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RATINGS: 1935   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Thin frothy head. Off-white in color. Succulent, juicy hops aroma. Grapefruit, spruce, citrus, its all in there. Makes my mouth water. Color is a dark golden orange. Wow, crisp and unbelievably easy drinking beer. More hops with a some malts for backbone. Great balance. Plenty of spruce in there with a hint of butterscotch. Finish is slightly dry with good lingering bitterness. A great IPA. Cant decide whether I like this or Stones Better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottle. Poured a beautiful amber color with a medium sized head. This was my first IPA. So now I know what hops are all about. From the first drink to the last of this 22 oz. bottle my taste buds were just amazed. I am eager to try other IPA’s to see where this stands. I have a Stone IPA in my fridge, think I’ll try that one tomorrow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Nice color with a decent head. Lacing down the whole glass. Aromas of hoppy citrus and coastal sage, some pine too. Flavors were excellent. Exactly what I have come to expect a great IPA to taste like. Nice finish too. Excellent IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerly There (20) - Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pours with a medium-sized white head. Color is orange-amber. Aroma is hoppy, floral. The first impression as it hits my tongue is that I’ve been hit in the face with a sack of hops (not a bad thing as long as we remain figurative and not literal.) Thin malt backbone. Not as much aftertaste as Stone’s great IPA. Great hop burps, however. Well done

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Solid IPA. Strong hops. Smoother than Stone’s offering, but not quite as good. Still, a very good IPA. Kind of disappointed given AleSmith’s pedigree. But I will gladly drink this if Stone is unavailable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle. Full golden color with a thick and lasting white head. The aroma is very hoppy and very pleasant. The taste is a full sweet body dominated by the balanced and very bitter hoppy pattern. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
Nice mouth feel, well balanced hop. Smell of citrus. Nice smooth, too rare in Denmark

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours copper color with no head, just a ring of film. Aroma very sweet caramel up front with big pine hop backing. Flavor starts the same caramel and fades into pine hops with a long aftertaste. very sticky hop residue. Great balance. Great lacing. Hard to outdo this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2005
murky pale amber with a white head and lace. grapefruit aroma with a medium mouthfeel. finish is a woodsy pine, earthy bitterness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 Medium orange-gold color with a fairly dense white head and a straight-up fresh hops aroma. Lots of pineapple and citrus in the nose along with secondary resinous characteristics. Great fresh hops flavors as well--more citrus, yellow fruits and resin--with refreshing bitterness and great crispness. Well-balanced, dry body with only a slight acohol characteristic as the malt takes a backseat here; everything a good IPA should be. Truly excellent.


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