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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,234 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,234
Hads: 3,671
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 479
Gots: 505 | FT: 11
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Reviews: 1,234 | Hads: 3,671
Photo of beergeek279
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is copper, with a foamy white head with excllent retention. The smell is a grapefruit hoppiness. The taste is a grapefruity and somewhat grassy hoppiness with a very slight notice of the malt, and the alcohol is not noticable. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

A simply fantastic IPA from the folks at Alesmith. Though I feared my taste for hops was starting to wane a bit, this certainly brought my hop taste back, and hopefully I'll get a chance to enjoy this one again!

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Photo of flyingpig
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Brewdog.com Online Shop (650ml, £7.55):
Dark golden colour with a great, two finger sized and foamy white head on top that looks to hold pretty well initially. There is some lacing left on the sides of that glass and the beer is a clear looking one.

Fruity with tonnes of tropical fruits on the nose to begin with, there is also a touch of spice and a solid, juicy aroma along with some nice, lighter pine hops and some bitterness.There mango and citrus along with some sweet malts, caramel, mango and some grapefruit.

Sweet malts and caramel upfront with some pine hops and grapefruit giving a sweet, medium strength bitter taste. The beer is a great one with plenty of tropical flavours coming through that includes some mango, orange and tonnes of hops yet the bitterness levels are not too strong.

Medium bodied and very smooth with an almost creamy mouthfeel and good, strong carbonation. There is some sweetness and a medium bitter finish.

Probably the best beer I've ever had, this one is as close as I've come to perfection in a beer. Starting with a great tropical fruits and pine hop aroma that matches the taste. The pine hops taste is amazing, coupled with the fact that the beer isn't overly bitter makes this truly outstanding.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hi Time Liquors.

It's been a long time since I last had any of the Alesmith brews:

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Btw, great head retention and there's plenty of nice lacing!

The smell is lots of grapefruit and just a bit of malt hiding in the background.

The taste is beautifully hoppy...grapefruit and some floral notes tickle my taste buds but there's a good level of malty sweetness that stops this from becoming too bitter. Nice medium to fullish mouthfeel here and the carbonation is medium as well. Easy sipping and such a good thirst quencher, man this is a top notch IPA indeed....and..
I notice a touch of grass in the finish and the aftertaste is fairly long but definitely pleasing. Also, despite it being 7.25%abv, I having *no* problem in making the contents of this 22oz bottle disappear. ;^)

For shame on me for not getting some for such a long time. It's truly worth the effort to get it *any* way you can because this IPA, imo, is a world class example of the style.

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Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

great great great ipa. being an east coast native, i expected this one to be overly hopped and unbalanced, following the stereotype of west coast ipa. boy, was i wrong. georgeous dark golden color with a frothy white head that wouldn't go away. nose and taste exhibited extremely well balanced hop profile riding on a nice malt backbone with just enough bitter in the finish. medium full body that just begged to be enjoyed again and again and again. these guys make me want to give up and move as close as possible to the alesmith brewery so i can do nothing but be an alesmith lab rat. much respect to the alesmith team.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad this one is finally in my hands as I've been wanting to try it for awhile now. Pours from the bomber a lovely bright amber orange/peach color with a half inch of bubbly off white head that leaves sticky spots of lacing on my glass. Inviting! Aromas begin with a wall of rich, resinous hops exhibiting pine sap, citric and light floral aromas. Images of rubbing fresh picked hops through my fingers comes to mind. A sweet crystal, lightly caramelly malt background is present as well. Just a lovely blending of tropical, citrusy and piney hop goodness. Enchanting.

First sip brings a rich, resinous, green candy hop blast with big citrus and pine flavors exploding all over the place. Such a condensed fresh from the vine hop flavor here, yum. The hops are backed up by a sturdy sweet crystal maltiness that has a slight toasted bread flavor. It finishes with a flow of bitterness that leaves a lingering hoppiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, this is just a stellar IPA all around.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. The mellow carbonation makes it so easy to consume and the bomber empties all too soon. An awesome brew that I'd drink way more often if it was available. Count yourself lucky if you can get Alesmith at your local! Thanks to blitheringidiot for hookin me up with another great beer.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Delicious. Pours a clea ramber, with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that had solid retention. slight bit of lacing. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus, bigtime notes of both of those. Reminds me of nelson.

Taste also reminds me of nelson a bit, but I think I liked nelson a bit more. Big notes of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, pine, and floral notes. Tiny bready malt base is barely noticeable. Very good. One of my favorite ipas. Extremely drinkable. Prickly carbonation, with a nice medium body.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a good amount of time. Nice lacing. Good but not amazing.

Smell: Great smell. Excellent amount of hop aroma. Can't wait to taste it.

Taste: Wow. Just wow. Absolutely delicious. Amazing hops flavor that goes down super smooth. Great, but not overpowering sweetness from the grains. Perfect amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation. Great amount of body.

