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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 237 | 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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a medium copper-gold with a moderate amount of carbonation. A nice 1 inch wihite head sits on top with large bubbles in the head. Aroma is bright and clean with lively, hoppy notes. Hops are oily and pine like (not my favorite for hops) but not overly bitter. Flavor & mouthfeel is creamy, rich and full of fruit flavor - citrus underlying the pine forest oils of the hops. Finishes with a moderate-strong hop bite. Easily drinkable.

I enjoy this brew, and it is one of the better Alesmith offerings, but I prefer some others to this brew.

01-08-2005 20:06:07 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of SHODriver


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Pours a honey like shade with a minute head.
S: huge amounts of sweet citrus on the nose with a slight underpinning of pine, smells of grapefruit as well
T: taste starts off citrusy with some sweet caramel undertones, toward the back end there is some pine with a hint of sweetness, spicy on the swallow with lingering soft bitterness
M: smooth and silky from bottle conditioning, a bit prickly but not overly so
O: I remember it more fondly at the brewery, but still a well done beer

09-17-2011 21:14:06 | More by SHODriver
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Big thanks to mlaroche for bringing this over from California, been wanting to try this IPA for awhile now. This also happens to be my first beer from AleSmith.

Pours a golden/orange color with a decent sized head, fades fast, some patchy lacing.

Smell has a nice citrusy hop profile, sweet malt in the back, fairly earthy, the aroma is most powerful the moment I popped the cap then is less detectable after pouring.

Taste is sweetly hoppy, not much bitterness at all which I find weird, more refined instead of raw hop power, strength is well hidden, carbonation amount is perfect and rather soft.

If AleSmith was distributed in Maine, I could see this being one of my go-to IPA's.

11-08-2009 21:22:13 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A sweet new find at my local super (for anyone in Dutchess county area Fresh Town has a good good selection!). 22 oz. bomber. Appropriately warmed. Poured an extremely clear golden yellow color with a generous white head. Plenty of lacing stuck to the side. The nose is highly potent with pine redolence and notes of grapefruit. The taste is all bittering hops in the fore. During the middle of the blush there is some slight aromatic hop presence, but the finish returns to that super bitter pine flavor. Mouthfeel was slightly scratchy, but plenty of crispness as well. I could probably drink a couple of these, but the hops would pretty much prevent me from enjoying anything else in the same evening. Good stuff.

06-12-2009 21:46:19 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Nice. The craft beer outlet got a few of these in.
Poured into a tulip. A cloudy copper color with a thin white heading. Not to great of retention almost flat.Very little soapy lacing that I usually see from my favorite IPA's.

Smell is tremendous. Heavy citrus notes,alot of grapefruit and some lighter orange peel notes.

Taste is just what I expected.Super sweet malts which strips the enamel from my teeth with every sip. An awesome citrus hop bomb that takes over the tastebuds and finish with a slightly piney like syrupiness.

Mouth is medium bodied,the malts are there but just as a solid suppport,good carbonation.Very creamy and slick finish.

A very hyped up beer and rightfully so.This one was a dousy.

04-09-2011 19:30:03 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of levifunk


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

sampled at Madison, WI BA Tasting #3

a - yellow, white head. some sea monkeys floating around

s - citrus hops, sweetness. quite nice.

t - Big hops. both pine and citrus. bitterness sticks around for a bit, but not too bad. I almost want to say there was some mint in there?

m - light body. refreshing.

overall - tasty. easy to drink, especially for 7.25%!

06-11-2010 21:13:44 | More by levifunk
Photo of twelvsies


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Received this beer as part of a sweet package of West Coast IPAs from raoulduke37, thanks! Pours a nice orange amber color, relatively clear, with pretty good head and lacing. The nose is the most distinct pineapple aroma I've ever got from a beer. IPAs often give off vague fruity type aromas, but this one is very obviously pineapple to me. Wow. Bits of citrus and piney hops combine with the fruity pineapple to give this beer a robust, flavorful hop profile, backed by a nice sweet vanilla type malt bill. Pretty hearty, yet maintains a relatively lively mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Wonder why we hardly ever get this beer out East while most of Alesmith's other offerings do come in... no matter, I still manage to have some in my fridge. Definitely a(nother) great west coast IPA. Textbook.

