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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 2616
Reviews: 1118
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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Photo of xVERITAS


4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from Alesmith. I had a bottle on 10/24 that was bottled on 10/2. Very fresh.

It pours a dark copper, very transparent and not murky at all. It tasted extremely refreshing. The bitterness was perfectly blended with some sweet citrusy notes. It smells as good as it tastes, too. This is easily one of the more "complete" IPAs that I have had. I don't have a single complaint about it. I think it is very well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys IPAs and DIPAs

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:32:26 | More by xVERITAS
Photo of zuggy9


4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended to me by an employee at BevMo, and I was quite pleased. It has a somewhat milky nature for an IPA, but the smell and taste are quite wonderful. Smooth and dense, it's has a hearty taste and a good moderate finish, not too dry and not too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 22:33:03 | More by zuggy9
Photo of TheodorHerzl


4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from Stubone in trade. Thank you.

This IPA pours a cloudy copper color with a bit of spent yeast floating in my glass topped off with a full three fingers worth of slightly off-white head. This beer left ribbons of lacing around the walls of my pint glass. As a hop-head I love smelling this beer. The hops are very fresh and vibrant with strong scents of citrus fruit and pine underpinned by a subtle soft earthiness as well, and I personally think one of the best American IPA noses you will find. The flavor profile first brings on the rush from all of those hops with flavors of orange rind, pineapple, sticky pine needles, and ripe grapefruit, but as the beer warms a bit I get more of the sweet caramel base to round everything out. I do get a bit of alcohol in the flavor as well, but that is fairly muted compared to the hops and malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth going down with no astringency and the alcohol that was present in the flavor was gone in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is superb on this beer and even at 7.75% I would have multiple offerings of this beer.

Anyone else want to trade for some of this? Just let me know. This beer was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 23:24:07 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of rhinos00


4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my first review, I had the luxury of drinking the AleSmith IPA out of a 750 mL bottle.

A- the first color that came to mind was an amber glow with a tint of orange; the complexion was clear with slight cloudiness and medium carbonation; head was extremely fluffy and laced the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- mix of hops and citrus with a hint of sweetness in the background.

T- initially there was a mix of citrus with hops and other various herbs; in the background there was a slight taste of malt, just the perfect amount.

M- smooth with medium density, medium carbonation.

D- amazingly smooth...I could drink this beer for several hours straight.

Overall, I was really impressed. I love IPAs, and this is definitely at the top of my list. Definitely worth the long trip to buy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:55:07 | More by rhinos00
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful clear yellow with a slight orange hue and one finger of magnificently white creamy head.

S - Citrus, floral, grapefruit, malty... Definitely west coast, this smell so good.

T - Fresh clean grapefruit, resiny, floral hops up front that is followed by a really well backboned malty sweetness. The finish is crisp and clean making me want more. Wonderfully balanced IPA, this is the most balanced IPA I've had, it's absolutely delicious

M - Creamy, full bodies, medium carbonation... perfect.

D - Man this beer is delicious. This IPA is in my top 3. No way this is 7.25 ABV, I'm going to session this one and we'll see what happens. :)

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 18:33:41 | More by LilMatrix
Photo of Calimouth


4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to the Whole Foods in University Heights, OH for always having this in stock!

A: Pale orange color ale that poured a very thick and creamy off-white head. Head did not dissolve evenly, but rather left large craters and peaks of thick foam. This did not happen every time, which I think is a plus because not every bottle is the same.

S: Immediate floral hop notes that you'd have to have a cold to not appreciate. Underlying citrus and apricot notes. Overall amazing.

T: Amazing hoppiness! Crisp and immediately bitter but then evening out to apricot and vanilla undertones. Amazing flavor profile if you're able to hold on for the ride. I would suggest really swishing this one around for a while.

M: Moderate carbonation. Clean texture and thickness.

Overall, this is a beer to be enjoyed with other strong flavors that can hold up to the intense hops, such a grilled meats. Anything delicate will be overwhelmed.


Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 00:25:33 | More by Calimouth


4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint glass. Purchased at Hawthorne's (when first released in PA) for $14. No date or batch number indicated on bottle.

A: A huge frothy and rocky head slowly rises to 3 1/2 fingers. The color is the whitest white imaginable and lasts impossibly long, riding unevenly down the glass in chunky, lop-sided mountain peaks as my enjoyment continues. Each pour over the course of an hour (plus) produces an enormous head. Excellent but erratic sea-foam lace throughout. The body is light in color, peachy orange and pretty clear with just a slight haze. Leaves nothing to be desired.

