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RATINGS: 1320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a cloudy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, orange zest, pine and light pink grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pink grapefruit and light pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle (thanks to Beerlando, shared with Angeloregon)... Poured a thick, cloudy orange with a white head. Nose was floral with hops and some sweet earthy tones. Some sweetness upfront to balance that hops. A tad bit cloying. The hops were floral and citrusy with a zesty, black pepper spice. Mango and other fruity/estery ale yeast qualities with a hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours hazy orange with nice thick white head, aroma is big pine and resinous hops, touch of spicy hops with biscuit undertones. Taste up front is big pine and resin, going into floral and spicy hops, a bit of sweet malt with caramel finishing nice and bitter. Excellent IPA, full bodied, tasty, and bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (372) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: Pours a golden caramel brown with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing throughout. Smell: Sweet floral hops with a hint of citrus. Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by spice and malt in the middle and grapefruit/lemon zest bitterness with just a hint of alcohol at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops with little bit of sweetness. Excellent balance of malt/hops and sweetness/bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Very high drinkability. It goes down smooth for a beer with a slightly elevated ABV. Overall: Great IPA. I would recommend this to anyone.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2278) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Hazy golden orange pour .... light beige head and light lacing ... aroma of citrusy hops and sweet malts a bitter citrusy fruit in there as well ...... taste of sweet caramel malts, grapefruit mostly, a tangy citrus and bitter citrus hop mouthfeel ..... citrusy hop bite in the finish that lingers for a little .... medium body with a sticky mouthfeel .... a very good ipa with a nice mix of bitter/sweet to it

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2010
On Tap. Blind Tiger NYC! Nice pour with a tan head. Bitter thick robust hoppy flavor. A pallet that stays with you.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Trade bottle from Dosbeerigos. Pours a cloudy golden color with tiny bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is an onslaught of citrus and grapefruit peels. Taste is semi sweet with a very well balanced bitterness with the malts. Awesome IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
In short: A biscuity, caramelized and well hopped IPA. Good beer.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh. Split three-way
The look: Clear golden body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose of floral hops and some tropical fruits. Taste starts with caramelized cookies with pecans notes followed by a generous amount of floral and fruity hops with light spicy notes. Well balanced. There was something “different” about the hop profile here but I was not able to word it. Overall this is a competent IPA. Its current rating as a top world class IPA is a joke (look at the brewery name) but this is yet another good beer from Cigar City. The type of IPA I could drink on a regular basis. And not because I am a drunk or addicted. Beer is not addictive. And I should know what I’m talking about, I’ve been drinking it daily for many years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Cloudy coppery orange, thin but sturdy white head. Big grapefruit, big caramel and brown sugar aroma. Thickish body. Flavor is lots of citrus and grapefruit, and a nice amount of sweet caramel notes, too. Dry crisp finish. It seems a little bit heavy to be a session IPA, but very tasty nonetheless...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
On tap at Lazy Boy. Pours lightly hazed copper with white head. Perfect lacing. Aromas of citrus, hops, some pine, and caramel malt. Flavors of medium hops, some pine, light citrus, and malty backbone. Nice mouthfeel and ample carbonation. Solid IPA.


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