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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,277 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 435
Gots: 355 | FT: 9
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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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Ratings: 3,277 | Reviews: 1,176
Photo of curasowa
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just a touch of haze with an amber color and two fingers of head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Mostly pine hops aroma with some lemon notes mixed in over a caramel malt background. Very crisp and fresh smelling.

Taste: The first hit is sweet malt, full-bodied and almost creamy leading to the arrival of the hop bitterness. It's an earthy bitterness with plenty of resinous pine hits, all with the sweet malt in play still. The bitterness lingers and mellows into the finish.

The Rest: A great IPA. Really good balance between the hop bitterness and the stout malt base.

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a clear, golden body with two finger head and sticky lace that leaves patches as it slowly dies.
Aroma is classic citric hops with sharpness and bit of soap and really a "west coast aroma".
Well balanced as this is a lot hop of hops but doesn't nuke my tongue and is an easy drinker that is hop heavy but with a touch of sweetness.
One of those IPAs that you could drink anytime.

Photo of chumba526
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The IPA appears a medium bodied orange color with a thin white layer of foam.

It smells strongly of grapefruit, lemon, and oranges. It also smells slightly herbal. There is malt caramel sweetness to the smell as well.

The taste starts with an orange like flavor that progress into a grapefruit bitterness. The citrus bitterness progresses into a more standard bitterness. A bittersweet citrus flavor appears in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is moderately low.

The drinkability is pretty good but it is a little too heavy to drink a lot of them.

Overall this is a very good complex IPA that is worth trying.

Photo of thetomG
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant golden straw-yellow with a good amount of foamy white head that stick around quite well leaving some lacing around the glass.

Aroma is quite nice with subtle floral and fruity notes with a hint of hoppyness.

The taste is similar but with some bitterness coming through in the finish - not too much, but just the right amount.

Well carbonated and lively in your mouth, but overall just supremely balanced.

An excellent representation of the style and, surprisingly, not overly hoppy and bitter like many west coast IPAs tend to be.

I will definitely be drinking this one again if I get the chance....

Photo of dwatty
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of jcartamdg
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a paper thin head yet remains highly carbonated. Aroma of biting citric hops and a mild malt attempt to balance. Not as powerful as some ipas but easy drinking and very tasty. Mouthfeel o's smooth and keeps you coming back for more!

Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now for an IPA this is a very good "west coast" IPA. (let see how many people I piss of with that one) The is a very deep gold beer with a white fluffy head that makes it almost to pretty to drink. Almost that is. On the first waft of the aroma I get a lot of that trade mark West side citrusy hop aromas. Bu there is more to this beer than just that. As I delve deeper there-in lies alot of things going on here. There is a slight toasty caramel flavor to it. But as it warms up it turns to a bready flavor that blends the malt sweetness together with the hops. Very pleasant. The aromas transfer nicely to make up the body of the beer. Bready, caramelly sweet. Nice blend, very well balanced. there also seems to be some passion fruit to it that comes out. Very nice. The mouth feel is very true to the style. Light and slick. But not a bad slick, dries out on the end, leaves your mouth knowing you had a good beer in there. Overall a very good IPA. I will definitely look for this again.

Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt.

Photo of mjmadden
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz serving out of a bottle that pours a clean golden copper color with a healthy two fingers of off-white foam. Big citrus upfront with a bready dank hoppy finish. Taste is a very hop forward citrus blend, with malty middle, and a sweet bitterness in the finish. Over all a terrific, true to form, west coast IPA. A beer that is readily available, consistent, and time in a time out a great go to beer.

Photo of RyanK252
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Draft at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours a golden orange, a little hazy, with a nice amount of frothy white head that fades

S: Surprisingly malty caramel sweetness up front with a nice hit of citrus hops following. Not what I was expecting

T: That's more like it, big citrus hop punch; orange, grapefruit, maybe even a little tropical fruit and floral notes in there too, nice malt backbone that comes out as it warms, grapefruit and pine bitterness on the finish

M: Medium body, just enough carbonation to keep the palate fresh

O: Might not be my favorite, but it shows why it's earned a reputation as a classic San Diego IPA. Very solid brew.

Photo of atr2605
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a golden orange color and slightly hazy with good head retention
S-a bit subtle overall, has orange citrus, pine
T-orange/grapefruit citrus with malt providing a nice backbone but not lending alot of sweetness. Bit of malt flavor in the aftertaste
M-medium bodied
O-A nice, clean citrus IPA that is very drinkable and full of flavor. Only complaint is the aroma seemed to lack a bit, but still great beer

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz two ways, poured into globes.

Ar: Herbal/floral hop, lemony citrus, pine, grassy, alcohol, intense hop, aggressive resinous and vegetative hop, light caramel

Ap: very thick fluffy off white head, clear gold, dreat retention, lacing

F: very hoppy, resin, lemon citrus, pine, excellent smooth bitterness, light op roughness, orange, grapefruit, moderately vegetative, light simple sweetness but dries out nicely, alcohol, great long resinous end, tropical fruit, great hop flavor, sweetness increases with warmth

M: High fine carbonation, resinous and dry, long pleasant bitter end, lightly rough alcohol, vegetative, creamy body

O: Has a bit of hop funk, very resinous, lightly rough alc, well done, excellentwest coast IPA, one of the best ipas i've had

Photo of sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer is courtesy of watermelonman, Thanks!
The beer pours a birght clear copper hue with an enormous fluffy off white head foaming up and settling gradually to a cratered surface of fluff. The head is so rambunctious I can only pour about 2/3 of a pint at a time.
The aroma is as expected fairly hoppy with rindy grapefruit, pine sap, and some softer more floral notes mixing together. The first sip reveals a soft spacious rolling carbonation and average body with average texture and overall mouthfeel.
The flavor starts with a bit of sweet caramel and then rolls to some citrusy notes or orange and grapefruit, finishes with some bitter but not astringent sappy and rindy hop flavors intermixing.
The beer is very easy to drink and there is no hint of the ABV. Quite a nice, not over the top hoppy, IPA.

