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RATINGS: 2314   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Golden pour with thick off-white head. Citrus hop head with a trace of malt. More citrus and well balanced malt in the taste, with a pretty bold bitter finish while still managing to be smooth. Wonderful mouthfeel on the palate, quite creamy. This is an excellent beer. On a given day it is as good as any other IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle 22 oz.: Poured clear amber with a medium head that did not diminish. Smells of citrus and resinous hops but not excessive. Malty sweetness with citrusy grapefruit hops flavored bitterness with a dry finish. Im torn on this one, because it was EXCELLENT, but I need to go back and try another Stone IPA, because I think this one is better, but I rated the Stone higher. Maybe need to re-rate the Stone. Overall impression.....tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1193) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bought this a couple months ago--top rated IPA on ratebeer--and anticipated drinking it. Aroma is strong--floral, fruity (including pineapple,) light malt. Bright yellow orange with 1/2 inch head that holds a bit. a little thin and ordering on flattish in the mouth. an odd flavor upfront, like smoked grapefruit, and a keening edge to the overall flavor, malt cant stand up to it. noticeable warming. dry harsh finish. did i get a bad bottle?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
22oz bomber thanks to Douglas88. Pours orange with a nice creamy off white head. Aromas of biscuity malts and some pineapple, other citrus from the hops. Flavors very much the same, very hop forward with a nice malt backbone. Tasty stuff, I wish it was available here. Thanks again Douglas.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2009
This does actually deserve its place as the top IPA in the world. It has the traditional American IPA profile done right, or, not just right, perfect! Extremely piney with a complex hop character, a good dose of caramell to back it up and a perfect, bitter finish. Drinkability is also just about right, fantastic.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - MAR 11, 2009
After four years living in san diego while in the navy, im really pissed at myself for not knowing about this beer. had to order it from another dist. because Alesmith doesnt dist to CT. but its unbelievable, what else can i say that everyone else hasnt, for a fan of IPA, this is the zenith. well worth the trouble of ordering.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daleharshman (1054) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Most people will say that the best thing about living in San Diego (aka "Americas Finest City") is the weather. While thats true, I also like to point to the fact that both Alesmith and Ballast Point breweries are on my drive between home and work. That means its very easy to get growler-fuls of this amazing beverage which is truly one of the best things about living in this city. Pours from growler a murky amber-orange with one finger of lingering white head. The aroma is great -- fresh hops with notes of pine and citrus at just the right level, not overpowering. From the nose the fresh citrus carries right across, mainly grapefruit with some orange. The small amount of sweetness makes this a very well balanced IPA. Goes down fresh and smooth with some lingering bitterness. I could drink this all day, and with most of that growler let I think I might.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutbiiliards (17) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2009
golden orange color with normal head. nice hoppy aroma citrus pine pineapple maybe. taste is citrusy all the usual ipa flavors overall nice ipa little pricey against other comparable ipas

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle Pretty fresh from the brewery. Pours a deep gold with an orange glow. Beautiful thick cream white head and some quick moving smaller bubbles. Nose is full of fresh hops. Floral, sweet citrus, and a lite pine. The nose made my mouth salivate a bit. Flavors have a nice intense pine resin with some orange flavor. Nice sweet malt background. Hints of vanilla and fruit too. Mouth is on the upper side of medium a little warm. Excellent IPA, one of the best for sure! Super clean, crisp, refreshing, and smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Beautiful beer, clear deep golden amber with white head and excellent lacing. The aroma great, sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit rind, pine, dank hops, maybe some mango. Flavor is quite nice, hops and malt are very balanced. Theres a flavor story going on: first hop bitterness and piney grapefruit, followed by some malt sweetness, and finishing with bitter hop after taste. Despite the bitterness, theres no harshness. Mouthfeel is creamy, great, very nice carbonation level. Overall, a great IPA, though sometimes it seems like its technically perfect, but less inspired than some other beers.


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