Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pour with frothy white head. Sweet aroma of vanilla-infused grapefruit and mango, hints of peach, bread malt, and spice. Resin and bitter wood in the taste, with a rather sharp aftertaste. Smooth, nicely carbonated, medium-bodied. Noticeable difference from regular Jai Alai but can’t really say it’s better.
adam42381 (380) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a 3-4 finger creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, coconut, vanilla, pine and oak. Very tropical and fruity aroma. Very complex aroma which smells delicious.
Taste: Pine and grapefruit up front followed by coconut, vanilla and sweet citrus in the middle and ending with a blast of lemon rind and grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Extremely well balanced and delicious. Flavor is nearly flawless.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Quite creamy. Goes down very smoothly.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I only bought 2 bottles so I’m going to save the other for another day. I really wish I had more. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.
Overall: Excellent IPA overall. I really wish that this one was a year-round offering from Cigar City. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had and I will be looking for more.
PhilJackson80 (375) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Can. Tasted on 6/2/14. Beer from Chae. Aroma had notes of citrus, grapefruit, some light hint of vanilla from the oak maybe. Taste was very smooth a little lighter than the std Jai. The finish nice & a little less bitter but well balanced. Very nice IPA.
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mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another offering secured by kmweaver: Pungent tropical aromas. Intense coconut oil flavor (idiosyncratic hop variety and/or fresh oak barrel character?).A lot of residual malt sugar but alcohol presence cuts it well to make it work.
roxtersoxter (345) - 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!
raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ridiculous nose! One of the best...great when the body and flavors match! I had this bottle sitting for 10 months and that was a great move, really mellowed! Get this!!
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle and Draft. My favorite Jai Alai treatment aside from the peach. Pours orange with a reddish tint and a medium to thick off white head. Aroma of peaches, spruce, oak, pine, and oranges. Flavor is peaches, oranges, spruce, oak, and cloves. Medium, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with good heat for an IPA. This beer is great.
beastmaster (331) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 Bottle, very sweet (vanilla) ipa but is still able to pull hops kicking and screaming through to the palete. First beer from cigar city did not dissapoint!
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes of citrus, and oak on the nose. Piney hop action as well. On the palate you can really taste the oak on this. Good complexity overall, but I wonder if I should have aged it a little longer.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from markwise. Hazy, dark orange-gold pour which is lighter than regular Jai Alai. Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma is big on the citrus hops, with a subtle pine note. The smell of oak is noticeable but not overpowering. Flavor is sweet at first. Strong malt backbone, fading into a citrusy bitter finish. The oak aging seems to add a lot of sweetness. Almost has a taste like a fine Italian pastry. The wood flavor is an excellent complement to what was already a fantastic beer. I love just about anything aged on oak, and this is definitely no exception.