Photo of insomn1ac
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 1/6/14. Pours clear light copper with a big frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit and dank piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with tropical fruits and a lot of dank resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a very solid IPA.

Photo of sarahspat
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of frothy, fat-rising foam, which takes its time settling down. Liquid is darker pale, edging toward orange.

The nose is hoppy: piney, earthy, grapefruit and pear. The taste is more of the same with a definite roasted character to the finish.
Medium thick mouthfeel with abundant carbonation. There is a bit of an alcohol presence on the palate, but it's not strong enough to adversely affect the drinkability too much.

This is a solid IPA, but it's not necessarily one of my faves.

Photo of 05Harley
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle on date.

Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa, CA

Price - $5.27/bomber

Appearance: Copper colored with a thin head. Thick lacing clings to the side like glue. Tiny bubbles are visible however carbonation is fairly low. Yeast particles make an appearance throughout the experience but that don't bother me.

Smell: A huge burst of grapefruit blasts the nose with the first pour followed by pine. Nice!!

Taste: Very little citrus in the flavor. Predominately pine and hops with a lite malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky and bitter. Peppery with a dry finish and a numbing hop feel.

Drinkability: Pretty much a hop bomb exploded on the taste buds. A bottle and I'm ready for a swing in the other direction. Certainly one of the more hoppier beers I've experienced.

Photo of hreb
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer is a brilliant, crystal clear golden color, with a fat, foamy white head. Big, floral and Cascadey aroma. Flavor is similarly bright and hoppy, with a really pleasant grapefruit/citrus taste. Very smooth in mouthfeel, like an English IPA, with a creamy, almost oily, finish. No coincidence: lace is already forming on the glass. This is a great Left Coast American IPA. Aggressive and strong, but delicious and pleasant enough to be a standard bearer for the category.

Photo of abfraser
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellowish orange with a nice white frothy head. Good lacing in the glass on the way down.

S: Piney malt, honey, citrusy, some grapefruit. Nice classic smelling West Coast IPA

T/M: Strong malt gives way to hop oil and piney malt. Major bitterness with a dry distinctive depth on the finish. Medium-bodied with good balance. As a flaw, bitterness is a little overboard

D: Very drinkable but so dry as to be difficult to consume too many.

Overall a very good representative West Coast IPA. If you like hops, you'll like this one. I like this better than the Port IPA/DIPAs. It just tastes cleaner. The hops seem more in balance with the sweetness of the malt. Less palate blowing (although still harsh)

Photo of avaulteriam
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep golden with a fluffy white head. Nose is heavy on pine with a malty backbone. Taste is very good, not quite stone, though. Pretty smooth and refreshing. I little overbittered perhaps, but still a nice and piney/sweet IPA. Top notch!

Photo of Pellinore1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both UCLABrewN84 and sdhomebrewer for sending bottles.

Pours light amber into a tulip, producing two fingers of fluffy white head. This settles down slowly into a cap of long-lasting foam.

Citrus and pungent pine hit the nose first, backed by the merest hint of caramel malts.

As with the smell, citrus hops are very forward in the taste. Some bread and malt come through in the middle, and the finish is nicely bitter.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel here is quite nice.

Overall, a very good IPA. Bright hops are the star of the show, but not overwhelming. I'd gladly have this again.

Photo of martyl1000
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Am I glad I didn't spring for the $12 bomber, or whatever insane it price it sells for. It's an excellent brew. But "95"? I shake my head in wonder.

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikey711 for the bottle. Looking forward to this... I almost opened a few days after receiving, but I noticed a lot of swirling yeast in the bottom. I let it be for a few days.

A - Wow, 6 finger head on a VERY slow pour. I had to let it sit for a long time. As I drink, big globs of foam stick to the side of the glass even several minutes later. Looks like ice cream. Bright orange. A little haze.

S - Hello, west coasty IPA goodness. Bright citrus. Makes me want a fish taco just smelling it. Mmm.

T&M - This is dry - I expected a bit more malt backbone, but I like it. Surprisingly still a lot of carbonation. I figured it might have been lost in the head, but there is plenty to go around. It makes it full bodied and dry at the same time. Unique. Still nice citrus hops, and big ABV presence.

D - The hops don't burn out my tastebuds but it is still apparent this is a big beer. I'm really surprised at how dry it is though. I'm drinking it slowly, but enjoying it quite a bit.

Photo of Amaeda27
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into my SA perfect pint glass. Light, clear amber in appearance with a big 2 finger white head. The nose is big, clean citrus with sweet pine potpouri mixed in. The flavor follows the nose. The finish lingers with lots of sweet grapefruit. It is medium in body and dangerously drinkable. This beer deserves all the props it gets.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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