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.
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Slightly hazy orange-amber with a small white head. Fresh & inviting hop aroma - pine, spruce & orange. Soft mouthfeel. Beautiful flavour - lots of hops, of course, but lots of complexity behind it. The sample was good, but not enough to get everything out of this beer. Iím heading to San Diego in a couple of weeks, and I think Iíll be grabbing a bottle or two of this it order to get the full experience.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful West Coast IPA. Fresh, sticky, kind-bud hop aroma. Coppery amber, slightly cloudy pour with a bone white head over top it. Flavor is amazing. Wonderful sweet malt backbone with plenty of caramel sugar flavors in ite behind a monstrous Pine hop profile. Wish it came out here normally.
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy orange with a large rocky white head. The aroma is fan-frigginí-tastic! Sweet, fresh hops with some citrus -- thatís it, and itís close to perfection. The taste is also notable for itís fresh, fresh, fresh hop taste -- (insert Homer drooling sound here) -- with some citrus in the finish. It is also close to perfection. Medium body and surprisingly not as bitter as youíd think -- itís just right. Wow, thanks HogTownHarry for sharing one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Time to get me more of these! Did I mention this was close to perfection?
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2006 Bottle (650ml) - Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Slightly hazy maber-gold pour, big off-white rocky head. Aroma is spruce-pine resiny freshfreshfresh hops, lso lemon zest, some sweet malt and fresh cream, some fruit. Taste - high, fresh hops - different kinds, including cascade - enough malt for some balancing sweetness, plenty of piney-resiny-citrus too - very smooth, with a long but not harsh fresh hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is tingly - all those hops! - lively and a little astringent - finishes longer as it warms, but still smooth. In a word: "great" - and Iím not a hop-head.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 December 2006. New Years Eve, shared with Mabel, bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry. Orangey amber body with a big fluffy off white head (4+). Massive citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerines, and lemon seeds. Flavour is dominated by citrusy hops, grapefruit, with light notes of resin. Tart lemon and citrus rind in the finish lingers. Malt is an afterthought - I remember there being more but perhaps I am mistaken. Alcohol starts to become a bit noticable as it gets warm (8+) Slightly more full than average palate is just right for the beer. Awesome! Just a touch more malt would make this damn near perfect for my tastebuds. 10/4+/8+/4/18-19 - 4.6<P>
August 2005. Bottle. Orange body with a good size bubbly white head. Big pine resin hops dominate the aroma with mildly leafy notes as well. Quite bitter with some malt shyly offering support. Lots of chewy resin throughout. Barely noticeable lemon in both the start and finish. Medium body is awesome on the tongue. Hoppy hand lingers in its grasp on the back of your throat. Delicious! Many thanks Harry. 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3