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RATINGS: 1518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1648) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Excellent IPA, the hops come right at you, but not bitter or astringent, easy to drink, another winner from CCB....very well balanced, short to medium finish, smooth to the last drop

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2923) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
6 pack from Ale Yeah! And, holy crap, Cigar City is date stamping their bottles now!!! I feel true happiness. This is a bold, very hoppy IPA. I tend to really like these super hoppy beasts that are a little stronger than a typical India pale, but not quite double IPA status. The aroma is very rich with evergreen and citrus. Itís probably just mental, but I get a little cedar in everything these guys make. The palate is perfect for the style. The hop blast translates well into the flavor with insane citrus and pine everywhere and a savory, lasting finish. Top notch IPA, this is.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
humlelala (1094) - DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
(75 cl bottle from Toft Vin) Pours a slightly hazy, amber with a rich, tan head, lace and retention. Aroma is pleasantly floral hoppy with notes of passion fruit, caramel and a hint of metal. Full-bodied, oily texture with medium carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Taste is moderately bitter but well-balanced by the malt backbone. A pleasant and refreshing beer indeed. Girlfriend says: "Itís nicely herbal and refreshing. Not too hoppy."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
Hazy amber pour with a white head. Aroma is pungent on the hops, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, grassy notes and shit like that. Some nice malty feeling to it with caramel. Taste is nice and fruity, pungent hops with a sweet caramel note. Sweet. Tangerine and pineapple and grapefruit. Easy bitterness on the palate. Really enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4562) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle @ Baran Cafe, Bergen, shared with the rest of the winning team of VANō Bergenís first pub quiz! :-) Pours a dark hazy orange body with a small white head. Nose is citrus, grass, apricot and hints of blue cheese and subtle caramel notes. Delicious, original and interesting indeed. Taste is extremely well-integrated tones of slightly skunky grass, apricot and melon, with soft hints of pine and yellow apples. Unusual profile, which I enjoy a lot. The balance is the most impressive here though; everything sticks together like a huge ball of taste, making it an arduous task to dissect the flavors enough for a review like this. One of the great IPAs out there for sure, although I prefer the Humidor version better because of the cedar touch. This is one hell of an American IPA, though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1190) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
A very good and rounded india pale ale. Nice colour and good head. Nothing bad to say about this beer, although the bottle is a bit large for one person. A very good way to spend a friday evening,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (729) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
750ml bottle. Hazy amber with a thick creme white head that lace pretty good. A first hit of fresh tropical hops with grapefruit, mango, peach and mandarines with caramel and marzipan that settles down quickly and gets more mineral with wet stone and moist grass. Taste is pretty sweet and hoppy with mango, apricot, mandarin, grapefruit and caramel. This is no brainer hop and caramel candy. Medium body with soft and a bit mushy carbonation. Simple hop juice for the sweet tooth. Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle pours light amber with off-white head. Aroma of flowers, pine, and citrus. Flavors of pine, spruce, grapefruit, and lemon-lime with a dry, very pleasant bitter hop finish. One of the best IPAís Iíve tasted.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gachupines (1052) - USA - SEP 25, 2011
Dark amber with a white head. Aroma is slightly resinous hops, smells very fresh actually. Not quite like fresh cut grass, but something a little earthier. Flavor is intense and complex. Hops are definitely strong, but they donít dominate the flavor like some over hopped IPAís. Thereís a strong malt backbone and almost a slight oak finish. This is an excellent IPA, and a new favorite for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (5668) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle. Amber with a medium white head. Not as "green" as expected but still a good IPA that was balanced. Medium bitterness with toffee, hops, fruit and with some notes of perfume.


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