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RATINGS: 1791   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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3.6
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
pours a golden brown with a nice head that retained nicely. Smelled of a good amount of citrus, cedar wood and a light malt backbone. Tastes a bitter hop pine flavor little citrus and slight malt presence. Not as complex as I would like but a solid beer indeed. Medium bodied and decent carbonation, very refreshing and good mouthfeel. Overall, a very good IPA but nothing crazy. I would have liked more tropical fruit and floral presence. But that is just me.

4.2
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Cloudy off orange pour. With a thick off white head and good lacing. Big citrus aroma grapefruit a touch of white pepper a hint of sweeter fruits. Good full palate. Flavor is nicely lightly bitter some tropical fruits and grapefruit a hint if orange zest and a sweet malty finish. This is a damn good IPA.

3.5
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - JUL 20, 2012
(bottle) orange, hazy, quickly disappearing head. Aroma of pineapples, apricots, orange peel. Even a hint of caramel. Bitter, slightly sweet taste. Dry, with a bitter finish. No rough edges.

3.3
Dunbar72 (136) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila. Pours hazy golden with a medium sized off-white head. Hoppy aroma, some malts. More malts than hops in the taste, pretty bitter finish. Not enough hops in this one...

4.2
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Really thick pour for an IPA. Dark copper, nice head. Aroma is pine and citrus. Solid malt BB with tons of hops. This is a great IPA. Maybe a bit too malty for my taste....

4.5
upthrutheair (1) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 17, 2012 does not count
I absolutely love this beer. It is such an easy drinking IPA with amazing flavor. Definitely on my favorites list.

4.3
BeerPhan (10) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2012
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 (4535) - 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.

4.2
BigBeer45 (1565) - 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.


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