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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,277 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 435
Gots: 355 | FT: 9
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Ratings: 3,277 | Reviews: 1,176
Photo of Poupae
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Micros32
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz Bomber from Liquor Wherehouse for $4.19 into AB tulip (pictured above).

A: Light crystal clear amber with nice tight 2 finger head even though I poured soft!

S: MMM. This is the best smelling beer I'ver reviewed so far. Hops and malts really come thorugh. Some grape fruit and lemon peel.

T: OMG! this is what ipa's are all about! If your lookin for balance you've found it. world class beer here.

M: Bottle conditioning really does wonders. It's a shame more brewers havent embraced this method(stone,moylans,marin,etc.) it really does so much more for a bottled beer as opposed to co2.

D: This is top notch for an aipa. So if thats your style I'm sure you have plenty in the fridge like I do! Cheers Alesmith (how do I join the cult?)

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

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a 22 oz. bomber of AleSmith's acclaimed India Pale Ale at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA last weekend. Just got to drink it tonight. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring the beer into a pint glass at a medium-slow pace produced a pillowy white head of foam that caps a clear golden-orange body of beer. This is a pretty good looking beer–certainly above average–but I like the hazy, unfiltered, deep orange and reddish looking IPAs the most. So I can't award more than a 4 out of 5.

Smell (4.5/5): Aroma is of pink grapefruit, pine, and apricot–in short, a perfect mix of West Coast style IPA smells come rising out of the glass. Really, what more can you ask from a beer of this style? And while it's not incredibly unique (reminds me of Port Wipeout), it's an incredibly satisfying odor any hophead would appreciate very much so.

Taste (4.5/5): Malt sweetness in the foretaste is almost immediately overwhelmed by waves upon waves of intense pink grapefruit and pine flavors from the hops. The bitterness escalates until the bone dry finish. A lingering hop bitterness coats the tongue in the aftertaste. This is just picture perfect flavor from an IPA and I am indeed impressed. The way the bitterness continues to build until the finish sets AleSmith's IPA apart from most. Excellent.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Picture perfect medium carbonation. Prickly, slightly oily hop flavors dance on and wash over the tongue; it's a pleasant experience for any hop head. Citrus tang produces a drying effect in the back of the throat. The ring of foam floating on the top of the beer continues to add a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall (4.5/5): AleSmith IPA is a solid, stellar example of a West Coast-style American India Pale Ale. It has what I look for in my favorite style of beer: high levels of grapefruit-like bitterness that resolves in a long and satisfyingly dry finish. Not too complex, just concentrates on delivering lots of hop flavor to satisfy my inner hop head. There is no noticeable alcohol presence and drinkability is high. This beer isn't necessarily what I would call "accessible", but for any craft beer drinker that's adventurous, doesn't mind high levels of bitterness, and is looking for a legitimately great example of the American IPA style I recommend this beer to them. A benchmark of the West Coast style IPA along with Green Flash WC IPA, Firestone Union Jack, Ballast Pt. Sculpin, and Port Wipeout (oh, and Stone IPA, too). It's in great company. Seek it out!

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

Been on a drinking break due to budget constraints but thought I'd treat myself after an extended work day.

Forms an above average thick and foamy white head with great retention, excellent sticky lacing, and fairly active carbonation. Body is a slightly hazy straw color with hints of amber.

Hops completely rule the aroma. Dominant citrus, some pine, and hints of cannibus. Deeper even more complex floral and herbal aromas come through. Wow! Very little booze aroma considering the high for the style ABV.

Citrus is the most easily identifiable flavor on the palate along with some great underlying pungency. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the hops from running too wild. As it warms an interesting herbal component and some mild campfire snokiness come through. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly clean and crisp. There's a nice carb tingle while the alcohol bite is conspicuous by it's absence.

Overall an amazing beer. Among the best I've had in the style. It had been awhile since I'd tried it and it's even better than I remember. I'm glad it's finally becoming easier to find at a reasonable price in my area. If you love American IPA this is a can't miss.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are times when Raul has said that he was "feelin' it"...but this time, Raul is feelin' it! I mean, hot diggity damn! Me and a desert island, my peeps, me and an endless supply of AleSmith IPA and a desert island...

Glorious tropical notes, wonderful hop bitterness like an Elizabeth Taylor divorce hearing...

I might have to Amelia Earhart myself to find AleSmith Island.

Yep!

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

A--Pours a golden yellow with two full fingers of frothy white head that camps around for a while and leaves spotty but thick lacing

S--Classic west coast citrus IPA smell. Orange, mango, pineapple, grapes. Amazing.

T--An oily citrus hop explosion, some resiny aftertaste. Caramel malts do their best to balance it but the hops win by first round KO. Definitely one of the tastiest IPA's I can remember

M--Medium bodied with a very soft pillow of carbonation. Damn good.

D--Great beer, no real complaints. Solid across the board and worthy of its reputation

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

Photo of carolinared
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Formed a nice creamy head in pint bitters glass, kept lacing and head to the bottom. Seemed to get better as the glass emptied, aroma not great from the start but much better with some warming. Mouthfeel and aftertaste the winner for me, not too much carbination. Overall a wonderful IPA that could, for my taste, also be a session beer. Definitely wanted another after the first!

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

Thanks to ObeMaltKinobe for this bomber. Into a Fuller's nonic.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a dense foamy white cap that recedes to a thin layer. Excellent lacing left behind.

S: Resinous hops, lots of juicy grapefruit, mango, peaches and pine. Lots and lots of hops. A touch of a caramel malt profile and a slight graininess, overall smells hoppy and dank. Killer stuff.

T: Follows the nose nicely with a ton of huge hoppy resins and bitterness. Nice tropical fruit flavors mixed in with the citrus and pine. Enough bitterness to break the beer up and keep you coming back for more. Love the lingering hop resins.

M: Medium body, nicely dry, crisp, carbonation is spot on.

O: Another killer IPA out of SoCal, awesome stuff that I wish I had regular access to.

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

A- Pours a golden-orange color with a very generous white, frothy head. I don't think I've ever seen such ridiculous lacing from an IPA before. The amount of lacing rivaled some of the most good-looking belgians I've had.

S- The nose is refreshing and juicy. Crisp, sweet grapefruit and notes of pine come through. The likneness to a sweet, fresh, ripe grapefruit is astounding. Enough malt comes through to balance, without dominating.

T- An excellent example of a San Diego style IPA. Very light on bittering hops, but tons of floral, fruity, and piney aroma hops. The flavors that come through (with minimal bitterness) are grapefruit, pine, and notes of lemon. The malt is there, providing a caramel-like sweetness, but mainly for support, rather than flavor.

M- Very rich for an IPA. Extremely fine carbonation, as to be expected from the incredibly fluffy head. Very full-bodied with a very nice lingering finish.

D- With almost no bitterness and well-hidden alcohol, this 7.25% IPA is about as drinkable as it gets.

Photo of BillH200174
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine, a bit of earthiness and some faint citrus notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sweet carmel, earthiness and pine with a lingering moderatly bitter finish. A very drinkable and well balanced IPA

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 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).

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