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RATINGS: 1575   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4047) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle at home. Hazy orange pour, thin foamy white head. Aroma full of hops, very floral and fruity, some citrus, pine, and resin. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Flavor is bitter and fruity, really round and lovely hoppy. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garza (572) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - JAN 6, 2012
Pours cloudy and dark orange colour with avergae white head. Aroma of fermented fruits like pineapples, green bananas and grapefruit. Medium bitterness on the taste with some light citrus notes with hops. Medium body, oily feel, average carbonation and some light sweet short after taste. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
musinj6 (476) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Pours cloudy honey with thin heady. Aroma is citrus, grapefruity and pine. Big hop bitterness up front that mellows with the finish with the faintest hint of sweet. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. A good bitter IPA that is very drinkable. Thumbs up on this one!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 3, 2012
A honey colored beer with soft white head. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is bitter with a large dose of biscuit malt. I think I got an old bottle. Funky aftertaste. I’ll have to try this again later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9957) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12 oz bottle. Batch 5 Oct 2011. It pours a clear amber with a big off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The smell here to me at least isn’t world class. It is nice though. Definitely some pineapple, passion fruit, grassiness. It is very candy-like. I don’t usually get these scents form Simcoe which it lists on the bottle. Odd. The flavor is unique. It is very tropical. I am starting to get even this coconut scent and flavor. There is also banana runt and some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The malt is very honeydewish with some sweetness. It has candy notes all over it, not sure where it is coming from. I can see why people dig this one, it is definitely unique among IPAs and tasty to boot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2012
Keg at Brewdog Camden. Orange amber colour with small off white/beige head. Aroma is ultra fruity, peach, and tropical fruit, bit of creaminess too and a touch of spiky bitterness. Taste, little bit bitter, very fruity and a touch of biscuit malt. Bit of orange and grapefruit. Texture is very nice. Building intensity and fruit finish with a touch of sourness. Doesn’t taste so different from other IPAs but just tastes much better. Very well balanced. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (2117) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Coppery gold in color with a whitish head. Floral and sweet with a hoppy bitterness. Smooth, full bodied, strong finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Orange colour with a medium-sized off-white head. Hoppy aroma with orange, lemon and grapefruit. Bitterness, orange, lemon, grapefruit and sweet malt in the flavour. Medium-bodied, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8196) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014
355 ml can. Canned xx.xx.2014.
A lot fresher product now, very nice hop profile with a exotic fruity flavor. Very nice.
355 ml bottle. Bottled 25.07.2011.
Pours clear amber colour with a large foamy head. Aroma of hoppy exotic fruits, maple syrup, caramel, toffee notes, spruce, grass and orange peel. Flavour of mandarin, mild lemon, some syrup notes, and sadly some vegetables. Unfortunately this is not very fresh bottle and the flavour is probably not as good as it should be. Hopefully I’ll come across with a fresh one some day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014
35,5 cl bottle @ home, bottled(?) on 25.07.2011
Aroma has hops with resin and exotic fruits. Also hints of gooseberry bush. Aroma is sweetish with exotic fruits, but also some cardboard and vegetables. Probably past its best already.

35,5 cl can @ hotel room, Copenhagen. Canned 03.03.2014?
Aroma has hay and peaches. Also some grainy and mineral tones. Flavour has pineapple juice, passionfruit, hops and some pine needles. Refreshing, a lot better now and without off-flavours. Perhaps a bit stuffy at the end of the glass though. 7+4+8+4+16=3.9

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