Fred82 (2131) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at NOTB 2011
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with a medium head.
Aroma : Nice fresh floral hops with nice spices coming from the wood. Nice wood. Some fruits.
Taste : Nice fresh floral and citrusy hops. Nice wood presence. Finish has nice hops, spices and woody notes. Rather balanced except for the rather strong alcohol presence.
Overall : Very nice IPA, rather drinkable except for the light alcohol bite. Nice spices. Very nice use of wood I thought.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a fluffy white head that leaves lacy splatters. Nose is honey, roses, orange juice and vanilla. Resiny medium body softened by the oak but sort of chalky. Taste is toffee, mango, pineapple and grass. Finishes with grapefruit pith, lemon zest and white pepper. Hard to go wrong with anything Jai Alai; maybe a bit sweet.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (thanks to Beerlando)... Poured golden with a thick white head. The white oak did wonders here. Jai Alai is a great base IPA for wood aging. Tropical fruit, pineapple, white grapes, hop leafiness and balanced all the way through.
j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a hazed golden orange with a thin white head. Big citrus, oak and wood. Sweet candy. Medium bodied, big earthy citrus. Tannins, chewy wood. Long wooden tannins, with some sweetness and bitter grapefruit.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewing this beer NOT from notes. Finally have a bit of time to sit down with a new one. Direct from Florida and received today.
Bottles makes a nice hiss as I pry off the top. A bit of oak scent wafts from the bottle. Poured into my tulip.
Initial pour is quite hazy. The beer itself is a copper color that is on the lighter side. It looks like it has been infused with a bit of peach coloring. The head starts out about 1.5 fingers high and slowly fades down to half a finger. Very nice lace circles around the edge of the glass and some bigger carbonation bubbles in the middle.
Nose is a bit muted and not nearly as hoppy as I would expect given the base beer. A bit of oak makes its way through alongside some dull toffee notes and hints of cardboard. Not necessarily in an off way; more like fresh, non-soggy cardboard. Also a bit of a light nutty character. Three scents and not a single one deriving from hops. Interesting.
Initial sip reveals a good amount of fresh oak, although there isnít much tannic character present. Soft notes of caramel and toffee along with some fresh-baked bread. Slightly bitter mouthfeel. Slightly dry and tannic in the finish, as my cheeks and the roof of my mouth are somewhat dried out.
All in all, Iím definitely quite perplexed by this beer. The oak character has completely taken over the hops, and all that is left of them is a bit of bitter dryness in the finish. While the oak certainly isnít bad, it takes over what are some really great, fresh hoppy characteristics in the original formulation. While it is a decent enough beer in its own right, I believe itís a fairly signifiant step down from regular Jai Alai, as well as from some of the fruit-aged versions.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-21-2010
Ernesto987 (5373) - Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 The freshest tasting oak aged beer. The oak notes are spicy and very fresh. The IPA is clean, hoppy tasting, and a caress of bitterness. This beer is really awesome!
Caution: 3/4 of these Iíve opened have been infected with Brett. Lulz.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Bottle split with Andrew, grandpa, and dave. Pours a slightly hazy amber body with thin lacing and no head. Aroma is strong oak notes, sweet accents, and fresh hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium with notes of fresh cedar pine, juicy fruits, sweet citrus.
dredmond (177) - 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 donít have a Cigar City one so Iíll 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 Iíd 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 thereís 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.