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RATINGS: 1667   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2011
12 oz bottle from PA. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Sweet hoppy citrus notes in the nose. Medium body with a slight resin oil left on your tongue. Grassy/Citrus hop notes up front that give way to a slight bitterness that is a bit drawn out and leaves a slight hop resin on your tongue. Great well balanced IPA that can please both hop-heads and those who enjoy the aroma and flavor of hops without being too bitter and overpowering. Overall: (A)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2011
bottled. Huge citrus and fresh cut pine nose. A shit ton of hops, sweet malt, and wood leave an amazing palate. So drinkable. Oily & resinous on lips/tongue. Spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2016 Had this beer fresh in tampa. Excellent, excellent, excellent. This beer is amazing. Would buy everyday if it were available in NY. Totally blown away by this beer when fresh. WAY BETTER than two hearted. RE-RATE: even better from the new cans. Still amazing. Do not scroll past this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 From a bottle into a thick highball glass. The pour is very nice, with a head that plays around, leaving "trails" behind as you drink it. Lacing is nothing special Id say, but the timeline of foam is intriguing. A good sniff reveals citrus, and mild spices, overall a very floral scent. I would say I taste very fresh hops and bitter fruits, followed by sweetness of what I would describe as tangerine. This one finishes very well for an IPA, being very balanced in both in hoppy-ness and sweetness. Cigar City strikes again, and as usual, never disappoints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle from Mike - thanks! Fair sized white head with dark copper color. Aroma is light bitter hops, resinous pine, sweet citrus, and noticeable caramel/malt on the back. Nice pine/citrus bite up front but the remaining 2/3rds is heavy malt, caramel, and an almost bready sweetness. I guess its technically an IPA but it is far too malty and the hop presence is not nearly as clean or large as I would prefer. Comes across more as a generic strong ale of some type with a hop influence than an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2011
great IPA . has a nice hops flavor with a little citrus. i can drink this beer everyday and beer happy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - APR 16, 2011
Fabulous IPA. Refreshing, smooth and pure. Not overly citrusy as some IPAs can be. I look forward to more of this beer as the weather turns warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - APR 16, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Solid, above-average IPA with nice hop presence, slightly citrusy and tropical. Sweetish malt body, light finishing bitterness. One of my favorite southern IPAs and certainly a great flagship beer. e: Often just a bit too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Appearance is classic IPA with a chestnut hue and creamy head. Gentle citrus aroma, nothing overbearing. A well-balanced IPA with uniform flavors of hops and malts, with hints of vanilla and biscuits. Solid effort, but as a Minnesota-based drinker, the bar is raised pretty high for me, and this beverage didnt seem to have the same water quality as Im used to. I will definitely purchase it again the next time I visit the Sunshine State, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBoot (27) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
Clear amber IPA. Thin mouth feel. Its smooth with an extended hoppy finish.

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