IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a murky amber color with an offwhite head which left a lacing on the glass. Aroma is typical for a good IPA; strong and hoppy. Taste has a strong hops presence with a subtle hint of malt. Very, very similar to Stone IPA. Not quite as drinkable as Hop Devil, but an excellent IPA.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from draught at AleSmith Brewing Company.
Hazy orange golden body, fine white head. Hops is dominating in the aroma that has a nice sweet fruity middle. Very flavorfull and mostly bitter hoppy taste. Fruity, orangy and grassy notes. Very smooth and extremely complex. An excellent IPA that I was very happy to get to taste from draught!
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i dumped this one into my rouge pint glass.a nice 1 inch thick head foamed up then thinned down a bit.again nice little bubbles floating up.the taste....excellent.hoppy but not in an obnoxious way,and still very smooth as all the alesmith brews are.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a mix between burgundy and orange with a glimpse of purple. The lace is extreme. The bubbles are small. The retention is glorious.
Grapes, cranberries pine cones, grapefruits, peaches and lemon in the nose.
Pleasantly flavorful. Peaches, grapefruit and lemons. This is hop juice. Great IPA.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 Bottle. Thick and well carbonated. Dense white head. Light caramel color with a red hue. Smells of caramel, grass, citrus with a slight sour aroma. Good lacing. Starts tart, resiny and slightly sweet. Has a good body but could use a little more malt flavor to back it up. Finishes bitter and moderately dry. Very well balanced.
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Lord Gorlock for sharing his Alesmith!
This is a good IPA that is balanced slightly toward the bitter side as far as balance goes, but I must wonder "why brew this beer?"
Yulesmith is a big IPA, the regular IPA is too. Why compete against yourself?? The ESB is a work of art also, this IPA just covers ground already well covered in my opinion. Just brew Yulesmith year round.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 (Thanks go out to Stephen the DarkElf for this one!) Orangey color with a whispy, bubbling (read: LOUD) head. Aromas were on the piney side, with a little bit of malt in the mix. Soft maltiness backing oily hops with a little resiny quality to them. Balanced beer. Citrusy finish that turns bitter as it closes out. I wasn’t overly impressed, here, but I could have simply waited too long to drink my bottle. I’ll have to get to the brewery the next time I’m in San Diego and try this fresh.
ReRate, 7/19/05 Massive blast of orangey, lemony hops on your sniffer. Awesome body/mouthfeel. Great balance between the oily (but not sticky) hoppiness and the complex malt profile. Jammin’ IPA.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep golden hue w/an small off white head. strong citrusy/hoppy w/some hints of fruits in the aroma. very well balanced taste, citrusy too, bitter dry end.
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An unclear orange beer with a small disappearing beige head. The aroma is great of hops, oil, and grass. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy, but also with notes of oil and grass. A lovely IPA.
Frank (2731) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange amber with a fine haze of carbonation blossoming into an eighth inch of creamy white head. Nose is hoppy, very earthy, with a note of pine and hint of musty wood. Medium bodied and not the least bit sticky, aggressive carbonation leads to a decrease in perceived thickness; it can almost come across as watery at times. A little burn here and there from the alcohol at only 7.25% detracts a bit from the presentation. Definitely a hop monster but the hops lean to an earhy pine bitterness rather than the vibrant citric or floral aroma I prefer. Slightly lacking in malt depth. Much better as it warms. At 55 degrees F, I would have given this around a 3.2.