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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,911 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 240 | 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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Chopman50

California

2/5  rDev -52.9%

05-12-2012 04:06:24 | More by Chopman50
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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
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Therisse

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

02-26-2013 17:29:49 | More by Therisse
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

12-11-2013 07:45:01 | More by NonicPanic
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incubuscience

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

04-23-2013 15:57:04 | More by incubuscience
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LambicKing

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

03-17-2012 02:05:01 | More by LambicKing
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Vukusich

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

08-09-2014 03:38:18 | More by Vukusich
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HOPOLOGIST

California

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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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. I’m 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
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scottfrie

California

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
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Halcyondays

California

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
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oaktree42


3/5  rDev -29.4%

04-14-2012 16:31:16 | More by oaktree42
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.4%

03-25-2014 19:31:54 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -29.4%

11-26-2013 22:18:18 | More by spoonhawk
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damngoode

Indiana

3/5  rDev -29.4%

09-18-2012 18:59:17 | More by damngoode
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -29.4%

12-10-2011 04:38:39 | More by akttr
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -29.4%

12-04-2011 17:26:31 | More by mhaugo
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dvsbizzyb

California

3/5  rDev -29.4%

09-11-2013 05:14:31 | More by dvsbizzyb
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vitALEity

California

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
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Davihaw

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

12-31-2012 23:03:31 | More by Davihaw
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Rempo

Indiana

3/5  rDev -29.4%

11-20-2011 17:02:53 | More by Rempo
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redsoxfan73

New York

3/5  rDev -29.4%

07-19-2014 00:51:05 | More by redsoxfan73
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

09-12-2013 02:07:19 | More by CityofBals
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DirtyHippie

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.4%

04-11-2012 19:53:28 | More by DirtyHippie
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Samaurer23

California

3/5  rDev -29.4%

07-29-2013 21:15:06 | More by Samaurer23
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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.