05-14-2009 14:06:33 | More by twelvsies
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. Inadvertently aged about a year (just found it yesterday in my stash). I've had it before, just didn't rate it.

Pours a golden orange color with a very nice billowy white head with good lacing. Aroma is a light caramel malt backbone with a good bit of pine and citrus hops, also get a bit of grapefruit. Flavor has some fruitiness, a touch of maltiness, and a bunch of hops mainly grapefruit and some resin. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness at the end, sticks around for a while. Very good IPA and surprisingly the aging didn't deter anything from it.

04-21-2009 00:37:37 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of FosterJM


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

211th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- The beer was a nice dark orange with even an aggressive pour got very little head to form.

Smell- A nice west coast IPA. The nice citrus with the dense pine smell as well.

Taste- This was a nice tasting IPA that was more towards the piney side than I would have 1st thought. Some of the off center colored citrus, grapefruit and some hops mostly. Very good.

Mouth- Spicy, citrus and hoppy. Medium bodied with a well paired carb level. A nicely done IPA in taste and feel.

Drink- Having never had a Alesmith IPA, I am glad I have had the pleasure. A very drinkable IPA with some great flavors.

01-25-2011 03:40:59 | More by FosterJM
Photo of DogFood11


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Real Nice American IPA....you can tell they craft this with care in the mouthfeel and appearance. It smells and tastes like a double all the way...bitterness is really high for this style. It is on the citrus side of the style to the point of reminding me of grapefruit and orange pods and such. Resiny with with a backslapper of hops to finish it off.

bomber poured into chimay glass had nice head and retention.
Super bitter hoppy smell with a hint of some burnt/charcoal.

Tasted like a double IPA without the super warming.

One of the best IPA's that i've sampled. This beer leans towards a DIPA but thats not the point. The point is "how does this beer score?" and it scores well regardless of style.

08-04-2005 04:51:57 | More by DogFood11
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, tropical fruits and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are nice and bright, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Awesome stuff.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit and some light sweetness. This one is very fresh and tastes exceptional. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with lots of hoppy flavors and moderate carbonation. Very nice feel to this one with plenty of hop bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

O - My first time having this one on-tap and I really enjoyed it. From the bottle it was just decent but this one was much better. I will get my fill while I can for sure.

04-13-2012 23:43:30 | More by orangesol
Photo of FFreak


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Bomber poured into willi glass. This is one awesome IPA. A golden orange with just a very slight haze and an ample white head that sticks around and leaves nice lace on the glass. Big hoppy aroma...pine, resin, citrus and some tropical fruit. Tastes amazing..crisp and refreshing with.nicely balanced hops and malty sweetness. A perfect example of a west coast IPA. This one is now very close to the top of my list.

05-01-2014 23:40:19 | More by FFreak
Photo of beerguy101


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is hops, juicy, grapefruity and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. But this is a hopfest of a beer: piney and resiny, citrusy and grapefruity, floral and spicy. Hoppy without being too bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Hides the 7.25% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

06-12-2003 19:13:15 | More by beerguy101
Photo of btcook007


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A=Slightly cloudy amber color out of the bottle. HUGE head which stuck around forever, leaving beautiful Belgian lace as it dissipated.

S=Sweet, with some citrus and pine hoppiness.

T=Sweet,. caramel-y foretaste followed by nicely bitter, hoppy midtaste. Nicely balanced.

M=Wonderful, full, rich mouthfeel. The carbonation and rich alcohol content stay with you a long time.

D=Excellent. Very balanced, with a nice full maltiness that balances the hoppy nature of this beer.

07-22-2007 03:49:03 | More by btcook007
Photo of kevanb


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 1.6 pint bottle.

A: Very nice copper color, nice thick complexion, not a lot of head on this beer. Minimal lacing. Its a bit standard, nothing really head turning about this one.

S: Smells really nice, lots of hops and a fair amount of citrus make the bulk of the nose with some nice malts at the end balancing it out. Very inviting.

T: High quality here. Very nice hop flavors, but also a fair amount of malts give this a nice grainy flavor but the subtle citrus, pine and spice flavors keep this from being too heavy on the bread. Quite bitter, exactly what I'm looking for.

M: Nice full weight, not to dry and not too watery. Very smooth finish and drinkable.

O: Very good showing, certainly backs up their awards and its reputation. I can see myself stocking the fridge with this on a regular basis.

