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RATINGS: 1634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (979) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
I’ve had several variations of this beer (oak-aged, cedar aged, etc...) but never had the original Jai Alai. Pretty much a classic example of an IPA. Pours a nice dark orange-gold color with a frothy off-white head. Aromas of pine, caramel and citrus. Flavors of bitter citrus and balanced by a nice caramel sweetness. Medium bodied with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lefossoyeur (549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
Copper with a creamy white head, leaving a nice lace. Aromas of apricot, pineapple and fruity hops. Smooth attack, round bitterness, great malt profile, clean, finishing on a cedar note and fruity hops. Great balance. Impeccable IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (5088) - rødovre, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle.Hazy orange colour with white head,who stays aroma is fruity of pine and torpicla fruits,taste is bitter hoppy and dry,well balanced and nice malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CarlJonas (231) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 Bottle. Looks like it should but the aroma isn’t quite there, might be a bit old. The flavor on the other hand is pretty awesome. All the pine and citrus you expect in an American I.P.A. but with an added spicyness. Some alcohol in the finnish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4350) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle @ Brewdog Glasgow. Hazy orange colour, short off-white head. Nose is Turkish delight, sweet candy, hoppy and tropical. Flavour is light malted, tropical fruits, grapefruits and citrus. Fairly bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MagicRockStu (1) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2011 does not count
Bottle at home, really nice, love the hop, malt and spicy Belgian yeasty flavour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (4578) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Poured on draft into a shaker. The pour is an odd, partially translucent copper surrounding an ugly, murky brown with a one-finger width head of crisp, white foam that remains for a very long time and leaving wavy sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma consists of a potent mix of orange and grapefruit rind as well as an herbal layer of nuances. Taste is bitter yet fruity. Wonderfully balanced sweet and bitter notes battle one another in a beautiful symphony of flavor. As the beer first touches the tongue, it initially stings, but that quickly subsides to a smooth and sticky, chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2011
A sweet flavour from the onset, finish becomes predictability bitter, but too sweet for my plate. (Bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (2066) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to Mattyb83. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a small white head. Aroma is floral, tropical, and caramel. Taste has plenty of alcohol, citrus and caramel malts, slight hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (486) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Poured a hazy orange amber with a creamy beige head. There were a lot of fruity citrus aromas. Apricot and tangerine in particular. There was some nice sweet malt aroma as well. The beer had a slightly creamy texture. There is a good hops bite with a good alcohol warmth initially. A good roasted malt sweetness comes through to balance the hops. The finish is again hop forward with a nice lingering citrus bitterness tempered by the malt. Excellent IPA.

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