BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Off-white, creamy head with a hazy orange hue. Great retention and lacing throughout.
S- Nose is mostly of big citrus aromas (orange, grapefruit, lemon); subtle maltiness.
T- Wow! Sweet hoppiness up front followed by subtle caramel maltiness; the finish is long and citrusy, but not overly bitter; very nice balance, this taste is as close to a prototypical IPA as you can get.
M- Smooth and refreshing, light to medium body, light carbonation, creamy texture
D- Impressive drinkability characterized by smooth, citrusy taste and pleasingly bitter finish.
I was turned onto craft beer by the Stone line of ales while living in Arizona, but I think that Alesmith IPA has quickly become one of my personal favorites and my top-ranked IPA.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bomber from south bay drugs poured into a pint glass. pours a very pure, clear golden color with hints of amber and a bright white, bubbly head and great lacing. aroma was probably the single best IPA aroma iíve come across. huge floral hops come bursting from the glass with scents of tulips and roses backed by grapefruit, apricot, big pine, and hints of spice and slight sweetness. flavor was a near perfect balance of big, citrusy hops and a great, slighlty sweet malty background. flavors of pine, fresh flowers, sweet peach, and some vanilla evolve as the beer opens up. palate was velvety smooth, medium bodied, and slightly chewy. this beer seemed to jump all over my tougue and was simply delicious. nearly a perfect IPA in my opinion, and the best iíve tasted.
blipp (8174) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from nbutler11. Pours golden orange with a thick and lasting beige head. Nice fruity sweet and piny hop aroma. The flavor is well balanced, with nice piny and floral notes, followed by a long bitter hop finish. Very good, though there are plenty of IPAís Iíd choose over this, Green Flash West Coast, Nugget Nectar, and Port Wipeout just to name a few. Still, very good and very drinkable. Definitely worthy of itís high rating.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark and clear amber. Strong and delicious hop nose, followed by a well hopped and crisp beer. Has a little spice kick to with a good bitter finish.
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a thick head and floral hop aromas. Floral hop flavors with fruity overtones. Crisp and refreshing perfectly hopped.
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Re-rate 5/6/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Arielís place. Thanks kerenmk. Clear deep golden. Pleasant hoppy aroma of tropical fruits and some flowers. Dry-ish flavor with a bit of malt, light sweetness, fruity hops and a pleasant bitter finish. Medium-bodied. A good IPA. 8/3/7/3/14=3.5
(11/11/08) Bottle at friendsí house in Philadelphia. Slightly hazy amber color with a big stable off-white head. Hoppy aroma with pine, resin, floral notes, grapefruit, some caramel and light cookie notes. Bitter hoppy flavor with grapefruit, some piney notes and some balancing malty, caramelly, sweetness. Medium-bodied and a nice smooth mouthfeel. A very good IPA. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle 75 cl. average creamy white head that mostly lasted. Cloudy golden color. Smooth chewy hoppy and malty notes. Apricot, caramel, grapefruit, floral. Full bodied with an average carbonation, dry texture. Moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Lingering bitter dry finish.
Christian (12883) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy golden with a big and lasting off-white head, leaving lace. Intense aroma of grapefruit, roses and a hint of grass. Dry with some grapefruit hop flavour and very aggressive bitterness.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bomber from the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. I have had many steller IPAs and to put this one on top is not even close. There are so many great offerings out there that impress me and this one was just average. Maybe if I had a fresh one I would change my mind but it just didnt stack up. Nice floral nose but hops were subdued. This did have a nice sweetness with a smoothness to it that made it easy to drink but I have had better and rate this no more than average...
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, from BevMo for $4.99. Given my affection for IPAs, I was fittingly excited to get to try this one. Pours orange and gold with a large white head. Is it just me or do many of Alesmithís Pale Ales pour with similarly large head? Palate was smooth, with light carbonation that showcases the hoppy character of this beer. Flavor features grapefruit, resin, lemon, and tangerine. Finish is deliciously long, bitter, and spicy. There are a lot of good West Coast IPAís, but this one is certainly at or near the very top.