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RATINGS: 1827   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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AleSmith IPA used to be known as "Irie Pirate Ale." However, some nasty patent attorneys think the name is too similar to another brand, so we had to "cease and desist." It's a darn shame, but it beats an obnoxious legal battle, in both expenses and Excedrin. Don't worry though, we won't change the beer (which is a MUCH better IPA than that "other" brand). It was conceived as an American-style IPA to satisfy the yearnings of the most die-hard hopheads. Its high alcohol content may catch you unawares if you're not careful, but it's hard to resist once you've tasted it. Appearance: Deep golden to light amber color, and a nice beige head, with good retention when properly served. Flavor: Starts off with strong citrusy, resiny flavors, balanced by a nice malty sweetness, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness and a faint hint of plums and black cherries. Aroma: Strong piney-citrusy character, with vanilla in the background. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Smooth, medium-bodied. Feels warm in the mouth from the alcohol.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
Got this one via trade with Fordest, thanks Sean! From bomber. Pours a cloudy copper with BIG tan head. Nose is big on citrus, pine and some floral hops. Flavor is where the malt comes on strong, with a solid body and under-lying sweetness that never seems to be able to take over the hops, which are resiny and bitter, while taking after the nose. Finish is retrained bitter and relatively clean. Very good IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Rerate. This one had a great color, piney, hoppy aroma, and a big frothy head that one would expect from the alesmith brews. They have not let me down yet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
A wonderully well balanced IPA. Pours an amber-orange color under a dense, but thin, whipsy white head. Aroma of course is dominated by the hops with tons of freshly sliced grapefruit and orange, along with some faint notes of honey, pine, lemon and yeast rolls. Pleasing full palate; smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spritz. Although this is a typical west coast hop monster, the semi-sweet malt profile comes through nicely in the flavor department balancing impeccably with the big, bitter hop notes. Finish is long, dry, bitter, clean and crisp. In summary, simply one of the best American IPA,s out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigbish (493) - California, USA - APR 27, 2006
What a great IPA! Strong hop aroma, a great palate, and the flavor! Strong hops, fruity, great malt balance. I’d buy this again for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering ’06. Bottle. Faint hops compared to other CA IPAs. No visible carbonation, not much head, which is white; slightly hazy. Not the best IPA I’ve had but excellent initial mouthfeel. A little sour. Body comes through at back of tongue. Somewhat perfumy. A little disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 2009-10-30, bottle at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-7-4-16=41
Hazy deep blond color. The aroma is very citrusy. It has a lean body, with a strong bitterness, resiny and fruity; I miss some sweetness, but it’s a great IPA.

2009-06-20, 8-5-7-5-16=41
Copper color: big frothy head. Sharp spicy aroma, coriander, peppercorns, cloves; then some fruity hop too. Lean body, with dry toffee flavor and hazelnuts; the hopping is good, oily, nutty, a bit resiny, not much fruity. Less than I remembered, but very good.

2006-03-28, at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Hazy amber color. Nice hoppy aroma, very fruity (apricots, persimmon, oranges…). Good malty body, very strong, excellent hopping, aromatic sweet fruity and resiny. Well blended.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a deep golden honey color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is lengthy. Residual lacing is thick, sticky, and creamy. Nice! Aroma is of citrus rind perfume. Full nectar w/ silky residual effers. It has a thick creamy texture. Malt driven bomb squad. Big citrus with rich, malty caramel flavors. A defined perfume essence is unique yet questionable. Hop rate is high yet it doesn’t bite back. A very luscious style. This brew has a mild sweetness and a touch of grapefruit on the finish w/ only mild bittering. There is a lingering dose of asprin taht intriges me. Highly recommended.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
Very unique IPA I’d love to smell this beer all day...unreal hop aroma. Very rich and thick caramel...thats why its unique...most IPAs I have had have been very dry and thin with high alcohol. This one is extremely malty and thick.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bomber. Thanks Bro! This is why I’m becoming a big hop head. I love great IPAs like this. Poured a great copper color with a creamy off-white head that diminished to a ring over time but left excellent lacing. Big IPA aroma of grapefruit and pine. The flavor found grapefruit citrus, pine, orange, and a light malt background of butterscotch and chocolate. Medium body and dry but smooth. Awesome bitterness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EventHorizon (7) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
.. it is pretty awesome. omg.. it’s fanfuckingtastic, this IPA. great pour from a bomber, perfect aroma, color is great.. tastes wonderful.. some cinnamon even.. great, great IPA. must buy more.


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