AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.69/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a deep golden with a two-finger off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Nice fruity aroma with sweet malt and grass. Strong hop flavors on the front of the tongue balanced by a strong malt backbone. Finishes dry with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall an extremely well crafted and perfectly balanced west-coast IPA. Very quaffable!
07-11-2013 22:53:28 | More by JohnG190
4.39/5 rDev +3.3%
A - Pours gold with a decent white foamy head, very good retention and lacing
S - Earthy/grainy and resinous bitter-piney hops. Orange citrus rind aromas are faint, floral breadyness. Slightly faint
T - Grainy with tons of citrus rind flavors and resinous pine bitter hops. Some juicy/sweet fruits. subtle honey type sweetness with a bready quality
M - Lighter bodied, decent carbonation. Refreshing
O - Really nice busy, resinous, refreshing, sweet IPA!
07-11-2013 02:02:09 | More by MacQ32
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
Hooray! AleSmith offerings are now widely available in the Bay Area. I've only had Speedway Stout from them, so I was excited to see their SD twist on the West Coast IPA style. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. Freshness date is delightfully printed on the neck as "05/09/13," so literally bottled two months ago.
Pours a deep orange amber color complete with a ton of carbonation right off the bat. It leaves behind a head about 3-4 fingers high, which prompted me to suspect that this was bottle conditioned. If it is, I can barely tell. No substantial cloudiness (although it is a bit hazy), as well as no sediment to be found. Bubbles glide upwards from the glass's nucleation point, although the head and carbonation does die down, leaving behind cobwebby lacing all around throughout consumption. A classic West Coast appearance if I ever saw one. (Although, in the same vein of the appearance of Napa Cabernets, I really wish there'd be a more common twist on the style in midst of its sameness.)
The aroma smells already a little faded with age, although it still remains pretty dank and earthy. Huge notes of pine, almost to the point of overpowering everything else. Orange citrus rinds permeate, as well as a faded grapefruit bitterness. Pretty earthy and floral, but lacks diversity overall. The grains are chock-filled with toasted caramel bittered notes, which is nice. Booze, as always, is well hidden. Shows a lot of restraint, but probably is at its best while it is young and green. I enjoy its dankness, but it doesn't offer much else otherwise.
The flavor is a little bit more interesting, but at the same time it manages to only showcase huge dried citrus notes and pine atop deep caramel flavors. Slightly juicy, although far grainier and breadier than expected, making due with oily, resinous, dank dried hop pellet flavors. Slightly syrupy and caramel-y from the malts, to the point where they distract from the initial bitterness. Honey really abounds here, but it adds more charm to the beer. Not too many distinguishable fruits make due here - the pine could be toned down a bit. On the bright side, there's little extreme bittered astringency amidst the syrupy feel, and the generous carbonation prevents this from being thinned. Super drinkable, despite being simple in flavor, and slightly muted. Definitely not a chore to drink at all - only slightly underwhelming.
Not my favorite SD IPA - but no idea why as I've heard great things about this one. Nevertheless, it is very easy to drink, and paired excellently with zesty buttered fish and pesto ravioli tonight. Just like Sculpin, I will make it my goal to find this as fresh as possible, and then give it another chance.
07-10-2013 04:59:11 | More by magictacosinus
4.29/5 rDev +0.9%
Bomber into my Bruery Snifter.
Appearance: Dark Gold with standard white head. Head retained throughout drinking with nice lacing afterwards. Looks great.
Smell: Orange and grapefruit. Sweet malt background with lemony pine.
Taste: Malt is more pronounced than I thought it would be for a West Coaster, and this isn't a bad thing. The pronounced toffee almost adds a musty, earthier taste and mouthfeel. Standard pine and resin; grapefruit and slight tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and drinkable. Could put back a few of these even with the + 7% abv.
Overall: Awesome take on the West Coast style. Not a hop bomb by any means, and this just adds to the drinkability. I wish I had more than just this bomber. Will gladly revisit.
07-09-2013 00:46:58 | More by MagicJeff
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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