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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,915
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 411
Gots: 240 | 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 GilGarp


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to HoppyIPA for this one in trade!

22oz. brown bottle with unmarked gold colored cap. Served chilled but not super cold. It pours into my New Belgium glass a copper orange color with thick creamy white head. It has great retention and some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a sweet citrus smell that is really pleasant. It's not over the top but nicely done.

Flavor is also very good - it has a great balance for an american IPA. There are some citrusy grapefruit hops with a touch of earthy/grassiness to them. The malts have a bit of roasty quality to them but not too much, maybe a little biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel is great in that it has good body but not too thick or heavy. It also has perfect carbonation with a nice soft mouthfeel.

It hops are definately on display but it never feels too bitter. This beer really shows how a perfectly balanced IPA is a dying art. We need more beers like this one!

04-29-2009 23:32:34 | More by GilGarp
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Fluffy thick large bubbled rocky head. Thick lacing coats the glass. Rough orange color makes my eyes light up. Tiny bubbles of carbonation are constantly rising with some bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass.

Very fruity citrusy nose (lemons, oranges). There's a lot more alcohol in the nose of this one than I expected. There's some toasty delight hiding behind the hops and booze.

Easy sweet toasty malt flavor before the hops jump into the mix and deliver fruity floral tastes that turn grassy and then piney and dry up in the finish. There's a hint of warm alcohol after swallowing.

This is a pretty good IPA. Many thanks to Zorro for this one.

10-02-2006 00:37:42 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

2/17/2008 Shared bomber

Golden Orange color with a white head. Nice head retention. Amora is malt...floral and citrus hops with a hint of piney.

Crisp...clean tasting. Seems also "pure". The hop assault is well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden.

This one really deserves the ratings. Outstanding beer experience.

02-18-2008 23:49:08 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of BearsOnAcid


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Bomber from possibly 2008. White head with a golden color. Smells like sweet citrus and hops. This beer is incredibly smooth to drink and has no harsh bitter hops flavor. Aftertaste is dry and smooth as well. Alcohol is not detectable for a 7.25% beer. Carbonation is pretty low. This is probably one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Too bad Massachusettes doesn't get much from AleSmith or I would drink this all the time, and I rarely drink IPAs. This beer could easily creep up on you with it's high alcohol so watch out.

07-23-2009 23:36:08 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of KBoudreau66


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a finger and a half of frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells absolutely delicious. Very resiny pine aroma with strong hints of grape and passion fruit. The malt backbone in this brew finally stuck out, but only after I had taken about five or six wiffs of this beer.

Tastes of strong piney, and citrus hops up front. An excellent tasting brew that has a nice caramel malt flavor when it washes down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

This beer is one of the better IPA's I've had the opportunity to try. It's hop presence is right up my alley, and although it has a strong hop aroma, it is strangely balanced in taste. An impressive brew. I wish that I could get this in 6 packs.

06-29-2009 03:14:09 | More by KBoudreau66
Photo of ThePaleRider


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Honey colored with a thick white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Yes! Grapefruit, pineapple, and not sure what kind of hops it is but reminds me of Amarillo.

T - Not quite as much citrus as I was expecting. Starts of with a bitter tingle that perfectly blends hops and malts into a clean, smooth after taste.

M - Very crisp and carbonated. Drinks pretty light for an IPA.

O - A great example of an IPA that is bitter, but knows exactly where to draw the line.

10-06-2012 05:25:45 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of John_M


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at Hamilton's yesterday.

The beer pours an orange peach color with good head retention and lacing. This IPA has a very citrusy, hoppy nose, and it's clear this one is going to have some nice bitterness. Despite the attrative nose, however, I still was not quite expecting the intense amount of flavor in this beer. This lovely West Coast style IPA presents your palate with an onslaught of dry, hoppy bitterness, with just a kiss of malt to keep it all in check. This beer is impeccably balanced, and each sip begs for another.

I could drink this beer all day and was tempted to do just that (expect that Hamilton's had many other things to entice my palate this day). The beer is medium bodied and is about as drinkable as a 7.25% abv. IPA can get. This is great stuff.

12-21-2008 12:47:47 | More by John_M
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Big thanks to jerz for the hook-up

A - Pours a copper-amber hue, fairly translucent, and with a generous amount of rocky off-white head, leaving lace boulders clinging to the glass.

S - The epitome of a West Coast IPA; fresh citrusy hop aroma yields to piney and herbal notes. Malt is lightly toasted, but subdued overall.

