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RATINGS: 1934   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Wow this is REALLY good. Wonderful, fragrant hoppy aromas waft from the minimal thin head. Very light, velvety carbonation. Golden tawny color, slightly hazy. Sweet, but balanced by an mellow hoppy bitterness. Plenty of peach, pine and grapefruit in the finish. wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Best IPA I’ve ever drunk. Full-bodied yet kind of light. Pleasant amber color. Definitely a peach-citrus taste to this beer but yet not too sweet. Bought this directly from AleSmith in 22-oz. bottles, though I’ve also seen this in Whole Foods here in San Diego too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (203) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
22oz bottle: the sound made upon opening think and the little head formed by a vigorous pour makes me think that my bottle flat/under carbonated. pours a brilliant hazy honey color with very little head. aroma is stong of grapefruit and pine. maybe some lemon and orange with just a tinge of malt. the mouth feels is less carbonated that what i am used, but i like it. i do think that mine is some how under carbonated. flavor is amazing though. tons of grapfruit and pine with hints of caramel, peaches and a tiny bit of vanilla. very balacned and very drinkable. i hope my other bottles dont have the same carbonation problem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of hops with hints of pine and citrus. Flavor is full of hops at initial sip. Notes of citrus, fruit, and pine hit the tongue and give it a nice lashing. Malts come in to balance out the deal with nice sweetness at the end. A medium bodied beer that is smooth and very enjoyable. By far one of the best IPAs around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Finally! Took 2 seperate trips to southern California to find this elusive brew (not that I minded "having" to go back). Hazy orange/copper pour with a modest but sturdy off-white head and good lacing. Typically floral/fuity/piney hop aroma for a top tier west coast IPA with consistant flavors. A touch of brown sugar, peaches and plenty of malt sweetness in the flavors as well. Rich mouthfeel and a brisk bitter finish with hints of vanilla at the end. A great IPA from a region seemingly crowded with fantastic offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
22oz bomber. Murky orange to copper color with very thin white head. Rich sweet caramel malty aroma with some light pine hops. Taste as it smells. Caramel malts, some earthiness, some wet hops and pine hop bitterness. Maybe what I’m tasting is hop flavor since the bitterness is on the light side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Bottle via trade with Ty5592. I have been wanting thing one for quite some time now. This is the best IPA I have ever had. Incredibly balanced, sweet floral and citrus hops and a perfect malt balance to go with it. Wow. Alchohol hidden well, Amazing taste. I could drink this all day, every day. I need more. Must contact Liquid Solutions immediately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy amber coloured with a white head. Aroma of caramel, pine needles and hops. Flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Bottle. This was a very good beer, Orange with fluffy white head which lasted until the last drop. Very lively carbonation. Aroma of apricots and citrus. The taste was the same with pine and malty flavors throughout. Smooth body with mild alcohol/sticky hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for the great bonus brew. Hazy golden orange color with large white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is mixture of citrus and floral hops. Flavor is citrusy with a minty pine kick. Could have been a bit fuller bodied and the alcohol presence is a little much.

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