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RATINGS: 1898   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 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 youíll 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 díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2005
Tap @ OíBrienís. 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 didnít 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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

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