papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 6/1/2002: Citrusy, nice hop bitternes. Good tasting IPA. Kinda grapefruit like after taste.
Re-rate 12/15/02: Picked up a jug at the brewery. Had to kick it up a point, even better than bottle.
Re-rate 3/28/03: Fresh from the tap@AleSmith. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium fluffy white head. Aroma is hops and grapefruit. Flavor: Light sweet malt start followed quickly by slightly tart grapefruit bitterness. Finish and aftertaste is citrus and pine.
2/6/04: The guys@AleSmith canít leave well enough alone, theyíve been tweeking the formula...all for the better...this IPA ROCKS!!!
3/25/04 Kick it up a notch. Peter, Tod and Matt have fine tuned this one to the max. Quit while youíre ahead guys, this is about as good as it gets !!!
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Pours with good head. Light gold and cloudy in appearance. A citrus aroma had dominate present. The taste of pine and citrus is easily to pick-up. Nicely hopped, it is one of the best IPAs I've had. Thank you jcalabre for this very fine brew.
Had it again on 3-21-03 and the only thing different about is Thanks Herbjones!!
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Beautiful orangish-yellow color. Big head. Apricots and grapefruit in the nose. A little piney. Definitely some west cost hops in this one. Some malt. Nice medium body. Fairly bitter. I think I either had this too warm or the bottle was a little past its prime. The strong apricot flavor was a little disconcerting. Otherwise, a tasty beer...
2nd bottle: Same impression as the first bottle, only this time my glass was filled with giant clumps of yeast even after a careful pour. The two bottles I"ve rated were bought by different people and the second one was well-stored, eliminating my suspicions that my first tasting was skewed by a bad bottle. I can"t believe this is rated at 4.13 (as of 11/24/02). Way overrated in my opinion. Not a bad beer but no way is this a top 50 beer. Better IPA than Two Hearted? No friggin" way!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 pours a cloudy apricot glazed amber with a quickly disappearing head..The aroma was extremely piney and had strong notes of wet freshly cut grass, grapefruit...starts with a nice balanced bitter grapefruit flavor, showing subtle piney notes but remaining quite balanced. I used to think this beer was more over the top, but its surprisingly balanced..maybe a tad bit too much...maybe....Alcohol is completely hidden though...and its not as sticky as some IPAs can be.
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ooops! Lots of yeast in the pour. Better luck next time.
The aroma is quite malty and very hoppy. Perfume and dried, fuzzy fruits in the nose.
Hazy dark golden color with large bits of yeast. The medium-sized head is white, creamy and fully lasting. Excellent lacing.
The flavor is very malty up front. Toffee and caramel. Very nicely unsweetened by the hops on the backside. A very warming, complexly bitter flavor. Hops and fuzzy fruits. Full-bodied. Lively carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A long, nicely bitter, dry finish. Excellent IPA. HopHead ambrosia. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one. I just burped up a hop blossom.
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately hoppy (pine/resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of detergent/dishrag. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Alesmith is no longer Alesmith. Itís that simple. The beer quality has fallen so far that this is a new brewery. Sour and dirty, just like Alesmith fans must want their IPAs to be. Sigh.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2003 Citrus-pine aroma, man this is one for the hopheads, amber-yellow color with alot of yeast floating around, very hoppy yet balanced as well, man this is one hell of an IPA, so for I really like this brewery.
I thank herbjones for this killer brew.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Great beer. Need I actually say how great alesmith is. So many different flavors, it would not do it justice to try to describe them all. ALls i can say is that this is a damn fine brew from a damn fine brewery.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2003 Re-Rate:Still delightful just not as classy tasting as first time.Not much older either.FRESH bottle. Poured a huge milkey,pillowy,creamy head.It is so clingy it leaves artwork in your glass.Aroma is so ridiculous you create mental pictures of beatifully crystally hops.Also has a nice subtle toasted malt aroma.Wonderful balance and bitterness.Flavors of crisp hop orange,melon, and lemony flavors.The finish is extremely crisp and leafy.
aracauna (3137) - Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer canít get top honors in appearance. While the cloudy amber body is excellent, the head is slow to form and fades rather quickly. For the style, Iíve come to expect big, lasting heads. The thin bitter hops are truly balanced by the nice big biscuity malt. Some IPAs have a complex hop flavor where theyíre more than just bitter, but the profile on this one leans more towards the bitter with subtle piney and malty citric notes. The pine gets stronger as the beer warms. I also picked up a nice organge fruit flavor as well that made this a pretty good beer.