great lacing. AROMA: The smell reminds me of my bar ha! Lots of fresh cut citrus fruit and fresh squeezed juices. Even has that piney/woody aroma that my bar has with the huge wood bar top and shelves. Nice amount of malty sweetness that rounds out the bouquet. TASTE: Really follows the nose, like biting into a pieces of toasted bread smothered with a tropical fruit marmalade. Nice amount of piney hop bitterness that I really enjoy. Slight earthy, floral undertone that brings it all together on the backend. MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and Medium carbonation. Nice creaminess that still delivers a slightly sticky feel. Great long tingly bitter finish. OVERALL: I've had Jai Alai once before and didn't like it at all. Had a odd fish oil, omega 6 pill thing going on. Really glad I ended up giving this another try. I am guessing I had a bad can first time around. I thought this was an outstanding ipa really enjoyed the Caribbean fruit influence they have going on. RATING: 4.2/5 Zombie Heads! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pricey290483 (210) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2014
had a can of this from whole foods really hoppy with a good fruity citrus taste a nice bitter finish that left me wanting more

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjames317 (66) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours a welcoming amber/orange with glimpses of that lighter cantoloupe-y hue. Aroma is juicy fruit and dank, resinous hops. Has a pretty mellow taffy and honey quality. Musty hops and an assertive soil and light caramel malt backbone define the flavor profile of this beer. Perfect amount of bitterness that hits you up front but doesn’t linger.I’m able to draw a little more fruit out of the hops with each passing sip. Lives up to its billing as an exemplary IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (187) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2014
From a can. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick, off-white head. Very good lacing. Smells of hops and sweet fruits. Citrusy flavor, with a bit of sugar. This is a great beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchPls (537) - FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Sunset orange beer with a beige foam. Ripe, dried exotic fruits on the nose. Medium body. Tart, sweet, fruity, exotic, soft and bitter. Really, really nice. Unique and complex yet refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2227) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
355ml bottle from Cigar City in Tampa, Florida. Golden orange in colour with a long lasting off-white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy, oranges, pine, grapefruit, icing sugar sweetness. The flavour is moderately bitter, lots of citrus hops, orange zest, some pine, wood, floral, caramel sweetness. Moderately bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes long, quite bitter, lots of citrus, chewy.A very nice IPA. Quite chewy and floral but at the same time has plenty of citrus hops. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsen1635 (219) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
Can. Hazy amber pour with white head. Nice aroma with lots of peach. Taste is very balanced. Lots of complexity

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1905) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
Flight at the brewery. Cloudy yellow body with a medium offwhite head. Light malty, hops, grass, pine, grapefruit, lemon,peach, pineapple. So fresh and delicious.


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