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RATINGS: 2220   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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Itís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerater (16) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
The Brewers at Alesmith are too humble...stating that IPA stands for "Itís Pretty Awesome". I would call it an IVA for "Itís Very Awesome" For my taste, this is as perfectly balanced between the smooth malty flavor and hoppy bitterness as any IPA. Very mild undertones can have you imagining all kinds of flavors. This complex yet tasty beer works great with complex and tasty Thai dishes. In my opinion, it is the best value at $8.00 a bottle for this quality.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4458) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
From a big bottle, this poured a cloudy copper-orange color with an fat slightly off-white head a rich lacing rings. Nose is of citrus and pine hops. Caramel malts in good balance. Very rich and clean mouthfeel. Flavor is not complex,. but is delightful in a perfect balance of malts and hops that makes this very easy to drink. Long bitter finish. Right up there at top of the very best IPAs.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Thanks to soonah for the bottle!<b /r>A little gush upon opening. Opaque tangerine with a large, foamy white head, long-lasting. Nose is very salty and sour, with grapefruit, mangoes, and kiwi. Citric bitterness is present, but not like the flavor where it dominates all else but the caramel. Foamy, over-carbonated mouth. Nose is great, flavor a bit less so, but overall, this is solid stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured from a bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7255 -- Thanks again Jason! I’ve wanted to try this for a long time. I’ve had this bottle in the cellar for about three months now, probably should have cracked it sooner because the hop punch has faded a bit. Caramel malt presence dominates now, but the hops are still there -- citrus, floral aroma/taste with raisins on the finish. Very nice mouthfeel -- smooth but slightly more carbonated than say a Two Hearted. Great head retention.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2317) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 Bottle.

Strong caramel malty IPA in the classic SoCal vein. Cascade-style hops in abundance, lots of caramel malt. All the same flaws as Yulesmith. A reasonably good beer, but I simply donít understand the hype. #1 IPA? Youíve got to be kidding me. 10/26/2008

Rerate 9/16/2012. Iíve had a few bottle since the original rating, but given that it was not until recently distributed in Washington State, this may be the first time Iíve had a really fresh bottle. Iím impressed this time around; itís really nice. Malts in the back seat, big piney aroma and citrus flavors, a c-hopped IPA in the Sculpin/BigEye vein (or vice versa) with an almost belgian richness in the subtler non-hop flavor components and that vanilla that is mentioned in the commercial description. I didnít give this one enough respect the first few times around. This time Iíd go more like 8/4/8/4/16. Iíll lean heavily in this direction.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
WOW. Poured a nice hazy yellow orange with chunks. Nose was very very sweet floral amazing. Flavors nice sweet unique hop taste. Bitter at first but then resides to sweet quickly. Nice medium malt character. This is the best single IPA ive ever had next to two hearted. This had so much vibrancy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moosington (28) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bomber from Hi-Times. Hazy golden/amber pour with a persistent white head. Beautiful heavy aroma of hops and grapefruit with a touch of spice. Nice flavor combo of fruit, hops and malt with a perfect amount of bitter grapefruit in the finish. Alchohol is masked by the hop charge. Fairly full mouthfeel.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nik925 (783) - USA - OCT 13, 2008
From the moment you open the bottle you know this one is special. Cascade hop aroma dominates everything, however the malt keeps pace and is an excellent paring. The abv is perfect for this level of bitterness. An amazing IPA, it could easily pass as a double IPA. Great color, lacing, amazing mouthfeel. The aroma and flavor are almost all you can ask for. The hops shine with everything else strong enough to support with out overpowering. Its tough to be sure this is the best IPA in the world, but its easy to call it top 5.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Lots of sediment floating around in the glass, but thats probably my fault for not pouring it very well. Orange red pour with thick fluffy white head. After a few minutes the yeast all settled on the bottom of the glass and the beer settled into a weird motionless suspended animation. Very fruity aroma with lots of grapefruit, peach and citrus. Some herbal notes, maybe celery. Bitter piny hops with hints of citrus. Very fruity. This could be a double IPA. Bitter hops do overpower a bit. I was actually a bit underwhelmed by this beer, but I think thats just because my expectations were so high. Still one of the best IPAs out there.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 From Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Pours a clear copper-orange color with a thick long-lasting head. Lots of lacing ends up on the glass. The aroma is wonderful, loads of hops, with some notes of citrus and malt as well. This is a great beer and what an IPA should taste like. Big bitter piney hoppy flavor with grapefruit and some lemon too. Real solid sweet malt backing which I get as soon as my palate adjusts to the blast of hops. Too bad I have to order this to get it. Iíve got it rated even higher than Stone IPA. Re-rate 4/27/09. Ordered a couple more bottles. Not much more to add really other than this is simply fantastic. Wonderful hop combination with big puckery grapefruit and bitter pine with some tropical fruit in there too. Perhaps the best IPA out there.


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