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RATINGS: 1935   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3536) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2007
22 oz. bottle in a trade with awaisanen. Pours a mostly clear coppery gold with a large, fluffy, linen white head. Strong aroma of pine and grapefruit. Initially, there is some slightly sweet malt which is followed up with pine and grapefruit. Not excessively bitter, which I liked. Long, dry finish. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
undsioux7 (807) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Pours hazy deep orange/copper with a huge white head that hangs around the whole glass. Orange, citris, grapefruit and pine aroma and flavor dominate. But just enough malt sweetness to balance. Makes you want to go get an orange to go with this fine beer. Re-rate: havenít had this in a few years and its as good if not better then I remember. Love when that happens! Bumping this up a couple of notches.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Just pouring this brew on this brew into a glass tells most of the story. It fills the room with a beautiful citrus aroma. I swear I have never nosed an IPA with so much aroma, hell I did not know an IPA could have so much aroma. I didnít want to keep the glass down, and continue to extract the various layers of essence bursting out of the glass. I want to give it an 11 on 10 on aroma. On taste, my first impressions were brilliant - crisp, fruity, hoppy and variantly complex. However the finish was another story. After being uplifted with an out-worldly experience, you are presented with an overly hoppy, cloying bitter finish that disappoints. I did not know an American micro was able to produce such a nose and such subtle brilliance. But as usual the finish is that of an overly excited, overly done, American micro. I was so impressed by this brew initially, that Iím going to humbly ask Alesmith to please reduce that hoppy cloying bitterness, you are destroying the one beer that has the potential to be the quintessential example for what American micros are capable of.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nobcity (6) - Apple Valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007 does not count
Bomber poured into a chilled pint glass. Big white foamy head. Beer is a murky golden color. Very clean smooth taste. Excellent IPA

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Thanks to dunk for the bomber. Clear amber/orange color with a large head. Head leaves fair lacing. Aroma of oily hops; resin, citrus, and also caramel malt. Tastes of peaches and citrus. West coast balanced. Medium body, oily texture. Nicely bitter finish, although thereís some astringency.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Body-hazy dirty orange with a thick foamy film. Nose-sweet, orange dishwashing liquid, oily, thick. Taste-medium to high bitter, high CO2, alcohol, roasty malts, prickly, low to medium sweetness, clean, pineapple, tangerine, lightly buttery. Very well done-the hops are not too citric or bitter, the malt is not too sweet, and the alcohol is balanced out well. Almost meaty tasting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Citrus and piney hops in the aroma.Pours amedium copper with an off white head.Very nice balance of hops and malt in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfel with a sweet malt finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
brewery fresh growler. Pours amber with a good, with slighly off white head. aroma is huge. citrusy hops with a sweet maltiness to for good measure. Flavor starts with the citrusy hops but is balenced with a fruity sweet. finishes slighly dry and very smooth. Not the assualt on taste buds like some other SD IPas, but and absolutely perfectly crafted brew. If I had to chose one IPA to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1361) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is huge of citrus and pine hops, caramel, and some sweet maltiness. Flavor starts off with huge citrus and pine hop that leaves to a caramel and sweet maltiness. Finishes bitter and with some slight alcohol warming. Another great AleSmith brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
A good IPA. I loved the mild hops and enjoyed the taste of plums and cherries.


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