T - The taste is pungently hoppy; huge impressions of grapefruit and orange rind are in-your-face, along with notes of sappy pine, fresh cut lumber, and cannabis. Subtly sweet and toasty malt is underlying, but it is not assertive. Huge bitter citrus finish. Great stuff.

M - IPA. Good.

D - This just world-class, along the lines of Sculpin IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Just Outstanding IPA; I want more. Now.

06-17-2010 14:34:52 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Edruil

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Ruination 10th anniv. pint glass

Appearance: Lovely golden yellow / light amber coloration, slightly (but only slightly) opaque. Perfectly smooth off-white to tan head with some of the best retention I've seen on an IPA, and great lacing. This is a great looking beer

Smell: Interestingly different! Rather than the typical San Diego citrus-bomb IPA, I find strong notes of tropical fruit, pine, and spice. Grapefruit is big. Typical orange and lemon rind take a backseat for a change - what a concept!

Taste: Really great, follows the nose. Malt sweetness up front and throughout brings out caramel, candy sweetness and lovely smooth breadiness, but the hops quickly steal the show, bringing out the notes of tropical and citrus fruit (grapefruit in particular), pine, spice, resin, grass. Surprisingly sweet and malty, in perfect balance to the hops. The hops demand more attention but not by much - a perfectly balanced brew, maybe a little too balanced for an IPA!

Mouthfeel: Maybe my favorite part of this beer. The bottle advertises a bottle-conditioning that leaves the beer a "lush, velvety texture," and I find this beer lives up to the promise! A medium body with some of the most perfect carbonation I've had in a beer. It really does caress the tongue. The finish is long, pleasantly dry, and slightly bitter but interestingly sweet as well. The first 5 I've ever given a beer on feel.

Overall: Really enjoyed this IPA. It's more mellow than a Stone IPA or Ballast Point Sculpin, but you fellow hop heads take note that mellower does not mean poorer! The strong malt sweetness and the velvety-smooth carbonation, combined with the pleasantly bitter hop profile make for one hell of a balanced beer. I'll be coming back to this time and time again, I can tell already. Quite possibly my favorite single IPA so far

07-07-2012 08:03:43 | More by Edruil
Photo of isaac


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

22 oz. to pint glass.

pours an almost crystal clear, golden-amber body eith two-fingered, slow to sink and rocky, off-white head, after the sinking of which, slow, fine lacing appears down the glass. the nose is surpsingly subtle, with only faint hints of what's to come - pine, citrus, a vague hint of sunflowers, and caramel malts. taste is much the same, but bigger, bolder, very well balanced, and quite refreshing. mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp on the tongue, smooth in the swallow. it's a bit astringent at first, but that fades as the beer warms. i could have this all night - very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

paired well with my attempts at homemade japanese food.

03-16-2007 07:24:15 | More by isaac
Photo of livewire78


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a honey yellow color. Beautiful head with billowy pudding like lacing that stays for the duration.

The smell was not what I expected. I was expecting at least a little pale malts. What I was greeted with was a nice citrusy piney combo of hops.

The taste was an explosion of hops. Hops all over the place. Hops left to right. Hops up and down. Hops inside and out. Yeah, there was some hops. The flavor bandwidth is pretty narrow but the intensity is of the flavors is cranked up to 11. Is there a malt background? Who cares?

Mouthfeel was slick and creamy with just the right amount of bite from the bubbles.

If your in the mood for something hoppy, this is your beer. If not it might be a little intense.

On a side note there is no way this is just an IPA. This should be a quintuple IPA if ever there was one. I either got one mega fresh or this is one of the highest intensity flavored beers I've ever had.

02-20-2010 15:47:06 | More by livewire78
Photo of DoubleJ


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

I originally had a bottle of this a few weeks ago, but it was flat and unsuitable for drinking or reviewing; I unfortunately had to pour it out. I've given this brew another chance to show me what it's got, so let get on to the beer:

The beer is a hazy orange color with a nce foamy head. In the smell, there's a big hop aroma, with sweet notes mixed in, with a fructose/syrupy scent to it. The taste is incredible: not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops for everyone. Silky smooth, with a fruity taste to balance out the beer, weaved with piney notes and a passionfruit flavor. It finishes bitter on the palate with a semi-tart puckering. The alcohol is almost undetectable, which at 7.25%, is something of an accomplishment, and easy to drink for such a big brew.

Notes: Whoa! Very well balanced (by west coast standards), with plenty of sweet and bitter flavors to offer. They may be less famous than Stone among San Diego brewers, but this offering is exceptional.