S: A firm and sweet malty backbone of cookie and caramel support a heavy hop load with orange and grapefruit aromas. Definite yeast contribution. Phenomenal.

T: Building from the nose are flavors of additional tropical and summertime fruits: juicy tangerine and peak of the season peaches. The flavor duration is excellent. Sweetness is a touch below medium. Moderately bitter. Alesmith's IPA tastes incredible at first, and gets even better as it warms, and better still on the last pour with the inclusion of the yeast sediment (which dials back the bitterness as a result).

M: The body is full for the style with a thick, creamy texture. Carbonation level is somewhat average, with fine tonic water like effervescence. Finishes chalky and bitter.

D: Drinkability is remarkable. In case it went unnoticed, the 7.25% ABV keeps this one safely below the DIPA range. (This website and the bottle itself state 7.25%, even though Alesmith's website adds a half point.) I'm amazed by how the flavor is even more impressive than many respectable DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 12:00:40 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Daniel, wknight167, for the bottle.

Pours a honey color with a finger of head with light lacing down the glass.

Smells very much like grapefruit and citrus. Sweetness is there, but in moderation. One of the best smelling beers I've had.

Tastes amazing. Its bitter with a definite citrus. Sweetness in the middle with a bitterness on the end that invites another.

This beer coats the mouth and keeps the bitterness coming. Moderate carbonation and an excellent IPA.

Drinkability is high, I drank the bomber too fast and I only have one.

One of the best IPAs I've had, and i will buy it if i see it, but unlikely since its not distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:08:06 | More by bs870621345
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For a long while, an IPA was my go-to beer of choice. But I've also begun to get that "been there, done that that" feeling for some time now. This beer really stood out...

A - Cooper, cloudy, with a bit of a head and lacing out of the bottle

S - Strong (but not overwhelming), complex, floral, hops, citrus

T - Again, a complex floral, citrus thing going on.

O - Very nice, very distinct!

Got this as a gift at an early Christmas party. I'll be hunting this one down at the local sellers for sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 22:59:37 | More by davednyc
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour'd from 22 oz. bottle

Beautiful amber hue, excellent head retention, and great lacing.

Wonderful piny and tropical fruit aroma with floral finish almost a slight bread aroma...

Tastes exceptional, it's what I desire in an IPA, hardly any malt flavor and very hop forward.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 14:28:23 | More by WreckedPalate
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4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a bottle at liquor store in the Pearl District in Portland OR

A - interesting orange color - 2 fingers and nice lacing

S - citrusy hop smell. Grapefruit and pine

T - Great well balanced hop taste - pleasant surprise

M - Light amount of carbonation and not overly fruity or heavy on alcohol

O - Heard this was a bit like Pliny and I see it. Not as good but easier to get. Very good beer

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:20:27 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of DrJay


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
Photo of twilight


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
Photo of bignick


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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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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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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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
Photo of Walken


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

Alesmith: IPA (No freshness date) (Tasted 12/17/08)
22 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear gold with amber highlights. A moderately tame pour yields a gigantic puffy, bubbly white head that fades over the course of two or three minutes, leaving a coating of chunky foam in its wake.
Odor: If a comic were to be drawn wherein a bottle of Alesmith IPA was opened, there would be stink lines all over the place. Passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple with resiny pine, briny sea air (I really can't think of any other way to describe it, sorry) and spice in the background, thick, oily and fresh. Wowzah.
Consistency: The excessive hop oils seem to elevate the perceived body of this beer to medium, but when imagine the beer without the oils, all you're left with is a light almost airy mouthfeel. On the dry side for an IPA of this high an alcohol content.
Taste: Fruity alcohol and candy-sweet caramel malt kick things off and stay strong, acting as a vehicle for the leafy pine hop bitterness and spectrum of rich, juicy hop flavor. It's almost odd saying this about an IPA, but it's pretty well balanced. Finish is clean, hoppy and long, bittersweet with a nice layer of lingering hop flavors.

I'm going to spare the editorial on this one, many other reviewers have put it much better than I ever could. Simply put, this beer deserves it's spot on the top 10 for style. The intensity of hop flavor captured in this beer is not something you get to taste every day.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 01:07:21 | More by Walken
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with a friend and fellow hophead. Poured a lovely, light orangey-amber with a generous, thick white head of foam. Massive aroma of American hops - loads of citrus & pine. Very appetizing!

