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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Salmoniform (536) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Petkus331 (243) - Redford, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
firstsip (392) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Vestlake (134) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an honey/orange color with a one finger, resilient head. Great lacing. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is perfectly balanced. Nice hop taste with a great malt backbone.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Twelve ounce can purchased at ABC Liquors on Clark Road in Sarasota, Florida, tasted on August 13, 2014. Appealing gold/copper hue, firm bittersweet nose with fruit and lots of resin, tasty flavor that emphasizes tropical fruit and malt over hops. Recommended but not enough hop assertiveness to make this a proper IPA
Wilder (10) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, great IPA! Tampa should be proud, they have
a really good beer maker. It is a bit pricey at 11.50
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Can : Right off the bat, this is a good looking beer. It’s appearance is fantastic. A golden hue with a big two-finger plus foamy white head that slowly recedes leaving sticky lacing around the perimeter of the glass. A very nice citrus hop aroma...not huge and in your face, but there and very pleasant. Light and sweet on the tongue, with maybe a tiny bite of bitter at the end, but doesn’t stick around. Texture is good...this is probably one of the best IPA’s I have had. Highly recommended.
rollerton (22) - SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nearly perfect IPA with both nice appearance and good balance. Strongly recommended.
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Nice orange, rosy color ... big time sticky head. The aroma is of mandarin orange and spice. This drinks with a fun, Caribbean sting ... fun and acidic, full of citric activity, and a nicely warming malty backbone. One word: GOOD. (#5612, 8/9/2014)
dnoaksson (693) - , SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nykterhetsrörelser känner sig ojämförligt smarta när de hävdar att alkohol är en flykt från verkligheten. Tja, eller är det månne en flykt från ert jämrans tjat om att alkohol är en flykt från verkligheten? Tål att tänkas på. Jag tar en till Jai Alai IPA Cigar City medan ni gnuggar geniknölarna. Misstänker att det här kan ta ett tag.