GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma was a little weak for the wonderful experiences in appearance, flavor, and palate. This has to be one of the best IPA’s ever made. Thick, very thick, head with a well balanced flavor of hops, malt, bread/yeast, and citrus/fruit. The alcohol is detectable while in the mouth and the carbonation is a little, just a little, too present. Yum! Thanks Bartzilla.
Svejk (12) - Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In my opinion, Alesmith is the ultimate IPA. As a homebrewer, I have no idea how they are able to get such an incredible hop aroma in a bottle. It seems impossible. Another great thing about Alesmith is that they are able to make a beer with a huge hop presence without being unpleasantly bitter. This is a fantastic beer.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #300. 22oz bottle via trade with Ty5592. Aroma: Lots of maltiness here with a good caramel quality. Some light breadiness, too. Grapefruit, resin, pine, and floral hops. Appearance: Dark amber in color and hazy. Off white head was huge and foamy with great retention. Head lasted almost to bottom of the glass. Great lacing. Flavor: Malt and hops present themselves almost simutaneously. Bready, sweet malt again with a nice caramel character. Resin and grapefruit hops are the main flavors, but pine, floral, earthy, and grassy hop flavors come through too. Bitterness is medium strong but balances with the maltiness well. Very nice. Palate: Medium bodied and smooth. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Definatly the best IPA I’ve had to date. Great flavors, well balanced, and a smooth drinker. Great beer!
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours with an ornage golden color and a giant head with excellent retention.Aromas ar sdtrong resin, pine and grapefruit. Flavors start of with complex grapefruit, hops and pine mixture that then turns sweeter due to the malts but finishes with some pure hops bitterness. Nice mouthfeel as well.
UCLAtoucan (6) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall, a great brew. These guys never fail to impress. Dark golden pour, heavy body, citrus aroma. Could be a little more hoppy for my taste, but definately a well-balanced beer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Yellow/Orange Coloring with No Head. Light Hop Aroma. Creamy Mouthfeel...Almost Like a Hop Creme...Wonderful Hop Profile. This One Leaves you Jaw Dropping from the Goodness. Wonderful Example of What an IPA Can Be.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful IPA. AleSmith consistently puts out great beers. It is no wonder they are among the leaders in the industry. Nice golden pour with medium head. Delicious hop character with nice malt balance. Big hoppy bitter finish. Great IPA!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Finally got my hands on the "#1" IPA and my first brew from Alesmith. Pretty dark orange color with plenty of foam. Sweet floral-citrus hop aroma that is very appetizing. Taste is surprisingly sweet with a pleasant malt backing that supports some fantastic hops. This is one IPA that gets more appetizing the more you drink. I thought Bells 2 hearted and Stone IPA were pretty good, but this takes it to the next level. Well done by Alesmith. Wow.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice hazy orangeish color with thick head. It’s body is thick and slightly viscous. There’s a big underlying sweetness to this beer to balance a huge hop presence. Strong grassy notes and a grapefruity piney finish. Sweeter than I expected, but still a great IPA.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Its great tasting but contains too little kick for my tastes. Tastes almost more like a cider than a beer. Its lovely but lacks bite.