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RATINGS: 1818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (1086) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
DATE: July 1, 2017... OCCASION: chilling with Jer after Spikes game with a Liqour Factory growler ($5 off--criminal!)... GLASSWARE: Hopshop 20 oz. pint... with a golden amber body that forms a triple-fingered head of white foam that craters slowly, its creamy body substantial and lasting... mango, grapefruit, the classic citric aromas associated with an IPA (lemon, orange peel, resin)... pepper and other spices suggest a round, full profile... smooth, textured sips whose body belies its 7.5% ABV... a comfortable finish lasts between sips... the resin and tropical fruits build a lively, engaging taste that is at home and encouraging of its next sip... bitterness is short-lived... more than six years after the party began, I finally experience CC’s JA’s greatness, a balancing act of malts and hops that delivers a nuanced, flavorful IPA...


3.6
achtungpv (290) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2018
I don't get the hype. There's not a lot going on in this beer. There's some pretty unremarkable hoppiness and some grassy notes but overall it's pretty one dimensional.

4.9
Adamsbrews (7) - - FEB 24, 2018 does not count
Best local peer. Period. H. H. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
CBBeerz (105) - - FEB 23, 2018
Poured from a can. Amber coloring with mild carbonation. Notes of citrus, mild pine, hops, sweet malt blend. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Solid IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Bricktop86 (956) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2018
On tap hazy copper with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter.

4
gbclowes (26) - - FEB 16, 2018
I will be there in a few minutes to talk to you about it when I get home I will send you a link to a video of the bands and fans and I will be there in a few minutes to talk

3.9
KevinReddirt (248) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2018 Read that Cigar City has recently started selling in Texas. Thanks BEK. So this is my first of what I hope is many from the brewery. Purchased as a six-pack in Odessa, TX yesterday, I cannot wait. I pop the tab on the 12 oz can and pour into my tasting glass, it shows up a slightly hazy dark gold accompanied by a heroic off-white top, good lacing indeed. The smell, very tropical, good intro to me. I take a full drink. A collision of tastes, nicely hoppy, mango, pineapple, a little grassy. Really decent. All this and 7.5% abv which scores points with me.

4
dlihcsnatas (844) - Temple, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2018
Got it in the CAN. Deep golden brew with decent head and the smell of citrus. Lots of tropical flavor, mostly mango like hops. Really good brew but had to get it in the CAN.

3.9
Bacchus66 (1096) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2018 12oz can at home. Pours hazy golden amber with a sticky off-white head. Juicy citrus and tropical fruit (guava, pineapple), orange peel, caramel, piney and grassy hops. Medium body, medium carb. Juicy, bitter finish. Well balanced in an IPA kind of way. Excellent.

4.3
Andrew196 (2051) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2018
Pours a hazy orange-copper, thick frothy cream colored head, lotsa sticky lace. Nose is heavy in tropics and pine, kiwi, mango. Creamy feel, a fun bite towards the back, pepper. Plenty more tropics, buttery almond, orange peel, pineapple. Lingering bitter sweet finish. Very well done and crushable for the ABV.

4.2
can8ianben (1611) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2018
Delicious! This is a bar that IPAs should be aiming for. I wish there was a bit more citrus, but the hop presence is focused and balanced with the alcohol and malt body. Very nice.


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