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RATINGS: 473   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Serving: Can. Hazy orange pour with a lingering white head. The nose has plenty of wood, citrus, and some pine. Heavy on the oak flavor-wise. Plenty of hop bitterness. Surprising malt sweetness. Oak, pine, and sweet citrus in that order. Interesting but a little overbearing for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (5889) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2015
Sample at Cigar City Brewing 2015-05-11 Tampa AR: heavy fruity, pine, passion fruit, AP: hazy ambery, wee white head F: passion fruit, vanilla oaky, dry, wee aceton

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1539) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
ivorywhite head leaves lacing. orange colour. aroma is vanilla, dill, sweet, caramel. taste like aroma, has a certain spiciness with a long bitter finish, slight sourish end. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. can / bd jun-2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1607) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Poured from a can dated 11/17/2015. Aroma is interesting with some light caramel notes as well as cracker and biscuit. Some light oak notes. Quite a bit of stone fruit with some spicy hop resin as well. Pours a slightly hazy, bright copper color with some orange hues and a medium sized, moderately thick, white head that recedes to a thin film that lingers. Medium lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with a moderate oak note. Some light caramel, biscuit and cracker malt notes. Moderately strong bitterness that lingers into the finish. Moderate hop notes with a spicy note as well as some grapefruit and pine resin. Medium light stone fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an interesting IPA and I think the darker malt profile works well with the oak,but its definitely not my favorite beer. Hops are a bit muted as well and there are quite a bit of stone fruit esters from the yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6490) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Can shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, graininess and wood. Malty flavor with a spicy woodiness before a grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6272) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Growler: The aroma has lots of orange, grapefruit, and strong oak (white oak? ...couldn’t tell you the difference). It pours a transparent golden-orange with a minimal white head. The flavor with a quick dose of oranges. The finish has a quick touch of grapefruit before a huge blast of oak comes through. A little too oaky for me. Light bodied with minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Growler, courtesy 4.4-40. Pours a very lightly hazy golden honey color with a moderately sized head of smooth beige foam. Settling slowly, the froth leaves behind trace ribbons of lacing. The nose booms with raw oak, perhaps more so than any other beer I’ve encountered. Coconut and vanilla cream immediately jump to mind, rounding out and softening the bitter edge of the bright citrus hops. Honeyed pale malt works nicely in the background. The flavor retains a good amount of resinous, citrusy hop bitterness, though it is again less intense than the base beer as the substantial oak makes such a presence. Vanilla is strong and spicy, and the peppery wood also gives hints of coconut, lending a bit of a tropical feel. Biscuity, caramelized pale malt again proves to be a solid base element upon which the wood and hops can play. The one flaw that I can’t get past is a little hint of a chemical note, almost like a glue or solvent. It is VERY faint, but it’s there, and it certainly shouldn’t be. On the palate, the beer impresses. Amply bodied and decidedly smooth, almost creamy, the light carbonation is wonderfully appropriate for this brew. Good stuff, in general. Probably a little overly aggressive in terms of wood presence for my tastes, but solid nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3136) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Rich and frothy wit ha nice creamy white head. the beer hits you hard with a citrus hoppy that is constant all the way. brings a nice body with an overall satifaction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel orange with a cloudy, white head. Nose is neat, herbal, floral, tropical fruit, juniper. Flavor is sweet, spicy, juniper, all spice, white pepper, caramel, light orange. Full bodied, peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
I wasn’t sure were exactly to rate this. I was rather off-put by some things and, curiosity aside, prefer the regular Jai Alai to this. Pours a orangish clear (or if you like the bottom, murky) with a decent sized head and ample sticky lacing. The nose is a bit strong, mainly of tropical punch and citrus. The taste is dominated by the boisterous white-oak (i guess) flavor. I am not sure if they both aged and "added" flavor, but it’s huge and in-your-face. It’s good though, don’t get my wrong. Blowing past that blockade, one finds the same wonderful attributes that make the Jai Alai such a top rate beer from such a low-rate state(FL). well balanced malts, very faint alcohol nestled around a very robust and hoppy character, masquerading under a plume of vanilla bean stalks. I think this is more of the "novelty" shelf.

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