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RATINGS: 1600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3662) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Draft 5/13/15 (Brick House Tavern-Tampa)-Pours golden with anice sized head. Aroma of hops, malt, and pine. Taste of the same with some bitterness. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and darn right tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueshockey24 (180) - Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
12oz can. Pours golden with a orangish hue and thick off white head. Aroma is sweet Citrus and Pine. Taste is sweet and malty with a citrus fruit finish. Very well balanced (almost too much so for my personal preference) but excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Carlisle (321) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Draft. Pours honey color with white head and substantial lacing. Citrus hop aroma. Pine hops and caramel sweetness. Well-balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stephen57 (4) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2016 does not count
Pours a golden copper color with a citrus nose. Very well balanced with the citrus hops up front with the taste of grapefruit, orange and just a little pine. Excellent ipa! Canned beer with date 1/15/16 on bottom. Kroger’s Supermarket Midlothian Virginia USA I think i’ll go enjoy another one it’s that good!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lealintern (14) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - FEB 1, 2016
A really nice IPA, it packs a punch both in hop flavor and abv, a very well balanced beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1513) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 27, 2016
50 ml sample from a can. Hazy amber. Heavy on piney and citrusy hops, subdued fruity malts. Strong piney and grassy bitter finish. Very good. (Backlog 17-JAN-2016).

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
asb06c (4) - - JAN 23, 2016 does not count
This is the best beer i have ever had. Pours a pretty golden caramel color with a nice fluffy head. The head stick with the beer untul the last sip. Tastes hoppy with a lot of citrus. Has a delicious bitter aftertaste that will have you craving another pint. I highly recommend finding Jai Alai on tap if you are in Tampa. Otherwise a can will work just fine. I find that a lot of the great IPAs out there are tough to drink beyond one or two, but i end up drinking the whole sixer with Jai Alai. Cheers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sirmixsomewhat (167) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Jai Alai is a uniquely robust IPA in that it's got the typical piney scent and taste, but it feels so full bodied that I feel like I'm drinking a heavier beer than I am. It's smooth yet it's somewhat overpowering. It's a very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (345) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 21, 2016
Look: orange, almost clear, slightly hazy. Aroma: mango, reisin, malt. Taste: bitter with some malty sweetness. Flavour: pine, spruce, caramel, fruits. Good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OrthoDoc (80) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Purchased in Miami while at the orange bowl and flown back on plane. Super fresh 3 weeks old. Amazing citrusy nose. Taste is juicy tropical fruits and tons of citrus. Well balanced by the malt but citrus hops stand out front. One of the best IPA's I've had. Not quite a stone enjoy by but if they made a double of this would likely be close. Wish could get in SC. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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