GT2 (8509) - 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 I’m not even thinking IPA while trying this. It’s yummy but a bit too sweet and fruity.
Dogbrick (8239) - 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.
3fourths (8100) - 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 i’ve 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.
MartinT (7952) - 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 IPA’s 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 ’regular’ 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 (7934) - Mölndal, 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.
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured clear light-medium orange with a fluffy cap of off-white head.. nice lacing on the edges. The aroma picked up a whole helluva lot of spicy oak that partially complemented and partially obscured the floral and citrusy hops.. fairly sweet.. odd, but I dug it. The flavor opened with softer caramel and mapley malts, not the oak or bitterness I expected, but those jumped in shortly afterward.. again a hair too much impression from the oak, but not necessarily unenjoyable.. citrus, pine resin, and floral hoppage gave a nice bitter kick.. warm on the finish with lots of hops and lots of wood. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. I enjoyed it.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep golden with orange hues and a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty light caramel malty nose with a good amount of resiny hops and fresh oak. Body starts with good fullness and light malty sweetness with an interesting buttery oak flavor before a drier citrusy hoppy finish. I don’t think the buttery character is from diacetyl, but something having to do with the oak. I prefer the regular Jai Alai.
Scopey (7057) - 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?!
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brass Tap for the last Wednesday of the month Cigar City Event (that happens every single month). It pours hazy copper with white head and some spotty lacing. The aroma is full bold knock you over oakiness and oaky spices and followed by sweet citrus candy and malt covered oak planks. The taste is just as oaky with loads of wood, spicy oak, dry vanilla bean husks and then moving into plenty of sweet malts, citrus goodness and then growing pine hops. I get lots of spice and sweetness and citrus candy.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber ber with a cream head. Big oak and vanilla aroma. Big oak and vanilla flavor with light citrus. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Vanilla and light citrus lingers with big oak.