jtclockwork (10128) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Drowland. Pours cloudy apricot. Nose of citrus, oak, spicy hops and caramel malts. Taste has lots of spicy hops, some oak and light citrus, caramel malts and a mild pine finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This this this. This is the kind of IPA, nay beer, that I love. That great mixture of a soft creamy palate, fresh spicy and floral hops, and a nice strong oakiness that blends right in. We’ll never know if this is what the original IPA tastes like but its always how I envision it.
beernovice39 (3227) - Montana, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours a cloudy gold/orange pour with a nice strong creamy white head. Scent is fruit, wood and hops. Taste is wood, citrus and hops. Creamy. Everything a great IPA should be.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Knightly. Finally, I get to try this version of Jai Alai! Pours a rusty bronze color with a good thick off-white head. Pretty much the same appearance as the other Jai Alai. There’s lots of tropical fruity hops and fresh cut oak in the aroma. Some biscuity malt sneaks in there but the tropical fruit and oak really stand out. The flavor is a bit sweet from the tropical fruit and a touch of vanilla but that coupled with assertive bitter citrusy hops and the beer balances well. The caramel and doughy malty base is slick and sturdy. The oak is a little less aggressive here than the aroma but it’s still very much a factor. Damn, another very fine twist to the already stellar Jai Alai IPA.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottke courtesy of markwise!). Pours copper with big off-white head. Aroma of wood and cardboard. Some citrus and resin, bit it takes a backseat to the oak. Taste is sweet with vanilla notes and bitterness. Great mouthfeel on this. There’s a creaminess to this (vanilla?) That I wouldn’t have guessed would be there and it mellows the bitterness to make this well balanced. This is an absolutely delicious beer.
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) clear amber, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of orange, light oak, funk, wood char, herbal and rhubarb. Taste of oak, astringent, woody, oranges, and a well carbonated finish. Bit of pine bitterness but smoothed out by the oak.
nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel orange with a cloudy, white head. Nose is neat, herbal, floral, tropical fruit, juniper. Flavor is sweet, spicy, juniper, all spice, white pepper, caramel, light orange. Full bodied, peppery finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: A gift from Daknole! THANKS! Aroma of hops, tropical fruit, mango, orange, papaya, pineapple, nectarine, light oak, and a hint of pine. Too much tropical fruit, orange, nectarine for me. Poured amber/orange in color with a very large, creamy, dense, frothy, off-white head that diminished a bit, but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, tropical fruit, tangerine, white oak, orange, nectarine, citrus, and slight pine. Medium body. Average texture. Average to lively carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter, white oak, tropical fruit, tangerine, finish. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 12/26/10 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours hazy orange-brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to leaving rocky lace. The nose is American Oak (dill, vanilla, cinnamon) with a strong caramel malt backbone, and just a hint of bitter hops. The flavor starts off with some caramel and vanilla sweetness up front with a good dose of bitter hops taking everything over. The oak flavor serves well to balance everything out. The body is medium with a sticky texture, average carbonation, and a long vanilla, oak, and hops finish.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dry, oaky profile, hazy gold, wispy white head. Lots of white pepper, oak, bit of grass. Sweet flavor, bubblegum, bit green and disappointing. Meh, think I like this less than the regular and humidor.