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RATINGS: 1770   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (226) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2013
cloudy golden color. Great color. Pine and grapefruit on the nose. Taste is more of the same with some grass. Awesome IPA


4.2
Jbenkert (1) - - OCT 16, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2017 12oz. can into a tulip. Beautiful copper pour with a blonde head the quickly dissipates. Smells of tropical fruits followed by earthy tones. Taste as it smells, citrus and pineapple balanced with grassy undertones. Solid beer, I think I'll have another...

3.8
danielst (416) - AUSTRIA - OCT 8, 2017
Can from Whole Foods. Intense pineapple juice aroma, with a creamy caramel malt backbone that balances out the flavor. Top stuff.

3.9
DavidSvinth (212) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2017 God tydelig humle i næsen. Bitter. Også sød Minder lidt om en triple IPA. Stærk øl!

4.1
Westy1130 (108) - New York, USA - SEP 29, 2017
From can. Hazy gold/copper body with medium frothy head. Aroma/Taste: Huge grape fruit notes, with mango and pineapple flavors. Medium-high carbonation. Very nice

3.6
balkhawk (7) - - SEP 29, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2017 aroma of guava and malted hops. much tropical fruit with a malt 'backbone' - very balanced maltiness to match the tropical fruit and pine. taste of tropical fruits balanced well with hops and malt, with caramel aftertaste to mellow. pours beautifully. hard to ask for more visually. overall it gets you drunk easily. even too easily perhaps. as someone who prefers very little malt/caramel in his IPA, this is the best exception to the rule I've found thus far.

4.2
ipa4me4u (33) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2017
So good. Sweet caramel malt on the nose with beautiful citrus notes. Same for the taste. Great balance

3.9
moldovan9807 (465) - Oradea, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2017
Aroma of orange peel, juicy hops, citrus fruit and light tropical notes. Similar flavor, pretty fresh and hoppy, adding moderate bitterness and balanced by a mild malt sweetness.

4
eRock_2013 (497) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Finally getting a review posted for this phenomenal beer from Cigar City! Somehow I had not heard of this renowned brewery's flagship IPA before my fellow SC Beer Scout Michael introduced me to it, this is definitely a must-try brew for any beer drinker, whether or not you normally like IPAs! From the second I popped the tab on a fresh can of Jai Alai, I could steadily pick up the strong piney and citrusy hop aroma, impressive intensity on the nose! Poured a deep and mildly hazy pale amber-orange color, with plentiful white foam. The flavor featured a unique citrusy and juicy hop profile, with notes of sweet pineapple and guava, surprisingly not a lot of hop bitterness. Guava is distinctly the most prevalent fruit flavor. There is some hop bitterness forward that doesn't linger on the palate, more than balanced out by generous fruity sweetness. Strong flavor intensity without any booziness, juicy enough and not too bitter that I think this could appeal to those normally wary of IPAs. All around impressive!

4.6
katerinaniss (11) - GREECE - SEP 5, 2017
the best ipa i have ever tasted so far,huge tropical fruit and pineapple aroma

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mr.kegbelly (4) - Ste-Brigitte-de-Laval, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 Pas certains qu'elle ait été fraîche lors de la dégustation (3 mois je crois) mais je n'ai pas vraiment apprécié l'absence du houblon et la présence du malt....dommage


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