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AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Reviews: 1,281 | Ratings: 3,924
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours medium amber with one finger of bubbly head.
Smells dank with some breadiness.
Taste inline with aromas, but rather one note IMO.
Mouthfeel was inviting and very good.
Overall, this was an ok IPA. I was expecting a lot more based on brewery and rep. Dankness was enjoyable and good, but rather one note and somewhat flat in taste profile.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with pollox87, thanks man! I've had it before, but never reviewed it.

A: Beer pours a clear, light yellowish-orange

S: I'm getting a very nice hops aroma in the smell with hints of citrus; it's a nice aroma, but I'm not blown away like I am with some IPA smells.

T: Ah yes, now I'm starting to remember this beer. Very unique flavor, it's a fairly grassy hop flavor that's pretty bitter without a lot of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and perfect for this type of beer.

O: I wonder if this one might be a little past its prime. I'm not getting nearly the citrus aroma or fresh hops flavor that I recall the first time I had this beer. The malt definitely comes through a lot in the flavor, and the hops are more subdued. It's still a good IPA, but I remember it being great, and this one didn't quite rise to that level.

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Photo of cueball52
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a nice robust head. The head settles to a nice frothy coating that lingers to the end.
It has a piny, grassy, citrus hop aroma.
The taste shows a nice balance of malt and hops with a very full mouth-feel. Smooth and creamy.
Nice, slightly burnt malt aftertaste.
Very drinkable and nicely done.

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Photo of garuda
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

IPA Day 2012

A - Clear gold, white cap that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Heavy on the pine hops with some grapefruit, backed up by a caramel, slightly bready malt base. Finishes slightly abrasive with resinous hops.

M - Something's a little off here. Medium to light in body, but feels overcarbonated with an inconsistent mouthfeel/smoothness.

O - Taste and smell are good, but the mouthfeel felt off kind of took away from the quality.

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Photo of adamette
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $8.99 a few weeks ago into my Fat Heads Brewery rastal branded pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A 6 inch head...seriously, this is one of the most massive heads that I have seen on a beer, kind of reminds me of the head that appeared when I first poured a Duvel. Body is a nice light caramel, translucent and right on with the style. 4.0

S Mixture of grapefruit hoppiness, some sweet malt and some earthy, grains which came in waves and in that order. I got several good smells of it while I waited for the head to dissipate. As far as getting my interest, this is a great smelling beer. 4.5

T The hoppy aromas certainly carried over into the taste and the earthy grains were there as well but not the nice, caramel sweetness that I gave a wave of in the smell. This is a good tasting IPA but I would have appreciated a return to a bit of that sweetness that I perceived to the nose. Aftertaste is a lingering hop bitterness with a touch of sweetness on the lips. 4.0

M Thick, syrupy but not to an extreme. This big (7.25% ABV), bittersweet beer has a feel to match. 4.0

D One and done for me and this will be my only beer tonight. 3.5

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Photo of infi
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy and translucent orange-red color with an enormous fluffy off-white head. Seriously, mountainous peaks of bubbles are created and found everywhere in the glass - quite amazing. Amazing lacing, thick residues of these bubbles are left on the interior of the glass as you drink. Smell is essentially textbook IPA, with multitudes of piney and earthy hops and hints of malt throughout. Lots of citrus cutting through as well. There's a weird presence of this funkiness that I'm not quite accustomed to, especially in IPAs, which lead to its deduction in score.

Taste is straight up clean and full of hoppy goodness. Citrus presence is very fine and the bitterness levels aren't too high or overpowering. Not much to say, except it's pretty much what you would expect in a traditional IPA. Very nice and enjoyable overall. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and fairly carbonated. No complaints here. The drinkability is great - exceptionally easy to drink for the night. Keep to yourself or share with a friend, you can't go wrong with either choice. Excellent Cali IPA from Alesmith.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to pint glass.
Bottled 2/25/15.

Appearance: Yellow-orange color, closer to orange, not quite see through, decent white head.

Aroma is a good mix of citrus, pine and hops. Mostly hops.

Taste: fruity, hoppy, very mellow ipa, almost malty. Pine is faint, which is nice. Touch of Grapefruit, lemon, cedar?.

Feel: not as lively as i wpuld expect, though maybe that is due to the 1 year age.

Really nice IPA. One my favorites.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a very clean golden pour with a nice 2 fingers of white fluffy head. perfect amount of lacing

S - very aromatic earth tones, slight bitterness, slight citrus, honey

T - sweet earthy flavor, nice blend of malt an bittering hops, floral taste

M - smooth with a sweet finish - making me want more!

