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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,792 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 401
Gots: 208 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Reviews by McStagger:
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McStagger

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re review from a couple of months ago.

A: Pours out an ever so slightly hazzy orange golden. Three fingers bleach white head. Retention is stellar. Carbonation is moderate, with tiny little bubbles coming to the surface. Lacing is excellent.

S: Bright, beautiful citrus and tropical fruits leap from the glass. Lemon rind, apricot, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, papaya, and Buddha's hand are all present. Also lent to the nose are grassy and herbaceous notes of evergreen.

T: Where to begin? One sip in and I know this is one of those beers that is insanely complex, with layers and layers of flavor building on top of themselves. Fruit bomb of tropical infusion in the beginning. Again, mango, papaya and pineapple. These notes transition seamlessly into beautiful expressions of muddled mint and tea like tannin. The finish is long and resinous, with an oily bitterness that finishes exceptionally long. No alcohol perceived. Perfect.

M: The bubbles are so subtle on the tongue as to appear to be witchcraft. This beer has an amazingly smooth body. It's carbonation is just such that it glides across the palate. Full bodied, yet dry and refreshing.

O: This is simply the best beer I have ever had and proof positive that San Diego, CA is the IPA capital of the world. Alesmith, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alpine ...all in one county. Jesus.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 07:27:50 | More by McStagger
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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.