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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This is an American White Oak-aged version of Jai Alai India Pale Ale. The white oak adds smoothing notes of vanilla and slight hints of dill to the aroma and flavor profile. The finish is elegantly dry due to the light tannin notes from oak aging and though still loaded with hop flavor, hop bitterness is more restrained.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7783) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Clear deep golden to copper color, white head. Sweet, citrus, unripe berries, bitter taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Some vanilla and coconut mixed with tropical fruit and alcohol in the aftertaste. Sweet, oak, hoppy scent. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A big pour into my CCB snifter produces a two finger thick, light, almost pale, tan colored head that leaves some sticky lacing as it slowly subsides.. The beer is a red-amber-copper color that shows a barely hazed, pale amber / copper hue when held up to the light. For a half second the aroma smells only of herbal hops, but then a buttery oak character kicks in as well as a light woody spiciness and an almost fruity, fresh cut wood character (this last must be influenced by the hop fruitiness). The oak influences the hop character to lean more towards the herbal side than the regular version does, and it also brings out a surprising note of floral pear. It is weird, the huge hop fruit character somehow lurks furtively in the background, but at the same time is on the verge of seeming huge here in the nose; it definitely suggests at tropical fruit and when you really dig the finish is quite dominated by a uniquely singular grapefruit zest aroma (this last is not a suggestion of such an aroma as in every other IPA I have had, but instead smells exactly like grapefruit zest).

A nice biting bitterness closely followed by grapefruit and tangelo citrus notes greets my tongue up front. A bright tropical fruit character is found towards the middle in finish (much more apparent than in the nose) and the oak brings out some pear notes here as well. The finish is quite smooth, with an initial bitterness sort of morphing into a lightly spicy oak character and then just melting into a mix of buttery oak and pear / tropical fruit character with really no lingering bitterness at all; it is as if the oak neutralizes the bitterness in the finish somehow. There is quite a bit of green, sort of fruity (this last is clearly influenced by the hops), fresh woodiness towards the finish of this beer and this also accentuates herbal hop notes that lean towards mint, rosemary and perhaps a hint of sage. This has a fullness to it that is not heavy, and it suggests at the caramel malt character that is here; this last really melds into the buttery oak character such that it isn’t as noticeable as it was in the regular Jai Alai.

This beer is quite interesting, the oak definitely adds complexity and the notes it brings to the game are nice, but actually negatively impacts the overall balance and composition of the beer (especially since the straight Jai Alai is so fresh in my mind). Still, this is quite enjoyable, I would almost always choose the regular version over this, or even the Cedar version is better, but I truly am quite happy to be drinking this right now (I am perhaps a bit overly disappointed only because I am making a mental comparison to the regular version I had last night).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1136) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Gunhaver. Thanks! Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is a little hops and lots of oak. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is hops up front with a nice oak aftertaste. Definately one of the better oak aged IPAs I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
Pression @ CCB. dorée brumeuse et trouble, mousse épaisse blanche. Arôme donne de la noix de coco, fruits tropicaux, houblon fleur et herbes. Au palais, une superbe IPA qui tout comme le nez garde une présence de noix de coco, épices de bois de chêne blanc tout en ayant des fruits tropicaux. Cette version tourne la Jai-Alai en une toute nouvelle bière, effervescente au palais, grains.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
12oz Bottle. Appearance similar to the regular Jai Alaiazy orange in color with a short thick head. Aroma heavy on the oak, big turn off. Also ruins the fruity flavor of the original. Medium bodied and less oily. What a let down.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Gold pour with a foamy white head. Aroma of malt, ripe fruit, wood and citrus hops. Flavor is similar, fruity with a nice hop bite. Interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
I wasn’t sure were exactly to rate this. I was rather off-put by some things and, curiosity aside, prefer the regular Jai Alai to this. Pours a orangish clear (or if you like the bottom, murky) with a decent sized head and ample sticky lacing. The nose is a bit strong, mainly of tropical punch and citrus. The taste is dominated by the boisterous white-oak (i guess) flavor. I am not sure if they both aged and "added" flavor, but it’s huge and in-your-face. It’s good though, don’t get my wrong. Blowing past that blockade, one finds the same wonderful attributes that make the Jai Alai such a top rate beer from such a low-rate state(FL). well balanced malts, very faint alcohol nestled around a very robust and hoppy character, masquerading under a plume of vanilla bean stalks. I think this is more of the "novelty" shelf.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured clear light-medium orange with a fluffy cap of off-white head.. nice lacing on the edges. The aroma picked up a whole helluva lot of spicy oak that partially complemented and partially obscured the floral and citrusy hops.. fairly sweet.. odd, but I dug it. The flavor opened with softer caramel and mapley malts, not the oak or bitterness I expected, but those jumped in shortly afterward.. again a hair too much impression from the oak, but not necessarily unenjoyable.. citrus, pine resin, and floral hoppage gave a nice bitter kick.. warm on the finish with lots of hops and lots of wood. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. I enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8241) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle thanks to Drowland. Pours cloudy apricot. Nose of citrus, oak, spicy hops and caramel malts. Taste has lots of spicy hops, some oak and light citrus, caramel malts and a mild pine finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2011
This this this. This is the kind of IPA, nay beer, that I love. That great mixture of a soft creamy palate, fresh spicy and floral hops, and a nice strong oakiness that blends right in. We’ll never know if this is what the original IPA tastes like but its always how I envision it.


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