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RATINGS: 1414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 31, 2011
On tap at Capones in Norristown, PA. Golden brown pour, with smallish head, but some decent lacing. Floral hops and caramel in the nose. Complex hop flavor with floral Centennial like hops as the backbone but with a tropical citrusy intrusion that was welcome, over a caramel malt base.. Grainy, chewy and rough (in a wonderful way) in the mouthfeel. My first Cigar City brew...I really, really liked it. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Nice, fairly big floral hop aroma with lesser citrus notes. Smells like a good bit of sweet malts too. Taste - it is on the maltier side as IPAs go, but pretty hoppy as well - caramelized orange pith and carrot cake. More like a 1.5x IPA if not a double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Copper pour with a medium head. Aroma is caramel malt, orange citrus and pine. Flavor is aggressively hopped, pine mostly. Biscuity and caramel malt, hint of vanilla?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (814) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a cloudy amber with a white fluffy head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Oily mouthfeel and medium bodied, a very good IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (982) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours cloudy dark orange-amber in color with a medium-large off-white head. Great retention and foamy sticky lacing. As the color suggests this is a malt forward IPA. Caramel, oranges, spice, resin and grass aromatics. Medium sweet flavor. Soft bitterness throughout. Medium body, average carbonation, creamy-thick texture, and a near balanced, malt strong finish. Different from the West Coast IPAs im used to, but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours dark orange with lots of brown in the middle. The head is light tan, rises about a finger and is gone right away. Poor lacing. The aroma isnt great, a lot of alcohol on the front burning the nose, some pine and bitter sour citrus. The taste is like the aroma, tons of alcohol start to finish. There is very little citrus or hops, but the hops do present on the finish as very bitter pinecone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1457) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle via Bonster....liquid hops in a small glass bottle. Sounds like some Elizabethan phamacist/ perfumery product dont it. Biting grapefruit from nose to finish. Well balanced waves of sweet rounded malts provide an exiting an pleasant drinking experience. lacing builds and gets a bit crunchy.....Mmmmm me likey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 [Bottle, thanks for the trade!] Pours amber with a nice off-white head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma has a lot of mango and papaya, some grassiness, and cantaloupe. Barley is there in the background, along with some light banana, and caramel when it warms. Very nice. Taste is very fruity--underlying grapefruit, alcohol, great bitterness to balance it out. Peppery aspect shows up after warming up a bit, with the barley coming through at the end. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, creamy, long finish. Overall, a very nice IPA. Thanks again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours hazy amber with a white head. Smells of citrus, spicy. Tastes of caramel, some light citrus, peppery, light bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (562) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2011
On tap, dark orange/amber pour with frothy white head. Nose is sharp, citrusy, with peach, tangerine, apricot, and a slight vanilla presence. This beer simply electrifies the palate: very carbonated mouthfeel, but the elegantly coalesced flavors of orange, clementine, and peach round it out. A pleasure to drink.

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