dredmond (176) - Long Island, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
really potent and pleasant aroma, taste the white oak aftertaste, cloudy appearance, drank from glass
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I poured the brew into my Funky Buddha pint glass (I don’t have a Cigar City one so I’ll rep another Florida brewery) and it came out a cloudy orangish color. The head was a nice fluffy white head that left some lacing on the glass.
The nose is incredible. Scents all over the place with oak, white pepper, pine and other citrus. An extremely complex smell on this one.
And the taste is no different. It attacks your taste buds with so much different stuff. Lots of tropical fruit like pineapple and a little passion fruit. Citrus and pine like hops come in to play as well. Then it has a bold oak flavor that is unlike any other wood aged beer I have tried. Then you have a nice malt backing to it that evens things out.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, purchased from Leukens. Pours a reasonably bright, peachy amber color; slight amount of haze; creamy, fine-bubbled off-white head with solid retention and nice lacing. A huge amount of bright oak in the aroma that, for me, comes across as more vegetal and (strangely) medicinal than what I’d normally call a legitimate oakiness; grassy and citrusy hop aroma, but the twisted oak character is hard for me to get past. Medium-full body; medium levels of carbonation; if there’s any overt alcohol, it appears with a vinous slant; some slight creaminess to this overall; quite smooth. I generally like the hop character here: grassy, citrusy, herbaceous - but, again, the way in which the white oak presents itself on my palate is very herbal, vegetal, and not especially endearing (I have a similar negative aversion towards pomegranate additions... what are you going to do); overall, the oak is just a huge component here, but a reasonably seamless integration. Medium, soft finish, showing vanilla and a toastier oakiness, along with some lingering citrus; lightly dry.
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Cavie. Golden color, pretty cloudy. Has a thin white head. Tastes pretty spicy with a strong amount of hops.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy drowland. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small bubbly white head. The aroma is peppery and woody funk. Lots of spicy hops. Flavor is spicy, woody oak with sharp hops and a dry finish. Small amounts of vanilla in the flavor as well.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cavie. Pour is light orange with a small white head. Aroma is a little woody with lots of citrus and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dry spice, woody, and a little fruity. Dry, bitter finish.
yumyum (217) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
truly awesome brew. Pours deep amber with whitish head. The nose is relatively subdued for an ipa (some hops, piney with perhaps a hint of sweetness, vanilla, oak) The taste has a wow factor. It is very well balanced. Can taste the slight bitterness and pine flavour of the hops but this is counteracted by a sweet oakiness that is very significant almost to the point that it is the predominant flavour. Very nice balance. Great mouthfeel (carbonation is mild) and goes down smooth. One of my favourites.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is my favorite jai alai so far. poured brown with a very thick white head smelled kind of week but tasted fantastic with an oak finish
Vaiz (3867) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from secret santa, thanks! Aroma of very smooth hops, delicate pine, floral and pleasant. But it did not prepare me for the awesome flavor. Huge explosion of flowery hops and a perfect touch of oak makes this very very drinkable. Amazing balance. Great brew.
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 Aroma is somehow creamy oak with loads of hops, fruity, floral, blue cheese. Niiiice.
Flavour is fruity wood, lavished with hops, quite sweet and quite bitter at the same time. Perfect balance. Good good stuff.