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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 431
Gots: 342 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of SteveB24
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

color is a clear copper, pours a finger of white head that retains well and is reinforced by a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. In the taste and the aroma there's lots of citrus fruit notes with some apples and pears in there too, with a nice, bready, malt backbone. very crisp and finishes cream, overall a really top notch IPA, Tasty, smooth, balanced, no bitterness.

Photo of fiver29
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Copernicus
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Color is a burnt orange to light amber, and the pour produces an off-white, yellowish craggy head at 2 fingers with good retention and a sticky lace.

S: Light toasty malt, some graham cracker. The hop embellishments are on the resiny and citrusy side with subtle tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes, maybe even a little peach.

T: A lot going here: The malt base light and toasty, bready, a slight hint of sweetness like graham crackers. Then there is a gentle hop bitterness that creeps in but is then upstaged by a middle act from the malt...tropical fruit and some creaminess. But then the finish leaves a pleasant hop bitterness on the palate with remaining traces of the complex malt.

M: Very light carbonation, medium-light body and a tightly woven texture.

O: This is one of the most unique but well-balanced IPAs that I have had. Relatively incredible. I would pair this with any sweet-spicy dish with pineapple, like pineapple-chicken skewers or other Hawaiian fair.

Photo of chrisafari
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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 tylerstravis
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 07/24/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper amber golden orange. Moderate amount of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A big ripe West Coast Style aroma with lots of citrus fruit and pine hints. Citrus hops upfront with ripe fruit hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and herbal hops in the mix with some hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Slightly perfume like. Solid backing malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Slight hint of honey as well. A very good West Coast aroma.

Taste: Lives up to the great aroma with a big ripe taste of citrus and piney hops with a solid malt background. Big upfront taste of citrus hop fruit esters with notes of orange rind, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, lemon zest, and melon. Herbal and earthy hop notes with a taste of spicy pine resin along with some grass. Fairly dank, perfumey, and nicely bitter hop presence. Good supporting malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, cracker, and a little honey sweetness. A very good full on West Coast IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, ripe, and fairly oily. Clean and smooth considering the big hop presence. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A really great West Coast style IPA. Very good citrus and piney hop taste with a decent malt balance. One of the best in the style.

Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish gold with 2 fingers of just the slightest off-white head. The retention is fantastic, with at least a good 1/2 finger of creamy foam left behind with produces big sticky hop lacing. The aroma is ahhh...West Coast awesomeness right up my nose! Fresh pine, grapefruits, spice, and sweet backing malts.

The taste is more of the same. Biting (but not overly so) resinous hop bitterness and zesty citrus that is backed by a solid backbone of bready caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and velvety feel down the throat.

This is a great representation of what San Diego has to offer. A delicious flavor profile mixed with one fantastic drinkable package. I would love for this to be my go to IPA. Great stuff!

Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright gold with a touch of copper. Head is 1/2" after a relatively soft decanting. So far, it looks as if the foam will hang around for a while. It is very sticky and clingy consisting of mostly soft fluff but also some larger bubble patterns.

S- The first scent that hits my nose is honey malt. Following closely are the hops. Citrusy, piney, and maybe a touch of floral. Buttery popcorn aromas are deeper into the beer as well as an ever-so-subtle alcohol warmth. Very nice!

T- The honey malt is up front just like the nose leads you into. The moderate hop bite is PERFECT to balance with the sweetness of the malt backbone. The bittering hops are very earthy, dirt-y, and resiny. Leaving the mouth, it finishes sweet at first but the lingering aftertaste is quite dry. Excellent!

M- This beer is light to medium in the mouth with a nice touch of carbonation. However, the 'sting' is a little much; too far on the high side. I would rather it be that way, though, than the opposite.

D- Usually, I don't like to open bombers alone. On a whim, I grabbed this one out of the fridge and I can honestly say this is one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Excellent representation of the style and an easy drinking beer. Kudos to Alesmith for crafting such a wonderful brew. This is now one of my favorites of all time.

