superspak (1473) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/17/2012. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange, mango, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, cedar, floral, grass, toast, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great hop complexity and good balance. Lots of sweet hops with minimal pine or spiciness balance. Taste of big orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, toast, light cedar, light pine, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, toast, light pine, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of hop flavors with a nicely balanced malt backbone; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Cedar wasnít too noticeable, but it probably also smoothed out the beer flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy, lightly slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great hop complexity and flavor balance; very smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as I expected.
Pyrmir (1201) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle, rated from backlog. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and the always-present cedar. Taste is cedar, grapefruit, and pine. Very nice, but a bit too many wood notes
auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Wow, Sean! Wasnít expecting to get to try this! Never had a Spanish cedar aged beer before. Big popping hop nose, loaded with grapefruit and a hint of distant woodiness. Up front, itís a flavor explosion bomb. The sweetness of the flavors hops comes up quickly, but then the Spanish cedar crescendos and drowns out the hops for a major of the palate. Strong, particular Spanish cedar. This is unique. The emergent flavor is dry, white bitter grapefruit pith. Gin. I like Spanish cedar, I like the underlying hoppy beer, but I feel like itís out of balance, with the Spanish cedar dominating, not contributing. Fun to try.
bhiner41 (147) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chrystal golden color with thick foamy white head. Smells bread like with a note of guava and grapefruit. Malty front note and a dry finish, almost like citrus pith.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
50belair (1330) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark opaque amber pour with a foamy white head. Piney hop aromas. Crisp and somewhat dry with piney hops and earthy wood notes. Good mouthfeel and balance.
Lilja (952) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smak och doft av tropisk frukt, mycket humle, grape, cedertrš en aning citrus. Lštt parafymerad, oljig konsistens med en tydlig beska i toner av grape och citrus. Komplex och smakrik.
ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated 3/28/13. Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy dark copper color with many yeast particles floating about. The head is a two finger white shade. Retention is fine, but the lacing left behind is great.
S: The cedar qualities here are downright shameless - to the point where they nearly overpower the trademark tropical fruit aromas of the regular Jai Alai. Honestly, though, it works in a strange way. Strong black pepper, smoke, and phenolic notes are prevalent, too.
T: Again, the word íshamelessí comes to mind when describing how the wood aging impacts the flavor profile. Citrusy hops exist as a secondary player behind the cedar, and create a minor effect of emphasizing notes of black pepper, pine, and smoke. One of the more complex IPAs Iíve ever had. It never balances fully - considering how much of the wood qualities come through, itís probably as balanced as it could ever be. The cedar harshness calms down after several swigs, too.
M: Like the base (Jai Alai), itís very dry yet unclean. The texture is light and crisp enough where Iíd call it refreshing. Good ease of drinkability, as well.
O: I applaud the experimental bend of this brew, and it succeeds at a moderate level. Itís quite tasty, but I think regular Jai Alai is just a smidge better.
bconch (232) - - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange pour. Smells like a tropical fruit salad on a cedar plate. The cedar smell is bit strong. Taste is the same with a creamy palate, much like the white oak treatment. Taste is much better balanced than the nose. Another great one from CC.
tightslice (41) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I can still taste this beer a year later. The best place to keep all of your finest Florida furs.
Ed5388 (520) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden caramel color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and of course cedar. Taste is cedar, grapefruit, and pine. Cedar started to become too much after a while! Ended up feeling like I was drinking sawdust.
Aurelius (3443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Sensuous, ruby red grapefruit and peppery cedar lauan aroma - never would have thought that those two tones would have gone together. Standard US longneck, OK label, but itís one of those slick plastic affairs. Heavily fogged, ruddy maple color with a thin, dense white head with frogsí eggs bubbles scattered about. Smooth. Tangy, a bit tannic, lots of grapefruit juice, earthy woodiness, cedar twang. Mouthy, good carbo without being too spritzy, This is really nice, mature and tasty. Huzzah for Cigar City. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.