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RATINGS: 1966   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Good IPA. Pours a clear amber with good head retention. Slightyly sweet maslt with a nice bitter finish. Got a "soapy’ hint a couple of times.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilkTork (5297) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2007
ChrisFest Grapefruit flower aroma. Intense and too much. Quite ugly and aggressive. Like drinking washing up liquid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Big fan of this beer, just like most of the AleSmith collection. Very aromatic and citrus like - oranges, dry hoppy finish - very excited for each and every sip. Could enjoy this anytime. Try it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
Most definitely one of the best "single" IPAs. Gives Stone IPA a run for its money...whatever that means. Maybe it’s better than Stone...I dunno...it’s really close. Anyway...the aroma and flavor resemble that of a DIPA. In fact, this one out DIPAs a lot of DIPAs out there. Obviously, it’s hoppy and citrusy, as any good IPA is. And, I think there was some vanilla caramel in there. A wonderful drinking experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2313) - New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 fruitpunch...grapefruit kandy pez and hops with a meek malt backbone. nice foamy white head that is weak but lasting. hoppy fruity and tart without chalk it morphs and at times is a bit plastic. eventful and satisfying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2007
A mix of floral, soapy and citrusy hops atop a pleasant, but subdued, orange-juice like sweetness pushes this IPA well above average for me. Hazy orange pour with small, but creamy head. Huge nose of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, flowers and perfume. The flavor is sweet, but only for a short time before turning bitter and staying that way for long after the swallow. The medium body is smooth and comfortable. Nicely carbonated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2007
22 oz. bottle: Honey orange pour with a dull copper core. The thick white head settles to an ever present thin cap. The nose is near perfection, layer upon layer of hoppy goodness. Sweet perfume, rose petals, sugary oranges, bitter grapefruit - all in perfect balance. Creamy caramel malts work to balance the resiny hops in the body. Bright and citrusy, this really teeters on a DIPA for me. Long, lingering bitterness is a nice last impression for this hop monster.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris O’s extravaganza. Amber colour with and off white head. Hoppy and spicy aroma with plenty of lemon and grapefruit. Gives just a hint of the full on hop assault that you are about to experience. For me the flavour is just way too hoppy. Floral and soapy and just whatever, WAY too much. Palate is just too tangy due to the excessive hopping you have just endured. Hops are great. An overload of hops does not a good beer make. Compared to say a Russian River this is just seriously lacking finesse. Way over rated in my opinion.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
Not a bad IPA but not the best i have had, has good strong aroma of hops and you can taste those hops too, nice crisp bitterness to it

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this gem with me. Thanks Dad! I’d been wanting to try this for a long time and I was not disappointed when I finally got to try it! Light copper/amber in color with a nice fluffy head and good retention. Strong hoppy aroma with a some smooth malt mixed in there as well. Strongly hoppy flavor with a decent amount of malt to balance it out. Reminds me of Two Hearted, only not quite as balanced. Lot’s of sticky hop resins hold on to your tongue and linger around long after you’ve swallowed. AleSmith never disappoints!


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