hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of light caramel malt, lots of pine and floral notes. Flavor is toasted bread, nutty caramel and pine-hop flavor. Very solid and satisfying, an almost perfect balance of sweet and bitter. The texture is full with lively carbonation and it leaves your mouth slightly dry, which for me is a good thing. Huge thanks to Brigadier for the unexpected surprise.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best IPAís I have ever had. The only thing was a little dissapointed in was the aroma, I expected a little more. Was my first alesmith experience. Did not leave a overpowering taste in my mouth. I reccomend
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Peaches and apricots in the smell. Strong flavor, quite thick and yummy (with hints of alcohol slightly). Heavy and strong - but good. This is warming (almost like whiskey is). A slight bit drying on the finish. Semi-translucent amber with lasting soapy head. Enjoyable - just a bit heavy.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 This is the best IPA available in a bottle, in my experience. Extreme hops. An amazing experience for the true hophead. I really wish it was available in NM.
update to rating:
I was a little too excited when posting the above rave, and forgot to include much content. But what more needs to be said about this one? Here are some tasting notes anyway: Color is hazy gold, perfect frothy head, lots of little bubbles; aroma of flowers and citrus; this IPA hits your taste buds with a hops blast similar to stepping out of a warm house into an arctic windstorm; bitter citrus, lots of resiny effects that get your saliva glands going; long finish of fresh hops. Every time I travel out of state I look for Alesmith products and try to smuggle them home.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 This beer hurts sometimes. It isnít folded-in discomfort like Ruination; itís just outright pain. Itís like they figured out how to sharpen IPA and use it like a blade. This is not a sweet, floral or fruity IPA, but a piney one. Despite the sharpness it is clean.
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE aroma! Great head! Lotís of bitterness. This beer is an excellent example of what an IPA is all about! Lots of citrus aroma and flavor with big bitterness. Compliments to the brewer!
HopDevil (16) - CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color with an offwhite head which left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is classic good IPA. Strong and hoppy. Taste has a strong pine hop presence with a subtle hint of malt. An excellent IPA.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
had this beer with my friend in Phoniex aat the Papago Brewery. Great place and a great beer. Canít get this one on the east coast, sadly so.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an orange/amber color with a full-sized slightly off-white head. Potent hop aroma, with lots of citrus, some pine and some slight floral notes. Delicious aroma. Flavor is also on the hoppy side. Juicy citrus, pine & earthy notes and then a nice malt backbone.
agl108 (1039) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Thanks to lamas for the bottle. 22 oz. bottle. Poured clear orange/amber with fluffy off-white head. Pungent floral, citrusy nose. Intense citrus, grapefruit, piney flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Definite warming alcohol noticeable.