Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee, grapefruit aroma. Donít drink the foam -- itís just like grapefruit juice. Grapefruity, buttery at times, sweet when you can get past the hops. Piney. Technically good, but itís not going to be a fave.
DocLock (7697) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another huge thank you to DrunkAsASkunk. If this keeps up, Iím going to build a shrine to Sean in my basement. Poured turbid dark straw with a huge, frothy white head and lacing. Aroma of hops, fruit, florals, malt, citrus, and pine. Tasted hoppy, fruity, floral, with hints of grapefruit, pine needles, honeydew melon, and citrus. Finishes hoppy, fruity, slightly dry with a firm, dense, velvety finish. The head and lace lingered and lingered, producing creamy white globules that would make Ron Jeremy jealous. As it warmed, I noticed caramel, honey, and a flavor reminiscent of DFHs Albert the Enamel Animal. This one is world class!
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very hoppy almost imperial like ipa. taste is bitter, piney and grapefruity. pours out a dark orange color with a thick white head. there is alot of shit floating in the beer towards the end. has a nice hoppy nose with a little bit of sweetness to it. this is a damn nice ipa, one of the finer ones ive sampled.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very hoppy IPA. Alesmith rated best, when youíve consumed their beers you know why. Gigantic white head out of bottle. Citrus particulates swimming through this beer. Sweet, Hoppy, nice malt. A little Salty. Head lingers forever. Thin, wheat style color to this IPA. Very very good as I said. This is a beer to be savored and enjoyed. Alesmith is 2 for 2 with me. I canít imagine anything they sell be disappointing.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a dense white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Very bitter punch-you-in-the-mouth taste up front. Lingering grapefuit flavor in the aftertaste. Not much malt flavor or sweetness come through.
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not only one of the best IPAs Iíve ever had itís one of the best beers. Every aspect brings a smile to my face. The pour is great, the hazy orange color with a pillowy beige head that stays. The piney citrusy hop aroma is lovely. The taste? Nothing short of terrific. Very balanced, hoppy, hoppy, and hops again. Thereís just enough maltiness to keep it all in check. Iíve got to get more of this.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If IPA were art, this would be Michaelangeloís David. Brewery fresh in a growler, this wonder pours a clear golden-straw and produces a billowy white head. Bubbles ascend in a spiral, nuggets of sparkling gold in a sunrise-yellow background. The aroma is pungent and gripping, citrus, pine, purfume, a touch of apricot and flowers. The bitterness is bracing but gentle- steel wrapped in silk. Begins like eating a grapefruit, and mellows into softer citrus, peaches, plums and cherries toward the finish. Malt is well balanced, but mainly for the background. Crisp mouthfeel, lively carbontion, and a dry finish wrap it up and leave you wanting more. This IS the best IPA Iíve ever had.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Suprisenly I haveínt rated this one yet, so a pint at Papago was in order. Light straw colored yellow, with a small fluffy head. Nice bold citrus aroma. Smooth hoppy mouthfeel. Malts are there but just for the sweetness. Somewhat warming and mellow that continue through to the aftertaste. A great refreshing beer.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden color with a full off-white head. Purfumy floral nose. Soft on the palate. Strong malt sweetness with a floral hop bitterness. Very nice balance for a West Coast IPA.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alesmith tap room. Hazy orange body, fluffy white head. Awesome nose of fresh sticky sweet pine, spruce, caramel, white grapefruit, and all things juicy citrus. Flavor is greatly bittered, but with a nice sweet malty backbone to put up a fight for a shot at balance. Hops win out by a hair. Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, bitter creamy finish. For just an IPA, this one deserves your hophead attention immediately....