Overall: So impressed with this beer. Delicious. Definitely will be buying some more of this.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, beautiful copper amber color with a huge yellow-white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy floral and pine hop smells, grapefruit, tropical, mango, papaya, pineapple

T: floral and pine with less fruit than expected, quite bitter, grapefruit, lemon, tart and bitter yet refreshing

M: medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, crisp finish, higher carbonation

O: an excellent IPA with a terriffic nose, flavors are presented smoothly which keeps this beer refreshing, thanks to Candi for hauling this one back from Cali

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Photo of corey0212
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to raiser for sending this out from the west in the New Trader BIF Redux!!! Been wanting to try this one for a long time now...

Pours a clear coppery/orange color, sturdy two-finger tan head is very slow to fade, and leaves lots of sticky lacing in the glass. Lots of citrus and pine aromas, with a very sticky sweet caramel malty background. Some juicy grapefruit flavors, sticky piney hops, nice bitterness, and very nicely balanced with the sweet malt. Very active tiny little bubbles on this one, gentle lingering bitterness. Drinkability is outrageous on this one....wish I had greater access to this beer.

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Photo of Recliner
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice Yellow / orange color with a dense foamy head. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit. Slight sweetness in the front, followed by citrus peel, then a lingering hop bitterness to finish. Coats your mouth like cream. A great California IPA!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with MSUBulldog at Concordia Ale House in Portland.

Hands down one of the finest IPAs I’ve ever had.

Full, rich, luxurious body is the color of soft copper. Clear and brilliant with healthy lacing the lasts long after the thick ivory subsides. Memorable green hop aroma that also contains plenty of citrus ranging from sweet, ripened navel oranges to bitter grapefruits. Flavor has a wonderful caramel malt quality that is surprisingly balancing towards the pine/citrus bitterness and yeasty fruitiness. Balance is key here. Everything I want in an IPA can be found but damn this one is drinkable, it feels good, it’s beautiful…just an all around winner.

I can’t wait to get some more of this when in Ohio in two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to stock up.

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Photo of Dmann
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great looking beer! This poured a very nice burnt orange color with a huge frothy white head that left nice spider web like lace down the whole glass. The smell was very strong on hops as expected, but they were a bit more pine like than I was expecting. There was also a nice toasty malt character peaking through as well. The taste was great, with a wonderful piney hop profile and just enough malt character to balance it out. The bottle-conditioning gave the mouthfeel a very smoothe character and not overly carbonated at all. If I had to compare this to any other IPA, it would be Stone IPA. This one leans more on the side of the pine flavors and is not quite as dry tasting as the Stone. Between these two, I think one would have an IPA for every occation.

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Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's a bit of sediment in it. It's almost gelatinous. Very nice foamy white head with a ton of lacing. Some bubbles creeping through. Powerful caramel and hop scent.

Very nice, crisp IPA. A bit of a floral flavor. Nice mild bitterness. There's a sweet caramel taste in there. Kind of a rye aftertaste.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 6/6/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden copper - moderate white head to start, retains a ring and a little cap - remarkably great lacing, spots and streaks are just stuck to the glass

Smell: Dank and delicious - this is a fresh bottle, and the aroma proves it - very hoppy, with both citrus and pine - grapefruits, tangerines, sticky pine resin, and a touch of weed - floral, juicy, and tropical - some caramel malts underneath, but they are mostly overpowered

Taste: So, so good - hoppy as the smell would suggest - some grapefruit flesh and pith, and a ton of pine - wet, sticky, oily, resinous pine - moderately bitter with a slight lingering bitterness - floral, with some tropical flourishes - caramel malts provide a nice pedestal in this ode to Humulus lupulus

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat sticky, but it works because it's nicely carbonated

Overall: My money, take it!

I am so glad I finally obtained a fresh bottle of this. Cheers to the wizards at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA for summoning some quality AleSmith bottles. This is one of the best IPAs that can be purchased on the East Coast. Seriously.

Update (5/11/13): Drinking a fresh bottle of this thanks to the fact that Alesmith apparently now distributes to Rhode Island. This is actually my third bottle of this overall, and my suspicions are confirmed: this is one of my top 5 favorite IPAs of all time. Oh snap! Bumped up the score slightly to reflect my growing love.

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Photo of jeffstinson
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wasn't expecting what this beer delivered. Should have expected it coming from Alesmith. Citrus notes, great hop bitterness, and solid body make this an exceptional IPA.

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Photo of mcallister
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a lovely cloudy burnt orange with a decent frothy head with slight lacing. The nose of grapefruit, orange rind, pure citrus, and hops is quite delectable.

Well on first taste all you can really say is balanced. Extremely balanced fruit, hop, alcohol. Same fruits as in the nose. Very attractive hops not to tannic yet not to subtle. Type of IPA you can just sit around and drink, and drink, and drink, and drink, and finally pass out. MMM Delicious.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a copper orange with thick slightly off white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass.

S: More citrus hops seem to be in the forefront with piney hops in the background. Grapefruit and earthy tones are also detected.

