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RATINGS: 2009   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good off white frothy head. Good lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy spruce with hints of leaves and molasses. Just about the perfect carbonation that a beer could be. Very smooth with a slight oily texture. Has a great duration with an excellent aftertaste. This has great blending. A wonderful IPA. It makes me want to move to California so I can get more of it. The only negative to this beer is that I canít get it easily in Pennsylvania. Just awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle. Poured a very slightly hazy medium golden with a well-retained white head... lovely intricate lacing the whole way down. Heaps and buckets of Pac NW hoppage (pine and grapefruit) in the nose balanced by a substantial caramel malt presence. Full and seductive flavors similar to the nose... freshly-squeezed grapefruit, Spruce needles, smooth caramel, and mild warmth from the alcohol. Bitterness was average for the style, just the right level considering the other components in here. Moderate carbonation gave it a creamy feel across the middle. Crisp Cascade finish left a lasting impression. Phenominal brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2982) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2006
A bland bottle desing is not representative of what is inside. Thanks to Firemoose 415 for sharing. Pours a cloudy amber color with some sediment. Soapy off-white head that lingers. Hops and pine dominate the aroma. Taste is a well-balanced combination of hops, malts, and some pine with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5303) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
22 oz bottle, via fordest. Pours a dark copper with a small fizzy white head. A few small streams of carbonation rising from the depths. Nice aggressive citric hop aroma, some toasted and caramel malt below. Hops focused flavor for sure, citrusy grapefruity goodness. Plenty of malt in the background to balance this guy out. Not over-the-top in anything, just a very clean and crisp flavor without flaws. No indication on the flavor that this is over 7% ABV. Light to medium bodied with moderate and extremely fine-bubbled carbonation. A classic example of an IPA, packed with flavor without being in your face.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Courtesy of fordest. Bottle. Aroma very pleasant waffe of citric and pine hops. Poured a nice lighter amber with a thick white head. Flavor was just a treat, a good punch of the hops and light fruit character really combine well. Palate was nice, medium bodied that kept you wanting more. Overall one of the tastiest IPAís Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle at Enniskillenís tasting

Pours a nice, mellow amber with clinging lace. Aroma is a round ball of grapefruit. Flavor is a rush of pine and grapefruit. Palate is sticky and slippery. Damn good IPA; one of the best out there. I MUST HAVE MORE.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Huge chewy hops, full bodied for the style with a dense orange color that is dark in the middle of the glass. Malt presence to balance everythiing out is substantial as well. Much preferred to their IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
very balanced ipa that coats your mouth in sweet hoppy nectar for a chewy after taste that last a while......a little oily.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Hazed orange body with a frickin huge white head. Sweet malty aroma at first that had me grasping to describe butterscotch or is it toffee or is it moon pies, yeah its banana moon pies, cool I donít know if Iíve ever had banana moon pies in a aroma before, Iíll have to search through my ratings, but this is definitely banana moon pie aroma. I donít know the hops used but they show up in the nose too, sugary grass and other goodies. Strong malt sweetness that surprises me then I taste the hops. Which are grassy and slick. I expected this to be over the top smack you in the face hop juice, but it is an easy drinking balanced beer that is easy to enjoy. A bit more malt flavor than I expected from an IPA from the west coast but not bad at all. There is something subverting this and it is a tannic unsweet iced tea flavor in the finish. The sweet graham cracker and marshmallow flavor is nice but I donít like the hop profile much. Grassy peanut hop flavor that is not quite my cup o tea. A touch of pine is there also but it doesnít please me that much. A nice pleasant beer nonetheless. Ap-4 ar- 8 tas-6 pal-3 ov-13

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle, from my wonderful daughter who carried it on the plane from California. Not much aroma, great appearance. Looks and tastes like a great IPA. Hops are prounced, but not too bitter...balanced well by malt. Overall flavor is complex...fairly high alcohol but very drinkable.

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