Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. This is yet another variation of their very nice Jai Alai IPA. The label is very cool, making the bottle appear to be an American White Oak. Blurred into the front is a jai alai player throwing a hop bud. The back label has a little story and talks about the "merry game".
Hoppy aroma but with plenty of peaches and tropical fruit. I don't really smell the wood, but maybe I can believe there was some coconut in there. Fruity flavors with an enormous dose of oak is how you start this beer. Orange and peach, pretty nice. Very dry, start to finish, like very, very, very dry. Cottonmouth dry!
Some spice and 7.5% alcohol hit the palate around the same time and become extremely noticeable after a few sips. Hoppy and bitter toward the end. Carbonation is good. Not a bad beer though woody is totally out of control and borderline obnoxious. A little alcoholic as well, which was off-putting. I much prefer the original-- no white oak, no cedar, no papaya, nothing except the IPA. Quite frankly, I don't see what all the hubbub is about for this beer!
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