07-28-2011 03:13:44 | More by kevanb
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

An exceptional looking IPA. Steady carbonation, a deep amber that gets murky on the second pour. Huge head with great retention and lacing all down the glass. Quite a looker. Smell is very fresh and inviting, not quite like the Yulesmith but pretty close. Sweet grapefruit and hints of tangerine with some piney hops also present. A light caramel malt background rounds it out. Taste is also pretty citrus fruit oriented. Grapefruit is the main culprit and there is less of a malt background here. Not a stand out but solid for sure. Mouthfeel is nice and bitter, almost resinous. Bigger than most IPA's with lively carbonation on the tongue and a slightly dry finish. Overall good drinkability. I truly enjoyed this beer and owe thanks to flexabull for the trade.

11-17-2007 22:21:36 | More by ncvbc
Photo of xnicknj


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to scalene

Pours a clear golden color with some brighter yellow hues. Thinner white head fades into bubbled film, leaving plenty of patchy and spotty film on the glass.

Really nice bitter and fruit scents in the nose. Piny and citrusy hoppiness with grapefruit and orange peel. Touches of apricot and pineapple. Soft sweetness with caramel and a hint of honey.

Smack of bitter hops up front with an underlying fruit sweetness. Grapefruit with tropical tones and pineapple. Lighter bready malt backbone with some caramel sweetness and a dollop of honey. Finishes with lingering bitterness.

Medium body, nice carbonation, lingering and dry on the tongue. Well balanced IPA with explosive hop flavor and tempered alcohol. I'd drink this all the time if it was easier to find around here, or if we got it on tap.

12-18-2011 22:38:36 | More by xnicknj
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Cool IPA, no freshness stamp noticed.

Poured into a nonic pint, the beer has got an incredible, large yet subdued head over an orange-gold body with plenty of lasting activity. Perfect look for an IPA as the head is retained throughout and the lacing is plentiful.

"I Prefer Alesmith" has the smell of your typical West Coast IPA, but it's all in the flavor, this one is a cut above the rest. It's got a nice dry cracker malt profile which showcases a bouquet of tasty hops. Leaning more towards dry and bitter, the IPA really comes into itself in the bottle-suggested 45-50° range.

It's Pretty Awesome

01-04-2012 19:40:55 | More by wcintula
Photo of guityler83


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Poured with a medium amount of heat behind it the beer created a big 3 and a half finger head in the teku glass that sustained for days. Bright white and dense foam that sat on top for a good couple of minutes before i could top off the glass. Lacing is thick and chunky. The liquid portion is a hazy marmalade orange color with no sediment what so ever.

S: Oh man does this thing have a nose on it. Grapefruit is very strong and bright, moderate tropical fruit hop aroma comes though in the background and some dank pine notes that bring it all together. No yeast esters detected, but a tick of alcohol. Malt is kind of a muffled fresh bread note.

T: Firm and flavorfull grapefuit hop bitterness that follows you through till the end. Pine is in there but not as much as the aroma would indicate. A toasty malt character emerges when the beer is chewed but otherwise very subtle. There are also some troppical fruit flavors coming though at the end making even more hop complexity. Clean fermentation and very crisp.

M: Some alcohol warming as its being consumed. Very dry, light body and moderate carbonation. A lingering grapefruit bitterness sits on the tongue for about a minute after consumed. the carbonation is very silky too. nice.

O: I've never comented on how great a mouthfeel something has but I think it makes this beer. There are tons of good IPAs but something about the soft tiny bubbles mixed with moderate carbonation and a dry finish make this thing pop.

09-30-2013 23:35:41 | More by guityler83
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Got this bottle from dschuster03 - probably should have opened it earlier. Served it in a regular pint glass.

A - Ridiculous creamy foam - almost too much! Takes quite a while to dissipate and leaves tons of attractive lacing. The brew itself is a golden-apricot color. There are some suspended solids floating around - didn't realize this was bottle conditioned.

S - I was worried the hop profile would have faded on this guy, as I had no idea how old the bottle was before I got it from Dave. It must have been pretty fresh, as the hops are still there. Lots of lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine, but balanced by a strong toffee malt backbone. There's a surprising hint of alcohol kick - not something I expect from a single IPA. It smells good, but not unlike a lot of other solid IPAs.

