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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demmbonz (482) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared can. Golden yellow. Frothy head. Floral aroma. Juicy hop flavor. Delicious IPA.
hman43 (292) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours golden with a full white head. The aroma has hops, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel. The taste starts with a caramel kick with citrus flavors, and other hops. There are strong floral elements as well. It has got a bitter kick on the palate as well. Excellent IPA all the way around.
doctordd8 (2) - Louisburg, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of citrus. Nice appearace . Light orange. Fast is of pine and citrus. No bitterness. Overall in my top 10 IPAs.
Weezel (163) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy gold and copper. Tropical hop aromas of mangos, tangerines and some wet pine in the background. Taste is more tropical up front with some sweet malt background. Great example of what citrusy and tropical hops do to an IPA.
tmoreau (2284) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellared, competition 750 ml. bottle, shared & poured to snifters, showing a hazed, amber hue, with a presentable layer of off white head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. Expected and found the nose to express a kind of Barleywine scent, with malty sweetness, and a quite diminished presence of fruit & citrus. The taste, on the other hand, was bolder, with a pronounced & lingering hop bitterness, surviving fruit with some tropical flavor, alcohol warmth, and some finishing dryness. May have lost the aroma, but otherwise aged gracefully, although I shouldn’t have put the bottle through it.
VastActiv (2540) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Oluttupa Viisi Penniä, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Tropical fruits, pine, hints of grape, sweetness, hops and malts.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml can, trade with djoeye. Hazy apricot coloured body. Remaining off-white head, fair amount of lacing down the glass. Peach, grass, and pine to the nose. Taste of pine needles and grassy hops together with a touch of dried fruits. Solid dry bitter end. Well bodied, soft in the mouth. Standard American IPA, more or less. (shared with Finn, Tromsø 25.06.2014).
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful IPA. You know at this point I’ve had so many IPA’s and they all taste so similar. I’d be kidding myself if I told you I could tell them apart just by taste or pick apart specific flavors, but this one really stands out along with other favorites Bell’s Two Hearted and BP Sculpin. Very present hop character that isn’t overwhelming with a rich fruity malt character as well. Incredibly well balanced. Love this beer.
kraddel (2705) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can at barely legal tasting room thnx to vincent
Pours amber , nearly no head
Smell is orangy , fruity .
Taste is bitter , floral , fruity , nice and gentle
Enjoyit (3445) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange of color with an orange head. An aroma of hops, spice, pines and weak honey. A flavor of hops, grapefruit, weak bitter, cereal and a dry finish.