beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a smooth tasting Indian Pale Ale. Hoppy, malty, and slightly bitter flavor. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a pale deep orangeish yellow with a light brown tone to it, chill haze present, head just over a finger high, loosly thick and bubbly, cream colored, fades fairly quick and lace sticks well in thin webby spots and thin whispy sheets. Smell is quite a nice hop nose, sweeter pine sense thats bitterly smooth, a touch floral and spiced over a nice toasty caramel malt backbone. Taste is lovely, smooth, soft and rounded, balanced well, nothing overwhelming in the hops, bitterness in check by alot, but whats there is loaded full with nice soft sweet pine, some fresh floral hop hints, caramel malts dotted in the backing thats soft as well. the softness really stands out favorably, I liked it alot. I'm betting its a dried and fresh hop ale variant. Not such a 'in your face' IPA, a simple & welcome surprise and something I find now having had a few Alesmith brews that is something in character that seems to stand out for me in their brews. Feel is soft and pleasant, nearly full, super smooth, nothing harsh here, lingering of bitterness is shorter then most but seems to fit with this one. A bit tamer then the Yulesmith, but nearly the same in every aspect of softness and drinkablity. The softness makes for very easy drinkin'! The bomber was gone in no time. Definately an IPA to keep around for any Ol' time.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 This beer pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick off-white head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. A slightly sweet and grapefruity hop aroma fills the nose followed by a slight bitterness and subtle notes of pine. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and grapefruity from hops. A touch of pine is also observed and the finish is bitter, piney and hoppy. Medium bodied and smooth yet slightly dry.
jgb9348 (4889) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Finally, here it is...beer #700, and the IPA i’ve been waiting for! Darker amber colour with a perfect off-white dense head. An amazing looking beer. Very nice smells of hops, grapefruity and piney...but very pleasant and mouth-watering! Medium-bodied; Strong hoppy flavour (showing largely pine characteristics) balanced well with malt. Slightly sweet, but also showing alcoholic notes. Aftertaste displays a strong citrus qualities as well as a flavourful malt to balance out the hops. Overall, this was exactly what I was expecting from a very highly ranked IPA. There was nothing wrong at all with this beer, and only a great all-around experience. I wish I could get this beer more regularly, but I have to sincerely thank Rodolito for picking this up and sending it out to me...Thanks again Dave!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the headless Ale Smith of Sleepy Hollow!
The appearance was a deep bronze color, with rich hues of amber. This IPA has an enormous pine / spruce aroma and flavor, caramel additions as well as a shock of bittering IBU’s. This beer does not contain notes of Grapefruit but it freaking plays a symphony of it, huge citric presence with big maltyness to help the balance.
This brew has the feel of cask aging, although it never was. Good beer but a bit over the top for the standard IPA. I would actually compare this IPA to a barley wine, with many similar distinguishing factors.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had Old Numskull, IPA and X all together in one sitting - sorta blending into one beer for me. Remember this closely resembling the Numbskull in looks and aroma - and taste as well. Hops were over the top!. Mouthfeel was terrific - seemingly light on texture, but hammered the palate at the same time. When caramel malt and citrus/floral hops combine like this, as with the Numbskull, I am reminded of Earl Grey tea for some reason. Nice sampling of Alesmiths - can't wait to try to Speedway!!!
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First impression: aroma similar to arrogant bastard. Taste too, yet not as aggressive. The bitterness doesn't linger on tongue as long. Aroma is piney and slightly citrusy. Palate is awesome. Real tight carbonation, smooth, rich. Aftertaste is pretty slight. Only a fresh, piney hop taste lingers a bit. I enjoyed the 7.2 alc percentage. It added nice warmth halfway through the 22 ozer. Drink this beer. Long live IPA's.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is a top-shelf IPA. Decent head but tons of lacing, even in the bottle. Beautful, almost clear light auburn color. Mouthfeel is incredible, smooth and velvety. The hops are there ale the way through. Lovely hoppy floral aroma, great piney/citrus flavor, with a crisp hop finish. Outstanding ale!!
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear and bright golden. Awesome aroma - fresh, hoppy and yeasty. Smoothly carbonated. Great malt flavors - chewy-sweet cookie dough. Nice balance and sharply tasty.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brilliant copper colored beer, topped by a vanilla colored head that lasts an exceptionally long time. After the head fades to a thick rocky layer of foam, a sweet floral aroma becomes more evident. Very nice aroma. Wow, the taste is truly phenomenal, with a combination of malty sweetness, and hops so strong they seem to be both sweet and bitter all at once. Then comes the finish. The flavors seem to completely vanish, but then a slight piney bitterness is noticed lurking around, dragging a wisp of sweetness around with it. Mouthfeel is very solid, and this beer seems to just slide down the throat.