ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep copper body with an inch of long-lasting, whitish foam.
Smell: Pale maltiness with a sweet-scented brushing of light caramel coupled with a spicy, peppery cedar aroma and peppy hop notes of tangy citrus and grass.
Taste: Pale malts with a touch of fresh grains and a sweet mingling of light caramel and toffee. Brightly hoppy with a bold hit of juicy citrus fruits and a slight grassy overtone. Moderate bitterness. Ah, then thereís the cedar wood delivering a distinct taste of finely-ground white pepper for a nice layer of spiciness. Sure, it finishes dry and fairly bitter, but itís that lingering zesty cedar wood that really sends you back for another and another sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight hefty, chewiness to the mouthfeel though.
Drinkability: Very enjoyable. While it would be a fine, balanced India Pale Ale in its own right, itís the addition of cedar wood that really sells it for me.
glennmastrange (2381) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 Bottle. Moderate malt notes of light bread, roasted and caramel, moderate pine and light grapefruit for the hops, light broth for the yeast, with hints of brown sugar, pepper, cedar and dark dried fruit. Head is average size, creamy/rocky, slightly off-white with excellent lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is slightly hazy, but murky on the second pour, orange/tan. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, oily, with a carbonation between soft and lively. There is no doubt that the cedar improves this beer. Itís got to be the one of the best IPAs Iíve had.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown pour. Cedar and grapefruit aroma. Flavor has a subtle woodiness and tropical fruits. Heavily hopped and delicious.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, bready malt, citrus, and wood. Flavor is slightly more woody/oaky with some sweet caramel malt and a touch of citrus. Creamy palate, just awesome. Not as cedary as Iíd expected given the title, but I like the subtlety. Very nice IPA, definitely not a classic example of the style because itís not very hoppy, but a tasty treat nonetheless.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma very notably cedary, though delicately so, and more the spicy aspect of cedar than the pure woodiness. Also appearing is guava, passion fruit, and melon. Flavor brings out these hop-fruit notes much more, very green and juicy, with wood around the edges, less of that spicy cedar as compared to the nose. The fruits have both sweet and bitter edges to them, sweet first, then bitter meshing with the wood. Dry finish despite a pretty hefty malt bill as well. Quite lovely.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Santa (Beerlando). Pours a cloudy coppery orange with a fluffy eggshell head. On the nose it is distinctly different, a bit sweet and cedar-like, though mostly it seems very woody and piney. The hops are fighting the wood to come through. On taste, it has a sweet woody start that reminds me of chewing on toothpicks or wooden coffee-stirrers. Then the hops kick in for the fight with citrus notes and passionfruit coming through as well with minimal graininess. Finish is dry. Very interesting, though not quite what I was expecting. Nice.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
ThiS is one of the most interesting ales Iíve ever tasted. The appearance in the glass is simply amazing. Brownish red with no foam when pour. The aroma is not to earthy or overpowering. Subtle hints of citrus and fruit.
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 bottle. This is a beautiful beer. pours an orange brown with a nice big long lasting foamy beige head. leaves some nice lace on the glass. aroma is like walking into a a humidor where caramel and grapefruit are being sold. Flavor is a big cedary, pine mixture. nice body. big and creamy mouthfeel. This beer is very well put together. More depth than the regular jai alai. Hits on a lot of different cylinders. Between this beer and japanese classic, i have a new found respect and love for cedar aged IPAs. This beer is awesome.
PorterPounder (5935) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 750 ml bottle. Dark orange murky pour with a sticky off white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Fresh fragrant aroma loads of spruce and hints of mint and just a brief mention of the cedar that is prominent in the flavor. Excellent flavor with some nice subtle juicy grapefruit notes. some mint, a touch of apricots. Cedar notes are prominent and blend in nicely. Balanced somewhat with some malty notes - but is just a bit leaning more to the hoppy side - but no complaints. Mouthfeel is full, with just the right amount of potency and stickiness. Well done.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brick Store - This was pretty freakiní tasty. Cedar does interesting things to an IPA and it works so well together. Gives a definite unique earthiness that works really well with the already floral hops. Lots of tangy fruit flavors here running the gamut from peaches to apricots, and it just works all around, could have been a little happier with a bit more maltiness, but this was delicious for a glass.