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RATINGS: 1600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mzaar (2412) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2012
Till att börja med, detta är en helt fantastisk IPA. Rent ljuvlig att dricka. Mörkorange öl med gulvitt skum. Dofter från blomster och citrus. Smaker av päron, grapefrukt, skumbanan och melon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
Delicious. Pours hazy orange/gold with only very slight head that sticks to glass. Aroma is of pine and floral scents. Taste is strong with hops and increases sweetness throughout the tasting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Jai Alai pours a dark orange color with a three finger fluffy white head. Lacing throughout. It really is a good looking pour. Now when this beer was first poured I was really disappointed in the smell. Very malty. This sounds weird but it almost had a soapy aroma to it. So I let it sit for a bit and as it warmed up the smell got better and better. A nice deep aroma of mango, citrus, and grapefruit. Nice bready malt background. Don’t jump right into this beer. Let it sit for a while. Maybe more than you would wait for other beers. Upon first sip the hops bite the tongue giving a nice bitter flavor and feeling. Piney and citrusy. Then comes a nice rich sweetness. Tasted like honey and tropical fruit. It’s once again backed up a sweet bready malt. Mouthfeel is kind of on the medium- heavy side. Creamy and nicely carbonated. If Cigar City gets one thing right it seems their mouthfeel is always top notch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5033) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2012
12 oz bottle. Hazy copper to amber color. Tropical aroma with mango, lemon, orange. Bittersweet flavor with mango, grapefruit and hint of toffee. Smooth bitterness, drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
molly75 (301) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - JAN 31, 2012
[ASPETTO] ambra ramato, velata [SCHIUMA] color panna, media presenza, compatta, media persistenza, residuo duraturo [ OLFATTO ] malto, caramello, burro, fruttato di fondo, leggero sentore alcolico [GUSTO] malto,con una iniziale dolce ( miele-caramello) che si mantiene vivo a lungo, lasciando poco a poco spazio agli amaricanti, che danno un accenno veloce di agrumi (buccia di pompelmo) per poi virare maggiormente verso note erbacee. Amaro che perdura nel finale con un leggero piccante speziato a cui contribuiscono note alcoliche molto discrete. retrogusto persistente, vegetale-resinoso ma con qualche refresh del dolce iniziale. un accenno di metallico. [TEXTURE] corpo medio, morbida ed oleosa in bocca; buona carbonazione; percezione alcolica contenuta [COMMENTO FINALE] IPA molto ben fatta, che per le componenti maltate evidenti che danno corpo e morbidezza, tende quasi verso le sorelle maggiori DOBLE ipa. Alcohol di tutto rispetto che però mantiene il suo ruolo da comprimario , dinamicizzando il finale. Amaricanti poco fruttati tendenti al vegetale-erbaceo; forse vittima dell’import che ne ha attenuato i toni più fruttati. Se rimaniamo nel mondo IPA, direi ottima, se facciamo finta che si possa parlare di DIPA, c’e’ qualcuno che fa meglio .. ma siamo già fra top brewers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle dated Dec. 2011 courtesy of markwise poured into a pint glass. Opaque bronze color with a sticky tan head. Smell is rich in malt and hops alike, with gobs of caramel weighing down a piney citric hoppiness. Flavor is along the lines of your typical ’balanced’ IPA, plenty of crystal and caramel malt notes with a complementary hop profile instead of a showcase. Nice big bitterness in the finish, with a chewy mouthfeel that dries out well. A perfectly adequate IPA but I’m left wanting more hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Pours a hazy deep Orange/copper with amber hues and an off-white head. Huge aroma of pine and citrus hops with some sweet malt and caramel. Taste is a citrus hop bomb that has a hint of tropical fruit with a touch of pine and grassy hops coming through in the finish with a touch of sweet malt and caramel. Medium mouth feel with a moderate to strong amount of bitternes and well hidden alcohol. Freakin’ delicious. This reminds me more of a Double IPA, full flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NordicV (1576) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2012
Härligt, nästan orange öl med gulvitt skum. Fruktiga dofter av grape, ananas och aprikos samt en sötma från maltigheten. Sötare än många IPOr. Med en trevlig grapefuktbeska som balanserar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2012
On tap at Mr. Beery’s. It’s a really thick, chewy beer. A good dose of hops and a dry finish, but what really sticks out is the grainy, chewy mouthfeel to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (3633) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle. Amber, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and some tropical fruitiness with grapefruit hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and some tropical fruitiness, some grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel and light fruitiness, piney - some grapefruit hoppyness. Nice hoppyness but too much caramel - too sweet considering the body/hoppyness.


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