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99
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RATINGS: 1765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.8
Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Medium amber color, clear. White head, looks to be well carbonated. Floral aroma with grapefruit.I haven’t rated anything for a while, and am not a huge IPA fan, but this is really good. The bitterness that I generally dislike is very well balanced by a light sweetness and soft texture, making it pleasant rather than off-putting. Moderate carbonation lingers on the front of the tongue briefly. The beer finishes well with some citrusy bitterness. Impressive.

3.5
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Poured from a can into glass. Hazy amber pour with a thick white head. Smells flowery and citrusy and fruity, with some pine hop. Pretty smooth feel, citrus, pine hops, some resiny bitterness to balance.

4.1
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
I drank the shit out of this stuff when I was recently in Orlando. Out of the can, on tap, out of the glass, you name it. Nice cloudy peach body, with a frothy sticky cap that lasts. Huge citric nose leads to an assault of fresh stone fruit that is uber inviting. Massively bitter, loads of sweet fruitiness to balance.Long fruity and bitter, chalky finish. Excellent stuff. World class.

3.5
UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2013
12 oz. can to shaker. Bright orange hue and thumbs worth of white-ish head, lots of yeastie friends about in this one. Bottom of can dates 12.12.12, so this isnt super fresh but it’s by no means terrible either and I am happy with the chance to try it. That being said I will seek out some fresh product and re-rate. I feel like I get a lot of malt on the nose of this and the slightest of grapefruityness. Carbonation pushes the boundaries of the high side and the mouthfeel is medium and dry. Really nice hop bitterness without being to "bitey", I would really enjoy a fresh one of these that didn’t travel around the country in a trunk, alas, I digress. Solid sticky lacing as the brew goes down finish is grassy and more dryness. There is some citrusy sweetness mid-palate that I am picking up. This is a solid IPA that would surely enjoy on the regular if I was a Floridian. Cheers!

3
freekyp (2363) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Not sure why this one was rated a 99. Pretty average American IPA if you ask me. Medium bodied with a strong citrus aroma. Hops are the showcase here, but have a darkly bitter earthy tone. Malt backbone is there, but rarely shows its face. Appropriately carbonated. Just average to me.

4.1
AirForceHops (7546) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2013
12 oz. can from a trade with a buddy on that other website. Stamp on bottom reads “bottled on 13 Feb 2013” Love me some fresh Cigar City!! English pint shows an amber color with a gold hue. Thick foamy lacing that coated the glass. From the pop of the can you can smell luscious hops. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and other tropical fruits with a mild floral note. Taste is similar with a nice dose of sweet malts that balances this beer nicely. Mouth feel was less than medium, yet not a negative ping. 7.5% is hidden completely. I could type more but… simply put a fresh can or bottle of this is simply amazing. I could drink large amounts of this and love every damn sip.

4.1
kwik-lime (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2013
Orangey with a nice head that leaves some lacing as it disappears. Big hit of hops up front, full mouthful with a citrus hint and a sweet finish. Great, well balanced beer.

4
HoppiLee (6) - Naperville, Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2013 does not count
Picked up a six pack of cans. Canned on Jan 31, so about 5 weeks old. Aroma: Very balanced nose with hops, lemon zest, and a little tangerine malt. Very pleasant with no alcohol overtones. Appearance:Pours a nice orange caramel. Head settles quickly. Taste: The first on the tongue is hop bitterness with a little maltiness, then it moves to a navel orange sort of citrus, and has a great complex finish. Palate: Not heavy or syrupy, and leaves a nice finish that makes your mouth continue to water a little. I really did like the finish as it didn’t turn sour or change unpleasantly Overall: This is a great example of the style. It does everything well, and balanced. With only 225 calories per unit, it also isn’t a "you can only have one" sort of beer. I like it and with year round availability, I look forward to being able to pick up a sixer from time to time.

4.3
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: APR 14, 2015 Can from House of 1000 Beers. Pours hazy orange with filmy, white head. Huge hop nose, cat litter, lemon and orange. Dry and bitter, nice malt back bone, lemon and orange, lingering sticky bitter. Clean and ridiculously drinkable.

3.5
beerme31 (689) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2016 Re-rated after trying again on Draft in Nov 2016. Draft. Darker golden color, thin off-white head. Aroma both sweet malty notes and pine, citrus. Light bitter taste. Medium body, medium bitter hop finish. Overall pretty good but not a top IPA for me.


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