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RATINGS: 2031   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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It’s Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 (Bottle, thanks WeeheavySD) Pours hazy amber with a big foamy white head. Hops up front in the aroma with tones of citrus, mostly grapefruit, pine and resin. Some subtle tropical mango tones. Nicely toasted malt is well integrated with sweet tones of white bread, light caramel and light cookie. Hints of creamy vanilla ice cream. Creamy, toasted malt and balanced, creping up on you style-ish hop bitterness in flavour. Grapefruit up front with fruits, citrus and hints of berries in the background. Tiny caramelly. Also some floral/pine and resin. Creamy, round and velvety mouthfeel with a minty touch. Light sweet and perfect medium to full bitterness. Light to medium body. Best IPA in the world? Probably!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2007
poured into tulip. pours a cloudy orange with full frothy white head. citruss, strong hoppy aroma. almost a milky smooth palate. smooth, sweet citruss orange front, with a great mouthfeel to it. bitterness peeks at the perfect time in the middle, but goes into a nice smooth finish. complexity at how it approaches the palate and finishes off. good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Thanks to Liquorama for still delivering this to Maryland for me. Lord only knows when I’d have had the chance to try it otherwise. A very light, dry IPA that finishes very clean. Bitterness at the end is very rounded & complementary. Floral hoppy aroma from the start hints at the complex flavor of this excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Alesmith must know my tastebuds because everything I have tasted has been excellent! Perfect smell floral hops and guess what it also taste perfect with appropiate amount of bitterness. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
This beer made me sad. Sad that even though I live in California, I don’t have access to it in Northern California. I had to make a SoCal trip to get it. If I had access to it, I would have this stocked at my house 24/7. This is a beer that is just simply stunning from start to finnish. Aroma is perfectly balanced with big bready sweet malts, and juicy citrusy hops. Smelling this beer just made my mouth water. This beer was just insanely tasty. Once the beer hit my tastebuds it was over. I’m used to solid WC IPA’s but this was clearly a breed apart. It’s citrusy hop blast is counterbalanced with the malts in a way that is something to appreciate. You start getting all kinds of different flavors...passion fruit, grapefruit, tart apples, papayas. Excellent beer. Highly recommended.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
650ml Bottle from Bevmo. This is rating #100. Pours a a deep rich, slightly cloudy, copper color with a big off-white sudsy head. Plenty of lacing and long retention in the head. Aroma is very strong and is dominated by grapefruit, lemons, sugar cane and hops. Flavor was a bit subtle and subdued compared to many IPA’s that I’ve sampled. The taste experience starts with dry hazelnuts and walnuts in the forefront, oranges, pine and grapefruit fill in the edges, and biter hops and clean malts bring up the rear. Mouthfeel was robust, full and creamy, carbonation was ample and prickly. The finish was long with biter hops and sweet malts. Overall: every sip left me wanting another bigger sip, needless to say this beer went down fast. This is one truly great IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle courtesy of bonus per KingG. One of the better IPA’s that had more of a IIPA feel to it. Lots of citrus and pines to it. Will try to get more of this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3717) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2007
bottle shared by bdigi66 - Pours copper with a lingering head. It has a nice citrus hop aroma. There’s really good hop flavor with citrus and pine notes and enough malt to balance it. Medium bodied, crisp hops finish... this is an excellent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: February 21, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2004
Appearance: dark yellow
Aroma: sweet carmel malt aroma with lots of hops
Flavor: well balanced flavor with enough malt to back up the tempered hops
Overall: does not quite live up to the aroma

Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Score: 3.6 to 3.9
Appearance: lots of lace
Flavor: great creamy hop flavor
Overall: still short of the aroma but a wonderful hop flavor

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Holy sh.......... Damn this was good. Deep caramel in color and had a small, bubbly white head. Ridunculous lacing. Sweet candied sugar aroma, notes of piney hops and citrus. This smell penetrates the inner-workings of the olfactory system and holds it hostage. Very good mouth feel, smooth and perfectly carbonated. Grassy, flowery, sweet citrus taste that is all balanced and melded together remarkably. This brew rocked.


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