AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bighuge:
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This beer has a hazed copper appearance. A medium sized bone white head adorns the surface and is very well retained and creamy. The lace comes in sheets. The aroma is exquisite. The perfect blend of sweet caramel and toffee malt character with the more dominant qualities of hops: pine, tropical fruits, lemon grass, citrus and hop resin. I love smelling this beer. The mouthfeel is plush and creamy. Body checks in at about medium. This is a session IPA if I ever tasted one. Quite smooth in the taste department. No jagged edges or huge rawness about it. But it's got some character. The bitterness is kept in check with some nice sweet caramel malt character. The hop flavors dance atop this. They impart grassiness, pine sap, pineapple and grapefruit. Very tropical in nature. This is a very solid IPA.
Some Bighuge props going out to the LongBeachBum for serving up this one to me.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2003 05:39:39 | More by Bighuge
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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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