GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours burnt orange with a small white head even with an aggressive pour. Aromas of oak and hops. Flavors of citrus intermingled with vanilla. Finishes clean. Overall a very good IPA.
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes of citrus, and oak on the nose. Piney hop action as well. On the palate you can really taste the oak on this. Good complexity overall, but I wonder if I should have aged it a little longer.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to the Bootlegging escapades of DrBayern, I have this gift from the Beer Gods! Pours a light orange, cloudy, with a really nice light head. YOu get a nice hoppy aroma that is sweet. Somewhat dry to the taste, the hop flavor is complimented by the white oak on the back side of each taste. This is incredible, worthy of no less than a 99. The bittering on the backside is equally impressive.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 In short: A fruity, dry, astringent and slightly spicy woody IPA. Pretty nice.
How: Fresh growler sent to me by Maltzilla, thanks a lot Diego
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: The original hoppy nose is hard to describe. It is somewhat herbal, perfume, some tropical fruits, some freshly cut birch. There’s something “different” about the nose but I don’t think I could have guessed somehow oak aged. Taste is grapefruity, lots of phenols, flower petals, tropical fruits, perfume, a bit of caramel. Ends with a spicy woody dryness. Quite astringent for an IPA but it works in this beer. Overall I though the beer was very good and also quite original which is something I rarely say about an IPA, a style that has been explored in almost every little corner. I will get more of this whenever I can. Note to self: Get more bottles of White Oak Jai Alai. Leaving notes to myself in a rating makes me feel like I’m just talking to myself. But apparently people who talk to themselves are actually highly intelligent people. Did I know that? Of course I knew that, what do I ask? Ok, just checking.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a honey golden body with a white head. Nice oak tones, with vanilla and dry woodiness. Fresh cut wood, fresh pure oak. Pine hints of citrus and spicy. Light pineapple and tangerine sweetness with a spicy dry finish. Great stuff.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! this starts really sweet and fruity, like apricot. The aroma is also like a peach strawberry slurry, like something you’d put on pancakes. that flavor then develops into a really smoky, ashy oak flavor. very interesting. this is a hell of a great beer! From a trade with Smith4498, thanks Jason!
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber orange pour with tan head. Light woody, some sweet tones, and citrus aromas. Flavor is citrus, and sweet fruit, light cedar and oak, some light sweet vanilla and other malts.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark orange with a two finger head. Tropical fruit notes with slight hints of vanilla. Taste explodes of citrus (coconut, mango, pineapple, and some bitterness on the end as a burnt orange peel. A nice medium length finish. Killer beer.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
another CCB scored from my buddy kiefdog. poured gold with a white head. aroma was oak, caramel, toffee, and pine. flavor was oak, caramel, and pine with some serious fruity notes. body was light with low carbonation.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle courtesy of PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!
Pours a hazy dark golden orange/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger yellowish beige head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
The aroma of this beer is kind of odd with a blend of toasted oak, earthy hops and a buttery malt backbone. I’m not picking up much of the citrus and pine hop presence f the base beer. Those notes are only faint under the barrel character and the nose s dominated by oak and malt. Hints of caramel, wood, toffee, biscuit and butter.
Medium bodied with more of a hop forward presence than the aroma suggests. Dry and bitter with lots of resinous, earthy pine flavor. The white oak presence is very prominent adding more dryness and a toasted wood flavor that takes away from the sweeter tropical/citrus notes of the base beer. As a result, the malt backbone is stronger with hints of toffee, caramel and biscuit. The ABV is well masked making this beer pretty quaffable but t could use some more balance.
Overall, this was an interesting beer and the white oak barrel really changes the base beer, but it could use a bit of sweetness to balance things out.