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RATINGS: 2237   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Rating #300! bomber, thanks to Sparky27. Amazing.... for sure, the best IPA I’ve ever had - it lives up to it’s rating as the #1 IPA. pours a deep golden with a nice thick white head which holds well throughout as a nice lacing and slim top. piney hop aromas... solid full body over the palate, with a huge hop presence. sticky, chewy and creamy. slight malt undertone... huge bitter finish which sticks with you - literally. lots of citrus fruits from start to finish. the hops in this one will smack you.... a true delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2008
OK, the pivotal, highest of high, in terms of IPA beers. Pours medium gold from bomber forming large foamy head. Aroma of hopped up pine resines, citrus flowers with an apricot mash of peach and malted buds. Flavour was of a full flavoured beer, premium IPA style beer. Full on hopped pine resins with a slight grapefruit and rhine character. Wet forrest flowers with pepper endings demands to be heard too. The holy of holies? Damn near, this is truly the best beer to experience in terms of overall style and comfort. Bring me kegs! A remarkable beer to behold and experience!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Finally got to try the highest rated beer of my favorite style. Bomber poured into small tulip glass. Hazy cascading orange forming a billowy head. Thick webby lacing. Awesome aroma of floral hops, tropical fruit, peach, and bright citrus (tangerine, grapefruit). Flavor marked by zesty grapefruit hops-fresh and spritzy- like a twisting of grapefruit rind on the tongue. Has a robust hoppy bitterness which is at the same time mellow and smooth. Clean resiny finish--no astringency. Nice biscuity malt foundation to support all the hoppy goodness. I’m not sure if this or Bells Two Hearted is the best single IPA I’ve had, but this has to be way up there nonetheless. Bottle from Pacific Standard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Nice dark golden color with very long lasting and fluffy off white head. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy with citrus and pine resins dominating. Flavor is really great with the malts offering a good balance. A first rate IPA that I will buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur dorée-ambrée et claire. Nez de houblon résineux, citrique (pamplemousse), légèrement herbeux (herbes fraîches) et floral, fruité (agrumes, abricots), malté de biscuits, léger de caramel et avec des traces de pain. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture crémeuse et légèrement résineuse. Goût amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse), résineux et moyennement floral (une amertume sèche et fraîche, présente toute la gorgée) accompagné d’un goût fruité (agrumes sucrées, abricots) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de biscuits au caramel avec des notes de pain et de céréales puis en finale l’on assiste à un regain d’amertume de houblon plus asséchante, herbeuse (herbe fraîches, notes de thé et traces de menthe) et légèrement plus résineuse ainsi qu’avec des notes d’alcool. Post-goût long et sec, amer de houblon résineux, citrique, herbeux et légèrement floral ainsi qu’avec un léger goût fruité (zest d’agrumes, noyau de pêche) et de traces d’alcool doux.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 10, 2008
bomber into pint glass. Pours hazy amber orange. Big slightly off-white head. Sweet citrus and pine hops and sweet malt aroma - smells like hopslam. Strong but smooth hops (not extremely bitting). Alcohol is hidden really well. Soft and medium bodied on palate. Overall: Check this out if you can find it. I got it at "From The Vine" outside of Columbus; really sweet store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
BOTTLE: Obvious sediment in golden color with thick white head and fabulous lacing. Very piney with a hint of grapefruit in the nose. Flavor is extremely piney, like picking up a tree and eating it. Palate is lively but oh so dry. This is just too much of an IPA for my liking, or at least not as balanced as I’d prefer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Sampled at the pre-DLD party. Took me this long to finally get to an Alesmith. Pours a frothy head over a light pale ale color. Crisp, tasty hop smell and taste; not quite as fresh as the Odell’s IPA I just had, but that’s the luck of the draw. But there’s plenty of good piney resin to this lip-smacker, with a good backing of caramel malts. Worth the wait, and I’m watching out for another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber white head. Flavor is full of citrus hops, good amount of malt and plum in the flavor. Pine and grape. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1402) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 22 oz. Bottle, pours a hazy orange-amber with a lively white to slighty off-white head of thick, creamy fine bubbles with some larger mixed in, head reminds me of some belgian ales, lots of sticky bubbled lacing clings to the glass, this ale has a great head and lacing, lots of sweet cake mix and bread aromas with orange, grapefruit citrus fruit and floral fragrances, some sweet malt fragrances, the sip has lots of hop bitterness, flavor of toasted malt, some caramel in the background with orange citrus fruit flavors, very dry at the finish, hop bitterness lingers for a while on the palate with herbs and pine needles, this has a medium mouth feel, I found this to be very easy to drink, a very good IPA.

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