AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,911 | Reviews: 1,136 | Display Reviews Only:
2.25/5 rDev -47.1%
22oz into tumbler. Review from notes.
A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.
S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.
T- The pine sap is here, but there's a soapy quality to it that just doesn't jive with me. I'm finding it to be a bit sweet, too. Hmm. As I keep drinking, the sugary sweetness becomes oppressive. And what the hell is this soapy taste? No thanks.
M- A bit too sweet, good carbonation though. Decent body.
D- Actually drainpoured this one. The soapy sweetness was not vibing with me at all. Not sure if it was an off-bottle, but it was just not enjoyable. This beer looked and smelled so good and was a huge letdown. Perhaps I'll have to get another bottle. My least favorite Alesmith to date.
07-10-2010 12:20:07 | More by ShogoKawada
2.83/5 rDev -33.4%
This is no where near my favorite but not my least favorite IPA. I won't go buy it again. Burnt crystal malt is heavy. I'm not sure but I think i'm picking up some hop extract in this one. Whatever it is it is a major turn off. Yeah... San Diego has many more better tasting IPAs than this one. I don't recommend it.
06-22-2009 18:20:51 | More by HOPOLOGIST
2.85/5 rDev -32.9%
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. Im not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.
07-10-2006 14:06:52 | More by Phyl21ca
2.88/5 rDev -32.2%
22oz bottle in New Belgium snifter. No freshness date...
A: Pours a clear golden amber with a huge off-white head that took forever to slowly fade into a thick film with a butte of foam in the center of the glass. Thick lines of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of pine, grapefruit and tropical hops fill my nose. I can detect the sweet undertones of caramel and dried orange peel.
T: A good balance between sweet malt and bitter pine and citrus. Finish is lightly bitter. Notes of tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body with a clean mouthfeel. Pretty decent amount of carb, but it's soft and smooth.
D: I don't think this bottle is the freshest, but it's still very drinkable. The hops could be fresher. Put bottle dates on the bottles dammit. I'm going to go ahead a slam the smell and taste categories with the number score, but I'll try another bottle at some point that is hopefully fresher. Sure wish they had bottle dates...
12-24-2010 01:19:33 | More by scottfrie
2.88/5 rDev -32.2%
22 oz. bomber, procured at the BevMo in Cypress, CA,
A: Pours a dark, murky amber, excellent head, though, very creamy and fluffy, leaves excellent lacing in a pint glass.
S: As expected, fragrant hops, with lots of pine and citrus.
T: Upfront, the problem I have with this beer is its alcohol content, the alcohol is too robust for this style, it felt like I was drinking a 10-11% beer instead of 7%, other than that, it's standard IPA, very citrusy, and hoppy.
M: Chewy, resiny, and warming.
D: Drinkability is lowered due to the high alcohol effect. Not a bad beer, I've had this beer several times and it just hasn't impressed me. Which is weird since I've loved the other offerings from Alesmith that I have had, most notably Yulesmith (Both Summer and Winter), and Speedway. The first couple of times that I had had it were bad batches, with almost no carbonation, so I discounted my opinion, and would try again. I've had it about 3 other times since then, including the review beer, and aside from the appearance, it just doesn't do it for me. Go figure, though I recommend, however, that any IPA fan try it, if they can get it, it is certainly well made, just not for me.
08-11-2007 21:00:18 | More by Halcyondays
3/5 rDev -29.4%
A - very light orange, minimal head and lacing
S - mild citrus and pine - nothing that impressive
T - balanced but very light - not what I really like in a west coast IPA. It needs more of everything. A bit too sweet also.
M - its fine, but like the aroma and taste, nothing great
O - Maybe I have an old bottle? There is no brewed on or best by date. I hate when breweries dont put this crucial info on their bottles. This is a pretty "meh" IPA.
01-30-2013 02:39:30 | More by vitALEity
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.