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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

2,954 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,954
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 250 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

laxer8811, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of jgreenward
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jgreenward, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of 420Rick
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

420Rick, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of indyblue9
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

indyblue9, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Culture
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours- a slightly hazy orange/brown hue with an ecru head. Thin lines of lace appear on the pint.

Aroma- is heavily hopped with all kind of citrus, pine, resins and oils going on. As more whiffs are taken a balancing, pleasant base of deep malt is also apparent.

Flavor- shows the massed hop bombs, that is cut but a bready, roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- is sticky sweet with a well-rounded bitterness that absolutely covers the palate wrestles to submission and enjoys the victory.

Drinkability - Excellent beer deserving of all the praise it is getting.

-Culture

Culture, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bright golden orange color. Oh it looks so beautiful. A unique color for an IPA but in a wonderful way. A decent amount of lacing on the glass but didn't stick to the sides of the glass like many elite IPAs I've had.

Smell: Very subdued here, almost too much so. But the aroma that is there is truly heavenly, bright citrus blasts that come in waves. Orange peel, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very pleasant.

Taste: Wow, such a wonderfully rounded citrus, hop, pine flavor. The bright citrus flavor seem to reign supreme here but the balanced flavor is elite. The fruit flavors attack the front of this beer and eventually yield to a creamy pine flavor. One of the best single IPAs I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly drinkable mouthfeel. Goes down at an alarmingly smooth rate. The dry pine flavor sticks on the palette.

Overall: A masterpiece. My favorite of all the Alesmith beers. This beer really reminded me of Pliny the Elder with such a rounded perfected flavor (I really just wanted to brag I've had Pliny the Elder). An incredible value and will is a must buy.

KFBR392, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz, bottled on 02/05/14
L - bright amber with a frothy ivory head, excellent retention and lacing
S - huge waft of pine, grapefruit, orange pith, toasted grain, and sweet caramel fills the room
T - huge bitterness with a heavy malt backbone: bread crust, caramel, toasted grain, grapefruit and orange pith, some tropical notes, herbal, bold pine, earth
F - medium body, a bit resinous, finishes dry with lingering pine and citrus zest
O - one of my favorite American IPA's. It's been too long since I had this last, and I'm already craving another!

barnzy78, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of ElGordo
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a brilliant, slightly cloudy golden orange topped by an inch of creamy bright white head. Excellent creamy lacing gets left all around the glass. Understated aroma of piney hops, with a whiff of grapefruit and some light sweet malt. Palate is damn near perfect - nice, citrusy hops meld with a tasty light and caramel malt profile. Finish is dry, lightly fruity, and sweet. Mouthfeel is wonderful - not too thick or syrupy, especially for such a strong beer. Dry finish is very nice. I could drink this every day.

ElGordo, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color with a great white head. When it finally dissipates, a solid coat of foam rests atop the body.

Smell - Citrus hops galore, followed by a hint of piney hops. Oh so delicious tasting. Doesn't smell grassy and doesn't smell sweet. How do they do it?

Taste - Nothing but citrus and fruit hop flavors. Grapefruit and mango flavors, with some pine for bittnerness. Just enough sweetness comes through from the distance to balance it out. There is some bitterness to the finish, but it's a good clean IPA finish.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body and carbonation. Could use just a bit more body, I guess, but for something categorized as a single IPA, I cannot complain.

Overall - This is just magnificent. Seek this out. And to those of you who have access to this, send me more!

Alieniloquium, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a little orange color. Head is white and is dense and rocky, very belgian like. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a big dose of west coast, citrus hops. Notes of pine and grapefruit.

Flavor is of big hops. The citrus hops are very present and have a grapefruit character along with pine resin notes. Very little malt on the backend adds a light, sweet finish. Toasted malt character that has a caramel quality to it.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full with a a good amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2002: The pour a somewhat murky deep amber to burnished copper color with a bright white monster of a head that as it depletes, leaves a thick and clinging sheet of fine lace. Quite floral with a crisp lemon like tone that also is slightly sweet, also nice malt tones, a complex and pleasing nose to be sure. Could that be actual hops floating around in suspension? Ambrosial front with lots of malt and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is devilishly hopped, satanically carbonated and dry as Hell’s kitchen. This is an "IPA Lovers IPA", and not meant for the "Palate Challenged". Trust me on this one if your a "Hop Head", this is a must try, the hops just keeps coming back and back.

Gusler, Dec 12, 2002
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pine, lime, and orange peel with a touch of celantro in the nose. Amber in color with a persistant white creamy head. Searing hop dominance with apricot fruit and pine and a tinge of grapefruit. Frothy and smooth in the mouth. Simply a wonderful IPA.. Big cheers to Boilermaker88 for making my Superbowl sunday.

frank4sail, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of SDDanC
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always walked past this. I can't believe what I've been missing. Out of bottle into tulip, fat bubbles, lots of fluffly white head. Nose is filled with fresh hops, if I am not mistaken, amarillo hops. Earthyness, and slight citrus. Tastes of fresh amarillo hops, sweet, grapefruit, and grass. Mouthfeel, light and bubbly. Full flavor and refreshing. Overall. . . Holy crap. This beats pliny IMO. Especially for the price. I will definitely be picking this up on a regular basis.

