AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,137
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 298 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a well balanced West Coast IPA
Hazed pale amber in the glass with a smallish head that never completely melts away...rather remaining with sticky lacing.
Aroma is green fresh piney hops.
Flavors are a nice balance between the sweet pale malts and tons of citrus bitter hops. This has the balance of a fine DIPA but without the strength. It manages to be fresh without ever turning raw.
Good job Alesmith.

Photo of dbossman
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and hazy with a nice, bubbly cream-colored head; lacing is okay; some sediment

S: So fruity: pineapple, lemon, grapefruit; a bit of grainy undertones but so much hops and tropical fruit

T: A nice tropical hop presence up front; as it warms up the tropical flavors (especially pineapple and mango) grows

F: Nice oily mouth coating

D: Such a drinkable, delicious IPA

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bomber of AleSmith IPA from a trade with Boolshot. The ale is chilled and served in a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale is an auburn color, close to orange with a thick three finger head that laces extensively.

S: A citrusy hop aroma wafts out of the goblet.

T: The ale has a grapefruit hop flavor that slowly fades into a ginger-like flavor that is subtle and fruity.

M: The ginger aftertaste and strong hops are quite good, giving the palate a wide array of sensations during the bottle.

D: The ale is quite good. Even with the almost 8% abv, this beer is hoppy, vibrant and delicious. Thanks to Boolshot for an excellent trade.

Photo of Fluke828
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
No freshness info to be found on the bottle however I am fairly certain is is pretty fresh as it just hit shelves around these parts very recently. And only does so something like twice a year. Anyway, here we go....

A-> A golden amber/orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of white lace sticking behind. A gentle pour yielded not quite 2 fingers worth of head.

S-> Whoa! This one smells fruity! And lots of it! The bouquet is chock full of a host of fresh and zesty tropical fruits. From grapefruit to mango to a clementine/tangerine? and could that even be some peach?! Pine is there as well with a west coast hop smell along with some kind of sweet, not quite caramel malt aroma. Enticing to say the least....

T-> This was a burst of flavor first hitting the tongue. Juicy tropical fruits, particularly the mango and clementine. In the middle, the hoppy pine bitterness takes center stage yet finishes unexpectedly mild and much less in your face than I was anticipating, which was a pleasant surprise. This really exhibits exceptional balance in my eyes (and taste buds) as the juicy and fruity explosion gives way to a crisp, cleansing pine hop resin that finishes smooth and mellow. Really quite enjoyable...

M-> Again, crisp and smooth. Nice hefty amount of carbonation of which I typically enjoy. With a moderately dry yet mild, and very "non-stinging" finish. Very sticky yet fairly light in body even for a single IPA (albeit at the extreme end of the "single" spectrum @ 7.25%!)

O-> I really enjoyed this beer. It was such an enjoyable, extremely refreshing surprise on the first few pours that were cold. And as it warmed a very subdued spiciness became ever so slightly apparent and that only served to further complement the fruit to pine transition in the middle. This beer really was exceptional and a welcome reprieve (even for this hop head and IPA enthusiast) from some of the harsher hop bombs I have been swigging recently. I will be picking up another bottle or two while these are still around, seeing as I paid less than $7 for this one...

Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a clear Golden/ Copper colour witha nice White foamy head that retains well, and laces all the way.

S - Nice sweet citrus aromas are predominant, with a small amount of grains and pine.

T - Massive grapefruit flavours witha little orange peel and pine to follow. The bitterness on the finish is superb as it gives way to a little sugar, Mango and caramel.

M - Medium to light body with medium carbonation.

O - Right up there with the best in the style.

Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my top IPAs. Extremely well balanced, intense hop character and wondefully drinkable. Pours a hazy, copper orange colour, with a gorgeous white head. Strong piney, citrus, fruity aroma. Rich, complex taste - fruit, maltiness, slight alcohol. It makes your mouth water. Extremely fresh.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Shout out to McAllister and Pixel for the Ohio hook up :^)

A: Clear dark golden color with russet overtones. Three finger head that recedes to skim and ring that leaves sheets of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Like someone threw grapefruit and pinecones in a blender. A sweet malt aroma is banging around in there, too.

T: Wonderful grapefruit flavors dominate as do resinous pine sap flavors. There is a bread-like malt quality to the flavor profile as well. The finish alternates between pine-y hops, bready malt, and sweet citrus.

M: Creamy and lush. The hops add a drying quality to the mouthfeel, but the malt thickens things up considerably.

D: What a superb and balanced AIPA this is. This could easily give any of Stone's IPA's a run for their money. It's big and refreshing and so good it's scary. Here's to hoping that someday they distribute their beer in IL, IN, MI, or WI.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is nicely blended and contains hops, citrus fruits and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a strong burst of floral hops comes in a takes control, but the sweetness remains complimentary in the background. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works quite well for this particular beer. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good kick, very good representation of style. This is a very good beer to drink over the course of an evening. I could see myself polishing off a 2-3 bombers of this beer and enjoying them the whole time.