T: The piney hops rush up in the taste of this beer and create a very calm bitterness. The fruity flavors give this beer some sweetness, while the hops make it more powerful throughout. It's an odd teetering between an AIPA and IIPA. Very interesting and deep taste that makes me think about one of those styles with every sip.

F: Medium body, with not a large amount of carbonation.

D: A fine drink from AleSmith. The dynamic taste made this drink disappear faster and faster from my glass. A very good IPA overall and would definitely have again.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a brassy amber color with a finger and a half of off white head. Incredible retention with sticky lacing.

S- huge citrusy juicy lemon and grapefruit. Middle is all tropical fruit of mango, pineapple with a note of hemp. Balancing dry malt on the finish.

T- huge hop flavor of juicy citrus and tropical fruit. A hint of malt for balance and a touch of sweetness. Light hemp and pine sapand orange marmalade on the finish.

MF- full smooth rich mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

D- unreal drinkability

overall my favorite Regular IPA of all time.

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Photo of mattster
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 22 oz bottle poured into Nonic glass.

Nice Light head across top of brew that dies down to a layer of bubbles. Brew itself is hazy amber color.

Nice smell of hops and a little citrus tones.

Taste is definitely of hops and citrus... Almost like a semi sweet lemon... nice little bits of Piney earthiness follow. Bitterness works to its advantage.

Really nice mouthfeel and really good finish. Very easy to drink. Really good beer. I'm glad I listened to the bar tender on this one.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had to travel up to Philly to find this beer. And damn, was it worth the trip. What an awesome beer. Such a smooth and well balanced IPA. I will be chasing more AleSmith in the future.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have ever had. This beer poured a nice dark peach-y colour with a nice creamy, white head. The aromas were of fresh, citrus-y hops and some lucious background malts. The taste was a wonderful explosion of hop bitterness, citrus undert-tones, and a wonderful peach-y hop/malt flavor. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the drinkability was insanely good for an IPA of this size!

A huge thanks to EyeChartBrew for this sample!


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Photo of DoktorZee
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - lovely golden color with a small tight head that disappears after a couple minutes leaving some hints of lacing on the glass.

S - probably the most fragrant beer I've ever had the joy of sniffing. I'm hit in the face by super-powerful juniper hops and afterward I can detect some light floral hops and mango. Stunning!

T - a little surprise to find it only moderately bitter after that nose, but the finesse wins with very tight wet/pine hoppy bitterness and citrus sharpness resolving into a hint of toasty malt finish.

M - light with a hint of oilness and only a hint of enduring bitterness at the back of the throat.

D - impressively drinkable; I'm pretty sure the 22oz will disappear very quickly.

This is a tremendous IPA; not overpowering but extremely satisfying!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bottle dated 11/22/13 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear golden orange with two finger bright white sticky head. Great lacing.

S-Bright, clean aroma of fresh hops with pine, grapefruit and tangerine notes.

T-Flavors are less sweet and has a crisp, tingly fresh carbonated aspect that competes with its bitter hop dimension.

M-Light body, great carbonation that fizzes continue ally into your mouth, sticky with dry sweet bitter finish. Strong yet balanced, taste lingers long after finish.

O-This a great San Diego IPA by Alesmith I need to get more from them

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper orange amber tone with a large thicket of cream colored head lacing is thick and even beautiful appearance says you know you want some just take a sip. Aroma: Wants you get a sniff of this hypnotizing beer your ready for more and more piney hops earthy tones and floral scents that send you into a hop frenzy best of all very well balanced brew with a ton of malt exposure as well caramel malts layer on their effect to the overall scent. Taste: Simply amazing splendid blend of flavor the caramel malts give a butterscotch like sweetness blending only the ripest grapefruit citrus hops and floral nosed earthy tasting hops with the pine cone finish setting it off feels so nice going down this is my favorite IPA on the market I have tasted which says volumes about the quality of this product. Mouhtfeel: Medium to full in body excellent oily resined texture full of hop juices nice carbonation sends tickles to the back of the throat, awesome. Drinkability: As complex as this IPA stands it adds to the craving I have for each bottle to reach my lips pure sweet mixture of hoppy liquid equals a balanced uncannied by any other IPA I have sampled this one takes the cake on the realm of the master IPA.

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Photo of Murph
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking deep golden/light copper color with a perfect looking 1/2" sticky white head that slowly sinks but never falls below a thick meringue-ish film that completely coats the inside of the glass. Big piney hoppiness is all over the aroma in this one. Almost resiny/hoppy aromas make me want to tip this glass up as soon as possible. Initial tingly hoppiness hits the tongue before a quick biscuity malt burst that drowns all else out for a moment. The creamy biscuity malt becomes more and more apparent as the brew gets warmer. Excellently balanced brew with a great piney and citrusy hoppy flavors through the finish with some light, just right, lingering bitterness. Smooth with a great crispness. The medium bodied smoothness really comes out once the brew hits about 60° or so. Absolutely excellent brew, I could drink this stuff all day and probably will do so if I ever get out to their brewpub. A huge thanks to the LongBeachBum for sending this sample along.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.