twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best IPA I have ever had. Huge citrus hop aroma balanced by a powerful malt flavor. Excellent.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winter bomber. Big, hoppy aroma, very fresh, lots of pine and grapefruit. Similar taste with a nice malt touch at the end. Very pleasing and relaxing, quaffable and delicious.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
01.16.06 Bomber. Copper-amber colored with rocky beige head that lasts and laces in gobs of sticky foam. Aroma is pungent with citrus blossom and pine resin; itís hard to find much malt in the aroma behind all that hoppy punch, but there are some caramel hints. The palate is sticky, almost gooey with luscious resin. Itís medium-full and rather coating for an ipa with lingering alcohol in the nose. Flavor is bolstered by more bitterness and grapefruit pith than bargained for, none of it unwelcome, however thereís some bready acidity that feels awkward. Well, thatís easy enough to ignore by focusing on the yummy hops and enjoying the pleasingly dry finish. For a regular ipa, this beer is pretty substantial.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured with a tall fluffy head that didnt go away. Tasted of hops, citrus and grapefruit, with a crisp but also thick mouth. Good bitterness but not over the top. One of the best IPAs Ive had.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.39 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) I decided to do a rerate on this beer, just to see if I liked it any more than I did 13 months ago, when I thought it was quite good but didnít love it. The BevMo I work at just got this in today, and it was still cold when I was replentishing the empty AleSmith IPA shelf space, so I put one in the cooler for myself to drink tonight (ah, the single best benefit of working at a retail liquor store!). And my God, Iím now convinced that I must have rated a bottle that was not in tip-top shape because this beer is so freaking fresh and delicious, I have to think it was bottled within the last week. Frankly, this beer is more flavorful, supremely malty and intensely hoppy than many Imperial IPAs Iíve tasted. Huge citrus hoppiness tastes exceptionally fresh and provides a very strong bitterness from sip to finish, but the sweet malts just laugh out loud at the thought of playing second fiddle. As hoppy as this beer is, itís still extremely well balanced by the sweet malt, tasty fruitiness and tea-like herbal character. Full bodied, very coating on the palate, bordering on sticky. Solid carbonation and crisp hoppiness keep the palate refreshed. Golden amber in color with modest haze from bottle conditioning. The off-white head is very active on the pour, rising to probably an inch and a half, and thatís with a reasonably careful pour. Retention is magnificent, never fading below a quarter inch, and lacing decorates much of the glass in large, dense and thick patches. With all the incredible beers AleSmith puts out in their 750 ml bottles, itís easy to overlook their "ordinary" beers in bombers, but the IPA is just incredible. Has to be one of the very best IPAs in the world!!
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber at the 2005 beer exchange. I love all IPAís that are done well and this one is, well... done very well. Clear and dark golden to orange on the pour with a nice fluffy head to help emit that great grapefruit and piney nose. Nice balance in this, but not a really overpowering, knock the hell out of you beer that I expected from the ratings that I read. Donít get me wrong, this is a good beer, but the Yulesmith from Alesmith kicks it in the butt! I liked this as it had a nice warm mouthfeel with decent body and nice carbonation. Good brew, just not as good as some other IPAís out there.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a ridiculous IPA. So hoppy and so fruity. I wish I lived in southern california year round. Maybe the best straight up IPA I have ever had. I prefer it to stone and bellís two hearted.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a nice light amber color. Had a huge head which lasted throughout, and laced well. Typical IPA smell and taste grapefruit and hops. This one was good."
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very floral nose, like violets and lillies of the valley, some sweet caramel and vanilla accents. Hazy orange/copper color, with a slight white head.
Quite citrusy, piney flavor, a bit too dry for the marked bitterness of it, but as a study in C-hops, itís rocking.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on draft @ San Diego Brewing. Nice, foamy head with good retention. Exactly what you would expect here- a damn good, drinkable West Coast IPA.