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RATINGS: 1806   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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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3.8
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Pours a hazy orange with some head. Decent lacing. A good IPA but definitely not as good as I anticipated based on how badly people want it. Would buy it if it was available though.

3.5
bytemesis (8336) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine and herbs, not a strong hop presence although this should have been a recent bottling. Flavor is caramel. pine, and a trace of herbs. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, well balanced but not that interesting for me. (3.2) Rerated 12/29/2012 from a can - much better head and lacing. Better hop aroma as well, still pine dominated but with citrus notes. Caramel is a backnote here, not a dominant flavor. Better experience for sure. (3.8) - using average of 3.5

3.6
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
On tap at the Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest. Golden orange/copper with a frothy off-white head and decent lacing. Bread, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, and citrus in the aroma. Taste is biscuit, pineapple, orange, and caramel with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not bad.

3.5
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
12oz bottle. Rating #835. Hazy orangish pour with an off-white head. Light pine aroma with some citrus following that and a slight oxidation thing going on. Nice bitterness, decent citrus bite to it as well. Nice stuff. (2491)

3.9
TEJA (3056) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Big bege head that lasts. Opaque solid golden color. Big hoppy aroma. Dry taste with hop taste and balanced biterness and medium maltiness with a tuch of caramell. A good IPA but It will take half the eavning to finnish a big bottle.

3.7
gururyan (726) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 5, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 Updating my rating as it’s been a few years and this time it was fresher and canned vs. older and bottled where it may have been compromised. Anyway, still think it’s overhyped but it is a good IPA nonetheless.

3.6
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Wow, so apart from having a perfect appearance, this is a pretty unremarkable beer. Not bad by any means, but simple, and a bit too sweet.

3.9
MattH (863) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Tap. Awesome pine and tropical aroma. Taste has a nice balance to it. Hops not overpowering.

4.1
Dogbrick (13003) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2012
This brew pours a slightly cloudy orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, hops and malt. Medium body with a piney hops character and notes of citrus and grainy malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a fresh grapefruity hops aftertaste. Solid IPA all around.

3.5
unclemike (3121) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours a nice deep copper with a thin white head. Very fresh (just kegged the day before!) fragrant hop aroma, lots of citrus but I also got some grass, too and some biscuit malts. Taste is bitter hoppy with a really good malt balance, some caramel malt and biscuit


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