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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 416
Gots: 279 | 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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austintothej, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pint glass and produced a huge, fluffy, white head. Looks like a big dollop of vanilla ice cream floating on top of a beautiful golden-orange beer. The carbonation is raging on this guy. Massive amounts of bubbles keep racing to the surface. Its really taking awhile for this head to die down to a drinkable level. The head looks really thick and sticky, so its not really going anywhere. Beautiful looking IPA.

Lots of sweet, lemony, citrus notes on the aroma. Some pine and earthiness as well, but mostly sweet, hoppy citrus. The massive head really helps to trap a lot of the aromatics from escaping too quickly.

The flavor holds a nice malt base and plenty of hops. Sweet, lemon bitterness. Some faint grassy notes from the hops and a bit of caramel from the malts. Overall, classic IPA flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Drinkability is through the roof. I could drink this IPA all day. Really glad I have a bomber of it. My only complaint is that no matter how I pour this beer, I produce a ridiculously huge head. So after every pour I have to wait about 5 minutes until I can start drinking again.

Overall, this is an essential IPA. So much flavor, great balance between the hops and malt, and really beautiful to look at. Definitely one of my top three IPA's. Would love to try this on cask.

sisuspeed, Nov 27, 2009
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RobertColianni, Sep 12, 2013
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DanV23, Sep 02, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with no fancy pants label silk screened label. This bottle simply has "IPA" in big bold white letters smack dab in the middle of the label. If you miss that, you can also catch "IPA" on the neck of the bottle. At the bottom below the big ass "IPA" in small print is the ABV% and the address of the brewery. The back of the bottle is also silk screened but with 4 paragraphs that talk about all the awards this beer won, description of the beer, ingredients, and the proper serving temperature. Below the paragraphs is a white rectangle with the Government warning and the barcode in it. A best before date or a vintage year would have been nice, but of course that was the only piece of information missing from the bottle. Thanks AleSmith!

Appearance: The back of the bottle suggested that I pour this beer into an AleSmith pint glass, but I don't have one of those so a DFH pint glass will have to do. This is one of those extremely murky IPAs where you can't even see a brief silhouette of your fingers on the other side of the glass. From a short distance away, this beer appears to be a dark amber, but when I held it up into the light, I found out that it changed color and it was a more of a golden lemon meringue color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head of foam. Despite the head of foam not being all that big, this head of foam had heart. This head of foam stuck with the beer until the last drop was gone. When this head of foam did recede it left behind clingy white blots and streaks of lace all around the glass. If by looking at this beer you think its not a great IPA appearance, then please get your eyes checked.

Smell: The very first aroma that came shooting up my nose was the strong scent of pine. It didn't smell like a pine forest at dawn, but it smelled stronger than just one Christmas tree. Behind all of the pine was some bitter citrus hops, a touch of bitter and tart grapefruit, and splash of tart lemon. I could tell this was a fresh bottle because of the rich fresh scent of citrus hops and citrus fruits. Swirling this beer around is a must! The aroma won't unleash any more hops, but it will awaken the grapefruit. I liked how the aroma wasn't overly bitter in the nose, but yet it was packing in quite a few citrus fruits and more than enough pine. It was a pleasure to smell every time I put my nose to the glass.

Taste: This was a very bitter IPA, but yet it wasn't an overly bitter beer. Do you know what I mean by that? The bitter citrus hops will invade your mouth, slap your taste buds around quite a bit, but they won't knock you down on your ass and kick you on the ground while you lay there helplessly. That should help! Not only was the taste strong with bitter citrus hops, but it also liked the pine as well. It wasn't like chewing on a hand full of pine needles, but enough to get you excited. After the pine, in comes some tart grapefruit and tart lemons. The taste wasn't done just yet. After all of that, in rolls a subtle taste of toasted malts. How that broke through the hops and pine is beyond me. Then out of nowhere, in come the pine to cover up the malts with its strong pine blanket to say "you didn't just taste that." Overall, it's just a well balanced hoppy IPA. There's no denying it.

Mouthfeel: For a 7.25% ABV IPA...Did I just say 7.25% ABV? It's hard to believe that. With an ABV% of that, it should a medium bodied beer, but it wasn't. This was clearly a full bodied IPA! It was a full bodied IPA with enough carbonation to keep your attention and a mild hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was the only downside to this beer. It felt that it should have been stronger, but I guess they used most of their hoppy energy in the initial taste. The aftertaste rolled in with bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a pinch of toasted malts. When the taste hit the malts, that's when the aftertaste calmed down. Damn you malts!

Drinkability: AleSmith did another excellent job brewing a hoppy IPA that was well balanced at the same time. I don't think many breweries can say that. Like every AleSmith beer, it's not cheap! If you're able to find it, you're going to have to open your wallet wide. And like every AleSmith beer, you'll be glad in the long run that you spent that money on such a great beer. Big thanks to the state of Ohio for carrying such a great IPA!

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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