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Review by duhast500 on 10/18/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2009
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light, clear, gold color with about three fingers of white head with some nice lacing.

The smell is a real strong hop flavor. A pretty grassy hop flvor carries this beer from the start with a nice floral flavor.

The taste is, as expected, nice and hoppy with a real strong floral flavor. Some nice clove and citrus fruit flavors are set back after the first hits of hops has had their time on you taste buds.

The feel is pretty darn great. It has a light mouthfeel that goes down pretty darn easy and it just sweet to the taste buds. A great hop experience.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
Color is a pale deep orangeish yellow with a light brown tone to it, chill haze present, head just over a finger high, loosly thick and bubbly, cream colored, fades fairly quick and lace sticks well in thin webby spots and thin whispy sheets.
Smell is quite a nice hop nose, sweeter pine sense thats bitterly smooth, a touch floral and spiced over a nice toasty caramel malt backbone.
Taste is lovely, smooth, soft and rounded, balanced well, nothing overwhelming in the hops, bitterness in check by alot, but whats there is loaded full with nice soft sweet pine, some fresh floral hop hints, caramel malts dotted in the backing thats soft as well. the softness really stands out favorably, I liked it alot. I'm betting its a dried and fresh hop ale variant. Not such a 'in your face' IPA, a simple & welcome surprise and something I find now having had a few Alesmith brews that is something in character that seems to stand out for me in their brews.
Feel is soft and pleasant, nearly full, super smooth, nothing harsh here, lingering of bitterness is shorter then most but seems to fit with this one. A bit tamer then the Yulesmith, but nearly the same in every aspect of softness and drinkablity. The softness makes for very easy drinkin'! The bomber was gone in no time. Definately an IPA to keep around for any Ol' time.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
Old Review
22oz bottle I got thanks to the amazing rhinos00. This is one that I have been looking forward to for quite a while. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a really pretty color. The color is a nice and rich honey yellow with a amber hue to it. Held to the light, this beer is all golden yellow. really nice contrast of colors going on here. The got me a little over a finger of foamy white head. The head is very sticky and has some great retention. The glass is covered with lace from top to bottom. The body is cloudy with a thick haze. Light comes through but you can't see through to the other side. Very damned good looking brew.

S: Good amount of hops presence going on here. Big citrus hops aroma billowing out of this brew. Grapefruit is huge with a nice sweetness and bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange rind can also be found. A really nice earthiness comes up with some pine resin. The mlt presence is decent with some breadiness along with a touch of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate though, as they should.

T: Nice hops coming through again. Good amount of grapefruity goodness. You can actually get some grapefruit meat, skin and rind. Its all there with a nice distinct quality. The pine comes through on the backend but its not as much as I expected. Just a touch of caramel sweetness coming through that tries to cut this really nice bitterness coming out. Nice toasted bready malt as well. Touch of pineapple coming through on the end. Very nice and tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation level. Very crisp and beautiful. This beer is drying up front but on the backend actually come across pretty damned clean and refreshing. ABV has a slight heat on the back of the palate to the throat. Aftertaste is a touch of sweetness and grapefruit rind.

D: Absolutely drinkable. This beer goes down so damned easy its stupid. It also doesn't have that overly bitter and acidic weight that a lot of IPAs and DIPAs tend to have. Sure the flavors could be a bit more but I am not bitching. Everything going on in here is good or better. Mostly better than good. Damned fine IPA and its nice to get these big flavors in "just" an IPA rather than a DIPA. It has the big aroma and flavor, but the easy drinkability and mouthfeel of that IPA. Get you some.

Serving type: bottle

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 0
Very nice India Pale Ale with lots of carbonation and fizz. Pours from a 22oz. bottle - a medium IPA color yellow with a light, almost white, very fluffy, puffy, almost soft ice cream like head. Extremely citrusy first taste with a lot of grapefruit and a bit of bitter. This beer has a very bitter aftertaste with lots of sneeze inducing acidity. Not a lot of resin or pine and none of the beefed up Green Flash West Coast IPA motor oil/kerosene flavor – like Racer 5 and Alpine Nelson – but, nevertheless, this is a classic IPA. I rank it up with some of the best.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
22oz. Bomber
Liquid Solutions

I've been looking forward to drinking some AleSmith IPA. Finally getting my chance tonight. An average pour produced a half glass full of head. Letting it die down a little the head became very dense and craggy leaving big chunky lacing down the glass. The body has a very mild chill haze with few tiny carbonation bubbles swirling throughout. The body has a slight orange tint along the lines of iced tea. Very nice looking beer.

Very enjoyable aroma with a big but not overpowering pine needle nose. As it warms grapefruit rind comes forward. Biscuity malt lingers in the background and compliments the pine nicely. Mild alcohol vapors rise through and add a spicy note.

