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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,838 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 222 | FT: 6
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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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with a hint of copper. Head is thick and frothy with sheets of lacing.

Aroma is resinous citrus hop overwhelming the strong malty base.

Taste is grapefruit citrus hops that take center stage. caramel malt brings some semblance of balance. Finish is crisp with lingering citrus and slight warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy.

Overall, just a really well made American IPA. Plenty of citrus hop to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:50:51 | More by Blakaeris
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a orange/amber color in the glass, slightly hazy. There is a 3/4" head of off-white foam with very good retention. The head eventually falls to about 1/4" and stays to the end. Awesome sticky lacing.

The nose contains a wonderful sweet smell. Orange hard candy and pineapple are what I picked out after countless whiffs. The hops are in perfect harmony, they are not screaming out at all. Very nice balance in the aroma.

A quick citrus tang turns quickly into nice hop bitterness that keeps on coming. Slight pine/spruce/citrus tanginess. The 7.25% is nowhere to be found(until I stood up!). Nicely balanced IPA between malt and hops.

Very juicy in the mouth with a long bitter finish that rolls around and around the mouth.

This is a highly drinkable IPA, give me this or Stone and you would hear no complaints. Alesmith IPA is right on! A bad mutha!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 05:45:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Frothy, cream white head, with lots of carbonation feeding it. Beautiful clear orange body, in my Short's 20 oz. pint glass. It looks good! Lacing.

S - Abundant floral hops, not so much malt. A great west coast nose.

T - So tasty! Well-balanced hop/malt interaction, with a nice bitter bite at the finish. It's a clean and really well put-together AIPA, almost bordering on a DIPA in terms of both taste and smell.

M - Thicker and oily, with medium/high carbonation to help ease it down.

D - This is a little high in ABV, and the hops are pretty intense, yet it goes down easy and is a pleasure to consume.

Notes: Huge thanks to urwatuh8 for including this in a recent trade as an extra. I've been on an IPA kick lately and this one really hit the spot. If it were available to me I'd pick this up a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 20:35:26 | More by SaucyA
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no date poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

Amber golden and hazy with a good off white head, medium retention and lacing.

Aroma is floral and fruity but there is pungent hop character lurking underneath. Tastes tropical fruit bitter, specifically pineapple and mango on a good malt base. The bitterness dominates this beer and the malt character seems rather low for 7.25% ABV, but is not a fault.

Crisp, dry, and deeply bittering, it's a top notch IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 15:53:38 | More by tewaris
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KCHopHead

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good lacing and head retention on this. Typical golden color for standard IPA's.
S - Citrus hop smell with some fruits.
T/M/D - Because the carbonation was higher it made a nice lighter mouthfeel and bring out all the fruity/citrus flavors from the hops; however, the drinkability was thicker because of the amount of sugary malts used. Overall it is a very good IPA, but still not my favorite because it wasn't as crisp as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 16:23:12 | More by KCHopHead
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mostly orangish beer, and rather translucent. Puffy tight white head. Sheets of lacing, yup it has that. The main components of the aroma are citrus and grapefruit, with some pine. The aroma could be more poppy, it lacks slightly. The flavor is very hop forward. Citrusy and fruity, pithy, bitter and clean. The hops are not cloying or otherwise. Some pine flavor is produced and the malt is clean and simple allowing the hops to be the showcase. Nice clean mouthfeel. Slightly bubbly with a scrubing sensation. A good ipa, not my favorite but a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:54:39 | More by pmlondrigan
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hu5om

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to AndrewK for a sick box that included this beauty! split with newk340.
a-bronze orange. fairly clear. slightly off white foam. very fine bubbles. very nice lacing.
s-bitter orange. floral, grapefruit, light pine. smell is almost overwhelming! yum.
t-lemon zest. grapefruit, light pine. very, very bitter and fresh tasting.
m-very tingly. littl bubbles play on the tongue. "lush" as the bottle says.
d-a great ipa. It's Pretty Awesome. It's not pte, but i was very happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 19:31:36 | More by hu5om
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whatthehull

