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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Ratings: 2612
Reviews: 1117
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 BierJager89


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper with a light brown head.

S: Orange and pineapple in the nose.

T: Lemon and orange come through first, a bit bitter, but no more than a decent IPA should be. Pineapple is unfortunately not very present in the flavor, which is a disappointment after the nose.

M: Medium bodied, not overly or harshly carbonated.

O: This was one of my first IPAs, and I still love it. Nose is better than flavor, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 23:26:10 | More by BierJager89
Photo of denver10


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden with a big white white head. Aroma is resinous, citrus and its rind, pine, and a slight hit of some bread. Flavor follows suit, finishing nice and dry. Decent amount of bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a nice IPA. Glad to see it here in Colorado, will drink again when I see it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 00:49:23 | More by denver10
Photo of lsummers


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap it has a fantastic one finger white head that leaves some sticky lacing. A hint of cloudy golden color.

Smell is well balanced with a tropical fruit slightly pine hop note with some slight cereal grain and caramel sweetness. Mostly the hops shine through, but do so very nicely.

Tastes of grape fruity herbal slightly piney hops with some great caramel malts. Well balanced and highly drinkable. Each sip is better than the last.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly sticky. Somewhat viscous. Medium carbonation keeps this one drinkable.

Overall, this ones a fantastic west coast ipa. Well balanced, interesting, and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 17:56:02 | More by lsummers
Photo of Tucquan


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-28 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head.

A - Mildly hazy sunset orange with a 1-finger, pillowy white head and moderate lacing.

S - Some pineapple, pine and vegetal hop buds. Light malt. Not as aromatic as when I had it from the bottle.

T - Pine, hop forward, light caramel malt, citrus flesh and red grapefruit juice. The pine and grapefruit hang in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth, moderately, resinous and prickly.

O - Not as powerful in the aroma or taste departments as I remember it from a fresh bottle. Who knows, perhaps my senses have been despoiled by a year of (IPA) living dangerously. For example, Fat Head's Head Hunter is stronger (and better) in the taste and aroma departments. I enjoyed it this time around but wasn't blown away. You'll have this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 20:56:15 | More by Tucquan
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Good Beer.

Alesmith IPA pours a hazy tangerine, with goldenrod highlights and just a little bit of visibility through the glass. A finger or so of fluffy white foam caps the brew, and there's a decent amount of head retention. Lacing doesn't quite coat the glass entirely, but it comes admirably close. The nose doesn't jump out of the glass as much as I'd like, but it is nice
There's a little bit each of caramel and bready aromas, and those are met by a floral, sweet orange peel, citrus smell. The malt backbone is pretty much perfect. Again, some bready and some caramel notes. Enough of each to be appreciable, but both still subtle enough that they should, in theory,stay out of the way of the hops. The problem here is that the hops just don't quite deliver. There's a little bit of bitterness, but not the sharp bite I've come to look forward to from an IPA. Similarly, the orange-grapefruit citrusy close is nice, but not bold enough. The body, like the malt flavors, is spot on. There's a tiny bit of sturdiness, but it still definitely falls on the dry side of the spectrum. The carbonation could stand to have a little more life to it though. I've been holding off a while on trying Alesmith IPA due to the lack of bottle dating. I finally found some on draft, and I have to say, I'm a little bit underwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 23:34:27 | More by axeman9182
Photo of cfrances33


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gingerman in NYC on 8/6/12, served in a tulip.

Pour: Light amber, slightly orange with a finger and a have cream/white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Pine, orange, grapefruits. Some caramel sweetness in there too,

Taste: Lots of the same from the nose, with pine resin, grapefruit being the main hop show. Really substantial caramel sweetness, that balances well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable, and not overly bitter or sweet.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA, but not one I'd make my go to.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 11:45:57 | More by cfrances33
Photo of garuda


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

IPA Day 2012

A - Clear gold, white cap that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Heavy on the pine hops with some grapefruit, backed up by a caramel, slightly bready malt base. Finishes slightly abrasive with resinous hops.

M - Something's a little off here. Medium to light in body, but feels overcarbonated with an inconsistent mouthfeel/smoothness.

O - Taste and smell are good, but the mouthfeel felt off kind of took away from the quality.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 12:13:35 | More by garuda
Photo of argock


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a nonic pint at The Regal Beagle (San Diego, CA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Golden with a touch of haze and a short, 1/4-finger of nearly white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and short buntings of lace.

S: The aroma is mainly grapefruit hops, some orange and floral as well. The maltiness is very slight.

