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RATINGS: 1999   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
I had this in a 20 oz bottle. The smell is of grapefruit and pine hops. The color is a nice amber/red. The consistency is nice a thick for an ipa. The flavor is full and balanced. This would be a great session beer if it were available around here.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle from Hi Times. Pours orange, with a nice white head. West cost floral aroma of citrus and pine. Flavors of orange, caramel, and grapfruit from the hops, nicely offset by the malt. Very resiny in the mouth. Finish is dry and yeasty, and the acidity lingers on the throat. A very good IPA, but I like Bells Two Hearted a tad better. At least in the bottle

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours coppery with a large frothy head. Smells of citrus, pine and summer flowers. Taste is orangey with nice pine undertones. Some nice dark chocolate and pepper notes creep in as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is tingly and thick. Finish is strong and lasting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3928) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 2005 bomber consumed on 12/3/05 and 12/4/05. I also had a bottle of it about 4 months ago, but I didnt want to review that one as it was almost syrupy and quite resinous/pine sappy. Even the 4 months of aging in my refridgerator has helped mellow this one out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well malted, but it was just too syrupy and sweet with too much acid when fresh. Pours a deep, golden-amber, kind of a canteloupe melon color, though quite brilliant with plenty of bottle conditioned bubbles creating a dense and creamy large off-white head that is retained at cover and laces lightly. Aroma has tons of grapefruit, pine resin and plenty of floral, green hop freshness. Light juicy fruits apparent as well. Hints of honey and caramel in the background create a well-balanced and highly aromatic aroma. Flavor begins with plenty of pine resin, oranges, toasted malt notes, and a sweet caramel-chocolate note. Kind of like the orange flavored chocolate I had for breakfast. Herbs and leafy green hops, with a high amount of bitterness. Spectacular mouthfeel, creamy through and through, with tight carbonation and a chewy substantiality to the body. Alcohol is not apparent. High amount of yeast drying on the very end (end of bottle) and a moderate amount of acidity lingers on the palate, but so does plenty of citric hop flavor and light melanoidins. While not significanly unique from many other West Coast IPAs, the mouthfeel is perfectly executed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2612) - GERMANY - NOV 27, 2005
Mmmm....big fat hop nose that never quits - floral and piney. Orange color, foamy head. Sweet honey-ish malt based gets quickly overrun by a tight sharp hop bitter. Medium body, good balance. Aggressive for sure, but not uncontrolled.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2524) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Our 2005-Gobble-Gobble Beer! Thank god my Brother in Law and his girlfriend like wine more ;-) To say it with the Brewers words "It’s pretty awesome". Dark orange color with a nice silky layer of a head on top. Intense pine and grapefruit nose. Some yeast in the taste first and then going more sharp with pine and flowers in the taste.. Round though and very silky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Hazed clean yellow pour, topped with a sweet finger of foamy fine head. Aroma is a bashing of west coast hops, all mingled into glorious grapefruit, floral and pine. Hops delicious, but not overwhelming, well balanced somewhat surprisginly with a sweet clean sugar malt in the background. Finish is tart, hop dry and lingering of potpourri. A fantastic IPA! About to be paired with some spicy Indian food. Thanks to my westcoast connection!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to sick_boy282 for this IPA! Pours a bit darker than most of this style, a hazy dark gold with almost no head to speak of. Nose is hops and citrus, with some pine. Flavors of pink grapefruit and a touch of pine. Not a whole lot of bitter, which is fine by me. Finishes light and clean. VERY nice brew!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
65 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Golden little unclear colour. Very extreme hoppy aroma with notes of flower. Wonderful balance hoppy IPA. Very tasteful and powerful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
22oz. Opening a big hit of citrusy grapefruit strikes your nostrils. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy white head. nose gets more piney hops, light sweetness, and less grapefruit and citrus then the bottle sniff. Flavors of big , piney, citrusy hops fill your mouth. Very nice bitterness in the finish, very refreshing.


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