marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Rerate. This one had a great color, piney, hoppy aroma, and a big frothy head that one would expect from the alesmith brews. They have not let me down yet.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderully well balanced IPA. Pours an amber-orange color under a dense, but thin, whipsy white head. Aroma of course is dominated by the hops with tons of freshly sliced grapefruit and orange, along with some faint notes of honey, pine, lemon and yeast rolls. Pleasing full palate; smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spritz. Although this is a typical west coast hop monster, the semi-sweet malt profile comes through nicely in the flavor department balancing impeccably with the big, bitter hop notes. Finish is long, dry, bitter, clean and crisp. In summary, simply one of the best American IPA,s out there.
bigbish (570) - California, USA - APR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great IPA! Strong hop aroma, a great palate, and the flavor! Strong hops, fruity, great malt balance. I’d buy this again for sure.
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering ’06. Bottle. Faint hops compared to other CA IPAs. No visible carbonation, not much head, which is white; slightly hazy. Not the best IPA I’ve had but excellent initial mouthfeel. A little sour. Body comes through at back of tongue. Somewhat perfumy. A little disappointing.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 2009-10-30, bottle at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-7-4-16=41
Hazy deep blond color. The aroma is very citrusy. It has a lean body, with a strong bitterness, resiny and fruity; I miss some sweetness, but it’s a great IPA.
Copper color: big frothy head. Sharp spicy aroma, coriander, peppercorns, cloves; then some fruity hop too. Lean body, with dry toffee flavor and hazelnuts; the hopping is good, oily, nutty, a bit resiny, not much fruity. Less than I remembered, but very good.
2006-03-28, at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Hazy amber color. Nice hoppy aroma, very fruity (apricots, persimmon, oranges…). Good malty body, very strong, excellent hopping, aromatic sweet fruity and resiny. Well blended.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a deep golden honey color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is lengthy. Residual lacing is thick, sticky, and creamy. Nice! Aroma is of citrus rind perfume. Full nectar w/ silky residual effers. It has a thick creamy texture. Malt driven bomb squad. Big citrus with rich, malty caramel flavors. A defined perfume essence is unique yet questionable. Hop rate is high yet it doesn’t bite back. A very luscious style. This brew has a mild sweetness and a touch of grapefruit on the finish w/ only mild bittering. There is a lingering dose of asprin taht intriges me. Highly recommended.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very unique IPA I’d love to smell this beer all day...unreal hop aroma. Very rich and thick caramel...thats why its unique...most IPAs I have had have been very dry and thin with high alcohol. This one is extremely malty and thick.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Thanks Bro! This is why I’m becoming a big hop head. I love great IPAs like this. Poured a great copper color with a creamy off-white head that diminished to a ring over time but left excellent lacing. Big IPA aroma of grapefruit and pine. The flavor found grapefruit citrus, pine, orange, and a light malt background of butterscotch and chocolate. Medium body and dry but smooth. Awesome bitterness.
EventHorizon (7) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
.. it is pretty awesome. omg.. it’s fanfuckingtastic, this IPA. great pour from a bomber, perfect aroma, color is great.. tastes wonderful.. some cinnamon even.. great, great IPA. must buy more.
jimrockford (56) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hops, caramel , bubbles, heat, alcohol in that order and in perfect percentages. Dry hopped in description sya it perfect. This is almost a perfect IPA...read the description and you will know evrything about this brewha.