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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky gold with slight white head.
Smell was a nice clean scent as though I 2as drinking a beer outside on a sunny day.
If I dreamt of an ipa this is how it would taste. Clean and refeshing. Perfect balance of hop.

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Photo of oxnard111
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Lightly cloudy. Light copper color. 3 finger off white head. Thick large bubble head that settle quickly to a consistent soapy layer. Full large bubble lacing that remained on the glass. Yeast is floating in the bottle. The bottle says to leave the yeast in the bottle when pouring.

S - Hops. Citrus smells. Slight sweet aroma. Hidden malty aroma that was more apparent as the beer warmed up a bit

T - Hops, citrus, and a hint of cantelope. Slightly sweet. Very well balanced, was never over powering. Malty flavors mixed in. Almost a tiny bit of a burnt taste.

M - Medium thickness. Low carbonation. Hoppy forefront that was strong but did not destroy the aftertaste. Tiny bit tingly or spicy.

D - Very drinkable. Could do a whole session. Would love to have easier access to this brew.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review comes with a shout out to Estarrio, who was kind enough to provide me with the information that this sought after IPA was available at Julio's. Cheers Estarrio!

After purchasing several bottles, I've saved the official review for my last bottle.

This beer has a gorgeous pillowy white head that demonstrates excellent retention and has wonderful structure.. The beer is a bright golden amber color with perfect clarity and a pretty good amount of visible carbonation. Foamy lacing clings all over the inside of the glass as this is consumed. A dollop of whipped cream remains in the center of the glass as you drink this.

The aroma is spectacular and never ending. Some beers aroma is present for a moment, but then fades as the beer settles. Not this one. The huge hop/citrus aroma packs a punch and keeps coming at you. If you dig deep you smell some light malt tones here, but it's really about the citrus/grapefruit hops.

Spectacular flavor (get the sense I like it?) This is one of the greats and another reason why I love California (not "West Coast") IPA's. First you get a brief flavor of the cracker type malt tones and the backbone that is there... Then a second of gentle sweetness. BAM, then you are hit by the fresh grapefruit hops. This is definitely more citrus like vs. pine to me. After the initial hit you are brought back with a touch of the yeast and then settle on for the lingering hop effect. Actually crisp for as hoppy as it drinks.

Just wonderful mouth feel. Medium/light in body, but huge on flavor. Carbonation is sublte and works.

Drinkable? = HELL Yes.

A classic.

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Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a recent package as an extra from 0110x011. This will officially be my 2nd AleSmith brew. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a nice hay yellowish orange with terrific clarity and a giant two finger bright white head. The cap and collar never seem to recede to anything smaller than a half finger and more lacing is left than I knew was possible. I can count every drink I've taken from the rings left down the side of the glass. Beautiful!
Smell- From opening the bottle I was bombarded with a raw piney blast of hops. Full of citrus goodness that reeks of pineapple, mango and pithy grapefruit. Even hints of freshly sliced green apple waft in the background. Very feint brown sugar sweetness is detectable once the brew warms a bit. Very earthy and nice with subtle hints of alcohol every now and again.
Taste- Starts with a brash bitter kick to the mouth. Citrus is clearly the culprit that like the nose is full of pineapple and grapefruit. Orange and lemon zest add a bit more of that rabid hop bite before a nice flux of malty goodness steps in to balance things out a bit. Warm and lightly sweet the caramel malt is in the perfect position of helping to keep the hops at bay but still allowing them to be the focal point. Seems to get a bit sweeter as it warms and I actually like it a bit more. Semi bready, semi sweet, mostly bitter this is a damn tasty IPA.
Mouthfeel- Slick and oily with a medium crisp body and light zesty carbonation that is ultra fine. A slight bit of warming toward the finish.
Drinkability- The other night (a week ago actually) I had a Sculpin IPA and although it was decent, I was expecting a lot more. Turns out what I was expecting was AleSmith IPA. This is a terrific beer that although I wouldn't describe as balanced, it's not over the top and has that terrifically fruity hoppiness that I enjoy. Big thanks to Matt for his generosity!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from South Bay Drugs, poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter (because I don't like to share!).

Appearance: What a gorgeous beer. A clear, robust orange amber-hued body with a huge, fluffy, meringue-like tan head with fantastic retention and out-of-this world lacing. Plenty of fine-bubbled and slow carbonation. One of the finest-looking IPAs I've ever laid eyes on.

Aroma: Huge amounts of sticky, resinous hops, with orange and ruby red grapefruit taking center stage. Hints of tropical fruit and spicy leafy pine notes play backup, and the coda is a great bready caramel note.

