AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 Iíve had my eye on this one for awhile and finally decided to give it a go.
Pours a golden amber with a nice quarter inch head. The frothiness sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing as you drink.
Smell isnít really strong, but I get plenty of hops in the nose.
The taste is simply amazing. This is a very well rounded IPA. Plenty of hops, but balanced perfectly by the malt and alcohol. This is one of the best Iíve had. I would love to drink this on a regular basis.
Words canít really explain how well this is melded together and how smooth of a IPA it is. If you have access to this beer, definitely pick it up. I know Iíll be frequenting this beer often.
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíve got to say, this is really worth the effort to track down, especially if itís not distributed to your state. Hazy pour with nice amounts of billowy head. Like many IPAís the piney scent is there, but not overpowering. Before I drank this I downed a NXNW Kodiak IPA, which I had aged for little over a month, and the piney scent of that was much stronger. The AleSmith was a great combination of grapefruit, nectarine, orange cream, and malty hop. The finish isnít long enough when it comes to something as satisfying in the mouth as this. Didnít pick up too much Vanilla--like the label says, but it was no biggie--this was truly great. Now one of my favorites.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours copper with a nice off white head. aroma of pine and grapefruit. mouthful is a smooth hoppy pine and citrus with a great malty backbone, but the hops dominate. very nice... too bad it is not distributed to VA.
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: One of the finest beer to touch these lips. Very well balanced for me and extremely easy to drink. Pours a nice orange haze with a creamy white head. Great beer, especially early. Canít say enough good things about this brew.
jason (1690) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 Bottle. Thanks to BockeyHorsey and Batkins for sending this to me. Pours a deep golden body with nice head. Aroma is very hoppy with a nice earthy feel. Taste has a slight syrupy citrus feel, hoppy. Smooth and ends in a nice bite. Well balanced IPA. Rerate, taste is very balanced with an almost perfect mouth feel. I enjoy how the citrus and grapefruit seem to linger later on in the palate.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared with DeuceDeuceOU, deliciously dark IPA, much heavier in the "dark" bitterness than a 2hrted ale, Piney and citrusey, a good combo in my book,not going for balance they sure hit the mark with this one.
littlefelix (29) - Santa Clarita, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having just recently trying this IPA for the first time, I was throughly impressed. Impressed enough to buy a few more and ship one to my buddy. He agrees with me, the best IPA I have ever tried. I like this so much because itís simple, easy to drink, and excessively hoppy. The simple, less malty consistancy allows the hops to take control.
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Aroma is very floral perfumey with grapefruit as well. Orange in color with a velvet 1/2 inch head. Flavor is more floral and citrus hops with slight sweet balancing malt. I also tasted a little sweet vanilla as I was getting down to the bottom of the beer. Not too chewy or resiny, could taste a little alcohol. A nice IPA>
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy dark orange with a light white head. Rich floral hops smell, some citrus blended in as well. Very nice, nothing too overwhelming. Really pleasant hops. Tastes of rich, strong hops as well, not piney, more citrus than anything. A little bitter up front, but nothing offensive. Finishes really smooth and the aftertaste has a little cinnamon or brown sugar which makes it sweet. Just a fantastic IPA from a fantastic brewery.
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle at Chris O bottlefest 2007. Great grapefruity aroma with citrus and tangerine. One of the best aromas Iíve had on a beer. In mouth, fantastic, but harsh on finish. So much tangerine, itís pretty awesome as the label says, but it fades as a beer towards the end. 4.3/5. Bottle from BeerMerchants.com Feb 2009. I agree with my rating about the aroma, the hops attack you even before they are out of the bottle, but it really is a sublime hop aroma. Not harsh, just creamy and floral and flowery and full of lychee. Up against Stone Ruination, itís hard to call, but nice to be given the chance. THis is more floral on the hop, almost more delicate if that can makes sense for such a hugely hoppy beer. Is it worth £11? Yes. Definitely, better than most wines of the same price. I certainly canít rate it any lower than Ruination. The more I drink it the more I like it, or is that the more I drink it, the more drunk I get? Along with the Speedway, this is a world class beer. Big hop without being harsh, unbelievably huge but subtle at the same time. Really quite an experience. You really do feel that this is an event rather than a beer. Really quite exceptional. Just about flawless in terms of an ipa from the West Coast.