03-26-2007 04:38:21 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Chizoad


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Opening the bottle did not prepare me for the mountain of foam that billowed out when I poured this into my glass. Fat bubbles eventually formed in an everlasting (everforming?) head. Crazy carbonation rising through a golden-orange nearly clear liquid.

The first thing that attacked the nose was pine needle extract. Smelled very fresh, like I could hang it in my aging truck. Hmm.

Delicious. Not as hoppy as anticipated. Pleasantly bitter up front, and mellowing into what I can only describe as ... peanut butter. Yeah I've never tasted this before in a beer, and maybe my limited palate can't figure it out, but that's what it reminds me of. And I have to say, it's pretty amazing. Not amazingly complex.

Great carbonation, actually on the light side for an IPA. One of the most refreshing I've had, and just awesome drinkability. Dangerous.

07-16-2010 02:18:38 | More by Chizoad
Photo of bosox941827

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

22oz bomb bottle poured into Great Dane Pub & Brewing imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted
A - Clear amber/orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates to an even thinner ring around the edges.
S - A nice mix of caramel sweetness and a hint of hops, with a suggestion of alcohol in there as well.
T - In a word, fantastic. Great, great beer. Dull hoppiness hits first, a bit hard to discern. Then the great mid-palate comes in, with just a perfect level of caramel sweetness, which blends perfectly with a mango/orange-lemon rind bitterness. My favorite part of this beer is at the end; while your tongue is drying out from the earthy hoppiness, there's still a lingering background of sweetness, barely perceptible, that stays for quite a while. The urge to have another sip of beer is put off by this lingering flavor, as it is so pleasant.
M - Low carbonation and tiny bubbles lend a smooth mouthfeel.
D - Awesome, despite fairly high ABV, don't taste it all. Beer is so delicious that it could get you in trouble.
Very surprised by this one; had it in the fridge for a bit, trying others before it. Was hard to get and now gotta figure out how to get more! Great stuff - get this beer!

12-29-2010 22:40:25 | More by bosox941827
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a snifter at around 45 degrees.

A - Pours a dark golden color with a 1-inch off-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small ring atop the hoppy goodness.

S - Citrus hops with some malt dominate the aroma, as it smells very well-balanced. Was expecting a solid hop aroma with background notes, but seems to be more blended. Very nice.

T - Nailed it. Powerful burst of hops blended very nicely with citrus fruits and bready malt - juicy bitterness without the sweetness. Finishes strong - bitterness appears after flavors of alcohol are washed away. A suitable replacement for almost any DIPA.

M - Medium body with strong carbonation and a strong finish.

D - Alcohol will certainly creep up, so don't forget about that. Would love to see this in 12 oz bottles - it would be much more drinkable in the smaller size. Overall though, wonderful.

02-03-2008 18:57:23 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of brewskis


4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a beautiful hazy, sunset orange color with a finger length off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing around the glass. Nice carbonation which tells me this will be a refreshing ipa. Smells of resinous fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pineapple. Also get some pine and like a bubblegum smell from the sweet malts. Taste is very much like it smells. starts with the resinous fruits such as pineapple and tangerine. Then in the middle there is a great balance of malt: get bready flavors as well as a creamy carmel sweetness. Then the finish is an incredible blend of the sweet, carmely malts and the resinous hop qualities. Get a prominent bubblegum flavor, as well as hints of pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. The bitterness gets more astringent as it goes through the flavor profile; however, the sweet and bready malts also get more prominent on the finish, so there is a nice balance at the end. A nice dry, crisp, clean finish. Medium body with a creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Wish I could get this more often. Just an incredible IPA.

08-13-2013 01:22:30 | More by brewskis
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

22oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. No bottle date.

A: One and a half finger white head. Hazy golden orange body.

S: Yes. Crisp aroma, grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit. Everything I love in the smell of an IPA.

T: Harmony of flavor. It just works so well together. Fruity hops provide awesome flavor while some grapefruit and pine perfect counterbalance of bitterness.

M: Tremendous. So easy to drink for so much flavor. Medium to full body, texture and carb are spot on. Finish is moderately astringent.

O: This is one of the first truly west coast IPAs I had and it stood out above most of the others. Fortunately, it’s looking like we’ll be getting it locally from now on so I’m a happy beer drinker.

10-21-2012 03:08:20 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of theghost3


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a cloudy, straw color with a very foamy, huge head. Lots of layered lacing; floating yeast sediment. This one was a gusher. I would have given this a 5 for appearance if not for how unstable it was during the pour.

The smell is fresh grapefruit with pine--all hops. The taste is citrusy, bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp & carbonated, slightly sticky. There's some solid sediment there.

