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RATINGS: 1389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 ďbigĒ 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
[3798-20110626] 12floz bottle. Fruity pine hops aroma. Hazy, dark orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head and some lacing. Citrus pine fruit hops flavour has a long citrusy aftertaste. Medium-full body. Tasty, repeatable, great balance of bitterness and hoppiness and happiness. (8/3+/8/4/17-) 4.0
(w/ jerc)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajcobb24 (20) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Appearance - Pours orangey tan with a moderate amount of head. About one finger of head with an aggressive pour into a snifter glass. Carbonation sticks to sides as the beer is swirled around. Smell - Slight citrus smell with a heavier spice smell. Some floral notes can be detected with some real effort. Taste - Perhaps I am spoiled with the Hopslam IPA I love so much, but the Jai Alai just didnít taste nearly as good. Less citrus than I had hoped for and spice notes that were way too strong. Some floral notes detected with some serious retro-nasal breathing. Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with some carbonation notes can be detected as I swirl this brew around my mouth. Overall - Slightly above average beer. It is fairly easy and cheap to get where I live so it would be my choice over mainstream beers, but not the best craft IPA I have had. I would have liked to be greeted with stronger citrus notes than I was with this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badwhale (370) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle to pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy / hazy copper color. Sparse head, which is a light white, and decent lacing. Not too much hop bit or bitterness, but a lot of hop citrus flavors. Different from most IPAs. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle 355ml @ Craft Bar, New York, NY
Pours cloudy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus and grape. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4469) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Pours deep gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing to skim surface. Bread and mild resin aromas. Medium bodied with sweet caramel covered danish upfront followed by a mild resin finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
urge13 (17) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle from Hopscotch (thanks!) Good kinda Tangerine aroma, however disappointed with the color, seemed uneven but with a nice light white head. But really loved the taste, the hops blend great with the malt. Citrus is sweetened by the malt. Very smooth body and great mouth feel. A very good IPA canít wait to try more. Thanks Hopscotch!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1439) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
This is a pretty good IPA, but I was expecting a bit more, given the reputation. Itís a nice balanced IPA. Big toffee, caramel malt note. Tangerine, pine, spruce hops. Good level of bitterness. Itís a pleasant East Coast-ish IPA but not something that I would seek out, due to a preference for dryer, less caramelly IPAs. Nice full feel. Good aftertaste. The beer has a pleasantly rich character. Enjoyable but not worth going out of your way for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Hazy amber pour with tangerine highlights under a tall and modestly rocky off white head. Big citrusy hoppy aroma. Hops hit you smack in the face like a jai aílai pelotin but in a really good way. Plenty of light caramel, milk chocolate and grapefruit come to the party too. Soft body and a wickedly crisp finish. Iíd heard great things about this brew and I have to say it lived up to the hype.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1513) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Tap@ BJís - Clearwater, FL: Almost clear gold with a ring head. Aroma of juniper shrubs and nice grapefruit. Strong hop flavor with a little hairspray in the aftertaste. Not bad.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pressurewave (13) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2011
I honestly think that if I had to pick just one IPA to have from now on (thank goodness I donít need to), this would be it. Hits you with the Hops right out of the bottle, and you get a nice subtle roasted nut scent, good organic/grassy on first splash, with plenty of citrus rind over the tongue. A bit of bitter and alcohol on the finish, fades slow and steady. The citrus of the hop is pretty. Drink this one.


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