Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 13, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Pours bright white crown that indicates strong alpha character, nice amber hue. Pleasant to eye . Piney, spruce forest, refreshing clean nose. There is more, behind you shall find good malt base. Flavour; hoppy high class front, great smooth texture. Super mouthfeel. Lovely blend of hops, malt, spice (juniper?) and yeast. Superb, world class beer.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first impression somehow is always the aroma. You'd think it would be appearance, but I personally can't keep my nose out of the bottle when I uncap it. The aroma here is pretty huge: SMOOTH vanilla notes mixed with sweet swells of brown sugar and just a touch of hops. The flavor does the aroma justice, but hints more towards the hops. One striking impression: this beer is seriously smooth. So well crafted, the balance between the hops and the malt is great. Even for a beer as hoppy as this is, the palate is just wonderful. I'd be lying if I said the flavor reflected the aroma exactly, and I think this may be it's only downside. The hops are nice...better than nice...but that vanilla and caramel I find so strongly in the aroma and only faintly in the flavor is what really could make this beer a top contender. Excellent regardless. Thanks Cap. Cougar.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours copper with a thick off-white head. Citrus and hops on the nose. Nice warm and chewy mouthfeel. Orange, hops, caramel, pepper, and toasted malt. Dry peppery hop finish. Well-ballanced and extraordinary. Hops are much more subtle than some IIPAs. An amazing beer. And it's given me quite a buzz.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark cloudy orange with a big off-white head. No grapefruity aromas but certainly a lot of hops in the nose with a nice whisper of mandarin oranges. I wonder what kind of dry hops they use??? Amazingly well-balanced with a nice quick bitterness that cascades into a rush of flavoring hops and alcohol. This is the kinda beer that you never want to swallow. I held that second sip in my mouth for 10 seconds. Like their IPA, bitterness is not the focal point but man is it good. Hops through and through. Excellent. Thank you whaleman. You are a gentleman of the uptmost integrity.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whaleman 2004: Poured a cloudy dark orange with a thick cream colored head. Big malty/candy/caramel aroma. Great hop/malt balance with a mild citrusy taste. Finish is slightly bitter. Full bodied. A great beer.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours hazy amber, frothy off-white head, with some minor yeasty bits floating about. Strong hop aroma, slight piney/spruce notes. Yup, definitly slowly diminishing head and superb lacing. Forwardly hoppy, mildly malty, smooth and creamy. This is quite the treat! Full body, great mouthfeel. Excellent Winter offering from Alesmith.   w00t!! 200 ratings!!!   Thanks goes out to herbjones for the trade!
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber with a little orange to it. Sweet and sharply hoppy nose. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Malts had a sturdy, sweet base and a big, toasted bread flavor. Very peppery, spicy and hoppy. Nicely balanced. Warming. Interesting flavors, with elements of tobacco and darkly toasted bread. Healthy bitterness rounds things out. Dry, Hoppy finish ... with a tobacco aftertaste that reminded me of my addicted days. Nevertheless, really good beer. Kept my interest piqued.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This poured a darker red color almost like Celebration Ale. Little head was present and aroma filled the room with hops. The taste was very hoppy, yet balanced, with a nice clean finish that makes this beer stand out as one of the better IPA's on the market.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
All the Thanks to EyeDrinkAle for sending me this and a few other AleSmith last month; he’s a great guy I tell you!!
Rating # 385 ** 2003 Bottle**
Pours a deep majestic mahogany body, which in turn creates a voluptuous cushion of kaki head. The nose is a full-caramelized grapefruit connection. Big notes of brown sugar, loads of assorted citrus zests, some spicy appreciation of rosemary and a plug of clove are slapping my taste buds like a bongo drum.
I’m actually hitting on more notes of toffee than I am caramel, and brings loooooooong dry pine sap notes reminding me of a freshly cut Douglas Fur. This Dry finish is not as citrus as the typical Imp IPA, it’s more of a musty and woodsy pine chip and rosemary, it is very Christmassy! YuelSmith brings a soft velvety palate, and hangs sheets of silky lace with each sip. SHIT!!!!! … I have to wait 10 ½ more month’s for Christmas! I wouldn’t mind a case of the 2004 YuleSmith as a gift… hint, hint, to anybody so kind!!!
Terminus (3480) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 22oz July 04 release-Not much has changed in the flavor from the winter 03 version, but what did change was the balance and palate. This beer is wonderful. I have to bump the score up a little on this one!
22 oz bomber-pours a deep amber color with medium carbonation. Tight medium sized bubbles on the off-white head. Wonderful aroma of malts and citrus/piney hops-the best of all worlds! Very balanced and full aroma. The flavors are crazy-citrus (orange and pineapple), sour apples, carmal malts-slight similarities to SNCA in the malt and pineyness delivery. Body/palate is the only thing bringing this one down from the top spot because it was just slightly thin. big thanks to squidget for sending this one my way from AZ!!!