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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (6368) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle brought to Bristol by Paul Unwin. Thanks Paul! Deep, slightly hazy amber, with a billowy white head. Sweetish malts, apricot fruit and citrus hip aroma. Flavour was bready to start with, followed by orange and stone fruits leading to a dry, hoppy finish with a touch of vanilla oak. Excellent, very drinkable for the ABV.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (824) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmericanSpirits (6) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
I’ve always enjoyed white oak, and I would like to give a rating of a previous vintage, but this is my first rating, and it’s of the 2014. Oak presence has diminished greatly. Has usual tasting notes of it’s regular ilk, and a pronounced sharpness that previous entries were so renowned for lacking. It’s a good beer, it just used to be a great one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (3811) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3311) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (2084) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2014
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, don’t overtake the malt at all. A big chewy brew that is delicious to drink, and satisfying in the belly. Exceptional!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (876) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (1437) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigda83 (215) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2131) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
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.


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