MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, bottle design must have kept the gents over at Alesmith up late one night working on this bottle. However, it is one sweet smelling brew. Some sweet fresh pine, star fruit, lemon, grapefruit. Heavenly aroma, even my girlfriend thinks so. THe flavor to this beast is odd. It has a whole lotta bitterness up front, then a slicker sweet flavor. Decent malt flavor as well, subtle, but only noticable when the hops stop kicking my teeth in.
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alesmith continues to impress. This beer proves you donít have to "Imperialize" something to make it good. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head. Thick patches of lacing in the glass. Big citrus and floral hops in the nose. Medium body with loads of hops, spice and citrus and a nice malt undercurrent. The finish is hoppy with noticeable pine and lingers well. Great work here.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was of a citrus variety. Pour from the bottle left little head and a dark amber body. At first it seemed the alcohol was the controlling flavor of this beer. At the finish those citrus hops gave this one a fruity flavor to the end. If you like high alcohol content hoppy beers youíll most likely want to try this one.
billk (352) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ OíBrienís. Clear amber/copper w off white head that fell fairly quick, min lace. Aroma was potent hops & med roasted malt. Flavor was big, full bodied (pushing the double category). Had a nice sharp, tart, dry mouthfeel with a slight malt sweetness. Nice bitter hop bite. There was a slight cooked vegetables taste that faded as the beer warmed producing a pleasant spiciness and complexity I didnít notice at first. Alcohol is slightly noticable but well hidden for the amount.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Cloudy golden pour with a big white head that sticks around. Aroma is hoppy, pine and citrus. Taste is well balanced- hoppy, but with a definite sweet (malty) and sour (lemon) effect to make it more complex and unique. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Definite presence of alcohol in the finish and aftertaste.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: strong hop scents, some sawdust, and some sweetness
Appearance: golden yellow, small white head, lacing
Flavor: very sweet, very hoppy and dry, some woody flavors, some light fruits
Palate: very dry, takes the skin off the tongue, interesting hoppy/light fruit aftertaste
Overall: Still donít like IPAs, but if I did this would be a good one.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must first point out thi sbeer has the best head I have yet seen. Large, fluffy, a bit rocky - it is quite nice with lots of staying power. Deep, midly hazy orange colour. nice piney hop aroma. Smooth and malty, with a nice transition to some bitter hops. leaves a nice aftertaste that sticks around for a bit. Even the bottle is cool!
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best IPA I have had so far. Rich color and huge head that stays for the duration of the experience. Sweet malty taste, hides any presence of alcohol. Great hop aroma, and huge hop finish. California has perfected the pale ale. Survived the flight home from San Diego to Rochester, too bad we canít get this on the East coast. Great beer.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tiny bit hazy, golden orange/copper with a thick peaked off white head that leaes great lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with most of the bitter aroma being very piney. Very nice powerful hop flavor. Bitter at the core; strong pine hpe flavor and a secondary floral hop sweetness followed by some distinct grapefruit. There is also a bit of underlying malt sweetness providing a creamy balance. The lingering bitterness creates a nice bitter finish that begs for another sip.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Pours a nice coppery orange, with a billowy off white head. Aroma is a good blend of cirtusy, piney hops and malt. Aroma is more sweet malt and grapefruit hops. Nice creamy mouth, and a good bitter bite. A well balanced IPA.