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RATINGS: 1940   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 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 (657) - 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 (4502) - 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 (4615) - 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 doesn’t contain the trademark pucker of other IPA’s. Sweet, dried apricots are followed by luscious grapefruit before being finished off by a fresh sage resin. Very pleasing IPA, overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sarah3961 (29) - allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Thick and smooth, pours orange. Very tasty IPA. Pine and citrusy hoppy flavors, and also malty flavors. Kind of bitter but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Appearance: Pours a nice deep gold/amber that has a nice fluffy thick white head that dissapates easily and leaves a heavy lace. Aroma: Balanced citrus with a hint of pine and very smooth hop note. Flavor profile: A smooth, very hoppy but balanced flavor with a little cinnamon and honey make up the initial flavor profile with a nice malty sweet aftertaste that also hints of vanilla. Big mouthfeel and flavor that is very balanced. Palate: Thick and smooth, goes down very nicely, very quenching and very rich. Overall: A supremely balanced, hoppy, smooth IPA. This is a beer that truely shows how incredible a restrained, well balanced IPA can be.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2006
The best IPA I have ever had. Huge citrus hop aroma balanced by a powerful malt flavor. Excellent.

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