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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,847 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 221 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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JoshuaJ

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a an attractive hazy, golden color. Lots of yeast floating toward the bottom--love that.

Aroma is actually faint. A lot fainter than I thought it'd be. After some agitation, I'm mostly picking up citrusy hops and the biscuity malt backbone.

Tastes...underwhelming. Actually, I should clarify by saying that I was prepared to be blown away. From what a lot of BA's say, this is second only to Pliny the Elder. Putting the hyperbole aside, it's a very well balanced brew. I like my IPA's to be a bit hoppier, but the grapefruity hops pair up very well with the biscuity malts. In fact, I'd say they match each other pretty perfectly. No overwhelming hop bite here.

Drinkibility is good. I actually plowed through the bomber I had. Not my favorite IPA, but it's very well crafted. I'd love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:00:43 | More by JoshuaJ
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes a lot like stone brew offerings. I seriously think they use the same ingredients and have the same suppliers. This was just like stone. See my stone review if you want to know about this beer.

I love the taste of these and stone hops, but they can be a little harsher on the bitterness and a little harder to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 06:02:40 | More by jasonjlewis
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of reddish honey. It holds a one finger head, but this is brief. It is creamy and comes back with a quick swirl, leaving chunky, spotted lacing around the glass. An even haze appears throughout, with light flecks of sediment. Carbonation appears average. The aroma is resiny, with twigs and raw bark, earthy and grassy hops, and mineral and stone. Cherry and pear sweetness pierce the hops, with pales malts and hints of chocolate milk darkness on the far back. Our first impression is that there is nice leafiness and earth to the hop flavoring. As we sip, citrus and earth pour into our mouths. There is acid and lactics, mixing with muddy, pale, and chalky malts. Nothing really yet dominates. The middle moves with sweetness of white sugar, with more honey at the peak. A quick bitterness of dirty citric hop rind comes through, pulling us to the finish with mineral puckering sours, and pale malts to wash. The aftertastes breathes of very bitter, hollow hops, light florals, a faint chemically phenolic bite, and spice of booze. The body is medium, but the beer has a satisfying syrupy thickness, while the carbonation is stinging. There is soft slurp, froth, cream, and smack to each sip, with a drying astringent finish. Eventually the mouth is cooled, with a soft wetness. The abv is getting up there, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how fresh and earthy everything was. The malts also showed an interesting variety in the nose, with a surprising darkness at times. The beer is ultimately very refreshing and nice to the style, but becomes a bit muddy through the flavoring and not as crisp due to the booziness at the end, which is otherwise well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:00:42 | More by TheBrewo
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, ren is awesome, thanks for yet one more great brew from SoCal!

APPEARANCE: This beer looks alive. Big, lively bubbles coat most of the glass as dozens more rush to the surface from the bottom of the glass every second. The head is only about an eighth of an inch thick and it is made of big bubbles that begin popping fairly quickly after the pour. The beer itself has a twinge of haze, but is otherwise a fairly transparent, orange color.

SMELL: This beer does not require a nose in the glass in order to smell it at first. As soon as it is poured, some nice, floral aromas can be detected. Upon closer sniff, grapefruit comes out in an abundance as lemon and orange lurk in the background. After the head settles, however, the smell does fade pretty quickly. Actually too quickly.

TASTE: Well, there is no doubt about this one, it is certainly a west coast IPA. The big, floral and grapefruity hops are the trademarks of the region’s IPA and they show up in full force here. Again, the grapefruit is the star of the show in this one, but just like the nose, lemon and orange also make an appearance in the flavor. The finish also reveals hints of piney hops, but most of the hoppy goodness here comes in the form of grapefruit.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a remarkably refreshing IPA, it has to be ideal for a warm San Diego night. In addition to its refreshing qualities it is also crisp, clean and dry, but with just enough sweetness to keep it within the range of a balanced beer. The carbonation is strong, as indicated by the lively bubbles mentioned above, but at the same time it has a smooth, silky and somewhat oily feel.

OVERALL: This is a rich and complex West Coast IPA. Some may argue with that statement given the taste, the traditional big, bitter, West Coast IPA flavor, but when you begin to look at the beer as a whole, with all of the elements involved, it is apparent that this is yet another well-crafted, interesting and complex beer from AleSmith.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 09:05:17 | More by StoneTSR
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this today at the local liquor store, trying out all the IPAs I can get my hands on. Poured into a pint glass of two servings.

Appearance: Nice, golden amber color with about three fingers of head. Looks pretty average, with the lacing about standard as well, but color and head looking healthy.

Smell: Very citrus-y, with floral hops and light apple. Gave a nice aroma, with even hop and malt available immediately.

