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RATINGS: 1932   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Pours a light, golden color with light, fluffy white head that quickly dropped to a nice, white ring with plenty of lace. The aroma is has a light grain and caramel aroma seeping through intense pine cones and orange and grapefruit rind. Very bitter, with plenty of hop flavor and tongue-puckering strength. With all of the bitterness, it also has a pretty nice malt balance. Hop resin, bitter citrus fruit and fresh green plant matter lay atop caramel chews and whole grains. A very enjoyable beer experience, even if a little too slanted toward the bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 This dry IPA’s straw subtleties thrive in an orange-laden resinous hopglade, reverberating on fresh and vibrant grass blades...Utterly beautiful, this refined hop signature should be canonized...Bold yet classy, biting yet refreshing and quaffable, this effervescent hop elixir is at once obscene and purifying...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 This is an outstanding IPA! The freshness of this ale knocked me off my feet as if I were drinking it at the brewery right out of the tank. A beautiful coppery color body and a beige colored head looked beautiful resting in my glass. The aroma of a piney hoppiness hit my nose as soon as I raised my glass. And the flavor was unbelievable. I can only remember one other time I had such an outstandig ale and that was in a brewpub in Boston many years ago. Wow I can't wait to have another!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2003
Copper color with a thin oily head. Some laceing on the glass with atolls of of dense bubbles in the diminishing beigh froth. American hoopieness and toasted toffee in the nose. Bitterness greets you up front but is not overbearing, resinouse and orangy tempered by a nice caramel malty aspect with touches of mellon and mint. Bitter and sweet blend exellently in this brew, its a shame it taken me so long to try this one. Finishes with a lingering piney bitterness and some grainy malts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Pours with an amber color and a moderate head. Nice hoppy aroma. A fairly full bodied beer. Starts with a nice malt flavor followed by a wave of hops. I enjoyed this beer and if given the opportunity would certainly buy it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is hops, juicy, grapefruity and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. But this is a hopfest of a beer: piney and resiny, citrusy and grapefruity, floral and spicy. Hoppy without being too bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Hides the 7.25% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Strong, pungent aroma of fresh hops. Light amber color with a frothy white head. Flavor is dominated by hops - citrusy, grassy and spicy combined. Barely detectable malt flavor underneath the hops. Finish is on the dry side, and a sunstantial bitterness lingers long on the back of the tongue. A very good IPA, however there is definitely another tier of IPAs above this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Hoppy, citrusy aroma. Flavorful citrusy body, notes of grapefruit. Slighest hint of sourness. Hoppy finish, crisp and well balanced. Sour fruit flavors come through a little strong towards the end, but overall a great IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
My new favorite IPA. A lesson in brewing. Others who want to make an IPA take note; big hopes makes a good IPA, big hops with a solid malt backbone makes a great IPA. The movement from resiny hops to a sweet malt flavor with hints of fruity esters makes this a terrific IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Glowing orange hued with a thin lacey head. Bountiful hop aroma as if I just poured pure hop extract. Body is moderately thick, lightly effervescent and finishes dry and citrusy. Smooth with an almost syrupy mouthfeel which improves as it warms. Could be a little sweeter and more balanced. A pretty good IPA, but it is still a step behind Stone.


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