GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Wow, what a brew man. Pours a thick, dark honey nectar with a beautifuly spicey hop aroma.
A complex ale indeed. When you sip, the hops hit you right up front, then the mood turns to a
bright and spicey fruit mellowness then "BAM", back to massive hops. Like a three car collision at
the Broadway curve. Totally backs up traffic for a while as you try to distinguish all the flavors
seeping through. Citrus rind, caramel, leather, pine, malt, cream. Close your eyes and imagine
drinking a fully decorated christmas tree...the complexities. The alcohol is well hidden.
I wanted to chew on it. An awsome brew. Very well balanced.
I highly recommend any time of year, if you can find it.
******SUMMER YULESMITH******9 months later: Sept. 6th 2006. Pours dark honey w/ full creamy froth. Aroma is spiced w/ fresh malt and forest pine. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors are malt driven w/ a slow approaching hopped up semi truck that swerves to hit you head on. Caramel, vanilla bean, slight leather, and lime rind. Besides all the hopsy asprin and malt it shows a certain spicy essence. Like corriander or something. Big hopsy spicey bittering on the long finish. Another classic brew! Highly recommended. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Spilt this bottle (Blue and Red label) with Duane. This is an amazing IIPA! A perfect blend of citrusy, hoppy bitterness and sweet malts. Velvety medium mouthfeel coats your entire tongue and also lingers of the back of your palate. I couldn’t think of any way they might have done better with this one, so I had to give it a 5. I’d really like to try the Winter release to see if it’s any different, as well as revisit Dreadnaught to see which beer is truly the best of the IIPAs. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Murky orange-gold with good, foamy, white head / Bright nose of citrus, pine, weed, and cream / Medium body, creamy, some sweetness with profound but not overly biting hops, excellent balance and bitter finish / Elegant and bright flavors of orange, cream, grapefruit, cut pine, soap, and spun sugar / Perfect. ghawener (1607) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle: Yule love it, awesome, perfect, grand, perfection, flawless, any questions? Food Pairing: Nothing you’ll ruin it. slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Yes, a perfect 5. I can find no faults with this beer...great appearance, aroma and body and a perfect balance. Nice bitter finish, not too sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.
thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Poured from the bottle into the wrong glass, turns out this glass had been sitting around. Anyways. Aroma is very citrusy and some dank qualities. Fantastic. Flavor is bitter but well balanced. Palate is medium body with a oily finish. Amazing. Ale Smith never disappoints. Very clear and thick head. Paired nicely with a buritto and chips and salsa. mmmkay (51) - - JUL 4, 2013
Wow!!! Such a great ipa. I had to buy a bottle in Ohio. So thankful and lucky to drink this one. Any hophead out there will love this beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Lore (2738) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 3, 2014
darker golden colour, huge, yellowish, creamy head, which lasts for several minutes; marvellous aroma of resiny-citrusy-tropical fruity hops and some biscuit; brilliant bittersweet taste with pine resin, intensive tropical fruits, maltyness and some spicy alcohol - surprisingly intensive malty sweetness can be felt first (together with of course the hops), which hand over the place to the devastating bitterness; amazing IIPA! Who am I to find even a slight mistake in it!? tsd08460 (1164) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes
Aroma: pine, caramel, citrus
Appearance: clear golden with a white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter,
Delicious IIPA PugUglyBrewer (653) - - MAY 2, 2017
The greatness of the Alesmith IPA amped up! Light copper color with a large head of creamy white foam. Juicy grapefruit and fresh squeezed tangerine supported by a sweet, full bodied, yet clean and not over the top caramel base. Again, very juicy citrus and dank.