AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Philousa:
3.03/5 rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Imbibed at Pacific Beach Tap Room 12/28/11.
Sits an clear golden orange with a half finger head. Very thin, consistent lacing spread across the far side of the glass. Flowery nectar hops, citrus, and a bit of grass bitterness. Biscuity pale malt comes through clear. Very wet hop flavor. Potent grassy ivy, very bitter. Floral characteristics have disappeared completely. Coppery bitterness lingers with the hop oil. Medium body, pretty acidic, and medium finish.
This is bordering on too acidic for me. I might enjoy this one a few beers into the evening, but with a fresh palate it's too harsh. It's too aggressive on the tongue, lashing you for not bowing to it's hoppy glory. I love hoppy IPAs, but this is just a bit too far. It's very harsh, which isn't a bad thing, it's just not my thing. Color and aroma are very good, the flavor just lacks IMHO. Maybe their other beers have raised the bar too much for me though.
Serving type: on-tap
12-29-2011 07:23:58 | More by Philousa
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy and piney hops, alcohol, caramel and bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Excellent brew.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 13:29:21 | More by mikeg67
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I've heard a lot of good things about Alesmith. As a recent Maryland transplant in California, I was very much eager to try any beer from this brewery. The beer poured a yellowish-amber hybrid with a good head--even if it dissipated relatively quickly. The aroma was a lot maltier than I expected with a distinct resinous hop note. The taste is sublime. The strong hopiness hits the palate first, but it is married with the malt to the point that it becomes one indistinguishable flavor--a very, very good thing. The balance of this IPA is impressive and has become a serious challenger to DFH 90 min for favorite IPA. I feel like I need to run out and get a 4-pack of DFH to compare immediately.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 05:50:21 | More by thomda11
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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