PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Ginger Man: Thanks JoeMcPhee! Pours a very muddy brownish orange with a great thick white pillowy head. Very catty/mercaptan aroma. Some tropical perfumy fruit notes as well (papaya). Creamy fluffy body. Quite fruity with lots of papaya notes. A bit catty and tannic toward the back. With a very dry finish. An oddly fruity (tropical) IPA- unique.
GT2 (9215) - 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.
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) clear amber, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of orange, light oak, funk, wood char, herbal and rhubarb. Taste of oak, astringent, woody, oranges, and a well carbonated finish. Bit of pine bitterness but smoothed out by the oak.
brokensail (12367) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is orange in color with a dense and creamy white head.
S: Smells quite sugary and oak forward. I get a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, and fruit notes. Seems to be some peach and orange aroma in there. Maybe a bit of oxidation as well.
T: The amount of oak flavor in this beer is surprising. A lot of tannins and vanilla to go with the sugary notes I get. Brown sugar, caramel, and oranges, maybe some of the peaches, too. A pretty mild level of citric hops.
M: The body and the carbonation are both medium.
D: This was interesting. I didnít dislike it as a beer (thought it was pretty decent), but as an IPA, itís not what I would be interested in having.
DutchDrebus (4546) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thx to martinus@zzt3. Slightly hazy orange colour with a lacing white head. Smells caramel, wood, hoppy. Tastes sweet, hoppy, deep, barley wine. Sticky palate, thick, sweet. Little carbo. Nice one.
Huhzubendah (2809) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle gifted by Chaney. Thanks Brandon! I split this with Paul earlier this summer. Review from notes.
The beer is a copper orange hue with a thick, white head that displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing cascading down the pint glass.
The aroma is a huge blast of oak and vanilla, followed by hops and some caramel malt. I can smell the beer from a few feet away. Alrighty then.
The flavor is decent. The beer is done well, but a little bit goes a long way here. Sweet and oaky, this is best enjoyed in small doses. I donít see this brew as an IPA, per se, but more of a wood aged strong ale. Again, lots of oak and vanilla dominate the flavor profile to a large degree. The heavy malt bill works with the beer, but not if you were expecting or hoping for a hop forward IPA. This drinks more along the lines of an American strong ale or barleywine, as the hop profile is being overrun with oak, vanilla, and sweet malt.
An interesting brew. I have yet to truly relish any sort of barrel aged IPA. I am all for exploration and creativity, but it seems, to me at least, that IPAs are better left alone. I am grateful for the opportunity to try this. Not my favorite type of beer, but I would certainly try it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-03-2011
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oak is on the nose and color but I don't really find this to be any better than regular jai lai. Still good though
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Description is pretty spot on. Can into glass. Fragrant citrus hop aroma and a mellowed bitterness from the oak. I think the oak was actually too pronounced.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh can. Pours caramel orange/brown with white head. Aroma is kiwi, pineapple, orange. Taste combines those with some of that oak background...a peppery note. I didnít pick up much vanilla per the description. Smooth IPA though. Easy drinker.
deyholla (7638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a clear orange gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was a combination of pine, white oak and sweet grains. Flavor was more sweet from the grains with slight pine and juniper notes and a bit of oak backing.