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Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
A beer by: Cigar City Brewing
from Tampa, FL, United States
Style: IPA
 
Score:
3.67
ABV:
7.5%
Availability:
Unknown

Reviews:
17
IBU:
70
Last Updated:
10/3/2011 4:53:44 PM
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Beer 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.



Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Beef Empanadas (heavy on the hot sauce), Deviled Crabs (again attack it with hot sauce) and other spicy dishes.
 
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Beer vs Style
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Overall rank1228 of 42668
Overall percentile97.1
Style rank71 of 3551
Style percentile98
Lowest score3.3
Highest score4.6
Average score3.788
Weighted score3.67
Standard deviation0.397
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