Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear amber body with a frothy off-white head.
Smell: It smells like being in a wet jungle, surrounded by the most divine citrus fruits on the planet–I get pineapple, tangerine, and mango in one waft. These incredible aromas are created by at least three strains of hops (likely Citra, Cascade, and Amarillo).
Flavor: It’s quite balanced and not overly hopped, which is actually a bit of a let down. I was hoping that AleSmith’s IPA would reek of hops. It doesn’t. However, what it does have is a nice grapefruit flavor and the expected piney bitterness.
Feel: Perfection, absolute perfection. It has a thin, velvety body with robust carbonation.
Concluding Remark: AleSmith’s bottle-conditioned IPA is a 2001 award winner. And I’m sure it was, in 2001. However, the smell of this award-winning brew is far superior to its taste. It’s without a doubt above average, but you don’t walk away having experienced a hops extravaganza, which all stellar IPAs should provide (in my opinion). I recommend trying a 750ml just to experience the sensational smell. The brew will go down easy, too.