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RATINGS: 1646   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2014
12 oz can. Vacation in Tampa. Pours slightly cloudy orange amber, white head, nice lacing. Citrus, orange, lemon, pine, sweet malt. Good balance with a moderately bitter, largely dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reuillebrew (4) - - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
Very hop forward ipa. Strong aroma .. if you like hop bitterness with citrus and piney hop flavor this is for you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pools (27) - - JUL 14, 2016
One of my favorites. Fresh it's incredible and has a lot of malt to stand up to the hop character

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (459) - Minneapolis, - JUL 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2016 Wanted to try this for awhile but in MN can’t get it. Searched it out in Cape Canaveral before getting on a Disney Cruise and picked up a six pack. However, it didn’t stand out from the pack as expected. A decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LetsGoState (788) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Aroma is very floral. Taste is a decently balanced IPA. Overall very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (1284) - - JUN 27, 2016
Can, bought in Florida. Sweet tropical fruit and citrus aroma with notes of floral hops. Pours cloudy golden colored with a large, soapy off white head with excellent retention but not a lot of lacing. Starts with sweet tropical fruit flavors with some grapefruit citrus as well. Finishes very smooth with the tropical fruit and citrus hops as well as just a touch of floral hops as well. So smooth, it could as easily not be an IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (123) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: loads of tropical fruit & citrus, floral hops. Taste: silky mouth feel, juicy sweet citrus, caramel. Finish: Grapefruit, lemon oil, orange zest, resiny dryness. (canned 02/24/16, tasted 05/03/16)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1651) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong hoppy aroma; equal parts tropical fruit juice and dank resin. Some grass. No distinct malt aroma. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Burnt amber/flame orange. Quite hazy but visible CO2. Two-finger, off-white froth. Plenty of lace. 3/3

FLAVOR: Plenty of hops throughout. Tropical fruit to start with pine and resin on finish. Bitterness is dank throughout with a dryness on the end. Malt base imparts slight sweetness in the form of orange marmalade. Delectable all around and a textbook example of the style. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Though potent at 7.5% ABV, body is only medium with a consistent crispness. Hops linger with slight dryness but is not harsh. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. Smooth and quaffable (but not refreshing). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect IPA in every way. That it’s so consistent after many years of production and on such a large scale is amazing. 9/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flatearthman (24) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Pours copper in color with subtle nose of citrus. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with citrus (mango) and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish. While many IPA’s are on the sweet side, this one does a nice job of blending the sweet/bitter scales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2704) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Tall pint draft pour on the roof top of Zamora. Apparently this is the beer that is everywhere around town, and if you are a newcomer like me, and not sick of it yet, it’s pretty damn good. Dense orange pour with an active fizz head. Fresh hops aroma. Flavor is hop heavy right out of the gate, with hops, and a hint of hops. Hoppy too. And some hops. Seriously. Tropical fruit hints in there. Pretty good, and actually reminds me a lot of an IPA back home. Cool beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (735) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Pours a slightly hazy gold with thick just off-white head. Head has tons of lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and some resin. Taste is biased towards resin side. Fantastic IPA.

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