Jai Alai IPA – Papaya

750 mL bottle as part of a care package from Joey at the brewery. Many thanks.
Nothing on the label to suggest that this beer has Jai Alai as the base, but reading the reviews it apparently does.
The label is attractive and it suggests a fruity, rich experience is in store – that doesn’t really happen for me.
Pour is a VERY attractive deep copper color with a high, fluffy head. The color is very rich and reminds me of one of those high def photographs that has that orange hue. The beer looks rich.
The aroma is also VERY strong. As soon as the cap is popped the beer starts to exude that pine notes associated with Jai Alai.
Unfortunately there is a fairly strong solvent alcohol taste that comes with the beer which to be honest, overwhelms any fruit character for me. I get VERY little fruit here at all, and it feels largely like a pretty standard, aggressive American IPA. Lots of bitter metallic notes which is OK, but it still leaves me craving a tropical fruit splash.
This is one pretty beer, and it’s OK, but I would have LOVED a whole bunch of luscious fruit to come through in the taste; it just doesn’t so in that respect a bit of a miss. Perhaps the label misled me a bit, and I felt slightly disappointed.

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03/26/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.83
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