AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,217
Hads: 3,592
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 15.19%
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Gots: 485 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Date difficult to discern... Appears to be 9/30. Consumed on 11/10.

A - Golden amber with heavy carbonation. Gentle pour yielded one finer of off-white head. Left heavy lacing on side of glass.

S - Tropical notes including kiwi, papaya, and melon, plus black tea, but smells somewhat like soap suds.

T - Bitter black tea is dominant and not entirely pleasant. Melon/citrus flavors underwhelming. Papaya and lime. Bitter/sour lemon black tea finish.

M - Lightly bodied and highly carbonated. Unremarkable.

O - Highly disappointed. Bland bitter black tea was a heavy detractor. I did not enjoy and will not try again.

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Photo of dqrull
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy beautiful light amber with a massive head that lsts for a long time.

Smells of loads of tropical fruits, grape fruit, pineapple and passion fruit, some other exotic fruits that I seem to recognize but cant really place. There is a very light hint of piny resin as well, backing up the fruits.

Taste is... well, tired. Obviously there has been something great here, once, but as I live on the other side of the globe from San Diego.... :(

Well, what is there is some fruity and piny hops, but the bitterness is no where near balanced with hop flavours. Flavours are receeded too far and well, it just doesnt taste as good as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel here is probably the best thing with this beer, really luxurious and fresh, would really love to try this hyped beer fresh :(

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Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe the bottle I treid was not as fresh as some...I did not get the fresh hops smell and taste that many others did. Will try again as I love AleSmith stuff.

A- Golden red orange with a thick white head.

S- Somewhat earthy with hints of grapefruit.

T- To malt forward for my liking. Hops did punch through towards the this AleSmith?

M- Nice and full bodied, hops linger nicely in the aftertaste.

D - Not bad but would like to have a west coast IPA with more of a hop forward profile and not malt forward....maybe the bottle was not treated well?

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

A- Alesmith IPA has a copperish yellow color with traces of orange throuout. A one inch tan head stuck around for a while leaving some lines of foam on the glass. A bunch of bubbles are seen floating to the top.

S- A bit of toasted caramel malts bursting from the glass. A lot of citrus hops also giving off a slighty pungent pine smell. Some grassy notes. A lot of floral aroma and i gathered the hops were the dominate factor in this IPA go figure.

T- A resinous piney taste up front but over time more of the citrusy hop flavors come into play. Some pineapple and mango. Bready malts come through to the rescue giving the palette a break from the bitterness and floral taste. The alcohol is slightly in the taste.

M- This is medium bodied with a nice bittering effect to it from the hops. Some crispness comes from the carbonation but I prefer the over carbing of alesmith IPA bottles.

D- Not a session ale at 7.25% but i could drink 2-3 of these if I had them available. This is very drinkable even though i'm not blown away by the taste. A good American IPA that I prefer out of a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this fantastic Extra courtesy of . Thank you so much! Can't believe I waited this long to pop it. Poured into a nice twelve ounce HopLeaf pint glass and enjoyed profusely.

A- Tad bit less than I was expecting for a head. The crisp white miniature bubbles dissipated too quick until I was left with a few lilly pads and a layer of pond scum to view. Decent blood orange tints to an otherwise moderate amber body. Solid thick mountains of lacing always can be found around the rim of my glass.

S- Definite notes of pine and citrus. The citrus is of the grapefruit persuasion, of course. A cleanliness exists on the aroma. The ending is like a breath of fresh air. There isn't much to describe something like that, but a definite feeling occurs.

T- Pretty light on all notes here. The finish is the most easily identifiable characteristic to bring up. It is a light take on an IPA. Bitter pine resins tingle all over the palate hitting bitter receptors. The alcohol actually comes forward to give a interesting combination. Both hit upon bitter notes, but each one is unique and separate from each other.

If you let this fluid linger around the oral cavity, the alcohol finally becomes apparent. Its almost like a dilute spirit in its incarnation. Spicy, bland, and astringent. Good thing for me I enjoy these flavors for what they are.

The last flavor I must comment on is the opening. Its a malty piece of fruit. Very heavy on how it hinders the sweetness to come out, leaving you with what citrus bread would taste like.

M- Full bodied, noticeable tingles, and definitely lingering. These hops find nooks and crannies that most beers pass up. Its foolish, why would I ever lick that location? and than I did... Clever, girl.

