DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy apricot colored pour, very little carbonation and a interesting hoppy floral and somewhat medicinal aroma. Flavor was unique and complex with some grapefruit, definite cedar/wood and finished very dry. Really liked this one.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to kan for sharing. pours hazed amber with foamy white head. nose of grapefruit rind and cedar oak. flavors have a wonderful balance of cedar oak, laods of grapefruit juice and rind. all working so well together, simple but so damn good and tasty. lively carbonation with a smooth mouth feel. this was really fun to drink. thanks again kan!
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the very best of the style I have had, graciously split by Shyam. Nose is full dark orange hops and the resiny sting of cedar. Pours a dark hazy goldeneye. Flavor is exquisite because of how perfectly the cedar bases and enhances the hops, but mostly just blends perfectly. Nose and flavor could use more tea or fruit but I would still drink this like water.
Guerde (1177) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from Skyview) Pours gold with a white head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma of cedar, citrus, wet leaf pile, and pepper. Very clean and unique aroma. Taste is a little disappointing, with some light citrus, orange and grapefruit, along with a light caramel sweetness. The finish is wood and hop bitterness combined. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is spot on. The best, and most unique CCB we’ve tried tonight.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by Skyview. Pours hazy gold with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is spicy, peppery, floral - really fantastic and unique. Cedar comes through strongly, High quality bud, floral centennial hops. Flavor can’t quite stand up, though. The floral hops come through the strongest, some peppery cedar, and a hint of alcohol. This is the best CC we’ve had yet.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, the aroma is the best so far - I love cedar and good bud. A nice hazy orange color. The body has a nice bud / cedar like character. Vastly better than the regular Jai Alai. This was awesome.
douglas88 (6247) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3. Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white foamy head. The aroma is quite nice; woody, sweet citrus hops. The flavor is great; a superb mix of citrus hops- only lightly bitter- with a perfect addition of wood. Very drinkable and soft with a ton of flavor. A great mouthfeel.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by northernbrews at the Sept. 09 Metro Detroit tasting. Amber pour with a loose white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, dry cedar, slight citrus, dry pine needles and a hint of juniper. The flavor is piny and minty with more juniper notes, a dry cedar finish and a sweet honey malt backbone. Creamy medium body with soft carbonation.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear dark amber in color with white head. Aroma citrus hops, spicy and woody. Taste hops, oak and caramal with bitter finish.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to Hopshunter! Pours a very cloudy orange and never clears. Strong off-white head hangs forever with massive lacing. HUGE nose. I could smell this from 6 feet away. Grapefruit, lemon, spice and malts. Much more complex then the normal IPA citrus-fest. Extremely well balanced hops. Citrus up front that gives way to a spicy finish. Bitter to bring it home. I think a tiny bit more malt would balance this out perfectly. Sadly, cedar is non-existent. Mouth feel is a tad bubbly. I roll it around and it gets instantly foamy. Carbonation is pretty prickly. I’d tone it down a bit. I was worried about this. After the Cigar City swill that they call a RIS, I wasn’t expecting anything from this, but wow! As a cigar smoker, I was really looking forward to the cedar, but it’s not present at all. Great beer!