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RATINGS: 2206   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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Itís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5689) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
22 oz bottle, via fordest. Pours a dark copper with a small fizzy white head. A few small streams of carbonation rising from the depths. Nice aggressive citric hop aroma, some toasted and caramel malt below. Hops focused flavor for sure, citrusy grapefruity goodness. Plenty of malt in the background to balance this guy out. Not over-the-top in anything, just a very clean and crisp flavor without flaws. No indication on the flavor that this is over 7% ABV. Light to medium bodied with moderate and extremely fine-bubbled carbonation. A classic example of an IPA, packed with flavor without being in your face.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Courtesy of fordest. Bottle. Aroma very pleasant waffe of citric and pine hops. Poured a nice lighter amber with a thick white head. Flavor was just a treat, a good punch of the hops and light fruit character really combine well. Palate was nice, medium bodied that kept you wanting more. Overall one of the tastiest IPAís Iíve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle at Enniskillenís tasting

Pours a nice, mellow amber with clinging lace. Aroma is a round ball of grapefruit. Flavor is a rush of pine and grapefruit. Palate is sticky and slippery. Damn good IPA; one of the best out there. I MUST HAVE MORE.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Huge chewy hops, full bodied for the style with a dense orange color that is dark in the middle of the glass. Malt presence to balance everythiing out is substantial as well. Much preferred to their IIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
very balanced ipa that coats your mouth in sweet hoppy nectar for a chewy after taste that last a while......a little oily.....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Hazed orange body with a frickin huge white head. Sweet malty aroma at first that had me grasping to describe butterscotch or is it toffee or is it moon pies, yeah its banana moon pies, cool I donít know if Iíve ever had banana moon pies in a aroma before, Iíll have to search through my ratings, but this is definitely banana moon pie aroma. I donít know the hops used but they show up in the nose too, sugary grass and other goodies. Strong malt sweetness that surprises me then I taste the hops. Which are grassy and slick. I expected this to be over the top smack you in the face hop juice, but it is an easy drinking balanced beer that is easy to enjoy. A bit more malt flavor than I expected from an IPA from the west coast but not bad at all. There is something subverting this and it is a tannic unsweet iced tea flavor in the finish. The sweet graham cracker and marshmallow flavor is nice but I donít like the hop profile much. Grassy peanut hop flavor that is not quite my cup o tea. A touch of pine is there also but it doesnít please me that much. A nice pleasant beer nonetheless. Ap-4 ar- 8 tas-6 pal-3 ov-13

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle, from my wonderful daughter who carried it on the plane from California. Not much aroma, great appearance. Looks and tastes like a great IPA. Hops are prounced, but not too bitter...balanced well by malt. Overall flavor is complex...fairly high alcohol but very drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
nice beer! has a pleasing taste to the palate with the right amount of alcohol, making it is go-to beer for most occasions. flavor is just strong enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 11, 2006
22oz bottle poured a golden color with a great frothy off-white head. Aroma of pine with a hint of vanilla. Nice hoppy flavors of citrus and pine but not too hoppy. A very well balanced IPA. Definitely a top 3 IPA I have tasted.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 22oz Bottle. Crisp aroma, earthy with texture. Flavor is bright and full. Good IPA. Balanced and not overly hopped. Something I can see myself returning too. Rerated 8/11/10: up from 4 to 4.3. This is just delicious and consistently great IPA.


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