Taste: I wish the taste was a little more like the nose. The hops are present in citrus-y and even form with the hops, but the taste isn't as big as I was hoping from the nose. In comparison to other IPAs I've had recently (like Stone or Green Flash) it's just a little light in the complexity department. That's not to say it's not tasty, just a little less than the aforementioned beers.

Mouthfeel: Here, it's on par with just about everything I've had. Resiny, with a smooth yet crispy finish yields a nice texture post-swallow.

Drinkability: Pretty solid. I drank the bomber without really thinking about the amount and it was gone pretty quickly. Could drink again, but for a more complex flavor, I'd go for Green Flash or Stone's IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 03:23:03 | More by nomomentwasted
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a very slight hazed burnt orange with a nice 1-1/2 finger cream-colored head that hangs around for a while. The smell consists of very punchy pine and citrus notes and not much else poking through. The taste is more of the smell with more balance of malts displaying hints of fresh baked bread. Very nice flavor! This is a medium bodied beer that finishes on the dry side. Thanks xlperro!

Notes: While this is a very tasty brew, one bomber will do for now.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 21:27:35 | More by BeerAngel
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sweetbrew82

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

P: Pours a yellowish-golden colored liquid from the rather simple, yet classic-looking bottle. This hazy liquid (from the bottle-conditioned yeast) is sitting in the glass a deep golden-amber color, boasting a beautiful pearly-white head with the tiniest of bubbles. Excellent retention, when the fluffy white-cloud-of-a-head finally does recede it leaves fat chunks of patchy lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice!

A: Toasted malts, slightly piney yet bitter hops, and a generous amount of yeast. Not as forthcoming as I would have liked (or maybe I'm getting a cold).

T: From the first sip of AleSmith IPA, you can really tell that these folks know what they're doing. The taste is quite hoppy, while the somewhat understated malt gets crushed by the shear strength of the intense hop attack. The taste is very crisp, very tight and clean, and quite polished around the edges. There is nothing in this brew that suggests sloppiness or carelessness in the brewing process. Not the most complex on the palate, but it's a very refreshing IPA that tastes quite good! Bittering hops make their presence known towards the finish, but it's a mellow, pleasant experience. Finishes dry with absolutely no hint of alcohol to be found. I know it's only 7.25% ABV, but the alcohol is totally masked. Meanwhile, the strain of yeast used is a stubborn bastard that never seems to let the tastebuds forget that it was once there. I would love nothing more than a glass of this on a hot summer's day. Good to say the least.

M: The mouthfeel of this AleSmith IPA is right on point. It's medium-bodied, very smooth, and contains just the right amount of carbonation to round out the pleasurable experience.

D: This one drinks rather easily! It's 7.25%, but the alcohol is so well-masked, and easy to drink, that I could, undoubtedly, knock a couple of these 22's back without a problem.

Notes: This is a very good interpretation of the style. The brewers at AleSmith definitely know what they're doing. They've managed to craft an IPA that tastes very clean. It's mighty easy to drink, smooth on the palate, throat, and esophagus (not to mention the stomach), and is quite refreshing. Every corner of this flavor profile is nicely hemmed up with clean and tight edges that really work for this particular brew. Very solid! Just not anything that really stands out as being completely unique and mind-blowing to this beer. But, recommended for sure to someone who likes IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 10:24:00 | More by sweetbrew82
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass. Hazy, orange with chunky three finger head and moderate lacing.

Sweet hops jump out: orange, pineapple, with a dash of spice. Not much low end to this one in the malt department.

If you are looking for a bitter, west coast IPA look no further. The bitter-tart flavor lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel leaves a pucker finish, pretty light.

Pretty easy to put down. Decent IPA but not overly impressed.

**edit - after letting the beer warm a bit - much better**

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 01:09:38 | More by jdoncbus
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BigbROB

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a mystery IPA from Davidsk in a trade.

A - nice orange hazy with a good amount of head. Lots of yeast sediment.

S- A little citrus but mostly smelling lots of big hops!

T- Excellent! Nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Taste a little citrus with big piney hops.

M - long after taste. carbonation leaves a nice light feeling on the tongue.

D - very smooth highly drinkable.

Reviewed 5-25-10 1st review!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:44:31 | More by BigbROB
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip. no bottled on date.

A: hazy orange body. pale orange. large and small off white bubbles comprise a dense head. good retention and nice lacing.

S: citrus rinds. cantaloupe. earthy, green tea. enough malt to lend some sweet notes. reminds me a little of vanilla.

T: very fruity. a little minty even. certainly some kind of hop herbal-ness is definitely there. some yeasty esters show their head from sip to sip. i find some of the bitterness a little astringent, especially as it lingers into the finish.

