Bartzilla (565) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"It’s Pretty Awesome". Says so right on the bottle, for those of you who take notes. Delicious IPA. The commercial description pretty much nails it. Haven’t had a chance to get too crazy off this ale, but I’m sure it’d be a great time.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great IPA. Pours a medium copper color with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is mostly of hops, some citrus and pine as well. It was actually a little hoppier than I was expecting. A great beer from a great brewery.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this one via trade with Fordest, thanks Sean! From bomber. Pours a cloudy copper with BIG tan head. Nose is big on citrus, pine and some floral hops. Flavor is where the malt comes on strong, with a solid body and under-lying sweetness that never seems to be able to take over the hops, which are resiny and bitter, while taking after the nose. Finish is retrained bitter and relatively clean. Very good IPA.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Rerate. This one had a great color, piney, hoppy aroma, and a big frothy head that one would expect from the alesmith brews. They have not let me down yet.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderully well balanced IPA. Pours an amber-orange color under a dense, but thin, whipsy white head. Aroma of course is dominated by the hops with tons of freshly sliced grapefruit and orange, along with some faint notes of honey, pine, lemon and yeast rolls. Pleasing full palate; smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spritz. Although this is a typical west coast hop monster, the semi-sweet malt profile comes through nicely in the flavor department balancing impeccably with the big, bitter hop notes. Finish is long, dry, bitter, clean and crisp. In summary, simply one of the best American IPA,s out there.
bigbish (596) - California, USA - APR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great IPA! Strong hop aroma, a great palate, and the flavor! Strong hops, fruity, great malt balance. I’d buy this again for sure.
ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering ’06. Bottle. Faint hops compared to other CA IPAs. No visible carbonation, not much head, which is white; slightly hazy. Not the best IPA I’ve had but excellent initial mouthfeel. A little sour. Body comes through at back of tongue. Somewhat perfumy. A little disappointing.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 2009-10-30, bottle at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-7-4-16=41
Hazy deep blond color. The aroma is very citrusy. It has a lean body, with a strong bitterness, resiny and fruity; I miss some sweetness, but it’s a great IPA.
Copper color: big frothy head. Sharp spicy aroma, coriander, peppercorns, cloves; then some fruity hop too. Lean body, with dry toffee flavor and hazelnuts; the hopping is good, oily, nutty, a bit resiny, not much fruity. Less than I remembered, but very good.
2006-03-28, at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Hazy amber color. Nice hoppy aroma, very fruity (apricots, persimmon, oranges…). Good malty body, very strong, excellent hopping, aromatic sweet fruity and resiny. Well blended.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a deep golden honey color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is lengthy. Residual lacing is thick, sticky, and creamy. Nice! Aroma is of citrus rind perfume. Full nectar w/ silky residual effers. It has a thick creamy texture. Malt driven bomb squad. Big citrus with rich, malty caramel flavors. A defined perfume essence is unique yet questionable. Hop rate is high yet it doesn’t bite back. A very luscious style. This brew has a mild sweetness and a touch of grapefruit on the finish w/ only mild bittering. There is a lingering dose of asprin taht intriges me. Highly recommended.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very unique IPA I’d love to smell this beer all day...unreal hop aroma. Very rich and thick caramel...thats why its unique...most IPAs I have had have been very dry and thin with high alcohol. This one is extremely malty and thick.