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden orange, fluffy head and decent lacing. A bit of yeast floating around

S - Citrus and pine right away, malty backbone for sure. Yeasty, sappy and nicely floral

T - It's nice when the beer taste so much like the smell. The yeast is more in the smell but the smell and taste are almost identical

M - Fluffy and a bit carbonated. A tad flat, which is nice mixed with the fluffy carbonation

D - Easy - medium. Definitely for sipping with all the malt and hops

Final thought - There are some really nice IPA's that come out of SD, this is one of them

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 21:05:37 | More by whatthehull
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gabedivision

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bottle to a tulip glass.

*no bottling date*

Pours a clean, transparent light copper/orange with a 1 finger inch pillowy white head that thins to a tight lace around the glass, decent sticking and lacing. Smells of spicy citrus, mango, peach, a touch of earthy onion, and garlic also. BIg juicy hop flavors on the tongue, mangos peaches, orange juice, piny and earthy hops, slightly bitter on the finish. Meduim bodied, sugary sweet, citrus, finishes dry and bitter. Overall; i took a chance on this beer, and i was very impressed, this is a classic West Coast IPA. I just do not understand why there is no bottling date on an IPA that is being shipped across the country, lucky for me, it tastes pretty fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:14:29 | More by gabedivision
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a big, billowy two finger head that slumps down to a creamy, dense hald a finger blanket leaving ALOT of stick side lacing.

S - Lots of good pine/citrus (grapefruit) with this and some malt sweetness. Good dank hops. Lightly tropical (but not in the pineapple way) with a fair tangerine presense.

T - Taste is fairly nice with nice malty sweetness balanced nicely with the solid pine and citrus middle. Very nice hops with very light bitterness on the end. More solid tangerine notes.

M - This is a time when I wish they still had "drinkability" as a stat. This beer is so incredibly drinkable. The mouthfeel is slightly sharp yet creamy, especially on the finish. Each gulp has me craving more. God damn.

O - Overall, a very nice IPA from AleSmith. First time I've seen this in MA and glad I recognized it as a 4+ IPA. Would buy this again, so enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:34:58 | More by rudzud
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, bottled 8/22/2013. About 3 weeks old.

A: Copper body with no haze. Soapy head with nice retention and lacing.

S: Tropical fruit from a hop overload, faint hint of caramel malt.

T: Tons of hop flavor without being too bitter. Light malt backbone typical of the style.

M: Great carbonation. Sessionable.

O: An excellent West Coast IPA. Reminds me a little of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone IPA. Which is high praise from me.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:17:12 | More by hoppytobehere
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dbmernin83

California

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious dry piney, skunky IPA. Great lacing, pine and resin. Medium bodied. Hops are aggressive and make your mouth water in anticipation of more. Light alcohol sweetness warms the throat. An overlooked IPA out here. Let the reviews tell you. This is a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 06:45:49 | More by dbmernin83
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2012 13:12:26 | More by DavyJones
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-28-2013 01:20:23 | More by OhioBobcat
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2013 14:27:30 | More by SkiBum22
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold colored beer with a huge white head that resembled whipped cream. Very sticky, lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, floral, and sweet malt. The taste was more pine than grapefruit, but both were well-represented. Still a good malt presence. A very nice, well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:48:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-28-2013 01:30:56 | More by Jason
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Jovo

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-12-2013 04:07:08 | More by Jovo
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SudsSurfer

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-18-2013 22:59:53 | More by SudsSurfer
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chossboss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-08-2014 04:51:27 | More by chossboss
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Altenor

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-28-2013 04:20:18 | More by Altenor
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-26-2013 21:52:24 | More by Prospero
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2014 21:18:06 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-12-2014 04:28:09 | More by ccurrid
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-14-2013 01:26:10 | More by bpfrush
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,838 ratings.