M: ample carbonation, looks like this thing was bottle conditioned.

D: good, just not blown away. i wish this thing had a best before or bottled on date to give me a better idea of freshness. regardless, gotta go off of what i have in the glass and while this is certainly not a bad IPA, just not as great as what i would expect from a san diego brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:54:32 | More by Jimmys
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mully

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to rayjay for this beer

a-- thick fine bubbled head leaves a fine lace down to a thinly retained head murky gold apricot color

s-- sugary apricots, hint of citrus brightness a light caramel undertone

t-- full/grainy meaty hops balanced biterness - citrus comes in later slight apricot damn good beer

m-- fine carbonation well attenuated not overly sweet

d-- not over the top -- well balanced and refined.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:36:54 | More by mully
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HalfFull

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a deep golden color with a thick meringue head that was impossible to avoid, even with a gentle pour. Color is noticeably lighter than the tap version and offers significantly more head retention.

Smell is hoppy but less floral and less enticing and only comes out after the head dissipates. And with stronger retention and a tendency to easily regenerate a head, said dissipation is not the norm. Initially more citrus and pine, with fresh floral and deeper citrus hops being secondary and relatively subdued vs. the tap.

Taste is good and more full bodied than the tap, and offers a more pronounced malt finish. And the alcohol is more hidden here than the tap version, surely due to the carbonation and froth. Alas, I prefer to let the esters flow for this beer on tap has some good ones.

Feel is slightly viscous and reminds me of a cask conditioned ale. While the beer is bottle conditioned I do wonder what is different in the keg? No noticeable yeast residue was found in the bottle. Drink is solid as the nose, taste and feel welcome consumption.

Note: Bottle labeled as 7.25% vs. 7.75% shown on kegs and on website? This is a 'different' beer and a rare occasion whereby I would recommend the tap over the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 06:28:57 | More by HalfFull
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, lots of yeast left in the bottle. Pours a orange, light amber. Lots of head, 2 cm at a time, white to slightly off white, long lasting. Aroma is sweet and strong with citrus, hint of pine. Initial taste is mostly overwhelmed by the sweetness, turning citrusy, then very dry from all the hops. There might be other components in there, but honestly when you dump that much hop-action in there, forget it. Aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and drinkable. For the price I'd prefer something else, but maybe worth another drink down the line.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 02:05:29 | More by joekfsu
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boolshot sent me this bomber in a trade...Thanks!

Pours a nice, clear copper with an inch or so of head. Smells of grapefruit and floral scents with some doughy malt as well. The taste balanced well with hops being the main act after the malty opening. Mostly citrus and floral flavors from the hops and some sweet bread at the beginning from the malts. Nice, bubbly mouthfeel. Bitter,dry finish but not much hint of the abv with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 16:44:04 | More by Imstillthegman
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mikul93

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice murky golden with a nice finger head. Some lacing.

S Pine, Citrus, malt and hops. Not as aromatic as I was expecting, but still a nice smelling beer.

T I'm getting a lot of orange, some grapefruit, sweet malt and of course the bitter hops. Bitterness is well balanced.

M Clean beer. Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Very crisp.

O What a great IPA! Very well balanced. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:22:12 | More by mikul93
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from fatboyjim1 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a good-sized white head on top. Retention was good, and it left some lacing webs on the glass. Smells of deep pine and citrus zest. Very sharp and resiny.

The mouth was a bit thinner than I expected. Could use a bit more carbonation play. This was a pretty bitter IPA. Plenty of citrus hop bitterness, but not as balanced out with malt sweetness as I would have liked. Finishes tart and perky. This is a good IPA, and I'm glad I traded for a few of these. Thanks again, Jim.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 21:39:43 | More by Onenote81
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 12/3/2010

A: very citrusy, slight hint of pine, slightly sour as well

Ap: golden-orange, cloudy, 1 finger head

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp

Af: hits the tongue with a punch of hops and then pine is not far behind. the taste does not linger very long. slightly bitter on the aftertaste.

O: pretty decent IPA, alesmith is no russian river in my book

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:55:12 | More by THECPJ
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doughanson78

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Received in a trade with KevSal.

A: Yellow straw color. Fairly hazy. One finger head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Citrus hops, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, orange zest. Good bit of caramel malts coming through.

T: Slight caramel upfront. Then apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors with a citrus hop bitterness. Not a huge bitterness. Caramel comes back to balance it out. Has a slight metallic taste in the middle.

