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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,257 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,257
Hads: 3,798
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 488
Gots: 561 | FT: 10
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,257 | Hads: 3,798
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.

Cheers!!

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

On tap it has a fantastic one finger white head that leaves some sticky lacing. A hint of cloudy golden color.

Smell is well balanced with a tropical fruit slightly pine hop note with some slight cereal grain and caramel sweetness. Mostly the hops shine through, but do so very nicely.

Tastes of grape fruity herbal slightly piney hops with some great caramel malts. Well balanced and highly drinkable. Each sip is better than the last.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly sticky. Somewhat viscous. Medium carbonation keeps this one drinkable.

Overall, this ones a fantastic west coast ipa. Well balanced, interesting, and tasty.

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

Really nice IPA. Nothing too incredible, but very well done. Very flavorful and well balanced without too much bitterness. It wasn't as juicy as I like, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden with a big white white head. Aroma is resinous, citrus and its rind, pine, and a slight hit of some bread. Flavor follows suit, finishing nice and dry. Decent amount of bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a nice IPA. Glad to see it here in Colorado, will drink again when I see it on tap.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clean looking yellow color, the head was pretty good here and left behind a strong lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some tropical fruit aromas and a little pine. The malts are also on the nose a little bit. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I enjoyed the pine and citrus flavors that the hops had in there. I feel that the mouthfeel was pretty good, a little on the light side. Overall this ipa was rather refreshing and it maintained a good flavor and aroma the whole time. This beer was a good one to try, glad I did.

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

Had this on 2012-10-28 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head.

A - Mildly hazy sunset orange with a 1-finger, pillowy white head and moderate lacing.

S - Some pineapple, pine and vegetal hop buds. Light malt. Not as aromatic as when I had it from the bottle.

T - Pine, hop forward, light caramel malt, citrus flesh and red grapefruit juice. The pine and grapefruit hang in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth, moderately, resinous and prickly.

O - Not as powerful in the aroma or taste departments as I remember it from a fresh bottle. Who knows, perhaps my senses have been despoiled by a year of (IPA) living dangerously. For example, Fat Head's Head Hunter is stronger (and better) in the taste and aroma departments. I enjoyed it this time around but wasn't blown away. You'll have this.

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

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass. The initial pour lead to an explosion of foam that would not settle. You could almost cut it off with a knife. The beer itself is a cloudy copper with a head that will not quit and leaves a massive trail of lacing as it slowly recedes. The over-carbonation almost detracts from the beer because I can not get a good pour.

The smell is mostly hops: pine and more pine with hint of grapefruit. This is a fine smelling IPA. You can smell the pale malts underneath the hops. The taste is a smack of upfront hops and ends with an astringent bitter end. The malts do balance this out, but is more about the pine hops than anything else. Good long bitter aftertaste as well.

The mouth feel is medium and coats the mouth with hop oil. The over-carbonation comes back in a negative way for me in the mouth feel. Overall, this is a very good IPA, but to me it has a bit of harshness to it. I am not sure if it is the rush of carbonation or the bitterness. I would definitely drink this regularly if it were available to me, but it is not in my top 5 IPAs.

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from jlindros (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature (12/20/09).

A: Pours a huge billowing head from a very gentle pour that fills half of the glass. The beer itself is light golden straw. Great retention, actually too good.

S: Nice scent of citrus, tropical and bitter hops combined with a subtle biscuity malt. The aroma is far less pungent than expected.

T: Pale malts seem to hit the palate first along with some oxidation. Some bitter hops containing light citrus notes are apparent as well. Not nearly what I was expecting, nice but a little to subtle.

M: lighter-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 7% abv. A little lighter than I was expecting.

D: Quite drinkable, once the huge head subsides, but not quite as flavorful as I had hoped for. Certainly goes down quickly.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment, but overall it was a pretty decent American IPA, but it certainly did not live up to the hype. Perhaps this was just a bad bottle, or maybe the hype was too much for me. In the future I'll grab another bottle and compare. Thanks again Jared! Worth a Look.

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

A pint at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

Golden, but with a slight amber hue. Below average head retention but lots of lace. Slight haze. Earthy-citrus aroma. Flavor is similar, with very bitter middle to finish. Some alcohol is noticeable in the middle. Medium to heavy body. Tasted alongside the X. The IPA is richer, more bitter, and was a bit softer on the carbonation. It laced some of the complexity of the X. Both are very good, however.

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

This is one good IPA. When you first crack open the bottle the hoppy citrus smell almost overwhelms you. Ahhh the sniffing salts of brewing perfection. The pour comes out smooth as silk and the head sits a top the deep golden liquid like freshly picked cotton. After the first sip you can taste exactly what this beer is known for, the magnificent hop bite. As the beer warms (if it lasts that long) an orange-like tang comes to front of the mouth. The aftertaste is very bitter and tart.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a quarter-cut slice of hot pepper beef.

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

a really citrusy ipa. pours mostly clear copper color with a big tall delicate looking white lacey head that leaves trails after each sip. the nose is all grapefruit, bittersweet. the malt profile is rather unremarkable in both smell and taste, which is okay for me in this one, because it does what it has to while allowing a very unique and attention commanding hop bouquet to shine. again grapefruit is the main taste note, but there also something else acidic in here, maybe lemon, maybe pomelo. i really love the finish of this, which is as fruity as it is bitter, refreshing but dry, and with an alcohol content that cannot be tasted in the slightest. the feel is equally exuberant, with robust carbonation that tickles the tongue on every sip. body is medium to fuller, but the bubbles make it seem lighter than that, and a bomber of this is a joy to drink, wish i had two!

