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RATINGS: 2367   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2009
One of the best single IPAs ever, poured orange with lasting white head. Tasted of lots of floral and citrus hops and a perfect caramel malt finish with a lasting bitter taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 5/1/2009... Man, I didnt get to try this in San Diego last summer so I was wicked happy to see it in a trade. Served up in a Portsmouth snifter... Pours a golden...and I mean GOLDEN...honey color. Very pure and clean looking. First pour doesnt have much head to speak of but well see what happens. Not too much visible carbonation, but the color on this one alone is a treat. Oh yeah...the Ruby Red grapefruit hop presence is excellent. Theres a moderate yet unobtrusive sweet honey malt backbone that balances this out quite nicely though...but does the collar match the cuff? Lets see... Well, theres a slight sweet honey viscosity to this but its not heavy or overbearing. The citrus/grapefruit hops really stand out nicely without a bitter rind sensation. Just tangy, succulent grapefruit. Maybe not as oily as some hop bombs but it carries enough viscosity. This stuff is top-notch. Even with a tad of viscosity and sweetness the finish is a little dry...and thats a good thing. Crisp and clean, no caffeine...maybe a little rind bitterness shows up on the finish but thats just fine with me. This wraps up in excellent fashion. A little bit of booziness is the door that hits you on the ass on the way out. Tough to compare to something else. Maybe a Ruination with more of a purity of hop purpose. A little less balanced than Ruination but enjoyable as hell. The booziness emerges a little more with warmth but thats OK. This is a well-oiled machine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2009
Aroma of citrus and grapefruit. The appearance is yellow with a small head. The flavour is dry with hints of grapefruit, citrus and soil. A very good IPA but it was not a taste sensation as I had expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2009
0.65 l bottle at PBF. Hazy copper-apricot color with creamy head. Sweetish aroma with juicy tropical fruity hops, mango, apricot, honey and grass. Bittersweet flavor with juicy tropical fruity hops, lemon, mango, pine and toffee. Fairly carbonated slightly astringent palate. Full bodied. Very tasty, there are better IPAs though.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a rich a amber color with a decent off white head. Super crazy grapefruit aroma. You can definitely tell what hops they used in those one. Flavor is all hops and just enough malt to hang said hops on. This is a west coast ipa at its finest. Citrus, peach, mango all over the place. Some light spice and long moderately bitter finish. Non existant alcohol. Terrific.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (24788) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2009
Bottled at PBF. Hazy pale amber, mid sized head. Intense shampoo-like grapefruit aroma. Dryish with slim winegum-like cookie malt. Very hoppy and very American beer tat gets in your face immediately. Lots of character and massive bitterness. Pretty awesome as far as Im concerned.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 A golden beer with a two finger head. Aroma is piney, fruity, citrus & great. Taste is a little bitter but not much with all the flavors the aroma has to offer. I can see why this is currently #1.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours a medium orange with a huge, out-of-control head. I can smell the hops from over a foot away. Aroma also has a little flora, slight perfume, grapefruit in abundance. Creamy aroma too. Yum, flavor is also very creamy for an IPA, thick malt base, a little sweet with light fruit, peaches. Finishes just a little bitter. Palate is medium, not too much carbonation. Overall, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Bottled. Golden colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, caramelly, flowery and a bit herbal as well. Flavour is nice grassy, fruity and earthy notes along with some flowery hops as well. Very balanced and pleasant IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2010 In a chilled bottle at Rattle N Hum (Midtown, NYC): Pours a light, penny colour. The aroma gives off a flowery, jasmine feel. Tastes of flowers, cherries, banana, hops... essentially everything you could wish for in an Indian Pale Ale. Very smooth finish. I love this beer. #048 on 03072009, DG.


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