johnnnniee (2978) - 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.
FunkyBuddaMan (16) - boca raton, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This years White Oak batches have been on point. Perfect amount of white oak and hops
vyvvy (4736) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thumbs up to gregwisonstl for sharing this nice IPA with me. Pours clear gold with a beige head. The aroma has smooth clean oak, caramel, fruity hops, grapes and very woody. It has a medium body with a frothy body. The flavor starts with dry oak, crusty bread, woody/earthy hops and grapefruit. The finish is mouth drying. Nice.
gregwilsonstl (1438) - Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper from a can. This is good. Some flavors I can’t quite place, I guess that’s the dill. Grapefruit. Woody Quite dry, to the point I need to grab a water. Score from Apache! Thx!
JBPortland (1209) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can pours clear red amber with a finger of foamy head. Nose is fruity malt, some light oak, piney grapefruit, toast. Taste is medium bodied, malt forward, oak is prominent but balanced, nice accent of toast spice and dry wood, some stickt caramel pine and citrus. Finishes mildly sweet, malty toast, light piney grapefruit, caramel, orange, vanilla. Nice, a step up from regular Jai Alai for sure.
youdictategood (435) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Have had canned and on tap. No detailed notes - just noticed I hadn’t entered this. For me, the oak is too overwhelming in this one.
berntholer (1449) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ivorywhite head leaves lacing. orange colour. aroma is vanilla, dill, sweet, caramel. taste like aroma, has a certain spiciness with a long bitter finish, slight sourish end. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. can / bd jun-2015
Paigeturner (98) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just like the IPA Light red dark orange pour. Carbonated well which brought out floral nose. A little thick on palate. Flavor is caramel and hops. Finishes malty them hoppy ending. just add the nice subtle oak character. Do both back to back.
demmbonz (672) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can to snifter. Bucket list tick. Thanks Michael. Orangey amber colored. Frothy off white head that is retained for quite some time. Aroma is heavy on the oak. Was not expecting that much. Can is exactly a month old so hops may be a little faded. Drinking after a 5 day old can of regular Jai Alai. I’ll try to be fair. Lots of oak in the flavor as well, like licking a 2x4. Sweetness and vanilla. Some citrus on the finish and mild bitterness, again brought up in the very end by more oak.
MacBoost (1539) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from my brother. Pours a clear peach/Amber color with a medium white head. Aromas of floral hops and wood. Taste is gently bitter with some sweetness. Flavors of grassy hops, some oak, caramel malts. Aging seems to have subdued the hop bite a bit, but not entirely. Force carbonation is obvious. Not a big fan of aging hop forward beers, to be honest. Takes a lot of the shine and brightness away. Rounds it out too much. This is an interesting experiment that works ok as a whole, but prefer the regular non oaked version by a mile.
ctipping (276) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Light amber body with a giant white head and great retention. Sharp, fresh oak aroma. Citrus hops behind it and something like peaches? I expected sweetness, but the oak has a sharp flavor that cuts through the malt. Hops take a back seat to the fresh oak. High carbonation. Medium body. Sharp oaky bite in the finish. One of my favorite treatments from CCB.