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RATINGS: 1893   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Huge chewy hops, full bodied for the style with a dense orange color that is dark in the middle of the glass. Malt presence to balance everythiing out is substantial as well. Much preferred to their IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
very balanced ipa that coats your mouth in sweet hoppy nectar for a chewy after taste that last a while......a little oily.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2070) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Hazed orange body with a frickin huge white head. Sweet malty aroma at first that had me grasping to describe butterscotch or is it toffee or is it moon pies, yeah its banana moon pies, cool I donít know if Iíve ever had banana moon pies in a aroma before, Iíll have to search through my ratings, but this is definitely banana moon pie aroma. I donít know the hops used but they show up in the nose too, sugary grass and other goodies. Strong malt sweetness that surprises me then I taste the hops. Which are grassy and slick. I expected this to be over the top smack you in the face hop juice, but it is an easy drinking balanced beer that is easy to enjoy. A bit more malt flavor than I expected from an IPA from the west coast but not bad at all. There is something subverting this and it is a tannic unsweet iced tea flavor in the finish. The sweet graham cracker and marshmallow flavor is nice but I donít like the hop profile much. Grassy peanut hop flavor that is not quite my cup o tea. A touch of pine is there also but it doesnít please me that much. A nice pleasant beer nonetheless. Ap-4 ar- 8 tas-6 pal-3 ov-13

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle, from my wonderful daughter who carried it on the plane from California. Not much aroma, great appearance. Looks and tastes like a great IPA. Hops are prounced, but not too bitter...balanced well by malt. Overall flavor is complex...fairly high alcohol but very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
nice beer! has a pleasing taste to the palate with the right amount of alcohol, making it is go-to beer for most occasions. flavor is just strong enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 11, 2006
22oz bottle poured a golden color with a great frothy off-white head. Aroma of pine with a hint of vanilla. Nice hoppy flavors of citrus and pine but not too hoppy. A very well balanced IPA. Definitely a top 3 IPA I have tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 22oz Bottle. Crisp aroma, earthy with texture. Flavor is bright and full. Good IPA. Balanced and not overly hopped. Something I can see myself returning too. Rerated 8/11/10: up from 4 to 4.3. This is just delicious and consistently great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Gold color with little head. Strong aroma of citrusy hops. This oddly switches to a more earthy and floral hop in the flavor, more reminiscent of EK Goldings. Bone dry finish with just enough malt to balance out the hops, yet not overshadow them. Damn fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
What a great ipa. It has the perfect balance of bitter, herbal hops and light fruit aromas an flavors. Some orange and grapefruit in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Lovely pine resin color with a very thin, healthy, off-white head. Initial nose is very sappy and smells of burned cedar. The texture is surprisingly smooth and sweet, and it doesnít contain the trademark pucker of other IPAís. Sweet, dried apricots are followed by luscious grapefruit before being finished off by a fresh sage resin. Very pleasing IPA, overall.

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