M: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Crisp and very dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not great at all but solid. Would buy again...if I could in my area.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:48:30 | More by doughanson78
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was shipped to me in a handsome bomber by eyedrinkale. When poured into my usual pint glass, it had an orange amber colored body with a 2-inch thick beige head and a lively natural carbonation. Head retention was excellent and there was a ton of lace left all around as the beer went down. Aroma was assertive with floral hops dominating the bouquet. The taste was a bit brash with a strong alcohol presence, which was not quite hidden under the hops as it should be. There were notes of citrus on the palette, but these were quite subdued. The hop bitterness was also relatively low; however they added a good deal of spicy character to the mix. The mouthfeel was appropriately dry and creamy for the style. Alcohol burn detracts a bit from drinkability. A nice solid IPA to be had here.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:07:35 | More by rajendra82
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date: 5/30.

Poured in a pint glass the color is light copper- a lighter color than most IPAs.

The aroma: malt, and light grapefruit rind. Perhaps a fresher bottle would yield
more fruit in the aroma.

Mouth feel: hoppy and pungent.

Taste: citrus rind and malty.

Finish- perhaps the most pronounced element of the beer- very hoppy, pungent bitterness,
and spice. A spice forward IPA.

Overall- a solid IPA. Not as "San Diego" style as Lagunitas and Port Brewing.
Pungent, yes. But this beer lacks the concentrated grapefruit of the latter breweries's IPAs.

Perhaps a fresher beer would bring out the overwhelming grapefruit taste of San Diego IPAs, and many American IPAs. I would like to try a fresher bottle for comparison. Less grapefruit is probably a result of the Alesmith brewing style and not freshness.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:35:40 | More by brureview
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours by extremely clear, bright amber with thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is grassy, floral, and dank hops, biscuit and cereal malts, pine resin, and light citrus fruit. Flavor is a great balance of dry malt base, grassy and pine hops, light citrus esters, and faint caramel sweetness; dry finish with just a touch of bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation.

Not sure that is was a fresh bottle. Will re-review when I can get a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 12:58:56 | More by jbaker67
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bsonk

Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith IPA is a great beer, very piney and citrusy with a nice substantial malt to it too. Great head retention, great taste, cool orange-amber color, a very stylish and tasty beverage. A worthwhile beverage any day of the week. However, a 22 of it is $6 compared to $5 for Gigantic Brewery's IPA just down the road, which I much prefer due to notes of orange rather than a mad Pine-Sol aroma, so I've got to give it a 4/5 due to my being a local beer snob.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 10:04:00 | More by bsonk
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an Ithaca pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a gigantic 4 finger frothy white head with great retention that looks coarse from the side. Brew itself is a clear, obviously very carbonated goldenrod. Lacing is ample and honeycomb-like. Outrageous over-the-top appearance here.

S: Lychee, citrus, grapefruit, sweet cane sugar, and a smattering a piney hops. Pretty clean here but not the best nose.

T: Opens citrusy, grapefruit, cane sugar sweetness. Hops start building from the middle towards the end and the brew just gets hoppier and hoppier and hoppier. Finish is astringent hops that lingers well after the swallow.

M: Body is light, coarse, and carbonated. Very wet and messy in the mouth and finish. Hops build because they never fade even though the brew has. Like the appearance, a bit over-the-top for me here.

D: Body and nose help but everything about this beer screams too much for me. Too much head, too much lacing, too much hops. Good for what it is which is a hop bomb but completely unbalanced. Worth trying but only once.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:36:02 | More by SpeedwayJim
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 8/23/10
Thanks to djmichaelk for this bottle!

No freshness date on the bottle, which always annoys me, especially with a bomber.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light orange colour, slightly hazy with one finger of thick bubbly white head.

S - The nose is full of bitter juicy citrus hops that have grapefruit and tangerine notes. There is a light malt presence in the background contributing some sweetness to the nose.

T - A good balance of bitter hops and sweet malts. The hops don't have the robust citrus taste that the nose indicated. There is citrus there, along with some pine but specific tastes (ie: the grapefruit and tangerine in the nose) are not discernible. The malts are very evident in the taste, much more so than they are in the nose, and the significantly sweeten up the bitter hops. At times the hops merely seem to contribute bitterness and not much flavour.

M - Medium body, some decent chew, lightly carbonated

D - A very good IPA but didn't meet my expectations. I would like to try this again as I wonder about the freshness of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:26:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can you say, it is a very nice, floral beer. Not balanced, but maybe unintended to be that way. Great looking beer and is very sticky on the nose. Hops dominate the beer, and unsure, but I would say it's pushing or over 100 IBU's. A little rough on the edges going down, very sharp hoppy bitterness. A very good brew, but there are others out there, as good, if not better, that are not $9 a bomber. Good to try to say I had it once, but I'll stick with Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 15:15:10 | More by bigdeuce
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