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RATINGS: 1905   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 Sparkling deep golden color and radiant PNW aroma of pine with some juniper. I was happy the bready malt flavors stayed subdued enough to enjoy a long bitter and eliminate any comparison to a barley wine that some of the big IPAs (DFH) now are causing. The taste is remarkably clean with a long citrusy bitter finish and a hint of mint. This one's a big winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
Slightly hazy, copper color, silky head of foam.

Great fragrant hoppy aroma, fresh lemon and grapefruit, slightly metallic. Alcohol presence. Touch of sweet fruit.

Tantalizing carbonation and slight sharpness but essentially smooth for its genre. Hop fruit prevalent throughout, but especially so in grapefruit bitter finish. Reminds me very much of an English cask IPA even if it is much more bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2002
Very dry, hoppy with a pine aroma. Nice IPA but not as much flavor or aroma as Ruination or Dogfish 90 minute.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
Bronze; big cascade nose; very citrusy (grapefruit) - pure hop juice with a dry finish. A pleasing drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Unfiltered golden, bit of head. Aroma is Cascade City! Sweet cascade flavor, good body that holds throughout. Not much balance, but you don’t really miss it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6491) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 21, 2002
High, sweet and soft pleasing aroma. Hopy, parfumy which was ok but is it the best IPA out there?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Hazy golden colored with a creamy white head. Nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish. A very nice IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2002
A completely different animal than the Indica. Hop/pine resin aroma practically floats across the kitchen, accosting everything in its path. Nicely light tan in color, very evident hop & yeast? particulate. Has that creamy in-mouth feel that the major hop-monsters from Stone and Bear Rep. have. Very strong, muscled beer, but it goes down easy. Not nearly as much caramel malt as in the Indica, or some others, but still quite a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Poured the color of honey with a thin head that seemed to stick around as a thin lace on top. Aroma of hops and citrus.Palate is smooth with tiny bubbles and just enough body. First flavor is hops followed quickly by a little citrus tinge. Malt bringing up the rear balancing everything out. Ends crisp and clean. This is a great IPA! IPA’s are not my fave style because lately it seems everyone just wants to out hop each other. Nice to find one that does not feel the need to go over the top just for the sake of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
This beer pours with a nice creamy head. It has a solid herbal, with hints of citrus, aroma. The palate detects a hefty hop presence, bitterness from which the tongue searches for relief. Enough malt is present to provide a balance. But overall, too much hop for my allergies to grasses, etc. But I won’t hold it against the beer. For all you hopheads, this is a winner!

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