Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 22oz. Poured a semi cloudy amber color with a real nice, long lasting head. Nose is filled with flowers. I donít know, maybe itís just me, but this beer was nothing special. Noticably more hops, lacking the malt balance that I like in a 2IPA. There was no discernable spice. This was more of a regular IPA.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 Bomber picked up in 2008, consumed 11-13-2009. Big, off-white head, fluffy, lumpy, rings, sheets, and cross-thatch of lace. Body is orange-hued, hazy, and sparkling in a soothing manner--not hyperactive like champaign, but steady and plentiful. The aroma is honeyed, floral, bready, light notes of orange julius and pine. The body is medium-full, with a little coarse carbonation, an almost velvety palate, and a dry finish. It feels nice in the mouth. After all these months the beer is still hoppy-yet-balanced. Up front itís honeyed, heavily floral, and then it breaks into a yeasty dough, almost sour. While the hops are present throughout, theyíre layered beneath the other flavors and gradually come to the top: tons of flowers with pine, citrus notes of orange, hints of the white pulp of a grapefruit rind, almost some pineapple-like tropical notes that are blended with the slight alcoholic astringency of the finish. Even the hoppy finish is balanced. Iím impressed that the beer is still really wonderful after aging so long as an IPA, a style that is often ruined by aging. The beerís a masterpiece. Warming, relaxing, rewarding.
Bottled: consumed 4-1-2006. Huge fluffy head, lumpy as it sits down a little bit, leaving behind gobs and sheets of off-white lace. The body beneath is amber, hazy; the head above never goes away, itís big and it sticks around...the top of my beer was never seen. Aroma is sweet and smoothe, bready and malty, balanced and rich. Highly sniffable. Noticeabely yeasty, citrusy, sweet, complex and dynamic. Mouth is fullish, carbonation is light and smoothe (flattish), the finish lightly dry. Flavor is malty and balanced. Caramel, fruit, wheat bread dough, citrus and pine on the finish--alcohol very well hidden (although providing some warmth as it warms up). Quite mellow for an IPA on bitterness, but this beer is BIG! Thick, rich, aromatic, yeasty, malty...so well blended, nice and drinkable. No rip your tonsils out bitter end...itís just...pleasant...refreshing...delicious...
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 This is an amazingly well balanced BIG BEER. Itís a hazy amber in color with a thick, rocky beige head that coats the glass rather than laces it, it has a strong grapefruit/pine/lemon zestl hop aroma countered by sweet caramel from the malts. The first taste is a serious bitterness, kind of like chewing on a hop flower, but this is quickly followed by a rush of caramel. Add to this a hit of tropical fruitiness and a mild alcohol burn, and you have an artful blending of flavors sure to satisfy most serious beer drinkers... especially the hopheads in the crowd. The finish is a lingering hop bitterness. We need AleSmith distributed in Chicago!
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murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a orange/straw color with a thin head and thin lacing.
The smell is big juicy hops, and a lot more malts than Iím used to in a double IPA. It smels sweet, and a bit nutty.
The taste is slightly sweet, with good flowing hops. The dryness that I wanted isnt all there. Aside from alcohol content, I cant see how this is a true douoble. Dont get me wrong, this is very good, but as an american IPA, it seems rather tepid. Itís very fruity with strong apricot. It kind of has a bit of heat to it, like a brandy.
All in all, itís a good beer, but not my favorite double.
myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wierd bottle big $$$ at Lee Discount Liquor.....BUT well worth it. Best Double IPA I have had (San Diego Pale I hear they are calling it in SD) Deep orange in color little head not too fizzy just right alcohol warmth not too big. Not suryp like most Imerial IPAS great clean crisp and big hops and hops in the nostrils like pins and needles...REALLY BOSS. And yes I taste a little vanilla. AWESOME BEER COULD IT BE MY FAV???
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is of grapefruit and pine. The color is a hazy amber and orange with a lightly golden head. The taste is balanced between the caramel sweetness and pine and grapefruit flavors of the hops. The bitterness while apparent is suprising smooth on the finish.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, summer release. Wow, Iím not sure if Iíve ever have been this excited about the appearance! Pours a bright hazy orange color with this awesome, creamy frothy light tan head that retains amazingly well. The aroma is piney, citrusy, with some caramel malt and some alcohol. This beer is really very tastey...a perfect balance between the pine/grapefuit notes and the caramel malt. The mouthfeel is creamy,malty,and warm...with a nice amount of hop bitterness providing a bittersweet warming brew. I would like to a fresher batch of this to see how much more hop punch there may be...just so I have an excuse to buy more of this wonderful brew.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange pour with a thick tannish head. Lots of citric and pine hops in the aroma, and some alcohol too. Thick palate that has a lot of hop bite up front. Some orange and citic hop flavor, but you can definitely taste the alcohol which seems a little too harsh and overpowering.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle Pours a murky amber with a good fizzy off white head. Lasts fairly well and has better than average lacing. The aroma is a wonderful mix of malts and hops. Has good chocolate, carmel malts and nice pine and grapefruit hops. The real pleasure is when it hits your mouth. Has a great carbonation with a medium body. Wonderful flavors for both the malt and hops. An excellent durationand an even better ending, no strong aftertaste but just enough to keep you hoping you donít run out. Finish has the perfect amount of bitterness. This is IMHO the best beer I have had. The great people at Ale Smith must distribute east immediately.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"The pour was very nice, amber in color with nice head and laced well. Aroma was of resinous and citrus and some pine and grapefruits. Flavor was the same with also some bread. Was a good beer, not the best i have had from Alesmith."