Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle at The Kernel Christmas Tasting 2011. Thanks Seth! Pours a light, hazy gold with a moderate, white head. Salty, lightly grassy aroma. Medium sweet flavor with light pine, salt, toasty sugars, grass. Medium to full in body with fine to average carbonation. Good balance in the finish, with resinous bitterness, , light wood, salt, sorachi, faint grass, pale malts, mild citrus. Very good, beautifully well-rounded stuff. mcberko (18998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
12 oz. bottle, sent by Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), split with Matts_Property, pours a beautiful opaque dark reddish orange with minimal white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, resinous hops (despite the oak aging), some birch tree, maybe some spicy / woody notes but I wouldn’t have guessed this was [white] oak aged. Flavour is more spicy and woody than the nose suggests, with less of the hoppy character coming through - some tropical fruits, birch or cedar tree, maybe a little grapefruit, with a slightly spicy, dry tropical fruity finish. The oak aging is subtle on this one, which is good in my books, as I’m usually unimpressed by oak aging IPAs. Very enjoyable take on the regular, excellent Jai Alai. robertjm (898) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
(trade w/McGrupp612) 12oz. bottle. Pours a big fluffy head that falls quickly. Cloudy orange body. Woody aroma. Almost vannilla-like. I dig the flavor. It is obviously oaked, but it is very mild and smoothes out the IPA hoppiness. Would drink again for sure. rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
12oz bottle, hazy amber-orangeish hue, with a rocky white head, leaving some laces, nice yeasty, spicy dill, tropical fruit esters in the nose of pineapples, mangos, lychees, candied orange, tangerine peels, with a mild vanilla oaky, honeyed pale, toasted malt note, and with a light herbal, floral grassy, leafy hop accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice yeasty, fruity, vanilla oaky, woody, honeyish toasted, pale, biscuity malt character, with a mellow spicy flowery herbal, dill, zesty, spritzy, lemon, grapefruit peel, leafy, grassy hoppy backbone, with a mild minty leafiness, faint cedary undertone, leading towards a fruity, white oaky, candied lemon, grapefruit peel, mint jelly, leafy, grassy, sap hop bitterness finish. rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Pours cloudy orange and a bubbly white head. Nose is tons of orange peel, citrus hops, oak and dill. Flavor has smoothed out from regular Jai Alai with some more soft malt character and the white oak showing up well through the beer while maintaining a bitter finish. Nice treatment to Jai Alai.
Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2011
12oz bottleBeerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Aroma:peach/citrus hops, wood, vanilla, light caramel
Taste: citrus/pine/stone fruits, woody, hints of vanilla
A great beer, the oak makes the mouth feel very big. No real complaints other then that .
This poured a murky light orange color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of oak, light pineapple and other citrus fruit too. Flavor was again very oaky, went well the the herbal and citrusy hops. Interesting take on an IPA Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of oak, vanilla, orange, light pine and a hint of carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanillapink grapefruit, light orange and a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering oak finish. Doodler (473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger white head. Nose is mild piney hops with some grassy notes. Taste is light lemon citrus. spicy white pepper and a woody finish. Medium body, nice carbonation and a satisfying after-taste for a barrel aged IPA. Different, but I enjoyed this one. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Shared small bottle. Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma was a really piney one with spice, herbs, wood. Flavor was oak, pine, spices. Very interesting! I wasn’t sure about this one but it grew on me as I consumed it. If you don’t like wood, skip.