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RATINGS: 1781   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
"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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosskyle (645) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2017
12oz can. Slight haze orange color with a white head. Tropical fruit and hops aroma. Tropical fruit bitter flavour. Medium body. High on the bitter side. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (6313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2017
12 oz single can from Bottles & Bitters at Sloans Lake. Clear orange appearance with a beige head. Aroma of orange peel, juicy hops, citrus fruit and light tropical notes. Similar flavor, fresh and hoppy, adding moderate bitterness and balanced by a mild malt sweetness. Medium body with a just a touch of alcohol at the finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kwboogieboy (7) - - MAY 22, 2017 does not count
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2977) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Golden color with a white head. A strong aroma of orange, orange peel, and lemons with some pine. The flavor is quite bitter with just enough malt presence to keep it from being hop juice. Overall great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobarts (186) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2017
Can at unibar. Taste very good. Lots of taste. Fruit and flowers. Great color. Low to medium bitter update on the way

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UncleKorm (1290) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2017
On tap, poured a hazy golden hue w/ large foamy white head and sticky lacing. Bold floral hop aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are grapefruit, pine, and light tropical citrus notes. Medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MavDunk (92) - - MAY 14, 2017
On tap at Tampa International. Pours hazy yellow with white head that fades leaving lacing. Scent is hops and citrus. The taste is the same with a healthy amount of citrus in the taste. Mouthfeel is crisp. Aftertaste is dry but no more so than the average IPA.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
raybo8 (1) - Palm Coast, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2017 does not count
Best IPA Ive had lately. Up there with Southern Tier!!! Barkeep at Beaches in Vilano Beach recommended it to me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (7710) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2017
Canette de 12 oz partage lors dune dgustation entre amis. Arme: Odeur de fruits tropicaux avec une pointe de pin. Apparence: La couleur est orange lgrement voile avec une trs faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got dhoublons rsineux et de fruits tropicaux avec une pointe de litchi. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence dhoublon rsineux en arrire got. (Rating #7667)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
toscanoigor (241) - Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2017
Da lata. Cerveja acobreada, com creme de boa formao. mdia durao, e um "lacing" espesso. Aroma de frutas tropicais (lichia, tangerina, laranja), pinho, leve floral. Sabor com boa base de malte, ctrico e frutado, com dulor e amargor bem equilibrados. Final com amargor leve, de mdia durao, seco. Muito refrescante, sem muito harsh, belssima IPA.


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