ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from unknown via Justin D. Pours an ominous amber-orange brown, lots of fluffy head. Aroma resinous with a touch of caramel, and maybe a hint of the suggested vanilla, definitely not as dank as the OG Jai Alai. Body arch and slightly sweet, with the oak definitely coming through in a the finish, dry yet slippery, with a warming sweetness. This is pretty nice.
AmericanSpirits (11) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve always enjoyed white oak, and I would like to give a rating of a previous vintage, but this is my first rating, and it’s of the 2014. Oak presence has diminished greatly. Has usual tasting notes of it’s regular ilk, and a pronounced sharpness that previous entries were so renowned for lacking. It’s a good beer, it just used to be a great one.
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is tons of citrus, lflorals, a hint of dank hops, and grass. Taste is of grapefruit, light pine, oranges, some mango, light wood, nice dry finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Can. Hazy orange pour with a lingering white head. The nose has plenty of wood, citrus, and some pine. Heavy on the oak flavor-wise. Plenty of hop bitterness. Surprising malt sweetness. Oak, pine, and sweet citrus in that order. Interesting but a little overbearing for my tastes.
rondphoto (3170) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
can @ Habersham Beverage / Savannah GA --- Clear light orange amber, rocky white head that stays put at 2", clumps of lace. A good looking beer. Aroma is mostly pine hops, but good. Taste is sweet malt that grows well into the palate, adding pine hops that, while assertive, don’t overtake the malt at all. A big chewy brew that is delicious to drink, and satisfying in the belly. Exceptional!
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day party.
A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving very light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of caramel malt, vanilla, slightly dulled citric hops, oranges, and lots of dry oak tannins. All things considered this is very well done and has good balance.
T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of dry oak tannins, vanilla, and dulled citric fruit. The finish is a mix of dryness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Mix of dry oak tannins and light hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet for some time.
O - Pretty good. I like the regular version of this beer quite a bit and this one is no different. I thought the addition of the oak might be a bit too overpowering but it really worked.
GenDV138 (4121) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey during their Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event. Clear golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of oak, citrus, stone fruit, tropical fruit. Tastes of oak, citrus, light vanilla. Medium body with a dry finish. Much prefer regular Jai Alai.
solidfunk (5989) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another barrel aled pale ale. You can imagine how thrilled I am. Too much oak, as can be expected, and plenty of stale hops as a result. Barrel brings boozy aroma, and some wooden bitterness. Pours orange with good head and lacing. Tap at Churchkey, thanks to gendv138 for a taste.
bigda83 (572) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well this was a big letdown to regular Jai Alai. Can was dated and of May so possibly this is why. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber and had a ton of white particles in it. Aroma is very sweet malts and some bitter citrus fruits. Taste is woody, malty, and overly sweet. There was some hops present in the taste, but I think this was a bit old. I had a tough time finishing, but I did. Def prefer the regular to this one but would love to try both side by side when fully fresh.
Marheb (3536) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Je suis fasciné à chaque fois par plusieurs aspects de cette version. Tout d’abord, je ne reconnais en aucune façon l’originale derrière le caractère vanillé presque gras qui enrobe tout le reste. L’aneth et les fruits tropicaux sortent fort aussi mais c’est vraiment la vanille qui la rend moins sessionable. Une bière à déguster mais qui est virulente de fraicheur.