ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Valentine’s 2013 bomber, drunk 2/17/13.
Fresh pine and candied citrus notes greet the nose the second the cap pops off. Smells good, especially if you like PNW hops. Pours to a fluffy, off-white head on top of a "beautiful crimson color"ed body. Clear.
Toasted malt flavors mix with tangy grapefruit and resin hop notes. It’s funny, I haven’t had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They don’t have the stuff on draught in Boston and if you only drink at bars (cut-out buying rare/expensive bottled beer for the past 5 years), you never get to drink it (and I can’t open the old bottles I have because they’re worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I don’t have a car)).
Ahem, anyways, I’ve never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, I’m sure) and this isn’t really any different for me. But the quality hasn’t gone down, that I can tell. Now that I’ve lifted my ban on rare/expensive bottled beer, Speedway is high on my list to go try again. Hopefully that stuff is as good as ever.
As a sidenote, the beer is filtered, which most beers that have to be shipped across the country in large number are. I used to get pretty up-in arms about filtration, and while in a perfect world, beer should never be filtered, no matter the style, having a little more insight in to the industry allows you to appreciate that it is a necessity quite often.
So there ya go, I still enjoy going off on long tangents about nothing, in reviews. While I’ll probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I haven’t before)), it’s nice to see this on the shelves in Boston. And now for the numbers, which I have almost no interest in entering, for whatever reason.
Idiosynkrasie (5026) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Clear, ruby red colour with average to huge, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Piney, slightly resinous hoppy aroma and... yes, that’s it, piney hoppy aroma - maybe a nuttily touch. Taste is piney hoppy, minimally resinous, notes of candied orange zest, slightly nuttily undertones; smooth, soft, silky palate. Simple and straight to the point - naturally with the well known, inspiring Alesmith cleanliness.
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @campingratebeer’15. Brown color with no head. Smells and tastes malty, hoppy, fruity.
Benzai (10632) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Camping Ratebeers 2015. Superb dark red color, medium sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweetish, dark fruits, slightly alcohol. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice.
__Rb81 (366) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, shared (bottled on 12/1?/14). Pours a, light hazy, dark ruby red with an off-white to pink head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel, bready malty, dark fruits, hint of coffee and chocolate. Taste is light to medium sweet, hoppy bitter, malts, caramel, coffee, hint of chocolate, bitter dry ending, lots of coffee, a hint of chocolate and more hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice.
mike_77 (3999) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown colour with good head retention. Strong hoppy aroma, quite earthy and piney. There’s some caramel sweetness in the flavour to balance the strong hop flavour.
Cool_Bond (2039) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruits and berries in the aroma. The taste is bitter and fruity. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Good but too bitter for me to like it. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
pintbypint (2977) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Froma 650ml brown bottle at RBAG part 2 2015. Dark brown with orange highlights. Just a few bubbles on top. Nose has chocolate, toffee. Taste has dark chocolate, roast, toffee. Bitterness at the end with some lingering dark malts. Pretty good amber.
dfearnley (1302) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to taster
Malt, booze (rye?), seaweed, lavendar.
Dark red with a creamy, but thin head. Taste is bitter, with nutmeg, and chocolate.
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber colour with a small head. Aroma of red berries, fresh herbs and grass. Flavour of red berries, strong herbs, bitterness, graininess and grass. Medium bodied. Strong bitter finish
Ferris (8128) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Nice hoppy notes, caramel and a touch cocoa. Deep amber with a beige head. Hoppy Amber with nice caramel bitter finish. Really nice.