O - very nice ipa all around with a modest abv% makes this one a perfect GO TO.. if only it were actually distributed here :(

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Photo of tjthresh
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint, light amber, slight dry hop haze with a billowing white head that lasted the entire time I was drinking this beer. I’m getting all facets of hop aroma here. Citurs, spice, earth, and flowers are all in line. Some nice honey aroma works its way through to represent the malt. Again a quality blend of hop flavor takes over as I drink also. Stong bitterness is sure to get your attention. Very resinous, and stinky from the lips to the tonsils. Reminds me of a wannabe Racer 5. Almost as good, but falls just short.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Cloudy amber/orange color with a white head. Nice retention with spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Some citrus fruits, orange and pineapple. A little bit of grass and pine with a caramel malt as well.

T: Smell is a bit stronger than the flavor. The oranges return and some pine/grass. The caramel comes through and balances things out.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Has a slightly bitter finish. Drinks nicely, with the only drawback was the slightly muted flavor. Good but not amazing.

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Photo of dannydetox
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Alesmith IPA pours a pretty coppery amber color with a frothy white head that stuck around. Nose is full of apricot, some pine and an earthy essence. Don't get much citrus here. Malts come through on the mid palate, and then the beer finishes with lingering dryness. Very long finish on this one. Not as aggressive as some of its San Diego IPA cousins, this medium to lighter bodied beer (given its size) lacks that big citrus hop explosion I have come to anticipate from West Coast IPAs. Good, but there are others I prefer.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown color with a very nice tight white head that is settling extremely slowly. Nice rocky head. The aroma is a nice citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Very juicy. The taste is of grapefruit hops, a bit of pine and asprin. There is a noticable malt presence but it takes a way backseat to the malt, can't really distinguish it in the flavor. A nice moderate feel with soft to tingley carbonation, which gives the brew a smooth feel. However, the asprin like characteristics lead to a very dry brew, which is a negative in my book. A very nice hoppy IPA. Has some real nice hop flavors but the asprin characteristics kill it for me a bit.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks to xhuskr for the trade.

A slightly hazy orange pale amber with nice rising carbonation really nice yellow highlights. Head is off white, two fingers and soils soapy bubblebath in appearance.

Bouquet is a classic grapefruit, and slightly sweet. Nose is a classic good Hop citrus flavor sense. Basic and solid.

Taste is piny and doesn't bring the fruit. It seems like a 180 from the nose. Dry piney palate sense. Texture hits with a mild carbonation. As the beer warms up a nice malt backbone comes out, and then citrus.

Overall a bit of a surprising ipa, good but takes some time to get use to.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It our deep gold to amber in color. It has three inches of off white head that stick to the sides of the glass.

S - I get the typical citrus smells along with some pine. I also get whiffs of some tropical fruits.

T - The taste is pretty much what you would expect from a west coast Indian pale ale. It has some citrus upfront that gives way to resin laden pine.

M - Moderate

O - A prototypical west coast ipa. Good if that is what you are into. I still have a regional bias to the midwest ipa's. Sorry left coast. I can think of three Michigan and three Ohio ipa's I like better. Plus I can get them fresher.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden/cloudy color with a frothy white head.

S - The aroma was definitely hoppy! Grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes were apparent.

T - Bitter. Some grapefruit was perceptible, but it was bitter at the beginning and finished bitter as well - but it somehow works.

M - Medium and holds up well.

D - Excellent for a bold hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-orange, bottle-conditionned, smallish off-white head. Piney christmas tree aroma feels very green. Big coniferous seeds in the forms of C-hops make the malt appear very subdued. Taste is fresh and rather complex for the style. Orange skin, earth, and piney bitterness. Finish is long, hoppy, very dry, green, but perhaps a bit too alcoholic for its relatively low strenght. Hoppy all the way through, no mistakes about it. Medium to full body, moderate fitting carbonation. I’d just have loved to see more of the alesmith’s fabulous malt manipulations.

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Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. honey orange in color with three finger head. Head calmed down to one finger that lasted. beautiful color that is cloudy, but you can see through. Lacing on glass is consistent.

s. The aroma of this beer is the big seller to me. It is pitch perfect. Hoppy, pine, grapefruit, slight malt. Wow - impressive on the nose.

t. Malt steals the show for me. There is some pine and there is some hops, but the amount of malt seems to be out of balance for an IPA.

m. Very good. Light carbonation but solid.

o. My scores average out to a 4 - not sure but I will go there. If you are an IPA purist - heavy on the hops taste - you may not like this as much as others. It is an outstanding beer overall.

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Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy honey yellow color. Bright white half finger head that was quite slow in dying down. Left thick soap like lacing on the sides of the glass. On swirling got two finger head. Lots of small bubbles in the head and very well put together.

