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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
From the Columbus gathering, brought by slify. Orange with a white head. THe aroma had that nice combo of piney hops and caramel malt. The flavor seemed to be the same way...pretty balanced all the way through. It seedmed at times like the sweetness was coming out more dominate than the bitterness. Overall a smooth blanced IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle thanks to santa: Orange color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruits, citrusy hops, and pale malt. Flavor was some caramel and other lighter malts up front, with a nice lingering bitter finish. Exactly what an IPA should be.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Columbus gathering beer#9. Brought by Sliffy. Strong hop aroma and a little bitterness. Sweet but still a great balance with hoppiness. Another great beer from alesmith.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6359) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
This amber ale poured with a massive off-white head and a lemony aroma. There’s a nice balance of malt and hops, resulting in a smooth sweet taste with a more bitter finish. This is a very good IPA!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
garmonbozia (425) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 Bottle from liqourama. Beautiful amber color with a huge head. Nice floral aroma. Taste of hops and hops. Very smooth to going down. The bitterness is excellent. Alcohol was very subtle. I love hoppy beers, but can’t seem to tell them aprt from one another. Maybe because I’m still new to this. Hopefully my palat will mature in due time.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. I’m not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
22oz bomber acquired via trade from Jason @ Knightly Spirits, no date. Aroma of big resiny pine and grapefruit hops, some caramel malt sweetness. Pours a hazy orange golden with a moderate frothy off white head. Taste follows aroma with some grassiness, lotta bitterness throughout--about midway through the caramel malts attempt to sweeten it up, but fail until the end with a biscuity finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation--though soft. Very good, though it seems that IIPA’s and IPA’s start tasting the same.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in SD. Pours amber orange in color with a strong large ivory head. Hop aroma is piney and spicey, of ginger perhaps? Flavor is citrus, caramel and delightful sweetness. Yum. Update 5/19/9: On tap at the Local in SD. Pours deep dark gold to borderline amber with a thick white head that holds on but settles to a "hill and valley" sheen. Unfortunately, they served this in an iced glass. At arctic temperatures, the aroma still manages to generate a candy malt hoppy orange scent. Has a mango and pineapple sweetness as its first big flavor. The palate is thick and slick. The finish is remarkably dissipative. This does not seem to be as big a beer as it is. Very solid and close to perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Big orange bud nest aroma. Hazy near brown amber body. Tangy bud-bud skunk flavo, good milky palate, tastes almost like a cask ipa in palate. Lick your lips bittersweet. semi-subdued malt is decent bone structure for tons o hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnypub (10) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2006
One of my favortie examples of the California IPA. Lots of hops. Amber hued with a cram colored head. The head gripped very nicely to the glass and stuck around for quite sometime. Leaves some lacing on the glass after every sip, but not much. Smell was mostly hops, but a small amount of malt sweetness sneaks through. Taste was citrus and pine followed by a hint of alcohol. Finish is very winelike. Nice balance as it isn’t overly bitter but it will still satisify most hopheads. Goes down smooth even though the alcohol will warm as it goes down. Great beer!


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