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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2408) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 10, 2011
An interesting and balanced blend of fresh oak, tropical fruit flavors, melon and light malt flavors of honey. Low-medium fullness of aroma. Lightly sweet and and substantial feel. Very little apparent alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle, thanks Caleb! Nice yellow, golden pour with white head. Aroma has big notes of sweet ripe fruit, touches of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, touch of bready malt to balance. Taste is definitely different, notes of pineapple and grapefruit up front but goes nicely into the dry oak, some pine and even some apple, finishes nice and bitter. One of the more complex and delicious IPAs around for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle. Dark reddish amber. big cream colored head. oaky hop nose with some fruits coming through, like apricot, mango, guava, and pineapple. Bitter hop-forward (of course) beer showcasing drier elements of the above fruitiness with subtle if non-existant oak influence. Maybe not non-existant, but certainly not at the level detected in the nose...just gives off a dry oakiness in the finish. Balanced beer though...nice hoppy fruitiness...bitterness adequately and not overly balance by the malt presence. Heating alcoholic presence. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Orane pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is tropical, melon pineapple. Flavor much of the same. Oak add a peppery type quality to the finish. Flavor was nice and resinous, very fresh bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from EricAndersNavy, thanks! Orange amber color. Melon, grapefruit, vanilla and oak in the aroma. Malty sweetish flavor with melon, pineapple, lychee, oak, some earthy oily hops, but the hops are not too prominent. Well balanced. Excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from my Secret Santa. Pours cloudy amber with an off-white head. The nose is ripe citrus, mango, apricot, pepper and malt. The taste is grapefruit, orange, resin and wood in the finish. Medium bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
15_2_Kuhnhenn (6) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
My brother picked this up for me and when he came to visit we finally opened it. I really didnít get into the taste but what I did want to note was the wonderful aroma. Very pleasing to the nose :-)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madirish76 (42) - Whittier, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
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.

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