D- Without a doubt I would drink this again. It is a starter IPA. It has everything you like about an IPA, and very little of the distracting factors. I'd love to bring this to an 'introductory' craft beer night, but alas I don't have easy access to this beer. The alcohol doesn't detract, the flavors are enjoyable for the most part, and the aroma lacks. Overall, good not great.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange with an eggshell white head. Modest retention, spidery lacing.

S: The nose is tropical fruits all the way. Pineapple, tangerine, honeydew melon, etc. Very slight green, oily hop scent. It smells like it will be more flavorful than bitter. Malt base smells sweet and honey-like with a slight hint of caramel.

T: Hop oils and bitter rind up front. Very oily, actually. Touch of a spicy, herbal edge. Lots of pine tar. More bitter than the nose would lead you to believe. Pineapple and mango make it to the forefront eventually. Light honeyed malt taste is there, along with a nuttiness that, to me at least, is a touch reminiscent of caraway seed. Spicy alcohol. More oily, leafy, and resiny hops and the honey and nutty taste finish.

M: Fairly light bodied, carbonation is a little aggressive, but not overly so. Oily and enamel-scraping. Creamy.

O: The hop profile is a little harsh. Too oily and resiny, not enough of those pleasing citrus flavors are allowed to come through. It didn't do it for me, personally.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This probably isn't the freshest bottle. Brought back from AZ by my parents. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a beautiful caramel color with a 2" off-white head. Tributaries of lacing spread across the glass.

S- caramel, earthy and spicy hops.

T- quick caramel sweetness followed immediately by pine bitterness. The earthy hops are there as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Oily with a dry finish.

O- hope I am right about the freshness because this is just an ok ipa to me. Hops seem faded.

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Photo of rawfish
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear copper with a nice tight 2 finger peach yogurt colored head. Below average retention but leaves pretty nice lacing down the glass.

Smell was rather muted for an IPA bu tI could pick up a nice earthy pine resin hops with a solid backing of sweet citrus, oranges and tangerine even. Just a bit of bready malts on the forefront before it gets fades into hops.

A glimpse into the malt backbone of bread and caramel grain as the hop flavor arrives early in the drink. Pine, not thick and resinous though with a earthy feel of grass and sweet citrus, follows the nose quite well. Bitterness falls in with a quick snap and lash to the tongue before becoming a drying presence, makes an impression of being much more bitter and crisp than it really is.

The way the bitterness comes in to this IPA was unexpected and sets it apart, medium bodied and average carbonation otherwise. Very balanced, malts do their job w/o affecting the hops and alcohol very well hidden. Releases very clean, and prepares you for more.

The balance throughout the drink is something that really shines in a good brewery and a good beer. While the flavor didn't really blow me away I still came up impressed by this brew. Alesmith knows what they are doing, a good value.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alesmith’s IPA bursts with a fresh resinous bouquet of bright floral hops and four-fingers of whipped cream head. The smell is so resinous, it’s almost sticky. The body is clear, pale amarillo with fine suspended particulate and thick draping lace.

This isn’t an especially bitter ale. It’s actually somewhat sweet and piney. It’s really too sweet – almost sugary – and lacks the essential bittering of an IPA while delivering an immodest showcasing of late-addition hops.

I can understand the appeal of this beer – it delivers a lot of both malt and hops. And yet this is neither a traditional IPA (English or American), nor an especially satisfying innovation, at least not to me. Frankly, this is hop candy, not a functional representation of an India pale ale.

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Photo of lifebeer
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. pours a dirty straw color, has chill haze, about 2 fingers of cream-colored head, head-top forms marshmallow honeycomb, 3D tendrils from top of sticky head reaching up to top of glass (not lacing)

s. not much here, a subtle sweet and average grapefruit hop aroma

t. not as aggressive as other SoCal IPAs, subtle grapefruit until the swallow, tart grapefruit peel and alcohol

m. a medium feel, subtly creamy

d. above-average drinkability, with hops not taking over the tongue with time like other similar IPAs

not the most distinctive IPA, but relatively drinkable, probably wouldn't buy again

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a very yellow, hazy color with a slight orange tinge and a big eggshell colored head. Fantastic lacing down the glass. The aroma is very acidic with a grapefruit spike upfront and a rotten orange juice type aroma. The flavor is very Citric and bitter. The malt backbone isn't really there to support this style of hopping. Not bad, just not balanced. The mouthfeel is creamy and modestly carbonated. Really dry finish with fruity esters in the forefront. Drinkability is right up there with my favorite ipas. The flavor and intensity makes this stand out from many ipas.

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Photo of drink1121
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this.

A- Typical IPA color with actually really good head retention.

