JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The cadillac of IPAs. This beer defines what "balance" is in a beer. A lush citrus hop balanced by smooth malty sweetness. The aroma is magnificent with a forest full of fruit to savor. The mouthfeel lends itself to a session despite the 7.25%. A pleasure to drink from beginning to end. Iím still waiting for regular distribution out here in the East. Damn.
fonefan (42888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [Courtesy of wetherel]. Clear medium amber orange color with a large, frothy to creamy, good - excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, pine, citrus - grape. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. Very very nice ;o)) (180308)
stetzel (22) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
nice lacy white head.amazing aroma.flavor is text book san deigo style ipa,hops,hops,and when your screaming more hops.this is the apex of west coast ipa.thank you alesmith
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Shyam for sending this my way. To my US palate living on European soil, this tastes like America. Bomber pours bright amber with a tall, fluffy and lasting white head. Very pretty. Big, classic, citrus-floral hoppy nose. Flavor offers a light, juicy sweetness before blossoming into fresh-hoppy bitterness that gains strength and lasts and lasts. Iím left with a memory and wishes for more. My only complaint is a lack of sessionability. But this is a doozy.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, the highest rated IPA in the world. Iíve been craving this one for a long time. Nice frothy head with a slick lacing on the side of the glass. The character Alesmith hop aroma present. Many layers of complexity in regards to the hop presence. Qutie nice. However, the malt itself really took away from the experience. A bit cloying and pushed the beer out of balance for me. Quite a contrast here between the strong hop profile and the overly sweet malt backbone.
robinvboyer (3966) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow.........soooooooooooooooooooooooooo hoppy. just amazing, not very balanced, cause there isnt much malt, but dear god a hop addicts wet dream!!
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of dpjuart. Pours a hazy orange with a large white head. Smells citric and piney, with a strong burnt plastic aroma. Not bad taste though, very bitter with some caramel malt notes and a touch of yeasty fruitiness. Finishes very dry and grainy. Meh..
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bomber I picked up while I was able to visit AleSmith. Pours a orange/amber color. Amazing hoppy nose. Great citrus and pine hops. One of the best IPAs out there.
dpjuart (1098) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours clear copper with thick, foamy white head, lingering and good lacing. Good old hoppy nose, slight grass with a touch of ozone. Earth and floral hop taste with a big bitterness, w a good, balancing malt, caramel and bread. Slight citrus, touch of chocolate. Oh, and some more bitter. Not bad. Not quite what I expected. Again, there may have been some age on this that didnít help anything. Would like to try it fresh.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Juart. Pours a murky amber orange color and has a thick two-finger head that lasts. Great lacing. Has a strange plasticy ozone smell with a floral hoppiness and some peach. Has an almost numbing bitterness when it first hits your tongue. Kind of strange, but in a good way. Brown sugar and toffee sweetness balance it out. A good creamy texture.