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RATINGS: 1905   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2005
pours golden amber with a creamy white head. Piney hops aroma with some citrus notes. Spicy hops taste, this is interesting....in a very good way. Citrusy up front with a bitter ending that lasts. Good malt balance here. I like this a lot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (980) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
The nose is simple hop heaven. The taste amazingly delievers on all that the nose promises. How do these guys do it?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
Pours a very clear golden color despite the bottle conidtioning. White head stayed in the glass until the drink was gone. Very pleasant hop aroma. Tastes smooth with the hops all over the place but still doesn’t come off as overbearing. I LIKE IT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
Golden amber with orange accents. Explosive cascade type aromatics, very fruity and resiny. Medium heavy body with a slightly chewy palate, crisps up at the finish. Resiny flavor in the nose, gives way to bitter fruitiness matched with a syrupy malt sweetness. Alcohol warmth evident in the finish, counterpoint to a lasting bitter mouthcoat. Excellent IPA, better than some hoity toity Imperial IPAs I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SRBMOJO (6) - ALISO VIEJO, California, USA - APR 8, 2005 does not count
best IPA I have ever had bar none! great head, nice lacing, wonderful hop aroma, easy drinking. can’t wait to try another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
Well, bottle design must have kept the gents over at Alesmith up late one night working on this bottle. However, it is one sweet smelling brew. Some sweet fresh pine, star fruit, lemon, grapefruit. Heavenly aroma, even my girlfriend thinks so. THe flavor to this beast is odd. It has a whole lotta bitterness up front, then a slicker sweet flavor. Decent malt flavor as well, subtle, but only noticable when the hops stop kicking my teeth in.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
Alesmith continues to impress. This beer proves you don’t have to "Imperialize" something to make it good. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head. Thick patches of lacing in the glass. Big citrus and floral hops in the nose. Medium body with loads of hops, spice and citrus and a nice malt undercurrent. The finish is hoppy with noticeable pine and lingers well. Great work here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2005
Aroma was of a citrus variety. Pour from the bottle left little head and a dark amber body. At first it seemed the alcohol was the controlling flavor of this beer. At the finish those citrus hops gave this one a fruity flavor to the end. If you like high alcohol content hoppy beers you’ll most likely want to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2005
Tap @ O’Brien’s. Clear amber/copper w off white head that fell fairly quick, min lace. Aroma was potent hops & med roasted malt. Flavor was big, full bodied (pushing the double category). Had a nice sharp, tart, dry mouthfeel with a slight malt sweetness. Nice bitter hop bite. There was a slight cooked vegetables taste that faded as the beer warmed producing a pleasant spiciness and complexity I didn’t notice at first. Alcohol is slightly noticable but well hidden for the amount.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Cloudy golden pour with a big white head that sticks around. Aroma is hoppy, pine and citrus. Taste is well balanced- hoppy, but with a definite sweet (malty) and sour (lemon) effect to make it more complex and unique. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Definite presence of alcohol in the finish and aftertaste.

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