389. Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA

Cigar City Jai Alai IPAThis one came back from Florida with Doug from Rock Island Hop Farm. We exchange beer quite often and he was down there for a week and brought back a couple of Cigar City varieties for me to try.

I heard good things about this one so opened up it up shortly after receiving it. Color is a bit darker than I expected with a thick off white head. Aroma has plenty of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is solid IPA with a nice amount of hops up front and then the sweet malts take over. It’s always interesting how some IPAs have the hops up front and other start with the malt sweetness.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and can imagine sitting in the hot Florida sun drinking a few of these. Thanks Doug for bringing it back for me.
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Brewers Website: Cigar City
Brewers Description: 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.

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