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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,196 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,196
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 322 | 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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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.

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

Thanks jamdugan for this one!

Pours a beautiful coppery red with a decent finger of frothy off white head. Carbonation is very active.

Smells very resiny, fruity, piney, citrusy. Interesting! I am getting spoiled by this west coast style.

Taste is similar to the nose, no surprises here, just a damn solid IPA.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability, another winner that I can't regularly get. I am moving to California. No problem finishing the bomber.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice copper/orange with a thin white head.

S - Citrus hops dominate but there is still a nice malty aroma also. Very well balanced.

T - Citrus and piney hops followed by a toasty/nutty malt flavor. This one tastes just like it smells. A very well balanced IPA.

M - Dry and resiny with a bitter citrus aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Nice carbonation.

D - A hoppy but well balanced IPA. There are no signs of the 7.25% ABV. A very enjoyable IPA that I wish made its way to the Midwest.

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

Watching Jersey Shore and filling my pint glass with some Alesmith.

A: 3 finger white head. Golden honey color. The head resides to 1 finger. Good lacing.

S: Strong bright citrusy/tropical fruit hops. Some sweet malts. Just a wonderful hoppy nose.

T: Citrusy, lemon and grapefruit. Some mango. Resin, dank, bitter hops.

M: Creamy. Medium carbonation. Medium dry. Medium body. good for the style.

D: Real good. Great beer.

Photo of Atron67
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to olibeer22 for the trade!

A- poured a golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that stayed for a long ass time and left basically a sheet of lace.

S- huge hoppy piney grassy scents. pretty delicious,

T- has a strong hoppiness throughout, with a heavy dose of citrus and pines, leaves the mouth very cleanly, very good

M- pretty decent body, not thick, pretty light for a 7.6%'er but still a solid thick body.

D- sweet times

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

Thanks to AltBock for bringing me this bottle from Cleveland.

I poured in some of the yeast without paying attention, so it's a bit hazy. Color is mostly orange and amber. The head was about 2-fingers high, white and left splotchy lacing. Good amount of carbonation is visible.
The smell is mostly from the hops and it's a very pleasant fruity/citrus aroma that's not powerful but but is steady throughout the bottle.
The taste is more of the citrus hops followed by a short, light bitterness and ending with a balancing malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, perfectly carbonated and very smooth.
Drinkability is about as good as it gets.

This IPA is one of the best and deserves it's high rating. I wish AleSmith would follow Ballast Point and start sending their beer to Philadelphia. I want more.

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

L: Light vibrant orange color. A huge froathy head
S: Right away those grapefruit hops start pounbding out with just a touch of sweetness as well.
T: Whoa, there are those grapefruits again. Those over power, but there is a nice little touch of candy sweetness as well.
M:Sharp fizz on the back going down. Otherwise a round full feeling
D: Awesome. I am a huge fan of Alesmith.

Photo of kaseydad
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally trying this after numerous fly-bys.

Pours a very nice dark amber colored ale. Almost peach. Big fluffy off-white head. Impressive. Mucho sediment on the bottom of bottle.

The smell has a lot of tangerine, orange, pine, pineapple and floral whiffs. Light hops.

The taste is very balanced. Fruity and hoppy on the first taste with a well done malt backbone to even out the ride. Light bittering, salivating aftertaste. I must say I am very impressed with the balance here. They nailed it for the style.

Big and chewy mouthfeel.

Overall I was very impressed with the entire session. This IPA is very well done. The balance of the malt and hops is almost to perfection. A lot of IPA's are leaning on either side but the Alesmith crew schooled the competition in this style. Very refreshing and ABV is well done for enjoying more than one at a session. Bravo.

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

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like lemon peel and oranges and sweet honey. It tasted like bitter lemon peel and fresh oranges, with some refined honey. It sweetened to the perfect amount as it warmed a bit. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a super clean beer, that was bitter and delicious. It had great flavor and good body. It hid the alcohol well (high for a standard IPA), and is pretty easy to drink. It's not necessarily a balanced beer, but it shouldn't be. An imperial version of this would be interesting, with possibly more depth. But for the style, this beer is in the upper echelon.

Photo of bkett01
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a billowing two finger eggshell white head that demonstrates good retention. Appears a crystal clear golden amber that is clearly well filtered. Very inviting looking beer becomes even more appealing upon first whiff. Strong floral hop aroma stands out over a detectable toasty malt.

Tastes of floral/citrus hops with a smooth alcohol touch at through the finish. A light malt is present in the background, balancing out this amazing IPA (borderline double). While the alchol is present at 7.75%, it adds to the complexity of the taste positively. This is a great beer, and would surely be a regular choice of mine if it were available, but I'll settle for just this one and thank germaniac for getting it to me.

Outstanding IPA, highly recommended!

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

Lovely bright reddish hue, a full, opaque orangish color, with a good, whitish head.
Aroma: lively hop component, fresh, alert and awake, buzzing with grapefruity notes, full with fruit.
Taste: mmm, buzzing with nicely fruity hops, a constant hoppy delivery on the palate, yum, yum, yum, sharp, bright, delicious, juicy...did I say "yum"??
Nicely lingering finish, fully flavored, unstoppably delcious...seriously, this is one IPA you can sit down and get familiar with.

Photo of udubdawg
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Well now this is interesting. Pours a light copper color, with just a little haziness from a bit of yeast that made it into the 2nd glass, but otherwise nice clarity. A small number of lines of tiny bubbles rise throughout the beer.
This beer immediately forms an impressively large and lasting off-white head. It begins to recede around the edges of my glass, but the middle isn't going anywhere. I touch it - really firm, and not that sticky. Soon the effect is of a large rounded heap of foam in the middle of the glass. Ya know what this reminds me of? - A scoop of homemade vanilla floating and slowly dissolving in a root beer float. (Hmm, IPA float?....nah!) Anyway, lacing is in big spotty chunks until midglass when the head smooths back out and starts to sheet an entire side of the glass.

Nose is simply wonderful. Hops all over the place, but a sizeable amount of malt announces itself as well. The effect is rich, floral and pine mixing with caramel and some biscuit. Alcohol is light in the aroma at first, but as it sits and warms it grows a bit boozy. Simply put: "5"

Although extremely hoppy, the relative strength of the malts were the first thing I noticed. Plenty of caramel, a little of a more raw grain flavor, and a bit of doughy bread. Though this beer is sweet up front, I would find this would disappear, or at least be well covered, by the strength of the bitterness in the finish. And obviously there's hops - Fresh and spicy with plenty of citrus. A hophead dream. Between the flavor and aroma my saliva glands are going crazy for this juicy brew. Alcohol warming initially limited to the stomach is also noticeable in the palate by the time I finish the bottle. Body is on the full side of medium, and silky smooth with brief soft carbonation.
Though the flavor wasn't particularly bitter, especially for the strength of the hop profile, the drying finish is loaded with bitterness, that seems to grow stronger and really asserts itself well after the beer is gone. I'm not sure how I feel about this lightly doughy and increasingly bitter aftertaste, so I'm going to have to re-review this a few times and decide whether this flavor is very good, or great. On first opinion I'd probably call it a 4.25, whatever that is.

This bottle was extremely drinkable, but I found myself tiring of the aftertaste. I'll drink it again, and probably often, but I think unless my opinion of the lingering bitterness changes it'll be easy to limit myself to one bomber. Let's not get carried away though - I doubt I'd ever share something this good!

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,196 ratings.