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RATINGS: 1726   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermanusa (77) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Deep honey orange cant see a thing through this body, massive head after an aggressive pour with tons of lacing. Fresh cut hops pineapple grapefruit the sweet malt. A bit on the sweeter side. Pretty thick body. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2012
Off keg at brewdog bar nottingham. Very fresh tasting ipa. Lots of citrus fruits. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured from bottle. Bottle was dated 12/11, so Im not sure if thats when it was produced or best before, so that may have contributed to my experience. Poured with very little head which totally dissipated, carbonation almost non-existent. Nice, though subtle aroma, slightly fruity. Palette has a pleasant bitterness. Smooth, not punchy like a west coast ipa. Good flavor, good body. Would love to try this again fresh at some point.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 6/11/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Jai Alai pours a copper tangerine color, with a modest, bubbly white head. Some lace forms a nice web on the glass. A great variety of citrus hop aromas. Grapefruit, mango, and sweet pineapple. A soft, caramel bready malt exists in the background. The balance between a semi-sweet bready malt and the stronger citrusy hops stays steady throughout each sip. Sweet mango and pineapple help round out the dominating tart grapefruit hop presence. Quite a hoppy bitterness in the middle, but it finishes a little sweet. Jai Alai is the definition of a smooth and creamy feel for an IPA. The great feel is what really sets this apart. Crisp and bold, with a light dry finish. A light sticky residue remains at the end of the sip. This is very tasty, and the creamy feel puts it up there as one of the more drinkable IPAs I have had.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4139) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Dr. Owl-Land sent me this prescription, thank you Dr. for sending me a bottle of this elixir.

The beer pours a very hazy light orange and holds a medium tight white head for a good long while, leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nice enough from the get go, grassy with some resin and some sweet/toasty malt. Some citrus comes thorough but thats pretty limited, as the beer warms the booziness in the aroma starts to show up and sort of crescendos to the point of almost unpleasant by the end of the glass.

The flavor is very nice, spicy up front with a good showing of piney hops. Eventually the fruit forward hops become more dominant giving the beer a nice citrusy flavor. Plenty of toasty malt shines through but the beer remains relatively dry & the alcohol so prevalent in the aroma is no where to be found in the flavor.

Very enjoyable beer. Thanks Danny!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor. Good malt backing with a nice finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2012
On keg at the Craft Beer Co. Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a thin white head. Lovely hoppy aroma of pine, passion fruit, peach and caramel. Similar pine, peach and pineapple flavours. Nice and bitter with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is fairly present also. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff (2404) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Thanks to Dad for this. Nicely balanced IPA. Some caramel sweetness and some fresh hop flavor. Hops seem grassy,floral,citrusy all in one Serving: Bottle

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy amber brown color, good foamy off-white head. Aroma is floral hops, Flavor is like aroma with a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is like Sweet bitterness, very nice balanced. Lovely!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Great IPA. Good color and light lacing head. Good floral hoppy notes and wonderful IPA tasty hop finish. Enjoy this brew!


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