Strykzone (5009) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. This beer poured a light copper gold with a smallish head. Pine in the nose with some sweeter caramel. That goes a long way in describing the flavor. Some tart citrus, too. A well brewed beer.
joeyplush (631) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Pinocchio’s Beer Garden to Go. Pours a hazy copper with reddish orange hues. Thick off white head that dissipates and leaves a trail of soapy lacing up the side of the glass. Aroma of resin and piney hops, and bread malts. Taste is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit but also a very unique and sweeter tangerine taste. Palate leaves a lingering, bitter hoppy feel.
screigh (462) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy light copper color. Small thin white head. Nice hop aroma with grapefruit. Citrus hop flavor. Long lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Great balance.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks good light decent white head. aroma is dry bitter hops with little oakiness taste great. easy to drink lots.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-06-26. Hazy dark orange body with a good sized off white head. 3+ Hoppy aroma of grapefruit seed, mild resiny hops, very light alcohol notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest green leafy hop notes throughout, pleasant notes of grapefruit, grapefruit seed, sweet orange and tangerine in the background. Modest bitterness throughout grows as you go, very slight grapefruit seed like astringency in the finish lingers. Smooth average plus bodied palate is softly carbonated giving it a lovely mouthfeel. 3+ Less intensely hoppy than I expected the overall impression is quite nice, very drinkable, lots of nuance to the hop character. Quite hoppy without being aggressively bitter. Takes me a minute to wrap my head around it but I quite like this once I get into it. 16+ Bottle via trade with Fata2683
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mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[3798-20110626] 12floz bottle. Fruity pine hops aroma. Hazy, dark orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head and some lacing. Citrus pine fruit hops flavour has a long citrusy aftertaste. Medium-full body. Tasty, repeatable, great balance of bitterness and hoppiness and happiness. (8/3+/8/4/17-) 4.0
ajcobb24 (20) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance - Pours orangey tan with a moderate amount of head. About one finger of head with an aggressive pour into a snifter glass. Carbonation sticks to sides as the beer is swirled around.
Smell - Slight citrus smell with a heavier spice smell. Some floral notes can be detected with some real effort.
Taste - Perhaps I am spoiled with the Hopslam IPA I love so much, but the Jai Alai just didn’t taste nearly as good. Less citrus than I had hoped for and spice notes that were way too strong. Some floral notes detected with some serious retro-nasal breathing.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with some carbonation notes can be detected as I swirl this brew around my mouth.
Overall - Slightly above average beer. It is fairly easy and cheap to get where I live so it would be my choice over mainstream beers, but not the best craft IPA I have had. I would have liked to be greeted with stronger citrus notes than I was with this beer.
badwhale (369) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy / hazy copper color. Sparse head, which is a light white, and decent lacing. Not too much hop bit or bitterness, but a lot of hop citrus flavors. Different from most IPAs. Pretty nice.
Meilby (7897) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355ml @ Craft Bar, New York, NY
Pours cloudy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus and grape. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
thornecb (4464) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing to skim surface. Bread and mild resin aromas. Medium bodied with sweet caramel covered danish upfront followed by a mild resin finish.