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 (8569) - 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 (5104) - 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 (10461) - 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 (3443) - 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 (11599) - 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 (2348) - Quad Cities, Iowa, 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!
gnoff (7979) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 isnít 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).