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RATINGS: 1901   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of hops with hints of pine and citrus. Flavor is full of hops at initial sip. Notes of citrus, fruit, and pine hit the tongue and give it a nice lashing. Malts come in to balance out the deal with nice sweetness at the end. A medium bodied beer that is smooth and very enjoyable. By far one of the best IPAs around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Finally! Took 2 seperate trips to southern California to find this elusive brew (not that I minded "having" to go back). Hazy orange/copper pour with a modest but sturdy off-white head and good lacing. Typically floral/fuity/piney hop aroma for a top tier west coast IPA with consistant flavors. A touch of brown sugar, peaches and plenty of malt sweetness in the flavors as well. Rich mouthfeel and a brisk bitter finish with hints of vanilla at the end. A great IPA from a region seemingly crowded with fantastic offerings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
22oz bomber. Murky orange to copper color with very thin white head. Rich sweet caramel malty aroma with some light pine hops. Taste as it smells. Caramel malts, some earthiness, some wet hops and pine hop bitterness. Maybe what Im tasting is hop flavor since the bitterness is on the light side.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Bottle via trade with Ty5592. I have been wanting thing one for quite some time now. This is the best IPA I have ever had. Incredibly balanced, sweet floral and citrus hops and a perfect malt balance to go with it. Wow. Alchohol hidden well, Amazing taste. I could drink this all day, every day. I need more. Must contact Liquid Solutions immediately.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy amber coloured with a white head. Aroma of caramel, pine needles and hops. Flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Bottle. This was a very good beer, Orange with fluffy white head which lasted until the last drop. Very lively carbonation. Aroma of apricots and citrus. The taste was the same with pine and malty flavors throughout. Smooth body with mild alcohol/sticky hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for the great bonus brew. Hazy golden orange color with large white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is mixture of citrus and floral hops. Flavor is citrusy with a minty pine kick. Could have been a bit fuller bodied and the alcohol presence is a little much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2006
Bottled. Hazy golden coloured with a rather large white head. Very well balanced all though it was milder than expected. Very round and nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2006
Bottle thanks to the boys at lbaren. Light hazy golden colour with a white head. Plesant malty, floral hoppy aroma and a light sweet malty, dry hop, floral, citrus taste. Medium body with a sweet, dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Murky orange with a dirty white head that lasts forever. Good lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is citrus orange and lemon with tons of floral notes. Well hopped and floral tasting. Flavor is dominated by herbal notes, but the citrus is noticable. Bitter dry malty finish. Lots of hop character.


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