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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60minuteman (569) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell of hop, pine, floral no orange peel. Cool cloudy but not quite opaque orange coupled with quickly dissipating head and medium-sized bubbles. The taste begins with hop, mainly piney hop. It then gets a sweeter finish. Floral and citrus but mostly pine. Thin body, lightish carbonation. I enjoyed my first CC brew
Sunlander (6) - SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gyllende orangefärg, tjockt skum med offwhite färg, fruktig doft med aning av annans, lättdrucken med tydlig smak av humle och citrus, en svag alkoholsmak och aningen bäsk eftersmak som dröjer kvar i gommen, 7,5%, en god ipa.
ElCapitan22 (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an orange, gold color and is very clear. Smells floral and of hops. Tastes hoppy and floral and of hops. A very tasty choice!
CJ_Pain (17) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Been my favorite IPA for a few years now since I discovered this a few years back when they were bottling not canning. Was always intrigued with this brewery and followed thirst little evolution of a brewery posts while they were getting stared and wished I was still local. So yes I am a little biased as this brewery represents my home town of Tampa. This has always been my fave brew. Would give it a perfect rating but can’t bring myself to as this one has always straddled the line IMHO of IPA and DIPA since it’s inception. Clocking in at 7.5% abv and it is hidden. Good hop profile and very sweet malt backbone. Not quite an IPA but not a DIPA either. However a perfect hybrid of both. Hands down my fave. Enjoy!
Cuso (3662) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Nisse666. Amber colored beer with huge white head.
Strong hoppy aroma with grapefruit, oranges, orange zest, resin with solid malty backbone. Taste, biscuity malt, followed by nice hoppy kick with tangerines, oranges, grapefruit, resin. Long hoppy bitter finish. Very tasty beer.
Frank (2306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am drinking this today in honor of the great Hunahpu day debacle of 2014. We must remember in these troubled times that Cigar City is a good brewer who makes good brews. This beer in particular pours a hazy orange color w/ a rocky white head of mixed-sized bubbles. Up front, the nose is heavily pine centric w/ some floral notes in the background. It has a rich juicy texture and a touch of sweetness which brings out some citrus elements when you taste it. Finishes w/ a lingering sugary sweetness on the tongue and a little bit of earthy bitterness. I personally prefer my IPAs a little dryer than this and for the hop notes to be more citrusy than piny but this is a well brewed beer that gives hopheads a whole heck of a lot of what they want most.
SimonTja (33) - Stockholm, - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned on 5 Nov 2013 (4 months 4 days old, or 124 days). Lightly orange, more towards yellow than orange. 1 finger head. Smell of faint grapefruit and citrus. Tastes like peach, grapefruit with very nice sharp bitterness that ends quickly. Taste is better than smell, blind tasted this with 3 other IPAs (Flying Dog SH Simcoe, Nebuchadnezzar) and it had remarkably lighter mouthfeel.
Ozckr (169) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
citrus, amber, golden, orange, cloudy, hazy, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, oily feel, lively, bitter,
Erzengel (1738) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The nose is intense grassy hops. Very intensive. The beer itself starts very nice floral. the body is slightly sweet, but the nice floral hops are in the foreground. Pine, hints of citrus. Fresh cut grass. Very intense. The aftertaste is long, nicely bittered and slightly sweetish. The floral aroma lasts till the end and harmonises great.
A very nice and floral IPA. Probably a hint too sweet (at least for me) --> 11/12/11/12
Leini (550) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml can. Golden body with a medium white head. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine and citrus. Some alcohol and floral notes.
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