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 (5567) - 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 (7402) - 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 (179) - 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.
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Cavie. Golden color, pretty cloudy. Has a thin white head. Tastes pretty spicy with a strong amount of hops.
Cavie (4302) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy drowland. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small bubbly white head. The aroma is peppery and woody funk. Lots of spicy hops. Flavor is spicy, woody oak with sharp hops and a dry finish. Small amounts of vanilla in the flavor as well.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cavie. Pour is light orange with a small white head. Aroma is a little woody with lots of citrus and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dry spice, woody, and a little fruity. Dry, bitter finish.
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
truly awesome brew. Pours deep amber with whitish head. The nose is relatively subdued for an ipa (some hops, piney with perhaps a hint of sweetness, vanilla, oak) The taste has a wow factor. It is very well balanced. Can taste the slight bitterness and pine flavour of the hops but this is counteracted by a sweet oakiness that is very significant almost to the point that it is the predominant flavour. Very nice balance. Great mouthfeel (carbonation is mild) and goes down smooth. One of my favourites.