184601 (206) - Mexicali, MEXICO - APR 9, 2009
Quite good overall purchased at Bevmo San Diego the one near Fashion Valley,pretty good some orange notes,the hops are very remiscent of Sierra Nevada PA,nice full flavor, but also really drinkable which its what surprised me, great aroma : citrusy,plumish hoppy floral-like,great!!!! beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2009
Wow and wow again. Hops strong on the nose. Very very balanced. The hops do not dominate the palate at all as I have come to expect and enjoy in a morbid way from west coast and mid west ipas. In the flavor I get hops, citrus, pine but nothing doing more then anything else should with this beer. I would have to say that this guy is my new favorite IPA. Hats off to Alesmith. MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a nice sized white head. Very hoppy aroma... grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Flavor is very smooth, not overpowering. Sweet flavor initially gives way to a nice hoppy bitterness. I love it! joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
For sure, a top notch IPA. It pours golden orange with a dissapearing orange head. The aroma is balanced with sweet, spicy caramel and fresh bitter citrus and hints of tropical fruit. Taste is very smooth and well balanced. It’s almost honey like sweet followed by a fruity, spicy bitterness. Medium bodied and an relatively easy drinking summer beer. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Light amber with a nice head, good retention... Huge hops, citrus, grapefruit, this is what an ipa should smell like.... Easy drinking, good flavor, nice hoppy flavor with a touch of malt to calm it down... Dry finish, lingering hops... Wow, amazing IPA, just as good as two hearted, racer 5, and blind pig...
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - APR 6, 2009
Bottled 650ml. Courtesy of badlizard. Great head retention. Most beautiful lacework. Deeply inviting nose, strong and reminiscent of Cascade with hints of mandarin, grapefruit, vanilla, nasturcium, pine needles, blue cheese, mustard and coconut. Extremely pleasant taste. Flawless an abundant with flavors. Undoubtably one of the best IPAs in the world. Far better than Bells Two Hearted Ale for example. Thanks a lot badlizard for this amazing beer! GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 22 oz thanks to Joey! Pours a clear, light amber with a one finger beige head. Moderate carbonation. God-like lacing. Big grapefruit aroma with sweet caramel, toffee, flowers, pineapple juice. Taste is very well balanced. Up front lots of pineapple juice and bubbles followed by fresh grapefruit juice, citrus hops, and some sweet caramel malt. Spicy, dry finish. Best IPA in the world? Pretty close but I might take Sierra Nevada Harvest over this one. But damn this is good.7/5/8/5/16=4.1cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
Fresh bombers from AleSmith are quite possibly the superlative example of a rather ubiquitous and uninteresting style. This IPA reminds me of why I seek out the style in the first place. It pours with a massively rocky yellowish beige head that leaves sick lacing everywhere. Beautiful mango, pineapple, caramel in the nose. Taste is so rich in toffee, caramel, fresh West Coast hops that give this beer a thirst-quenching palate and massively smooth body that makes the entire pint disappear in about 1 minute. So beautiful. I have in my notes here: "IPA Perfection."
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Fresh bomber served in a tulip. Pours an almost clear, polished copper in color with a large frothy off-white head. Aromatic spruce and pineapple hops with an underlying sweet vanilla, honeyed malt. Significant lacing. A touch of sweetness in front of a good bitter flavor that quickly bitters some more. Medium body and a smooth, creamy, and sticky texture. Earthy, warming, bittersweet finish of some length. Without question this is one of the best IPAs around. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 1 pint 6oz bottle from BevMo. Poured a pure copper color with a nice white head that fell very slowly, moderate carbonation. The smell is very floral, lots of citrus and hops. The taste is all citrus, a good amount of hops with a slightly bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming at all. Really good, close to perfect IPA. Just what I wanted. clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Smell is of fresh hops. Smells dry and it is. Nice flavor of citrus and strong malts in the background. Hops dominate here, and they are of the particularly sticky and resiny kind. Spicy and finishes dry, and the hops keep kicking long after the beer is gone. Great beer, and great IPA.