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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2011
0.33l bottle from CrackedKettle. Pours a crystal clear light orange body with a big and lasting kinda creamy just off-white head. Majestic! Aroma has lots of malts, the bottom of a cookie box, beautiful hops and notes of peach, pineapple and hints of melon. Really nice stuff! Average carbonation, medium to full-bodied and it has a really slick and silky oily mouthfeel. Fantastic flavors with a solid malt base, fruity and bitter hops, light caramel and it’s all leaving to a nice and warming hoppy and bitter finish. So refreshing and re-filling! This is one fantastic IPA from one amazing brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2200) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, medium amber, quite thick white head. The aroma is mainly hops, quite spicy and earthy, against a fruity malt structure, dried fruits, spruce, grapefruit peel, coriander, some caramel and fudge. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, high bitterness, CO2 a bit on the low side. Very fruity, spicy taste, lots of earthy hops, grapefruit peel, caramel malt, fudge, spruce, quite thick, alcohol is well integrated. Somehere in between an IPA and a DIPA. (2011-09-11)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2012 Courtesy of dazz3. Pours almost clear golden amber with a smlla off white head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity, sweet, raisins,caramel and citric. Flavor is fruity, caramel, raisins, madeira, alcohol and bitter. Finishes longlived sweet and bitter. CCB Day. Good bitter fresh hoppy citric and piny flavor. Fresh hops aromas. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Nice brew. Very true to style - amber, earthy style malts, bittering hops. Nicely done. Overall, nice IPA and complex with the malts and hops, but not unique in that other brewers have similar IPA’s. Not sure if this is so different than Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA. And has the maltiness of the the Double Crooked Tree IPA. Again, not bad, but not distinguishable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 (Bottle) Pours light hazy golden with an off-white head. The aroma is perfume hoppy up front with notes of orange, sweet grapefruit, light lemon, elder, pine, roses, lychee and strawberry jam alongside a light fruity touch. Toasted, light caramelly backbone. Whisper of ginger and coconut. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Boatloads of citric, piny, resinous, woodsy, spicy, lychee-like and perfume floral hops alongside a stable background of toasted, light caramelly malt. The mouthfeel is round, fat and soft with a light to medium carbonation. Perfume, mango and grapefruit lingers in the finish. Medium bodied. A proof that an IPA does not have to be super complex to be delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
baggio (322) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle@Home Apperance: Golden copper with a nice, white head, and some lacing. Aroma: Caramel, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Citric notes. Taste: Caramel, Hay, Mandarin, Coconut, Exotic fruit, Oxidized malt. Palate: Liquid feels thin with plenty of carbonation. Pleasant mix between sweetness and bitterness makes it an easy drink. I suspect they’ve used some Sorachi-hops in this one as that’s what i usually associate with coconut. A very drinkable ipa but nothing i could drink all night. 750ml was no problem tho. Quite nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minke (2) - USA - SEP 9, 2011 does not count
Golden/copper appearance with an off-white head. Typical IPA-tropical-fruit-nose with a malty sweet backbone. The aroma is reflected in the taste as well. Overall a solid IPA with great balance. No real flaws, but this has been done before and this particular beer is far from unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3416) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle at home, shared with Claus. Sweet and quite bitter. Lots of sugary hops aromas. Quite grapefruity. Hints of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5202) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle. Hazy copper with tiny bubbles and a large rocky tan head. Very hoppy nose, floral and slightly soapy. Malty, bitter, crisp, but again, a little too soapy for my taste. Medium body, can’t have too many, buddy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
From Skjold Burne, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 010911. Amber with white head. Aroma of spruce and citrus. Flavor with lots of fruit and some malt.

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