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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 2625
Reviews: 1119
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%

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 RedDiamond


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 19:45:25 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Khazadum


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 23:34:25 | More by Khazadum
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:00:42 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of lifebeer

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 03:07:43 | More by lifebeer
Photo of JoeySchlitz


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 03:55:55 | More by JoeySchlitz
Photo of drink1121


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:05:34 | More by drink1121
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:22:21 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 23:26:32 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of rawfish


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:16:57 | More by rawfish
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 14:54:53 | More by vfgccp
Photo of AgentMunky


3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 06:34:34 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:25:46 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of RaulMatisse


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:43:04 | More by RaulMatisse
Photo of david131


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:36:33 | More by david131
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 06:20:31 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of granite

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A---It poured a golden copper with a huge white head.

S---Fresh, floral, west coast hops and some wheat in the background.

T---Saltine cracker, grassy hop flavor and smooth bitterness. It finished warm with a little unfermented wort and oxidized aftertaste.

M---Medium-full bodied.

D---An average IPA in my opinion. I'm happy I got a chance to try it but it did not live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 13:47:51 | More by granite
Photo of t0rin0


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this one a couple times now just to make sure that I didn't agree with all these glowing reviews. So the beer poured a golden yellow color that was very clear and had a decent amount of white head. That head dissipated within a minute or so. Looks like a very refreshing beer in the pint glass.

The smell was also nice, as it was loaded with citrusy hops. The grapfruit smell really came out here. The only catch is that it was overpowered by the hops. There was no malt or anything else to be smelled here.

The same goes for the flavor. The hop portion was very nice and clean. The fruity flavors shown through but again, there was nothing else to the beer. Also, the bitterness was on the extreme end of the spectrum. Again, refreshing and pleasant but not very complex.

The body was thin and carbonated which goes along with what I've been saying. It was drinkable but in the sense that you have one while your watching football or grilling in the back yard.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 20:21:26 | More by t0rin0
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:08:01 | More by craytonic
Photo of KevinBrewer


3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 06:26:05 | More by KevinBrewer
Photo of zerk


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly chill hazed copper, with a huge pillowy white head. The persistent head leaves rings of lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is resiny, with grapefruit and pine dominating. Flavor is not at all what I was expecting based off of the aroma... begins with a clean malty sweetness, that quickly gives way to a hefty dose of grapefruit, then finishes with a spicy herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is rough and oily, with a medium body. I think this one could use a little more malt balance, but nonetheless, it's a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 15:15:47 | More by zerk
Photo of Padron4KM


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 07:02:45 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oured from the 22 oz bottle into a sam perfect pint. Pours a hazy orange with a huge pillowy head. Smell is a bit faint for what I was expecting. Some pine, but mostly bready malt. I get the feeling this is not the freshest Alesmith IPA. Taste is similar. Lots of caramel type malts, not enough hop slam for my taste. Very drinkable. Still a good beer, but with the recent onslaught of fresh CA ipa's - this one is average for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 14:30:27 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of laituegonflable


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-coloured, quite cloudy with a pearl, very, very thick head, webs out quite a lot, but retains very well indeed. Not much carbonation, but the head sticks its naked arse up at that and spreads its cheeks good and wide. Lacing is very nice and thick. Looks great.

Nose is sweet and fruit, very tropical with a tangy pineapple aroma, hints of passionfruit as well, but mostly a distinct American floral hop character, very fragrant and herbacious, with a slight lemon undertone? Great nose, very appealling.

Taste is quite bitter - hops in bitterness slightly overpower fruitiness, which is still there on the front, with a lemony, passionfruit flavour. This is unfortunately strangled by pleasant - it must be said - but very strong and pungent hops, a lot of Amarillo I would suspect. Palate seems a bit unbalanced, I'm afraid, with the bitter finish becoming more of a funky hang. A bit too dirty and organic to be cleansing, kind of taints your palate with this gritty bitterness. I hate to get hung up on the hang, because for the most part it's very well constructed, but that finish just overpowers.

Mouthfeel is nicely full, very smooth and goes down like a Geisha. Couldn't drink this every day, but quite nice anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 03:51:13 | More by laituegonflable
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a thick, frothy, stable head. Aroma is light fruit, citrus, pine, and earthy notes. Flavor brings a bit of a sticky, resiny hop flavor. The hops are slightly overdone, which compromises smoothness, leaving a bit of an astringent aftertaste. Though a tasty beer, this aspect does detract from drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:34:49 | More by gyllstromk
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up locally.

a - opened the bottle and poured 2 capt lawrence taster tulips. both were a soft yellow-orange with frothy ipa heads that left heavy milkshake like lacing. visible even carbonation could be seen through the semi-transparent liquid. my mouth begins to water.

s - AWESOME. perfectly balanced citric hops. orange peel freshness. crisp. fresh. sweet hop.

t - surprisingly bitter dominance. the nice citric hop from the smell is certainly in the flavor, but it definitely takes a back seat to the bitterness. not bad but not great.

m - leaves a bitter pull on my mouth. pretty full bodied and if you dig bitterness you'll dig this beer.

o - kind of one dimensional. good value. i wouldn't turn this down if offered but with all the amazing ipas out there i guess i just don't get why this is so highly regarded. i guess the masses do really just like a hop bomb? worth a try to get that wonderful ipa smell though. classic smell.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:28:59 | More by cosmicevan
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