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 (1165) - 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 (5939) - 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!
SudsMcDuff (5816) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
buckle up buttercup! .. . god, aroma is amazing, a well baked pinecone and cedar (fresh humidor) .. . pours a kickass causing dark rich gold tan with a fantastic silly fun cream head, lacing is cute as a button.. . abv is so well hidden and the subtle refined whiffs of cedar to sap are just wonderful, and super tasty! .. . aroma is just to awesome and the flavours, light peppery spice from the cedar, so intriguing and unique.. joey, you sir have started something that will/should take off like california wildfires.. . this is the highlight of all the beers i tried/picked up while in Orlando! .. . does it get better than this?
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jeff for bringing this to the Metro Tasting. Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma is oranges, cedar and orange zest. Taste is much the same with a bit of spicy cedar character, grapefruit, well rounded and smooth. Pretty easy drinking stuff.