DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
On tap at The Local in San Diego. Clear bronze, dense cream head generating thick lace. Very fresh aroma of tangerines and lychee. Medium sweet malt supports a much more resinous hop profile than the aroma hints at-- all citrus oil and pine. Finish is very bitter and long. Delicious. thornecb (5916) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours bright amber into a tulip. Beautiful head top-hats rim. Resin and pine aromas. Dry, crisp grapefruit and malt. ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Great floral and citrus hops with great balance with sweet malts. Some red ale type malts in there giving a hint of chocolate. Lots of floral hops in the finish. Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
aroma is full of citrus primarily orange and grapefruit. very hazy golden color. substantial malt backbone with nice bitterness. slightly puckering aftertatse that leads to slight dry finish. faint plastic taste is the only fault I can find. beerater (16) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
The Brewers at Alesmith are too humble...stating that IPA stands for "It’s Pretty Awesome". I would call it an IVA for "It’s Very Awesome" For my taste, this is as perfectly balanced between the smooth malty flavor and hoppy bitterness as any IPA. Very mild undertones can have you imagining all kinds of flavors. This complex yet tasty beer works great with complex and tasty Thai dishes. In my opinion, it is the best value at $8.00 a bottle for this quality.
hayduke (5209) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
From a big bottle, this poured a cloudy copper-orange color with an fat slightly off-white head a rich lacing rings. Nose is of citrus and pine hops. Caramel malts in good balance. Very rich and clean mouthfeel. Flavor is not complex,. but is delightful in a perfect balance of malts and hops that makes this very easy to drink.
Long bitter finish. Right up there at top of the very best IPAs. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Thanks to soonah for the bottle!<b /r>A little gush upon opening. Opaque tangerine with a large, foamy white head, long-lasting. Nose is very salty and sour, with grapefruit, mangoes, and kiwi. Citric bitterness is present, but not like the flavor where it dominates all else but the caramel. Foamy, over-carbonated mouth. Nose is great, flavor a bit less so, but overall, this is solid stuff. mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured from a bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7255 -- Thanks again Jason! I’ve wanted to try this for a long time. I’ve had this bottle in the cellar for about three months now, probably should have cracked it sooner because the hop punch has faded a bit. Caramel malt presence dominates now, but the hops are still there -- citrus, floral aroma/taste with raisins on the finish. Very nice mouthfeel -- smooth but slightly more carbonated than say a Two Hearted. Great head retention. OldMrCrow (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 Bottle.
movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Strong caramel malty IPA in the classic SoCal vein. Cascade-style hops in abundance, lots of caramel malt. All the same flaws as Yulesmith. A reasonably good beer, but I simply don’t understand the hype. #1 IPA? You’ve got to be kidding me. 10/26/2008
Rerate 9/16/2012. I’ve had a few bottle since the original rating, but given that it was not until recently distributed in Washington State, this may be the first time I’ve had a really fresh bottle. I’m impressed this time around; it’s really nice. Malts in the back seat, big piney aroma and citrus flavors, a c-hopped IPA in the Sculpin/BigEye vein (or vice versa) with an almost belgian richness in the subtler non-hop flavor components and that vanilla that is mentioned in the commercial description. I didn’t give this one enough respect the first few times around. This time I’d go more like 8/4/8/4/16. I’ll lean heavily in this direction.
WOW. Poured a nice hazy yellow orange with chunks. Nose was very very sweet floral amazing. Flavors nice sweet unique hop taste. Bitter at first but then resides to sweet quickly. Nice medium malt character. This is the best single IPA ive ever had next to two hearted. This had so much vibrancy.