Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours clear golden with hazelnut head. Aroma is complex. Earthy spice hops, fruitiness, grapes, white wine oak and vanilla. Taste is more juicy, apples, red apples, some old hops, vanilla, peach mango, Dense en over-ripe tropical fruits and mango. White grapes and finish with oak, white whine, most mouthfeel and dry oaky lingering bitternes together with herbal hops. Very interesting!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a bottle gave a similar color to the classic Jai Alai brew. Same good balanced beer with a good good dose of fresh new tasting oak. The woody flavor stays with you through to the finish. A bit strong for my taste and prefer the original. Fun to try it nonetheless.
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit faded but the date appears to be Aug 15, 2012. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a hazy dark orange body. Loads of yeast and sediment line the bottom of the glass. A frothy and soapy two finger off white head forms and sticks around for a while. Immense lacing and retention. Looks like the topping of a cappuccino. It certainly doesnít bother me, but Iíve yet to see a beer have this much sediment.
S - Where to start? This beer is just so unique. Aroma starts off with intense ripe mango and peach juice. Candied peach rings, some floral hops and a touch of the dankness that I found in the standard Jai Alai. Finally on the end there is some wood and warm vanilla.
T - Less tropical than the nose. Grassy and floral hops start off. Some peaches and cream. Then a strong wood presence with some vanilla. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and well carbonated. Really great feel to it.
O - Really unique beer here. I guess the closest thing to compare this to would be Burton Baton. Huge gobs of tropical notes with a fresh white oak finish. Perma-ISO!
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled July 11, 2011. Served at around 45F.
Pours hazy orange/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves a lot of nice looking lacing and holds a good creamy cap. Quite attractive.
Aroma is very floral with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus, notes of pine, grass, oak and vanilla, decent caramel malt as well. Very good strength and a rather complex nose.
Flavor is floral hops, tropical fruits, some grapefruit and orange citrus, only a hint of oak, some resinous hops, fair caramel malt backbone offering some sweetness, finishes with good bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and creamy with good carbonation.
Good stuff. Enjoying this more than the regular Jai Alai but that could also be a factor of freshness/batch variations. While it is somewhat caramel heavy for an IPA there are more fresh hops here for balance. The oak is subtle but welcome.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brass Tap. Poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a foamy egg shell head. Nose is amazing, lots of wood and grapefruit, lesser notes of vanilla, pine, and toffee. Medium to full body, somewhat sticky mouth feel and great carbonation. This brew has a pretty aggressive oak note that pairs very well with the base IPA. Pretty similar to their cedar IPA but in the oak treatment I find the wood profile more harmonious and balanced. Finishes with a decent amount of bitterness and lingering vanilla. I really hope I see this beer again!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Semi hazy orange in color, some copper tint, and some yellow highlights appearing as it thins out. Oaky aroma with some some vanilla and toffee appearing. Not much hop appearance here. Taste is sweeter with caramel, toffee, slight bit of citrus. Medium body, slightly creamy, but not as good as what I thought the regular jai alai was.
ThreeCats (727) - ISRAEL - AUG 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy honey with little head. Aroma of funk and white wine barrel. Taste of funk, vanilla, wood, tropical hops.
ctipping (710) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Light amber body with a giant white head and great retention. Sharp, fresh oak aroma. Citrus hops behind it and something like peaches? I expected sweetness, but the oak has a sharp flavor that cuts through the malt. Hops take a back seat to the fresh oak. High carbonation. Medium body. Sharp oaky bite in the finish. One of my favorite treatments from CCB.
demmbonz (710) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can to snifter. Bucket list tick. Thanks Michael. Orangey amber colored. Frothy off white head that is retained for quite some time. Aroma is heavy on the oak. Was not expecting that much. Can is exactly a month old so hops may be a little faded. Drinking after a 5 day old can of regular Jai Alai. Iíll try to be fair. Lots of oak in the flavor as well, like licking a 2x4. Sweetness and vanilla. Some citrus on the finish and mild bitterness, again brought up in the very end by more oak.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is my favorite jai alai so far. poured brown with a very thick white head smelled kind of week but tasted fantastic with an oak finish