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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,236 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,236
Hads: 3,679
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 478
Gots: 508 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,236 | Hads: 3,679
Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 02/25/15. Sampled on July 20, 2015.

It pours a slightly hazy orange-amber underneath a huge, foamy white head. Lingers and laces.

The aroma is grapefruit and tropical berries mainly but there is a definitive caramel malt presence under all of that.

The body falls into the medium to bold range. It has some texture to it and feels chewy.

Such sweetness and fruity bitterness in the taste. How about that? Really well balanced with a mild bitterness finishing things up at the end. This deserves the high marks it is getting.

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Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful looker, giant foam rides hazy golden goodness.

Nose shouts tropical, melon, sugar and malty all at once without any one of them overpowering the other.

Taste follows along with the nose but the tastes that do gain an edge are melon and sugar.

Nice body, not cloying sweetness but some bitter hanging around.

Get a chance to buy this, do so!

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Palate destroying, citrus-y goodness. This IPA defines west coast.

I know it is craft beer heresy to say this, but given the option of Alesmith IPA, Blind Pig, or Sculpin, I am going Alesmtih. This is the perfect IPA, in my opinion. Love this beer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

had this alongside the Sierra Nevada Wet Hops Ale, both distinguished in their own right. This was the proper mouthful, had length and a great finish. Would definitely drink another!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy orange sunrise color. 2 finger white fluffy head that retains.

Aroma yields fresh squeezed orange juice, a slight burnt sugar/ carmel aroma, mild grapefruit rind, and a slight grassy/earthy hoppy note.

Taste starts with a nice crisp carbonation kiss. This is followed by tons of citrus and a big slam of bitterness. The sip is finished with a mild heat of alcohol.

I couldn't locate the bottled on date, but I can tell this isn't super fresh. The citrus is present, however it is obviously not as present as it once was. It is good, but not as fantastic as I thought. I would pair this with a nice spicy gumbo. It gets a 90.5/100

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Photo of Roguer
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful translucent brew, orange-amber, good head retention.

Hops are juicy, piney, and potent. Hint of dank herbs, massive bitterness, grapefruit peel finish. Sweet malts with a touch of caramel.

Lively feel, medium bodied and very drinkable with heft. Cloying hop oils, puckering bitterness, dry finish.

This is a damn near perfect IPA. It's almost daring me to give it 5.0s.

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Photo of tarkulich
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours as dark yellow with a slight haze. Has a moderate white head and leaves a decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is citrus and pine. There's an immediate hop flavor on the tongue. Tastes like orange and grapefruit, with a malt backbone that gives some hints of caramel. The hops definitely dominate over the malt, but there's enough there to bring some balance. Leaves a pleasant, non-astringent bitterness on the tongue. Has a medium full body with moderate-high carbonation.

This is one of my all time favorite IPAs and was actually my gateway beer into the world of IPAs. I had been away from it for some time, unable to find it at many places on the east coast, but managed to score one. I was not disappointed after not having it for so long!

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Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful crystal clear light gold color with nice head, decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma had a nice earthy piney feel. Flavor followed with nice bittering but I would like a little more malt to the balance.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional IPA. Well balanced and exciting to drink. Hard to find this brewer in my neck of the woods, but I'll look harder. I'll have another please.

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Photo of treeslothguy
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear copper with two fingers of cream-colored head that fades into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Oranges and grapefruit followed by dry, resinous pine aromas.

T: follows the nose. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation

O: An IPA, overall. I'd like maybe a little less bitterness but that's my preference

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Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The date was inscrutable, so I can't be sure my bottle was fresh.

Foamy head that sticks around, clear copper color.

Smells like grapefruit, stone fruit, hint of dank. Typical west coast.

Very hoppy, almost DIPA level. Bitter, pine, some malt sweetness. Not a lot of citrus or tropical flavors. Short smooth finish -- no lingering bitterness. I like that the malts take a back seat.

Oily with moderate carbonation. Substantial, but not harsh.

I would get this again.

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Photo of raidertony
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this freakin beer is the shit!! moved up to number one on my favorite IPAs ahead of Pliny and enjoy by..
Awsome stuff!! and only 5 bucks a bomber why drink any other,

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Photo of Chris33
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into pint glass

2-2 1/2 finger head that lingers for a while. Nice copper color.

To the nose I get a piney orange and some earthy notes. Towards the end I get an oily resin type smell too. Very nice smelling and not overly citrusy.

WOW! Taste wise this hits it. Citrus and spice hit it along with the earthy back to start. Then the pine takes over and leaves this feeling amazing.

Feel: Pretty firm throughout. The taste lingers for a while but I could let it last for hours. So smooth and refreshing without an overwhelming citrus flavor. Mild carbonation and pretty consistent throughout the taste.

Overall: I was skeptical at first. I've had this on draft once and had this bomber for almost a week now before this rating. The smell and appearance are very misleading. This may sneak into my top 5 IPAs behind Pliny and Heady. Its not a citrus forward as some I like. The hop profile definitely accentuates its maltiness fantastically. If you get a chance pick this UP!

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Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with three fingers of cream-colored head that fades into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Oranges and grapefruit followed by dry, resinous pine aromas as well as some spicy hop notes.

T: Earthy and dry pine flavors dominate here with some citrus rind and spicy hop flavors. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is quite easy to drink.

O: A good IPA, overall. I'd like maybe a little less bitterness and some more citrus flavors, but those are minor gripes.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Paid $4.99 for a bomber. Delicious west coast IPA. Really like that touch of grapefruit and other citrus. Great flavor and value. I will buy this again.

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Photo of jancona
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My first AleSmith brew! Pours a beautiful orange hue (I rhymed). Off white foam and moderate lacing. Smell is glorious - grapefruit and juicy tangerine. Taste has a nice malt backbone with grapefruit and tangerine - the finish has lingering, bitter floral hops. A nice creamy mouthful. Definitely a candidate for my favorite west coast IPA.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/7/15

Wow, One of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Not sure why I’ve always passed up on this one. Excellent example of what an IPA should be. Deep golden amber pour. Huge floral aroma. Very flowery beer. Sharp resin bitter taste, followed by hints of floral notes and strong fruity citrus notes.

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Photo of SSS
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Golden yellow with a nice white head that dissipates. Good strong lacing
S-Citrus, grapefruit, musty, floral, earthy and a hint of spice
M-Great body and higher end medium carbonation
T-Light sweetness, that then goes into a hoppiness of happy hop flavours. Smooth bitterness that lingers on the palate.
O-This is a beer I could drink daily. West Coast IPA all the way.
Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful clear orange color with a huge head of foam, very good lacing, and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits.

Taste: Citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, pine. crackery malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Delicious. Well balanced between hops and malts and between sweet and bitter. Great example of what an IPA should be.

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Photo of cervezango
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured with an oily white head and a dark but clear orange body.

Fresh cut lawn,piney ,some dried flowers with some spicy red pepper and baking soda smells.

Really malty,hops some in front and finish . the middle is pretty malty. Oranges and peppercorns. some lemon notes in the after taste.

Really nice dry finish is refreshing.

loved this IPA, very complex.

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Photo of beermeplz
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber dated 1/27/15.

A rather well balanced IPA...not exactly what I expected from a SD brewery but pleasant nonetheless (although I certainly don't object to hop bombs!). The bready maltiness actually dominates on both the nose and tongue for me. The fruity and bitter elements from the hops are there but pretty subtle when compared to a lot of other west coast IPAs. This is a real quality brew, but, considering the cost, I'm not sure I'll come back to it anytime soon....a couple more bucks will get me a sixer of some other great stuff.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(bottle, 22oz) Good at first, but one dimensional. Has a nice hempy/dank taste at first but that is all I tasted throughout. Kinda leaves you looking for something else at the end. (2/8/15)

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Photo of SteveB24
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

color is a clear copper, pours a finger of white head that retains well and is reinforced by a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. In the taste and the aroma there's lots of citrus fruit notes with some apples and pears in there too, with a nice, bready, malt backbone. very crisp and finishes cream, overall a really top notch IPA, Tasty, smooth, balanced, no bitterness.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen a fresh bottle on Long Island in probably a year or two. I love this beer, and have been waiting for the opportunity to have it again. Last time I saw a bottle, it was 9 months old.

Bottled 01/05/2015. That's as fresh as it will get in these parts.

A: Golden orange with a straw-like hue. Decent head that faces to a persistent lacing that sticks all over the glass. Quintessential IPA appearance.

S: Smells like someone placed a pine tree in the middle of a fruit farm from Central America . Mango, papaya, tangerine and pineapple taunt the senses while the pine and resin sneaks up on it. Slight malt presence, not that I am complaining. I wish the majority of IPAs smelled like this.

T: Well balanced hop flavors all present in the aroma. Tropical flavors exploded at first followed by a very nice resinous pine flavor that just coats the tongue. Very dank and sticky. Nice biscuity-cracker and caramel malt presence helps keep this beer from being over the top with hops.

F: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Bitter but not over the top.

O: Still one of my favorite IPAs. First had it when I was out in San Diego, and have been on the search in NY since. I've come across it a few times since, with only a handful of times being this fresh. Will definitely go back out and pick more up tomorrow. For a 95 rating, this beer is so far under the radar its not even funny. Phenomenal IPA and a great guideline for other IPAs.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky gold with slight white head.
Smell was a nice clean scent as though I 2as drinking a beer outside on a sunny day.
If I dreamt of an ipa this is how it would taste. Clean and refeshing. Perfect balance of hop.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.