Cigar City says:
“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.”
City City Jai Alai IPA
American IPA, 7.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: Despite having lived in Florida for two years in my mid-20′s, my only exposure to Jai Alai (pronounced HI-lie) was the opening credits to Miami Vice (below – also, you’re welcome) and season 3 episode 4 of Mad Men.
Now, in my defense, I did live in north Florida where I felt more a part of southeast Georgia than the sunshine state, and Jai Alai didn’t make it that far north. In fact, about the only place you can catch it now is in Miami. So how “merry” is this tribute to the sport? Well, it goes down as one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had.
Cigar City’s Jai Alai IPA blurs the line between a high ABV IPA with blisteringly bitter hops and an IPA exploding with mouth watering citrus flavors. The ABV is fairly high for a standard American IPA at 7.5%,. In fact, it could be easily mistaken for an imperial IPA. Its saving grace is that, no matter how hard you look, you can’t find that 7.5% ABV. It’s non-existent. And the flavor is so robust it leads you to believe you’re drinking something akin to a session beer. Continue reading