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while I was out in Cali for the Bruery Reserve Society party. Big thanks goes out to womencantsail for shipping this to me after I left. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one and a half finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a truly excellent brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent. My only gripe was that the carbonation might have been a little too high as it actually burned on my tongue slightly. Really glad I got a chance to pick this up while out in Cali. An absolute must try!

Photo of JTahoe
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazed golden yellow with lots of tiny carbonation rising gloriously from the bottom of the glass. Two finer pillowy honey-tinged off-white head with beautiful stiff, sticky sheeting lacing.

S - Hoppy hoppy hoppy! Cannabis and green herbs followed by zesty orange and grapefruit with a tinge of pine.

T - Exceptional. Wonderful full flavor with juicy citrus, resinous pine, and wildflowers with a subtle malt backbone which provides just enough of a foundation for the hops to run wild. There is an herbal, gin-like quality in the background... I can nearly taste juniper. Bordering on DIPA territory... and I like it.

M - Creamy and silky smooth medium to medium-full body. Carbonation settles down to a nice moderate level providing just enough lift. Dry, bitter finish lingers nicely.

D - AlesSmith crafts another great one. Very pleasing to drink. An excellent, high-quality west coast IPA for those who love the style.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is a cloudy burnt orange color. A nice chunky white head that settled on the pour and left nice lacing around the rim.

The nose is sweet citrus hops and some decent malt backbone.

The taste has very up front citrus hoppiness with a nice transition into some caramel malt. The finish has some a nice hop bitterness .

The mouthfeel is a bit slick, probably from the hop oils. Its got medium carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.

Overall this is quite tasty. Alesmith does well in everything they brew and this is truly a west coast treat of an ipa.

Photo of audiojon
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best out there. I am fortunate enough to visit San Diego on a weekly basis, making a trip to the AleSmith brewery a must at least once a month. This past weekend, I went with a growler of IPA. I'll admit, I'm preferential to the Anvil ESB, but I'll be damned if AleSmith doesn't put out one of the best IPAs in the world. Everything is supremely balanced, just a great beer all around. Everything about this beer screams hops, but it seems to complement just about any food pairing or situation I can throw at it. I wish I could find this in 6 packs, as it would replace Stone IPA on my permanent shelf in a flash.

Highly recommended, easy to find on the west coast, a bit harder elsewhere it seems.

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via trade recently.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, ALL foam. We're talking some serious wait time for bubble fade. Super bubbly head fades slowly, with large puffy lace chunks over the cloudy golden amber brew. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is moderately sweet maltiness upfront, with plenty of hops on the tail end, but nothing overpowering, which is cool. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly, but still smooth, and drinking is nice. Wish this was more accessible around here.

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
No born on date (a big pet peeve of mine, especially when it comes to IPAs)

A big thanks to baybum for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow with 3 fingers width of dense sea foam white head, which takes a long time to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Leaves lots of layered, cobweb lacing on the glass.  

S: Tons of citrus followed by pine, then sweet malts.   I get tones of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.  It's a big aroma, and very nice.  

T: Citrus up front, then tons of piney and resiny bitterness on the backend.  There is an earthy/grassy character, citrus in the form of some orange and lots of grapefruit, along with some lemon zest.  The bitterness here is impressive, in fact its one of the most bitter IPAs I've had, but there are multiple components to the bitterness including piney, grapefruit and citrus peel elements. The malts are buried deep in this beer and are barely noticeable.  This is a hop bomb and I love it.

M/D: A pretty big carbonation but still smooth.  On the fuller side of medium bodied with a big drying finish.  Very good drinkability, and a well masked ABV,which is pretty high for the style.  

O: This beer is a winner for me, no doubt.  It has a great hop profile and an impressive bitterness.  There are some great IPAs out there, and this is one of them.  Up there with my favorites, although the title still belongs to Sculpin in my book.  Definitely worth seeking this one out.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow with a thick, rocky off-white head.

