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RATINGS: 1913   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Hazed clean yellow pour, topped with a sweet finger of foamy fine head. Aroma is a bashing of west coast hops, all mingled into glorious grapefruit, floral and pine. Hops delicious, but not overwhelming, well balanced somewhat surprisginly with a sweet clean sugar malt in the background. Finish is tart, hop dry and lingering of potpourri. A fantastic IPA! About to be paired with some spicy Indian food. Thanks to my westcoast connection!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to sick_boy282 for this IPA! Pours a bit darker than most of this style, a hazy dark gold with almost no head to speak of. Nose is hops and citrus, with some pine. Flavors of pink grapefruit and a touch of pine. Not a whole lot of bitter, which is fine by me. Finishes light and clean. VERY nice brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
65 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Golden little unclear colour. Very extreme hoppy aroma with notes of flower. Wonderful balance hoppy IPA. Very tasteful and powerful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
22oz. Opening a big hit of citrusy grapefruit strikes your nostrils. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy white head. nose gets more piney hops, light sweetness, and less grapefruit and citrus then the bottle sniff. Flavors of big , piney, citrusy hops fill your mouth. Very nice bitterness in the finish, very refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle. This IPA reminded me a lot of Stoneís, which might be why I enjoyed it so much. The first and last tastes were hops. I noticed a hint of citrus and pine, though I was definately more intrigued by the intense hops flavor. This IPA was almost creamy in itís mouthfeel - it was silky, very good. Definately worthwhile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Without question this is the best IPA I have ever had. Like a bitter Grapefruit rind perfect as far as the balance between the hops and sweetness. Elusive as far as finding this fine brew. Itís hard to get a hold of and if you find it grab it!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Poured a hazy golden orange color with a nice head. Nice citrus aroma with a hint of pine. Very, very tasty. Very strong hoppy flavor. Wow. One of the finest IPAs Iíve had. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
The best thing about this brew is the aroma. It is really FRESH. I mostly catch the citrus smells of grapefruit but there is definitely some pine in there as well. Big big nose that canít be beat. Goes down smooth and easy. Hard to believe the alc %, its so easy going down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - SEP 9, 2005
hazy golden, huge off white head. floral nose w/ note of grapefruit. very hoppy and fruity. over the top hopping, but drinkable. actually, itís damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alyryn (9) - USA - SEP 9, 2005 does not count
Pours golden-orange with a small, frothy head. Floral scents with fruity overtones come out of the hoppy aroma. Thinner-bodied than it appears, it starts light and finishes light. Bitter buit not notably so for an IPA. Not very malty, and tastes somewhat salty. I think that the aroma is more interesting than the taste. Would enjoy more if there was more balance.

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