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RATINGS: 1793   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
BeerPhan (3) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2012 does not count
An excellent pale ale, discovered quite by accident, bottled at a local piggly wiggly. Upon a visit to Tampa and Cigar City Brewery, tried it again in the tap room. Great beer.

4.2
bbaxter (12) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Pours orange with a thick white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, hops, an slight caramel. Flavor is malt, citrus, hops with nice bitter finish.

3.9
daje (4341) - NORWAY - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle at Haandverkerstuene. Cloudy Orange color, small white head. Aroma is hoppy, lots of pine, peach, orange. Taste is just as hoppy, pine and pineapple combined with a caramel malt background, also very grassy, as is the finish. Lovely beer.

3.2
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - JUL 6, 2012
A regular ipa. Not bad but wasn’t very impressed.

4.2
BigBeer45 (1522) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Sampled form a Bottle, the bottle started to foam up when the cap was popped, this ale had a hazy red-orange pour and made a two finger very faint off-white head that receded to a cover and thick ring, there was generous carbonation in the glass, it left partial rings, spots and fingers of lacing on the glass, the bottom of the bottle had a layer of dark sediment, the aromas were tropical fruit, grapefruit and faint berries with light toasted malt and bread, faint grass and pine hops, there was a little fruit and malt sweetness in the background, there was a little sour/wood aroma that reminded me of some of the Jolly Pumpkin beers that I found interesting, the more I sniff this ale, the more I think JP sourness, it had flavors of faint toasted malt and caramel in the background, caramel sweetness appears as the ale warms up, there were drying, grassy and citrus hops, hops were strong but not overly, various tropical fruit in the background, the finish was pretty dry with little to no malt trailing afterwards, I find most big IPAs have a hop biting switch from malt to hops at the finish while this IPA is very smooth, this IPA was very drying on the palate without hardly any hop bite, bitterness or hop astringency, the mouth feel was less than medium, it feels much lighter than a 7.5% alc. drink, easy to drink, it may be too easy, the hops gave a gentle grass and herb touch with alcohol in the throat as this beer warmed to room temperature, this was a different IPA, for a 7.5% alc. ale, I could drink this on a hot Summer day, the alcohol was hidden well, the hops and malt are not real big but they are very nice and different than the typical big IPA ale, I thought the JP sourness added an interesting touch to this beer, a great IPA.

3.8
b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks good and smells nice; hoppy. Tastes solid; a good balance of hops and malt that’s nice on the palate. A good IPA!

3.8
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2012
A: Light copper hue, decent head, spotty lacing S: The expected citrus and floral, though not a very strong presence of either. T: Again, the usual citrus, floral, hop bouquet, but too subdued for my liking. There is a noticeable bitter kick in the finish. I would prefer a gentler finish, even in a bold IPA or DIPA. M: Very fresh and great carbonation. This growler was only a few days old. D: This is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, and I’d have it again. Jai Alai would be a good choice for a football game, playing darts, or whatever you prefer. I wouldn’t seek it out or trade for it, now that I’ve had the opportunity to try it. It lacked any special or unique qualities, and didn’t make up for it by being incredibly smooth.

3.9
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Pours dark gold with a firm head and some nice lacing. There’s a nice malt backbone that supports the floral hop presence. Drinks rather easy. Very tasty and refreshing.

4.7
BeerDeltaBravo (53) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
ours a breathtaking light brown with a two-finger head. Excellent lacing. Lovely flowery aroma, with just a hint of cola and rosewater. Intense fruity palate, maybe a little strawberry and apple. Thick and chewy mouthfeel and long finish.

3.4
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Pours cloudy amber with a low head. Aroma is malts and lots of fruits. Flavour is malts, fruits, alcohol and hops. Good balance. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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