Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CCB pouring crystal clear copper with gold edges and off white head. The aroma begins sweet with citrus and spicy hops and then heads into mild levels of herbaliness and flower pedals. The taste is essential the new improved Jai Alai with its deliciously executed hop bill of rich citrus hop flavor, spicy hop flavor and then building into resiny piney hop bitterness. Well off in the background are sort of floral and herbal like notes.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at grand opening of CCB tasting room. Poured a clear, golden, orange color with a tall white head. Nose is christmas tree, light spice, citrus, and earthy grass notes. Medium body with ample carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouth feel. Flavor is very sprucy which I’m not completely sure I’m a fan of, notes of spice, grapefruit, earth, and caramel. Flavor is strong juniper, with notes of citrus, spice, caramel, and peach. Good dose of bitterness in the finish.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CCB. Pours a generally clear dark orange amber with a thin white foamy head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of ripe fresh fruit, apricots, pine, citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, some faint spice. Juniper is faint, but there. Flavor is also sweet and floral with stronger floral hops notes, stronger notes of juniper, pine, apricots, citrus, grapefruit, some faint spice. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange. Immediately there is a nice bouquet of citrus and sweet fruits, followed by some sweet caramel and mild spices. Flavor is herbal, citrus and sticky resinous pine nicely rounded out with sweet caramel malts.