Taste: A fantastic bitter/sweet balance here - the intense bitterness isn't overpowering or biting because it's in perfect harmony with the doughy roasted malt notes. Pine, grapefruit, faint pineapple, and lots of great estery floral notes constitute a majority of the hop profile. A very complex and well-balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bubbled, improves as it warms. Medium-to-full bodied and of medium thickness. Very even.

Drinkability: Argh. I kept trying to knock this beer in certain places, but I really, really couldn't. It's just a really great overall IPA. The abv% is a little up there for your traditional American IPA, but that's alright, 'cause it wasn't anywhere to be found, and no American IPA is really going to knock you on your butt. Regardless, this is a world class American IPA, likely the best I've ever had.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an alchemist pint glass

A - apple juice colored body thats clear through. lots of visible carbonation with a fluffy three finger head that coats perfectly.

S - big notes of grapefruit and grass. orange peel, pepper, bubblegum, melon float in and out.

T - orange peel hits first bubblegum/cotton candy hybrid comes in after right before theres an amazing grapefruit punch to finish it off. grainy/bready malt backbone balances it all out. superb.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. bottle conditioned so as the bottle says you get lots of little bubbles on your tongue. big feel of bitterness and heat from the alcohol with a dry finish. heat bitterness may be too much for some but i like it.

O - even with the bitterness and burn from some alcohol this is still amazingly drinkable a truly world class beer.

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Photo of SDDanC
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always walked past this. I can't believe what I've been missing. Out of bottle into tulip, fat bubbles, lots of fluffly white head. Nose is filled with fresh hops, if I am not mistaken, amarillo hops. Earthyness, and slight citrus. Tastes of fresh amarillo hops, sweet, grapefruit, and grass. Mouthfeel, light and bubbly. Full flavor and refreshing. Overall. . . Holy crap. This beats pliny IMO. Especially for the price. I will definitely be picking this up on a regular basis.

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Photo of brewskis
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy, sunset orange color with a finger length off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing around the glass. Nice carbonation which tells me this will be a refreshing ipa. Smells of resinous fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pineapple. Also get some pine and like a bubblegum smell from the sweet malts. Taste is very much like it smells. starts with the resinous fruits such as pineapple and tangerine. Then in the middle there is a great balance of malt: get bready flavors as well as a creamy carmel sweetness. Then the finish is an incredible blend of the sweet, carmely malts and the resinous hop qualities. Get a prominent bubblegum flavor, as well as hints of pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. The bitterness gets more astringent as it goes through the flavor profile; however, the sweet and bready malts also get more prominent on the finish, so there is a nice balance at the end. A nice dry, crisp, clean finish. Medium body with a creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Wish I could get this more often. Just an incredible IPA.

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Photo of budsboy
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber with a small white sticky head.

Smell is all warm and toasty and hoppy, all citrus and pine. Familiar from many other highly hopped IPAs.

The first taste brings to mind Stone's Ruination, but wait a minute. It's not as much of a palate pounder. Bitter for sure, but malt is thrown into the balance. Citrus, then pine than warming alcohol. Very well crafted.

Full in the mouth, a bit puckering. Smooth, almost creamy, with a wee bit of oil left behind. Would have liked a bit more carbonation.

Not for the IPA beginner, this beer is closer to 2IPA then most 2IPAs. Very hoppy, very potent, very alluring. If you get the chance, get some.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a large frothy head. Lacing is in rings. Aroma is top notch, full of fruity tropical notes and bright juicy hop whiffs. Taste is also really tropical and hoppy. Bitterness is there but in a good amount. So nicely balanced. Lightly sweet. Not malty at all, only bright fruity hoppy flavors! Feel is slick and moderate. Super drinkable.

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Photo of snpub540
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never had an Alesmith IPA until now. Pours a slightly hazy light bronze hue. Eggshell colored head that crated alot of foam at first even with a slow pour. Heard about gushing bottles recently but I didn't have that problem. Lots of lacing left clinging to the glass.

Smell is just nuts. An explosion of tropical fruit notes. Pineapple and mango, with some citrus notes present as well. Smells like a hop bomb in the best of ways.

