Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Body-hazy dirty orange with a thick foamy film. Nose-sweet, orange dishwashing liquid, oily, thick. Taste-medium to high bitter, high CO2, alcohol, roasty malts, prickly, low to medium sweetness, clean, pineapple, tangerine, lightly buttery. Very well done-the hops are not too citric or bitter, the malt is not too sweet, and the alcohol is balanced out well. Almost meaty tasting.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus and piney hops in the aroma.Pours amedium copper with an off white head.Very nice balance of hops and malt in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfel with a sweet malt finish.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
brewery fresh growler. Pours amber with a good, with slighly off white head. aroma is huge. citrusy hops with a sweet maltiness to for good measure. Flavor starts with the citrusy hops but is balenced with a fruity sweet. finishes slighly dry and very smooth. Not the assualt on taste buds like some other SD IPas, but and absolutely perfectly crafted brew. If I had to chose one IPA to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Lowe1983 (1396) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is huge of citrus and pine hops, caramel, and some sweet maltiness. Flavor starts off with huge citrus and pine hop that leaves to a caramel and sweet maltiness. Finishes bitter and with some slight alcohol warming. Another great AleSmith brew.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good IPA. I loved the mild hops and enjoyed the taste of plums and cherries.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderful hop aroma. I could swear I was getting strawberries in the aroma. Golden brown in color with a big frothy head. The palate is thick. Taste is very malty--but I’m not getting the expected hops. Bready with some earthy hops. Not a pleasant aftertaste. This is the first Alesmith beer that I haven’t completely loved.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours amber in color with a pretty nice, just slightly off white head. The smell is much like you’d probably expect from an IPA: citrus, earthy smell. The taste is not overwhelming like some IPAs can be. The hops were just bittering enough to make this a good beer, but definitely not over the top and I love hops. I do notice a bit of a grapefruit taste on the back of this one.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep orange/red cloudy with lasting and lacing off white frowth. apple citrus hop flavor. mild alcohol notes. Very delicious.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So smooth that I forgot that it was an IPA. Compared to stone’s Ruination IPA, this is a walk in the park. However, the hops REALLY is present, but more delicious and less of a palate assault than its san diego equals.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells of sharp NW hops when pouring a filtered dark amber with a hardy head. Hops smack one in the face upon first taste, what’s even more impressive is how the ale leaves such a small and non-intrusive aftertaste on the palate after such a flavor burst. The goodness evaporates off the taste buds and prepares you for the next piney sip with hints of molasses in the back ground. Kudos!