AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by spoony:
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a 650 ml bottle (bottled October 2, 2013) into a tulip.
A-A slightly aggressive pour produces three fingers of eggshell-colored head with good (four-plus minutes) retention. Lacing is also impressive with chunky rings on the glass. The beer is sort-of mundane beneath, however, with an orange-golden hue and some fine carbonation visible in the liquid.
S-The smell is juicy with suggestions of peach, orange citrus zest, mango, hints of herbs, and a toasted bready malt. Bitterness is medium. A nice and inviting aroma.
T-The taste loses much of the juicy fruit in favor of a somewhat harsh and medicinal alcoholic note. The hops are vegetal, herbal, earthy, and possess only a trace of the fruit I got on the nose. The malts are more prevalent, too, but I wouldn't call this one balanced. The finish is long, drying, and earthy.
M-The feel is medium heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slightly dank feel, but it doesn't ever get oily.
O-While this brew impresses with looks and smell, the taste was a letdown. It is somewhat harsh and disjointed. It is as if the beer has an identity crisis between being a juicy, west-coast IPA and a bitter, pine-forward English IPA. The West Coast style emerges on the nose, but neither style comes out on the palate. I don't know where all the delicious fruit that I smell went when I drank this beer, but I miss it.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 04:01:06 | More by spoony
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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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