Derek881 (1030) - 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 (2319) - 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.
deanso (6092) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl can courtesy of and shared with kermis.
Thick white head. . Lots of vanilla. Clear amber pour. Lovely bitterness. Very drinkable.
Advocate_Ames (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a perfect sticky defined foam head. The aroma is a hoppy citrus, tropical fruit, with a wood character, and a vanilla scent. In tasting I noticed sweet carmel, medium tropical pineapple flavor, mild vanilla, and subtle malt taste. The finish is very pleasant and doesn?t hurt my palate. Overall I really enjoyed this brew, definitely worth trying.
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours light amber with large white head out of can. Aroma of fruit, vanilla, and hops. Very smooth taste of hops and hint of oak. Excellent beer!
mar (4984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber pour with a cream head. Oak, vanilla, fresh hops, chewy and light caramel. Great palate, heavy vanilla, florals, chewy, easy finish.
MadRobin (2225) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 4 oz. sampler at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa, FL.
Clear, bright amber with an off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, cocoanut, vanilla, oak and fresh bread.
Taste of citrus, toast, cocoanut, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar and oak.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1316) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 1/10/14.
Appearance: Beautiful, clear copper/orange hue with plenty of effervescence streaming up. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces really well.
Smell: An interesting aroma of vanilla, dill, and orange juice concentrate. Odd, but not off-putting.
Taste: I originally reviewed this back in February of 2013, but it wasn’t exactly a fair review since the bottle was most likely quite old at the time (however, there was no bottling date on it). It was so bad it actually made my Top 10 Worst Beers of 2013 list, which came to the attention of the brewery. They reached out to me and offered to send me a fresh four-pack of cans straight off the bottling line. I thought it would be nice to give the beer a second chance. I’m glad I did because the palette is completely different from how I remember it.
Cigar City is known for making some unusual beers and experimental brewing techniques. So, aging an IPA on white oak seems right up their alley. And this white oak aged Jai Alai IPA is definitely unusual for the style. I truly believe that experimental does not equate to quality, but in this case it seems to have worked. There’s a lot of flavors present here I’ve never encountered in an IPA before. Vanilla and dill are noticeable flavors, but they seem to play more of a supporting role. There’s more hop flavor than there is bitterness here. Initially it’s orange juice concentrate - a luscious sweetness, but it changes quickly to pine and resin dankness. The white oak accounts for an herbal quality, plus some vanilla and woody flavors often found in barrel-aged beers.
This is a palette that takes some getting used to. I could understand why this wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but now that I’ve drank it the way it’s supposed to taste I can see what they were going for and I appreciate the originality.
Drinkability: Though the taste is a little weird, I had no trouble getting through a serving of White Oak Jai Alai IPA quite quickly. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy - making it smooth rather than crisp. There is a residual aftertaste of hops and white oak, but it’s tolerable. Though rather hefty at 7.5% ABV, there’s no alcohol distraction. However, I probably couldn’t drink more than one at a time. I’m sure this would pair well with some kind of exotic fare.
S_Side_Smitty (543) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours golden amber and clear with a medium white head. Aroma is spicy sweet pineapple and citrus. Taste is well rounded vanilla and oak with sweet pineapple and generalized tropical fruits. The bitterness from the hops comes across as a spiciness from beginning to finish. Awesome IPA with amazing complexity.
boisebeerguy (88) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz thanks to FLATSDOMINO. Nice hop profile. Very smooth ipa and oak flavor mixes well with this one.