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RATINGS: 1932   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Great body color, nice orange-brown with a thin white head. Aroma is excellet, citrus hoppiness with a nice light fruitiness in the back of it. Awesome taste, citrus hoppiness, light pine and some cherry and apple. Excellent ending, sweet yet with the light bitterness that is to be expected of an IPA. A very nice beer that I’m gratefull to have had the chance to have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Thanks to Numenor for getting stiffed on a trade and getting this instead. Slightly hazy dark amber body. Sweet mild citrus hops aroma with some caramel in the background. Sweet citrus hops flavor, some hints of floral hops, and a caramel end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
bottle decants a fairly bright amber with a well-formed white head that retains well and leaves good lace. pungent hop nose is predominantly citric, but some floaral piny-ness also manifests itself, as well as some caramel notes. beer starts with a burst of sweetness, that carries a wave of hop flavor. strong bitterness dries it out a bit in the finish. big IPA - skirting the DIPA mark by not much. heavy malt body eventually becomes a distraction, even with the hops. characteristic high-cohumulone hop burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
22-oz. bottle from realale420, shared with chadzter. Pours amber with a medium foamy off-white head, fizzy, lasting head, some lined lacing. Aroma is citrus hop, resin and pine notes, yeast (dough, grass), caramel malt, alcohol nose. Moderate acidity and bitterness, pine and citrus rind hops, meal and caramel malt with an alcohol finish. Medium bodied, smooth and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Bottle. Marvelous IPA. All the hops, floral, and citrus notes you could ever want. Amazingly smooth and flavorful, with a great crisp grassiness. A classic style done the way it should be. Way better than Stone’s IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
22oz bomber via trade with 46er3498! - Thanks Tom! Pours cloudy amber wtih a nice full creamy offwhite head that stays very well and laces the glass. Aromas of beautiful c-hops.. Nice pine and grapefruit blast mainly but there is some subtle caramel behind it too. Flavor is good and hoppy.. Grapefruit, apricots, pine.. But there are sweet caramel and toffee notes underneath that balance this one out quite well.. Good smooth creamy palate with adequate carbonation and a good soft mouthfeel due to the balance.. This is probably the most drinkable IPA I’ve had to date.. Delicious.. Used to be common around here but for some reason I had to trade for it.. I’d do it again in a minute though.. I really liked this one..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle provided by Odeed, Thanks Jake! Nose was hops, hops, and more hops, along with a citrus hint; Golden color with a good off-white head. Flavor of hops and more hops without being overly bitter, and a little caramel. Almost as good as Hopsicle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bomber poured a clearamber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine, a bit of earthiness and some faint citrus notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sweet carmel, earthiness and pine with a lingering moderatly bitter finish. A very drinkable and well balanced IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
22 oz. bottle poured a clear gold/amber with ahuge white frothy head that left fantastic lace. At the end of the glass, and I only poured half of the bottle intitially, there was still a 1/4" head left. Amazing for an IPA. Substantial citrusy and spicy aroma with a backgrond of some sweet caramel. Rich, smooth mouthfeel with medium bodythat leaves a rsinous coating. The carbonatin is surprisingly light given the huge head. The flavor starts off with a light maltysweetness, but is soon replaced by the bitterness of peppery spice and grapefruit. A long lightly bitter finish brings everything to a satisfying end. I was expecting this to be overrated, but it certainly lives up to it’s well deserved reputation. A simlply wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (932) - 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.

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