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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matt_Foran (27) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chiiidog (30) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstonerock24 (125) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Aroma is of citrus namely grapefruit and caramel malts. Flavor is big on grapefruit and finishes with a strong malt backbone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (743) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Pours golden with a lasting white head. Peach and caramel aroma. Taste is woody with grapefruit, peach and apple. Finish is dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (2930) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steez (23) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
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

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Japalo (1161) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (574) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (249) - Redford, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (414) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
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.


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