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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klas (404) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2016
Can bought in Tampa bay area. Hoppy taste and aroma. Good bitterness. Decent IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reuillebrew (4) - - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
Very hop forward ipa. Strong aroma .. if you like hop bitterness with citrus and piney hop flavor this is for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pools (28) - - JUL 14, 2016
One of my favorites. Fresh it's incredible and has a lot of malt to stand up to the hop character

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (459) - Minneapolis, - JUL 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2016 Wanted to try this for awhile but in MN can’t get it. Searched it out in Cape Canaveral before getting on a Disney Cruise and picked up a six pack. However, it didn’t stand out from the pack as expected. A decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LetsGoState (789) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Aroma is very floral. Taste is a decently balanced IPA. Overall very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (1285) - - JUN 27, 2016
Can, bought in Florida. Sweet tropical fruit and citrus aroma with notes of floral hops. Pours cloudy golden colored with a large, soapy off white head with excellent retention but not a lot of lacing. Starts with sweet tropical fruit flavors with some grapefruit citrus as well. Finishes very smooth with the tropical fruit and citrus hops as well as just a touch of floral hops as well. So smooth, it could as easily not be an IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (124) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: loads of tropical fruit & citrus, floral hops. Taste: silky mouth feel, juicy sweet citrus, caramel. Finish: Grapefruit, lemon oil, orange zest, resiny dryness. (canned 02/24/16, tasted 05/03/16)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1654) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong hoppy aroma; equal parts tropical fruit juice and dank resin. Some grass. No distinct malt aroma. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Burnt amber/flame orange. Quite hazy but visible CO2. Two-finger, off-white froth. Plenty of lace. 3/3

FLAVOR: Plenty of hops throughout. Tropical fruit to start with pine and resin on finish. Bitterness is dank throughout with a dryness on the end. Malt base imparts slight sweetness in the form of orange marmalade. Delectable all around and a textbook example of the style. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Though potent at 7.5% ABV, body is only medium with a consistent crispness. Hops linger with slight dryness but is not harsh. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. Smooth and quaffable (but not refreshing). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect IPA in every way. That it’s so consistent after many years of production and on such a large scale is amazing. 9/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flatearthman (24) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Pours copper in color with subtle nose of citrus. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with citrus (mango) and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish. While many IPA’s are on the sweet side, this one does a nice job of blending the sweet/bitter scales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2715) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Tall pint draft pour on the roof top of Zamora. Apparently this is the beer that is everywhere around town, and if you are a newcomer like me, and not sick of it yet, it’s pretty damn good. Dense orange pour with an active fizz head. Fresh hops aroma. Flavor is hop heavy right out of the gate, with hops, and a hint of hops. Hoppy too. And some hops. Seriously. Tropical fruit hints in there. Pretty good, and actually reminds me a lot of an IPA back home. Cool beer here.

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