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RATINGS: 1634   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkSong (351) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2016
It pours a light amber color with a massive white long lasting head. It has the aroma of pine, tangerine, grapefruit, resin & candy. It has a nice restrained bitterness and tastes of grapefruit, pine, spruce, flowers & resin. Wonderful beer. I highly recommend it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (317) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Geproefd tijden IPA/Sour proeverij in de Vinotake, blik uitgeschonken in Struise BD proefglas. Koperkleurig oranjeachtig bier met een lichtbeige schuimkraag. Perfect IPA aroma, met tonen van tropisch fruit, als ananas, mango, grapefruit, honingachtige notities die overgaan in de typische dennenhout pijnboom aroma's. Het smaakpallet is geweldig in balans, waarschijnlijk een van de beste IPA bieren voor mij tot nu. Hopbitter, maar zoeter dan andere Amerikaanse IPA bieren. Zeer gebalanceerd met heerlijke zachte en zoete honingachtige notities, tropische vruchten als meloen, ananas en mango. Afdronk is zacht fruitige hopbitters, perfect bewaard in het blik. Dit was mijn eerste bier van Cigar City, lang naar gezocht, moeilijk verkrijgbaar in Europa. Maar het is absoluut de moeite waard, een geweldige IPA, met dank aan Thijs voor deze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1109) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Une cannette offerte par mon ami Yan pour mon anniversaire. Merci mon vieux! Liquide cuivré, voilé. Une belle mousse se forme lors du service mais disparaît en quelques minutes sans laisse de lacings sur le verre.En faisant tournoyer le liquide dans mon verre, j’anticipe un liquide plutôt collant et résineux. Arômes qui vont justement dans ce sens: parfums à la fois gommés de conifères et citronnés. Un très joli équilibre entre le fruit et l’arbre. Sans être explosifs, les arômes me paraissent bien balancés. Belle rondeur en bouche accompagnée d’une attaque très amère et florale. L’alcool est plutôt mal dissimulé mais apporte une touche bien chaleureuse qui se conjugue parfaitement à la rondeur du liquide. La cannette représente mal le produit à mon avis. Pour avoir vu cette cannette très souvent dans ma vie, j’ai toujours pensé que le liquide serait très léger et tropical. Or je ressens plutôt le contraire. Présence marquée des malts qui supportent magnifiquement ces houblons résineux. Une bière bien faite qui ne révolutionne toutefois pas le style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kespecial (201) - - MAY 11, 2016
Orange amber. Nose is pine, grapefruit, honey, orange. Taste is just a bit sweet, followed by dank line and more grapefruit. Resiny, almost syrupy palate. A favorite IPA I pick up whenever I’m in FLA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (1344) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2016
on tap at The Draught Horse by Temple University - cloudy amber color. Nice hop aroma and flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beakerh20 (53) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Poured with a nice thin head. Orange Amber color. The flavor is citrus with some creamy back notes. As for an ipa it's mild and not overwhelming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (1211) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2016
Restrained citrus pine aroma in a hazy amber pour. Hop forward balance with a light fruity body and crisp clean finish. One of the best examples of the style from the East Coast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2016
Poured from can dated 3/3/16 thanks Dchmela nice orange pour with a thin white head with some lacing. Aromas of semi sweet citrus dank pine and caramel malt. Taste is slightly sweet mild syrup mouthfeel citrus and balanced bitterness make this work. Thanks Dave.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (456) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2016
Poured from a can. Pours a cloudy deep orange - amber with a thin head of white foam. Light carbonation with some lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet citrus and light hops. Light syrupy body. Very smooth full mouth feel. Just a hint of bitterness lingers following a malty finish. Very refreshing. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Booga (50) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pretty good IPA but considering CCB’s hype I was hoping for more. Pours from a can into tulip with 2 finger white head. Somewhat cloudy Amber appearance. Good aroma when the can opens but it doesn’t last through the whole glass. Slightly sweet? when it first hits the tongue which I wasn’t expecting. Pretty good IPA but not world class.


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