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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark but dull orange-hued body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: A mild-tempered pale malt base giving rise to bolder notes of fresh, juicy citrus fruits and zestful, raw oak wood.

Taste: Pale malts, very faintly bready and with a flash flash of sweet caramel before the beer becomes dry. Quite dry, in fact, as the tannic qualities from the oak being to take hold. Teensy, tiny hints of peach and apricot. Hops bring in the citrus goodness with a moderate bitterness. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruitiness and late-arriving vanilla hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A enjoyable, well-executed rendition, though Id still lean towards the cedar variety. Thats just me, though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9822) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle from juiceisloose. Pours a hazy deep amber color with a huge fluffy off white head. The aroma is woody (oak), citrus, spicy, and herbal. The flavor has a decent amount of malt to add balance, but this is about the spicy hops, citrus, and nice woody accents. The amount of spicy character in the flavor was a welcome addition. I dont recall this much in the base beer. I enjoyed this quite a bit .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle from Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquor. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a nice dense frothy head. Nose is incredibly fruity and very interesting; big notes of pineapple, coconut, a touch of sweet almond, and some interesting vanilla and oaky wood presence. Flavor tastes almost like a lacto infection, but i think it might just be the wood? Vanilla, citrus, big oak presence, and some piney hop. Good, but I still think this might be infected. Will rerate a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ExpendableHero (899) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Copper brew with an off-white head. Smells of pine boxes, herbs, something spicy, and wood. Taste is of very nice grassy hops, pine, spruce, and a very noticeable white oak presence. I thought this was going to be a gimmick, but the white oak makes a huge difference on this beer. Very different from a regular Jai Alai, but in a good way. Woody finish, with a touch of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Looks like Jai Alai, caramel colored with an off white head. The aroma is overpowering wood, fresh white oak I suppose, reminded me of white wine, slightly peppery. The taste is similar, just all wood, the hops and malt get lost here much like the Humidor Cedar version. Just not really what I look for in an IPA, especially when I like the base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood with citrus. Tastes of wood, citrus, vanilla, and caramel. Side x side with the regular version, and I liked this one more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5453) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Poured a cloudy orange color with a white head that left nicee lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of grapfruit, hops, pine, tropical fruit and a hint of oak. Flavors match the aromas with some bitterness that is balanced out with the oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
12oz bottled July 11, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy orange/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves a lot of nice looking lacing and holds a good creamy cap. Quite attractive.

Aroma is very floral with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus, notes of pine, grass, oak and vanilla, decent caramel malt as well. Very good strength and a rather complex nose.

Flavor is floral hops, tropical fruits, some grapefruit and orange citrus, only a hint of oak, some resinous hops, fair caramel malt backbone offering some sweetness, finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and creamy with good carbonation.

Good stuff. Enjoying this more than the regular Jai Alai but that could also be a factor of freshness/batch variations. While it is somewhat caramel heavy for an IPA there are more fresh hops here for balance. The oak is subtle but welcome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3212) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Bottle thanks to Mikeluke. Pours out an attractive golden color with a small to moderate off white head. Aroma is lots of wood, light sweetness and some citrusy hops. Taste is complex, spicy, light citrus hops, lots of nice wood notes and a touch of sweetness. This one is real tasty. Thanks Mike.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
12 oz bottle courtesy of Dan, served in a snifter at a tasting at Dans place. Served side-by-side with the base beer and the cedar aged version. Pours cloudy orange with a moderate tan head. The head remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge notes of oak, along with smoke, scotch and pine. It is less citric than either of the other two. The flavour is moderately bitter throughout, slightly sweet up front but dry towards the end. It is oaky smooth throughout. The finish is long and oaky, with a slight bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is the nicest of the trio. It has a subtle, soft oakiness and less acidity. It is less biting and more elegant. 2011-07-09

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