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RATINGS: 2310   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (812) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours a nice light copper color. Nice frothy head with a little lacing. Aroma is of light spicy hops. very nice and right on for style. Flavor as light malt and spicy hops. Nice lingering hop finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a transparent reddish color with a huge white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma of sticky pine, resiny hops, citrus and malts. Flavor is hop bitterness, balanced out by the malts, citrus, and deliciousness. Excellent IPA, one of my favorites.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1295) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
(bottle, thanks Bartzilla!) Pours hazy copper-orange with a lasting white head that leaves sticky lacing; a perfect five. The aroma is just great. First, I get a big blast of grapefruit, and a cotton candy-like sweetness, followed up by mandarin orange and ambrosia salad. Some pine and grass emerges as well. Wow, this is something else. The taste however, fallls flat. Theres a little caramel taste in here, with just a weak hop finish. The complexity that the nose displayed is not exhibited at all in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. This beer is paradoxical, the aroma is probably the best Ive ever smelled in an IPA, but the flavor is very run of the mill.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Rating #300! bomber, thanks to Sparky27. Amazing.... for sure, the best IPA Ive ever had - it lives up to its rating as the #1 IPA. pours a deep golden with a nice thick white head which holds well throughout as a nice lacing and slim top. piney hop aromas... solid full body over the palate, with a huge hop presence. sticky, chewy and creamy. slight malt undertone... huge bitter finish which sticks with you - literally. lots of citrus fruits from start to finish. the hops in this one will smack you.... a true delight.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2008
OK, the pivotal, highest of high, in terms of IPA beers. Pours medium gold from bomber forming large foamy head. Aroma of hopped up pine resines, citrus flowers with an apricot mash of peach and malted buds. Flavour was of a full flavoured beer, premium IPA style beer. Full on hopped pine resins with a slight grapefruit and rhine character. Wet forrest flowers with pepper endings demands to be heard too. The holy of holies? Damn near, this is truly the best beer to experience in terms of overall style and comfort. Bring me kegs! A remarkable beer to behold and experience!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Finally got to try the highest rated beer of my favorite style. Bomber poured into small tulip glass. Hazy cascading orange forming a billowy head. Thick webby lacing. Awesome aroma of floral hops, tropical fruit, peach, and bright citrus (tangerine, grapefruit). Flavor marked by zesty grapefruit hops-fresh and spritzy- like a twisting of grapefruit rind on the tongue. Has a robust hoppy bitterness which is at the same time mellow and smooth. Clean resiny finish--no astringency. Nice biscuity malt foundation to support all the hoppy goodness. Im not sure if this or Bells Two Hearted is the best single IPA Ive had, but this has to be way up there nonetheless. Bottle from Pacific Standard.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Nice dark golden color with very long lasting and fluffy off white head. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy with citrus and pine resins dominating. Flavor is really great with the malts offering a good balance. A first rate IPA that I will buy again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur dore-ambre et claire. Nez de houblon rsineux, citrique (pamplemousse), lgrement herbeux (herbes fraches) et floral, fruit (agrumes, abricots), malt de biscuits, lger de caramel et avec des traces de pain. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen ainsi quune texture crmeuse et lgrement rsineuse. Got amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse), rsineux et moyennement floral (une amertume sche et frache, prsente toute la gorge) accompagn dun got fruit (agrumes sucres, abricots) lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got malt de biscuits au caramel avec des notes de pain et de crales puis en finale lon assiste un regain damertume de houblon plus asschante, herbeuse (herbe fraches, notes de th et traces de menthe) et lgrement plus rsineuse ainsi quavec des notes dalcool. Post-got long et sec, amer de houblon rsineux, citrique, herbeux et lgrement floral ainsi quavec un lger got fruit (zest dagrumes, noyau de pche) et de traces dalcool doux.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 10, 2008
bomber into pint glass. Pours hazy amber orange. Big slightly off-white head. Sweet citrus and pine hops and sweet malt aroma - smells like hopslam. Strong but smooth hops (not extremely bitting). Alcohol is hidden really well. Soft and medium bodied on palate. Overall: Check this out if you can find it. I got it at "From The Vine" outside of Columbus; really sweet store.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
BOTTLE: Obvious sediment in golden color with thick white head and fabulous lacing. Very piney with a hint of grapefruit in the nose. Flavor is extremely piney, like picking up a tree and eating it. Palate is lively but oh so dry. This is just too much of an IPA for my liking, or at least not as balanced as Id prefer.


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