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RATINGS: 1669   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of herbal, vegetal and floral hops with pale malts. The taste is bitter herbal and earthy hops, a twinge of citrus and a malty finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1459) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Multiple 12oz bottles in a crappy hotel bar in Miami (10/7/2011) Hazy dark orange in colour with a thick white fluffy white head. Big citrusy hops with grapefruit and peach. Sweet tasting, but really well balanced. Very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours clear amber w/ thick off-white head that lingers and produces some lacing. Citrus/pine resin nose. Fruity sweetness and some biscuits. Full hops on first sip, but citrus/pine notes mellow after. Solid malt backbone and well-balanced bitterness. Palate is fuller and rounder than I’d expect of an IPA. Also a sweeter finish than I expect, but nice just the same. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2011
22/11/2011 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - bottled: JUL23/11 (2011-663)

Little cloudy amber beer, big creamy white head, pretty stable, adhesive with nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very fruity, sweet ripe peaches, sweet malts, honey, ripe pineapple. MF: good carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: very fruity again, citrus fruits, some pineapple, grapefruit, bit sweet. Aftertaste: still fruity, bitter dry ending. Amazing beer. Bought this bottle in Rome, but now also available in my hometown @ De Hopduvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2011
12oz bottle from Jason thanks, pour is a medium brown with a nice citrus but not super bright taste is more of the same a smart easy drinking IPA not a standout for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle (not that fresh for sure) @ Home. Orange, slightly copper color, white big soapy head, foggy appearance with a sort of perlage. very good lacing and persistence. Aroma, watermelon, strong tangerine, citrus in general, resin, piney. Taste tangerine, piney and some hezelnuts background at first which turned the freshness-o-meter alarm on. Anyway it faded out quickly leaving the scene to a more proper strong resin taste. medium body, oily mouthfeel. fresh citric finish, not really bitter. I wrote so much about this one, but it actually results a little bit disappointing. I don’t think it has or had some freshness issue, it’s just an average, still very good, IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (1026) - 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 (587) - 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 (5188) - 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.

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