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RATINGS: 2001   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 bomber...poured a muddy dark orange-brown with a thick white head. i really liked the appearance of this one....aroma had a pretty strong citrus and hop profile, flowery as well....taste is really where this beer took off for me. very grapefruity, yet so smooth, and even a small hint of sweetness. there was very little bitterness to it at all. all in all, i like hopslam slightly better but this one holds up extremely well. i totally recommend this IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 16, 2007
Damn Im glad my father travels. Aroma is resiny pine hops. Pours a deep hazy copper, with a large, everlasting, rounded, foamy head that leaves lace rings. Flavor is bitter hops with a mild hint of caramel sweetness poking through in a valiant attempt to balance things. This IPA is verging on Douple IPA territory, in my opinion. Well Done. More AleSmith products are going on my wish-list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle from trade with Puddintane (fantastic extra!!) Encapsulates most of what I love in an American-style IPA. Huge cascade nose, with lychees and flowery subnotes. Slightly opaque coppery colour with tight rocky white head that when deflated leaves frothy lacing. Noticeable caramel malt sweetness and rose petal and orange flavours counter the piney fresh green hops and biting bitterness that is softened by the exquisitely gentle mouthfeel. A better example of what bottle-conditioning can do for a beer you’ll be hard pressed to find. Seductively easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2007
I’ve been meaning to try this for a while and finally got a chance to pick it up. Copper orange body, creamy beige head. Big hoppy nose. Big bold hoppy flavor, supported by caramel malts. Bitter. What more can I say about this? A really well-crafted IPA, really tasty, and drinks more like a double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle from Naven. Amber color. Smell of malt, hops, caramel, grapefruit, cinnamon, pine, zest and a little pepper. Taste of the same but even better. Everything was evenly balanced out. Not too strong nor weak. What a great IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Wow, this beer is a very well put together IPA. A ridiculous helping of hops give way to a subtle citrus aroma. The taste is very hoppy and may be a little underbalanced. A crisp, delightful finish to a truly great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 A nice well balanced hop character to this beer. Bitter but not overpowering. This bottle lacked the true citrus and pine aromas and flavors I was expecting. Will have to try another bottle for sure..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a golden color with a white head. Nice, not very pungent, grapefruit aroma. flavor is of grassy bitter hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Amber body with a creamy, off-white head, lasting cover, some lace. The aroma is freash citrus hops and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet, slightly bitter, with lots of caramel and grapefruit and a clean yeast profile. Medium body with a slightly chewy texture and a bitter finish. Well made, but too much caramel sweetness for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2920) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Wow! After a long hiatus from my style of choice I come back to my roots and understand why I love IPAs! This beer was near perfect. Beautiful hazy orange pour with a 2 finger white head. Aroma of earthy hops and nothing else. Taste was all hops with a little malt background to just balance the citrusy hop bitterness. My eyes water when I think about this beer...not just because of how good it is but how bitter.

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