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.
GreatDane1632 (327) - 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.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a great spin on a very solid IPA! poured a cloudy orange with a frothy head. a great aroma off the rim of the glass from a poured 12oz bottle. scents of oak (and slight cedar..?) along with some hopís coming thru tempt your tounge! bitterness and oak flavors hit you up front with a nice lingering oak taste. warm going down.. not an everyday drinker but definitely a great treat for yourself! thanks burg326!!
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This version pours a lovely clear orange amber color. Big fluffy 2 finger head appears and sticks around for a good while. Great lacing throughout the glass. Itís just a good looking beer.
The aroma is masked by oak for the most part. Oak and vanilla. But tropical fruit does through bit a tad. Mango, citrus, and a bit of caramel. Some people might not like that the Oak really takes over here but for me it was nice.
Oak might mask a tad bit more in the taste then in the smell here but even so tropical fruits and citrus are still evident making for a very nice taste. Rounded out with vanilla and a slight pine and herbal flavor and you have a really good version of Jai Alai.
Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and medium bodied. Goes down very nice.
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger white head. Nose is mild piney hops with some grassy notes. Taste is light lemon citrus. spicy white pepper and a woody finish. Medium body, nice carbonation and a satisfying after-taste for a barrel aged IPA. Different, but I enjoyed this one.
PhilJackson80 (307) - 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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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
roxtersoxter (295) - 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!
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 (289) - @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!