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RATINGS: 1923   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Pours a really deep golden with a fluffy white head. Nose is heavy on pine with a malty backbone. Taste is very good, not quite stone, though. Pretty smooth and refreshing. I little overbittered perhaps, but still a nice and piney/sweet IPA. Top notch!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2005
bomber pours a nice orange color with frothy white head. aroma is great. floral hops with some pineyness. taste is excellent as well. well balanced and not overdone. while i didnt enjoy this as much as stone ipa, it is certainly one of the best out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2005
22oz - Great floral hop nose that wonít quit. Smells fresh and sticky. Copper color witha nice thick off-white head that slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing. A burst of hop, citus, and a touch of carmel smack the tounge with each sip. A very strong flavor that goes down incredibly smooth and slick. Maybe the best IPA Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Poured from a bomber. The aroma is of orange segments and pine. Kinda reminds me of Bombay Sapphire gin. Very strong. Very delicious. The appearance is also very nice. VERY thick white head atop a slow but densely bubbling opaque copper body. The lacing is nice. The flavor is piney and malty, slight nuttiness to it too. Light on the citrus in the flavor, reminds me more of a barleywine. The palate is dry and bitter and has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2564) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
light orange color w/ a big frothy off white head that laces very well. Smells incredible.. a little pine a lot of citrus hops, oranges and a very very light carmel malt. Palate is big pretty creamy well coated. Flavor is so very delicous. Num Num lots of nice big balanced hop and malt. Citrus hops a touch bitter and a great malt backbone a touch of oranges overall some damn good stuff like a fresh hoppy barleywine.. num num Thanks to blake for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 RE-RATE: Aroma of grapefruit, lemongrass, coriander, and pine. Appears clear golden orange-yellow with no effervescence, and with a thin creamy head that persists. Flavor is pleasant bitter hoppy goodness, followed by pine and sweet malt. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall, not what I expected and definitely unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2005
22 oz bottle. Popped this one in honor of my new great nephew (not sure heís actually born yet, but due any minute!). His father brought this to me from California. Thick creamy head. Almost no hops in the nose; all sweet malt. Surprisingly wonderful flavor with ample hops in flavor and bitterness. Balances perfectly with the maltiness. I crave hop flavor; this has a bunch but less than others, yet this is an excellent IPA due to the best balance experienced to date!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle. Medium amber in color. Great long lived off-white head and fantastic lacing. Aroma is very malty with a nice hoppy balance. The aroma reminds me more of a barleywine than an IPA, very caramelly and sweet with a nice balance of pine resin. Medium bodied, somewhat coats the tongue and palate. Carbonation level is perfect. First taste is malty, caramel flavored. This fades into a nice slow hop bitterness that lasts for quite a while. Never harsh or overpowering. Probably the best IPA I have had to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle: Nice aroma of citrus and pine hops with some light caramel. Pours a mostly transparent orange with a white head. Very nice lacing. Very well balanced. Nice caramel malt presence up front. Excellent citrus and pine finish. Sliky smooth mouthfeel. Absolutely loved this one. The best IPA Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Floral hop nose with citrus hops in the taste. Creamy on the palate, bitter, gets somewhat sweet at the finish.

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