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RATINGS: 2000   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 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 Pours a golden orange color. A bit hazy with a light white head. Citrus hops (primarily grapefruit and citrus peal) mixed with fresh grain highlights from the malt make the aroma most enjoyable and fresh. The taste is very bitter. Strong grapefruit is present throughout as is a citrus peal taste towards the end and during the after taste (which lingers long). Carrying this along is some greenish grain (hay comes to mind). The body is crisp and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Not too bad but not my favorite.

Chalk this up to changing palet I suppose. Retried at the 2nd anual ides of March beer tasting at my house (3-18-06). Noted a color difference this time around that I described as hazy onion skin. No change score. Aroma notes are surprisingly similar though I noted some grassyness and not grapefruit. Still enjoyable but more balanced than I noted before. The taste is what really changed for me. Much more balanced than I noted before. Malty chewy caramel with a citrus pine hop blend that was in no way over the top. Great aftertaste of malty caramel sweetness (worth of 2 more taste points). Creamy sticky mouth feel (impoves the palate rating one point). Overall, I’m looking at a 4 here minimum. Glad I took a chance on this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Clear honey colored brew with an inch of white foam.Has a nice soft hoppy nose and an even milder malt nose.Taste isn’t bad,kinda’ bitter but I am getting a mouthfull of grapefruit.Thias might be a little old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Bottle poured a cloudy orange amber with a thick off white head and nice heavy lacing. Aroma is heavy of citrus, grapefruit and hops. Big citrus and mild hops flavor with a great easy bitter finish. Very good, easy drinking IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Caramel coloured, with a great off white head. Lots of hops, long powerfull bitter aftertaste. Smooth. A very nice IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Golden with big offwhite head. The aroma is HOPS. Good smooth feel. Sweet and bitter with a long lasting bitterdry aftertaste..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2005
pours golden amber with a creamy white head. Piney hops aroma with some citrus notes. Spicy hops taste, this is interesting....in a very good way. Citrusy up front with a bitter ending that lasts. Good malt balance here. I like this a lot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
The nose is simple hop heaven. The taste amazingly delievers on all that the nose promises. How do these guys do it?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
Pours a very clear golden color despite the bottle conidtioning. White head stayed in the glass until the drink was gone. Very pleasant hop aroma. Tastes smooth with the hops all over the place but still doesn’t come off as overbearing. I LIKE IT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
Golden amber with orange accents. Explosive cascade type aromatics, very fruity and resiny. Medium heavy body with a slightly chewy palate, crisps up at the finish. Resiny flavor in the nose, gives way to bitter fruitiness matched with a syrupy malt sweetness. Alcohol warmth evident in the finish, counterpoint to a lasting bitter mouthcoat. Excellent IPA, better than some hoity toity Imperial IPAs I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SRBMOJO (6) - ALISO VIEJO, California, USA - APR 8, 2005 does not count
best IPA I have ever had bar none! great head, nice lacing, wonderful hop aroma, easy drinking. can’t wait to try another.

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