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RATINGS: 1921   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip. Big thanks again to mfavoino (Matt) for sending this my way. A: Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind sticky sheets of lace. S: Pale malt sweetness, dried grass, little bursts of citrus fruit and a little pine on the back end as well. T: More piney bitterness than the nose, but the same pale malt sweetness comes through. Grassy and little less citrus as well. M: Light bodied with a nice, medium carbonation level with a sweet malt finish. O: A little maltier than I would have liked, but this was easily drinkable and the flavors blended nicely together. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
darklantz (10) - Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Sweet, caramelly, and peat notes are also present. I also get a little coffee aroma, too. Mostly opaque dark mahogany cola color with a dark brown head that is small with nice lacing. Roasted, choco/coffee maltiness to start. Rather warming. Light bourbon notes are present in the start and in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eduardovl (915) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 22, 2014
750ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Dark orange color. Pretty cloudy. Forms a big fluffy soapy yellow head. Great retention and tons of lacings formed and left in the glass. S: Toffee, caramel malts, piney hops and bready yeasts. Herby and spicy. Tropical fruits, notes of mango and passion fruit. Notes of orange and orange zest. Perfect. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Toffee and caramel malts. Strong notes of pine and tropical fruits. Mango, passion fruity and some notes of grapefruit. In overall, a dry and balanced bitter taste. M: Medium body. Medium bitterness. Extremely smooth texture which is an Alesmith trademark. Pine and tropical fruits in the aftertaste. O: Excellent drinkability. Very close to my perfect IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CroftyCuts (7) - - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Pretty close to my favourite beer. Pours deep golden colour with a white head that disappears quickly. Caramel aroma and burnt caramel flavour backed up nicely with bitterness. Get it in and around you!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (379) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2014
It pours a golden, but a little dark. It leaves healthy lacing on the class with an off white head. It has a citrus aroma with piney and caramel aromas as well. There is a strong caramel taste with piney flavors and citrus flavors that are well blended. It has a bold, bitter bite to the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
supermeniscus (62) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Very well made IPA from Alesmith. Bottle drank last Xmas procured from Biernavigatie online beer shop. Aroma has plenty going on, piney, yeasty, herbal. Taste for me is resin bitter, freshly baked bread, bit of spice. Nice, but I’ve had better I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (1017) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2014
A very impressive and well-balanced IPA. Pours a rich golden with a thick frothy head. Easily one of the imperial IPAs out there. Nice maltiness and bittersweet hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tstamba (353) - Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bomber to a pint glass while watching game 5 World Series 2014... Hazy golden color ... 2 finger tan head with good retention. Citrus and resiny aroma balanced with mildly sweet but ample malt bill. Smooth dry slightly bitter warming finish ... The IPA standard... Absolutely delicious !!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phikus (75) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2014
I really liked this beer, but was expecting more. I had a bottle less than two months old. I wouldn’t describe this at all as sticky, maybe medium resinous, a little juicy for my taste. I guess I’m comparing the two because I feel there are some similarities, but I prefer a Sculpin IPA. I also had a bottle six months old and the malt was more prevelant and the beer seemed more complex. Its not the first IPA I liked a little less fresh but it is unique in how much I feel the taste changed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (2685) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at the brewery. It poured a slightly hazy golden light amber color with a small head. The aroma was of caramel malts, some light citrus, fruits and pine. The taste was of fruit sweetness with a good malt background. It had a light to medium in body with a lingering fruity sweetness. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (704) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2014
A almost perfect ipa in the classic ipa format. Pour is golden to light amber with a thick tall cream colored head that lingers. Aroma is earthy,citrus and floral. A creamy ipa that coats the inside of your mouth and lingers. Tons of hops with a refreshing lack of bitterness but not flavor.

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