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

Subtle and understated - almost too understated. Pours a hazy golden with a slight head. The aroma is lovely and clean, with a strong lemon, like a great lemony cleanser. The flavor is clean, smooth, malty and deeply lemony, with a woody bitterness and a crisp lemon bitterness on the finish. There is a little carmelly malt in there, but the story is largely lemon. The mouthfeel is very slick with a tingly bitterness on the front of the mouth, which is unusual. The high abv is very well balanced.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

A= The beer pours a nice looking light amber orange color with a small finger of head on it that holds nice retention and lacing on it. Maybe a little light in color.

S= Fruity smelling. I've been drinking a ton of Furious lately and this is soooo much fruitier. Mango and pineapple come through mostly with less of a "bitter" hop profile. Not much pine but there is a little ripe grapefruit in it.

T= The taste is again in the fruity hop category. Tastes candy like actually. Totally different spectrum than most bitter bombs I've had lately. This isn't nearly as bitter as most IPAs. Great mango and grapefruit flavor. Actually tastes a lot like biting into a nice ripe grapefruit.

M= This is the biggest problem for this beer. The mouth is super thin. The thinnest mouth I've ever had on an IPA.

D= The thin mouth makes me go for sips more often and the flavor doesn't linger long... Great flavor on this one no doubt. A tasty brew indeed. Worth seeking out and is on a totally different end of the spectrum from a bitter bomb so I would prolly buy this regularly if it were avalible to me.

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

Appearance: Tawny, clear orange with mesmerizing bubbles, which sneak up to form a big, foamy hump. The color of the head is kind of similar to flan... and it jiggles like flan, too.

Smell: An interesting salad of hops. Carrots on top of grapefruit with a pine needle garnish and a shake of powdered sugar. There is something in here that smells amazing, and I can't put my finger on it... I think it's the same thing I can't put my finger on in Old Rasputin. Perhaps some kind of hops? There seems to be a lot going on here.

Taste: Toasty malts and white grape juice underscore a very fruity, very bitter, hop character that reallly takes over mid-sip and will not relinquish its throne on your palate. Yum.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy. Could be better, but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a mighty fine beer, not quite sessionable due to the slightly higher ABV, but definitely goes down easy. Recommended.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith IPA poured into DFH Signature glass. No bottling date is present on the glass.

A: This one pours a cloudy orange amber. Half finger head that dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing in the glass. Good carbonation rolling off bottle of the glass.

S: Hmm, this smells different from last time trying. Might have lost freshness. Getting some fruity hops but the carmel malts come in a bit more than expected. Breadiness is evident.

T: Nice bitter bite on the tip of tongue. Rich malt smooths it out in the middle of the mouth. Nice rich close, which is very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied.

O: a very solid offering from AleSmith. First IPA from them. I want to try another that might be a little fresher.

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

pours a cloudy apricot glazed amber with a quickly disappearing head..The aroma was extremely piney and had strong notes of wet freshly cut grass, grapefruit...starts with a nice balanced bitter grapefruit flavor, showing subtle piney notes but remaining quite balanced. I used to think this beer was more over the top, but its surprisingly balanced..maybe a tad bit too much...maybe....Alcohol is completely hidden though...and its not as sticky as some IPAs can be.

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

Bottle about 2 months old.

A: Pours a near translucent amber. Small, frothy banana cream-colored head sits atop a mass of tiny bubbles which leave horizontal lacing legs on the glass.

S: Sweet grapefruit citrus on the initial chilled pour with hints of fresh red ripe fruits in the background and maybe some pineapple. As it warms a bit, aromas of pine resin surface. Overall a sweet citrusy smell.

T: Predominately sweet bready malts up front, some citrus and then a a fragrant, almost pungent cross between floral and pine bitters on the finish. Lingering bitterness.

M: Good body...a bit slick and oily, moderate carbonation, tingly bubbles on the tongue.

D: Lots of bitterness going on here, but a really nice IPA. Drinkability is fairly good, though I'm not sure you'd want to pound these back one after another. This has nothing on Pliny's smoothness IMHO, which has a tad higher ABV.

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

Poured a deep gold with a huge chunky head, very inviting on this frigid night. Smell were sweet hops typical of you west coast IPA. Taste was better than I expected, the hops balance nicely with the malty finish. Thehigh ABV was masked bu the balance. This was a better than expected beer and would totaly pick this up again.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up with yet another bottle of this brew and decided it was time to rate it this time. This IPA is one of the better ones I've had. It pours slightly darker than golden, but with a slight haze (probably because of the bottle-conditioning), and with a minimal head...but one that persists until the last drop. I would call it attractive. The aroma is good with some nice hops, yet there's a bit of something else (slightly tart/almost stinky) I'm not a huge fan of. I've had the same thing in some other beers too, and I don't think it's a flaw. I guess it's just some characteristic from ingredients and/or the brewing process I don't find especially pleasing. I do like the flavor more than the aroma. A clean, malty flavor provides the basic background for the hops to shine. I'm guessing there's a mix of hops used here...quite possibly some various C-hops. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Right now, I'm being reminded of Bear Republic's Racer 5 (which I also like...especially fresh on tap.) In the end, I recommend Alesmith IPA and wish it and the rest of Alesmith's lineup were available back here in the SE.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.