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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2615
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%


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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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AleSmith Brewing Company - AleSmith IPA - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

First off, don't be fooled by the simplicity of the branding here, this brew is one of those brews that everyone should try.

Look - Pours golden with an amber hue and a slight foamy head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing. Filtered with moderate carbonation.

Smell - Sweet with grapefruit and resinous hops, very appetizing.

Taste - Smooth, almost creamy with a great integration between the malt and piney hops. Slightly bitter at the end, just right.

Mouthfeel - Wow, this is insanely drinkable and rests ever so gently on the palette. Alcohol content is nowhere to be seen and that is a highlight.

Overall - One of the best overall brews I have ever had. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of this brew and highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 12:49:25 | More by JMScowcroft
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper colored beer, topped by a vanilla colored head that lasts an exceptionally long time. After the head fades to a thick rocky layer of foam, a sweet floral aroma becomes more evident. Very nice aroma. Wow, the taste is truly phenomenal, with a combination of malty sweetness, and hops so strong they seem to be both sweet and bitter all at once. Then comes the finish. The flavors seem to completely vanish, but then a slight piney bitterness is noticed lurking around, dragging a wisp of sweetness around with it. Mouthfeel is very solid, and this beer seems to just slide down the throat. Drinkability is also exceptional, as a bomber of this feels like much too small a serving. I opened this beer with high expectations, which is usually a recipe for disappointment. But this time, my expectations were exceeded, save for the length of time I thought I'd be spending drinking this wonderful IPA. I'm grateful to have gotten a bottle of this. Do what you must to get one of your own. It will be worth the effort. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 23:07:12 | More by aaronh
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Boilermaker88

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I haven't tried this SoCal-brewed IPA until now. So, without further adieu, I'll get to it.
Served from a 22oz no-nonsense bomber into my Alesmith pint glass, this brew gave off a gorgeous hazy dark orange color, pumped out a tremendous amount of fine, tight carbonation, and sported an eternal off-white head that was firm and compact to the point I could float the cap on top. Great sheet lacing, too. Beautiful to gaze at...
The nose made no pretense as to what mattered here: hops, and lots of 'em. The aromas of citrus peels, pine needles, and sap abounded. Yet underneath the hops was a hearty caramel malt aroma and the scent of singed oak wood. This is one brew worth parking under your nose for a while to savor the aromas.
The taste..ah, the taste! Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with the sweet caramel malt flavor quickly scurrying across the palate, fleeing before the massive invasion of resinous pine sap, grapefruit rinds, hints of tangerines, and hops juice. The hops keep building on the palate, pushing into each tastebud and refusing to leave. Long finish with that great hoppy bitterness lingering long after each swallow.
Drinkability - yeah, it's incredibly quaffable! Lush, possessing a damn near perfect balance of malt and hops, it just doesn't get much, if any, better than this, IMO. I have the feeling it's going to be a long search for me to find a more enjoyable IPA than that brewed by Alesmith. Nectar in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 01:11:37 | More by Boilermaker88
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lostbearbrew

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, thanks go out to the west coast trading connections on this one...wow, folks, nice work. I've had this around for a few weeks, and it finally was time to go for it.

a Smoky Copper with a fat ole light tan head. Sticky and clinging lace...

Citrus, pine and straw rush forward, with a really wonderous mix of aromas amongst them. Seems grapefruit and orange really have the market on the olfactory here.

Taste is almost like a double, but without the thick coating tendency. Lower alc % and flavor, as well. The malt in here holds the hops up and supports them as the flagship flavors, but you don't miss the sweet caramelly malt in the middle. The finish on this hangs in your mouth next to forever.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, but not perfect - maybe it is the fence sitting between single and double that makes me feel that way, but something seems a little off for the IPA style.

I'd drink these all day, and get used to the slightly off mouthfeel....lol!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 17:24:05 | More by lostbearbrew
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chargerfanjess

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blasts out of the growler spilling hops flavors and white foamy suds The body is a dirty dark yellow color with tons of bubbles ripping through this thing. Hop flavor everywhere! Nose is standard hop bliss, lots of freshness and some sweet caramel ta boot. Taste is where it kicks up. Very dry, even. I am big fan of having hops in my mouth I soon find out. Some notes of citrus fruit, a very subtle maltiness, VERY subtle though it is there. So much hops and dryness it even begs for more. has a very bitter finish and leaves the mouth craving another.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2006 22:34:42 | More by chargerfanjess
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OutlawJoseyWales

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:
golden brown with about 3 fingers of head


smell: medicinal pungent hop aroma, nectarine, pomegranate piney aroma. almost like a christmas tree.

taste: pine, leafy hop, a pinch of sugar and caramel malt, aftertaste of light grapefruit bitterness...this goes down
so smooth, with the perfect amount of hop bitterness...superb piney notes...incredible job with this beer

drinkability; great; this beer has wonderful balance. the ideal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 07:11:12 | More by OutlawJoseyWales
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a big fluffy white head that settles down some and leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S - wonderful aroma, citrus hoppiness with a faint malty backbone.

