lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very rich hazy dark orange colour and much darker than the regular version. Smell is vanilla toasted coconut and smooth sweetness. Taste is definitely a bit of the oak dryness and some of the vanilla flavors from the oak along with a light toasted coconuty flavor but itís not too sweet like some of the other oak aged IPAís. Still has a nice hop presence. Smooth slightly sweet but okie dryness and enough hops to balance and make it very drinkable. Very nice. Rich creamy mail still with soft but lightly prickly carbonation.
Frank (3224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2014 Cigar City gets endless use out of Jai Alai, aging it on everything and adding every possible ingredient or so it would seem. This variant in particular is pretty darn good and aged to the point where I donít feel like it is really an IPA anymore at all. It pours a nice cloudy orange w/ a thick, foamy and long lasting head. The commercial description claims that the white oak adds vanilla and a bit of dill. I think they are right on the vanilla bit it is more of a black pepper thing than dill to me, at least in the nose. Some sweetness really makes that vanilla pop and w/ the hint of citrus from the hops, it gives a strong impression of oranges and cream. This is a full bodied beer and along w/ fine, mild carbonation leads to a pleasantly creamy feeling beer. Finish is pretty quick but there is a bit of vanilla and black pepper reminiscent of the nose. Itís a bit funny to me but the thing that I donít exactly like about Jai Alai is its sweetness but that is exactly what makes it work aged on oak. Hey, maybe itís a good thing Cigar City works this brew from every angle.
WillRunForBeer (1142) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by Tom, thanks! Pours orange copper with an off white head. Aroma is dank, a touch of citrus. Flavor is mellow dank and orange citrus hop, vanilla oak.
Ricoslim (116) - - JUN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wish this beer was easier to get. Always a great drink. The oak and citrus are the stars of the show. Nice smooth beer and great finish.
GreatDane1632 (682) - USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Adrian for this one. Poured into a can glass. Pours a pretty golden with floaty hop bits. Aroma is definitely an oak/hop combo that is pleasing. Flavor is a vanilla caramel oak flavor. Leads into a subtle hoppy flavor that is a lot similar to the aroma. I really like this beer.
PhilJackson80 (461) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Can. Tasted on 6/2/14. Beer from Chae. Aroma had notes of citrus, grapefruit, some light hint of vanilla from the oak maybe. Taste was very smooth a little lighter than the std Jai. The finish nice & a little less bitter but well balanced. Very nice IPA.
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islay (1376) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can, consumed on 5-23-14. My girlfriend picked up a four-pack of this for me on a recent trip to Florida. Fresh yet dusty, herbal aroma features scents of minerals, sea water, fish (live, not cooked), toasted malt, citrus, and pine. The slight fishiness pulls down a bit on an otherwise very good aroma. Pours a mostly clear brass with light effervescence and a moderate amount of cream / light taupe, smooth, creamy head. I really like the head. Some small suspended particulate and cloudiness. Produces fairly extensive lacing. Dank, woody flavor features pine, resiny sweetness, and grapefruit. Really quite dry. Tonic water, vanilla, cream, caramel, peach, lemon, and orange flavors. Briney, salty, and even a touch sour. Some alcohol bite. Dry finish. Tastes very similar to the regular Jai Alai except for an additional woody element. Improves and increasingly reveals its superb complexity upon multiple sips. As in the regular Jai Alia, each sip is a little bit better than the one before it. Delicious! Dry aftertaste is long, pleasant, and a bit spicy. The aftertaste also is woody, piney, and almost umami. Lively in the palate. Medium to full body. Nice but not extraordinary palate. This beer is not quite as magical as the regular Jai Alai, but it is very, very good nonetheless, and it just keeps getting better as one drinks.
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Amber like pour cream colored head. Oak and citrus spicy pine hop aroma and taste. Some melon fruit and grass grapefruit mix. Moderate body and might carbonation. Great.
tom10101 (3577) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can (12 oz) Shared by Marheh @ La Cave ŗ Bulles, thanks! Hazy golden/orange with a small fully diminishing off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is very dill forward at first, but it then settle and the toasted oak, vanilla and citrus takes more place. Itís not really hoppy though. Taste is also dominated by oak and vanilla, some residual sugars, light citrus and light to moderate bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Quite tasty and really different from the regular Jai Alai. In a blind tasting, Iím not even sure I would say this is an IPA... itís more like an American "moderately" Strong Ale. I preferred the Humidor Series Jai Alai as it was more an IPA, but this one is really good too.
revolution2718 (317) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Pours a dark golden, finger of rocky head. Nose is floral hops, oaky, citrus fruits, rather mellow on the hop aroma. Taste is much more mellow hop wise than the regular, earthy thing going on, wood, but caramelly, dill, citrus, grapefruit. Really rounds off the hard edges of regular jai alai. Not as bitter on the finish, instead I get a little burst of citrus. Very smooth, I like it but think I prefer the regular jai alai.