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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to Momar42 for the can! 12 oz can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a hazy golden copper color with a lot of sediment floating around. The head is a two finger white color. I love its thick texture, and how it leaves impressive lacing down the glass as it recedes. S: Right off the bat, the nose is slammed with tons of grapefruit, mango, lychee, papaya, and guava. It’s a bit catty as well, but the Simcoe hops used here give of an excellent tropical vibe. As it sits in the glass, the malt profile comes through more strongly, with notes of biscuit and caramel. T: A moderate level of tropical fruit flavors appear on the palate initially. This is soon replaced by a midtaste and finish comprised of grapefruit peel, herbs, biscuit, and caramel maltiness. Simcoe comes across as a very ’sweet’ hop to me, but these guys have done a great job extracting all the nuances out of the hops without any bitterness. I really like the hop complexity here. My only complaint is that it’s a hair too sweet for me. M: A bit on the heavy side for my tastes. Personally, I prefer a drier, lighter IPA (see: Troegs Perpetual IPA), but the wet finish manages to be lush rather than slimy. Some hop resins linger quite well without providing any bitterness. Personal preferences aside, this is how you execute the mouthfeel of a sweet IPA, plain and simple. O: Damn this is really good. Despite all my nitpicks, I’m really loving this one. A fantastic choice for those who want an IPA without any unpleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anthony850 (297) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
IPA with sweet pineapple after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
reorulezzz8 (8) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
On tap at Cigar City. Bomb place! Also 12 oz can that was canned that day! Super fresh melon and citrus. Better as it warmed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (339) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2015
Can @ De Tolly Joogipood. Aroma is sweet and hopy, citrus, caramel, fruity. Taste is sweet and bitter finish, citrus, caramel, darker fruits. Probably not the freshiest but good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (389) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JAN 26, 2015
355 ml can from The Hoppy Imports, Sallonika Greece. Color is orange, slightly hazy with a nice white head. Aromas is excellent and intense. Caramel, citrus, pine, lemon, tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit. Taste is the same with excellent blending of fruits, citrus and tropical, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Sweet aftertaste, long. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1202) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2015
Can. I really like this design. Orange IPA body with a tall head. Aroma has dried tropical fruits (mango, pomelo) and some fig jam. Taste has more or less the same. This is a very nice IPA with a distinctive character but it might get too sweet for sessioning.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtysteve (1) - - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
seriously my favorite IPA ever. taste, quality, smell, pairs well with pretty much everything. i can sip it or heartily drink this. i also love that it is not lacking on alcohol content but isnt overly strong either. the price is very reasonable as well. i honestly have no negative feedback except to make it more available in cities other than Tampa (see below). i live in Tampa, FL so I can visit the brewery and even buy a six pack from the gas station. My suggestion is to make this more readily available on the west coast as I was not ever able to acquire it when I was in California.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2015 Can (from Koht, Tallinn), canned 02.09.14. Pours clear amber with off-white head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, caramel, citrus, pine. Flavor is sweet, caramel, citrus, tangerines. Finish is mild grapefruit bitter. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: nice, but would like to rerate fresher sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerconnaiseur (133) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
Hazy orange pour. Medium carbonation. Soft aromas of pine, hops, malt and some caramel. Nice viscosity but pouring from a can is a bit of a downfall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennetporter (113) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Pours a hazy amber from the tap. A delicious piney hoppiness flavor, without hitting you over the head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Conley1 (1) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2015 does not count
This is a beautiful beer, rich yet very flavorful, a great beer for grilling steaks on a 80 degree day. This sets the standard for me now, hard to beat this beer.

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