SDDanC, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jakon
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased for $5.69 on 5-16-8 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a very quick rising head that displays great retention while leaving behind thick splotches of lacing.

The aroma features orange zest, pineapple, pine needles, spicy cannabis and light alcohol. Just an overall very bright hop presence.

The taste is top notch as far as IPA's go. All my favorite hop characteristics can be found in abundance here. Bitterness is dialed in perfectly.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA.

jakon, May 17, 2008
Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel goblet.

A - Pours a hazy, yeasty (despite a careful pour) pale orange gold. Beautiful 2 finger white head sits atop and is reluctant to recede at all. Head is thick and creamy, best head retention I've seen in a beer - simply amazing. Lots of sticky lace follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

S - The aroma of citrus, primarily grapefruit hits as soon as the bottle is opened. After pouring into the glass, it only gets stronger. Tons of grapefruit, some orange, lots of resiny pine and a decent amount of sugary/honeylike malt that really complements the hops.

T - This is one heck of a flavorful IPA. Fresh grapefruit juice touched with a honey-like sweetness. Very crisp bitterness - this is quite bitter, but exceptionally smooth in its delivery. Very well rounded.

M - Rich and smooth. Somewhat full bodied - very tight carbonation gives a smooth and tingly feel. I would say carbonation level is medium, but it is so smooth, it feels on the lighter side. Mouth is coated with resiny pine that lingers beyond the bitterness and citrus flavors well after the swallow.

D - Highly drinkable IPA. Alcohol is on the steep side at 7.25% - doesn't feel that high. Very well rounded IPA, good, strong bitterness, but very smooth. Nothing is harsh, hard to achieve with the amount of flavor in this one.

This has definitely taken over as my personal favorite IPA.

portia99, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, floral, herbal, pine, pineapple, citrus rind, earth, grass, caramel, bread, and other light tropical fruitiness. Fantastic well balanced aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, herbal, orange peel, pine, lemon, grass, earth, floral, citrus rind, pineapple, caramel, bread, and slight pine resin spiciness. Good sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grass, herbal, pine, floral, caramel, bread and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance of bitterness and sweetness; with tons of hop flavor complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly sticky and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is excellent masked, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is an incredible IPA as expected. Fantastic hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. I wish this was more easily available back in Ohio.

superspak, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Matthew
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, screen printed silvery gray letters proudly displaying IPA.
Pours into my pint glass golden copper orange with a good inch of white bubbly soapy head that just wont go away. Incredible retention with some sticky lacing around the glass. A picture perfect looking beer.
Malty sweet hops dominate the aroma in this beer. Big resiny fresh and crisp citrus hops that consist mainly of orange, and a little bit of grapefruit and pine come before a nice whiff of sweet candy like maltiness and a tiny tinge of alcohol.
A smack of those oily crisp hops comes first followed by a somewhat big malty sweetness that has some caramel and candy like sweetness. The initial hoppy character is dominated by earthy piney tones and the citrus character that is prevalent in the nose. This is one hell of a tasty IPA.
The nice refreshing hop bite leaves behind lasting flavor in my mouth after each sip.
Nice medium bodied feel with good carbonation.
Even though this is a big beer, its so damned tasty that I cant not want to have 10 more. Easy to knock back too many of these.

Matthew, Jan 14, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark copper color with a slight haze, incredible rocky head that stays around to some extent for the entire glass. The interesting thing about this head is that it only recedes on the sides leaving this mountain in the center of the glass. As the outside recedes it leaves this incredible lace on the glass, incredibly sticky and thick.

S-The immediate hop aroma is of tangerine rind. As i begin to smell more, the grapefruit comes out there is also a light lime aroma, maybe more like kafir lime leaves than lime. The orange/tangerine citrus note dominate. There is also a sweet malt aroma, like simple syrup. A little pine shows through as well.

T-Initially, there the citrus hops jump right out, the tangerine from the nose is there but it takes a back seat to the grapefruit in the taste. There is a nice caramel malt and biscuit malt sweetness that doesn't balance but props up the hops. The finish is long and bitter and adds in some pine hops. The bitterness is sharp but not annoyingly so. This beer is really good.

M-Creamy, medium body, nice, easy carbonation. The oils emerge from the creaminess as it warms.

D-This is a very drinkable IPA, right up there with my favorite ones.

jackorain, Jun 16, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber with a small white sticky head.

Smell is all warm and toasty and hoppy, all citrus and pine. Familiar from many other highly hopped IPAs.

The first taste brings to mind Stone's Ruination, but wait a minute. It's not as much of a palate pounder. Bitter for sure, but malt is thrown into the balance. Citrus, then pine than warming alcohol. Very well crafted.

