barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 received this gem as part of a trade with Saarlander, thanks Aaron. letís cut right to the quick, this is a beer where the commercial description is dead on! for an IIPA, the mouthfeel is what really impresses me. many IIPAís have nice malt & hops, most have high alcohol & great appearance. this is one of those cases where it all comes together to form a great beer. does southern California have room for one more beer geek? I may be living in the Alesmith parking lot soon! As I sit here nearing the bottom of my first snifter, at least 35 minutes since the pour, there is still an 1/8th to 1/4 inch of lacey foam. it has a wonderful chewy mouthfeel and the balance is superb. I hope Alesmith comes to Illinois soon!
ClarkVV (4332) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 July 2005 bottle from FlacoAlto, thanks man! Drank this with Eyedrinkale on 8/20/2005. Pour is perfect enough for me. Deep copper-amber color,with an ever so slight hint of auburn. White, creamy head is initially large and dense. Recedes somewhat to one finger high, but is well-retained there and provides for much laing. Bottle has sediment at the bottom, while the beer is lightly hazy. Aroma of straight up citrus hops. Adding to that you get crystally malt sweetness and just a bit of that hard, crystal malt dryness/breadiness. Candied oranges and a fair dose of perfuminess. Flavor begins with a ample but yet not-quite-overthetop amount of hops bitterness. Itís oranges, orange rinds, grapefruits and marmalade, but it dosent make you cringe (or dosent make me cringe anyways). Soft, creamy toffee/caramel supports the hops nicely, while the mouthfeel is fluid and soft, the carbonation being gentle and only making itself known enough to assert that it is not loose or thin. Medium body on the maltiness, surprisingly light, which brings me to my first problem; itís just not chewy and thick enough for me. I really was expecting a thick, creamy, chewy malt monster with a huge hops flavor. Sure itís got the hops flavor, but unlike last summerís version, this one backs off on the malt apparency (I sure loved last summerís). Finish is balanced and clean, with grapefruit and light spiciness, caramel and some dry earthiness. A wonderfully-made, flawless beer, but I still prefer the maltier, chewier version. 8/5/8/4/15
Summer 2006 bomber consumed on 10/5/06
Still a wonderful appearance, great retention and lacing and all.
Nose seems a bit more alcoholic/harsh than I recall, with LOTS of bitterness and more pine resin than remembered. Still, itís certainly lush, bold and aromatic. Something lightly sourdough-like creeps in, as if crystal malt has an effect.
The first half of the bottle proved rather harsh, heavy and somewhat overdone in bitterness and it was getting difficult to keep going, but then, somehow, the flavors began to come together and it began to get very enjoyable. Fruitiness emerges, followed by a backing off of the pine and heavy grapefruit. Some light malt sweetness helps soften things, while more alcohol actually seems to work beneficially in drying out the finish and taking some focus off of the heavy hop bitterness. In the end, the fruitiness proves to save the day, though. And the texture, which is always a strong point with AleSmith. 7/5/8/4/14
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Given as a refresher at papago brewing for xmas in july. Copper-orange color with a big bountiful white head. Heaven is only one word to describe the aroma, spices. citrus and others just fill up the senses. Has a smooth dry crisp mouthfeel, nice and warming. The alcohol contect is there but not very noticeable until the end. Comparing with the last time I had this beer during the holidays until now, it has aged well. The last word to describe this beer is awesome.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a thick head of clinging lace. Aroma is hops and grapefruit. Flavor is hops, grapefruit, melon, hops, flower, hops, and hops. Mouthfeel is thick and coating. A nice IPA that accentuates the hops even more as it warms.
Rerate, courtesy of Zinister. Thanks!
2007 bottle. Flavor is much more cohesive, with notes of pine and grapefruit making an appearance (the aforementioned absent from my first sampling). A very full and synergistic effort. GREAT IPA!
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy hop aroma, trace of pine/bark odor. More sweet than bitter. Burnt orange color. Big ivory head, fades slowly. Flavor is much more mild than expected, though hop profile is right where it should be. Burnt and spicy finish, blalnced, though not malty. Mouthfeel is thick. Very nice brew, my first from AleSmith.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus aroma with notes of vanilla and alcohol.
Citrus flavor with notes of alcohol, syrup and spices. Sweet and round. Long bitterness with notes of stone.
heemer77 (5186) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 I wanted to like this more than I did. The body is dark orange with a slightly yellowish head. The aroma is oranges, vanilla and hay. The taste is sweet with oranges and vanilla. This is also a little woody with some grassy character. The beer is actually very well balanced for an IIPA. Thanks for sharing, JCapriotti. Tried this one again and still loved it. A great IIPA.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Smells of grapefruit and rosey, but not nearly as sharp as their previous bottling. More watery and too much caramel and malty flavors for a Double IPA.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Aug 20, 2005, Summer 2005 batch, courtesy of Secret Santa (kujo9 - thanks, Mike!)
Clear bright orange in color with a fizzy, cloistered head. Snappy hops aroma with some honey, maple and sugar sprinkled grapefruit. Hotter than the Christmas 2004 batch. Assertive sting at first touch with all the previously identified flavor and palate traits.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter Edition, Bottled. Incredible! Signifigantly hoppy but not overpoweringly so, with an excellent balance of malt. Just got the Summer edition in at my store and may have to try side by side, as I understand they arenít quite the same. That will also give me an excuse to drink two wonderful beers. (Do I really need an excuse?)