Malt sweetness upfront but a great hop flavor in the finish. Grapefruit, grassy, and piney hops make up the dry finish. Not overly bitter, its incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is a refreshing beer. The drinkability is awesome for a west coast IPA. Smooth with lots of flavor going on. My new favorite IPA.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Sunny, bright golden-orange in color with a big rocky head
Aroma-Perfumy big juicy, piney hops
Taste-Juicy hops with grapefruit/pineapple citrus-very snappy and tasty-very drinkable
A classic, excellent West Coast American IPA

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Photo of prototypic
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden brown color. One finger head which left a little lacing down the mug.

Smell: Very rich grapefruit smell with a nice hop aroma blended in. Some other citrus flavors are present, but grapefruit is what I pick up most. Hops are strong, but definitely not overwhelming.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Nice, strong hop bitterness. You can taste the pine. Definitely some grapefruit sweetness in there. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Really good IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabililty: This is a very smooth IPA. I could drink quite a bit of this. It's just so damn good and so easy to drink. Overall, it's my favorite IPA on the market and I highly recommend it to all.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fluffy thick large bubbled rocky head. Thick lacing coats the glass. Rough orange color makes my eyes light up. Tiny bubbles of carbonation are constantly rising with some bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass.

Very fruity citrusy nose (lemons, oranges). There's a lot more alcohol in the nose of this one than I expected. There's some toasty delight hiding behind the hops and booze.

Easy sweet toasty malt flavor before the hops jump into the mix and deliver fruity floral tastes that turn grassy and then piney and dry up in the finish. There's a hint of warm alcohol after swallowing.

This is a pretty good IPA. Many thanks to Zorro for this one.

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Photo of SebD
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow-orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, mango, piney hops and burnt caramel malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, grapefruit, mango (very tropical), some piney hops and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Honey colored with a thick white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Yes! Grapefruit, pineapple, and not sure what kind of hops it is but reminds me of Amarillo.

T - Not quite as much citrus as I was expecting. Starts of with a bitter tingle that perfectly blends hops and malts into a clean, smooth after taste.

M - Very crisp and carbonated. Drinks pretty light for an IPA.

O - A great example of an IPA that is bitter, but knows exactly where to draw the line.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jerz for the hook-up

A - Pours a copper-amber hue, fairly translucent, and with a generous amount of rocky off-white head, leaving lace boulders clinging to the glass.

S - The epitome of a West Coast IPA; fresh citrusy hop aroma yields to piney and herbal notes. Malt is lightly toasted, but subdued overall.

T - The taste is pungently hoppy; huge impressions of grapefruit and orange rind are in-your-face, along with notes of sappy pine, fresh cut lumber, and cannabis. Subtly sweet and toasty malt is underlying, but it is not assertive. Huge bitter citrus finish. Great stuff.

M - IPA. Good.

D - This just world-class, along the lines of Sculpin IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Just Outstanding IPA; I want more. Now.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent smell, right off I had my hopes up but the first taste was a bit over the top. I had to settle into this fine beer. Full bodied and then some....This is a slow drinking beer, just slow down and enjoy each taste, relax and let it happen. Perfect for a cold night and a good fire.

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Photo of Edruil
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Ruination 10th anniv. pint glass

Appearance: Lovely golden yellow / light amber coloration, slightly (but only slightly) opaque. Perfectly smooth off-white to tan head with some of the best retention I've seen on an IPA, and great lacing. This is a great looking beer

Smell: Interestingly different! Rather than the typical San Diego citrus-bomb IPA, I find strong notes of tropical fruit, pine, and spice. Grapefruit is big. Typical orange and lemon rind take a backseat for a change - what a concept!

Taste: Really great, follows the nose. Malt sweetness up front and throughout brings out caramel, candy sweetness and lovely smooth breadiness, but the hops quickly steal the show, bringing out the notes of tropical and citrus fruit (grapefruit in particular), pine, spice, resin, grass. Surprisingly sweet and malty, in perfect balance to the hops. The hops demand more attention but not by much - a perfectly balanced brew, maybe a little too balanced for an IPA!

Mouthfeel: Maybe my favorite part of this beer. The bottle advertises a bottle-conditioning that leaves the beer a "lush, velvety texture," and I find this beer lives up to the promise! A medium body with some of the most perfect carbonation I've had in a beer. It really does caress the tongue. The finish is long, pleasantly dry, and slightly bitter but interestingly sweet as well. The first 5 I've ever given a beer on feel.

Overall: Really enjoyed this IPA. It's more mellow than a Stone IPA or Ballast Point Sculpin, but you fellow hop heads take note that mellower does not mean poorer! The strong malt sweetness and the velvety-smooth carbonation, combined with the pleasantly bitter hop profile make for one hell of a balanced beer. I'll be coming back to this time and time again, I can tell already. Quite possibly my favorite single IPA so far

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Nice golden-orange, not a great head (pale tan) on my pour. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Very nice...Citrusy, huge dose of hops.

