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RATINGS: 2001   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Strong malts and hop flavor. nice brown body in color that makes this rich yet not overdone beer is a gem. To bad not sold in houston Finish is smooth with no aftertaste. Very complex gets even better as it warms body clings to the glass until the last drop. A must try for "hop heads"

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
might have been the glassware but had a dirty dishwater smell. extremely hoppy, floral taste. a great knockout punch of flavor. nice amber color. this is my favorite ipa to date. good stuff indeed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
2004 SE gathering. Strong hop presence in the aroma and flavor. Golden brown color with rather high carbonation. Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
A decent IPA, not my favorites but a very good outing. Golden-amber body, with some nice citrusy grapefruit aroma. Too heavy on the cascade though. Very sweet, and not enough malt to balance out the over hopped taste. Slightly astringent and piney, but good, easy to drink, just glad I got to try it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
Sample glass, RateBeer Southeastern Gathering. Cookie malt is balanced nicely with piney, citric hops. Orange-amber body is slightly hazy. Very sweet and bitter overall. Nice balancing acidity. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: an pleasant (and unusual) sweetness in this IPA is thinned out a little to much by the carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Copper, with a nice sturdy head. Earthy, bourbon and caramel aroma. Resiny hops dominate, and there is a nice play between bitter and subtle sweet flavors. Woodsy flavor, and also some toffee flavors through to the finish. Powerfully hoppy, but also brewed with finesse. Nice. Sampled at 2004 Southeastern Ratebeer Gathering, Atlanta.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 Rerate thanks to DavidP and cquiroga... no more stingy numbers! Hazy gold color, soapy white head. Very nice hoppy aroma... grapefruit, grapefruit rind, orange, and a flowery pine touch. Also has a definte caramelly malt presense. Very pleasant and perky aroma. Same with the flavor. Citrus, sweet caramel, etc. Not overpowering in any way.... right amount of bitter citrus, right amount of dry rind, right amount of sweetness. Smooth palate. Like a normal IPA, except delicious :)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 This one is a nice IPA. Dark orange appearance. Falvor is very hoppy with citrus, pine, oranges. This is a must try for anyone who likes IPAs. Heavens Yes!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Poured cloudy orange/tan with a thick white head. Hoppy aroma and a pleasant hoppy, candy flavor. Reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard, if maybe toned down a bit. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This is a great IPA. Big hop and citrus aroma, with a nice hop bite and enough sweetness to mellow it at the swallow. I couldn't detect the ABV, it was a zesty and refreshing beer.


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