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RATINGS: 1561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCametron (2116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2011
75cl bottle. Looks ideal. Thin aroma. Tremendously flavoursome. Hoppy a bad yin liiiike.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6461) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2011
On tap at Proof. Pours cloudy orange with large frothy white head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is citrus and bubblegum. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth hop and light finish. A very good IPA from Cigar City.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39784) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, toasted, caramel, hay - grass, oxidide malt notes, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, orange - mandari notes, ripped orange, peach. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration, dry, caramel, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110819]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4809) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Poured a dark orane with a big white head that left nice lacing as you drink it. Aromas of hopps, tropical fruit and grapefruit. Flavors of apricot, grapefruit bitterness and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3991) - - AUG 21, 2011
bottle. pours kind of an ugly dark burnt orange color with a large, fluffy white head. nose is of soft citrus with some pear juice. a very bitter ipa with not a lot of sweetness. long lingering bitter finish. medium body. hops a mix between floral and citrus with neither taking over...but one thing for sure..malt takes the backseat here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11892) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
Hazy golden with a small white head. Juicy hop aroma with grapefruit, pine and peach. Dry hoppy flavour wonderfully clean and fresh hoppy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
750 ml bottle at 19 glas. Amber, cloudy liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit and some weird smell that reminds me of brittish hops. Taste is dry, medium bitter and a bit malty with some caramel and toffee notes. Light to medium bodied with ok carbonation. Absolutely not bad, but something is a bit off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2011
12oz bottled June 13, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is very floral with pine and grass notes, some tropical fruits, mango, and apricot. Fair caramel and bread malt backbone along with hints of vanilla. Very good strength.

Flavor is apricot, resinous hops, a bit of tropical fruit and citrus, decent caramel malt in the middle with a bit of sweetness and finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a touch creamy, good carbonation.

A long-time want and a pretty darned good IPA overall, although more caramel malt than I generally care for in the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color that would have been clear had I stopped the pour a nano second earlier. Frothy white head slowly dissipates to a cap and leaves moderate lacing in its wake. Smells yeasty, earthy and citrusy, pine and resin mixed with a fair amount of caramel. Taste is sweet caramel malt up front followed by an earthy piney resinous taste. Hints of citrus follow then a fairly dry finish that leaves a bitter hop bite on the palette. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous bitter mouthfeel. I liked this one, but nothing about it knocked my socks off. I really wanted more hops in here. I got this bottle in trade and with no bottle dating I have no idea how fresh this sample is. Maybe one day I will get to try a version at the source.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1536) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2011
10 oz. pour at Mellow Mushroom. Orange color with a thin head and a little lacing. The aroma is caramel, grapefruit and grain. The flavor is nicely balance bitterness and sweetness, with the bitterness coming to the fore in the finish. The palate is creamy and heavy, with a little malty graininess. The finish is dry, acerbic, and very bitter. Overall, this is a great IPA. Very clean, flavorful and deliciously bitter.

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