Jbenkert (1) - - OCT 16, 2017 does not count 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
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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... 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. DavidSvinth (219) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2017 God tydelig humle i næsen.
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Minder lidt om en triple IPA. Stærk øl! 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 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.
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 moldovan9807 (466) - 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. eRock_2013 (501) - 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! katerinaniss (11) - GREECE - SEP 5, 2017
the best ipa i have ever tasted so far,huge tropical fruit and pineapple aroma 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