MrStitch (138) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a big 2 finger eggshell colored head that really has some staying power. Leaves thick rings of lacing around the glass. Aroma is very fruity, some citrus, hints of dough, and sweet. Taste is very even rich toasted malt up front fading quickly into bitter clean flavor of the hops. This is a good Imperial I.P.A. very even, definitely a well crafted brew. My hats off to Alesmith... good job on a beer that I would drink more of were they available in PA.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Summer 2008 edition. Pours a cloudy, golden, orange with a 3 cm dense white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of pine and citrus hops. Some kind of sweetness too in the aroma. Initial flavor is balanced between sweet, sour, and hoppy. At the end the hops dominate with a fierce bite that hangs around until your next sip. Medium body, heavy lacing, light carbonation, and a slight alcohol presence noted. Overall a very well done beer, but what beer from AleSmith isn’t?
Tomy63 (137) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur or, peu de mousse. Nez puissant, houblonné, agrumes, pamplemousse, mandarine, très frais. Bouche très puissante, sèche, un peu résineuse, pleine d’agrumes, fruits exotiques (mandarine, pamplemousse surtout, un peu de mangue) quelques notes florales aussi (violette ?). Finale très longue, sèche, grosse amertume. Double IPA assez originale, elle n’a pas le côté caramel et sucre des Double IPA, on est vraiment sur le fruit mais avec une très grosse puissance.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Perfect for the 4th. Pours a hazy orange with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is full of citrus hops, some mango, a nice balance of sweet malts. fFavor is bursting with citrus and pine hops. An all around nice west coast DIPA.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 Bubbly head on a light orange body. Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy and a bit sweet. Taste is good, though a bit more malt-forward than I would have liked. It has a slightly sweet/syrupy quality, but not enough to kill it for me. Definitely a well done beer, but I actually prefer the standard AleSmith IPA to this.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - APR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured my last one into a glass last night. I cannot seem to get enough of this beer! A wonderful taste explosion of hoppiness. This beer is masked incredibly well in the finish and doesn’t seem high alcohol. The aroma is very intense and smells of grapefruit and matsuma oranges. Nice balance in the body as it’s not too big and heavy preventing me from taking another sip. Excellent beer!
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to mrmiles for the bomber! (reviewed from notes 9/25)
A: Pours a very hazy gold/straw color with a big fluffy head. Retention is perfect! Gorgeous pour, and the head is similar to Alesmith’s IPA, which basically looks like meringue
S: The nose is kind of subtle, but very balanced. Lots of pale malts play well with a huge citrus note (tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango). This is awesome - Sculpin’s cousin
T: Huge bitterness upfront that is balanced by a nice honey-like sweetness. Yeast is unique, and quite flavorful. Citrus, tropical fruit hops are here also.
MF/D: Slightly prickly carbonation, but otherwise medium body and pretty smooth. Bittersweet citrus finish.
Notes: AleSmith makes some damn good offerings. I believe this is my third offering after Speedway and their IPA, all of which received near-perfect scores.
Kroney (126) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange, with a medium off white head. Aroma is stone fruit and berries with some pine and tropical fruit too. The aroma dominates this big ipa, and much more complex than the flavor, which is a bit underwhelming compared to the aroma, but the aroma is so good thard not a knock. Really good beer.
IEBAILI (123) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful golden orange color with a huge, fluffy white head that hangs around a long time and leaves a heavy coating on the grass as it slowly recedes. Smells of pungent, bright fruit, lemon-lime and tangerine hops over sweet, mild malts. Tastes of bright citrus hops with little malt flavor but a pleasantly smooth, rich mouthfeel. The malt component emerges more on the finish, which is also marked by a lingering hop bitterness. They didn’t muck it up with a lot of specialty malts; it’s almost like a double version of AleSmith X. I live in San Diego and I’ve tasted some great DIPA’s; this is my favorite. It starts with the ridiculously thick foam that foreshadows the extremely rich texture; but in another sense it is light, in that it doesn’t have much toast/ caramel/ crystal malt flavor; it does have a touch of sweetness, which only seems to enhance the enjoyment of the hop bitterness. But it’s the smell that seals the deal - if you like citrus fruit bright hops more than piney-resin smells, this is for you. The bitterness is powerful but not quite in the ’I’ve got more IBU’ s thn you’ camp. A definite contender for my desert island brew.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours deep, slightly cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma is chock full of hops: citrussy, piney and resinous with some earthiness too. Surprisingly for this hop monster, there is an excellent malt aroma in the nose: sweet caramel and bread. Flavor is big on the hops (resinous pine and grassy earth) with plenty of bitterness to back up the minimally apparent alcohol and sweet, bready malt backbone. Some floral and citrussy fruit esters come through was well. Finishes fairly dry and bitter with a mild alcohol warmth. Body is quite full and slightly sticky and smooth. Excellent DIPA.