White Oak Aged Jai Alai

Florida
United States
White Oak Aged Jai Alai
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

This is an American oak aged version of Jai Alai IPA. The 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.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
70
Judges Review 
Mike Castagno's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer starts off with a booming hop bouquet dominated by pine needles and resin. This quickly fades to a less pronounced herbal character with background notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Underneath it all there are hints of caramel and bready malt. The color is bright gold with a slight haze and a quickly fading off-white head. Upon tasting the beer, the rich maltiness is a bit unexpected and characterized by bread, biscuit and a subtle graham cracker note, which leaves a moderate residual sweetness lingering in the finish. The alcohol is apparent with a spicy quality to it and yields a noticeable warming sensation. There are hints of oak-like vanilla in the back palate which really becomes apparent as the beer warms; though it never distracts from the "IPA" experience. The assertive bitterness combines with tannins and lingers well past the finish, leaving the drinker reaching for more to refresh the palate. This beer would be perfect for a night cap while catching up with old friends.