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RATINGS: 1453   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3092) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

4/29/2010: Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale... Aroma: Fruity and hoppy aroma of sweet grapefruit, fresh OJ, and Hawaiian bread. Appearance: Peachy gold color with a puffy off-white head that lasts and provides some decent lacing; hazy complexion. Flavor: Hoppy (citrus fruits, pine, resin, grapfruit peel) with just the right amount of bitterness for the style; toasty malt hiding in the middle; clean, sharp finish. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; soft and slightly syrupy. Overall: VERY nice straight-up IPA; extremely drinkable and sessionable (at 7.5% ABV?!).

12 fl. oz. bottle (7.5% Alcohol by Vol) shared by alexdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #224 for this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6543) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2010
On tap at Rattle and Hum
Aroma: good clean hoppy nose , hint of alcohol. Slight malt behind.7+
Appearance: amber with mid tanned top.
Flavour and Palate: mid plus bodied , solid heavy malt that goes well with substantial hop profile. Balanced big IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Acquired in trade with Raiderfost. Really nice balanced IPA. Earthy, resiny hops with a touch of citrus give way to a nice malt backbone. Drank side by side with the Humidor series cedar aged Jai Alai which was so good it may have skewed my opinion on this one slightly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2010
From a bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Spotty lacing left on the glass. Pleasant sweet and fruity aroma. Flavor starts sweet and turns rather bitter quickly. Caramel and sugary bubblegum give way to grapefruit and bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2029) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2010
bottle poured an orange amber in color with a coating of white head. aroma has nice sweet hops, some peach, and a bit of mild bitterness. medium mouth feel that is heavy for the style and plenty of carbonation. flavor does have more malt than anticipated, sweet tropical type fruit, medium bitterness, again some peach, and increasing alcohol into a bitter sided finish. This really does have a nice tropical fruited citrus thing and the beer itself is firm giving a nice bite through the glass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2010
After hearing quite a bit about this brewery, I’ve been wanting to try a few of their beers. I was quite surprised to see that the Canal St. pub in Reading had this IPA on draft. It poured a dark golden color with a soft but sticky off-white head. The head left a ton of sticky lacing around the glass, as well. The nose was full of hops, earth, yeast, light rye bread and pine. The flavors were well-balanced and delicious, with notes of hop resin, light grapefruit and oranges, lightly toasted bread, earth and some pine. The finish was dry and spicy. This was a very delicious and enjoyable IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Nearly blown away with this brew. It might be my "Orval" I just see things with it that astonish me. More of it and it just might move up in my rankings. Very layered, with the wood showing itself in outstanding fashion. A great but not jacked up hop flavor with a terrific maltiness. A bit on the floral side but a nice bitterness as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2720) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2010
The aroma is sweet citrus hops, smooth through the nose. The appearance is dark golden with amber and a decent creamy head. The flavor starts with the sweet notes and then small notes of the alcohol as it settles on the palate. It ends with a balanced citrus bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Frothy off white head over a deep golden beer. Big juicey hop nose with grapefruit zest, apricot jam, and some pineapple notes. Sticky beer with lots of candied grapefruit rind, hop resin, pineapple upside down cake, and noticable alcohol. Long burn in the finish which could be the hops or the alcohol. Relly nice, really big IPA. Thanks to jdubFL for the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a frothy and long-lasting beige head. Nose of caramel malt, some vanilla, and peach and banana fruitiness. On the front, the flavor is caramel malt. In the middle, the peach and banana begin to come through, and on the back the hops start to kick in with some nice citrus and bitterness and a bit of soapiness as well. The body is fairly light with average carbonation. The finish is long with banana and bitterness. This is an awesome IPA. It is very balanced, and it is the first beer that reminds me of banana that I actually like.


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