3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bit of a gushing bottle. tall-building sand colored head on a cloudy vermilion body. head settles down into patchy sea foam. intense gum, candy and fruit nose; sugary mandarin orange-flavored gelatin chews; vanilla-flavored gum; bit of a rough edge due to the oak. heavy oiliness. apparent sweetness is high. could be classified as candy. medium body up front thinning across mid-palate and frothing substantially. notes of sour wood-flavored gelatinous chewy candy and vanilla-scented candle wax / wood oil. puckering, drying finish with late creeper tannins. why so chewy? i think iíve tasted this once before, in the air in the back of cost plus world market, between the wooden kitchen accessories and utensils and the packaged spice, hot sauce and olive aisle.
Madirish76 (41) - Whittier, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Drowland. Aroma is dominated by hops but also has fruit. Almost sweet orange peel. It has a small white fuzzy head with almost no lacing. It is a cloudy med amber color. Has a bitter initial flavor of citrus and sweet finish. Almost a sweet orange and resin. Has a med body with light oily finish. Has lively carbonation. I canít taste the wood, but it is more balanced than the non white oak version.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This remarkable beer raised such an explosive head - even after a gentle pour - that it took multiple decantations to get the entire 12 oz bottle into my snifter. The head slowly simmered down to a finger, then a ring, and laced the glass abundantly in the process. Indeed, it looked like I had consumed half of a dipa before I had even had a sip of this. The color also evokes a dipa, with tints of russet creeping into a familiar ipa orange body. The nose is also very ipa-ish, with pineapple and orange mixing with faint hints of green wood from the oak. Anyone expecting an ipa, though, will be disappointed or blown away. Color me the latter. The body sends waves of coconut and leather through the ipa flavors. The malt profile coupled with the oak aging yields as much complexity and sippability as a nice barleywine ... only, at 7.5%, you can drink more than one and still tie your shoes! The overall effect is slightly tropical but fundamentally that of a paneled study on a quiet Saturday night. You feel a bit like the 17th c. Spanish governor of Florida sipping this: pampered, privileged, and delighted. A fine and complex offering from Cigar City.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours orangey-amber color with quickly dissipating white head. Nose is of cherries, confectioners sugar, vanilla, touch of oak. Medium, solid mouth-feel with lively carbonation, tastes of coconut, vanilla, a bit of citrus, hint of oak, and nice bitter hop finish. Very solid and complex overall, one of my favorite oak-aged IPAís thus far.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Very muddy hazy pour. The nose is quite laden with vanilla laden with back notes of mango and passionfruit. Rich palate with a fairly thick body as well. Itís lightly sweet but not all that hoppy. Sweet fruity hop aromatics but the bitterness is so subdued and unresinous that it almost comes across as a fruit beer. However - as it warms up this beer really changes. The hoppiness starts to pick up but it comes across a little bit catty. I canít say Iím a huge fan of this one - but itís definitely one of a kind.
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to changeup45
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy orange/amber with a medium sized frothy off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral, tropical fruits, woody and oak
Taste: Floral, fruity, malts and bitter oak with a dry finish
Nice IPA, clean and easy to drink.
Lubiere (10654) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An orange reddish amber IPA with a thi lacing off white head. In aroma, a smooth floral hops with dill herbs notes, nutty notes, quite superb. In mouth, a smooth IPA with nice c-hops, citrus, dill in finish, well balanced and smooth. On tap at brewery, Jan 5 2011.
PhillyCraft (3580) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Goldish orange pour that left a sticky white head with decent lacing. Nose is buttery citrus, most notably tangerine and pineapple. The taste is a creamy oak, vanilla, hops, and moderate pine. The mouthfeel was much improved in my opinion when compared to normal Jai Alai. Softer and not as bitter on the tongue. Aroma and flavor were very different; not in a bad way, just totally different then the standard version. This is not a session IPA by any means. It is intended to be savored slowly to appreciate the subtle differences and over the top oakiness. Finishes clean with a dank budder aftertaste in the mouth. In conclusion this beer was impressive, some consider it too rich and oaky but I think it is a nice occasional upgrade from the standard Jai Alai. Cheers!
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is orange in color with a dense and creamy white head.
S: Smells quite sugary and oak forward. I get a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, and fruit notes. Seems to be some peach and orange aroma in there. Maybe a bit of oxidation as well.
T: The amount of oak flavor in this beer is surprising. A lot of tannins and vanilla to go with the sugary notes I get. Brown sugar, caramel, and oranges, maybe some of the peaches, too. A pretty mild level of citric hops.
M: The body and the carbonation are both medium.
D: This was interesting. I didnít dislike it as a beer (thought it was pretty decent), but as an IPA, itís not what I would be interested in having.
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to drowland! Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head and lacing through out the glass, aroma is heavy on the oak but has a great mix of tropical fruit, citrus and hops, the flavor reminds me of the original with the tropical fruit and flowery hops but it does have a distinct taste of oak in the finish, a little different to what Iím used to but I like it!