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RATINGS: 1892   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
fantastic ipa. very smooth and suttle hop taste that will knock you on your butt! Pours a beautiful golden amber color with an aroma to match. This is a one great IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
22 oz bottle: Light amber w/ a lasting medium sized white head. Grassy and lemony hop aroma @ first that becomes herbal & grapefruity w/ some toasted & bready malt. Very little caramel@ first, moderately fruity(mostly from hops). well balanced, throughout, but finish & aftertaste, as well as initial flavor are of citrusy hop w/ some hints of bitterness mid palate into the finish as it warms. toasted malt but still very little caramel, and a bit more pale ale flavored in regards to bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, dry m/f as expected, wll hidden alc. Good as IPAís go, not great, but Iím quite certain itís not worth the 9.00 I paid for the bottle when everyone else is around 5.00!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 22, 2005
A very nice citrusy/floral aroma. A deep brown color and nice light brown head. A citrusy taste and nice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2347) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pours a light copperish caramel color with a fine thick white head. Smells like pine needles and hops. Has a very citrusy taste with a piney aftertaste. An excellent IPA. Very similar to a Stone IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Transparent gold in color with some tiny cloistered bubble colonies breaking everywhere at the surface - itís like looking down into a volcano. Nice nectarine, grapefruit and apricot aroma. Flavor leads in as crisp with hops placating the palate from the get-go. A hops crescendo rises to a bitter peak and is joined by just malt support. Some discernable alcohol, along with elements of papaya, sweet dried oranges and nectarines, and sugar-sprinkled grapefruit help to round out the flavor sequence. Each first sip of each pour (about 4 oz. at a time) would hit like acupuncture on the tongue, but the sips at the end of each pour would be losing the initial liveliness of the carbonation. Finishes with a slight hint of the bitterness displayed, transitioning into a honeydew aftertaste. Overall, a solid IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
I had this about a week ago and Iím sitting here wondering if this is the best IPA Iíve ever had. Iím not sure what would top it. I prefer Alpha King, but its not truly an IPA and I definitely prefer this to Stone, so maybe it is my favorite. Just wonderful stuff-hoppy, complex, well balanced. Wish I could drink it more often. Badass...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours clear orange with a sizable ivory-colored head. Oranges and grapefruit in the nose. Big resiny, pine flavor. Maltiness reminds me of walnuts and sunflower seeds. Spicy for an IPA- but not in a bad way. Great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Thin frothy head. Off-white in color. Succulent, juicy hops aroma. Grapefruit, spruce, citrus, its all in there. Makes my mouth water. Color is a dark golden orange. Wow, crisp and unbelievably easy drinking beer. More hops with a some malts for backbone. Great balance. Plenty of spruce in there with a hint of butterscotch. Finish is slightly dry with good lingering bitterness. A great IPA. Cant decide whether I like this or Stones Better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottle. Poured a beautiful amber color with a medium sized head. This was my first IPA. So now I know what hops are all about. From the first drink to the last of this 22 oz. bottle my taste buds were just amazed. I am eager to try other IPAís to see where this stands. I have a Stone IPA in my fridge, think Iíll try that one tomorrow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Nice color with a decent head. Lacing down the whole glass. Aromas of hoppy citrus and coastal sage, some pine too. Flavors were excellent. Exactly what I have come to expect a great IPA to taste like. Nice finish too. Excellent IPA.

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