Flavors tilted toward the hop side of the scale - lots of fresh grapefruit with some piney notes. Very fine carbonation. Medium body. Solid bitterness balances out the pale malt character underneath those huge hops. Lingering bitter-citric-resiny finish. Wonderful!

Left some nice foam sheeting inside the snifter in which it was served. Classic American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:19:08 | More by ironarrow42
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big shout out to my Whole Foods in Valencia for stocking AleSmith. Highly appreciate it.

Poured into a tulip glass showed of its clear yellow hay hue, with lots of head retention, followed with some sticky lacing. Almost as sticky as Arrogant Bastard.

This is a very hop-forward beer, for a lack of better words. Smell is drenched with grapefruits, fantastic pine resin, citrus orange, and a big explosion on floral hops. I think I died and went into a hop coma from this intense aroma. Incredible to say the least.

Taste was a big burst of hoppiness that knocked me on my ass! This sucker has got to be on the best IPA's I have up to now (prior to this was Blind Pig). The cool floral hops come up front, but are in balance with chewy malts. If this beer was a bit higher in ABV. I would easily place it as a DIPA, thats how good and how close it comes.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy. The malt backbone really makes the taster savor every last drop, letting it roll around the tongue accompanied by superb carbonation.

This is a very good beer, amongst other great beers. Perhaps one the best IPA's I've come across. Drinkability factor is great, if one takes the time to fully appreciate its subtleties. Home run for AleSmith. Next on my list is Decadence.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 07:19:34 | More by Foxtrot


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

Pours a deep golden yellow with an orange core. A huge luscious mountainous white head. Leaves plentiful crystallized frosty laces.

Big hop aromas: Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, herbal resinous pine. Slight scent of yeast that adds more fruitiness, tropical. Sharp cheese and mildly toasted biscuit.

Hop bomb of an IPA. Sharp citrus cuts into the palette: sour lemons, orange peel, and bitter grapefruit blast. big "juicy" tang. yeast and malts combine for a sourdough and biscuit character that lends itself nicely to the hops, definately taking the backseat. A floral/herbal resinous grapefruity bitterness builds, and leaves a great hoppy aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated, medium to lighter bodied, silky smooth with a sticky resinous mouth coating.

Very drinkable hop forawrd IPA. excellent flavor and excellent bitterness combine for a solid juicy hoptastic citrus bomb of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 18:57:53 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden body with fizzy foamy white head which is fairly audible.

Huge fresh flowery hop scent upon opening bottle. Upon further sniffing, citrus aromas are most prominent with a sweet character. Lemons and grains. Very light pine accompanies this. After pouring glass the the bottle smelled of huge orange flavor.

Bitter hop spice followed by grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, light pine to a sweetness that has some caramel characteristics before a great bitter finish that lingers well. Wicked good. Its like if a dipa and a ipa had a kid. The bitter is big yet is always very welcoming and carries perfectly with the sweetness. There's a sweet/bitter orange caramel taste that sticks around. Big flavor here. Never noticed alc.

Perfect mouthfeel for this. Smooth carbonation, medium light body.

Delicious. If A+ means this is the perfect example of what I want in an American IPA, then that's what I'll give it. The description on the back didn't lie. It's pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:04:32 | More by Sensaray
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks Juan!). No bottling info. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours brilliant orange with a full frothy one finger head. Nice beads of lace.

Smells of crisp grapefruit and tangerine. Oh so inviting!

A bright hop explosion of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pineapple and a touch of peppery spice with a pleasant noticeable biscuit backing. An excellent blend of tropical yet bitter hops

Oily slick medium body with a good bit of zesty carbonation. Nice citrus hoppy finish.

Wow! This is a truly outstanding IPA that I'd choose over several even double/ imperials (and I'm typically an 8%+ abv drinker). For my money this is what an IPA should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:54:17 | More by ThickNStout
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

IPA - AleSmith Brewing Co.

A- light amber color, two finger head, good lacing

S- huge citrus scent, balances out with a sweetness, pine throughout

T- pine and citrus, some malt, hops in the end

M- has a bit of a bite to it at first, finishes smooth, carbonation is spot on

D- very drinkable, carbonation makes you want to keep sipping and not put down

O- excellent beer, IPAs are my favorite and this is one of the best I have had

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:48:20 | More by da_beers
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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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