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RATINGS: 2009   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.


4.5
   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 (5376) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Dark copper/amber color with a creamy-like head and a ring of lacing. This was a pretty bottle conditioned bottle surprisingly. The aroma is hoppy with citrus with a bit of crisp base malts. The flavor is very dry and astringant with a sweet/bitter balance that is nice but it seems too dry to be real balanced. This was tasty for sure, but just wasn't as good as it was lived up to be. Glad I got to try it though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Light copper pour with an egg white head and pretty good lacing. Big citrus hops come out first in the nose, with a touch of floral hops. A bit o the pine is apparent. Comparitive to the nose, the flavors are a pretty well blended mix of malts and hops, both floral and citrus. Some lighter citrus fruits are evident. Medium bodied, a nice, mellow palate, and just a hint of bitter hops finish this off. Great IPA.


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