S- Not as much hops as I would have thought up front. I get a little yeast in the nose with some lemon citrus.

T- Pretty good malt-to-hops balance for a west-coast IPA A surprisingly bitter at the end. Kinda disspoited after having Sculpin a few weeks ago.

M- Sort of a hot initial mouthfeel. Cooled down as it warmed. Pretty smooth.

D- Alright, but not great for an IPA. I wouldnt have the whole bomber as I shared with kfsv034. Slightly dissapointing brew.

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Photo of muldersha
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 22oz brown glass bomber purchased from the cooler at Beermongers in SE Portland. Bottling date appeared to have rubbed off, unfortunately.

Pours a hazy bright orange colored body with a brilliant, creamy, off-white head. Impeccable lacing throughout. A solid head nearly stuck it out for the duration. Very sexy looking beer.

Aromas of candy floss, vanilla creme, candied orange peel, grass, cardamom, citrus oil, pineapple, dill, and dandelion seem somewhat muddled and confused.

Very sweet initially, full-bodied, mildly oily in texture, Sunkist orange soda and corn syrup candy in the mid-palate, and a soft wave of honey, hops, and herbal bitterness on the finish.

This showed terribly right out the gate. However, it seemed to improve over time. I did carry it almost a mile, by foot, just a half-day before opening it. Not sure if that generated the more awkward initial aromas and flavors. Ultimately, not my cup of tea. But admittedly, a well-constructed brew. This feels somewhat dated though. Like a West-Coast IPA of the mid-to-early-aughts. Very boozy, syrupy, and nondescript.

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Photo of RaulMatisse
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Searching for a new IPA from BevMo--considering their [limited] selection, I am rummaging for an elusive diamond in the rough. I happen across the AleSmith corner, am reminded of Decadence's poor performance, yet am drawn to AleSmith's bold bottle typeface. Bottle purchased. <+1 point corporate marketing>

Poured a 22 oz. bottle to a Duvel tulip. Stemware selection may be influenced by the (3) beers imbibed prior.

A :: Bronzed orange with a tint of rich honey. Nothing too groundbreaking. Wispy head quickly fades to a substantial halo circling a crater of cotton ball foam in the center of the glass.

S :: A resinous, dry-hopped aroma wafts through the air as I make my way to the tasting throne, i.e. my couch. After prepping the pre-tasting notes and the brew warms, I take a gentle sniff and am greeted by juicy pears and spiced honey. The raw hop bouquet certainly has faded. A deeper inhalation reveals a bit of dankness with a green apple, cider-like back.

T :: Orchard fruits overwhelm the expected hop bitterness. Toss a slice of peach, a sliver of green apple, a squeeze of fresh lemon and stir vigorously with Chinook hops and--voila--AS IPA.

M :: The initial soft prickle of moderate carbonation and gentle hops certainly create a luscious palette experience. At the tail end, juicy slickness gives way to a lingering bite that is to be appreciated.

D :: Pronounced sweetness aside, I wouldn't mind enjoying several of these poolside on a balmy summer afternoon. Despite its origin, categorize this beer in the file of generic IPA--not West Coast IPA--and you will certainly enjoy. Uncharacteristic for a San Diego IPA, AleSmith IPA would be a strong contender were it not from a region that produces the likes of Green Flash, Alpine, Port, etc.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Four fingers of tight, tight head (first time using the glass...did I pour it right? Some carbonation. Great retention. Heavy lacing.

S: Dryish, piney hops. Hint of earthy onion. Pleasant, but unremarkable.

T: Identical to the smell. With a lemon twist.

M: Thin, crisp, and tasty. Lightly dry on the end.

O: I was expecting a lot more from this beer. It's very drinkable, very pleasant, but perhaps too unassuming.

4/10/2014 EDIT: Much better on tap.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice carbonation in the glass. Crystal clear, bright orange gold body. Nice fluffy white head with great retention and lace.

S - Bright citrus fruit with a kick of mango and fresh woody hops.

T - Green plant stem and grapefruit bitterness. Kaffir lime center with a light bready backdrop. Dry back end with a somewhat dusty hop character.

M - Bubbly, dry, medium/light frame.

O - A solid IPA with a few endearing imperfect edges.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangey color with small suspended particals that give it an apricot preserve/orange marmalade kind of look.

head was large and fluffy with a beige tint. chunky lacing.

Initial aroma was piney, with some lemony character, and some sweetness in the background.

Flavor was bitter/sweet ruby red grapefuit with a little sugar on top.
finish was medium length and mildly bitter.

