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RATINGS: 1935   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
A great IPA! Poured an orange color, with a light creamy head and aroma was hoppy and fruity. Flavor was hoppy, but very well balanced. This beer is awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Cloudy amber-orange, bottle-conditionned, smallish off-white head. Piney christmas tree aroma feels very green. Big coniferous seeds in the forms of C-hops make the malt appear very subdued. Taste is fresh and rather complex for the style. Orange skin, earth, and piney bitterness. Finish is long, hoppy, very dry, green, but perhaps a bit too alcoholic for its relatively low strenght. Hoppy all the way through, no mistakes about it. Medium to full body, moderate fitting carbonation. Iíd just have loved to see more of the alesmithís fabulous malt manipulations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Nice cloudy amber color with sediment in suspension. Resinous aroma of piney hops with caramel. Balanced flavor of piney and green hops with caramel. Bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture. Very good and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Citrus (grapefruit/orange) and pine, herbal, spicy, fruity hop nose Orange-brown coloured body with plenty of yeast in suspension. Small, dense white head recedes to cover. Earhty, vegetal hoppiness with sweet malt flavour. Alcohol very apparent in the dry finish. Comfortable in the mouth. Easy drinking. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (563) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Pours a hazy orangey color with small suspended particals that give it an apricot preserve/orange marmalade kind of look. head was large and fluffy with a beige tint. chunky lacing. Initial aroma was piney, with some lemony character, and some sweetness in the background. Flavor was bitter/sweet ruby red grapefuit with a little sugar on top. finish was medium length and mildly bitter. Not as good as Stone IPA but still very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 draft at stones 8th ann: nose of citrus snappy hops. fresh grass and dopamine. down the hatch gets some of the same hoppy like features the nose carries. some bitterness to the end of the crack from the hop in the grapefruit genre. a solid ipa.... had this last night again without being snookered at a beer festival and it was faaaantastic!!! right in the same class as my faves....stone and bear republic. this is a must have on hand whenever you feel like a REAL IPA!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Draft. Amber color. Big white head. Grapefruit aroma. Some malt backing in the flavor - just enough to mellow out the grapefruit bitterness that comes with a hint of pine resin. Not over the top at all. Well done

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Floral citrus hop aroma - plentiful nonstop nose-festival. I could drink this one all day long. Medium bodied sweet malts paired with a sharp citrus grapefruit warming hop with a minty floral herb ending. Thanks to Sean DrunkAsASkunk for leaving this with me. I was going to share it with Rockinout, but it accidently got opened up at my daughterís birthday party. Excellent stuff - Iíll have to set up a trade to get more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Got this in a trade with DarkElf. Certainly up there as one of the best IPA Iíve ever had. Pours a medium light copper with an off white head. Aroma is pure HOPS, very floral. Taste is deliciously hoppy with tons of grapefruit/citrus, vanilla, pine and great malt backing. Perfect sweetness and nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. The flavors just dance all over your tongue. Great lacing and head retention. IPAs just donít get any better than this! I just may move to San Diego for this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2004
a very strong bitter IPA. Iíll give them credit for building a very solid IPA with great IPA characteristics, but i thought it was too much for the stoutie that i am - see my speedway rating :)

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