Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. I’m not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber acquired via trade from Jason @ Knightly Spirits, no date. Aroma of big resiny pine and grapefruit hops, some caramel malt sweetness. Pours a hazy orange golden with a moderate frothy off white head. Taste follows aroma with some grassiness, lotta bitterness throughout--about midway through the caramel malts attempt to sweeten it up, but fail until the end with a biscuity finish. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation--though soft. Very good, though it seems that IIPA’s and IPA’s start tasting the same.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in SD. Pours amber orange in color with a strong large ivory head. Hop aroma is piney and spicey, of ginger perhaps? Flavor is citrus, caramel and delightful sweetness. Yum. Update 5/19/9: On tap at the Local in SD. Pours deep dark gold to borderline amber with a thick white head that holds on but settles to a "hill and valley" sheen. Unfortunately, they served this in an iced glass. At arctic temperatures, the aroma still manages to generate a candy malt hoppy orange scent. Has a mango and pineapple sweetness as its first big flavor. The palate is thick and slick. The finish is remarkably dissipative. This does not seem to be as big a beer as it is. Very solid and close to perfect.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big orange bud nest aroma. Hazy near brown amber body. Tangy bud-bud skunk flavo, good milky palate, tastes almost like a cask ipa in palate. Lick your lips bittersweet. semi-subdued malt is decent bone structure for tons o hops.
johnnypub (10) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favortie examples of the California IPA. Lots of hops. Amber hued with a cram colored head. The head gripped very nicely to the glass and stuck around for quite sometime. Leaves some lacing on the glass after every sip, but not much. Smell was mostly hops, but a small amount of malt sweetness sneaks through. Taste was citrus and pine followed by a hint of alcohol. Finish is very winelike. Nice balance as it isn’t overly bitter but it will still satisify most hopheads. Goes down smooth even though the alcohol will warm as it goes down. Great beer!
Zeswaft (1615) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was kind of drunk by the time I had this but I could tell it was pretty good. Quite hoppy and citrusy but I would have like to see more hops. Was well balanced but a little too sweet.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lives up to its reputation. Love Hollingshead Deli. On-tap there. Wow [to both Hollingshead and Alesmith]. Darker amber color, with darker head. Great head retention. That [what i call] grassy and fruity IPA aroma. Sticky lace all the way down. Great hoppy finish. This goes up against my favorite, and local, Mineral King IPA. Will try to do a side by side comparison. This is great, and so is Hollingshead.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks, smells, and tastes like Jesus in a beer bottle. My Sweet Lord, what an amazing beer. Aroma is terribly complex, fruity, pine, grapefruit, orange, lilacs on a spring day, caramel. Pours an amber color with nice lacing, small white head. Taste hits malty and citrus, kind of sweet, then a strong hoppy pine finish. Perfect body for the style. This is an amazing beer. Hopefully my first of many Alesmiths.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper body with decent off white head. Floral hop nose with some citrus hops in the taste. Creamy smooth on the palate, and quite bitter but smooths out with some sweetness at teh finish.
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Poured an amber color with a huge huge head that was impressive, sustained itself well, and laced well. The aroma was strong and hoppy (some pine) and grapefruit. Flavor was much of the same with a not too sweet malt base. I enjoyed this one, but have a hard time distinguishing the better IPA’s from one another. Re-rate: 6/26/06, similar experience, although the maltiness was a bit rich and bitter, some citrus rinds in there. A slightly off spicey and peppery type flavor (their yeast?) in the aftertaste. Bordered on a chemical type flavor. Pushed the higher malty and alcohol levels of a dIPA, but good stuff, nonetheless. Re-rate, 12/07: Full malt body, darned bitter finish, a darned fine IPA, but a little over the top for my top likings. Spicey/peppery aspects noted by me again, definitely distinctive if you get it at the right temperature.