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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,976 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 252 | FT: 8
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 MusicmanSD:
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a slight IPA binge, I'd say this beer is not what I expected from the Alesmith hype. While tasty, the Pizza Port Swami's I had earlier was much better. I've had homebrews this good (which IS A GOOD THING!), but I feel it's like any other IPA out there. A bit sweet, not as dry as some and definitely not as hoppy as some others (doesn't taste or smell dry-hopped). While a great beer, it feels less pacific coast IPA and more east coast/british in style. Balanced though. Definitely a good beer. The head is creame and it stays around.

MusicmanSD, Jun 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to garagekegger for sharing his bomber with me,poured a slightly hazy light amber with a nice one finger head,aromas of course are intensly hoppy very piney and citrusy.This is a bold tasting IPA very resiny and piney along with lemon rind but there is a firm somewhat nutty malt backbone that is very noticable.A damn fine IPA loaded with flavor damn I want more!

oberon, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Thick, cloudy orange with a big head that went down slowly.

Smell – Sharp, piney hops with a light malt balance.

Taste – The malt comes out more in the taste. It’s almost like a bread flavor. The hops dominate, although they taste more complex than I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – There’s some good, foamy carbonation to this medium-bodied IPA.

Drinkability – This one is very smooth, almost light. The 7.25 ABV is unnoticable. If you like your IPAs smooth and even (as opposed to hairy and over-the-top) give this one a shot if you can find it.

RoyalT, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with MSUBulldog at Concordia Ale House in Portland.

Hands down one of the finest IPAs I’ve ever had.

Full, rich, luxurious body is the color of soft copper. Clear and brilliant with healthy lacing the lasts long after the thick ivory subsides. Memorable green hop aroma that also contains plenty of citrus ranging from sweet, ripened navel oranges to bitter grapefruits. Flavor has a wonderful caramel malt quality that is surprisingly balancing towards the pine/citrus bitterness and yeasty fruitiness. Balance is key here. Everything I want in an IPA can be found but damn this one is drinkable, it feels good, it’s beautiful…just an all around winner.

I can’t wait to get some more of this when in Ohio in two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to stock up.

DaPeculierDane, May 31, 2007
Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-05-17. Served in snifter.

A: Amber colored, slightly hazy due to bottle conditioning. A 3 cm white head that leaves plenty of chunky lacings as it settles. Decent retention and great looking lacings.

S: Very pronounced citric character - lemon and grapefruit abound. Plenty of floral hops and hop resins as well. Some caramel and subdued malts. Slightly spicy. The hop aromas are really outstandning and so fresh they almosts stings the nose.

T: Wonderful hop character here as well. Grapefruit and lemon peel dominate. Faint notes of mango. The malty caramel flavor is quite big but still obviously plays second violin with the hops taking center stage. Some spices in the middle. The finish is rather bitter, but the bitterness is really integrated in the overall profile. It finishes with floral hops, pine-needles and again a slightly spicy sensation. The finish is long. No sign of the alcohol.

M: Medium body, not very crisp. The carbonation level in this one is close to perfect. Medium amount of small and rather calm bubbles - it really suits the beer well.

D: A great IPA. Perhaps not very complex, but very well balanced and with a beautiful hop character of lemon and grapefruit. It goes down really easy and I would definitely have another if it was offered to me.

ricke, May 17, 2009
Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev 0%

DavyJones, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of SuqMadique
4/5  rDev -5.9%

SuqMadique, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev 0%

OhioBobcat, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev -5.9%

jono0101, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of xVERITAS
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from Alesmith. I had a bottle on 10/24 that was bottled on 10/2. Very fresh.

It pours a dark copper, very transparent and not murky at all. It tasted extremely refreshing. The bitterness was perfectly blended with some sweet citrusy notes. It smells as good as it tastes, too. This is easily one of the more "complete" IPAs that I have had. I don't have a single complaint about it. I think it is very well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys IPAs and DIPAs

xVERITAS, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SkiBum22, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of RebeccaMB
4/5  rDev -5.9%

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Dmann
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great looking beer! This poured a very nice burnt orange color with a huge frothy white head that left nice spider web like lace down the whole glass. The smell was very strong on hops as expected, but they were a bit more pine like than I was expecting. There was also a nice toasty malt character peaking through as well. The taste was great, with a wonderful piney hop profile and just enough malt character to balance it out. The bottle-conditioning gave the mouthfeel a very smoothe character and not overly carbonated at all. If I had to compare this to any other IPA, it would be Stone IPA. This one leans more on the side of the pine flavors and is not quite as dry tasting as the Stone. Between these two, I think one would have an IPA for every occation.

