Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & gregclow - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Big hop and orange peel aroma. I had a rough day and this aroma alone relieved the stress of it (new slogan "Alesmith IPA: Relieves Stress" could work I think). Fresh and pine like as well. Dark yellow pour, thick like head (the beer looks thin). Creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Wonderful hop taste, with more hints of orange. I wish it had just a tad more body, but that is getting pretty picky. A wonderful IPA, thank you Harry!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy orange with a small long lasting off-white head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops hit first with a good amount of sweet malt underneath. Caramel and dough. Flavor of caramel, no hops, no caramel, no hops. Flavor goes back and forth malt to hops all the way through the long finish. The tail is all hops and nice warmth. Medium to full body. This has everything. Great aroma, great flavor, great balance, and great mouthfeel.
GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Slightly hazy orange-amber with a small white head. Fresh & inviting hop aroma - pine, spruce & orange. Soft mouthfeel. Beautiful flavour - lots of hops, of course, but lots of complexity behind it. The sample was good, but not enough to get everything out of this beer. Iím heading to San Diego in a couple of weeks, and I think Iíll be grabbing a bottle or two of this it order to get the full experience.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful West Coast IPA. Fresh, sticky, kind-bud hop aroma. Coppery amber, slightly cloudy pour with a bone white head over top it. Flavor is amazing. Wonderful sweet malt backbone with plenty of caramel sugar flavors in ite behind a monstrous Pine hop profile. Wish it came out here normally.
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy orange with a large rocky white head. The aroma is fan-frigginí-tastic! Sweet, fresh hops with some citrus -- thatís it, and itís close to perfection. The taste is also notable for itís fresh, fresh, fresh hop taste -- (insert Homer drooling sound here) -- with some citrus in the finish. It is also close to perfection. Medium body and surprisingly not as bitter as youíd think -- itís just right. Wow, thanks HogTownHarry for sharing one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Time to get me more of these! Did I mention this was close to perfection?
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2006 Bottle (650ml) - Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Slightly hazy maber-gold pour, big off-white rocky head. Aroma is spruce-pine resiny freshfreshfresh hops, lso lemon zest, some sweet malt and fresh cream, some fruit. Taste - high, fresh hops - different kinds, including cascade - enough malt for some balancing sweetness, plenty of piney-resiny-citrus too - very smooth, with a long but not harsh fresh hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is tingly - all those hops! - lively and a little astringent - finishes longer as it warms, but still smooth. In a word: "great" - and Iím not a hop-head.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 December 2006. New Years Eve, shared with Mabel, bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry. Orangey amber body with a big fluffy off white head (4+). Massive citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerines, and lemon seeds. Flavour is dominated by citrusy hops, grapefruit, with light notes of resin. Tart lemon and citrus rind in the finish lingers. Malt is an afterthought - I remember there being more but perhaps I am mistaken. Alcohol starts to become a bit noticable as it gets warm (8+) Slightly more full than average palate is just right for the beer. Awesome! Just a touch more malt would make this damn near perfect for my tastebuds. 10/4+/8+/4/18-19 - 4.6<P>
August 2005. Bottle. Orange body with a good size bubbly white head. Big pine resin hops dominate the aroma with mildly leafy notes as well. Quite bitter with some malt shyly offering support. Lots of chewy resin throughout. Barely noticeable lemon in both the start and finish. Medium body is awesome on the tongue. Hoppy hand lingers in its grasp on the back of your throat. Delicious! Many thanks Harry. 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium hoppy aroma, hint of citrus. Almost the same coloring as the Yulesmith, though it has a much smaller head. Nice lacing on the glass. Flavor is warming, hoppy, yet subtle. Bitterness is subdued, but still present. Mouthfeel is thinner than the Yulesmith, but still substantial.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full bodied, creamy texture with warm coppery flavor. Slightly bitter but very clean finish. rich foamy head that takes its time when settling down.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of radiomgb and DarkElf. Excellent IPA, copper color, touch of haze and a full foamy head. Full grapefruit aroma, decent malt to match. Nice malty start followed by a healthy dose of west coast hops. Medium to full bodied, smooth and round, bitter finish. HIgh quality stuff. Iíll accept your beer anytime if you throw in stuff like this!