T - delicious brew, citrus hop bite starts it off, malt in the middle, then bitter hops on the finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation, nice bite.

D - very good, easy drinking IPA.

Final Note: I think this is a pretty close to perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 21:05:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. Easily the best IPA I've had to this point. The first bottle I tried was good, the second is even better. It took me experiencing this brew twice to fully wrap my palate around what I was tasting. This beer is something that everyone should seek out and acquire during their beer drinking careers. Thank you Joey at South Bay Drugs in Cali for providing your online services.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - The best looking IPA I have ever seen up to this point in time, period. Looking at this beer made my mouth water. There is a solid two finger head white frothy head. It doesn't want to die down. The lowest it sinks is to the half finger mark, but the head just persists. It leaves a seemingly endless amount of lacing. It is a golden orange copper color, heavy on the golden, almost completely transparent. There is a constant stream of carbonation bubbles that rise to the top of the glass. It doesn't get better than this.

Smell - An extremely balanced scent. The only reason why I took a .5 point off is that I just want more. What scent is actually present is nearly perfect, I want it to be bigger. Smells like a hops bouquet - floral and grapefruity and piney. The bouquet sits on a caramel foundation, slightly sweet and sugary beneath the hoppy plumage.

Taste - How does an IPA taste better? How? If anyone comes across something that tastes better, they should consider themselves very privileged. Alesmith IPA has every hop flavor I could want or expect in an IPA. Extremely cirtusy - and all types of citrus - orange, lemon, and a ton of grapefruit. The hops evolve in your mouth, transforming from floral to citrus to piney bitterness. The malt in is perfect balance, providing a perfect level or subdued sweetness to back up the evolving hop flavors, never in competition, always in complement. Perfect.

Mouthfeel - I would have to say that this is full bodied - for the style, IMO. It is sticky and oily and very mouth-coating. The carbonation level is perfect - nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is the perfect complement to the flavor. Goes down perfectly smooth. Makes me want to keep drinking, and it takes every ounce of self-restraint to not drink this beer too fast.

Drinkability - It doesn't get much better. If I could have the privilege of sessioning a beer like this, I would be a happy alcoholic. I will search this one out again. I am jealous of anyone who has access to this beer on a regular basis.

This beer is nothing short of amazing. Find it, and hoard it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 06:26:50 | More by MiguelMandingo
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange brown. Has one of the most unusual heads I have ever seen. A previous reviewer said it looks like soap suds in a washer machine. Right on. ... Lots of suspended small sediment. White chuncks lay at the bottom of the glass. Extreme lacing coating on the side of the glass. Cloudy appearance overall like a Wit. Very nice.

As soon as I opened the bottle, the room filled with pine/oily hops.Am I back up in Humblolt forest after a rain?

Sweet IPA up front. Very sweet. Pineapple and citrus sweets. The sweets are followed by "HOP BOMB". This IPA is an IPA. It works, It is well balanced, bitter aftertaste, sweet, hop bomb near perfection.

An above average West Coast IPA. Drinkability is sickly easy for such a bitter hop bomb...be carefull! HA!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:44:39 | More by Trueant1
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy orange with thick, creamy white head that leaves sexy lace as the pint goes down in the glass.

Nose is a pleasant metallic-citrus, grapefruit with maybe tangerine.

On the palate a huge, mouth savoring juicey-fruity flavor that makes your mouth pucker. Citrus is more towards grapefruits and orange, with some candied sweetness, and the hops also come through with some hop resin & pine sap. Overall, though the juicy fruit dominates, there is some sweetness to balance it out and make it extraordinarily drinkable for an IPA.

One of the best examples of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:23:28 | More by yemenmocha
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose is citrus, perfume and pine. It's nothing crazy, but is is extremely well balanced. Flavor is almost unnecessary to elaborate on. Nice pine levels with a tangy fruit tone. I mean this really just can't go anywhere else. Just frickin' smooth. Slightly noticeable tone of alcohol kicks it down just ever so slightly when it's at the wrong temperature. Just has to be chilled ever so properly. Leaves a nice burn in my chest as I sip. Consider it more of a warm fuzzy feeling. Feel has a very good liquid touch and the carbonation is nice as well. This is an IPA and a masterful piece of work that should be sought out by all. Truly amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:52:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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jwolfie70

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light copper color, with a good sized white head that stuck around for a while and left a good coating on the glass. The smell was caramel, apricots and flowery hops. The taste was caramel balanced by a wonderful flowery, citrusy hop flavor balancing it out wonderfully. This is one of my favorite IPAs, if not my favorite. A beer I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:29:32 | More by jwolfie70
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to screach for the local hook-up. 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, goldenrod color with a sizable inch of off-white foam that retains well and leaves some nice lacing. Treat this IPA like a home brew and be careful when pouring the last 3-4 oz. of this stuff, as the yeast can get a bit overwhelming. The aroma wafting out of the pint reeks of resinous, pine-laced hops blended with crystal malts and yeasty notes of pineapple, mango, and banana.

