AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,516 | Reviews: 1,112 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by kels:
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Had some of this last week thanks to bamadog. Review on the bottle poured into a pint.
Appearance: Pours a really nice hazy gold color. Visible carbonation helps the head hold at a sticky, bubbly skim after fading from 1 1/2 fingers. Lots of sticky white lacing sheaths the glass.
Smell: Aroma isn't too strong, but really nice hop dimensions of citrus and flowers come through.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is incredibly smooth and balanced. The bitterness is definitely there, but it isn't overdone. It is sweetly citrusy, grassy and floral. All light and well-balanced. The grains are distinctly toasty and the alcohol is hardly detectable amongst the tasty flavors. Feel is very well carbonated and mouthfilling.
Drinkability: Really, really high. The flavors are well-pronounced and balanced. It's a big beer without being too big.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2009 04:07:27 | More by kels
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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