GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a hazy medium orange color. Very effervescent right out of the bottle; the head erupted over the glass as I poured it. Too much carbonation. The aroma was pleasant, resembling flower blossom, light fruity candy, and subdued pear. Very bubbly on the tongue at first. This improved to some degree after I let the beer breathe a while. The flavor was hop dominated with flowery, sprucy, and grassy notes. There were also pear and fennel-like notes. Delicately sweet and light bodied with only mild hop bitterness. Good pale.
Suttree (5541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 I have American Pale Ale listed as favorite style. Not because I like every one I drink, but because when it hits, it usually is my favorite drinking experience. I like ’em a little thin and quenching, unbalanced toward hops, and preferably a low enough abv that I can drink several if the mood strikes. This fits the bill almost to a T. Really nice, I could drink a bunch of this if I could get it in my area. Thanks to fordest for the trade!
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious APA. I had this a few months ago and just realized I hadn’t rated it yet (I used the back of the piece of paper for something else). Aroma was strong hops- a nice earthy and grassy smell. Pour was a nice deep amber witih a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was almost all grassy hops. There was a hint of caramel malt in and out to balance it out, but this is a hoppy APA. Very nice.
IEBAILI (127) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great AleSmith, golden color with huge head that lasts forever and laces almost all of a pint glass, smells of piney hops, citrus and baked biscuits, insanely refreshing, finishes clean with a bit of lingering citrus and malt. Perfect beer for a baseball game, when I’m in charge this will be on tap at evvery park.
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy golden coloured body with a thinnish white head that fades fast. Aroma of citrus, cardboard, light hops, wheat and a small amount of coriander seed. Medium-bodied; Sharp hoppiness up front with hardly any malt behind it and a light citrus taste that goes along quite a while. Aftertaste shows some bittering hops along with a light malty tone. Overall, a bit less than expected from this one - the first AleSmith beer out here in San Diego. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from a small liquor store (I still can’t believe how easy it is to acquire AleSmith beers here) in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California on 01 December 2005.
jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle-pours a rich to rocky white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet citrus-grapefruit/lemon. Taste is sweet citrus-grapefruit/lemon-some bitter, faint light malt. Dry. Good carbonation. Thanks to Stevo for sharing.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light amber with a 1" head. Good scent of fresh floral hops.Medium body. Good taste of cereal grains. lightly toasted malts with a mildly sweet then dry hop flavor to finish. Very fresh from the keg taste here.
decaturstevo (5432) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
btl. A deep golden pour with a goey whte lace and head. Very citrusy (grapefruit) hop aroma. Semi sweet malt presence as well. Sighthly sweet flavor with a good malt profile that lends to the a very nice bitter that is pleasant and lasts. Excellent mouthfeel medium bodied beer with very good carbonation. Crisp clean drinker that is just fine to me.
DietPepsican (1526) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh from joey at southbay. Thanks as always. Pours amber with an oily white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor is strong pine hops, grapefruit and other citrus, and a nice malty ending. Finishes lightly carbonated, easily drinkable. Wish this was readily available to me.
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. I had recently drunk a SN Pale Ale and after quite disliking it, I was interested in Alesmith’s take on the style.
Poured from the tap into a nonic. 1 finger of white head lingers atop the golden body and leaves some decent lacing.
Smells really fresh and floral, with a certain light malt sweetness.
Wow, now this is what a pale ale should taste like! Light and clean caramel/biscuit malt sits in perfect balance with a floral hop edge. This has got the legendary Alesmith balance. Everything melds together blissfully, whereas the SNPA tasted like a pine needle sandwich.
Goes down really smooth, very fine carbonation, appropriately light body.
Sooo easy to drink, great session beer. Good taste and a clean finish.