Big juicy grapefruit aroma along with pineapple, pine resin and a hint of caramel malts and earthiness.

Lots of citrusy hops in the taste. Grapefruit, orange and pine with a nice balance of caramel malts which follows.

Medium bodied, slick, with a fairly sparkly carbonation.

This IPA from AleSmith was everything I had expected. Hoppy, yet well-balanced and so drinkable. I highly recommend.

Photo of kels
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 MisterClean
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with some friends.

A - Poured orange witha 2 fingered off-white head, which dissipated moderately slow. Left some beautiful lacing.

S/T - It was a drive by fruiting. Moderate notes of grapefruit and bittering hops with a backbone of honeyish and caramel malts.

M - Full-bodied, super dry, and malt dominated. Had the dryness of a double IPA, not an IPA.

D - Great. Classic example of an IPA. Few are better than this one.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for soundbarrier for sharing this one at his place while watching some March Madness! Consumed 3/11/2009.

Pours a cloudy, dull brass with a great, frothy, slightly off-white head. Excellent, streaky lacing along the sides of my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Big nose of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and grassy hops. Delightful nose...

Pine, astringents, slightly sour and big hop bitterness. Lingering vapors of tangerine and alcohol in the finish. Wow, this is great.

Syrupy body, dry and scathing on the tongue. Nice...

Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a pure white head that laces

S - Pine and citrus hop aroma

T - Hoppy, citrusy, slight bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Balanced but extremely hoppy. Borders on being a IIPA, but I believe the low ABV holds it back from being so. Great beer, extremely drinkable, but rich as well.

Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slight cloudy amber color and formed a very nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of hops, citrus and a hint of pepper. The body was fairly light and finish was a bit astrigent, yet sweet. A great beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great West Coast IPA. Pours a dark golden orange with a healthy tight head and some decent lacing. Aromas of citrus and spicy hops. Great grapefruit presence in the nose. The taste is beautifully balanced with nice citrusy hops and spicy notes and a long grapeffruit bitterness in the finish. Subtle malt underpins it all. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Just an all around pleasure to drink. This would be a staple if it were available in my area.

Photo of cretemixer
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those beers that has been on my wish list for quite a while. 22oz bomber with a very straightforward, silkscreened label.
Pours honey gold in color with a massive rocky eggshell colored head. Retention is solid, settling in at about 1/2 inch.
Resinous pine aroma along with citrus notes and a sweet malt back. Oh, I'm going to like this.
The taste doesn't disappoint. Sharp hop bite starts things out and coats my whole mouth. This is not a one dimensional brew though as the sweetness of the malts come into play to lend some balance. Pouring the rest of the bottle with the dregs makes for a much milder 2nd glass, but no less tasty. Finishes strong, dry & well balanced. Nice smooth body make for a highly drinkable beer. If I were to ever move to the west coast, this would easily become part of my regular rotation. Thanks to EyeChartBrew for this excellent offering from AleSmith. Cheers!

Photo of darklordlager
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 brewandbbq
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear coppery gold, with a massive four-inch head of foamy white.
Lacework smears the glass throughout the duration. Ripped curtains, dots, and shredded ropes make for a grand appearance.
Aromatics are floral, citrus-ladel, and plenty hoppy.
Tangerine, melon, mangoe, grapefruit pith, spruce dew, and a hint of cracked coriander.
Quite aromatic, but not incredibly pungent.
The mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and tacky.
Tropical fruit, snappy hop resins, and juicy lupulin burst onto the pallet.
Bitterness is firm, drying, and smooth.
Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing, and the malt base is quite light.
Finishes with lingering citrus fruit, an earthy spruce note, and drying powdered grapefruit.

Great IPA, and probably in my top ten for the style. To have a screaming fresh pitcher would be bliss.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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