SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 22 oz. bottle - pours clear copper with big hop nose coming off the thick white head; considerable lacing and added aroma mix of pine and sweet citrus; hops are very under the radar in the flavors as it leans much more to the malty and creamy finish; so tasty; a few weekends back i compared my first home brewed IPA to a few other brands with favorable comparisons, but an IPA like this really humbles me as a home brewer and a beer drinker!! great stuff
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As Iíve come to expect from AleSmith, this pours with a dense head that lasts. Smell is beautifully balanced between hops and malt; bitter, herbal, slightly grassy hop taste against a warm, lightly tooasted biscuit with honey malt flavor. Touch of apricot fruitiness, Body is full for an IPA, finish is mostly hop bitterness with a little fruit.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Tim! I had one of these but drank it before realizing that I had never rated it. Pine, flowery, citrus, and honey aroma. Taste is honey, pine, flowers, and tangerines. (tastes like simcoe & amarillo) Nice bitterness, but not overpowering. Nice flavor, nice mouthfeel.
can8ianben (1395) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah, itís wonderful to find a beer that is exactly what you want from that style and more. This one is loaded with hoppy goodness with aroma of pine, maple syrup, smoky pleasent-ness, and sweetness. The body is full with just the right balance of alcohol, sweet syrupy malt, and bitter hop nature in the finish. It has a thicker smoother texture than a thin IPA.
The one weakness is that it has a huge white head that disappears very quickly. One of my favourite beers.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful beer all around. Crystal clear dark amber reddish body with tons of visible carbonation. The white head on top was about a half inch and stuck to the sides.
Grapefruit, citrus, a touch of pine, and tasty. Just like an IPA should smell. Not as sweet as a double IPA would be which is perfect.
The hops are strong and up front in the flavor also, but they arenít as citrusy as they were in the aroma. The hop flavors are more piney which seems to make it more sticky malty. The hop flavor is really clear but not what I expected or prefer in an IPA really. Just personal preference really. Big malt presence and a great amount of bitterness.
On the heavier end of what I would expect in an IPA, but still good. The malty backbone adds body.
Not my favorite IPA, but thatís because I like a lot of grapefruity flavor. Certainly a top notch IPA though.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of light caramel malt, lots of pine and floral notes. Flavor is toasted bread, nutty caramel and pine-hop flavor. Very solid and satisfying, an almost perfect balance of sweet and bitter. The texture is full with lively carbonation and it leaves your mouth slightly dry, which for me is a good thing. Huge thanks to Brigadier for the unexpected surprise.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best IPAís I have ever had. The only thing was a little dissapointed in was the aroma, I expected a little more. Was my first alesmith experience. Did not leave a overpowering taste in my mouth. I reccomend
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Peaches and apricots in the smell. Strong flavor, quite thick and yummy (with hints of alcohol slightly). Heavy and strong - but good. This is warming (almost like whiskey is). A slight bit drying on the finish. Semi-translucent amber with lasting soapy head. Enjoyable - just a bit heavy.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 This is the best IPA available in a bottle, in my experience. Extreme hops. An amazing experience for the true hophead. I really wish it was available in NM.
update to rating:
I was a little too excited when posting the above rave, and forgot to include much content. But what more needs to be said about this one? Here are some tasting notes anyway: Color is hazy gold, perfect frothy head, lots of little bubbles; aroma of flowers and citrus; this IPA hits your taste buds with a hops blast similar to stepping out of a warm house into an arctic windstorm; bitter citrus, lots of resiny effects that get your saliva glands going; long finish of fresh hops. Every time I travel out of state I look for Alesmith products and try to smuggle them home.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 This beer hurts sometimes. It isnít folded-in discomfort like Ruination; itís just outright pain. Itís like they figured out how to sharpen IPA and use it like a blade. This is not a sweet, floral or fruity IPA, but a piney one. Despite the sharpness it is clean.