johnnnniee (2711) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received in trade from Meadme, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a fairly cloudy deep golden orange color with a heck of a frothy white head that leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of earthy fresh cut wood, woody hops and a hint of cardboard. There’s a malty bready component deep underneath, but its subtle at best. Really it smells like fresh cut wet wood. Taste is spicy and woody with bits of bread and caramel. The hops are faint or maybe my palette has trouble tasting through the wood. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a light almost watery mouthfeel. I love the out of the box thinking, but this is not my favorite result of that thinking. The fresh wood flavor and aroma is a bit intense and seems to overpower rather than enhance a great ipa like Jai Alai.
PartyFowle (318) - - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Burning orange hue, dark yet mostly clear, with an off-white head sticky as marshmallow fluff. The aroma has aged citrusy hops, dill, sharp oak and dried oregano. Flavor is packed with juicy hops -- orange juice, lime, pineapple -- along with vanilla, caramel and slightly tannic oak. The barrel is smoothly integrated, enhancing the underlying brew in a way I don’t usually find with oak-aged IPAs. Creamy medium body; peppery CO2. Very nice, complex and unique flavor.
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Love this one. Dark orange-red. Plenty of citrus juicy hops but tempered by s creamy vanilla presence from the oak. Less bitter than most IPA. Some vinous aspects as well. Excellent all around.
Berard (422) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours murky dark orange with creme colored head that lingers. It tastes like, well, oak.
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beechner224 (833) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at cigar city. Pours a copper orange color, white head. Strong mix of hops and oak in the nose. Taste follows, lots of oak in this batch. Nice beer.
AndyReynolds (1035) - 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 (1314) - 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 (1090) - 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 (224) - 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 (988) - 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
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.