thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clearish amber colored pour with a beautiful layer of thick white foamy head.
Smell is a good blend of bitter hops with a hint of citrus. The flavor is DOMINATED by oak. I’m really amazed how the wood flavors come through here. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by this brew - particularly after having the regular Jai Alai and loving it. Its not bad, just a bit underwhelming. I think that if this a bit less "woody" in flavor it would be much much better.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. 50belair gave me this treasure. thanks. pours a beautiful orange pour from a 12oz bottle. huge white head..aroma of orange pulp, sugar, pastry, and grass. some tropical notes in here as well. flavor of orange, mango, salsa (including onion), grass, earth, and biscuity malt. great carbonation gives rise to a nice mouthfeel..slight oak in the finish only, which is just a touch too sweet
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Murky amber body with small but persistent off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, wood, some mango. Taste is medium sweet, wood, some grapefruit. Medium body, low carbonation.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: A gift from Daknole! THANKS! Aroma of hops, tropical fruit, mango, orange, papaya, pineapple, nectarine, light oak, and a hint of pine. Too much tropical fruit, orange, nectarine for me. Poured amber/orange in color with a very large, creamy, dense, frothy, off-white head that diminished a bit, but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, tropical fruit, tangerine, white oak, orange, nectarine, citrus, and slight pine. Medium body. Average texture. Average to lively carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter, white oak, tropical fruit, tangerine, finish. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A big pour into my CCB snifter produces a two finger thick, light, almost pale, tan colored head that leaves some sticky lacing as it slowly subsides.. The beer is a red-amber-copper color that shows a barely hazed, pale amber / copper hue when held up to the light. For a half second the aroma smells only of herbal hops, but then a buttery oak character kicks in as well as a light woody spiciness and an almost fruity, fresh cut wood character (this last must be influenced by the hop fruitiness). The oak influences the hop character to lean more towards the herbal side than the regular version does, and it also brings out a surprising note of floral pear. It is weird, the huge hop fruit character somehow lurks furtively in the background, but at the same time is on the verge of seeming huge here in the nose; it definitely suggests at tropical fruit and when you really dig the finish is quite dominated by a uniquely singular grapefruit zest aroma (this last is not a suggestion of such an aroma as in every other IPA I have had, but instead smells exactly like grapefruit zest).
A nice biting bitterness closely followed by grapefruit and tangelo citrus notes greets my tongue up front. A bright tropical fruit character is found towards the middle in finish (much more apparent than in the nose) and the oak brings out some pear notes here as well. The finish is quite smooth, with an initial bitterness sort of morphing into a lightly spicy oak character and then just melting into a mix of buttery oak and pear / tropical fruit character with really no lingering bitterness at all; it is as if the oak neutralizes the bitterness in the finish somehow. There is quite a bit of green, sort of fruity (this last is clearly influenced by the hops), fresh woodiness towards the finish of this beer and this also accentuates herbal hop notes that lean towards mint, rosemary and perhaps a hint of sage. This has a fullness to it that is not heavy, and it suggests at the caramel malt character that is here; this last really melds into the buttery oak character such that it isn’t as noticeable as it was in the regular Jai Alai.
This beer is quite interesting, the oak definitely adds complexity and the notes it brings to the game are nice, but actually negatively impacts the overall balance and composition of the beer (especially since the straight Jai Alai is so fresh in my mind). Still, this is quite enjoyable, I would almost always choose the regular version over this, or even the Cedar version is better, but I truly am quite happy to be drinking this right now (I am perhaps a bit overly disappointed only because I am making a mental comparison to the regular version I had last night).
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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. It’s 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 can’t say I’m a huge fan of this one - but it’s definitely one of a kind.
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Shawn. Spicey IPA. Medium golden coloured body with enormous head that leaves a half inch of white head. The aroma is unuual as it has the cooked oak, interesting. Medium plus mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but I could not drink a second bottle of this too soon. bee-aye 5K.
NordicV (1946) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fat på Lost Kangaroo, Bradenton, Fla. Både doften och smaken domineras av fruktigheten. Främst mandarin och aprikos. Eken känns inte så framträdande för mig men finns med och balanserar till viss del sötman.
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great ipa. The oak really mellowed out the bitterness of the hops. Enjoyed non aged a little better
zvsn (1653) - ISRAEL - SEP 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at the tasting. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours hazy orange with a small head. Aroma - citrus, pine, vinegar, some sour funky notes. Taste- pretty tasty, oak, vanilla and lemon zest notes with dry bitter finish. Nice beer.