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RATINGS: 1895   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Aroma: strong hop scents, some sawdust, and some sweetness
Appearance: golden yellow, small white head, lacing
Flavor: very sweet, very hoppy and dry, some woody flavors, some light fruits
Palate: very dry, takes the skin off the tongue, interesting hoppy/light fruit aftertaste
Overall: Still donít like IPAs, but if I did this would be a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
I must first point out thi sbeer has the best head I have yet seen. Large, fluffy, a bit rocky - it is quite nice with lots of staying power. Deep, midly hazy orange colour. nice piney hop aroma. Smooth and malty, with a nice transition to some bitter hops. leaves a nice aftertaste that sticks around for a bit. Even the bottle is cool!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Best IPA I have had so far. Rich color and huge head that stays for the duration of the experience. Sweet malty taste, hides any presence of alcohol. Great hop aroma, and huge hop finish. California has perfected the pale ale. Survived the flight home from San Diego to Rochester, too bad we canít get this on the East coast. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
A tiny bit hazy, golden orange/copper with a thick peaked off white head that leaes great lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with most of the bitter aroma being very piney. Very nice powerful hop flavor. Bitter at the core; strong pine hpe flavor and a secondary floral hop sweetness followed by some distinct grapefruit. There is also a bit of underlying malt sweetness providing a creamy balance. The lingering bitterness creates a nice bitter finish that begs for another sip.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Pours a nice coppery orange, with a billowy off white head. Aroma is a good blend of cirtusy, piney hops and malt. Aroma is more sweet malt and grapefruit hops. Nice creamy mouth, and a good bitter bite. A well balanced IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
(Bottle)Pours a dark amber with little head. Wow, wonderful citrus aroma. This beer is extremely well balanced. starts with hoppy flavors which then fades too a nice bitterness which is balanced nicely with a nice sweetness to counteract it. Nice velvety feel on palate. This is a great IPA which i hope to have again soon.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2005
bottle thanks to squidget (i think?). a glorious aroma of a breakfast of grapefruit with sugar poured on it. some slight tanginess mixed, a beautiful bouquet for my nose. slightly more bitter in the flavor, but supremely balanced with a barely discernable fruit presence that perfectly blends in with the hops. awesome beer, and my first from alesmith. i hope thereís more to come!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 This is the best IPA I have ever had. Pours a cloudy orange with a creamy head with great lacing. The lacing is quite surprising considering it is not a Double IPA. The the aroma has so much malt in it that you have to give it a 10. There is also some citrus, graitfruit and a very sweet smell which I canít quite put my finger on. The same smell is apparent in the Old Numbskull. The taste is to die for in an IPA. It has graitfruit, citrus and a lot of hops. Plus some hard liquor which I am unfamilar with. The sweetness is great with this brewery. The Palate is far better then any IPA I have ever had. I wasnít expecting this beer to be this spectacular. I never knew that an IPA could be this great. Iím really glad I ordered this. It was worth it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Iíd like to sit down and drink this with an arrogant bastard...they seem very similar. Tons of flavor, very dry, Shit load of hops...a side by side blind tasting would be a thousand times more fun than Pepsi vs Coke

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 GABF and from a bottle at my cousinís house, 2004. Damn solid IPA. Creamier than I would expect in the mouthfeel, this still boasted a robust fruity hops that was crisp but not bitter. All the wonders of the flavor (hops, melons) were present in the nose, as was a slight bready malt which came back to me on the finish. Good beer. Re-Rate: on cask at the Real Ale Festival, June 2005. It was less impressive than I remembered. I think this is definitely better out of the bottle. Still very balanced, but everything was underwhelming. Iíve adjusted the overall down a couple points in consequence.


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