Full in the mouth, a bit puckering. Smooth, almost creamy, with a wee bit of oil left behind. Would have liked a bit more carbonation.

Not for the IPA beginner, this beer is closer to 2IPA then most 2IPAs. Very hoppy, very potent, very alluring. If you get the chance, get some.

budsboy, Aug 14, 2005
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a large frothy head. Lacing is in rings. Aroma is top notch, full of fruity tropical notes and bright juicy hop whiffs. Taste is also really tropical and hoppy. Bitterness is there but in a good amount. So nicely balanced. Lightly sweet. Not malty at all, only bright fruity hoppy flavors! Feel is slick and moderate. Super drinkable.

kbnooshay, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of oxnard111
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Lightly cloudy. Light copper color. 3 finger off white head. Thick large bubble head that settle quickly to a consistent soapy layer. Full large bubble lacing that remained on the glass. Yeast is floating in the bottle. The bottle says to leave the yeast in the bottle when pouring.

S - Hops. Citrus smells. Slight sweet aroma. Hidden malty aroma that was more apparent as the beer warmed up a bit

T - Hops, citrus, and a hint of cantelope. Slightly sweet. Very well balanced, was never over powering. Malty flavors mixed in. Almost a tiny bit of a burnt taste.

M - Medium thickness. Low carbonation. Hoppy forefront that was strong but did not destroy the aftertaste. Tiny bit tingly or spicy.

D - Very drinkable. Could do a whole session. Would love to have easier access to this brew.

oxnard111, Jul 30, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I've never had an Alesmith IPA until now. Pours a slightly hazy light bronze hue. Eggshell colored head that crated alot of foam at first even with a slow pour. Heard about gushing bottles recently but I didn't have that problem. Lots of lacing left clinging to the glass.

Smell is just nuts. An explosion of tropical fruit notes. Pineapple and mango, with some citrus notes present as well. Smells like a hop bomb in the best of ways.

Malt sweetness upfront but a great hop flavor in the finish. Grapefruit, grassy, and piney hops make up the dry finish. Not overly bitter, its incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is a refreshing beer. The drinkability is awesome for a west coast IPA. Smooth with lots of flavor going on. My new favorite IPA.

snpub540, Mar 04, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a couple fingers of thick and creamy white head after a fairly rambunctious pour. Great hops presence in the nose. It's a mixture of faint pine with floral and fruity notes. There's citrus, but also a bit of mango. You can even smell some caramel malt. The malt is actually pretty abundant in the taste. I don't want to sound as if it's too much; it's just really well balanced. The hops were also pretty balanced. There's a pine, citrus, and floral note, but one doesn't really overpower the other. I really like that it had a hint of stickiness in the feel and carbonation was just right. No real alcohol presence. This is a really good IPA but may be a hair overpriced for what it is.

alkemy, Oct 08, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vigorous pour produces a brilliant bright copper colored brew with a billowing head of off white suds that towers just above the rim of the glass. Immaculate retention and epic lacing.

Aroma is bursting with hoppy goodness in the way of grapefruit, tangerine, and light florals. Notes of crusty bread and caramelized malts lay underneath.

A burst of crushed grapefruit and orange skins leads the tasting, flowing into bright floral and hearty pine hops. There is a solid malty backbone of toasty, semi-sweet caramel. Hoppier than most standard IPA's and supremely balanced. Super drinkable, albeit rather expensive.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy for an IPA. Luckily a plethora of flavors abound to make use of the malty medium. An outstanding IPA all the way around.

AlexJ, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Reagan1984
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review comes with a shout out to Estarrio, who was kind enough to provide me with the information that this sought after IPA was available at Julio's. Cheers Estarrio!

After purchasing several bottles, I've saved the official review for my last bottle.

This beer has a gorgeous pillowy white head that demonstrates excellent retention and has wonderful structure.. The beer is a bright golden amber color with perfect clarity and a pretty good amount of visible carbonation. Foamy lacing clings all over the inside of the glass as this is consumed. A dollop of whipped cream remains in the center of the glass as you drink this.

The aroma is spectacular and never ending. Some beers aroma is present for a moment, but then fades as the beer settles. Not this one. The huge hop/citrus aroma packs a punch and keeps coming at you. If you dig deep you smell some light malt tones here, but it's really about the citrus/grapefruit hops.

Spectacular flavor (get the sense I like it?) This is one of the greats and another reason why I love California (not "West Coast") IPA's. First you get a brief flavor of the cracker type malt tones and the backbone that is there... Then a second of gentle sweetness. BAM, then you are hit by the fresh grapefruit hops. This is definitely more citrus like vs. pine to me. After the initial hit you are brought back with a touch of the yeast and then settle on for the lingering hop effect. Actually crisp for as hoppy as it drinks.

Just wonderful mouth feel. Medium/light in body, but huge on flavor. Carbonation is sublte and works.

Drinkable? = HELL Yes.

A classic.

Reagan1984, Dec 29, 2008
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,954 ratings.