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RATINGS: 2130   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
It’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AbeerWolf (27) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
Immediately hoppy nose of citrus. First couple sips stay with you but the beer seems to become slightly lacking once into it. Malts are far to overpowered, leaving you wanting more half sip. Hops seem to overcompensate for lack of body. Overall, a decent IPA but betters are easily found.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle from a trade with kenb. Thanks Ken! Pours a hazy, golden color with a hugh creamy, off-white head with massive laces. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. Once you get past the hops you can detect a bit of citrus, mainly grapefruit I think. Taste is piney, resiny hops with a hint of caramel. Has a dry bitter finish. To me it was another typical overly hopped west coast IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
A gorgeous pour results in a hazy dark gold beer topped with a nice 2 finger head. Huge sheets of lacing composed of very fine carbonation adorn the sides of the pint glass. An alluring grapefruit and orange hop scent emanates from the head, complemented by a hint of caramel from the sweet bready malts. Taste is like biting into a grapefruit covered in maple syrup! Amazingly juicy. The balance is seriously a thing of beauty and awe. Medium body, pretty significant carbonation. A bit sticky but pretty crisp and eventually drying, begging for the next sip. I wish I had more, ’nuff said. Best IPA I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2824) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle - Thanks Harry!!!! Hazy orange colour - slight suddy white head. Aroma - if I could market this as a perfume, I would; sexy sweet hop aroma, what a thrill to inhale, literally hypnotic, like an Arabic Princess gliding by you in an old city market. Flavour - Delicious, delicious, delicious: Hops and candyfloss and baby Jesus’ tears. An absolute assault on the senses, a sexy assault. Amazing. I cried a little.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Tap @ the brewery. Pours a cloudy golden copper color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is heavily citrus hops with a slight bit of malt thrown in for good measure. Taste is grapefruit and pine needles up front dissolving into an absolutely wonderful citrus hop finish. The beer remains smooth and supremely drinkable despite the heavy carbonation. This immediately became my new favorite IPA, and another smash hit from AleSmith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Another quality brew by AleSmith. Pours a murky copper with a head that lingers. Nose of citrus and hops, very nice on the palate with a nice dry finish. Very high quality beer for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1260) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 [Bottle, thanks Skyview!] Pours hazy orange with a big cream head. Aroma and taste are both dominated by citrus hoppiness. Caramel malt also in there. Not overly bitter as some IPAs end up being. Medium-thick mouthfeel. Good finish. Didn’t find it to be too complex, but really well made and a very nice IPA. Original rating: 8/4/7/4/17=4.0

Re-rate: [Bottle, thanks Guerde!] I split half a bottle this time, and I actually liked it less. The aroma is pretty good, but the taste really left a lot to be desired. Good, but really falls well short of IPAs like Surly Furious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5352) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Picked up a 22-oz bomber at John’s Marketplace in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 07. Pours a slight hazed golden brew with thin particles and a thick, lumpy off-white head that just barely goes away. Aroma of sweet tangerines, some citrus zest, pine and a hint of caramel malt. Taste is medium bodied with some carbonation. The flavor really kicks up a few notches with a sweet tangerine, grapefruit and caramel flavor. Finish has a nice bitter bite with a dry flavor that lingers around after the finish. Another excellent brew from Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Another great brew courtesy of Skyview. Slightly hazy golden color with a nice finger thick dirty white head. Great cirtusy hop aroma with apparent pine as well as a floral quality too. The flavor is great. Citrus grapefruit and lemon and a hint of caramel with a nice smooth bitter finish.

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