islay (1251) - 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 (3103) - 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 à 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. It’s 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, I’m not even sure I would say this is an IPA... it’s 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 (266) - 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.
jdb288 (581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh can. Pours caramel orange/brown with white head. Aroma is kiwi, pineapple, orange. Taste combines those with some of that oak background...a peppery note. I didn’t pick up much vanilla per the description. Smooth IPA though. Easy drinker.
AndyW68 (1156) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Insanely good. Copper golden pour with thick off white head. Aroma is perfect. Sweet okay and hippy nose. Taste follows nose with nice bitter finish.
falco242 (292) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop character and the oak is very smooth. Good lace in the glass and a nice amber color. The oak adds some sweetness and the palate ends fairly bitter. Nice improvement on the jai alai.
Ferris (5002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Light oak, coconut and tropical fruit. Clear gold with a thin beige head. Raw oak, tropical fruit and a woody dry finish. Really nice if you like oak.
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Whaleslayer719, the best beer mule out there for grabbing this. Can date 4/24/14. Pours a very clear dark orange color with huge white head. Aroma is sweet oak, light citrus, earthy, with some caramel malt character. A ton of oak in the first sip, but not astringently so, more earthy and citrusy hop flavor, smooth malt backbone, well balanced. A lot of vanilla character as it sets.
TXBadger (1557) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is probably my favorite IPA on the market. In addition to the tasting notes that this gets from the regular Jai Alai, the white oak adds another dimension to this beer. Pours a cloudy amber color with white head. You can smell the white oak on the nose, along with vanilla, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. On the palate, vanilla, oak, grapefruit are the most pronounced. The white oak smooths this out very nicely.