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RATINGS: 1738   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turboninja (659) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2017
[email protected], NYC, USA. Balanced and distinctive with some Indian style spices. Malty and nicely strong backbone.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (1374) - SPAIN - FEB 19, 2017
From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Technobabylon. Smoothness and refreshness are its more remarkable qualities. Full.of tropical fruits with a non-agressive bitterness inciting to drink more

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (2025) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
On tap at Brewdog bar Göteborg. Hazy yellow with white head. Very fruity with peach pineapple and bitter pine and grapefruit finish. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4356) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
Can brought back from Florida by my father in law. Clear orange pour, big off white head. Aroma is fruit, lots of citrus, citrus oil, and crackery malts. Nice mouth feel, and carb. Finish is medium bitter, loads of citrus juice, and specifically grapefruit. A really nice ipa.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jabic (467) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Ar: Classic grapefruit hop aroma, with lots of pepper, floral, and lemon notes; hints of toasted malt, but bright hoppiness dominates. Ap: Deep amber and clear; thick, dense off-white head; amazing head stand, looks like merengue; leaves chunks of lacing along the glass sides as it slowly recedes. T: Sweet candied orange up front; juicy grapefruit and mandarin orange; firm bitterness, but very smooth; slight alcohol warmth, clean in flavor; bright, but not cloying, caramel and toasted malt notes throughout; candied orange notes mingle with black pepper and lemon for a long, hoppy finish. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation and a wonderful creamy mouthfeel; finish is medium-dry. O: Stellar IPA; very traditional American hop flavors (grapefruit, floral, pepper) with a firm, fresh malt backbone that creates a lush, citrusy hop experience rather than becoming cloying or overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (330) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2017
12 oz. cann pours orange nose is orange/grapefruit, evergreen resin taste is zest and pine

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwm1034 (766) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Can from the Winn Dixie in Fort Lauderdale....retirement vacation. Pours a foggy orange; one finger head. AROMA - mild hoppy nose; APPEARANCE - foggy orange TASTE - smooth pale ale PALATE - good body; substantial OVERALL - excellent IPA...tasty

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
laurenlm (6) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2017 does not count
Terrific IPA! The hops in this beer lend fruity flavors and aromas making this IPA so much more than just another bitter IPA. I wish this distributed in St. Louis, because I would drink it all the time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sjohnh (850) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Another well balanced IPA with a strong malt body backing up hops giving orange and pine. Do we really need another bedrooms this? Oh, go on then...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smithld1 (227) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Can red lion Leytonstone. First had this at the brewery in tampa about 3 years ago so had to dive in. 8 quid a can. Obviously not worth that but a fantastic IPA. Fruity as fuck. Love it.


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