T: The flavor borders on explosive with abundant grapefruit, lemon, mango, and orange citrus, floral notes. The maltiness is one-dimensional but keeps the hops on track without interfering with unneeded sweetness.

M: The body is medium and very dry with a fair amount of carbonation which helps with the dryness.

O: A very good IPA that anchors the West Coast style in many ways.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 01:20:42 | More by argock
Photo of dbmernin83


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious dry piney, skunky IPA. Great lacing, pine and resin. Medium bodied. Hops are aggressive and make your mouth water in anticipation of more. Light alcohol sweetness warms the throat. An overlooked IPA out here. Let the reviews tell you. This is a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 06:45:49 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fridge

Poured into a British Imp. Nonic at my request. Thanks Futty.

Pours a very attractive, frothy, creamy ½” off white head which lasts. Very good to excellent lacing coats the side of the glass.
The color is medium dark amber with a bit of cloudiness. Beautiful. Classic looks.

The aroma hits you with very distinct, resiny, bitter, somewhat piney hops with smells of citrus and lemon. Very refined and elegant. Balanced and long lasting.
Followed by medium rich, biscuity malt which becomes more distinct as this ale warms. As the malt comes forward you notice really nice Ale yeast. That being said, the hops dominate the nose completely. Very enjoyable and wonderfully hop forward nose.

Crisp, distinct and bitter entry on the palate of very distinct pine/resin/citrus hops with nuances of lemon and spice, delicious and exceptionally enjoyable, followed by medium distinct, rich, malt with a refined, yeasty, toasted biscuit character.
The malt tries to come forward as this ale warms, but ultimately loses to the distinct hops
A very hop dominated flavor profile.
The medium crisp acidity and full, creamy, balanced body, along with fine, balanced carbonation and a medium to off dry sweetness really add to the enjoyment of this ale.

Very long finish of delicious bitter hops, with some malt coming and going. The hops totally dominate in the end with the hop oils lingering forever.

What wonderfully balanced and drinkable ale! Flat out delicious. The acidity, malt, and delicious hops all combine to make this a very pleasurable experience.
Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 02:06:57 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, tropical fruits and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are nice and bright, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Awesome stuff.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit and some light sweetness. This one is very fresh and tastes exceptional. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with lots of hoppy flavors and moderate carbonation. Very nice feel to this one with plenty of hop bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

O - My first time having this one on-tap and I really enjoyed it. From the bottle it was just decent but this one was much better. I will get my fill while I can for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 23:43:30 | More by orangesol
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 02:34:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BARFLYB


3.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 04:42:15 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of sholland119


4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach, 11/9/11.

A-Pours a golden honey with a foamy off white head. Great retention and huge sticky lacing.

S-Light citrus hops well balanced with malt.

T-Sweet and bready malt, mild citrus hops, good sweetness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied, slightly bitter.

O-Flavorful and extremely drinkable.


Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 15:11:26 | More by sholland119
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Vine Cottage in La Mesa, Calif. Color was honey pale, kind of light. Light head once I got it, maybe ½ inches. Light bubbly lacing on the top. Circular white film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops up front. Fairly hoppy. Main citrus notes were orange and tangerines.

Didn’t taste too much like the nose. Very bitter in the beginning. Grainy and earthy.

Medium body. Thick grainy texture. Average-to-above average (lively) carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a bad beer, but a bit disappointing considering the look and smell. I thought about going higher on the sight, which may have led me to give it an overall rating of a 3.5.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 03:57:51 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Philousa


3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Pacific Beach Tap Room 12/28/11.

Sits an clear golden orange with a half finger head. Very thin, consistent lacing spread across the far side of the glass. Flowery nectar hops, citrus, and a bit of grass bitterness. Biscuity pale malt comes through clear. Very wet hop flavor. Potent grassy ivy, very bitter. Floral characteristics have disappeared completely. Coppery bitterness lingers with the hop oil. Medium body, pretty acidic, and medium finish.

This is bordering on too acidic for me. I might enjoy this one a few beers into the evening, but with a fresh palate it's too harsh. It's too aggressive on the tongue, lashing you for not bowing to it's hoppy glory. I love hoppy IPAs, but this is just a bit too far. It's very harsh, which isn't a bad thing, it's just not my thing. Color and aroma are very good, the flavor just lacks IMHO. Maybe their other beers have raised the bar too much for me though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 07:23:58 | More by Philousa
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice IPA. It has the balance that IPAs should have, yet the hop profile for the hophead in me.

