AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.36/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "IPA" in huge block letters, so as not to confuse this beer with any other style. There appears to be some yellow ink from where a date stamp used to be, but it is no longer legible. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.
Appearance - Pours a light orange, tangerine-colored body with a slight element of haze, likely from the aggressive pour. Atop the body sits a lush two-finger head dirty white head with a smattering of larger bubbles that begin to burst, leaving pockmarks. Retention is moderate, and as it fades, it leaves sheets of sticky lacing that show residue long after most of the lacing fades.
Smell - Wonderfully fruity and hop-licious, with elements of fresh greens and faint pine resin bringing a balance to the citrusy goodness. Still very clean and crisp, in spite of carrying all those wonderful aroma profiles.
Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the aroma. Orange, grapefruit and some pineapple, with a nice bitterness and contrast from the malty foundation. Some mild alcoholic esters as well as brighter herbal grassy elements.
Mouthfeel - Juicy and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and a body that is just barely on the light side of medium.
Overall, a stellar and balanced example of the style. The near-imperial level of alcohol doesn't even really make itself known with the rest of the bright and enticing flavor profiles leading the show. I could see this being a good hot summer day IPA, in spite of the strength. I'm looking forward to trying more from AleSmith.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 04:59:09 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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.