ration (1840) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
121013. Bottle at home. Pours clear golden with a frothy head. Aroma citrusy hops. Light body. Very enjoyable. Not Bad.
Maverick34 (1909) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught from eL Jeffrey. Gold to orange clear pour. A lightened up alesmith IPA. Decent.
drjay44 (2338) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained tiny bubbled white head, with extensive lacing, over a clear gold (SRM 5) very bright body.....nose is hints of toffee/caramel, cereal from the malts, moderate citrus peel, pine resin from the hops, no esters.....taste is light cereal, hints of toffee/caramel from the malts, moderate pine, citrus peel from the hops, no esters finishing with a mild pine, lemon peel bitterness......mouth feel is light of medium, carbonation high with a mild clean acid finish. While this is obviously an early recipe APA, it is a nice beer. It is true to the general style, but is light in almost all characteristics. The hop aromas and flavors are nicely balanced by the light malts, but the crisp bitterness, needing a bigger malt backbone, of the more current style APA is absent. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
rholmes39 (8) - - OCT 5, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Did not read the description before pouring and was surprised by the light color. The relatively low AC really let the hop flavors come through. Long lasting frothy head. The appearance unfortunately made me think of a lawnmower beer. Will search this out in the future!
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours clear gold with a soft white head that fades and leaves a thin film and collar. Aroma has a well balanced scent of soft citrus floral hops and malt. Awesome florals on this! Taste is bitter hops which have more floral citrus hops and the malt is soft and balance well. Palate is thin crisp and dry. Very good!
crossovert (5635) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale golden color, nice head. SMell is toasty malts meeting citrus hops. The flavor is the same. Has literal orange rind flavors, moreso than any other beer, slight spice, toasty and bready malt. It is dry, easy drining, and a stalwart of the style.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Cloudy orange pour with a puffy white head. Grassy and citrusy in the nose with a dry ending. Flavor starts off with some nice citrus hops then moves to a dry and slightly bready and doughy malt middle and a citrusy and very lightly bitter finish. Fades off the palate quickly but lets a light fruit touch linger for a bit.
3fourths (7520) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Bottle. Lightly hazed gold. Citrus pith hop nose with some small amount of pine resin that seems softened by a dull, chalky yeast character (something I consider a positive here). Pineapple rind (sometimes seems rotting / fermenting) and lemon, orange and peach fruit character dominates. Medium to light body with low sweetness and medium bitterness, balanced enough for my tastes, and soft enough to make it enjoyable. Tingly, invigorating hop acids with a soft malt presentation. Still one of my favorites from AleSmith, though itís a mid-3 now rather than a high-3.
Re-rate: X is a diacetyl bomb now. Dirty beer. Shameful that itís released and sold in this shape.
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a sticky but thin white head. Nose has a lot of ground pepper and grapefruit rind, and a touch of pine. Flavor is citrus-hoppy at the start featuring zesty lemon and sweet grapefruit, with a sweet citrusy backing that is neither caramel or toffee or blonde malt...as if they somehow extracted malt sugars from cascade hops. Light piney and leafy finish with a restrained and tasty bitterness.
mrjaxson (241) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Soft. This ale is the first I have ever encountered that is soft. AleSmith has written a delightful description of this ale thatís accurate all the way through but leaves out the word "soft," which is a relief because otherwise I wouldnít have had anything new to write in this analysis. Glad youíre now in WI, AleSmith.