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RATINGS: 2011   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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It’s Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
Bottle. Pours a beautiful orangey amber color with a huge creamy white head that lingers and leaves great lacing. Aroma is heavenly, a caramel maltiness that's just discernable under the brash and dominant grapefruit and pine hops. Flavor is delicious, sweet and rich initially with an amazingly tart and pleasingly bitter character that rears up and then mellows into a dry, puckery finish. Exceptional IPA, almost bordering on being an Imperial - another fine product from Alesmith. How lucky am I to have them in my hometown?!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2004
Near amber color with a tall fluffy light tan head. Caramel coated hops (pine and grapefruit) aroma. Smooth, near oily, feel Orange and grapefruit hops abound. Malt sweetness to keep them in check. A touch acidic for me in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
Thanks to SDBruboy for this one. Nice solid west coast IPA. Nothing really stood out besdies the west coast hops. Very drinkable and very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Lovely bright reddish hue, a full, opaque orangish color, with a good, whitish head. Aroma: lively hop component, fresh, alert and awake, buzzing with grapefruity notes, full with fruit. Taste: mmm, buzzing with nicely fruity hops, a constant hoppy delivery on the palate, yum, yum, yum, sharp, bright, delicious, juicy...did I say "yum"?? Nicely lingering finish, fully flavored, unstoppably delcious...seriously, this is one IPA you can sit down and get familiar with. A very solid IPA, one I've got to rank among the best! Thanks to gusler for bringing it to me!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 Yum that smell is one of the best malt and citrus and bit of pine. Orange tint well carbonated leaving a fairly big head. The flavor starts with a hop bang, malt comes through just in time to have its read end kicked by more hops, a strong bitter finish. Hop monsters hop monster.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (972) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
The beer was shipped to me in a handsome bomber by eyedrinkale. When poured into my usual pint glass, it had an orange amber colored body with a 2-inch thick beige head and a lively natural carbonation. Head retention was excellent and there was a ton of lace left all around as the beer went down. Aroma was assertive with floral hops dominating the bouquet. The taste was a bit brash with a strong alcohol presence, which was not quite hidden under the hops as it should be. There were notes of citrus on the palette, but these were quite subdued. The hop bitterness was also relatively low; however they added a good deal of spicy character to the mix. The mouthfeel was appropriately dry and creamy for the style. Alcohol burn detracts a bit from drinkability. A nice solid IPA to be had here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Pours a deep cloudy amber colour with a frothy white head and sheets of lacing and lots of floaties. Nose is citrus and floral hops with some maltiness. Flavour is citrus and pine with a malt underpinning it all. Finish is fruity and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Golden cloudy with a thin white head that is medium lasting. good lacing. lots of grapefruit hops with some pollen. The taste is very grapefruit hops. Very straight foreward and assertive but not offensive. The body is average and tingly.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Excellent IPA, orange tint to the copper/amber color, nice thick white head that laced around the glass, nose was full of hops, strong hoppy flavor with citrus tones, the oils & resin from the hops covered the mouth, nicely balanced with a great malty character, dry & spicy finish, very smooth & drinkable, medium-full body, awesome IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3414) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Deep orange, with a pretty but rapidly fading head. Hoppy aroma is of low key grapefruit, followed by an aggressive earthy note, some pine, and a slight nutty note. Hops and malts are nicely balanced here. Definite roasty character, mingles pleasantly with earth and pine hops. A bit resinous, but not sticky. The alcohol also makes itself evident in the flavor profile. A well done and interesting IPA, reminds me quite a bit of DFH 90 minute. Thanks Eyedrinkale!


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