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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
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2,957 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,957
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 251 | 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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Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

orangesol, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of FFreak
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

FFreak, May 01, 2014
Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerguy101, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of btcook007
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

btcook007, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kevanb, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of ncvbc
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ncvbc, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

xnicknj, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

wcintula, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of guityler83
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

guityler83, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

photomike, May 24, 2009
Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

abrand, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jpolet
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%

jpolet, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Fellatamas182
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Fellatamas182, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of 33nickadams
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

33nickadams, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color, good head retention. Pours two fingers and retains it well. Bottle conditioned so it has a nice creamy carbonation. Great hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is very nice and smooth with that characteristic bite. Textbook example of an American IPA executed very well.

BeerAmbassador, May 29, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color with a big sticky white head with great lacing.

The smell is fantastic with a big citrusy and very fresh hop smell.

Has a very bold hop flavor with big shots of juniper, mint, and citrus with a mild toasted grain undertones.

The mouthfeel is very zippy with lots of carbonation and a light bit of oilyness and stickyness.

Easy to drink, very nice IPA with great fresh hop charachteristics.

bashiba, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of cheers2beers
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Boolshot for giveing me this fine offering in a trade.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark orange, much like an apple cider, with a creamy and frothy off white head that seems to have maintain power. Leaveing behind minimal laceing.

Smell: The aromas are mild sweet caramel malts with a hoppy aftermath. Some fruits seem to play a small role as well, such as sweet red apples and light citric oranges. A small amount of alcohol can be detected.

Taste: Wow, hops galore. A sweetened fruity malt character blended with a citrusy,piney, and resinous hops. Also has an alcohol kick that seems to be just right. This beer seems to be very basic not complex. Made the way the IPA should be with no surprises. Hops+ Sweet malts+ mild alcohol = Good tasteing IPA.

Mouthfeel: Has a sticky,oily,smooth, almost grainy feel with a bubbley finish. Good alcohol vapors seem to have a backflow effect due to the much welcomed 7.25 % abv. Overall a nice medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very quaffable IPA not cloying, not offensive in any way, not too alcoholic, but seems to be a good all around good drinking beer.

Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, May 19, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really beautifully clear amber/orange with lots of off white suds. Three fingers and it almost came out of the pint glass.
Lacing is already showing up.
Smell is so fruity/ orange and pineapple and grapefruit. This is the best smelling IPA out there. No alcohol is present here.
Taste is very warming. The alcohol is here but is balanced with the hops. The flavor changes from warm/sweet to fruity then to a bitter that excites the back of the tounge.
There is not much carbonation in the mouth but the mellowness of the entire concoction makes this a great feeling brew to have in the mouth.
I would love to drink a lot of these so I am rating it high on the drinkability scale.

peabody, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with the usual white silk-screened label and it pours a lovely amber-orange, with an irridescant murk. Nice 1/2inch of just off-white head and plenty of lacing, looking good!

Spiky fresh, resinous pine hop nose that barely backs off to let some malt through, rather hoppy indeed.

Flavor is, as flavor smells...very fresh, very piney hops with a citrusy sweetness, fill the gullet. As the hops come, with the hops it goes, a very hoppy brew with the balance leaning hop heavy,. Very tasty stuff.

Good carbonation, medium body and a hop oily mouthfeel, this is what an IPA is all about (with extra hops). With an above average ABV, this stuff still goes down very easily, try some! Cheers to you hopheads!

scottoale, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is STRONG! Cascade hops and I think there is some malt in there too.

Taste is fairly neutral, the must be a lot of malt in this to balance out the hop level in this. The grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops in this is at the tongue numbing level.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Drinkability is questionable. This is a hop monster brew.

Zorro, May 06, 2004
Photo of rdickey
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear gold into a pint glass (my Onion “I enjoy drinking beer” one). A fine white one-finger head lingers, and as it slowly withdraws it leaves fabulous sheets of lacing.

Smell: One whiff tells you what you’re in for: a classic American IPA. Grapefruit and pine combine nicely, and I’m advised by my better half that there’s something else in there – kelp? I smiled and nodded to preserve domestic tranquility, but I confess that I didn’t get the kelp.

Taste: Classic, and the nose projects exactly what follows in the mouth. Grapefruit (along with some other citrus) and piney hopes are the story. There’s a bready malt backbone hiding behind all the hops, and although it does not dominate the flavors – far from it – it provides excellent balance. An extraordinarily well-balanced IPA, which is a refreshing change in pace from the h(op)-bombs that have resulted from the hops arms race.

Mouthfeel: Very light in the mouth, which was somewhat unexpected. It finishes smooth and clean.

Drinkability: High. This is a very sessionable beer.

rdickey, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy peach color with an orange glow with a smallish head and a very fresh collar..smell is pine and floral hops.grassy hops in the background..taste is big piney hops,with big floral and citrus hops..a little tropical taste in the back of the mouth is all balanced with some nice malts..mouth feel is all hops with a punch with medium carbonation..highly drinkable west coast style ipa..very good

gatornation, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a luscious shade of orange with a two finger, very puffy white head. Tons of carbonation, with bubbles flowing to the top nonstop. Lacing is unbelievable, all the way around the glass.

S- citrus, but the aroma is very weak. Disappointing

T- starts out fairly piney, and the finish is very sweet. Almost tastes like orange juice at the end, in both consistency and flavor. Very tasty

M- the feel of this is fine. It's not thick or syrupy at all. Pleasant

O- reminds me a lot of Sculpin. Freshness dates would be great, as I think this one might not be as fresh as can pop up into stores...but it's damn solid regardless

bigfnjoe, Jun 29, 2011
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,957 ratings.