This is perhaps the best-tasting IPA I have come across (and I've had quite a few). An absolutely delicious balance of honey & crystal malts backed by tons of juicy, floral, citric, and resinous hops. The aftertaste lingers for just the right amount of time and packs a potent bitterness level, while the medium body is perfectly carbonated thanks to the bottle conditioning. This has easily become one of my all-time favorite IPA's, and I cannot wait to try it again further down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 23:40:21 | More by wagenvolks
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popery

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Excellent beer. I was trying to pick a solid beer for my 200th, and I went with an IPA, instead of a fancier style, in order to save something grander for number 250. However, this is a fabulous IPA. The beer looks great, sticky head, perfect amber-gold color for an IPA. The aroma is very clean. Hops are citric, floral and piney. Caramel malt is present and well-articulated. The flavor is exceptional, even in this highly competitive category. Alesmith knows how to use hops. The hop flavor is perfectly clean. There is some bitterness, but it's extremely pleasant and doesn't scald in the least. The malt is strong enough to bring out the flavors of the hops, without being cloying in the least. It's just extremely smooth. The citrus and floral hops balance very, very well with the malt. The mouthfeel is excellent, but there is a tiny bit of alcohol around the edges. The beer is exceptionally easy to drink. Alesmith makes great beer, and this is definitely one of them. My one qualm with this beer is that it is extremely close to being a DIPA rather than an IPA. I like for styles to be loose and allow innovation, but I almost wish that there was a hard and fast line for this division.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 05:32:39 | More by popery
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mynie

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That's a beaut of an IPA pour, right there. Gorgeous orangeyellow with a medium haze, giant soapy and rocky head.

Smells like its dripping with hop resin, bright yellow and crayon green. Big flowers, grapefruit, grapes, pleasant hay, fresh cut grass, light cereal malt.

Tastes great. Woah! Hops start perfectly short of being overpowering and the malt, in spite of the high ABV, isn't harsh or syrupy. Crisp cereal perfectly accentuates a wonderful bouquet green, sticky hops.

Damn near perfect, second only to Masala Mama, imho.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 03:05:05 | More by mynie
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jminsc76

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at McGs in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Pours a large foamy head, with thick lacing down the side. The body is a golden yellow, and has plenty of rising bubbles. The head reforms easily upon agitation.

Aromas are incredible, and include pine, vanilla, a little bit of caramel, and some lighter fruits; which ones I cannot put my finger on. Pear perhaps? Whatever it is, it contributes greatly to an overall refreshing bouquet.

Flavors include the aforementioned pine and citrus as well as bitterness and bite, with a wide spectrum of fruits such as orange and grapefruit. Damn it's good. Almost obliterates the palate after awhile, and this isn't even an Imperial IPA.

The hefty carbonation keeps the palate clean and refreshed, with a lighter mouthfeel that at times seems medium-bodied due to the range of flavors.

Overall, a damn good IPA with malt flavors merely balancing out the palate, but letting the hops come through like something lovely.

A true West Coast IPA. This is how it's done bitches! Recognize!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 05:30:09 | More by jminsc76
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jimj21

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce bomber poured into a tulip. Purchased in Massachusetts. Pours an orangish amber color. Very clear at first. Additional pours produce more yeast haze. Slow pour still produces a huge head, as does swirling the glass. Light colored tan head. Four fingers at first, reduces slowly to about a finger. Big chunks of lacing.

Exceptionally hoppy and citrusy and piney. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Hops, hops, hops. I think I'm picking up some toasty malt in there too, but the aroma of citrusy hops is front and center, as it should be.

Taste is just as one would expect given the nose. Tons of hoppy goodness. Very citrusy, again with orange and grapefruit. Piney as well. Good amount of bitterness here. Malt comes through slightly in the middle as toasted white bread. Bitter pine on the finish.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Slightly dry on the finish. Provides a nice warmth. Carbonation is a little high, but the small bubbles really help create the smooth feel.

Wow. This is an amazing beer. This might be the best IPA I have ever had. It's too bad Alesmith isn't more available. Anyone that is a fan of IPAs needs to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 10:51:00 | More by jimj21
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boralyl

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip this beer produces a massive 3 finger off-white head. The retention on this one is incredible and just sits there. The beer is hazy and burnt orange in color.

S - First thing I noticed when pouring was the nose, it's hard to avoid. It's full of tropical fruit, citrus and lemon notes. There is a slight sweet malt presence throughout.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation.