More caramel malt in the flavor than the biscuity malt that was in the aroma. The biscuity malt is there but takes a back seat to the caramel. The main flavor component is the hops, just like any good IPAs main characteristic is. Pine oils coat the tongue and linger on after the malt presence fades. As this beer warms the grapefruit becomes more pronounced. Again, very mild alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Very solid.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Medium body with a creamy airy texture. Nice bitterness on the swallow in the back of the throat. Exactly as I would want a good IPA to feel like.

Highly drinkable. In no way over the top which hurts the drinkability of other IPAs. Somewhat balanced but leaning toward the hops. After every sip you immediately want another.

A solid IPA from AleSmith. Perfect example of a left coast IPA. My first foray into AleSmith beers and it definately wont be my last. I just need to figure out how to get more.

Reviewed: 7/1/07

Price: $6.33 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 12/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 3 9 2008
Why are the letters so big? Pours a mostly hazy golden amber color with a light burnt orange hue throughout. A good pour leaves a soft white head. Good retention but did not last through the tasting. Limited lacing.

The nose has a nice west coast style hop aroma. To start there is a mostly grapefruit aroma mixed with a nice citrus and minor pine backing. Some non-distinct malt aromas with hints of husky and sugary notes. Some minor yeast notes but mostly clean.

The taste is a bit more balance than the nose indicates. A good balance between bitterness and finishing hops as well. The finish backs off on the grapefruit and blends more of a citrus and orange flavor. Some astringency in the finish but ok. The malt comes out with more of a grainy and biscuit/bready flavor. Has enough there to support the hops

The body is a bit sweet for style. Some astringency from the hops. The carbonation is a bit much but adds complexity to the bitterness. Overall a good example of a west cost IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 08/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2008
Pours a hazy light straw yellow with a big frothy white foam head. The foam settles very slowly and leaves hills and valleys of thick foam. The walls of the glass are coated with lots sticky lacing.

Fruity hops up front. Lots of sweet grapefruit and lemon. Touch of orange. Just a bit of sweet caramel malt penetrates the huge fruity hop aromas.

Fizzy carbonation bubbles the big fruity hops on the tongue. Lots of fruity grapefruit fill the mouth. Great sweetness from the malt backs up the big hop presence. Lemon and orange come through well. Bit of earthiness with just a small hop bite at the end.

Fairly light body would go down easily if it wasn't for the fizzy carbonation. Damn tasty stuff. Wish we got it around here.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 14 4 8 0
A - Pours a slightly hazed orange colored body with lots of carbonation action in the glass. Tan half inch head floats atop that is fluffy and thick. Great retention and nice lacing.

S - Citrusy hops are predominant here. Grapefruit and a bit of orange. A touch of apple. Floral and sweet.

T - Caramel maltiness up front with a good amount of sweetness to it. Works into some really grassy and earthy hop tones. Slight bitter hop bite. Really, not your typical west coast IPA as it doesn't really hit that floral, citrusy tone that is so prevelant. More earthy.

M - Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Good for the style.

D - Drinks fairly easy. I remember this being better than this, although it has been almost a year since I have had one and my tastes have developed quite a bit in that time. Good beer, but doesn't rank in my upper eschelon.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/10/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2008
Color is a bit lighter than some others. A medium to slightly light copper color. Smell is a muted citrus, some hops and ever so slight sweetness. Taste is very good. Nothing but bitterness at first, stronger than most other standard IPAs. Finish is alcohol up front, with citrus finish. Alcohol is slightly too strong here. Feel is good, right in the middle.

Overall, seems closer to a DIPA than a standard IPA. Hops are very obvious, but some tastes like the citrus are a bit muted. Alcohol overwhelms the finish a little too much for me. I consider this a very strong IPA and borderline American DIPA. As such, it's step below the very top tier for me. Still great though, and better than a lot of others that bill themselves as a DIPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 0
Served chilled and poured into my tulip glass.

Appearance is exceptional. Deep copper color with an enormous head that sits like a pancake on top. Lacing is impressive.

Smell is very good. Citrus and floral hops. Intense semi-sweet mango aroma.

Taste is exceptional. Big wave of bitterness that finishes with citrus sweet malt. Very balanced but the hops are in the front which is the way an IPA is suppose to be, imo. Complex flavor for an IPA. About as perfect as can be for the style.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Bottle conditioned. Creamy texture. Alive in the mouth. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. Amazingly easy to drink for a beer with such flavor and depth. I could drink this all day.

Overall: In my opinion, Alesmith IPA is the best standard IPA in the craft beer industry. Simply, a remarkable beer that never fails to impress. A world class IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Great looking brew. Pours a chrytal clear amber color. Head is very nice, stays with the brew all the way through. Very drinkable, and good IPA

Served In: Pint Glass

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