AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Man, I didn't get to try this in San Diego last summer so I was wicked happy to see it in a trade with gcphilli. Thanks man! Served up in a Portsmouth snifter...
Pours a golden...and I mean GOLDEN...honey color. Very pure and clean looking. First pour doesn't have much head to speak of but we'll see what happens. Not too much visible carbonation, but the color on this one alone is a treat.
Oh yeah...the Ruby Red grapefruit hop presence is excellent. There's a moderate yet unobtrusive sweet honey malt backbone that balances this out quite nicely though...but does the collar match the cuff? Let's see...
Well, there's a slight sweet honey viscosity to this but it's not heavy or overbearing. The citrus/grapefruit hops really stand out nicely without a bitter rind sensation. Just tangy, succulent grapefruit. Maybe not as oily as some hop bombs but it carries enough viscosity. This stuff is top-notch.
Even with a tad of viscosity and sweetness the finish is a little dry...and that's a good thing. Crisp and clean, no caffeine...maybe a little rind bitterness shows up on the finish but that's just fine with me. This wraps up in excellent fashion. A little bit of booziness is the door that hits you on the ass on the way out.
Tough to compare to something else. Maybe a Ruination with more of a purity of hop purpose. A little less balanced than Ruination but enjoyable as hell. The booziness emerges a little more with warmth but that's OK. This is a well-oiled machine.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2009 22:46:56 | More by IBUnit63
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5/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolute perfect example of an America IPA. Beautiful aromatics and flavors of tropical fruit followed by bright citrus and piney bitterness. Great lacing in a pint glass. It finishes with a welcome bitterness that lingers pleasantly on the palate. This is the IPA that most IPA's want to be when they grow up.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 21:18:18 | More by bitterbartender
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,822 ratings.