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RATINGS: 1540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3300) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
12 oz can from the brewery via Christine (thanks!), served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Slightly hazy amber with a tight, off-white head. Aroma: Rich tropical fruitiness and peach/apricot with a little burnt hair (I get this a lot from hoppy beers), pungent citrus, a little resinous and peppery, bread crust and biscuit malt support. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly lively carbonation. Flav.: Like the nose with plenty of rich, juicy fruitiness, peppery, slight burnt hair, a little more malt presence; off-dry with reasonable bitterness and a long fruity hops finish.

Quite good...as if there was any doubt!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IngetSlick (66) - - MAY 15, 2015
Can from Saveur Bière. Small white head with a hazy amber body. Citrus/grass aroma. Bitter and sour taste with hints of orange and chocolate with a similar aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (474) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
@yellow cbc 2015 citrus, grass, caramell, mid sweet, mid bitter, soft carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (172) - 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 (3235) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
weark (434) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (115) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
borre_m (688) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2438) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hens (701) - 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.

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