In this blog, we are going to dig into a brewery and beer I have been wanting to try in a long time. I have to give a shout out and thanks to my friends Dean and Dee Dee for bring back some bottles to me. The brewery and beer are Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai India Pale Ale. I cannot find any history on this brewery. I did multiple searches on the net and I cannot find anything. On their website, they have a nice history on Tampa Bay City breweries but nothing on them. Let us get into the beer.
The beer has a slightly cloudy copper color in the glass with no head. It has a little citrus smell to this IPA. It has a grapefruit and carbonation with a dry grapefruit aftertaste to the beer. It is a very drinkable beer.
Here is a description on the beer bottle:
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.
Here is a description on their website (www.cigarcitybrewing.com):
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 up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling 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 ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Beef Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes.
Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.
2010 Best Florida Beer Championship – Gold Medal
2011 Best Florida Beer Championship – Silver Medal
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Closing out, for the wait unit I recieve a bottle in my hands, this beer was not disappointing at all. This beer lives up to what I was hearing about this beer. Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai India Pale Ale is not like the other IPAs in the market. It is very drinkable and has a nice favor to it. I just wish I had more bottles in my refrigater. This brewery has done a very good job and I cannot wait to try their other beers. I really love this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser