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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,616 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2616
Reviews: 1118
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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biggied

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.

S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.

T- Very slight hop taste that lingers long after the taste.

M- Great mouth and bitterness from the hops but not the best.

D- Ranks right up there with my favs from Alesmith.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 03:22:19 | More by biggied
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SShelly

Oregon

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

Crystal clear light gold, low bright white head.

Aroma is citrus and Bright, very sharp.

Flavor has a nice sharp bitterness that's followed by more bright citrus, leaves a light bitterness in the mouth, amazing hop flavor.

Light in the mouth, med carb, extremely drinkable. Just damn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 21:20:17 | More by SShelly
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Chambic

California

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02.06.10 at City Beer

A: clear yellow, with a fluffy head

S: exactly the a good IPA should smell, all pine-y and musky with fresh, bright citrus

T: even though it tastes the way it smells, there might be something missing, like that hoppy kick I love; or something slightly off, like the level of sweetness

M: nothing spectacular to call out, just medium-bodied, with the right amount of carbonation

D: it's pretty good, but definitely not the first IPA I'd reach for, though it's a solid choice when there's nothing else

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 19:52:28 | More by Chambic
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jminsc76

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at McGs in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Pours a large foamy head, with thick lacing down the side. The body is a golden yellow, and has plenty of rising bubbles. The head reforms easily upon agitation.

Aromas are incredible, and include pine, vanilla, a little bit of caramel, and some lighter fruits; which ones I cannot put my finger on. Pear perhaps? Whatever it is, it contributes greatly to an overall refreshing bouquet.

Flavors include the aforementioned pine and citrus as well as bitterness and bite, with a wide spectrum of fruits such as orange and grapefruit. Damn it's good. Almost obliterates the palate after awhile, and this isn't even an Imperial IPA.

The hefty carbonation keeps the palate clean and refreshed, with a lighter mouthfeel that at times seems medium-bodied due to the range of flavors.

Overall, a damn good IPA with malt flavors merely balancing out the palate, but letting the hops come through like something lovely.

A true West Coast IPA. This is how it's done bitches! Recognize!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 05:30:09 | More by jminsc76
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA here. Not even Alesmith's best, to give you an idea how great they are. Big amounts of carbonation gush to the top after a pour.

Sticky resinous hops cover the palate. Great grapefruit, my mouth is puckered. Fair amount of pine and non grapefruit citrus compliment the beer. Still, puckering.

Another example of what is probably considered an "extreme" IPA but those anywhere but the West Coast. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 23:45:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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GJ40

North Carolina

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

Sampled on tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Golden and hazy with and a small white head and loads of lacing.

S - Citrusy and piney hops dominate.

T - Citrusy and piney hop flavors with a surprising balance of toasted malt. The malt adds a semi sweet, bready quality to the experience. It ends with a slight lingering bitterness that makes you want more. This was my first AleSmith IPA on tap and I think it was much better than in the bottle.

M - Creamy and smooth with a low carbonation.

D - A balanced and complex beer. I really like this IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 13:28:29 | More by GJ40
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 12:47:47 | More by johnmichaelsen
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SwillinBrew

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn Gina, i think this is my favorite IPA. I drink it regularly but just recently having it again and though i'd review it.

A tangerine honey color slightly, slightly turbid, fills my glass with a good finger of ivory colored foamy lacing. The aromas are quite crisp and very aromatic with a wall of orange blossoms and fragrant citrus... as if someone just peeled a pink grapefruit and sprinkled it all around.
The flavors hit the classic IPA on the money... actually i should say, this IPA sets the standard. True mountain pine and ripe citrus peels mingle like they're at happy hour. A true melding of delicious flavor with light toast bread mixed in. As you quaff this treat, you know you are drinking an IPA and one that isnt subtle nor pretends to be anything else. Actually, the taste screams West Coast IPA.
Very nicely carbonated and rather clean and oh so easy to drink. My fridge will always have several bottles of this!!! Yours should too!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2006 19:16:01 | More by SwillinBrew
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Billolick

New York

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

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) A treat for this East coaster to try this fine brew on tap for my first Alesmith IPA experience. This one pours a typical medium shade of almond amber, with a fairly dull tan head and leaving splattered lacing upon a gentle swirl. the excitement starts with the crisp hoppy nose and the resiny hops that carry this brew across the tongue and taste buds. Fine AIPA. smooth, clean and pleasantly hoppy. Haven't had anything from Alesmith yet that was not top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2006 18:32:19 | More by Billolick
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MiScusi

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/22/06
I can't say this is one of my favorite IPA's, after having it for the first time.
On tap the Beer Hunter, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Appearance was good, a dark amber, some reddish orange in it, and the smell was very aromatic pine. However, the taste is ultimately what soured me. I get a huge sugary sweetness at the start fading to a nice hop bite afterward. The body seemed a little too heavy, and along with that sweetness at the front, just made it hard to get through that initial second of the sip.
4 / 4.5 / 3.5 / 3 / 3.5
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6/30/07
On Tap at Lucky Balwin's Sierra Madre for IPA fest... either my tastes have changes so much, or it was much better here. The smell was very nice, as noted before.... but the taste was excellent, sweet, but overpowered more by bitterness and piney hop resin. Everything else was good, this is easily drinkable.
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7/12/08
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's again. Had tried a bottled version a handful of months ago as well. I didn't enjoy either of these that much. The body is just too malty in my opinion and has a sweetness that doesn't blend well with the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2006 16:56:44 | More by MiScusi
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ ABF VIP pre-party 2006. Served (repeatedly) in a 2-oz tasting glass.

Wow! This IPA is nearly perfect. It has the strong grapefruity west-coast hop bite that I was expecting, that was balanced by a mild, honey sweetness. The alcohol was almost completely hidden. I really could drink it all night, and implore Alesmith to send more of it our way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 00:57:19 | More by bignick
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IceAce

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tight collar of foam on my 16 ounce Libbey straight-side glass. Copper colored with excellent clarity.

Aroma: Clean, crisp hoppy aroma associated with most quality IPA's. The nose is hops, whole hops, and nothing but the hops.

Taste: Very bright on the front of the tongue...a very smooth hop blend with a tight, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A well balanced brew with the malt blend nicely complementing the hop mix...CO² is right at a perfect level.

Drinkability: A very nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2004 01:35:27 | More by IceAce
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mickeymac

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After trying this beer from a bottle, I couldn't imagine it could be any better on draught. I was wrong. The amazing smell and taste are still there, with hops, biscuit, and a host of other goodies swimming around. However, the mouthfeel on tap is simply amazing. Don't pass it up, whether it's in the bottle, on tap, or spilled on the floor by the person at the table next to you.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2003 17:16:43 | More by mickeymac
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber hued with incredible clarity. Easily a inch thick of tightly woven white head. Brussels lacing. Incredibly enticing aroma of piney hops. On the front of the palate I get bitter piney hops. I get biscuity malt and then a more subtle pine like hop fade. The mouth is surprisingly light and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 20:17:49 | More by Franziskaner
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MisSigsFan

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head. Smell is citrusy and piney with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Tropical fruit comes through a bit more as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is what you'd expect from an IPA. Overall this is a great west coast IPA. I kinda wish Alesmith sold 12oz bottles though. I'd imagine Alesmith would be much more popular if they did.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:00:36 | More by MisSigsFan
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 1/6/14. Pours clear light copper with a big frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit and dank piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with tropical fruits and a lot of dank resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a very solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:18:30 | More by Beaver13
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Abra

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a decent lacy white head.
Aroma is distinctly grapefruit and pine with a hint of woodsy hops and slight malt.

Taste is smooth and crisp, very floral/citrus/resin hoppiness with the slightest whisper of a malt undertone that evens it out in the middle but lets the bitterness take over again for the finish.

Quite a bit of lacing in the glass.
A very nice IPA...not enough to convert me to an IPA fan though. (Pliny the Elder anyone??)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:02:49 | More by Abra
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a frothy white head. Top notch retention. There was a decent amount of remaining head even as I finished the glass. Heavy lacing.

Heavily aromatic. Mostly orange and pine. Pineapple and grapefruit.

Same flavors. Juicy citrus and resinous pine. Both are vibrant.

Fresh and clean mouthfeel. Moderately bitter.

It's such a fantastic IPA. Aromas and flavors are clean and pronounced, plus it's a real looker.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 23:04:51 | More by Vonerichs
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass from the bomber, but the poor pint glass couldn't handle all the effervescence and massive head this beer offers. There's a huge amount of carbonation, resulting in a head overflow and a round, derby-like shape that juts out above the glass. The beer is light copper in color with almost complete transparency. A real beaut.

I get lots of citrus on the nose, then piney, hoppy, resinousness. There's a good amount of sweet, vanilla-heavy malt present too. I can tell this beer is going to be good. Now let's drink.

Wow, this is surprisingly smooth and understated for an IPA. Granted, I picked this up in Tucson and it's already got about 3 months of age on it, so some of the hop flavor has probably dissipated, but this beer seems to be on the mellow end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of bitterness there still, particularly at the finish, and the medium-body is accentuated by a spicy hop bite. As far as flavor from the hops, I'm getting more piney hops than citrus, although at the finish I get some grapefruit peel.

I find this beer to my quite tasty and easy to drink, although I'll be the first to acknowledge I need to try a fresher version. Still, I think it says something about this beer that it can be so tasty, aromatic, and enjoyable after three months.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 18:56:17 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Copernicus

California

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Color is a burnt orange to light amber, and the pour produces an off-white, yellowish craggy head at 2 fingers with good retention and a sticky lace.

S: Light toasty malt, some graham cracker. The hop embellishments are on the resiny and citrusy side with subtle tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes, maybe even a little peach.

T: A lot going here: The malt base light and toasty, bready, a slight hint of sweetness like graham crackers. Then there is a gentle hop bitterness that creeps in but is then upstaged by a middle act from the malt...tropical fruit and some creaminess. But then the finish leaves a pleasant hop bitterness on the palate with remaining traces of the complex malt.

M: Very light carbonation, medium-light body and a tightly woven texture.

O: This is one of the most unique but well-balanced IPAs that I have had. Relatively incredible. I would pair this with any sweet-spicy dish with pineapple, like pineapple-chicken skewers or other Hawaiian fair.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 18:03:29 | More by Copernicus
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BreweryRun

California

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer multiple times but it has been a while so it's time for revisit/review.

Beautiful dark gold with 2 inch head that sticks around nicely.

Aroma is pretty subtle as far as IPA go, pine with light tropical fruits.

Taste is pretty awesome. Huge bitterness that is balanced out by the malt just when you think it's going to go too far. Piney, earthy hop flavors dominate with subtle tropical fruits in the background.

Dry bitter finish with a medium to medium full body.

Overall an awesome traditional west coast IPA. If you only like super fruity IPAs this one may not be your favorite but anyone that appreciates IPAs as a diverse style will love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:11:22 | More by BreweryRun
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Fellatamas182

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A:orange/amber with 2 finger white head, good lacing
S: grapefruit, citrus, pine with slight malt
T: similar to smell with grapefruit and pine, quite hop forward
M: smooth, easy to drink solid feel
O: great balanced IPA one that when you open you just want to smell and make it last as long as you can. Looking forward to more from this brewery! Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:36:08 | More by Fellatamas182
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: orange/shiny, light cloudy body, finger off-white head,
fine lacing

S: grapefruit, tangerine, fresh pine, hint of malt

T: same as nose

M: med body, solid sticky/oily

O: Thrilled to find this during WI beer run,
being hearing this brewery for years. Fantastic
balanced IPA. Look forward to exploring
more of Alesmith beers.

DELICIOUS; HOPHEADS SEEK IT OUT!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:59:58 | More by BeerLover99
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JayCheG

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A light amber color with almost 2 finger white head. Decent lacing
S: Upon cracking the bottle I was immediately basking in hoppy scents. Poured it gives off a piney, citrusy hoppy fragrance.
T: After the joyous smell I was hoping for a lot and was slightly disappointed. Still has a pine, grapefruit almost orange hoppiness but it is not nearly as strong as the smell would seem to indicate. Has a nice sweet malt finish.
M: Very nice carbonation gives it a medium bodied feel with a bit of effervescence.
O: Very drinkable beer. I'm glad it comes in a nice big bottle because I will be ready for more. Not quite as powerful in taste as other IPAs I would put in its class but respectable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:53:36 | More by JayCheG
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T100Mark

California

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial Pint glass. The bottle was dated 12/05/13. I love silk-screened labels.

Appearance - A hazy copper color. Big, lumpy head that stays around for a while. Very good stickage on the side of the glass. A fine looking IPA.

Smell - Big hop hit. Grapefruit. Slightly sour. There is a whiff of malt sweetness in the distant background.

Taste - Bitter. Hoppy. Grapefruit. Peppercorns.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter.

Overall - This is a good, but not great, IPA. The beer lacks a solid malt foundation to build upon. As a result, the beer has a bitter yet thin feel to it. It lacks the overall balance of a Sierra Nevada or Firestone IPA. I am, however, giving this beer the benefit of the doubt because it hails from San Diego. Also, the bomber bottle is very cool.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:24:13 | More by T100Mark
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