fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nearly clear copper pour with a 1 finger, oily yellow cake head. Aroma is loaded with caramel and toffee, with some nice, pine, citrus and spicy hops and a little toast and biscuit. Flavor is again full of caramel and toffee, some nice toasty notes, light roast nuts, lots of sweet pine, some grapefruit and spicy hops coming in toward the finish along with some interesting berry- like fruity esters and a nice, lingering earthy, toasty grain note that really sells it as a proper autumn seasonal beer. Medium body, slightly syrupy entry, off dry finish, lingering dryness, medium, sharp and lively carbonation. Really pretty fantastic stuff very well put together, but maybe a bit too boozy and astringent.
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Riverís Bend. I picked this up in the late winter, so Iím guessing it was on the shelf there since October of 2013. Consumed on 9/1/14. Pours a deep, cloudy reddish-amber-brown, almost a mahogany color, with a finger of off-white head that leaves some sloppy lace and has some tiny rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma of caramel, toast, earth, dried leaves, cereal, mellow spice, and a faint dried fruit. Flavor of toast, caramel, leaves, mellow spice, and an almost grassy, citrusy, earthy hop note. Iím wondering how hoppy this is fresh. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, earthy, malty mouthfeel. Really good amber; obviously need to try again when it hits shelves in fall.
CapFlu (4504) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
So special to see an Alesmith north of the border - though it came via Portland. Thanks Ian. Off- white yellowish head atop a deep, clear mellow brown. Nose of slight burnt, brown ale and mild sourness. Very smooth. Very enjoyable. Mid-palate hop bitterness really makes this rewarding. Great stuff.
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark and ruddy with a slight foamy beige/tan head. Aroma has lots of hop - seems very resin. Med ++ body. Foamy carbonation. Flavor is somewhat roasty malt with a great deal of complex hop. Itís much more bitter than not. Bitter and sweet seem to oscillate. Itís really tasty ale.
jehoesefat (270) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty cereal aroma. Pours clear red with a white head. Malty flavors abound with a long grain finish.
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Deep dark amber pour with white head. Pine resin and big malt in the aroma with a citrus hop undertone. Bitter hops at the start with no trace of the citrus that I got from the aroma. Surprisingly clean finish though. Very mild aftertaste.
jgb9348 (4716) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ridiculously deep amber coloured body with a very nice ruby glow and a thick, four centimetre tall tan head - looks great. Aroma of alcohol, toasted malt, toffee, rich citrus, some light grapefruit and a bunch of caramelised sugars, all with a bready and thick smell. Medium-bodied; Assertive hop character that shows some resin and pine at first then mellows out to a grapefruit and citrus character and then finishes with a good pungent maltiness and a relatively mild sweet flavour. Aftertaste shows a good bite with the malt coming out most and some alcohol and toffee flavours, but the hops show up at the very tail end. Overall, a good amber for sure, and a nice beer all around; Not to the level of most other beers from AleSmith, but a great drink and definitely nice to sample! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York, New York (Bowery) on 21-November-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 10-February-2014 a couple of days before heading back up to New York.
bmerz (704) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle drank a few months old Feb 2014. Pours bright copper with a big rocky tan head long lasting with great lace. The aroma is a big blast of dank and fruity sweet hops on a caramel and soft grain canvas. The flavor is at at first nicely meshed full sweetness and strong bitterness with the latter emerging with strong pine, light and not unpleasant metal, spice, red currants without the tartness, and riding out into a long deep blunted clean bitterness. The feel is full but not heavy, lightly soap and soft, though lingers with a bit of spice and stickiness. This is my first proper beer after 5 weeks off drinking and itís a lovely welcome and firm hop handshake. Thanks Alesmith.
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (660ml)] Pours a deep ruby-amber with a large lasting frothy beige head. Some lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of hops, citrusy and earthy, along with some fruit, bready caramel malt and light sugary notes. Flavour is surprisingly hoppy for the style, in a good way, again citrusy and earthy, along with a good amount of caramel malt, fruit, light brown sugar and a moderate to big bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. One of the better Reds youíll ever have.
sudomorph (585) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pours a clear amber red with an off-white, film and ring head. Aroma has big notes of grapefruit, dark fruits, yeast, and a malty, breadyness. Taste is a balanced bitter with notes of bread, caramel, and dark fruits. Ends with a fruity, assertive bitter. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a great amount of carbonation to keep it refreshing. Overall very nice. Great hop notes with a solid mouth feel. Cheers!
beerbaaron (1222) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear reddish amber. Large creamy beige head. Aroma is wonderfully sticky hoppy. Citrus, grapefruit, some pine. Balanced by some nice caramely malty sweetness. Lighter medium body. Super easy drinking. Well rounded and balanced indeed. Fruity, citrus, some nice grapefruit and pine bitterness. Solid bitterness. Just enough caramel sweetness. Pleasant light earthy dryness leaves you ready for another sip.