Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, and congrats on the gold! Poured crisp, medium golden with a thick, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up earthy, pine, and dank floral notes laced with an excellent impression from the cedar (black pepper and tannins, a hint of brown sugar, and vanilla accented perfectly).. soft caramel malts were just what it needed for support.. excellent presentation! The flavor held up its end of the bargain.. opened with tangy cedar, a touch of vinegar, and black pepper, with soft caramel, bready notes, and a touch of grapefruit meat rolling onto the middle.. bitterness was still moderate despite the aging, carrying pine and light fruity character.. finished spicy with biscuity undertones. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. the cedar gave a very welcome and tasty complement to what I’m sure was a great underlying IPA.. I’d love to drink more of this.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottles @ home and @ redlight. Pours a hazy coppery orange with a thick tan head, sheets of lacing. Huge peppery cedar nose melds with pine + citrus hops, some grapefruit and caramel edges as well. Taste is caramel, pepper, citrus cedar spicy tannins, sharp bitterness. Lush, drying. Real good. Cedar + hops go together nice.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Skyview Tasting 2.5. Courtesy of Skyview. Orange color with a thin head. Aroma of wood, spices and a box of cigars. Lots of black pepper and orange flavor. Light woodiness. The cedar blew away the fruitiness of the underlying beer, but this is really a delicious nectar.
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from fishingnet cracked in honor of it’s GABF Gold Medal. Thanks, Ben! Pours a very nice hazy amber, gold and some darker bits mixing in. An offwhite head that is fairly big, dies to a solid head that laces very well down the sides. Aromas are citrusy hops, sweet caramel and pale malts with that bit of spice and further sweetness from the aging. A bit soapy, a touch of vanilla, florals. Initial is smoothed out, still good floral bitterness, pine, and some citrusy lemon and grapefruit. Booziness is pretty well integrated, sweet malts and the cedar is lighter, different. Some solid florals and bitteress sticks to the palate, a touch of spiciness, smoothed out vanilla. Very well integrated, and I like it because it is not syrupy and a sweet cloying mess like most other wood aged IPAs I’ve had. Different, An improvement on the base beer and fulfilling.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine and More in Tampa. Pours a hazy light orange amber colored brew with a rocky off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of soft cedar wood, a hint of grapefruit and light vanilla. Taste is mild bitter, some citrus, tangerine and plenty of cedar. Finish is smooth and soft with a lingering tangerine, some floral hop and cedar aftertaste. Outstanding treatment to the regular Jai Alai IPA. I regret not picking up a second bottle.
DalzAle (2020) - 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 (3916) - 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 (1072) - 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 (1282) - Minneapolis, 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.