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RATINGS: 1640   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2012
dark golden color, aroma is very circusy, grape fruit, pine, pineapple, orange, lemon, flavor is the same, little alcohol spice, dry finish, excellent IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6052) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2012
355ml bottle. Slightly cloudy deep golden colour with medium creamy lacing off-white head. Resinous hop aroma, dark fruity malt. Biting hop taste that varies between citrus, mandarin, grass, orange zest... Rather good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (957) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle brought back from Florida by a good friend. Pours a absolutely clear copper colour with an active white head that dies down to a blanket with splashes of lacing all over the place. Aroma is a little boozy and citrus hop like grapefruit, a touch of orange and guava. Tastes bitter, but dies down rather quickly. Lots of hoppy goodness, grapefruit again, a touch of pine. I found that this was better the first bottle I had, after about a month it wasn’t quite as good, but good none the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Aroma is sweet sweet malt with fruits wafting from its thicker white head. Taste is on the thicker side with a dense aftertaste. Hint of grapefruit not as strong as other beers but pineapple flavor definitely come througj after BELCHING this beer after a few gulps. A pretty enjoyable ipa. A bit on the stinger side at 7.5 but that?s not really a problem :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermanusa (77) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Deep honey orange cant see a thing through this body, massive head after an aggressive pour with tons of lacing. Fresh cut hops pineapple grapefruit the sweet malt. A bit on the sweeter side. Pretty thick body. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2012
Off keg at brewdog bar nottingham. Very fresh tasting ipa. Lots of citrus fruits. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured from bottle. Bottle was dated 12/11, so I’m not sure if that’s when it was produced or best before, so that may have contributed to my experience. Poured with very little head which totally dissipated, carbonation almost non-existent. Nice, though subtle aroma, slightly fruity. Palette has a pleasant bitterness. Smooth, not punchy like a west coast ipa. Good flavor, good body. Would love to try this again fresh at some point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 6/11/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Jai Alai pours a copper tangerine color, with a modest, bubbly white head. Some lace forms a nice web on the glass. A great variety of citrus hop aromas. Grapefruit, mango, and sweet pineapple. A soft, caramel bready malt exists in the background. The balance between a semi-sweet bready malt and the stronger citrusy hops stays steady throughout each sip. Sweet mango and pineapple help round out the dominating tart grapefruit hop presence. Quite a hoppy bitterness in the middle, but it finishes a little sweet. Jai Alai is the definition of a smooth and creamy feel for an IPA. The great feel is what really sets this apart. Crisp and bold, with a light dry finish. A light sticky residue remains at the end of the sip. This is very tasty, and the creamy feel puts it up there as one of the more drinkable IPA’s I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Dr. Owl-Land sent me this prescription, thank you Dr. for sending me a bottle of this elixir.

The beer pours a very hazy light orange and holds a medium tight white head for a good long while, leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nice enough from the get go, grassy with some resin and some sweet/toasty malt. Some citrus comes thorough but that’s pretty limited, as the beer warms the booziness in the aroma starts to show up and sort of crescendos to the point of almost unpleasant by the end of the glass.

The flavor is very nice, spicy up front with a good showing of piney hops. Eventually the fruit forward hops become more dominant giving the beer a nice citrusy flavor. Plenty of toasty malt shines through but the beer remains relatively dry & the alcohol so prevalent in the aroma is no where to be found in the flavor.

Very enjoyable beer. Thanks Danny!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor. Good malt backing with a nice finish.

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