T - Bready and sweet caramel malts up front followed quickly by citrus and lemon. It has a grassy hops bitterness in the finish, which doesn't really linger. The alcohol content is well hidden.

This huge IPA drinks almost too easily. It's got a great hop combination and the malts prevent it from being overbearingly bitter. This is a fine example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:07:48 | More by boralyl
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aknight

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden orangish color with just enough head which quickly dissipates. The smell has a faint citrusy scent, not overpowering but pleasant. There is a nice hops bitterness on first taste but the bitterness doesn't linger as there is the perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. This is as balanced of an IPA as I've ever tasted while managing to be not boring. I could drink this beer all day long. It certainly does not taste like a 7.25% beer, it drinks like a much more sessioanble beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:06:57 | More by aknight
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy golden amber colour topped by a generous, fluffy, white head. Superb head retention with foam rings on the glass showing the size of each sip. Hop aroma of citrus and spice, nearly perfumy. Some maltiness comes through as well, but is more restrained. Bitterness is a little restrained to start, but is balanced very well by a biscuity, malty base, plenty of orange/citrus hop flavour. A bit of alcohol warmth shows up in the finish, where the bitterness really shines. Creamy, moderate carbonation and medium/full body. Easily one of the best west coast IPAs I've had the pleasure to sample. You BAs in San Diego are a lucky bunch!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 22:20:41 | More by DrJay
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twilight

Germany

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful light orange color with very nice eventual lacing. The beer is sligtly hazy, but that adds to the appeal. Being a homebrewer, I loathe crystal clear beers. They just seem unnatural.

Earthy spice aroma and some peaches in the nose. The taste is lots of earth and pine with some citrus, but mostly this great sharp herbal hop taste, like biting into a nice piece of wood but without that oaky taste. At some point I could also swear I tasted chocolate malt or some kind of dark roasty malt, but I've since learned that they use "honey malt" in this one. Hop character is very agressive, but malt balance is very clean, leaving very little sweetness in the mouth. Mouthfeel is excellent and flavor makes drinkability a no-brainer. Quaff this one heartily. Oh, and if anyone you know is visiting from San Diego, have them grab you a bomber or two of this one. I have to thank my beloved mom for hand-carrying this one over!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 01:40:27 | More by twilight
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ ABF VIP pre-party 2006. Served (repeatedly) in a 2-oz tasting glass.

Wow! This IPA is nearly perfect. It has the strong grapefruity west-coast hop bite that I was expecting, that was balanced by a mild, honey sweetness. The alcohol was almost completely hidden. I really could drink it all night, and implore Alesmith to send more of it our way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 00:57:19 | More by bignick
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ressletr

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer looked like god himself came down and made it, it couldn't have been better looking for an IPA. This beer is the color of caramel.

Smell: The smell, reminds me of the fresh hops that I would use when brewing. Just to wafer your nose over it, you can tell it was hoppy.

Drinkability: I had problems with undercarbonation, but it was fixed. I tried a newer bottle of the IPA, and quite frankly if you can find a better IPA, I would like to know. The beer was aweeesome. You could taste the hops, and the malt was so crisp. If you haven't tried it, your definitely missing out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 19:37:34 | More by ressletr
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a copper color with a deep, thick white foamy head made of tiny bubbles, some yeast floatations. Great lacing left behind. Smell is loaded with hops, mostly pine but with some grassy notes. Taste is loaded with flavors of citrus, but not overhopped. Medium in body and nicely carbonated. Definitely one of the most wonderful IPAs that has ever touched my lips and tongue, I only wish it was easier to obtain in my region.

Obtained from Julio's Liquors in Massachusetts.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 00:08:58 | More by HopDerek
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First AleSmith and I've been looking forward to this one for a while.

Nice golden color with a big creamy white head. Nice lacing that has amazingly fine bubbles and leaves a creamy almost frosted coating on the glass.

When I pop the 22 oz bomber i'm hit with a huge burst of grapefruit right off the bat. I think of all the hop smells you can get, grapefruit is my favorite and this one has tons of it. Behind that you get a mild piney note also.

First taste gives me a huge burst of the piney notes that I had just a faint hint at in the smell. It amazes me that the grapefruit can stand out so much in the smell and then be almost replaced by the pine taste. Taste finishes with just a hint of sweetness that lets you know that ther is some malt in this one. It's the perfect balance to just take the edge off. Full bodied solid brew. I love the cheek puckering hops but it manages to not be overly bitter somehow. As you drink more of this one the pine hops starts to take over the smell also, but again it somehow manages to not be overpowering. What a great brew.

If this is what AleSmith has to offer I can't wait to try the other 3 have in the cellar. I just with they were easier to get around here.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 01:02:59 | More by beermanbrian
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