AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by SFLpunk:
3.15/5 rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date...why the fuck not? Seriously.
Pours a pleasant golden brown hue, crystal clear with 1.5 inches of frothy off-white head. Nose is full of candied citrus. Smells great! Palate is bitingly bitter up front and through the middle but relaxes on the finish. Flavors of citrus peel are interrupted by amber malt and dried grains plus a little caramel. Flavors are fighting - not unified at all.
Notes: Glad to try it, won't seek it out again. Lost Overall points for no production dating! Going to stick with the dark monsters that these guys brew so well.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2011 05:33:28 | More by SFLpunk
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4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass from the bomber, but the poor pint glass couldn't handle all the effervescence and massive head this beer offers. There's a huge amount of carbonation, resulting in a head overflow and a round, derby-like shape that juts out above the glass. The beer is light copper in color with almost complete transparency. A real beaut.
I get lots of citrus on the nose, then piney, hoppy, resinousness. There's a good amount of sweet, vanilla-heavy malt present too. I can tell this beer is going to be good. Now let's drink.
Wow, this is surprisingly smooth and understated for an IPA. Granted, I picked this up in Tucson and it's already got about 3 months of age on it, so some of the hop flavor has probably dissipated, but this beer seems to be on the mellow end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of bitterness there still, particularly at the finish, and the medium-body is accentuated by a spicy hop bite. As far as flavor from the hops, I'm getting more piney hops than citrus, although at the finish I get some grapefruit peel.
I find this beer to my quite tasty and easy to drink, although I'll be the first to acknowledge I need to try a fresher version. Still, I think it says something about this beer that it can be so tasty, aromatic, and enjoyable after three months.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 18:56:17 | More by ONovoMexicano
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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