soicanbreathe (13) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was right up my alley, the cedar really took the hop flavor to the next level, i could drink the beer forever
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 (Re-rate) Bottle... This beer rocks!... I have drunk this beer many times since my first rating and I have to say it is top-notch stuff. I love the peppery aroma that the cedar adds to the base Jai Alai IPA. I also love the humidor tobacco flavor that is infused as well. Iím a big fan of cigars, especially Cuban (although Dominican and Honduran tobacco cultivated with Cuban seeds will do just fine). This beer satisfies on so many levels with me that I canít begin to name them all, but know this: Iím a malt head and Iím giving this IPA a very high score - within the realm of Dreadnaught - because it just totally hits me in all the right places over and over and over again! Thanks to Joey and Wayne for thinking this silly cedar scheme up! ****Original rating**** DraftÖ Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is mainly of peppery hops, cedar, a touch of vanilla and a good bit of toffee. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with modest carbonation. Tilts a good bit toward the sweet side of balance - even more so than the regular Jai Alai. Toffee sweetness up front and then earthy, woodsy bitterness falls right in line. The finish is lengthy, bittersweet and then just bitter and dry. Better than the base beer. Original score = 3.7
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This was one hell of an IPA, and very different from its normal incarnation. Pours dark amber with an oily off-white head. Nose is pine, lemon, sugary citrus with pine tree and a caramel base. Flavor is lots of pine tree, wood character, lemon, complex citrusy hop sweetness. Through all of this there is a mellow lemon/ cedar/ wood grain running through a solid malty backbone. Medium-bodied with a spicy lemon flavor lingering in the finish. Awesome beer.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Datz Deli (Tampa, FL) for CCB event. Pours a glorious dark orange amber to copper color with a one finger creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, wood, floral hops, caramel, honey, spice and some non-descript, hard to describe sweetness. Flavor is sweet and floral as well with notes of citrus, sweet caramel, honey, wood, some grass and wheat notes. Generally medium body with a pleasing floral hop finish. I really like how the Cedar changes this beer!
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Datz Deli.. Copper Pour with cream head. Taste is awesome, just as great as the original with a lil spice and cedar
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Datz Deli. Pours dark amber/brown with thick white head. Aromas of cedar and a ton of hops. Tastes similar with some caramel and spices. Good job Wayne and Joey
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Draft at Datz. Poured a deep copper color with a tall, clingy off-white head. This really is an amazing IPA. Soft hop aroma with some nice caramel malt notes. Extremely smooth and well-balanced, delicate hop profile with some mild spicy notes from the cedar. Excellent!
MeadMe (1453) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Copper colored with pillowy cream colored head. Nice retention and lace.
S: Same great hoppiness of the standard Jai Alai. Lots of nice pine with intermingling grass and citrus. Strong notes of spicy cedar can be picked up as well. A real nice fruity aroma as well that reminds me of fruity pebbles.
T: Love how the cedar plays off the hops. If you had not had the regular Jai Alai you would think it is rye or a herbal hop. Itís not its the cedar and boy does it work. Of course it is backed up by ample amounts of malt and lots of grass and citrus. The finish is bold and sweet. Nice orange with hints of pineapple. Really top notch, canít wait for the bottle release.
M: Medium in body, nice and smooth.
D: Very tasty, I love what the cedar does to this already tasty IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Dunedinís 1st Annual Hoppy Endings. Pours copper with a slight haze and nice white head. It has a modest aroma emitting a little bit of citrus, pine, grassiness, some sweet crystal malts and a little bit of cedar twang right at the end of the draw. The cask pour and conditioning has created a silky smooth mouth feel that coats every crevice with flavor. I get malts and sweetness that quickly moves into cedar and grassy resiny hops. It thickens a bit about midway and eases into the finish with a very pleasing balance between the malts and hop bitterness to go along with an undercurrent of cedar. A sense of spicy hops and smooth malt covered cedar linger into the after taste.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask. Pours a clear deep copper with a two finger off white head that lasts leaving great lacing. This is the most beautifull cask beer I have ever seen. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops, cedar that is citrusy and almost rye like, caramel, and light toasted malt. Taste is the same as aroma with a wonderfull play between the cedar and the hops. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and very smooth soft carbonation. Freakin delicious.