Vaiz (4172) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from secret santa, thanks! Aroma of very smooth hops, delicate pine, floral and pleasant. But it did not prepare me for the awesome flavor. Huge explosion of flowery hops and a perfect touch of oak makes this very very drinkable. Amazing balance. Great brew.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 Aroma is somehow creamy oak with loads of hops, fruity, floral, blue cheese. Niiiice.
Flavour is fruity wood, lavished with hops, quite sweet and quite bitter at the same time. Perfect balance. Good good stuff.
Bonster (181) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Procured from a recent trip to florida where I brought one suitcase for carrying back Cigar City beer (and some others not available in NJ). The appearance is similar to that of their regular IPA, if not a shade darker. Big fluffy head sits on top of a hazy amber brew. Hop aroma is subdued by the white oak, which compliments it wonderfully. Added vanilla to aroma. Little active carbonation when compared to the non aged variety. I never tasted a wood aged beer at all similar, which is a good thing. The white oak compliments and tones down the bite of the hops. Having a hard time describing all the flavors. Very good.
thome50 (1265) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Beerlando. Pours a nice light amber with a small but distinct head that dissipates rather quickly. I get a faint vanilla aroma with slight citrus but not anything spectacular. I was worried at this point but the first sip completely made up for it. Distinct pine and a lot of cantaloupe as well as some citrus. The cantaloupe really comes out in the middle to end with some nice bitter elements at the end. Not at all what I was expecting from an IPA that I did not know the date of and that had been on oak. The malt did not overpower or make a strong presence which I appreciated. I would definitely drink this again when I can.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a big white head that leaves fantastic lacing. Aroma is like that of typical jai alai: tropical, grapefruit, pine but with more oaky, floral, and vanilla notes. Taste is rich, hoppy, with a nice oak smoothness to it. Fantastic, I want more.
DialSquare (3971) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Knightly Spirits. Drinking this next to a regular Jai Alai - same pour. Aroma is more oak, vanilla and coconut on top of tropical fruit vibes. The flavor balance works well with the vanilla, dough, tropical fruit and grapefruit all mixed into a sweet-bitter ipa goodness. Like this a bit more than the regular Jai Alai as a sipper - but the regular is more easy drinking. Always cool to get variations on a great brew.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle enjoyed in my new CC snifter, with another big thanks to GodOfThunder. Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate white head. Aroma is fresh cut wood, fresh citrus, some perfume floral notes, and some fresh fruit juice. Flavor is more citrus, fresh wood, floral and ripe fresh orange or tangerine fruits. Another creative and nicely done CC beer, thanks again J!
Skvader (129) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth beer. Flavour and aroma of coconut, white peach and vanilla. Few of the usual IPA charcteristics remain but it is a really nice beer
SanfordBrewer (1449) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lucent amber, dense beige head, resiny vut smooth full body, medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: incredible perfumy citrusy hops, sweet caramel malt.
Taste: bright woody spicy perfume, ton of citrusy piny hops, and some sweet caramely malt.
While most wood aged flavors seem to me to tie into the malt profile of a beer, this white oak blends into these hops in an amazing way, creating a unique and incredible combined flavor. Reminds me more of a spruce or juniper beer than one aged on american or french oak.
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Shawn. Spicey IPA. Medium golden coloured body with enormous head that leaves a half inch of white head. The aroma is unuual as it has the cooked oak, interesting. Medium plus mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but I could not drink a second bottle of this too soon. bee-aye 5K.