This is a deliciously drinkable IPA. I completely understand why it gets such great reviews. Just be sure to let it sit for a little bit after uncapping to avoid its instability.

05-25-2010 03:24:20 | More by theghost3
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow-orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, mango, piney hops and burnt caramel malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, grapefruit, mango (very tropical), some piney hops and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

05-02-2013 20:40:31 | More by SebD
Photo of beerwolf77


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Bomber shared with my standard drinking buddy. BeerFMAndy.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a crystal clear golden yellow. The blast of head is rediculous. At least four fingers of stark white head explode to the top of my glass. After waiting a few minutes the head has formed what can only be described as beer ice cream. This beer has some of the finest head retention I've ever laid eyes on.

The aroma is full on juicy pineapple. A boquet of hops, fresh cut grass and pine needles. We joked about pouring this beer inside our cars and use it like hop air freshener. So fruity and hoppy.

The flavor is a mix of pine and grapefruit. Plenty of hop goodness. Some apples and pears with traces of bubblegum. Sweet and sour deliciousness. Dry finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a spectacular beer. I could drink this one on a daily basis.

03-07-2010 00:22:59 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of ryrust5301


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance - Orange gold in color with a hazy body. Head is a hard looking off white layer with a lot of stick to the sides of the glass. Lacing is some of the best i've seen in an ipa, as it just oozes all down the side. If this beer was in playboy, it would be the centerfold.

Smell - Citrusy with quaffs of orange and grapefruit. Actually a little more sweet and malty, and not the bitter piny hops I was seeking out.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Handfulls of citrus hops give it the perfect amount of bitterness. Not crushing, but almost teasing the tongue with soft little footprints of hoppy goodness. A toasted sweet malt lends a wonderful flavor to the already full taste. What a fantastic job has been done here to balance the two! This will truly be a standard bearer for all IPA's. Mouthfeel is full and flavorful without being over done. It remains lite, smooth, and creamy with a caramel sweetness that's the cupids arrow to my heart. I love this son of a bitch!

Drinkability - As usual Alesmith shows everyone how it's done. This is THE Aerican IPA! Don't bother seeking others, just submit to its power.

02-20-2009 06:44:53 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of OGunner77


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

09-01-2014 22:50:47 | More by OGunner77
Photo of rkhaze


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a golden copper with a big, densly packed, creamy off white head topping a plethora of carbonation bubbles. Left good lace. Big
fresh floral/citrus hop aroma. Almost a perfume like nuance. Sweet malt and some fruit show up as well.
Lots of hop flavors. Starts out with floral, citrus and pine resin and finishes with a pungent spicy/peppery, intense hop bitterness. There was a decent sweet malt and light fruit backbone in the middle, but ultimately, this was all about the hops.
Medium bodied with a smooth, full and slightly oily mouthfeel. The carbonation was surprisingly soft and added some creaminess to the mouthfeel.
The creamy soft mouthfeel and good job of hiding the alcohol make this a supremely drinkable offering.
This seemed to be on the verge being an Imperial IPA. Went great with the pastami and swiss on light rye from the local Italian deli.

04-26-2004 04:23:03 | More by rkhaze
Photo of SheepNutz


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of head. A good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is bursting with citrusy hops. It really leaps out at you and fills the nostrils easily. The taste is all hops baby. Lots of fresh juicy hops with great grapefruit flavor and nice bitterness. The body is creamy and thick. The drinkability is great, I would have never guessed this to be 7.25%. A flippin' fantastic IPA. Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this to our tasting!

12-13-2004 19:32:51 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of roadhouse


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance is clear golden orange in color with a nice two inch off-white head that is held up by lots of cascading carbonation bubbles. After five minutes in the glass it's still only down to one inch with big thick meringue-like chunks in the center. Eventually it comes down and leaves a shit load of lace.

Aroma is very citrusy with some piney and floral notes with a baking bread doughy quality to it.

Taste starts off nice and hoppy, still dominated by citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. Midway through the bready quality comes out with some caramel malt sweetness then the hops return for the finish to leave a nice hoppy but not very bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a wonderful soft, smooth quality to it.

This IPA is far and out one of the best that I have ever tasted. So far the only thing that beats this out for me is the Vishnu's Vice IPA from Flossmoor Station. It makes me sad that that was a one-off batch but I am happy that this gem is regular production. Oh wait I'm even more saddened now that I remember I can't get this around here. AleSmith please find your way to Indiana.

10-04-2008 03:35:37 | More by roadhouse
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