SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Opening a big hit of citrusy grapefruit strikes your nostrils. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy white head. nose gets more piney hops, light sweetness, and less grapefruit and citrus then the bottle sniff. Flavors of big , piney, citrusy hops fill your mouth. Very nice bitterness in the finish, very refreshing.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This IPA reminded me a lot of Stoneís, which might be why I enjoyed it so much. The first and last tastes were hops. I noticed a hint of citrus and pine, though I was definately more intrigued by the intense hops flavor. This IPA was almost creamy in itís mouthfeel - it was silky, very good. Definately worthwhile.
fluids (364) - USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Without question this is the best IPA I have ever had. Like a bitter Grapefruit rind perfect as far as the balance between the hops and sweetness. Elusive as far as finding this fine brew. Itís hard to get a hold of and if you find it grab it!!!!
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy golden orange color with a nice head. Nice citrus aroma with a hint of pine. Very, very tasty. Very strong hoppy flavor. Wow. One of the finest IPAs Iíve had. Excellent.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best thing about this brew is the aroma. It is really FRESH. I mostly catch the citrus smells of grapefruit but there is definitely some pine in there as well. Big big nose that canít be beat. Goes down smooth and easy. Hard to believe the alc %, its so easy going down.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - SEP 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy golden, huge off white head. floral nose w/ note of grapefruit. very hoppy and fruity. over the top hopping, but drinkable. actually, itís damn tasty.
alyryn (9) - USA - SEP 9, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden-orange with a small, frothy head. Floral scents with fruity overtones come out of the hoppy aroma. Thinner-bodied than it appears, it starts light and finishes light. Bitter buit not notably so for an IPA. Not very malty, and tastes somewhat salty. I think that the aroma is more interesting than the taste. Would enjoy more if there was more balance.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cool bottle design, plus Iím loving this whole bomber thing. Pours with quite a bit of carbonation and forms a big head which becomes incredibly thick and stays about an inch thick to the bottom of the glass. Light amber colour, dead clear. Another great-looking beer (for a great-looking fella!) Raw, piney, slightly vegetal hop aroma with rich, fresh, caramelly malt and a definite vanilla character. Very faint tropical fruit and black pepper. I think the hop aroma could be a little fresher, but otherwise it smells great. Initial flavour of really thick malt - again itís very fresh, fairly sweet, caramelly, buttery with a bit of toastiness at the end as it gives way to an earthy, vegetal, artichokey hop flavour and a good clean bitterness. Itís a touch worty and thereís a bit of alcohol late. Tastes a bit hoppier with the yeast in the glass. Itís a lot like Emersons APA only this tastes fresher, though I still canít help but feel that the hop character is a little muted. Itís also too thick and malty to be really drinkable. Really good stuff, but it needs more hops (with less vegetabley flavour) to be my ultimate IPA.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & gregclow - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Big hop and orange peel aroma. I had a rough day and this aroma alone relieved the stress of it (new slogan "Alesmith IPA: Relieves Stress" could work I think). Fresh and pine like as well. Dark yellow pour, thick like head (the beer looks thin). Creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Wonderful hop taste, with more hints of orange. I wish it had just a tad more body, but that is getting pretty picky. A wonderful IPA, thank you Harry!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy orange with a small long lasting off-white head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops hit first with a good amount of sweet malt underneath. Caramel and dough. Flavor of caramel, no hops, no caramel, no hops. Flavor goes back and forth malt to hops all the way through the long finish. The tail is all hops and nice warmth. Medium to full body. This has everything. Great aroma, great flavor, great balance, and great mouthfeel.