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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 413
Gots: 250 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

pavpav12, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

onefalsemove711, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

beerrooster, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Jstark5150, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Volvo4Life, Aug 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Bilymoonshine, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Acquired from drewbage via hand-trade and cellared for a year or so.

Appearance - um, try about 4-5 fingers of foam before I even see what color the beer is!! That settles of course, revealing a dull yellow, cloudy, and *extremely* effervescent beer. Takes a while to fill the glass as the bubbles flare up immediately. Ragged clumps of lace everywhere. the pour is its own event.

Aroma - spicy orange and pine aromas along with a boozy element enhancing the bready, biscuity malts.

Taste - a sweet, somewhat chewy malt base, very sturdy. Intensely bitter and dry but with enough sweetness to really balance it. Alcohol is quite visible on the swallow, but the full flavor of the beer subdues it some. The finish is warm with grapefruit and pine flavors. Extremely tasty in all the right areas.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy, critical to ensure the carbonation doesn't run away with half the flavor. Gets heavier as it warms, but sets up the flavors perfectly.

Drinkability - I just can't find anything to complain about here, except that I didn't drink this sooner and ask Drew to bring me 5 more, lol. Maybe that'll change, I've been seeing more Alesmith around the area lately, this one's a keeper. Thanks Drew!!!

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 08, 2005
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

mjr2377, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

fjl77, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

grubefresh, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

denverick, Nov 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

dllman25, Oct 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

theformula, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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. A really good IPA, one of my favorites.

flydudehsv, Mar 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

theteleman, Mar 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Found a rare stash of this brew at a local market tonight in a 22 oz bottle. Poured into an ale glass when I got home.

A. Beautiful. Cloudy amber with a big thick head that had an almost meringue-like quality. Lots of thick lacing.

S. Nice balance of pine and citrus.

T. Plenty of hops, but the bitterness was consigned to the background.

M. Moderate carbonation, very balanced and pleasing.

D. Yeah. I could drink this all night. Hides its 7.25% ABV very well.

I'd put this in my top 5 favorite IPAs without question. I wish it wasn't so hard to get in Portland.

Serving type: 22 oz bottle.

cwsattgast, Apr 10, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

MacStinson, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

prisdefer, Jun 25, 2013
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,952 ratings.