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RATINGS: 1865   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle: Nice aroma of citrus and pine hops with some light caramel. Pours a mostly transparent orange with a white head. Very nice lacing. Very well balanced. Nice caramel malt presence up front. Excellent citrus and pine finish. Sliky smooth mouthfeel. Absolutely loved this one. The best IPA Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Floral hop nose with citrus hops in the taste. Creamy on the palate, bitter, gets somewhat sweet at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle: Hazy gold in color with a spicy hop nose. Hints of pine and grapefruit reveal the cascade hops. Just the right malt presence (nutty & sweet) to balance the stong hops kick. Top notch; Iíve been wanting to get the chance to try this for several years and it was worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Floral hop aroma with lots of malt and slightly buttery element. Golden/orange color with lasting rocky off-white head. Floral/citric hops are main flavor component with good malt balance and slight daicetyl detectable. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky finish with a lingering bitter/hoppy aftertaste. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Very good IPA. The balance between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness is very well done, especially considering how much the pine and grapefruit hops struggle to dominate. Looks good, too, golden amber body with a steady stream of bubbles beneath a rocky off-white head. Great lacing/coating of the glass. Nice lingering, dry bitter finish. The alcohol doesnít make itself known until it starts to warm the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Pours a golden orange color. A bit hazy with a light white head. Citrus hops (primarily grapefruit and citrus peal) mixed with fresh grain highlights from the malt make the aroma most enjoyable and fresh. The taste is very bitter. Strong grapefruit is present throughout as is a citrus peal taste towards the end and during the after taste (which lingers long). Carrying this along is some greenish grain (hay comes to mind). The body is crisp and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Not too bad but not my favorite.

Chalk this up to changing palet I suppose. Retried at the 2nd anual ides of March beer tasting at my house (3-18-06). Noted a color difference this time around that I described as hazy onion skin. No change score. Aroma notes are surprisingly similar though I noted some grassyness and not grapefruit. Still enjoyable but more balanced than I noted before. The taste is what really changed for me. Much more balanced than I noted before. Malty chewy caramel with a citrus pine hop blend that was in no way over the top. Great aftertaste of malty caramel sweetness (worth of 2 more taste points). Creamy sticky mouth feel (impoves the palate rating one point). Overall, Iím looking at a 4 here minimum. Glad I took a chance on this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Clear honey colored brew with an inch of white foam.Has a nice soft hoppy nose and an even milder malt nose.Taste isnít bad,kindaí bitter but I am getting a mouthfull of grapefruit.Thias might be a little old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle poured a cloudy orange amber with a thick off white head and nice heavy lacing. Aroma is heavy of citrus, grapefruit and hops. Big citrus and mild hops flavor with a great easy bitter finish. Very good, easy drinking IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Caramel coloured, with a great off white head. Lots of hops, long powerfull bitter aftertaste. Smooth. A very nice IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Golden with big offwhite head. The aroma is HOPS. Good smooth feel. Sweet and bitter with a long lasting bitterdry aftertaste..

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