spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus and piney hops in the aroma.Pours amedium copper with an off white head.Very nice balance of hops and malt in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfel with a sweet malt finish.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
brewery fresh growler. Pours amber with a good, with slighly off white head. aroma is huge. citrusy hops with a sweet maltiness to for good measure. Flavor starts with the citrusy hops but is balenced with a fruity sweet. finishes slighly dry and very smooth. Not the assualt on taste buds like some other SD IPas, but and absolutely perfectly crafted brew. If I had to chose one IPA to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is huge of citrus and pine hops, caramel, and some sweet maltiness. Flavor starts off with huge citrus and pine hop that leaves to a caramel and sweet maltiness. Finishes bitter and with some slight alcohol warming. Another great AleSmith brew.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good IPA. I loved the mild hops and enjoyed the taste of plums and cherries.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderful hop aroma. I could swear I was getting strawberries in the aroma. Golden brown in color with a big frothy head. The palate is thick. Taste is very malty--but Iím not getting the expected hops. Bready with some earthy hops. Not a pleasant aftertaste. This is the first Alesmith beer that I havenít completely loved.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours amber in color with a pretty nice, just slightly off white head. The smell is much like youíd probably expect from an IPA: citrus, earthy smell. The taste is not overwhelming like some IPAs can be. The hops were just bittering enough to make this a good beer, but definitely not over the top and I love hops. I do notice a bit of a grapefruit taste on the back of this one.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep orange/red cloudy with lasting and lacing off white frowth. apple citrus hop flavor. mild alcohol notes. Very delicious.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So smooth that I forgot that it was an IPA. Compared to stoneís Ruination IPA, this is a walk in the park. However, the hops REALLY is present, but more delicious and less of a palate assault than its san diego equals.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells of sharp NW hops when pouring a filtered dark amber with a hardy head. Hops smack one in the face upon first taste, whatís even more impressive is how the ale leaves such a small and non-intrusive aftertaste on the palate after such a flavor burst. The goodness evaporates off the taste buds and prepares you for the next piney sip with hints of molasses in the back ground. Kudos!
shadey (1959) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Clear amber orange color with a big rocky white head. Aroma is really attractive, actually itís fantastic. I smell grapefruit, orange, spice... what a wonderful mix. Flavor is almost as good as the aroma. Pine, grapefruit, some pepper, resin, awesome. The body is just about perfect. Fantastic IPA.
2007 Bottle- Fresh. Since my first encounter with this delicious beer back in January, Iíve been remembering how fresh and exciting it was to drink. Iíve been looking forward to our next encounter with some apprehension. Iím afraid it will fail to live up to the first experience. Here goes...
Pour is a dark melon/amber color with a head of white lace. The aroma is the beautiful mix of hops and malt that I remember although this time Iím not detecting the same diversity of aromas I experienced the first time around. The hops are spicy and citric, the malts are Caramely and smooth. As it pours over my tongue I get the spicy hops and then as it falls to the sides of my tongue and the back it is the sweet malts that show themselves. Still a true champion of the style.