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RATINGS: 2354   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours very nice dark golden color with very long lasting and fluffy off white head. Aroma is excellent and hoppy, nice citrus and pine resins dominate. Flavor is similarly great, similar to the aromas, but the malts offer a great balance, not as bitter as the aroma might suggest. Very smooth body, and although the high alcohol content is somewhat noticable through the warmth, it is very well hidden. A top notch IPA from my favorite brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
Pours a clear, bright golden with a beautiful thick fluffy head that hangs around for ages. Fantastic lacing and a great looking IPA all the way around. Big citrus and piny hops in the nose with a pleasant malt aroma in the background. Strong lemon and grapefruit smells on top of the fragrant pine. Initial bitterness of the piny hop blast almost immediately gives way to the citrus, with lemon zest, oranges, and grapefruits dominating. Very subtle malt background throughout before the pine hop bitterness reenters the fray in the lingering aftertaste. Pretty aggressive but well balanced. Medium bodied with enough carbonation and bitterness to zing the tongue nicely. Despite the zing, the overall mouthfeel is actually very smooth. One of the more drinkable IPAs out there and a solid example of a West Coast IPA. This is about as big as you can get without getting into DIPA territory. Another great beer from the folks at AleSmith who rarely disappoint.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
The color was light brass. The head was thin, creamy, and off-white. The aroma was apricot, pine, hops, and fruit. The flavor was hoppy, waxy/bitter, fruity, citrisy, and pine. The palate was full-bodied. The finish was warm and waxy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Bonus from Smokepot23, thanks Joe. Pours a nice copper amber with a creamy light yellow head. The nose was intense and fruity, very nice fresh hop nose, mango, grapefruit peel, mild spicy character. Flavor is very fruity and hoppy, mango, citrus rind, well contained bitterness. Wonderful flavor. Palate has a nice spicy bitterness that doesnt dominate. Funtastic IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2008
Deep golden color, leaving off-white lacing. Potent hop estery aromas are mostly grassy. Body is heavy. Solid.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (644) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours an orangey hue with an absolutely phenomenal head which sticks around all the way through, leaving torrents of lacing on the side of my glass. S- Very floral hops and a sweet malt backbone. T- Taste is smooth and sweet, definitely hopped up but not obtrusively so. M- Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not too viscous with about an average amount of carbonation. D- This is a monumentally drinkable IPA. I shared the bomber with my dad but could have easily had the whole thing to myself.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2008
FINALLY got to try this thanks to dra19. Nice piney grapefruit right away even after about a year on this bottle i think. Thick head that clings to the glass long after the pour. For all the hops this thing has its a smoother drinking IPA than some. Very well balanced. I need to go to California and get this fresh from the kegs. Thanks again dra19.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9878) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2008
Draught Yellow medium head; pale orange-amber colour. Passionfruit & grapefruit notes, bitterish fruitsherbet aromas. Very perfumey-hoppy flavours; enhanced by the alcohol coming out. Quite clean palate, quite slick. Good IPA, basically not overpowering, enticing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yenbrat (1) - California, USA - APR 22, 2008 does not count
AleSmith IPA is at the top of the list when it comes to this hoppy west coast style IPA. A rush of piney and citrusy hop aroma sweeps over you when you crack open this bottle of real ale. As you pour into your glass the light amber nectar releases carbonation carrying the aroma of a fresh hop field to your nose as you anxiously wait for the white head to settle down to take your first sip. Intense hop flavor is balanced with a malty sweetness creating a symphony of flavors on the tongue with a dry finish. Hops are intense throughout the entire experience but no so much that you need a break between quaffs. Excellent presentation of the sinfully hoppy west coast IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (922) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
Aroma is of peaches with some conifer and citrus. Good taste of peaches and hops with the aftertaste of In N Out burgers for some reason. Good beer but not as good as I was expecting. Improves as it warms up.Might buy again


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