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RATINGS: 1809   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Docavey (76) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Enjoyed this beer on tap in the airport in Tampa. Cloudy, with a good head and a strong hoppy flavor balanced by strong alcohol, good body and creamy mouth feel. F Avey---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
Shot (537) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2017
Can from Crush and Grind at Carolina Beach, NC. Pours a hazy orange gold with a sturdy off-white head. Substantial cling. Aromas of pine, candied fruit and bread. Upfront flavors of pine, sweet stone fruit, bread, cut grass and a resiny hop finish. Somewhat dry. Very hoppy, but nicely balanced. Noticable alcohol warmth. Very nice.

4.3
J_man (1002) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 26, 2017
12 oz. can from Hurricane Liquors in Anna Maria Island Florida. (Rating from 6/8/2017 after my sister’s wedding in Bradenton Beach, FL). Slightly hazy brilliant orange/yellow body with a small but foamy white head. Strong citrusy/lemon hop aroma along with a clean malt component. Those hops bite in immediately with an aggressive citrus and rind bitterness. This becomes more of a lemon and orange flavor as it goes on. Although the bitterness is very strong, the solid malt body stands up to it with fresh grain and bread but little sweetness, and balances it out perfectly. The alcohol here is evident and burns slightly (although perfectly justified), but I think it’s amplified slightly by the bitterness. The body is actually slightly creamy which is unusual for an IPA of this strength of bitterness and alcohol. Finishes with a long-lasting citrus flavor and bitterness and that clean malt taste. I’ve been waiting a long time to try this beer after reading about how good it is for many years and I’m glad to say that the praise is well deserved. It’s great to finally be enjoying it sitting on a patio looking at the ocean in Florida!

3.8
SebBrews (183) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - JUL 24, 2017
Deep, semi-clear amber pour with small, off-white head. Nose is orange peel, honey, elderflower, caramel. Taste is malty with the hop flavours subdued (this is certainly due to the dated can). Biscuits, caramel and bitter floral hops towards the end. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, moderate carbonation levels. Could’ve been much better if fresh, but still a very smooth & tasty beer.

4.5
mkel07 (5993) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2017
Date: 19 July 2017 Purchased From: Bucket Boys Container Type: Can Appearance: Thick light tan head above a orange coloured beer Aroma: Mango and citrus Flavour: Intense hoppiness Palate: Long strong finish, boozy Comments: Great IPA with hops dominating all the way through

4.2
maxime48 (3) - Laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2017 does not count
From a can, was dated a little bit (2 months or so). Very nice aroma, tropical flavours, nice malt balance but not too much. Could feel a bit of the alcohol, but otherwise best of selection of 7 Florida IPA’s I bought.

3.8
rader58 (908) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2017
12 oz can. Pours clear copper color. Aroma of grass, spruce, apricot, hint of citrus. Flavor is piney, citrus, pineapple. Quite a well balanced IPA.

3.9
ANZUShophunter (450) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2017
From can in IPA glass. Pours amber with two finger white head with stamina. Quite a balanced IPA with creamy mouthfeel from the malt and a bit of citrus peel in the finish that works well with hop bitterness. Ditto previous recent comments: glad to see CC in Oz.

4.2
Maris (1515) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2017
From a 355ml can on 15/7/2017. Pour a slightly cloudy medium golden with a small head. The aroma is mainly fruity hops with some light zest. Flavour wise, there’s some caramel and biscuit malt, with sweet citrus and stone fruit following (orange and apricot). An intense lemon, grapefruit and kaffir lime leaf bitterness finishes things off, providing a wonderful and distinct balance to the fruity sweetness up front. Has a smooth, relatively thick palate, with moderate carbonation. This is my first Cigar City and I’m not disappointed. A lovely, hoppy top flight IPA.

3.9
davidezdonz (501) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JUL 14, 2017
A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 21st March 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass. It was a slightly hazy light copper orange colour with a two finger slightly off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice lacing. Aromas full of citrus grapefruit peel, orange rind and lemon with hints of tropical pineapple and pine. Tastes a nice sweet-ish malty caramel and biscuit backbone, followed by some nice citrus grapefruit and orange with a touch of pineapple and a mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall to be fair, perhaps this was hidden in my fridge a bit too long. It was however, still well balanced and enjoyable to drink.

4.1
gafferpom (25) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2017
Big strong super IPA. All grapefruit and pine cones with intense but enjoyable bitterness. Glad to see this mob make it to Oz. Quality. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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