maekchu (2052) - Hirakata, - JAN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at sampling session. From notes (Oct. 8, 2011). Mixed notes in aroma: oak (for sure), vanilla, coconut, and some citrus. Cloudy orange color. Sweet, honeyish iniitial, more oak, and light hopping. Oily sort of palate. I like it. But the oak is just too much here.
gendv138 (1190) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey during their Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event. Clear golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of oak, citrus, stone fruit, tropical fruit. Tastes of oak, citrus, light vanilla. Medium body with a dry finish. Much prefer regular Jai Alai.
solidfunk (3842) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another barrel aled pale ale. You can imagine how thrilled I am. Too much oak, as can be expected, and plenty of stale hops as a result. Barrel brings boozy aroma, and some wooden bitterness. Pours orange with good head and lacing. Tap at Churchkey, thanks to gendv138 for a taste.
bigda83 (152) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well this was a big letdown to regular Jai Alai. Can was dated and of May so possibly this is why. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber and had a ton of white particles in it. Aroma is very sweet malts and some bitter citrus fruits. Taste is woody, malty, and overly sweet. There was some hops present in the taste, but I think this was a bit old. I had a tough time finishing, but I did. Def prefer the regular to this one but would love to try both side by side when fully fresh.
Marheb (1998) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
OneHotPepper (26) - - JUL 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium in color with a foamy head from a can. Love the barrel aged flavor as it compliments the hops. Very refreshing in taste.
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EamonTheGreat (132) - USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
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lb4lb (2520) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very rich hazy dark orange colour and much darker than the regular version. Smell is vanilla toasted coconut and smooth sweetness. Taste is definitely a bit of the oak dryness and some of the vanilla flavors from the oak along with a light toasted coconuty flavor but it’s not too sweet like some of the other oak aged IPA’s. Still has a nice hop presence. Smooth slightly sweet but okie dryness and enough hops to balance and make it very drinkable. Very nice. Rich creamy mail still with soft but lightly prickly carbonation.
Frank (2814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2014 Cigar City gets endless use out of Jai Alai, aging it on everything and adding every possible ingredient or so it would seem. This variant in particular is pretty darn good and aged to the point where I don’t feel like it is really an IPA anymore at all. It pours a nice cloudy orange w/ a thick, foamy and long lasting head. The commercial description claims that the white oak adds vanilla and a bit of dill. I think they are right on the vanilla bit it is more of a black pepper thing than dill to me, at least in the nose. Some sweetness really makes that vanilla pop and w/ the hint of citrus from the hops, it gives a strong impression of oranges and cream. This is a full bodied beer and along w/ fine, mild carbonation leads to a pleasantly creamy feeling beer. Finish is pretty quick but there is a bit of vanilla and black pepper reminiscent of the nose. It’s a bit funny to me but the thing that I don’t exactly like about Jai Alai is its sweetness but that is exactly what makes it work aged on oak. Hey, maybe it’s a good thing Cigar City works this brew from every angle.
WillRunForBeer (632) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by Tom, thanks! Pours orange copper with an off white head. Aroma is dank, a touch of citrus. Flavor is mellow dank and orange citrus hop, vanilla oak.
Ricoslim (116) - - JUN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wish this beer was easier to get. Always a great drink. The oak and citrus are the stars of the show. Nice smooth beer and great finish.