scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great step up from an already good beer. Poor with a great white lasting head. Very bitter clean paltry flavor. Lots of lasting dry woodiness. Great beer
GreatDane1632 (297) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Adrian for this one. Poured into a can glass. Pours a pretty golden with floaty hop bits. Aroma is definitely an oak/hop combo that is pleasing. Flavor is a vanilla caramel oak flavor. Leads into a subtle hoppy flavor that is a lot similar to the aroma. I really like this beer.
PhilJackson80 (294) - 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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bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This remarkable beer raised such an explosive head - even after a gentle pour - that it took multiple decantations to get the entire 12 oz bottle into my snifter. The head slowly simmered down to a finger, then a ring, and laced the glass abundantly in the process. Indeed, it looked like I had consumed half of a dipa before I had even had a sip of this. The color also evokes a dipa, with tints of russet creeping into a familiar ipa orange body. The nose is also very ipa-ish, with pineapple and orange mixing with faint hints of green wood from the oak. Anyone expecting an ipa, though, will be disappointed or blown away. Color me the latter. The body sends waves of coconut and leather through the ipa flavors. The malt profile coupled with the oak aging yields as much complexity and sippability as a nice barleywine ... only, at 7.5%, you can drink more than one and still tie your shoes! The overall effect is slightly tropical but fundamentally that of a paneled study on a quiet Saturday night. You feel a bit like the 17th c. Spanish governor of Florida sipping this: pampered, privileged, and delighted. A fine and complex offering from Cigar City.
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
floar fruity essense, woody musty esters, color, light amber small white head, taste, Hops flora first, then the malt background, then a woodsy spicyness, from the white oak, overall, nice! a IPA that mixes it up, thx Lushawn!
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours flat, copper color. Plum and barn wood. Woody, nutty, vanilla, caramel, followed by bitterness. Not my cup of tea...
bconch (265) - - AUG 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taken from old notes. How do you make Jai Alai even better? Put some oak in it. CC nails it for me. One of my faves.
roxtersoxter (259) - 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!
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Paul for this. Pours orangish yellow with a nice of white head. Smell: pine, grapefruit, mango, caramel and notes of wood. Taste: grapefruit, mango, wood, nice pine resin and caramel malt. Medium on the mouth and a long bitter but smooth finish.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clearish amber colored pour with a beautiful layer of thick white foamy head.
Smell is a good blend of bitter hops with a hint of citrus. The flavor is DOMINATED by oak. I’m really amazed how the wood flavors come through here. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by this brew - particularly after having the regular Jai Alai and loving it. Its not bad, just a bit underwhelming. I think that if this a bit less "woody" in flavor it would be much much better.