Photo of biggied
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.

S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.

T- Very slight hop taste that lingers long after the taste.

M- Great mouth and bitterness from the hops but not the best.

D- Ranks right up there with my favs from Alesmith.

Photo of kels
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first bottle from my Bday 07.0 booty of beer. This one courtesy of IntriqKen, thanks!

I opened this early, because the bottle smelled a bit, and had a bit of beer on it. I was a little worried about leakage... But when I opened it? Pop! Good... No problem with this one.

Beer pours a bright cloudy gold color with a huge head.

Aromas are floral, citrus like, and a bit sweet.

Flavors are bright and crisp. There is a very bitter citrus/grapefruit like quality to this one up front. The beer settles in with sharp hops flavors and a bit of sourness. Finish is slightly creamy, sweet, and malty. This is a tasty, balanced, and well made IPA.

Mouthfeel is excellent. This is a well rounded beer.

Drinkability is way up there. Yet another well crafted beer from San Diego... quite enjoyable.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass at Barley and Hops Tavern. The beer is a hazy amber color with two fingers of white, foamy head. Good lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Really good! First drink confirms the aroma. Loads of pineapple, orange, and piney hops. Malt is there, but is totally overpowered by the hop bitterness. 7.25 ABV is not evident. This is a very drinkable IPA. An excellent example of the west coast style. I have had this beer many times, and it continues to be one of my favorites. Highly recommended!

Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright copper color. Massive rocky beige head, sticky mounds of it. Gobs of chunky lace.

Smells of fresh citrus, pine, and herbal hops. Malt like Christmas pudding, pancake batter, honey. Plenty of Belgianesque ripe fruity esters, golden apple. Cohesive, and wonderful.

Big hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet doughy, toasty malt. Fruit, roastiness, burnt sugar. Long bitter finish, really drying out.

Fine, creamy carbonation, but it can get too fizzy. Some pleasant astringency. Very drinkable, for what it is.

Real character. The best IPA I have ever tried.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a nice head that persists well and leaves rings of lacing

Smell: Resinous, orange and pine hops waft upwards along with a caramel malt undertone

Taste: Starts with a piney hop flavor complemented by a balancing malt base; after the swallow, the hops jump out in front, and while the finish has some residual sweetness and floral character, this is really all about those piney hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick and velvety; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty; great example of a West Coast IPA

Photo of fiver29
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a syrupy golden hue. When I hold this up to the light it looks like malt extract syrup in my glass with lots of hop particles in it. Has a little alcohol smell with some hops. Taste is very smooth with lots of citrus and lots of lots of thick resin flavors of hops. A very nice IPA.

Photo of darklordlager
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange, with a 1" bright-white head that dissipates a bit before showing some stickage.

S: Rich sweet citrus (orange) and bitter grapefruit zest. Underlying malt and some alcohol heat (served a touch warm).

T: Piney hops, with citrus highlights. Some mango seems to poke through the pine and grapefruit as well. The malt remains in back, providing a firm ground for the hops to shine through.

M: Medium-high carbonation with a smooth quality that makes it slide across the tongue.

D: Pleasant, smooth hopiness makes this a great IPA. Very clean and refreshing

Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off to a really bad start with this one - popping the cap cracked the lip of the bottle, cutting my finger, ouch! Then a gentle poured from the 22oz bottle into my tumbler produced a voluminous head that overflowed down the side! The thick white, rocky head settled to a thick collar and skim, leaving really thick, lacy lace. The color is deep copper, with a steady stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Subsequent pours continued the very rocky, long lasting head, reminiscent of my favorite Belgians - nice!
The aroma on this one is really nice, really up my ally for an IPA. It's really heavy on the sweet, tropical citrus smelling hops, bordering on bubblegum, with just enough pine to keep it from being one sided. There's enough pungency to let you know your in for a lip-puckering brew, but over all it's nice and sweet, and is the best part of this beer.
The taste on this IPA is very balanced. Sure there's lots of citrus, but not as strong as the aroma, and the malt is firm but not too thick, overall it comes off a bit sweet and on the lighter side, although there is a discernible bitter finish that doesn't overwhelm. There is a bit of a bready finish behind the bitters, and the balance makes it hard to break down to many other flavors for me...Jeeze, first a couple Lagunitas Lucky 13's, now one of these, I've really raised my expectation for hoppy beers today - great choices for the final four, although I'd wish Georgetown would've won!
The mouthfeel is really nice, quite light and velvety for a strong, west coast IPA, with just a touch of tangy carbonation.
The drinkablity of this one is pretty high as well. It's not so bitter to beat up your palate, and overall is really nice and easy drinking. Wish I'd gotten a second bomber, because this first one went down like butter. But, only having had two glasses, worth, I can't really be sure.

