AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.6/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
22oz bomber split with my roommate and poured into a tulip.
A - The body on this beer is a pale, golden yellow, with some tangerine highlights to it. Even with a relatively careful pour, it turns out a bit hazy with yeast sediment due to the bottle conditioning, but it's pretty tame. The head is full and consists of 2.5-fingers worth of ivory foam, with a nice balance of tight and loose bubbles making up the texture. I can't see much, if any, carbonation streams in the glass. Lacing is pretty nice, with foamy peaks cresting on the sides of the tulip glass.
S - Although AleSmith doesn't date their bottles (tisk tisk for IPAs...), this beer certainly does smell fresh. This is almost the one beer that compares to Russian River's Pliny the Elder in my opinion, in that it is like sticking your head in a box of pine tree refresheners. I have yet to encounter a beer that rivals Pliny in that regard, and it's only fitting that it comes from another West Coast brewery. As it warms it sort of transforms into a more well-rounded IPA, drawing inspiration from the more citrusy hops and extracting some grapefruit, orange, and mango. Mostly hop-forward and having no apologies for it, this beer is seriously addicting to smell.
T - It's been almost five months since I've had Pliny the Elder, and I can instantly draw comparisons to it. Living on the East Coast, I've surrounded myself with balanced IPAs, that while boasting heavy IBUs, are still balanced heavily by a supportive malt backbone. However, this beer is obviously and unabashedly hop-bomb and I've found that I really enjoy those type of IPAs. Maybe I should move to California. Again, it's mostly like sucking on a pine cone, but with a refreshing wave of citrus behind it to transition the flavor. Comparing this to Pliny the Elder, Surly's Abrasive, Troegs' Nugget Nectar, and Bell's Hopslam, this can easily hold its own and I'm fairly sure I'd place it above Hopslam.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Pretty smooth for the style and leaves a thick coating on the mouth. The hops don't exactly rip the enamel off of your teeth, but they certainly do tingle after drinking this.
D - Drinkability is high. For an American IPA I'd say this is easily near the top of my rankings, if not for any IPA. Easily rivals the other, better-known competitors and I think this is a dark horse. If I could get this easily, I don't think I'd regularly drink another IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2011 03:50:33 | More by nhindian
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4.43/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head. Smell is citrusy and piney with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Tropical fruit comes through a bit more as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is what you'd expect from an IPA. Overall this is a great west coast IPA. I kinda wish Alesmith sold 12oz bottles though. I'd imagine Alesmith would be much more popular if they did.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 00:00:36 | More by MisSigsFan
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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