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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (738) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
Tap @ CBC 2015. Clear orange, medium white head, nice lacing. Aroma, malty, fresh hops, pine, orange, passion fruit, mango. Similar taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Humlehode (269) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
Clear golden, not much foam. Very nice hoppy aroma. Medium body, some sweetness. Quite harsh bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2015
12-ounce can purchased at Bread & Honey in Manhattan while on a NYC business trip. Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber hue with one finger of off-white foam. AROMA of sweet citrus, light pine, floral hops, honeysuckle, peach, and honey malts. FLAVOR of stone fruit (peach and apricot), sweet tangerine, some juicy tropical fruit, spicy hops, with some restrained malt presence. Good balance between the sweet and the bitter here. Nice and soft on the palate which somehow lets the hoppy and fruity flavors come through even better. Really lovely IPA...always nice to find good non-California IPA’s. (1498, 966)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (156) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2015
Pours dark orange with beautiful head. Aroma: very herbish and grassy, with a sweet malt touch. Taste: again grass and herbs, some sweet white fruit in the background and malty sweetness. Very elegant. Great, drinkable stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2015
Cigar City IPA named after an old folk game from the Basque region; one of many American craft beers nowadays coming from attractively designed cans. Thick, egg-white, moussy, dense head over a beautifully pinkish orange, misty beer. Lovely IPA aroma, extremely fruity and delightfully perfumey, with hints of pink grapefruit, canned apricot, some pine wood, fresh orange juice, mango, gin, pineapple, fresh peppermint leaves, toasted bread, roses, mandarin, basil, vanilla, papaja. Delicately fruity taste, no big esters but rather a refined assortment of pineapple, apricot, orange, tangelo and mango, medium to rather soft carbo which I think is appropriate for the style, slight salty accent but not so much that it becomes bothersome; after the initial, delicate honeyish fruit sweetness, an equally gentle, fluffy, light and very elegant caramelly and very lightly toasted malt character follows, eventually making room for the hops, manifesting themselves in a long, graciously bittering, drying finish, resinous, citrussy and very floral, very aromatic and fitting in perfectly with the fruitiness and the soft sweet malt character. I had a deep trust in this brewery’s standard and I have not been proven wrong: this is an IPA of utmost elegance, almost feminine, displaying both luxury and ’softness’ in all its parts, which thereby complement each other perfectly. One of the best ’regular’ IPAs I had so far, truly mouth watering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (109) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Draught at the Pub in Tampa International Plaza. Pours a dirty straw with frothy white head and superb lacing. Mellow aromas of citrus, flowers, grass. Smooth flavor and great finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hens (629) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2015
0.355L can. Slightly cloudy dark amber with massive fluffy top appearance. Sweet caramel, passion fruit aroma. Floral, grass, boiled vegetable flavors. Interesting cranberry, pomelo mouthfeel. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2380) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Can from one of the cousins from the barrio - nose is lemon. Sip adds citrus. Malty backbone. Easy going.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
borre_m (588) - NORWAY - MAY 4, 2015
sample at cbc. pours deep golden. aroma is hoppy, floral, balanced with malts. Taste is balanced hops and malts, slightly sweet, but lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (410) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2015
Cannette achetée à La Mise en Bière - De couleur blonde légèrement ambrée avec une mousse blanche qui tient bien - Au nez des arômes d’agrumes (orange, grapefruit), de fruits tropicaux, une bonne présence du corps malté légèrement caramel, houblon résineux - En bouche toujours aussi fruité sur les agrumes et les fruits tropicaux, un bon corps malté et quelques traces de levures et de résine de houblon - corp moyen, amertume moyenne, bonne carbonation, amère, final amère résineuse et fruitée - superbe bière, bien équilibrée, une bonne amertume mais un corps malté qui vient équilibrée le toute

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