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RATINGS: 1533   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Deep red, super dry and bitter. Hoppy, soooo hoppy. Super linger and very dry. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle from Ericandersnavy, thanks! Orange color. Melon and anis in the aroma. Pleasant hop character. Firm hopbitter flavor with ripe tropical fruit. Earthy hopbitter aftertaste with plastic notes. Well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Pours hazy orange with a solid, fluffy, off white head. Smells juicy and like citrus with faint hints of pine or flowers underneath. Tastes juicy and bitter, great citrusy hop presence. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Cigar City Jai Alai IPA finishes smooth but with a pleasant lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle pours a mostly clear orange amber body with a three finger offwhite head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. Lovely aroma boasts a plethora of citrus-red grapefruit, tangerine, and mango, with floral notes of orange blossom tossed in. Creamy carbonation supports a medium body. Taste mirrors aroma, with huge citrusy notes of red grapefruit and tangerine. Peppery and floral hop notes add depth. Subtle toasted caramel malt base balances. I love a well crafted citrusy IPA and this one fills the bill. Very well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djaquay (136) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Dark gold pour, somewhat cloudy, light tan head, medium/heavy lace. Bitter up front, nice little sweet behind, medium sticky palate. Grass & herb builds as you go, but they do it well. Quality stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2011
Pours clear orange with an off white foam. Stunning looking! I could stare at this all day... Deep aromas of tropical fruits; pineapple, mango, nectarines and peach. A nice richness of malt is also there. Full bodied with the same fruity taste as in the nose. Malt and alcohol is present. Nice long finish. This is really nice but almost to full bodied for me, I like my IPA’s a bit more refreshing. I guess I’ll just have to get used to sipping them as well!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Murky amber brown pour. pillowy white head. Aroma is light, herbacious with some tropical notes, sweet caramel. very drinkable, and quenching. Flavor is more mango, caramel, light herbal hop character. not especially hop forward, but tasty nonetheless

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Cloudy amber, average sized frothy head. Aroma holds some tropical fruit, a touch of caramel malt, and herbacious hops. Interesting, but not particularly pungent. Flavor holds a bit too much caramel; has to be an old bottle. Definitely can taste some potential in the form of nectar fruit, evergreen, and grass. Will rerate with a new bottle for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (539) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle from Publix. Thank goodness this establishment has this stuff. Pours a light amber with a thumbnail of off-white head. Tightly-knit lacing. Intriguing aroma of pine and strong citrus. Flavors include herbs like coriander, pine resin, biscuit, orange peel, and very subtle sour yeast. More pine tree and metal in the finish. Soft/medium carbonation and full body. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with loads of floral hoppy notes and a sweet malt base. Taste is a very nice mix between aromatic and floral hops with balanced bitterness and some citrus notes. Malt base is maybe a tad too sweet for my taste though very solid with no watery notes. Boyd is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well brewed and something I could drink on a regular basis.

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