T - The taste is also nicely balanced. Good caramel malt mixed with fresh-squeezed citrus. The aforementioned alcohol smell is nowhere to be found. Initially sweet, but with a smattering of bitterness at the back of the palate. Very mild aftertaste. Again, really solid but not mind-blowing.

M - Creamy, smooth, nice balanced carbonation (I guess all the CO2 ends up in the ridiculous head?!). Good viscosity and slightly resinous mouth-coating after swallowing.

D - 22 oz? No problem...reasonable carbonation + lack of overwhelming bitterness make one drinkable IPA. Wish we got this in Illinois like they do in Ohio...

I'd love to try this on-tap or closer to the source. It's not in the same class to me as my two favorite Minneapolis IPAs, but that may be because of the freshness factor. I wish Alesmith (and Stone for that matter) would date their bottles.

01-24-2009 22:54:22 | More by MasterSki
Photo of photomike


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a light amber color with two fingers of fantastic, fluffy white head. Lots of yeast floaties swirl around well after the not-too-aggressive pour. The head here is what propels this beer's appearance to greatness. Everlasting retention and ridiculous, absurd, bordering-on-obscene lacing. If there's such a thing as lace porn, this is it.

Smell is more subdued than I would have expected. Tangerine and grapefruit is the star, with some guava and generic tropical fruit. Alcohol is noticeable with a hefty whiff, with a warming sensation deep in your sinuses and a tingle on your eyeballs if you use a wide enough glass.

This is a tasty, tasty beer. The closest thing to Pliny the Elder I've tasted. The same array of fruits found in the aroma with a strong, bitter finish. Not as balanced as its Russian River uncle, to be sure. There are some claims of dryness or minimal sweetness in these reviews, and I have to refute. Quite sweet to my tongue, making a bit tough to handle the bomber on your own, but I wouldn't claim that there is too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perfectly carbonated and smooth, a rather full body and the alcohol is well hidden until it gets close to room temp. Somewhat sticky, bordering on chewy.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the sweetness, and the alcohol seems to hit you more than the 7.2% ABV would suggest. The delightful mouthfeel probably contributes to these factors...it goes down so easy, the sweetness and alcohol catch up to you quickly. Take it slow...if you can.

I really enjoyed this beer, and will seek it out again. Maybe my favorite DIPA/IPA (this thing is definitely testing the limits of mere IPAness) behind the Plinys.

05-24-2009 00:43:03 | More by photomike
Photo of abrand


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Another brew from JesseTheHutt, Thanks for the opportunity Jesse!

The Alesmeith IPA pours a brilliant orange color and a huge 4 finger head sits atop even after a generous pour. Lots of lacing on the glass and the retention makes this hard to drink without getting a foam mustache. Aromas are mostly grapefruit and orange peels. Some nice hoppy floral scents are also present. Quaff is sweet and floral up front with a very strong hop kick that leaves the palate wanting another sip to ease up the dryness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pinpoint. The ABV allows for a few to go down easily . Another great west coast IPA, thanks again Jesse.

03-05-2010 03:39:11 | More by abrand
Photo of Fellatamas182


4.21/5  rDev -0.9%

A:orange/amber with 2 finger white head, good lacing
S: grapefruit, citrus, pine with slight malt
T: similar to smell with grapefruit and pine, quite hop forward
M: smooth, easy to drink solid feel
O: great balanced IPA one that when you open you just want to smell and make it last as long as you can. Looking forward to more from this brewery! Highly recommend.

02-26-2014 00:36:08 | More by Fellatamas182
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a huge white head. The aroma is strong citrus and pine hops. The flavor is more of the same, without the bitterness you sometimes get in West Coast IPAs. Even without the bitterness, there is tons of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

01-25-2010 19:48:07 | More by Mora2000
Photo of 33nickadams


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to hophead247 for this extra!
Transparent golden amber color and about a half a finger head. Large bubbles float to the top. I smell piney and citrus hops. I also pick up the sweetness from the malt. The piney bitterness seems to be well-balanced with the malt backbone. The bitterness lingers after the sip. I can appreciate that though. Mouthfeel is rather light and effervescent. A great extra, I'm glad that I got to try it. I beginning to pick up a difference between midwest IPAs and West Coast IPAs. It's all good!

01-22-2012 20:13:56 | More by 33nickadams
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