Tuesday, February 07, 2006

AleSmith IPA

AleSmith is one of those small California breweries that unfortunately doesn't make it out to Illinois distribution wise. They produce some phenomenal beers including Yulesmith and Speedway Stout. This bottle came from another one of my BeerAdvocate trading buddies, and boy am I glad he was able to send it on to me!

Glad this one is finally in my hands as I've been wanting to try it for awhile now. Pours from the bomber a lovely bright amber orange/peach color with a half inch of bubbly off white head that leaves sticky spots of lacing on my glass. Inviting! Aromas begin with a wall of rich, resinous hops exhibiting pine sap, citric and light floral aromas. Images of rubbing fresh picked hops through my fingers comes to mind. A sweet crystal, lightly caramelly malt background is present as well. Just a lovely blending of tropical, citrusy and piney hop goodness. Enchanting.

First sip brings a rich, resinous, green candy hop blast with big citrus and pine flavors exploding all over the place. Such a condensed fresh from the vine hop flavor here, yum. The hops are backed up by a sturdy sweet crystal maltiness that has a slight toasted bread flavor. It finishes with a flow of bitterness that leaves a lingering hoppiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, this is just a stellar IPA all around.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. The mellow carbonation makes it so easy to consume and the bomber empties all too soon. An awesome brew that I'd drink way more often if it was available. Count yourself lucky if you can get Alesmith at your local! Thanks to blitheringidiot for hookin me up with another great beer.

This beer garnered a 4.55 out of 5 from me. Simply a wonderful IPA that nearly can't be beat.

AleSmith has plenty of fine beery offerings for you to enjoy...find them all at www.alesmith.com


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You are truly a poet Donny... Truly a poet...

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