S-- Candied orange, candied grapefruit, passion fruit, and pineapple. Really nice smell and a larger candied grapefruit smell once it warms up.

T-- Bitter grapefruit taste with touches of bitter orange. Not a lot of pine though. Mostly about fruit and more fruit. Slightly pungent tasting.

M-- Medium carbonation and nearly heavy feel. Lots of pungent, bitter grapefruit and bitter grapefruit and just touches of syrupy Carmel malt. Mouth is more about bitter fruits as the nose is more about crisp fruits. Like the differences in this.

O-- Solid and more solid. IPA's make me miss the beer scene in the US most. A beer you can have 2 of and seriously enjoy it.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer from cask at Small Bar in SD. I liked it much better than in bottle, and even regular tap.

A - Very fine carbonation as a cask beer. Slightly cloudy (cask beer!), hazy orange gold body. It had a very fluffy white head with great retention and lace. When first poured, it looked like it was on nitro, the carbonation was so fine and took so long to settle.

S - Nice, bright citrus aroma followed by piney fresh woody hops.

T - It had a very strong grapefruit bitterness, and piney notes at the front, followed by a style appropriate bitterness, and a nice lingering piney hop aftertaste.

M - As a cask pour, it had very fine and nice conbonation.

O - On cask, it is a very nice and solid IPA that can hold it's own to Pliney and others. (Like many of this style, I DO wish it were lower in alcohol though.)

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on vaca in San Diego.

Vibrant amber/orange pour with a frothy two finger head protruding up - thick bubbles leave behind little lacing, it's as if this head wanted to stick with its liquid counterpart as only small splotches of lace remain on the sides of my glass. Smells is piny, resinous, slightly citrusy and the faintest hint of minty spice all forged together to produce an entirely new hop combo I haven't experienced until now - also some sweet notes coming through from both hops and malt. The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma but it is up there, bitter piny hops follow by mellow caramel malt leave an oily sticky feeling on the palate - refreshing crisp and highly drinkable IPA with good carbonation as the bubbles still rise relentlessly from the bottom of my pint glass. As I stare at my score of all 4s I ponder why it says "good" by each category - this beer is better than good, it's fantastic.


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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden colour. Moderately sized white head, dissipates quickly but not completely. Some lace.

Pine resin in the nose, as well as citrus. Mainly grapefruit.

Taste is hoppy. Citrus focused, grapefruit and orange, with a bunch of sticky pine as well. Caramel malt provides a backbone but the focus of this beer is the hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, oily.

Overall, a good IPA. In my view, not the standout that its scores suggest. Without a freshness date, I guess it is possible that this bottle is a bit old and would be better fresher- though it tastes fine to me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium gold/orange color with a super thin head and sticky, soapy-like lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

A - Oranges, grapefruit, papaya, and pine. This beer smells hop forward and the malt plays very minimal in the nose. This is also very cold right now so I'll let it warm up to room temp to see if and how it changes.

T - Definitely follows the nose with a little bit of oranges buried beneath predominantly pine and grapefruit bitterness that stays on top and out front throughout. There's a crackery caramel malt in there as well but it's buried way down there. The bitterness and fruit sweetness is moderate, but not intense.

M - Medium body with sharp prickly carbonation that quickly mellows out and finishes with a piney grapefruit finish.

O - A very nice IPA, I can't believe I've been in the game this long and have always overlooked this beer for some reason, well worth seeking out. Purchased a bomber a few days ago and it's left me with wanting to go back for more. Like I mentioned, the hop intensity is moderate, but a little faded, however, it's still very good. I will revisit my review when I come across a fresher bottle because I can tell this beer has some very good potential.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of beermeplz
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber dated 1/27/15.

A rather well balanced IPA...not exactly what I expected from a SD brewery but pleasant nonetheless (although I certainly don't object to hop bombs!). The bready maltiness actually dominates on both the nose and tongue for me. The fruity and bitter elements from the hops are there but pretty subtle when compared to a lot of other west coast IPAs. This is a real quality brew, but, considering the cost, I'm not sure I'll come back to it anytime soon....a couple more bucks will get me a sixer of some other great stuff.

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick, cloudy orange with a big head that went down slowly.

Smell - Sharp, piney hops with a light malt balance.

Taste - The malt comes out more in the taste. It's almost like a bread flavor. The hops dominate, although they taste more complex than I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel - There's some good, foamy carbonation to this medium-bodied IPA.

Drinkability - This one is very smooth, almost light. The 7.25 ABV is unnoticable. If you like your IPAs smooth and even (as opposed to hairy and over-the-top) give this one a shot if you can find it.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,281 ratings.