Dmann, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of newk340
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin off-white foam head, a translucent golden bronze.

S: hops! very fresh, can almost taste the bitterness.

T: not as hoppy as the smell would suggest, but a blast of lemon first hits the taste buds along with grapefruit and other citrusy goodness.

MF/D: very fine bubbles that do not underscore the taste.

newk340, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of SanDNigel
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper-gold, completely clear, minus a few tiny suspended particulates. Creamy white head evolved into a just as creamy foam layer
S- Malty followed immediately by a good hop smack. Deep, dark hops. Grape (like the flavor not the fruit as much)/lemon, pine
T- Hops first malt second in the mouth. So balanced. The bittering/floral aspects of the hops are damn near perfectly executed.
M- Exactly how a nice IPA is supposed to be for me. Nice, even, smooth carbonation that coats the tongue paired with a robust wetness
This is a great beer. One of my favorite IPA's in San Diego. IT IS better than GOOD. Sooo perfectly balanced and easy to drink.

SanDNigel, May 11, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad this one is finally in my hands as I've been wanting to try it for awhile now. Pours from the bomber a lovely bright amber orange/peach color with a half inch of bubbly off white head that leaves sticky spots of lacing on my glass. Inviting! Aromas begin with a wall of rich, resinous hops exhibiting pine sap, citric and light floral aromas. Images of rubbing fresh picked hops through my fingers comes to mind. A sweet crystal, lightly caramelly malt background is present as well. Just a lovely blending of tropical, citrusy and piney hop goodness. Enchanting.

First sip brings a rich, resinous, green candy hop blast with big citrus and pine flavors exploding all over the place. Such a condensed fresh from the vine hop flavor here, yum. The hops are backed up by a sturdy sweet crystal maltiness that has a slight toasted bread flavor. It finishes with a flow of bitterness that leaves a lingering hoppiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, this is just a stellar IPA all around.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. The mellow carbonation makes it so easy to consume and the bomber empties all too soon. An awesome brew that I'd drink way more often if it was available. Count yourself lucky if you can get Alesmith at your local! Thanks to blitheringidiot for hookin me up with another great beer.

orbitalr0x, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden orange body with a pure white head pocketed with large white bubbles among a tight knit of smaller ones. Aroma is somewhat light but nice nonetheless. Filled with citrus including grapefruit and some tangerine. A nice sweet malt base mixes in the aroma as well. Could be stronger overall.

A very nice flavor for an IPA. A good bit of bitterness but nothing overwhelming although it does finish with a bit of a bite. Taste has some citrus in it although I find it to be predominately resin dominated. Nicely balanced with a malt backbone to compliment the hops. No hint of alcohol either.

Has a nice mouth coating medium mouthfeel. Flavor lingers for a while. Drinkability is superb. Crisp and refreshing that comes with a nicely balanced flavor.

blitz134, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of briang01
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

briang01, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold colored beer with a huge white head that resembled whipped cream. Very sticky, lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, floral, and sweet malt. The taste was more pine than grapefruit, but both were well-represented. Still a good malt presence. A very nice, well-balanced beer.

lordofthewiens, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

gregmoscetti, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of pengs68
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

pengs68, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -5.9%

csmartin6, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful gold tinged with orange hues and a clean white head.

S - Hop fruitiness (oranges, pears, grapefruit) with some earthy lemongrass notes.

T - The hop fruitiness hits you first with some citrus and berry flavors. The fruitiness ends with hints of grapefruit that segues nicely into a sweet maltiness. The grapefruit also transitions into pure hop bitterness that closes the sip.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is probably the best IPA I have ever had. The hop complexities and maltiness combine for a very well-balanced brew despite finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. The smell and flavor profile are amazing. With a taste this good and an abv of only 7.25 make this an incredibly drinkable beer.

3HovsepiansBrews, Dec 25, 2011
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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,976 ratings.