orangesol (987) - 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.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Whaleslayer719, the best beer mule out there for grabbing this. Can date 4/24/14. Pours a very clear dark orange color with huge white head. Aroma is sweet oak, light citrus, earthy, with some caramel malt character. A ton of oak in the first sip, but not astringently so, more earthy and citrusy hop flavor, smooth malt backbone, well balanced. A lot of vanilla character as it sets.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a mostly clear copper with a nice white head. Nose is very oaky, with vanilla, light citrus, and sweet malt. Taste is nice mix of citrus hops, vanilla, oak, sweet malt, and a bitter finish. Body is full and well carbonated. Overall, a very interesting oaked IPA. WHie oak may not be as harsh as some others. Very well done.
PartyFowle (954) - - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Burning orange hue, dark yet mostly clear, with an off-white head sticky as marshmallow fluff. The aroma has aged citrusy hops, dill, sharp oak and dried oregano. Flavor is packed with juicy hops -- orange juice, lime, pineapple -- along with vanilla, caramel and slightly tannic oak. The barrel is smoothly integrated, enhancing the underlying brew in a way I donít usually find with oak-aged IPAs. Creamy medium body; peppery CO2. Very nice, complex and unique flavor.
bookman10 (948) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice orange-yellow with a thin, foamy head. The aroma is dominated by the hops. Flavor is strongly hops, with some citrus in the background. The white oak aging really adds something to this, as itís a much more pronounced IPA than the regular Jai Alai. Not bad.
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours burnt orange with a small white head even with an aggressive pour. Aromas of oak and hops. Flavors of citrus intermingled with vanilla. Finishes clean. Overall a very good IPA.
Sdaniel90 (915) - Mexico City, MEXICO - SEP 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, 355ml. Clear orange/amber with a frothy tan head. Aromas of caramel, floral hops, vanilla, coconut, aged wood. Medium to full bodied, moderate to fizzy carbonation. Thick and oily. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Intense roasted and hoppy flavors into a heavy, spicy finish.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by FlandersNed at the June í10 Metro Detroit tasting. Gold colored pour with a loose white head. The aroma is white pine, oak and toffee. Amazingly fragrant. Like smelling an evergreen forest. The flavor is big citrus with lots of juniper, pine and faint honey. Creamy, medium body with low carbonation.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in a FFF Anniversary party pint glass.
A: Exact same the regular Jai Alai that was sampled before this. Golden straw body with amber hues mixed in, a white head that leaves some nice sticky lace.
S: This white oak did some crazy things to this beer. Iím getting something crazy, almost like banana liqueur with a peppery oak like taste and some subtle hoppiness.
T: Same as the nose. The white oak gave it a peppery zing with a very sweet fruitiness. Itís almost spicy in nature. Quite interesting.
M: Medium bodied with a long lingering taste of white oak left on the palate.
O: This was way different from the original Jai Alai that was sampled right before, but it is still about the same type of beer. Iíd be interested to try other beers that have been aged with white oak.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2012
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/31/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Out of the bottle this pours a cloudy tangerine color with a great off-white head. The head retains nicely and leaves a variable web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is just perfect. The white oak really comes through nicely. White oak, pineapple, white grapefruit, tangerine, orange blossoms, and some sweet pale and caramel malt in the background.
Sweet honey and pale malt up front sets the table for the hops. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors burst onto my palate. The white oak really helps to smooth all of the flavors out.
White Oak Jai Alai shares the mouthfeel characteristics with its base beer. Smooth and creamy, even buttery, it is very juicy up front and gradually dries out toward the end. A light stickiness is present throughout and lingers after the finish. The hoppy bitterness pulls on the taste buds a little bit.
I absolutely loved the effect the White Oak had on the original beer. It added new depth and a flavor profile I am not really familiar with. Maybe the novelty will wear off after trying it a few more times, but for right now, this is one of my favorite IPAís.