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy golden orange color with golden yellowish hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy 2.5 finger head with excellent retention, only very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with streaks of soapy lacing.

Very earthy hop aroma with a prominent citrus fruit character, subtle pine and faint malt backbone. Lots of lemon peel, mango and grapefruit in the nose as well as some biscuit Graham crackery malt.

Clean crisp medium body that is very hop forward with a good balance of sweet citrus and dry pine notes. Pretty bitter and dry at first but with a nice amount of lemon and orange peel, mango and grapefruit and a subtle Graham cracker malt backbone that doesn't interfere with the glorious hoppiness. Lingering dry finish. Delicious dank, oily chewy hopbomb! Highly recommended!

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber hue with a slight haze.

The aroma is bursting with fresh grassy and citrusy hops. Some caramel malts linger in the background.

The flavor was full of citrusy hops. The malt backbone was rich and caramelly, but not overly sweet. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was crisp and slightly creamy. The carbonation was fine and tight. I will say that I have noticed slight variation in carbonation with Alesmith's beers as they're all bottle conditioned.

Drink this one fresh before the yeast cake zaps some of that amazing hop character. This beer requires no patience.

West Coast in a bottle. Exemplary of American IPAs and certainly among the top 5 I've ever had.

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a hazed copper appearance. A medium sized bone white head adorns the surface and is very well retained and creamy. The lace comes in sheets. The aroma is exquisite. The perfect blend of sweet caramel and toffee malt character with the more dominant qualities of hops: pine, tropical fruits, lemon grass, citrus and hop resin. I love smelling this beer. The mouthfeel is plush and creamy. Body checks in at about medium. This is a session IPA if I ever tasted one. Quite smooth in the taste department. No jagged edges or huge rawness about it. But it's got some character. The bitterness is kept in check with some nice sweet caramel malt character. The hop flavors dance atop this. They impart grassiness, pine sap, pineapple and grapefruit. Very tropical in nature. This is a very solid IPA.

Some Bighuge props going out to the LongBeachBum for serving up this one to me.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $4.99 from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Forestinne tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot hue with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing in my glass.

S: Good dose of malt up front, followed up by a good amount of earthy hop - lemon zest and fresh cut grass, tropical fruit, fresh biscuits and a slight hint of booze in the mix.

T: Very similar to the nose but the hop is more prevalent in the mix which is a good thing. The sweet malt and fruity esters come through at the end to round out the hop and balance this beer nicely.

M: Medium bodied, a bit sticky but finishes clean, well carbonated for the style with a good amount of lingering bitterness from the hop.

D: No problem posting up on these all night. For as aggressive as the hop is in this brew, it's balanced so well that you can throw em back all night (and I have more then once).

Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

220z. bomber: This lovely brew pours a hazy, darker golden color. Some head to it. The aroma is hops, and all hops, but not overpowering. Piney, citrus, floral and grassy. The taste is quite good. The taste is quite hoppy, but only somewhat bitter. The tastes are very well balanced. Some fruits in the aftertaste and the hopiness lingers nicely in your mouth. An excellent brew.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to 011x0110 for this one.

Beer emerges from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass a clear, dark golden color with a tight looking one finger sized head. Plenty of carbonation rushes to the top to keep the head a steady size. Copious amounts of lacing. The elegant and sleek look of the bottle (simple, yet eyecatching) puts this beer in the 5 range for overall appearance.

Aroma is supremely hoppy. Citrusy hops as well as some hay and grass aromas. The slightest touch of sweetness to balance the hoppiness but the hops shine here.

Very well balanced. Perfectly balanced, actually. A sweet sort of hop flavor greets the tongue immediately and is followed by a touch of caramel sweetness and rounded out with a solid dose of hop bitterness. The bitterness is more pronounced in the finish and lingers for what seems like ages. MMmm.

Finishes dry and quite bitter. Kind of thin in the body but oily on the teeth and toungue. Bitter for the style which I really love. A wonderful example of the style. Simply delectable.

Photo of chrisafari
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is hoppy with fresh pine and orange citrus. Pours amber orange with rocky off-white head. Flavor begins with nice citrus/pine and finishes with a nice dry hoppy throat. There is a nice balance between the hops and the malt (for an IPA). Nice finish of toasty and carmel malt. A very good American IPA.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large (1pt 6oz) Alesmith bottle. The beer was dark orange and clear, with a nice sticky head. There was a strong hops aroma but not too one-dimensional. The flavor was pretty much the same, a hops bomb but balanced with some smooth malt flavor. Really really good. Alesmith IPA isn't marketed in OH that I've seen, which is too bad. Their more expensive beers (Horny Devil, Grand Cru, Speedway Stout) are available but too expensive to drink too often.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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