Taste - A hop sensation as would be expected from the hop schedule. I'm getting a hint of tangerine and almost a piney flavor.

Feel - Medium body. A good chew.

Overall - A very good IPA. Given the choice, I'd choose this over Sculpin.

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Photo of isaac
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. to pint glass.

pours an almost crystal clear, golden-amber body eith two-fingered, slow to sink and rocky, off-white head, after the sinking of which, slow, fine lacing appears down the glass. the nose is surpsingly subtle, with only faint hints of what's to come - pine, citrus, a vague hint of sunflowers, and caramel malts. taste is much the same, but bigger, bolder, very well balanced, and quite refreshing. mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp on the tongue, smooth in the swallow. it's a bit astringent at first, but that fades as the beer warms. i could have this all night - very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

paired well with my attempts at homemade japanese food.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at 5th Street Deli in Dayton, Ohio. No bottling date. Looks like a ton of tightly packed sediment at bottom with a not uncommon amount floating throughout. 22oz bottle poured into oversized tulip.

A- Pours a polished pale to deep gold with a frothy, large-bubbled head. The white head recedes at a medium speed down to a solid layer of froth. Sticky lacing from both the receding head and the lowering of the beer level in the glass. Looks very actively carbonated: a never ending dime sized vortex of bubbles stream from the etching on the bottom. The second pour gave a much more billowy head with greater retention.

S- Grapefruit, pine needles, and hard candy emanate from the mouth of the glass. I don't even need to get that close, six inches and I can get a good idea of what this will taste like. The aroma has a bitterness to it, complemented by a slight warning of alcohol.

T- The bitterness hits you at the front, middle, and end. I don't get that from a lot of IPAs. It isn't overwhelming at any point, but is always there. Once again, grapefruit, pine needles, and supported by a malt backbone similar to hard candy. The sweetness of the candy flavor stays with you alongside the bitterness, while the grapefruit and pine needles take a back seat in the finish. An exceptional example of a dry, bitter, west coast IPA; this one probably isn't even that fresh...

M- Pretty dry and highly carbonated, yet has a stickiness to it. Mouthfeel accentuates the bitterness and hop flavor.

D- The dryness and high carbonation make this 7.25%'er dangerously drinkable.

I wish AleSmith used a bottling date so I could know how fresh this is. Very good as is, but am I missing out on an even better beer?

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I originally had a bottle of this a few weeks ago, but it was flat and unsuitable for drinking or reviewing; I unfortunately had to pour it out. I've given this brew another chance to show me what it's got, so let get on to the beer:

The beer is a hazy orange color with a nce foamy head. In the smell, there's a big hop aroma, with sweet notes mixed in, with a fructose/syrupy scent to it. The taste is incredible: not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops for everyone. Silky smooth, with a fruity taste to balance out the beer, weaved with piney notes and a passionfruit flavor. It finishes bitter on the palate with a semi-tart puckering. The alcohol is almost undetectable, which at 7.25%, is something of an accomplishment, and easy to drink for such a big brew.

Notes: Whoa! Very well balanced (by west coast standards), with plenty of sweet and bitter flavors to offer. They may be less famous than Stone among San Diego brewers, but this offering is exceptional.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an energetic bright hue of amber, lively frothy white head that hangs around to chat. Sticky, soapy lacing is left in the aftermath of this head-gasm.

Big resiny pine in the nose to kick things off. Then comes the citrus explosion, aggressive sugar-coated grapefruit, orange peel and plant material. Smells like I am walking through a citrus grove

Tastes like a mouth full of grapefruit juice with a pine cone floating in it. The pine plays a supporting role to the gripping citric twinge that molests your taste buds. Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit followed by a nice full malt backbone rich with toffee and fresh cut grass. Finishes sticky and just bitter enough to destroy any hint of the 7.25% ABV.

Tiny, tiny bubbles and lots of them dance over your tongue leaving this brew feeling somewhat full bodied and round on the finish.

This is a BIG IPA in my opinion, DIPA? This one is a beast among men and drinkable to boot. Out-fucking-standing.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Pours an amber body with a large off-white head with good retention and some webby lacing. Smells strongly of hops with hints of grapefruit and orange with a bit a sweetnenss. Taste is right on with the smell, pretty hoppy with lots of citrus and a nice malt backbone. Very solid beer for a great price. Wish we got it in MN

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