IMO Not as good as Stone IPA but still very good.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip

A - Holy mother of humongous heads. This thing has a huge head on a a nice orange/amber body. The head is fluffy and looks delicious. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Tropical juiciness with some citrus hops. Smells a bit of the pale malt and some heat n the background but this is all about the hops.

T - Balances the malt and hop flavors with a lingering bitterness. A nice bit of citrusy sweetness in their. I dunno... the flavor doesn't doesn't live up to the aroma. A nice bit of resiny, lemony hop flavor.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty good IPA but doesn't blow me away. I'd drink this one again but wouldn't seek it out. I had high expectations for Alesmith... I'm sure the Speedway will live up to them because this didn't

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Photo of david131
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy, rich orange copper color with a creamy bone white head that has some good retention.

S- The oranges hit first, followed by the grass and pine along with a caramel malt backing swirling around in there too. Smells nice, but it takes some work to really pick it apart.

T- Oranges and pine with some grass and a sweetish malt backing.

M- Smooth carbonation, with a lasting bitterness. A little astringent on the finish.

D- For the alcohol content, this drinks rather nicely. Not really my favorite take on the style, but I can see why this is a hit.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks again for the opportunity.
Pours a couple of shades darker than lager with a 4 inch thick bubbly white head that persists forever. Loads of citrus and pine fill my nostrils, slightly spicy/earthy as well. Taste is mostly pine and citrus maybe some bread or caramel if I strain really really hard, but this one really is all about the hops. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is sticky/resinous, body is medium. I'm torn, I really wanted to love this one, but I just don't. I find it over carbonated, one dimensional and a little boring. Maybe one day I can revisit this one on tap.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light amber with a full white head.

The aroma is of sweet, pink grapefruit.

More grapefruit in the taste, supported by a clean grainy malt. Hop bitterness appears in the middle and lasts throughout. Aftertaste of tea leaves.

The beer is light, moderately carbonated, and has a dry finish.

I'm on the fence about this beer. There is a sweet grapefruit character in the beer that I really enjoy, but it needs more of a malt backbone. This is the first time I've had this beer. First impression is mediocre, but it's growing on me as I near the end of the 22oz. Could be the 7.25%ABV.

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Photo of craytonic
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy-dull-straw-yellow-gold, gets cloudy on the way down. Nice head and lacing

Smell: Hops - shocking, I know. Citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, apricot, pine resin, usual suspects. Tad bit of caramel maltiness. Looks like a few tiny hop floaters.

Taste: Similar to the smell - hops, citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, apricot, pine resin, caramel maltiness and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Some body, but never huge. I would love to see more malt and body. Carbonation is well done.

Drinkability: This is decent, but a big disappointment after the shining star that is Alesmith Celebration Ale

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

APpearance - Very golden yellow, Huge 2 inch very white creamy head!

Smell - Hops, malts, citrus and fruis. Some spices like corrander and some mild alcohol

Taste - Well the beer is strong for a ipa. Bitter grapefruit is present but the hops are dominate, with a hint of alcohol. Almost smokey flavor malts. I get a very mild grapefruit / orange aftertaste mixed with alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Strong and bold, warms the mouth up, and leaves a alcohol and hop flavor for awhile. Doesnt wreck the palette or tounge. The longer i left in mouth, the more the alcohol came through.

Drinkabilty - Not bad, wish it had more fruit and malt taste to it. The hops and alcohol come through to much. This 22 oz is more then enough for me.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/16/09 review from my notes.

A: Pours a rich golden yellow with a 2" off white custard head. Thick and creamy topping on a great looking glass of beer.

S: A rich citrus, piney hop aroma is released when you open the bottle and once in the glass that's all you can smell. Sweet grapefruit - fantastic smell.

T: Unfortunately the smell seems more powerful than the taste which seems a bit on the light side. There is a bit too much bitter at the end for my taste.

M: Also a bit lighter than expected but has great carbonation for the style.

O: Overall this is a good IPA but not the best. PtE has this beat on all accounts and for Alesmith I think that I prefer a fresh Winter Yulesmith - not sure why this one is rated higher?

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Look: Very orange with a finger and a half of head. Not much lace.
Smell: Very sweet and floral with a hint of pine.
Taste: Citrus and herbal hops combine with a sweet malt background, simple but nice. Gets a bit better as it warms up slightly.
Mouth: Smooth, just a bit sticky in the finish.
Drink: I'd like to try it on tap, but not my favorite IPA. I bet if it were doubled it up it would probably make a real nice DIPA.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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