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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 36cl, American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex bitter brew, slightly sweet and fruity, very balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew, yet expensive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1268) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
(Bottle 20/07-2011) Head faded rather quickly, good bitterness in taste, medium sweet, rather smooth taste, hop aroma is not as dominant as you might expect in an American IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaiLaIPA (2) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2011 does not count
A nicely balanced IPA with an interesting tobacco aftertaste. The aroma is orange-flavored toffee. The taste is bitter, but the malt dominates. I get some pine, blood orange, caramel, and tons of bitterness. A creamy IPA with a chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. This beer poured a light copper gold with a smallish head. Pine in the nose with some sweeter caramel. That goes a long way in describing the flavor. Some tart citrus, too. A well brewed beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Pinocchio’s Beer Garden to Go. Pours a hazy copper with reddish orange hues. Thick off white head that dissipates and leaves a trail of soapy lacing up the side of the glass. Aroma of resin and piney hops, and bread malts. Taste is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit but also a very unique and sweeter tangerine taste. Palate leaves a lingering, bitter hoppy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
screigh (496) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Pours a hazy light copper color. Small thin white head. Nice hop aroma with grapefruit. Citrus hop flavor. Long lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Great balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Looks good light decent white head. aroma is dry bitter hops with little oakiness taste great. easy to drink lots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
2011-06-26. Hazy dark orange body with a good sized off white head. 3+ Hoppy aroma of grapefruit seed, mild resiny hops, very light alcohol notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest green leafy hop notes throughout, pleasant notes of grapefruit, grapefruit seed, sweet orange and tangerine in the background. Modest bitterness throughout grows as you go, very slight grapefruit seed like astringency in the finish lingers. Smooth average plus bodied palate is softly carbonated giving it a lovely mouthfeel. 3+ Less intensely hoppy than I expected the overall impression is quite nice, very drinkable, lots of nuance to the hop character. Quite hoppy without being aggressively bitter. Takes me a minute to wrap my head around it but I quite like this once I get into it. 16+ Bottle via trade with Fata2683

"He has no idea how confused america’s gonna be about that j." - Mad Men

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
[3798-20110626] 12floz bottle. Fruity pine hops aroma. Hazy, dark orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head and some lacing. Citrus pine fruit hops flavour has a long citrusy aftertaste. Medium-full body. Tasty, repeatable, great balance of bitterness and hoppiness and happiness. (8/3+/8/4/17-) 4.0
(w/ jerc)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajcobb24 (20) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Appearance - Pours orangey tan with a moderate amount of head. About one finger of head with an aggressive pour into a snifter glass. Carbonation sticks to sides as the beer is swirled around. Smell - Slight citrus smell with a heavier spice smell. Some floral notes can be detected with some real effort. Taste - Perhaps I am spoiled with the Hopslam IPA I love so much, but the Jai Alai just didn’t taste nearly as good. Less citrus than I had hoped for and spice notes that were way too strong. Some floral notes detected with some serious retro-nasal breathing. Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with some carbonation notes can be detected as I swirl this brew around my mouth. Overall - Slightly above average beer. It is fairly easy and cheap to get where I live so it would be my choice over mainstream beers, but not the best craft IPA I have had. I would have liked to be greeted with stronger citrus notes than I was with this beer.

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