BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Thanks Bro! This is why I’m becoming a big hop head. I love great IPAs like this. Poured a great copper color with a creamy off-white head that diminished to a ring over time but left excellent lacing. Big IPA aroma of grapefruit and pine. The flavor found grapefruit citrus, pine, orange, and a light malt background of butterscotch and chocolate. Medium body and dry but smooth. Awesome bitterness.
EventHorizon (7) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
.. it is pretty awesome. omg.. it’s fanfuckingtastic, this IPA. great pour from a bomber, perfect aroma, color is great.. tastes wonderful.. some cinnamon even.. great, great IPA. must buy more.
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hops, caramel , bubbles, heat, alcohol in that order and in perfect percentages. Dry hopped in description sya it perfect. This is almost a perfect IPA...read the description and you will know evrything about this brewha.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - MAR 28, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. This IPA has a fruity hoppy aroma to it. The taste is almost sweet for just a moment, but finishes bitter. I don’t normally care for the bitterness, but this is such a quality beer.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Dark honey color, hazy (yeast floaties), large offwhite head that is creamy//fluffy and a bit lumpy. Body is sparkling. Lace is in rings, also in sheets, is quite generous and head is fully lasting. Aroma is honeycomb, floral, orange, pine and sweet dough. Body is medium to full with light, soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Flavor is honeycomb, flowers, touch of light honey, strong pine aftertaste with a light alcohol presence proving some warmth. Honey-floral is throughout. Not very sweet, pretty bitter and well blended flavor. Nothing super exciting except the appearance, but this beer is really well done. Thoroughly enjoyed.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a very slightly hazy amber color with a nice tight one finger thick off white head that lasts. Lots of citrus and pine hop aroma. Lots of hop flavor that lingers. Not much malt, but thats OK. Slight alcohol warming. Palate is a little thin. Medium body. An excellent beer.
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 Um, not much to say about this one except that it probably should replace sierra nevada as the quintessential ipa. I mean these guys nailed it. The hops are perfectly balanced and don’t kill you with their aromas or flavors. Great beer to drink. Glad I had a chance to try this one. Thanks to dhlesq. Very floral aromas. Very bitter, citrusy tastes.
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 650ml. Appearance: hazy golden with big creamy white head. Aroma: hoppy, grapefruit. Flavor: hops, caramel, pine, grapefruit. Thank Harry for this amazing beer.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 22oz. Pours a deeper golden color with a regular head. Strong scents of hops on the nose. Flavors of hops (of course) caramel and butterscotch and maybe some apple cider. Malts and hops are pretty balanced in this brew, but hops win. Thanks Flaco Alto !
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hello and welcome to our tour; my name is winston hogfeller the third, your guide. of course we’re here to explore and appreciate this grand edifice of brewing: the renouned castle alesmith ipa. so if everyone is quite ready, we’ll begin. approaching, you’ll notice that the bottle itself has a minimalist facade, with it’s plain white and strictly utilitarian block letters forged in the helvetica font from the mountains of switzerland. the brooding exterior is highly misleading, even paradoxical. i would advise here only cursory photography to save your film for the famous and expansive pour. indeed, here it comes, with trumpets, banners and royal pomp (much gasping ascending to spontaneous applause). please stand back, the foam will bloom to extraordinary heights. yes there it is in the goblet! (sound of many cameras shooting). an inverted rotunda after the fashion of st. peters: interlocking panels of pure amber and aztec gold with enormous and flamboyant flying buttresses of foam-- at once seemingly snatched from and mingling with the clouds and heavens. but wait! do look more closely overhead and observe the exquisite lacing, an almost dizzying filigree of ivory, and notice as well the more subtle inlay of tiny gems of particulate matter throughout the interior. they do seem to defy gravity. lets move along to the aroma, and here you’re entering a lush emerald city of green hops. the architect had a penchant obviously for hops, and created the perfect halls and grottos to serve up whatever state banquet was called for, done in the verdant tones of piney saw dust, green banana peel, sage, toffee and gingersnap. during this period in the evolution of the great american lupulin palaces of course there was incredible competition among designers to create this kind of rococo stylistic hyperbole. and that’s seen here in the flavor, where the grand design comes to fruition. the great expense of the tonnage of hops is quite immeasurable, all the more remarkable in that it was done by hand-- and by artisans receiving but modest remuneration. on your left are orchard fruits, delicately wrought, and on your right, the bold imperial bitters in full regalia. now, watch your head as we descend into the wet catacombs of full body, carved out of living malts, structurally immense with pillars of caramel under arcs of subtle honey sweetness. walk this way please, stay together everyone. finally, after gurgling along a hop "randall" aqueduct spanning the entire grounds, the flavor drops at last into this splendid courtyard fountain. i say. just remarkable i think you’ll agree. this concludes our tour, thank you, and visitors are now free to relax in the hospitality area where everyone will receive a very handsome complimentary buzz. (final applause, much excited chatter punctuated with the mingled sounds of search dog sniffing and rapid swallowing).