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RATINGS: 2031   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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Itís Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Deep golden/light orange pour with plenty of carbonation to retain a light beige head. The aroma is almost entirely hops that release gentle but focused and hearty notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange and a hefty swath of pine that cuts a path through all the aforementioned citrus and gives the nose a pleasant earthy feel. Malt is evident, but just barely. Alcohol is well concealed. The flavor is wonderful and very stimulating. More hops and light toasted grains. Light sweetness and heavy bitterness. Acidity is mild and the taste is very green. The mouthfeel is very creamy and appropriately carbonated, light to medium bodied. Itís incredibly smooth, the strongest facet of the entire experience. The finish is bone dry, crisp and clean, with acidic notes lingering and lightly cutting into the tongue. An exceptional IPA, no surprise at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Rating #400. 22 oz. Bomber from South Bay Drugs Pharmacy via mail order. Shared with csbosox on the porch on a perfect early summer afternoon. Pour is a slightly cloudy deep orange with a big rocky white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit and resiny hops. A nice maltiness is in the background of the nose. Taste is more of the hops, especially the grapefruit all nicely balanced with the malt backbone. The finish is a nice bit of sourness to it. Very nice beer all the way through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
pours a lovely cloudy burnt orange with a decent frothy head with slight lacing. The nose of grapefruit, orange rind, pure citrus, and hops is quite delectable. Well on first taste all you can really say is balanced. Extremely balanced fruit, hop, alcohol. Same fruits as in the nose. Very attractive hops not to tannic yet not to subtle. Type of IPA you can just sit around and drink, and drink, and drink, and drink, and finally pass out. MMM Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Pour was a slightly murky dark gold and pale copper color. The head was foamy, thick and ever so slightly off-white. Good rings of lacing. The initial aroma was a blast of citrus that smelled like fresh-squeezed orange juice. Butter and caramel as well as pine and floral hops are noted as well. The flavor was malt and citrus up front and pine bringing down the hop hammer in the back. Expectedly succinct finish. Nice, medium bodied mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Wow. The most amazing IPA that I have had to date. Pours a light, fluffy, golden color with an off-white head. Taste is of soft passion fruit and a little bit of pine. A very transitional IPA that goes from juicy hops to a sweet malt, back to a slightly pine hop bitterness. Nearly perfect IPA. ---re-rate--- Another fresh bottle from Joey at South Bay. Well, this one has the same passionfruit aroma with lots of citrus and a touch of alcohol kick to it to boot. Taste is a lot more caramel and punchy fruit, but the fruit/hop note is subdued by the alcohol and bitterness until the very end, when it finishes creamy and smooth. I don’t think I’ll change my rating too much at this point. I mean, it is an IPA. Definitely a lot of citrus and pine behind the passion fruit. 848417

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUN 10, 2007
pours a hazy deep golden with moderate rocky head. aroma is a huge pineapple, citrus and somewhat pine with some sweet malt behind. taste is big pineapple and citrus with some nice sweet malt behind. finish is wonderfully biscuit and citrus bitter. some soapiness to it but it is quite nice. this beer has a quite oily hop nature to the body but is quite refined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2007
22 oz bomber bought at From the Vine. Loved the nose on this. I coould smell it as soon as I started to pour. A very lush looking orange brown in color. Hop heaven. One of those beers I will always keep around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Dear Alesmith, may I make a proposition? If you send me a case or two of this heavenly IPA, I will promote your beer free of charge. That may not sound like much but let me clarify that Iíll do this in a classroom filled with mostly underage drinkers. Using the power of chalk and personality, I will sow the seeds of social degeneracy by promoting this specific beer, possibly the finest IPA Iíve had. I will talk about its lovely look, its huge mouthfeel, its immense flavor of floral and citrus hops and its pleasing malt heft. But mostly Iíll just corrupt the young (oh, and Iíll wear a sandwich-board too).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2007
The Dan Journal #22. Tasted 5/30/07. 22oz bomber. Hazy and orange brown hue. Caramel malts and citrus in the nose. Zesty. Big citrus boom. Delicious! Tight palate. FnA. Nice malt kick with a bitter lingering hop finish. This is a tremendous brew! Absolutely wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours hazy amber with a very tall fluffy beige head. Aroma is juicy sweet pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Not very aggressive, just nicely stated. Flavor is very resiny, lots of sticky pine and grapefruit, with a sufficient amount of malty backbone. Mouthfeel is non-aggressive and actually fit for massive consumption. Wish I could get this more easily.

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