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RATINGS: 1326   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4350) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, medium amber-toned body with a tall, frothy, off-white head. Smell: Caramel-scented maltiness rounded out with fruity, citrusy, spicy hop notes and a sprinkle of booze. Taste: Pale malts with a slim measure of inherent breadiness and lightly coated in a thin veneer of sweet caramel. JAIPA is laden with citrusy hops with additional accents of fruity mango and resinous pine. Minute hint of aspirin-like astringency lurking in there as well. Moderate bitterness. Some warming alcohol sneaks into the drying, bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A beer that does a decent job of displaying the natural beauty of the hop plant. It’s good, though maybe I shouldn’t have gone from trying the Cedar-aged and Guava versions to trying this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Nose is lemon, slight solvent (alc?), and fruit. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, bit hop flavor & bitterness. Pine sap in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3748) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of drowland. Clear orange yellow color. Slight lacing. Aroma is big fruity hops. Large spicy hops. Flavor is intensely dry and bitter. Heavy hopped flavor with lots of spice. Dry but solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Light orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity, a little caramel, and tart. Taste is bitter, a little off, pine, and some fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Cloudy orange body with a small off-white head. Big citrus and resiny hop aroma. Big hop flavor with citrus and resiny character. Full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (1963) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 16, 2010
Copper with a mamouth, lasting head. Great aroma of malts and hops. Floral, citrus, light pine, alongside biscuit malts, some toasted grain, and caramel. Flavor follows that path and has a great, but not overly bitter, bite. Nice carbonation along the way. A really nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle shared by jbye4334. Pours clear copper with a medium, creamy off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is malt (hay, straw, meal) and heavy hops (floral, citrus, pine) with fragrant fruity esters (pear/apple). Flavor is moderate malt with an edge to the hops, with fairly high bitterness. Light fruity esters mingle throughout. Medium bodied, dry palate, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Sampled at the brewvival festival. Pours a hazy orange. A little tart, hoppy floral, and woody.Meh. Overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpmaster (1117) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Sample from tap at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest 9/11/10 Ft Pierce, FL. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours golden yellow with a slight orange tint and a large frothy white head. This beer looks superb, with decent lacing and slight carbonation during the tasting. The aroma is what I expected for an IPA with hints of flowers, hops, light malts, and slight sweet backbone. The taste is very smooth, dangerously smooth, and very good representation of the style.

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