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RATINGS: 1333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1593) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 Pours a hazy copper with a white head. Nose is citrusy grapefruit hops, pine and sweet malts. Flavor is wonderful citrus hops and gracious amounts of malts to provide a very well balanced beer and a great IPA. Re-rate from 3 day old can. Clear amber pour with a frothy white head that laces all the way down. Nose is tons of juicy grapefruit, blood orange, apricot, pine and some underlying malts. Flavor is smooth with more juicy tropical fruits, pine some sweetness and a clean bitter finish. I have to say it’s even better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a clear copper with a small off-white head. Aroma: big hops, pine, grass, sweet and fruity. Taste: big hops, pine, grass, passing notes of tea, citrus and fresh fruit, sweet, all over a solid malt backbone. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Has a nice solid bite in the finish. Very good depth and balance, dry. Overall a excellent IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2010
(12oz bottle-thanks to markwise for this one!!). Pours hazy copper/apricot color with 1 finger off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation bubbles. Aroma of hopfunk, resin, pepper, and citrus. Taste is sweet with a slightly sour component. Of course, the bitterness is there, but its balanced by the sweet. Full bodied with some thickness to it. Finish is bitter, but smooth. Really good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Got to try this thanks to "hannont". Colour... apricot-orange with a thin head. Nose... mildly hoppy with hints of oak and tea biscuits. Palate...dry, oaky, piney hops with dried fruits and lemon pepper.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Surprisingly dark and rich coppery pour with a big, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is lots and lots of citrusy hops, with a bit of pine and grass on the back end. Moderate sweetness. Flavor is actually somewhat malt-forward. Sweet caramel malt is complemented nicely by a juicy citrus hop kick. Lingering bitter finish. Perfect, medium body leaves just enough of a coating on your tongue to keep you wanting another sip. This is one that doesnt really have one standout attribute, but the overall package is outstanding. Glad I got to try this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Bottle from secret santa! Vibrant orange color with a big white head with good retention. Upfront hoppy aroma but nothing extreme. Flavor is big time citrus and fruity hops. Very balanced. Finish is dry and bitter and moderately long lasting. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Dark amber pour with moderate head. This is the first IPA which I have truly enjoyed. I have never been an IPA drinker, but this is an excellent beer. Nice and hoppy but not too overwhelming. Enough malts to counter all those hops. Excellent IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Hazy orange, thick frothy beige head. Aroma of lots of malt and mostly dank hops. Taste is also mostly bitter with lots of resin and orange peel. Malt body is thick. Very good overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttutony (642) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Slightly hazy copper color in the glass. Earthy hop and woody aroma. Fairly decent level of bitterness on the palate offset by malty flavors fairly equally.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4637) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
12oz bottle from Big Z Beverage. Pours a mostly transparent, copper, orange amber with a very creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. The head left this really cool looking film on the inside of the glass. Nose is nice, light pine, citrus, floral, some crackers, biscuit. The aroma is a mix of earthy hops and a solid malt backbone. Flavor is sweet, caramel, crystal malts, oranges, light pine, lemon zest, crackers, a touch metallic. Finish is a touch too sweet, just a touch of bitterness. This was good, but not great. You could tell this was brewed to be a base for other things. It could stand on it’s own more.


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