Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle
Once again thanks to tastybeer for the southern surprise. Another twist on Jai Alai works well. The white oak here doesnít overwhelm the base beer; in fact it works to improve an already world class product.
Aroma / Appearance - Idle carbonation takes it time escaping the confines of the shaker glass. A bronze base is warm and inviting. White pine, orange glo, and polished maple remind me of a Christmas tree lot in December. Background aspects of mango and pineapple add even more depth.
Flavor / Palate - A warmth from roses, wood, and orange jam provides a welcoming start. Transitioning to a robust vanilla center it tastes a bit like cream cheese. The bitter finish warms the throat and fills the stomach. I could see drinking a bottle or two and calling it a night after a day at work.
AndyReynolds (972) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can thanks to the bearded TJ. Punch in the face with citrus slight oak notes, orange. Flavor brings the oak forward, really bringing the orange out.
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an orangish dark amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of hops, citrus, oak that brings a hint of booze with it.
Bule (990) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz can pours a yellow amber color with a bit of head. The oak is overbearing and harsh in both flavor and aroma. Not enjoyable.
mikedevilsfan (210) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting beer. Very little head, color is a dark orange almost red. Aroma is very strong chardonnay. Smells wonderful. Taste is very little IPA even though this is the base. Hard to describe the flavor, almost in a unique category. Immediate bright taste with a smooth malty flavor, some hops as an accent and a dry wine finish. Very interesting.
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from unknown via Justin D. Pours an ominous amber-orange brown, lots of fluffy head. Aroma resinous with a touch of caramel, and maybe a hint of the suggested vanilla, definitely not as dank as the OG Jai Alai. Body arch and slightly sweet, with the oak definitely coming through in a the finish, dry yet slippery, with a warming sweetness. This is pretty nice.
AmericanSpirits (8) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve always enjoyed white oak, and I would like to give a rating of a previous vintage, but this is my first rating, and itís of the 2014. Oak presence has diminished greatly. Has usual tasting notes of itís regular ilk, and a pronounced sharpness that previous entries were so renowned for lacking. Itís a good beer, it just used to be a great one.
jkwalking05 (4009) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is tons of citrus, lflorals, a hint of dank hops, and grass. Taste is of grapefruit, light pine, oranges, some mango, light wood, nice dry finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rondphoto (2467) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
can @ Habersham Beverage / Savannah GA --- Clear light orange amber, rocky white head that stays put at 2", clumps of lace. A good looking beer. Aroma is mostly pine hops, but good. Taste is sweet malt that grows well into the palate, adding pine hops that, while assertive, donít overtake the malt at all. A big chewy brew that is delicious to drink, and satisfying in the belly. Exceptional!
orangesol (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day party.
A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving very light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of caramel malt, vanilla, slightly dulled citric hops, oranges, and lots of dry oak tannins. All things considered this is very well done and has good balance.
T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of dry oak tannins, vanilla, and dulled citric fruit. The finish is a mix of dryness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Mix of dry oak tannins and light hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet for some time.
O - Pretty good. I like the regular version of this beer quite a bit and this one is no different. I thought the addition of the oak might be a bit too overpowering but it really worked.