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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a hazy golden amber, with one finger frothy off-white head. Aroma is of pineapple, grapefruit, and spruce hops, with a bit of caramel malts. Taste is sweet from the start; caramel malt is more pronounced here, and the pineapple flavor of the citrus hops really stands out. Nice bitter aftertaste from the hops balances things out. Thin, smooth body with average carbonation; not outstanding in anyway, but not lacking anywhere either– a very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
medium golden brown with medium white head. nose of citrus hops mostly. medium bitterness before some citrus hops with a touch of herbal notes before a fair amount of crystal, possibly munich malt with some significant residual sweetness remaining. overall, this is more consistent with an east coast version of the style, with a lot of malt character. i imagine this version is somewhat overaged, as the hop nose and flavor is definitely understated

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4706) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Hazy copper and amber coloured body with a dense, frothy tan head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. Aroma of potent fresh hops, a lot of guava and pineapple tastes, some pine and floral notes and more fresh hops - very nice! Medium-bodied; Strong potent hop flavours at first with a piney and floral taste with a resiny and almost caramel flavour at the end. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, a lot of hop tastes are also noticeable with quite a bit of alcohol taste noticeable. Overall, a good IPA, showing a bit more body and floral notes than a typical west-coast IPA, but a lot of sweetness also noticeable and definitely some fresh fruit tastes that also show differently than most. Definitely nice to try and would have again, if it were available close to me! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in St. Petersburg, Florida on 13-November-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 07-January-2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Great classic IPA. Good complex hop aroma and flavor. Really well balanced with great flavor. Not too assaulting. Citrus, resins, good hoppy stuff. Pours dark yellow and finishes clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a light to medium amber color, with a smallish white head. The nose gives heavy notes of medium-high caramel malt, lacking significant hop aroma, and showing the bottle’s age. The palate also shows assertive malt presence, with only a background note of earthy hop flavor, and a noticeable, if overly light, bitterness. Carbonation and mouthfeel are both nicely balanced. The finish leaves a lingering note of residual malt sweetness, as well as a slight earthy hop flavor. Overall, a sample that clearly doesn’t reflect the brewer’s intentions, and obviously worthy of a retry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2213) - New York, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled. Pours a nice dark orangey brown with substantial offwhite head. Nice spicy citrus hops head. Taste is good earthy hops. A bit of pePper to end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle that my brother graciously brought back with him from Kingdom Liquors outside of Tampa, thanks Jeff! Pours a clear, amber-orange-gold colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty solid. Very green with lots of juicy, resiny pines and candy-like, bready caramels. Freshly squeezed pink grapefruits, sweet tangerines, clementine oranges, a few lemons, and tropical fruits. A light wood, hemp, leafy hops, sweet crystal, and some peppered earth. Flavor has lots of bitter, green, leafy, piney hops with plenty of resiny citruses and a nice caramel, slight bready malt backing. Lots of grapefruit and lemon up front with some of the sweeter citruses and tropical fruits coming in after. Resins grow as the caramel and crystal sweetness increases slightly with the bread rounding out the malts. Creamy feeling as some wood, earth, pepper, and grass completely dry this out with a sticky, medium bitterness. The bready caramels get a bit cloying in a very lengthy aftertaste with no hint of alcohol. Light-medium, somewhat oily body with a soft, fizzy, medium-high carbonation. Overall, a pretty aggressive IPA. Very dry and bitter with lots of piney, green hops. Plenty of citrus and well balanced, although not my favorite malt backing. Still, very enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ted22ny (6) - , New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011 does not count
this has quickly become one of my fav ipa’s. if you have to have a session ipa, this is it. grat taste, nice hop profile, hoppy but not over done

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12oz bottle to pint glass. Pours clear amber with a finger of frothy white head. Nose was more malt and yeast than pine and citrus as with most ipas. Taste is a marriage of hops and grains. Its almost too well balanced as I expected more bitterness. Full in the mouth, a bit sticky with mild carbonation. Overall a very well balanced and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3917) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 ounce thanks to smith4498. Nice malty aroma and taste. Big hop presence. English IPA done right. Very nice.

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