A semi-bright pour. Polished bronze, clear. Rocky head in parts, mostly dense just-barely-off-white foam. Nice lacing. Clean

Grapefruit aroma, citrus zest, some pine and caramel. Heavy nose up front. It's a hoppy beer, no doubt. After waves of citrus the pine comes out more, then the light caramel. Balance.

Balance is the name of the game on the flavor. Still it leans toward the hoppy side. Pine is more evident here, some earthy. Fruity zests are still on call. Malt makes a presence and sticks around allowing some sweetness in to play. Hops fade a bit from the aroma, but it's a nice beer nonetheless and not an over the top type hop bomb

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 19:20:21 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of mrkun


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: Medium amber coloration with light head.

S: Punched in the face with hops that are mainly bitter and not citrusy.

T: The taste follows the nose with primarily bitter hops and some grapefruit notes coming through. No citrus detectable.

M: Medium carbonation with nice body.

O: This is a very nice IPA that is crisp and a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 16:59:51 | More by mrkun
Photo of beagle75


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft service into a 0.5-liter mug at Hollingshead's.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise eagerly throughout the column.

S: A clean and focused combination of grapefruit and piney hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft toasted malt and pungent grapefruit pulp. Acidity is high, first citric then turning more carbonic in the middle. Sharp mineral, even liquid vitamin-like qualities, add considerable depth in the middle. Otherwise, flavors are very clean throughout, with moderate bitterness developing unobstrusively in the finish and toasted marshmallow lingering.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and distractingly acidic at times on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an excellent West Coast IPA, as long as it is encountered when fresh. Not only does this beer present focused hop aromatics, it presents them in fine balance with fairly delicate toasted malt that is happy to play a supporting role. Acidity provides brightness, but is felt too intensely at times. Still, under the best of circumstances, this may be the best of the San Diego IPAs that boast year-round availablility.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 23:49:43 | More by beagle75
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 01:50:35 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of ehammond1

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Golden color that's not quite perfectly clear. Bubbly white head. Sticky lace.

Citrus hops, predominantly grapefruit hop aromas along with pine. Pungent and strong.

Crisp, bitter, pungent citrus hops. Little malt; an ode to the hop.

Full bodied, plenty of carbonation, a bit sticky (in a good way).

A delicious and nearly perfect IPA. Not a single thing to complain about.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 23:42:40 | More by ehammond1
Photo of LittleDon


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

Golden, but with a slight amber hue. Below average head retention but lots of lace. Slight haze. Earthy-citrus aroma. Flavor is similar, with very bitter middle to finish. Some alcohol is noticeable in the middle. Medium to heavy body. Tasted alongside the X. The IPA is richer, more bitter, and was a bit softer on the carbonation. It laced some of the complexity of the X. Both are very good, however.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 02:34:11 | More by LittleDon
Photo of HopHead84


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Bright yellow gold with great clarity and a voluminous frothy white head. Good retention and lacing. Great.

S: Orange, grapefruit, and a touch of honeydew (interesting). Hops are juicy, expressive, and bright. No malt is evident. Perfume-like pine resin aromatics are noticeable and there are light floral notes. No detectable alcohol.

T: A mixture of orange flesh, orange pith, and grapefruit flesh. There's a midpalate suggestion of sweetness. Malt is crackery and faint. Bitterness is moderate. No alcohol is evident. Pine notes are faint. Citrus lingers in the finish.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A San Diego classic that I drink far too infrequently. This is a beautiful beer and a joy to drink. Now if only they'd date the bottles I might buy one from time to time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 15:29:13 | More by HopHead84
Photo of emmasdad


3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer on tap, especially fresh in the brewery's warehouse, as this one is rather overpriced in the bomber. Pours a medium golden amber color, with a big, rocky white head. Big citrusy aromas going on (mandarin orange, tangerine grapefruit) as well as a little pine resin. This one is medium bodied, and nicely balanced between all those juicy hops and the sweet malt. Good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 20:00:36 | More by emmasdad
Photo of domtronzero


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars, Del Cerro, San Diego 9-22-10 (from notes, like all of my reviews).

A - Hazy orange copper with a big long lasting whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Piny/citrusy hops. Sweet caramelly and bready malts. Little bit of fruity esters.

F/M - Big piny/citrusy hops perfectly in balance with the sweet bready malts in the background. Moderately high bitterness, slightly astringent, but in a good way. Dry, clean finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lingering piny aftertaste.

D - Refreshing, clean, easy drinking and delicious. This is a great example of a west-coast IPA. World class for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 07:42:22 | More by domtronzero
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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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