AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,518 | Reviews: 1,112 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by RunDWP:
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I've been popped in the mouth with a bunch of hops, and I like it!
A piney, resin, and slightly floral hops dominated my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a sturdy, off-white head with plenty of sheeting action on the glass. Hardly any detectable malt, but a whole bunch of piney and slightly floral hop goodness. Almost mouth puckering, but the hops blend had a certain smoothness which was required to make the bitterness level, which was off the scale, palatable. Nice creamy mouthfeel to the brew. Something this bitter can't really rate high in the drinkability catagory, and the last couple warm mouthfull were a little difficult to choke down.
Would you believe I found this bottle in a 7-11 in Carlsbad right off of Interstate-5? I couldn't believe it either when I saw the bottle sitting in the fridge.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2009 20:19:02 | More by RunDWP
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass from the bomber, but the poor pint glass couldn't handle all the effervescence and massive head this beer offers. There's a huge amount of carbonation, resulting in a head overflow and a round, derby-like shape that juts out above the glass. The beer is light copper in color with almost complete transparency. A real beaut.
I get lots of citrus on the nose, then piney, hoppy, resinousness. There's a good amount of sweet, vanilla-heavy malt present too. I can tell this beer is going to be good. Now let's drink.
Wow, this is surprisingly smooth and understated for an IPA. Granted, I picked this up in Tucson and it's already got about 3 months of age on it, so some of the hop flavor has probably dissipated, but this beer seems to be on the mellow end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of bitterness there still, particularly at the finish, and the medium-body is accentuated by a spicy hop bite. As far as flavor from the hops, I'm getting more piney hops than citrus, although at the finish I get some grapefruit peel.
I find this beer to my quite tasty and easy to drink, although I'll be the first to acknowledge I need to try a fresher version. Still, I think it says something about this beer that it can be so tasty, aromatic, and enjoyable after three months.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 18:56:17 | More by ONovoMexicano
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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