Fin (11070) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2016 Bottle that came courtesy of Reluctant Scooper and Beer Merchants following a competition I entered, consumed 10-02-09 Many thanks to Simon (Haddonsman) and Phil L Pours warm gold with a white head. The aroma is sweet with honey and then the hops start to show, also a little yeast. I’m not sure what the hops are but they taste of pine and also have a good citric bite. Really nice sweetness come flooding through, but those hops are also streaking around the mouth. This is a lovely beer, wonderful see -sawing of hoppiness and sweetness. A7 A4 F8 P4 OV16 3.9 Had this again in Bottle from Beer Gonzo shop, consumed at home Friday 19th August 2016 whilst cooking Chicken with Coriander Chutney Curry and Lol making a Dal. Wonderfully soft and creamy mouthfeel, yolky to light amber with a haze and a white head. Wow this is a great beer, the bitterness hangs forever and a day, resin surges through but the tropical flavours win out, loving this. A7 A4 T9 P5 Ov17 4.2 BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle pours a clear vibrant orange color with a quickly dissipating off white head. Strong aromas of hop, grass, and citrus. Taste is slightly sweet with hints of citrus mostly orange & grapefruit with a tasteful bitter hoppy finish. A great IPA. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle thanks to MrChopin, cheers Kevin!! Aroma has notes of sweet citrus fruits, with caramel malts, and a littel catnip. Very nice. Light to medium clear amber hue with a large off-white head that mostly lasted and left some lace. Flavor is sweet and fruity then turns moderately bitter. Palate is medium bodied and watery soft. Very drinkable IPA that’s soft and fruity with a well balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. So happy I finally got to try this. Did not disappoint. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2009
fruit fruit fruit! nose is an attack of sweet and savory fruits. not just lemon -- but everything in between. appearance is hazy orange. flavor is huge esthers and plenty of hops. bitterness is on point but not overwhelming -- nor should it be. palate is perfectly wet. far from sloppy but the flavor pleasantly lingers. overall not as good as two hearted, but better then stone IPA. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
A- Off-white, creamy head with a hazy orange hue. Great retention and lacing throughout.
S- Nose is mostly of big citrus aromas (orange, grapefruit, lemon); subtle maltiness.
T- Wow! Sweet hoppiness up front followed by subtle caramel maltiness; the finish is long and citrusy, but not overly bitter; very nice balance, this taste is as close to a prototypical IPA as you can get.
M- Smooth and refreshing, light to medium body, light carbonation, creamy texture
D- Impressive drinkability characterized by smooth, citrusy taste and pleasingly bitter finish.
I was turned onto craft beer by the Stone line of ales while living in Arizona, but I think that Alesmith IPA has quickly become one of my personal favorites and my top-ranked IPA.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2009
bomber from south bay drugs poured into a pint glass. pours a very pure, clear golden color with hints of amber and a bright white, bubbly head and great lacing. aroma was probably the single best IPA aroma i’ve come across. huge floral hops come bursting from the glass with scents of tulips and roses backed by grapefruit, apricot, big pine, and hints of spice and slight sweetness. flavor was a near perfect balance of big, citrusy hops and a great, slighlty sweet malty background. flavors of pine, fresh flowers, sweet peach, and some vanilla evolve as the beer opens up. palate was velvety smooth, medium bodied, and slightly chewy. this beer seemed to jump all over my tougue and was simply delicious. nearly a perfect IPA in my opinion, and the best i’ve tasted. blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Bottle, from nbutler11. Pours golden orange with a thick and lasting beige head. Nice fruity sweet and piny hop aroma. The flavor is well balanced, with nice piny and floral notes, followed by a long bitter hop finish. Very good, though there are plenty of IPA’s I’d choose over this, Green Flash West Coast, Nugget Nectar, and Port Wipeout just to name a few. Still, very good and very drinkable. Definitely worthy of it’s high rating. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark and clear amber. Strong and delicious hop nose, followed by a well hopped and crisp beer. Has a little spice kick to with a good bitter finish. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Golden color with a thick head and floral hop aromas. Floral hop flavors with fruity overtones. Crisp and refreshing perfectly hopped.
DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Re-rate 5/6/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Clear deep golden. Pleasant hoppy aroma of tropical fruits and some flowers. Dry-ish flavor with a bit of malt, light sweetness, fruity hops and a pleasant bitter finish. Medium-bodied. A good IPA. 8/3/7/3/14=3.5
(11/11/08) Bottle at friends’ house in Philadelphia. Slightly hazy amber color with a big stable off-white head. Hoppy aroma with pine, resin, floral notes, grapefruit, some caramel and light cookie notes. Bitter hoppy flavor with grapefruit, some piney notes and some balancing malty, caramelly, sweetness. Medium-bodied and a nice smooth mouthfeel. A very good IPA. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7