BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz Bottle. Appearance similar to the regular Jai Alaiazy orange in color with a short thick head. Aroma heavy on the oak, big turn off. Also ruins the fruity flavor of the original. Medium bodied and less oily. What a let down.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold pour with a foamy white head. Aroma of malt, ripe fruit, wood and citrus hops. Flavor is similar, fruity with a nice hop bite. Interesting brew.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasn’t sure were exactly to rate this. I was rather off-put by some things and, curiosity aside, prefer the regular Jai Alai to this. Pours a orangish clear (or if you like the bottom, murky) with a decent sized head and ample sticky lacing. The nose is a bit strong, mainly of tropical punch and citrus. The taste is dominated by the boisterous white-oak (i guess) flavor. I am not sure if they both aged and "added" flavor, but it’s huge and in-your-face. It’s good though, don’t get my wrong. Blowing past that blockade, one finds the same wonderful attributes that make the Jai Alai such a top rate beer from such a low-rate state(FL). well balanced malts, very faint alcohol nestled around a very robust and hoppy character, masquerading under a plume of vanilla bean stalks. I think this is more of the "novelty" shelf.
Ughsmash (7322) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured clear light-medium orange with a fluffy cap of off-white head.. nice lacing on the edges. The aroma picked up a whole helluva lot of spicy oak that partially complemented and partially obscured the floral and citrusy hops.. fairly sweet.. odd, but I dug it. The flavor opened with softer caramel and mapley malts, not the oak or bitterness I expected, but those jumped in shortly afterward.. again a hair too much impression from the oak, but not necessarily unenjoyable.. citrus, pine resin, and floral hoppage gave a nice bitter kick.. warm on the finish with lots of hops and lots of wood. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. I enjoyed it.
jtclockwork (10428) - , 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 (2610) - 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 (3232) - 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 (5734) - 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.