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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tlind2 (1590) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Slightly cloudy deep golden color, scummy off-white head. Sweet resiny hop aroma. Full, hoppy flavor with juicy malts and bitter, grapefruity notes. Lingering, sweet finish. Full body, medium carbonation. Tasting blind, I'd call this a DIPA. Nice!
mike_77 (5427) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden colour. Aroma and flavour have lots of tropical fruit especially mandarin. Nice, dry finish.
Bawelt (551) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trop vieille : la canette a déjà 3 mois...
Malgré tout pourquoi pas. Nez et bouche caramel et fond orangé. Notes herbales.
Un peu juste mais pas mauvaise.
Lonick (1307) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @Borefts 2016. Pours orange/amber. Nose is pine, slight cheese, fruity zesty fruits. Taste is bitter orange, very hoppy big bitter finish almost but not quite too bitter.
MarcoDL (4149) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Borefts 2016. Aroma of piney hops and malt mostly. Taste is also dominated by piney hop and malt, with a little caramel. Was a fresh keg though. Bit of a letdown, this is a boring ipa.
freretoc (1685) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue à la pression en 10cl au Borefts de De Molen à Bodegraven
Couleur ambrée, belle mousse et belle effervescence
Nez sur la résine
Bière sur la résine et la fraicheur du houblon complètement une IPA à la ricaine.
klm1 (990) - - SEP 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap@borefest: pours golden color with off-white head. Aroma: intense hop aroma, which takes on cituses, pine, tropical fruits, supported with malt aroma, which takes on bread, toast. Very similar are flavors. Finish is dry, bitter and lingers in aftertaste. Body is medium, texture is soft, carbonation is low.
rikstar (2244) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
borefts 2016 goudoranje met een witte kraag. mooi tropisch fruit lime grapafruit en sinaasappel beetje gist in de afdronk.
ShivanDragon (3426) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
van tap @Borefts 2016, helder gouden met witte kraag. aroma van hop, gras, citrus, tropisch fruit, zoet., Smaken zijn aan de zoete kant, grassig, fris, hoppig, vers, citrus, grapefruit en andere tropische fruiten. medium body, zachte licht sprankelende co2,
Franksv6 (836) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At borefts 2016. clear blond colored beer with a big white head.
Tastes like many hops, fruity, some bitterness, citrus.