masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice golden color into a pint glass. Smelled nice, but not as aggressive as some. Taste is hints of citrus, lemon, pine, with some nice balancing malt. This beer is quite drinkable and very balanced. Not as sharp or powerful as a lot of other IPAís, but expertly crafted. Comes together great.
jdp (59) - Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bevmo in Solana Beach, CA. Pours a amber brown with a very nice beige head. Smells of spicy hops and sweet malt. Taste is over pine, grapefruit, and resin with a nice caramel sweet malt backing. This beer has so many subtleties that it is hard to describe it all. But Iíll say this.. you see everyone saying this is a great beer and the best of the IPAs... well, it is. It is definitely one the best out there and deserving of a great rating. If you have a chance to have this beer, donít pass it up. Also had this on draft at the Stone World Bistro and Gardens, but didnít rate it at that time.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy copper with a large light tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grapefruit, orange, mango. Flavor is grassy, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, orange. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter, with a prickly feel. Very nice, could drink this all day.
vyvvy (4623) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours lightly hazy copper with a large light tan head. The aroma is a citrus hop bomb with lost of grapefruit, some orange and pine needles. There is also some sweet toasted malt in the background. Medium smooth body with prickly carbonation and oily resin that lingers around. The flavor starts with pine, woody, earthy hops and a minor amount of grapefruit. The finish is highly resiny with pine needles and very sweet bubblegum style malt. The malt is mostly muted by the thick malts. A very nice IPA.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks KingpinIPA for sharing this one! Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. Awesome hoppy/citrus aroma. Nice big hop flavor.Great bitter ending that seems to last for awhile! Great IPA!
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber golden with a huge, nice and creamy head and a wonderfully hoppy aroma with loads of citrus and resin. The flavour is hoppy, really hoppy with a nice and powerful bitterness with loads of citrus, resin, grass and some caramel. Itís very harmonic and a real pleasure for any hop-head - yummi - thank you After4ever/Tom for this gem!! 2473
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Juancho. Pours a cloudy, golden color with a long head. Taste is complex that you have to have it at the right temperature. Hoppy to the extreme, but well balanced with the citrus taste.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been looking forward to drinking some AleSmith IPA. Finally getting my chance tonight. An average pour produced a half glass full of head. Letting it die down a little the head became very dense and craggy leaving big chunky lacing down the glass. The body has a very mild chill haze with few tiny carbonation bubbles swirling throughout. The body has a slight orange tint along the lines of iced tea. Very nice looking beer.
Very enjoyable aroma with a big but not overpowering pine needle nose. As it warms grapefruit rind comes forward. Biscuity malt lingers in the background and compliments the pine nicely. Mild alcohol vapors rise through and add a spicy note.
More caramel malt in the flavor than the biscuity malt that was in the aroma. The biscuity malt is there but takes a back seat to the caramel. The main flavor component is the hops, just like any good IPAs main characteristic is. Pine oils coat the tongue and linger on after the malt presence fades. As this beer warms the grapefruit becomes more pronounced. Again, very mild alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Very solid.
The mouthfeel is spot on. Medium body with a creamy airy texture. Nice bitterness on the swallow in the back of the throat. Exactly as I would want a good IPA to feel like.
Highly drinkable. In no way over the top which hurts the drinkability of other IPAs. Somewhat balanced but leaning toward the hops. After every sip you immediately want another.
A solid IPA from AleSmith. Perfect example of a left coast IPA. My first foray into AleSmith beers and it definately wont be my last. I just need to figure out how to get more.
beerme420 (50) - Corona, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good IPA, amber color with slight carbonation. Hops smell with a dry finish. Canít go wrong with Alesmith
bhensonb (12298) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Strong mixed aroma of citrus and pine. No room for malt. Golden amber color with a frothy white head. It laces a little. Thin to medium body. Mild carbonation that turns creamy. The flavor is strong citrus, with a lesser amount of evergreen resin, and some malt sweetness lurking about. You have to focus to notice the malt. Thereís fruit in the finish, but Iíd say more grapefruit than stone fruit. Mild heat. Nice enduring grapefruit. Itís a good one. Could stand up to some IIPAs. Made my millenium. Damn. A surge of sweet malt just snuck in. Looks like it will vary with time. Cool.