SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 [Bottle, thanks Skyview!] Pours hazy orange with a big cream head. Aroma and taste are both dominated by citrus hoppiness. Caramel malt also in there. Not overly bitter as some IPAs end up being. Medium-thick mouthfeel. Good finish. Didn’t find it to be too complex, but really well made and a very nice IPA. Original rating: 8/4/7/4/17=4.0Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Re-rate: [Bottle, thanks Guerde!] I split half a bottle this time, and I actually liked it less. The aroma is pretty good, but the taste really left a lot to be desired. Good, but really falls well short of IPAs like Surly Furious.
Picked up a 22-oz bomber at John’s Marketplace in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 07. Pours a slight hazed golden brew with thin particles and a thick, lumpy off-white head that just barely goes away. Aroma of sweet tangerines, some citrus zest, pine and a hint of caramel malt. Taste is medium bodied with some carbonation. The flavor really kicks up a few notches with a sweet tangerine, grapefruit and caramel flavor. Finish has a nice bitter bite with a dry flavor that lingers around after the finish. Another excellent brew from Alesmith. KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Another great brew courtesy of Skyview. Slightly hazy golden color with a nice finger thick dirty white head. Great cirtusy hop aroma with apparent pine as well as a floral quality too. The flavor is great. Citrus grapefruit and lemon and a hint of caramel with a nice smooth bitter finish. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich to rocky off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is sweet lemon zest-citrus (Amarillo), pine hops-bite (also cascade?), secondary/faint medium malt-caramel. Taste is solid, sessionable, just off from the great aroma, sweet lemon zest-citrus (Amarillo), pine hops-some bite (also cascade?), secondary medium malt-caramel.. Further in the taste gets closer to the aroma and the bite strengthens a bit. Nice American IPA. OK/mild carbonation.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2008
(bottle): Pours a soft golden yellow color, fizzy. Huge head, very lasting w/big bubbles & good lacing. Very piney aroma, some nuttiness present too. Very sweet smelling, almost like a candy. Soft fizzy mouthfeel. Piney hops & some malt. Bittery good but not too caustic. Warming up, drier, less bitter & hoppy. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2008
22oz Bottle Pours out light gold amber topped with a cream off white head. A very nice pine hop aroma. Tast of sweet caramel and pine along with citrus hops. A nice light bitter end. A very smooth and easy drink. no alcohol picked up by me for over 7% that is pretty good. A very nice IPA. But hey what did you expect from ALE SMITH. cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Smelled citrusy and hoppy. Appeared a slightly brownish color with a large head that was off-white. Tasted hoppy, grapefruit, bitter aftertaste and good. Overall a good beer that I would love to have another of. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
In short: One of the most intense <8% IPA. Extremely bitter grapefruit and pine-needles hopping. Amazing stuff.drfabulous (7948) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2008
How: 22oz bottle from my Secret Festivus. A million thanks whoever you are.
The look: Clear golden body with a medium beige head
In long: Intense nose of grapefruit with some pineapples and pine-tree. Taste is just as intense as the nose. Almost too intense! The initial attack is smooth and surprisingly sweet. Not thick caramel-sweet, more like crisp sugary honey/caramel sweetness. But then the intense fruity bitterness kicks-in and is it ever tasty. I’m talking intensely bitter to the point of making faces. And that’s a hop-head talking. The bitter hops flavours we equally grapefruit and pine-tree seconded by pineapples and citrus. The more the beer warmed up the more the pine-tree was coming out and it was drying out the beer quite nicely. More highly drinkable chilled than cold. This beer is a slap in the face and unless your idea of a good time is being chained and tied-up in a tight latex suit this is the most pleasant slap in the face you can get.
The baby was put to bed. We had 15 minutes until 30 Rock came on. Dinner was finished. This is the moment in the evening when things feel calm, a lull takes over the living room, we have peace of mind until the baby starts waking up, until night completely takes over. I’m sitting deep in an over-sized couch. I don’t give a damn about New Hampshire. I open the Alesmith IPA I bought from South Bay a few weeks ago. Total floral aroma. Sweet hops. Citrus. All the cliches of IPA talk, yes. But this beer makes me feel good. It makes the lull feel good. It makes the night feel good. This is a damn good IPA. One of the best I’ve had.