hopscotch (8525) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… Mostly clear dirty orange ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is incredibly wood-forward and unlike the nose on any wood-treated beer I’ve experienced. Of course, Jai Alai’s hop-driven bouquet is represented, but the hickory steals the show here – reminiscent of water-logged hickory chips prior to being thrown on white-hot charcoal to grill beef or poultry. Full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is spicy and bitter with a sweet, woody component that adds to the overall flavor without detracting from the lupulin goodness. Finishes crisp with earthy, woody bitterness.