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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This is an American White Oak-aged version of Jai Alai India Pale Ale. The white oak adds smoothing notes of vanilla and slight hints of dill to the aroma and flavor profile. The finish is elegantly dry due to the light tannin notes from oak aging and though still loaded with hop flavor, hop bitterness is more restrained.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Weezel (270) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
In my opinion one of the best two or three beers from Cigar City. I wait every year for this release and there is never enough to go around. Huge tropical aroma of melons, mango and grapefruit. Taste is very solid IPA up front and you pick up a lot of the Jai Alai character in the beginning. Mid way through there is a flood oak, vanilla and more of the tropical hoppiness, and you would swear there is some kind of fruit in there. Finish is long, but not bitter, intensely smooth. If you can find it buy as much as you can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Je suis fasciné à chaque fois par plusieurs aspects de cette version. Tout d’abord, je ne reconnais en aucune façon l’originale derrière le caractère vanillé presque gras qui enrobe tout le reste. L’aneth et les fruits tropicaux sortent fort aussi mais c’est vraiment la vanille qui la rend moins sessionable. Une bière à déguster mais qui est virulente de fraicheur.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
7/13/10. HUGE thanks to daknole for sharing his growler with me, which I think was the last growler filled of this gem. Pretty orange/amber pour. The aroma is huge fresh cut oak - there is no mistaking it, pure wood, tones of vanilla, delish. That’s all on top of the awesome citrusy tropicalness of the Jai Alai base. Smells pretty damn good. The flavor is that awesome sweet tropical Jai Alai IPA that I love so much with another solid dose of wood, vanilla, and cream on top of it. This is great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Croux (31) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Pleasant citrusy and lively nose that definitely ends with a coconut note. The taste is beautifully bitter with a back end of sweetness coming through with sweet coconut flavor. A little bite at the very end provides a nice ending. Great take on an instant classic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swarley88 (11) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Smell is oakey and vanilla. It reminds me of a cigar humidor. Taste is very smooth and lots of vanilla and hops. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mojoman (158) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Can: vanilla plus floral aroma. A fantastic take on an IPA. If you love a floral IPA with hint of vanilla and oak full of hopped up goodness, cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scampycampy (39) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2014
This is even better than the regular Jai Alai. The oak really brings out the hoppiness even more so. If you are not a fan of IPAs, don’t bother. It’s an augmented hoppy in both aroma and taste. Dry finish with lingering floral and hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - JUL 5, 2014
The White Oak adds a great sweetish flavor with true hints of Vanilla. So smooth. This really adds to the already great Jai Alai. Somewhat sweeter that the original and not near as bitter. One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Can't wait to get my hands on this one again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Gold pour. Tons of tropical fruit, raw wood, citrus hops, honey and more. Flavor has a ton of fresh cut wood, citrus, pineapple and a really interesting finish: a dill note. Great beer!

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