HonusWagner (1632) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
No matter how many times I give this beer another shot, I never can get past the overwhelmingly oaky character, which imparts a really odd astringency and meshes badly with the sweet-ish tropical fruit thing. The dill note overpowers, and I cannot easily finish even a single can. It’s not godawful by any means, but it’s not a pleasant drinking experience.
As it warms, it picks up a heavy buttery note, gross, I really hate this beer.
Weezel (217) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my opinion one of the best two or three beers from Cigar City. I wait every year for this release and there is never enough to go around. Huge tropical aroma of melons, mango and grapefruit. Taste is very solid IPA up front and you pick up a lot of the Jai Alai character in the beginning. Mid way through there is a flood oak, vanilla and more of the tropical hoppiness, and you would swear there is some kind of fruit in there. Finish is long, but not bitter, intensely smooth. If you can find it buy as much as you can.
suprchunk (2420) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, clear, pour. Sizable white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing. A distinct dill aroma. Can’t really ascertain anything past that. Taste is malty with some vanilla notes. A slight bit of dill pokes it head again, but just fleetingly so. Finishes creamy smooth with just a touch of sweetness. Pretty good.
onceblind (4699) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear copper with a thin sticky white head. Nose has a sharp white oak twang, with a sweet an juicy mango/melon tone, maybe a little pineapple rind as well. The flavor is sharp and woody with that fresh chopped white oak twang, a little pineapple rind, a mild char note, and mango. That oak tone is just a little too abrasive.
snoworsummer (2615) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a can in Miami. Pours clear golden brown with a thin white head and decent lacing. Tastes awesome, like sweet tropical fruits, roasted nuts and caramel, marshmallow, and dry pine and resin. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like mild tropical fruits, nutty, and light pine.
sonnycheeba (3858) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours clear amber with a creamy pillow of off-white head. Aroma is floral and grassy hops, pineapple, mango, oak, toasted malts, and light lemon zest. Flavor is dynamic with sweet tropical fruit up front that transitions to toasted and caramel malts before evolving again into floral hop goodness with a touch of pine; dry finish with some of the tropical notes lingering. Medium body and carbonation.
oOJUXEOo (300) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Description is pretty spot on. Can into glass. Fragrant citrus hop aroma and a mellowed bitterness from the oak. I think the oak was actually too pronounced.
smaynard6000 (682) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can. Pours a dark golden color with average carbonation and a creamy off-white head. Heavy citrus aroma with a subtle oak note. Not as bitter as regular Jai Alai, smooth with some vanilla in the finish. Outstanding.
Derek881 (1018) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the can into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a slightly cloud amber-dark gold color with a very large foamy and creamy off-white head with very good retention, but light cling and lacing. The aroma featured strong notes of citrus, grapefruit, and lemon, with pleasant, noticeable touches of oak and vanilla, and a bit of barley. It had a subdued bitter citrus and grainy toast with a prominent sour-bitter oak character with a slightly sweet vanilla finish; a very interesting and enjoyable combination. The beer had good carbonation and life with a thick and full mouthfeel with a somewhat dry body and smooth finish. Unique and exciting beer.
boxofrane (2272) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at craft ale house. Pours clear amber with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has floral notes, wood, light pine, some vanilla. The taste has a light bitterness, a big vanilla kick, plenty of woody notes. An awesome oak aged ipa.