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RATINGS: 2017   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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Itís Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.


4.3
   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!

4.3
   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

3.7
   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..

3.7
   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.

3.6
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2954) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Amber brown and cloudy, with a ridiculously tall head. Pine resin is the first thing that comes to mind when smelling the aroma. That resin carries through into the taste. But, thatís not all bad. In fact, the heavy balance of malt to hops and the high ETOH points to an IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
[173-20061231] 1pt6floz. Strong lemony-citrusy aroma with hops and some sweet pineapple grapefruit. Slightly cloudy, orange light brown body with lots of medium-small bubbles on outer rim and a medium-lasting creamy white head. Flavour continues strong grapefruit citrus hops. Medium body, fairly complex. Hoppiness and blending is much appreciated but not a fan of grapefruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 22oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a medium orange-copper color, effervescent, boldly colored; fluffy, textured off-white head with great retention and lacing that stick; beautiful pour. Lots of pine in the aroma, to the degree of being beautifully pungent and dank; followed by plenty of citrus: grapefruit and oranges; just a gorgeously presented tart note from the grapefruit; quiet, sufficient malt character is barely of any consequence; this is all dense, varied hop character. Medium-to-full body: following the aroma, thereís a whole lot oí grapefruit, pine, and citrus here; not quite the tartness suggested by the aroma, but certainly present; the malt character appears as a basic bready and toasty malt sweetness at the core, with hints of honey and vanilla; non-astringent hop character, nicely dank and resiny - this is just a lovely IPA, and Iím glad to finally revisit a fresh bottle. Great, multifaceted hop character with that soft vanilla note at the core. Lengthy, dry finish: citrus, hints of grapefruit, nicely toasty and crisp ending. 9.5.8.4.16=4.1

22oz bottle, courtesy of Naven?? Itís been a while, and I put one of these aside in the hopes that it would carbonate more, to no avail. Pours a cloudy, dark pink-grapefruit appearance; minimal head formation. Huge, chewy aroma, showing oranges and grapefruit and maple syrup. Full, chewy mouthfeel: light carbonation; lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops; plenty of resiny chewiness; backed up by a prominent wet-malt and vanilla character; but itís really just an under-carbonated and chewy mess. Iíve had three bottles over the last couple months, and Iíve not really enjoyed any of them. Medium, sugary finish. Tasty, but this just seems thrown together. Maybe this is a poor batch? 8.3.7.4.14=3.6

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a translucent golden amber with a large foamy off white head that left a bunch of sticky lacing with great retention. Exactly what an IPA should look like! Aroma of orange, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, toasted malts and just an overall great hop/malt balanced aroma. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, caramel, nuts, vanilla and an excellent hop flavor and bitterness. Yet this still has enough caramel malt to balance it beautifully. In terms of yeast this beer drinks very clean with some fruity esters but no real off flavors.


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