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RATINGS: 1987   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2003
The commericial description is highly accurate, so let me just take this opportunity to just praise the beer for being incredibly flavorful and a just plain great IPA. Yum. Yum. Yum. Grapefruit and hops, mild malts and full, round body here. I intend to drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Woo doggie, this is one awesome IPA - Floral hops and sweet candy in the aroma - golden with a slight copper tint, decent lacework - BAM, extreme yet balanced attack of hops and malty sweetness on the palate - apricots, citrus (grapefruit) - tingly carbonation - some pine in the mix - a world-class IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Bright apricot body with a slight haze caused by thousands of micro floaters. Head is tight, foamy, and slightly off-white. Smell initially reminded me of a junior Dreadnaught. Aroma notes include prominent grapefruit, yeasty musk, and something distinctly savory and nutty akin to peanuts. The nuttiness comes out in the flavor as well and reminds me of really good cashew butter. I think this property is coming from the hops. Or maybe I just had a stroke and the olfaction and taste centers in my brain have been fried by too much good beer on this fine day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3302) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 ReRate # 2-im really bringing this one down. this beer could be the most over-rated beer i have had in a long time. since my last rating, my palate has become much more sensitive to off flavors and body. this beer has a very catty nose, almost like smelling cat piss in a hot old house. Flavors are catty as well with lots of tropical notes but has a green apple type flavor as well. seems like the beer is not very well put together. wow how my palate has changed. the palate is terribly astringent with a palate ripping carbonation. maybe this beer is old? i dropped my score down almost a whole point! ReRate-im going to bump up the score on this one. I got to sample a bomber for myself last night and it was a wonderful experience. all the stuff below is correct. What i didn’t emphasize was the balance of this brew. the aroma is wonderful as well. Alesmith knows how to make IPA’s thats for shure! 22 oz bomber-sampled with whaleman-pours a medium apricot/orange huge. small off white head. medium carbonation. Weak aroma for a west coast ipa, but reminded us of dreadnaught jr. citrus and pine through the palate, but in the finish, the pine wins. decent malt for this style hops are not as strong as i was expecting, especially for a left coast ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2003
aroma is of pine needles and citrus. pours deep golden with a huge off white head that dissipates into a creamy normal sized head. flavor is very hoppy with pine and citrus dominating the flavors. there is also a very good malt balance to this beer. an excelent ipa. thanks to brodie for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Fruity, green, flowery aroma, just slightly spicy and malty, with hints of wax, pine, grapefruit, tangerine and light honey, also some tinges of alcohol. Medium copper color with an exceedingly fine, lasting, creamy head and seemingly pointillist-conceived lacing. Juicy and hoppy up front, notes of lemon, grapefruit, toasty, light caramel malt and flowery sweetness before the spicy, peppery, dry, nicely bittering finish. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel, medium-full bodied with a complimentary mild effervescence on the palate. Some mild warmth in the gullet from this one. Nicely done. Cheers, Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2576) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Tap @ Bistro 6th Annual IPA Festival (August 9, 2003). Medium golden color with an off-white head. Nice cascade aroma and smooth hop, grass, pine, and floral flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2003
22 oz. Bottle. This beer poured with a really impressive, rocky head. I've never seen anything like it. The lacing was also very impressive. Hops are very abundant in the nose and taste. The hops and malt were married very well. Avery enjoyable beer overall, which hid the alcohol very well. This was a really delicious IPA, which has everything going for it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 5, 2004
First of all this was one of the coolest brewers I've ever met. He spent about an hour with us out of towners (me and my fiancee) and we sampled everything he offered us and bought a whole bunch to. This pours a deep unfiltered amber and it's head is a masterpiece in and of itself, dense and creamy. It has the best aroma of any beer ever.(PERIOD) The initial shock is that with all the hop, grapefruity, piney aromas, this beer is not excessively bitter. Now don't get me wrong, this IPA would still get a fizzy-yellow-bland beer drinker to shit a brick but when compared with other fine IPAs, this is tame in bitterness,...and bitterness alone. Man is there some amazing hop flavors buried in this beer. For all you homebrewers out there, he said that he used the equivelant of 8 oz. of dry hops per 5 gallons. WOW! Hopheads rejoice and find a new form of hopheaven in the flavor and aroma of this finely crafted ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
The aroma of this beer is truly great, very floral and hoppy with a mild hint of citrus. Large head with good lacing and strong carbonation. Flavor is smooth and well balanced but a little mild for my taste in IPA's. Slightly bitter after taste, but pleasing to the palate nonetheless.

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