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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (391) - PORTUGAL - JUL 1, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 21A). Can 35.5 cl - Batch 1907. AROMA: nice hop aroma with slight notes of citrus, ripe mango, some grapefruit and a pine background. Sweet malty supportive aroma. APPEARANCE: light reddish-amber and translucent. medium-low ivory head with style average retention. TASTE: moderate-high hop flavour with notes of pine, resin and some tropical fruit. sweet background of supportive malt. medium bitterness that lasts into a semi-dry finish. PALATE: medium-light body with a slight smooth texture. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a nice american IPA with a good balance.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savage_Night (83) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Blind taste test! GLASS ONE: Hazy orange with good carbonation and a good white head. AROMA: malty, spice, bitter/sour citrus, herbal/floral hops, caramel, pineapple, light pink peppercorns, lightly sugary, hop bitterness... TASTE: heavy malt, hop bitterness warmth, caramel, bitter sweet citrus, pine bitterness, tangerines, boozy. Stronger aroma, better head lacing and slightly thicker. GLASS TWO: Clear orange with high carbonation and I good head. AROMA: tropical fruit, floral hops, light caramel, little spice, hop bitterness, sweet citrus... TASTE: pine bitterness, citrus, herbal bitter hops, lightly malty, bittersweet fruit, light caramel, almost a caramelized pineapple, hop oil heat... Light feel, smooth, sweeter taste and lighter on bitterness. Overall I preferred GLASS TWO. However, GLASS ONE would be a better brew for a hot ass day. GLASS ONE leaves an oily but not dry finish feel in the mouth while GLASS TWO also leaves an oily feel but slightly dry alcohol feel. So what did I prefer, aged or fresh? My favorite was the one year old brew, GLASS TWO. Fooled the shit out of me. Reminded me of a fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Thank you so much for the brews Matt M Florida. GLASS ONE 06/11/2015. GLASS TWO 07/10/2014

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cousin_Larry (587) - - JUN 27, 2015
I have been waiting a long time to try a Cigar City offering, and this came through with flying colors. Great IPA flavor with citrus pine. Love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Can: Hazy amber with a thick, off-white head. Cedar, orange, grapefruit aroma. Malty, evergreens, orange-peel, pineapple flavor. Creamy, yet tingly....nice strong hops....big peel/pine bittering. Excellent....flirts with Imperial-ness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (112) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2015
12 oz. bottled poured into an awkwardly small glass at Grease in WPB. Due to the size of the glass, I had to pour very slowly to fit as much of the bottle as possible into the glass. Pours amber with, in my case, almost no head and good lacing. Citrus hops with a strong malt aroma. Smells nutty with some caramel. The taste follows the smell. Citrus hops with a nutty malt backbone. There is a faint sweetness and a slightly bitter finish. Hardly a thick beer, but it’s got a good body. Somewhat low carbonation for the style, but it isn’t offensively low. Good IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neurbob (20) - - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle to tulip. Dark golden, slight cloudiness. Smallish yellowish head. Moderate lacing. Aroma unique tropical fruit -pineapple , mild grain. Taste balanced malt, prominent grapefruit rind , pine. Moderate bitter hop finish. Solid ipa with character. Different but not too complicated.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
valquere78 (31) - calais, FRANCE - JUN 13, 2015
Almost orange cloudy amber, offwhite foam. Tropical hops on a medium full chewy base. Sweet and fruity, piney bitterness to cut through the stickiness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (561) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Tale of two beers. Had two from the same 6 pack, one was OMG excellent, one was dull and not nearly as good. It was an odd thing. Some, the great one had an almost orange juice like taste. Very citrus forward aroma. The dull one had a muted citrus aroma. Was more on the bitter side with way less citrus taste. Still good, just not as good as the other can.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Couch0508 (98) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2015
I am not a huge ipa fan but this one is good enough for you to serve your non ipa friends.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cosmo6644 (84) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Huge citrus aroma, tons of grapefruit and lemon grass, a mild malt presence on the taste with lots of citrus and some pine, really fantastic ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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