GT2 (9259) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL courtesy of Travlr. Poured a hazy light amber with a towering, ultra-rocky, yellow, creme head. Massive retention and lace. Aroma is candy corn, melon, cantaloupe Taste is bitter melon rind, sweet residual sugars, some odd sweet melon character. Soft carbonation. Really no hop character so Iím not even thinking IPA while trying this. Itís yummy but a bit too sweet and fruity.
Dogbrick (9181) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the tap room. This brew pours a hazy orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, grapefruit and malt. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, wood, vanilla and malt. The finish is fruity with a nice oaky citrus aftertaste. Good beer all around.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Very muddy hazy pour. The nose is quite laden with vanilla laden with back notes of mango and passionfruit. Rich palate with a fairly thick body as well. Itís lightly sweet but not all that hoppy. Sweet fruity hop aromatics but the bitterness is so subdued and unresinous that it almost comes across as a fruit beer. However - as it warms up this beer really changes. The hoppiness starts to pick up but it comes across a little bit catty. I canít say Iím a huge fan of this one - but itís definitely one of a kind.
mcberko (8723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, sent by Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), split with Matts_Property, pours a beautiful opaque dark reddish orange with minimal white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, resinous hops (despite the oak aging), some birch tree, maybe some spicy / woody notes but I wouldnít have guessed this was [white] oak aged. Flavour is more spicy and woody than the nose suggests, with less of the hoppy character coming through - some tropical fruits, birch or cedar tree, maybe a little grapefruit, with a slightly spicy, dry tropical fruity finish. The oak aging is subtle on this one, which is good in my books, as Iím usually unimpressed by oak aging IPAs. Very enjoyable take on the regular, excellent Jai Alai.
Scopey (8515) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, many thanks to Greg. It pours hazy orange-amber with a medium beige head. The nose is pine, earth, resin, light peppery, white grape, blood orange and raisin. The taste is pine, earth, light toast, white grape, green apple, orange peel, earth, light dough and spice with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Flavoursome and well-balanced. Who would have thought a barrel-aged ipa would taste so good?!
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bit of a gushing bottle. tall-building sand colored head on a cloudy vermilion body. head settles down into patchy sea foam. intense gum, candy and fruit nose; sugary mandarin orange-flavored gelatin chews; vanilla-flavored gum; bit of a rough edge due to the oak. heavy oiliness. apparent sweetness is high. could be classified as candy. medium body up front thinning across mid-palate and frothing substantially. notes of sour wood-flavored gelatinous chewy candy and vanilla-scented candle wax / wood oil. puckering, drying finish with late creeper tannins. why so chewy? i think iíve tasted this once before, in the air in the back of cost plus world market, between the wooden kitchen accessories and utensils and the packaged spice, hot sauce and olive aisle.
arminjewell (8478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Caleb! Nice yellow, golden pour with white head. Aroma has big notes of sweet ripe fruit, touches of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, touch of bready malt to balance. Taste is definitely different, notes of pineapple and grapefruit up front but goes nicely into the dry oak, some pine and even some apple, finishes nice and bitter. One of the more complex and delicious IPAs around for sure.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 My Bottom Line :
Toasted oak and citrusy, coniferous hops merge within this IPAís soft caramel malts, building a cushy brew.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam lingers atop the cloudy amber. Side by side with the íregularí Jai Alai, this White Oak was surprisingly darker.
-The fluffy effervescence and supple residual sugars build a comfortable mouthfeel.
-The flavor profile is very appealing; the perfect blend of wood and characterful tropical fruit-bearing hops.
-The finish is levelled with the rest of the medium intensity.
-A loose filtration would make this amazing, imho, clarifying malt flavors.
-Hops also have floral flavors to share.
gnoff (8218) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Clear deep golden to copper color, white head. Sweet, citrus, unripe berries, bitter taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Some vanilla and coconut mixed with tropical fruit and alcohol in the aftertaste. Sweet, oak, hoppy scent. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Deep golden. Aroma of oak, funky notes and fruity and piney hops. Flavor has some interesting woody character and nice hoppy bitterness with some tropical fruits and a bit of pine. Medium-bodied. Nice.