shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Tasted with OhioGuzzler and side-by-side with Stone Ruination IPA... The AleSmith IPA is an orange/copper color (just slightly darker than the Stone Ruination IPA). Mild carbonation and a foamy plale yellow head. Aroma is sweet like syrup with a tinge of yeast and alcohol aged candied fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with a really nice apricot finish. The hop flavor and bitterness gradually amplifies through the finish and then lingers away with the wonderful apricot flavor. Smooth on the tongue with just enough thickness. The hop profile on this one is quite different than most IPAs is it doesn’t really just out right away in either the aroma or flavor. This IPA seems more like a really nice strong ale or barley wine. I think this beer might have been aging in the bottle for awhile, attributing to its smooth sweetness and wonderfully balanced flavors. I wish this IPA was more widely available in the area as it is so good! I love the pronounced apricot flavor and finish.
22 oz bottle (7.25% alcohol), $8.99+tax from Belmont Party Supply.
OhioGuzzler (40) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this guy next to a stone ruination - very similar on the pour - nice thick white head with a beautiful light copper coloring. Smells syrupy and yeasty. Taste is deeper than most IPAs. It doesn’t dance light on your tongue, its a smooth combination of brown sugar and malt that slides down with ease. Leaves its mark with a distinct apricot profile on the finish. A very fine IPA
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled pours amber with a large off white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, slight fruit, and pine. The flavor is citrus, caramel, floral hops, smooth, with a bitterness up-front, finishes nicely.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy buckwheat honey with a brief white head. Sweet grapefruit and orange with a little toffee. Rich citrus with a whisper of kirsch. Woody, brown sugar backbone; touch of soap. Beautifully balanced; elegant. Dense flavor without overpowering. My favorite IPA.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a orange to light amber color with a thick and very long lasting white head. Aroma has a strong mineral charcter that is very aggressive and upfront. Also a grassy and citrusy aromas are quite noticable. Vlavor has a very sweet light crystal malt chacter than follows into a strong grassy and citrus hop flavor. Bitterness is well balanced. A good IPA, though I was definitely expecting more.
JohnnyJ (3892) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 Pours a golden amber with large white head. The people that say it has a small head must have poured it wrong. I’m using a tulip glass and the head is quite large and lasting, with little bit of lacing. Delicous mouthwatering citrus fruity aroma. Tastes better than the aroma. Initial taste is of fruit, maybe cherries, then citrus, grapefruit, caramel, pine, and sweetness with a wonderful hoppy finish. Close to perfect IPA.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle poured clear amber with a small white head. Aroma was sweet caramel hops and citrus hops. Had a good bitterness with a big caramel sweetness and a light dry alcohol finish. Overall a nice IPA, but not as good as I remember it.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great body color, nice orange-brown with a thin white head. Aroma is excellet, citrus hoppiness with a nice light fruitiness in the back of it. Awesome taste, citrus hoppiness, light pine and some cherry and apple. Excellent ending, sweet yet with the light bitterness that is to be expected of an IPA. A very nice beer that I’m gratefull to have had the chance to have.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Numenor for getting stiffed on a trade and getting this instead. Slightly hazy dark amber body. Sweet mild citrus hops aroma with some caramel in the background. Sweet citrus hops flavor, some hints of floral hops, and a caramel end.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle decants a fairly bright amber with a well-formed white head that retains well and leaves good lace. pungent hop nose is predominantly citric, but some floaral piny-ness also manifests itself, as well as some caramel notes. beer starts with a burst of sweetness, that carries a wave of hop flavor. strong bitterness dries it out a bit in the finish. big IPA - skirting the DIPA mark by not much. heavy malt body eventually becomes a distraction, even with the hops. characteristic high-cohumulone hop burn in the finish.