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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,614 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2614
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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brureview

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date: 5/30.

Poured in a pint glass the color is light copper- a lighter color than most IPAs.

The aroma: malt, and light grapefruit rind. Perhaps a fresher bottle would yield
more fruit in the aroma.

Mouth feel: hoppy and pungent.

Taste: citrus rind and malty.

Finish- perhaps the most pronounced element of the beer- very hoppy, pungent bitterness,
and spice. A spice forward IPA.

Overall- a solid IPA. Not as "San Diego" style as Lagunitas and Port Brewing.
Pungent, yes. But this beer lacks the concentrated grapefruit of the latter breweries's IPAs.

Perhaps a fresher beer would bring out the overwhelming grapefruit taste of San Diego IPAs, and many American IPAs. I would like to try a fresher bottle for comparison. Less grapefruit is probably a result of the Alesmith brewing style and not freshness.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:35:40 | More by brureview
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BearslikeBeers

California

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

Poured out of a 22 and split with my Dad (he took a sip, declared it hoppy and watered it down with Coors Light, don't ask). My *undiluted* IPA poured a great gold color with a nice lace that rises above the liquid line slightly. The aroma was awesome: sweet, crisp and bitter cascade hops (those kinds that let you know immediately that you are dealing with California hops) hit the nose, couldn't ask for more in a fragrance. The taste was good too, sweet at first and bitter as it goes down. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste, it isn't very balanced but the hops are so good I didn't mind much. The mouthfeel is good, very bubbly and overall this beer lived up to its high rating, try a bottle for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:34:23 | More by BearslikeBeers
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.25%ABV, serve in a pint at 45-50°F

A - Steady carbonation streams through the vibrant golden beer to it's mountainous, rocky head. Impeccable retention coats the pint in thick lace as the foam glides down the pint.

S - First word that comes to mind? Orgasmic. Second? Hoppy. AleSmith IPA is bursting at the seams with tropical fruit and woodsy pine nuances, perfectly balanced by caramel and biscuit undertones. Could I say more? Sure, but I think five out of five for aroma says enough.

T - Citrus and pine complexities are showcased, flourishing with super high quality and lead wonderfully into the sticky pine resin finish that is balanced by gooey caramel malt and crunchy toasted English muffin.

M - AleSmith IPA maintains balance with hops and scores big time with malt flavor and integrity all while keeping a fairly light-bodied profile that finishes with exceptionally balanced dry hop bitterness.

O - Without a doubt AleSmith IPA is one of the greatest IPAs on the planet. It's explosive aroma transitions wonderfully into flavor without the insane bitterness one might expect from such a hop-forward beer. AleSmith IPa is truly a world-class beer to behold.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:47:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent gold formed an enormous white bottle-conditioned head, which receded slowly, requiring repeated pours to fill and refill the glass, and leaving lots of heavy lacing and surface foam.

s: Mild grapefruit.

t: An excellent malt-hop balance as a medium-strength IPA. Very drinkable, I finished more than half the bottle before I even realized it.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and refreshing.

o: My comment under taste says it all. Not the most distinctive IPA I have had, but a really fine one. Not sure it's worth $8 per 22 ounces compared to a few others like SN Torpedo or Hoptimum or FW Union Jack, but it's definitely worth trying and enjoying, and sure to please most IPA lovers.

BTW since the bottling date had apparently been worn off the bottle shoulder, I could not say how old this was.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 04:40:56 | More by scotorum
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith IPA

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber brew, with a full finger of off white head. Head settled to dusting. Nice lacing...

S) Pleasantly piney, bit of grapefruit, and tropical fruit sweetness that becomes more pronounced with a little warmth. Quite nice...

T) Follows the nose nicely... Good balance with the malt, but the bitterness from the hops definitely shines.

M) Medium bodied... Mild carbonation, with plenty of sticky piney coating. Crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish. Nice aftertaste....

O) This is a very good IPA... Glad to have AleSmith in Wisconsin. This one will definitely find it's way into my refrigerator again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 19:58:17 | More by RoamingGnome
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WreckedPalate

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour'd from 22 oz. bottle

Beautiful amber hue, excellent head retention, and great lacing.

Wonderful piny and tropical fruit aroma with floral finish almost a slight bread aroma...

Tastes exceptional, it's what I desire in an IPA, hardly any malt flavor and very hop forward.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 14:28:23 | More by WreckedPalate
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brewskis

Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy, sunset orange color with a finger length off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing around the glass. Nice carbonation which tells me this will be a refreshing ipa. Smells of resinous fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pineapple. Also get some pine and like a bubblegum smell from the sweet malts. Taste is very much like it smells. starts with the resinous fruits such as pineapple and tangerine. Then in the middle there is a great balance of malt: get bready flavors as well as a creamy carmel sweetness. Then the finish is an incredible blend of the sweet, carmely malts and the resinous hop qualities. Get a prominent bubblegum flavor, as well as hints of pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. The bitterness gets more astringent as it goes through the flavor profile; however, the sweet and bready malts also get more prominent on the finish, so there is a nice balance at the end. A nice dry, crisp, clean finish. Medium body with a creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Wish I could get this more often. Just an incredible IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:22:30 | More by brewskis
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 22 days ago.

A - Beautiful, opaque orange and gold color with a two finger creamy head with good retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit and orange, and perhaps a little bit of tropical hops. Hints of pine, bread and honey for sweetness.

T - Very hoppy and piney, but nicely balanced. Citrus and tropical fruit, a mild sweetness, small amounts of grapefruit peel, orange zest, and a substantial but very well blended bready malt with honey.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and oily feel. A nice drinking IPA.

O - Great IPA that reminds me of a combination between Two Hearted and Stone Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 20:28:01 | More by Ri0
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 07/24/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper amber golden orange. Moderate amount of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A big ripe West Coast Style aroma with lots of citrus fruit and pine hints. Citrus hops upfront with ripe fruit hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and herbal hops in the mix with some hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Slightly perfume like. Solid backing malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Slight hint of honey as well. A very good West Coast aroma.

Taste: Lives up to the great aroma with a big ripe taste of citrus and piney hops with a solid malt background. Big upfront taste of citrus hop fruit esters with notes of orange rind, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, lemon zest, and melon. Herbal and earthy hop notes with a taste of spicy pine resin along with some grass. Fairly dank, perfumey, and nicely bitter hop presence. Good supporting malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, cracker, and a little honey sweetness. A very good full on West Coast IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, ripe, and fairly oily. Clean and smooth considering the big hop presence. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A really great West Coast style IPA. Very good citrus and piney hop taste with a decent malt balance. One of the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 07:06:06 | More by MattyG85
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip with no bottling date.

pours a crisp darker copper color with a 2 inch foamy , lasting white head. Big piney hoppiness on this beer, very nice aroma. The taste starts off with a rush of bitterness followed by the taste of pine with a tad of grapefruit. Not a lot of malt presence, this one definitely favors the hops. finishes with a lingering bitterness that stays with you for a bit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. 7.25% is apparent, too. Nice warming quality.

Overall just a solid hop forward IPA. This is more traditional for the style, and it is done very well. If youre in the mood for a solid IPA, you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:42:18 | More by Axnjxn
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange marmalade colour with a dense generous off-white head and staggered lacing.

Aromas of Juicyfruit gum, tropical fruits of grapefruit and tangerine. Definite hop, pine and malt.

Balance, balance and balance. Hops, pine, sweet malt and juice. Juz like it smells.

Medium body and chewy. The malt really adds the depth that could be a mistaken as a double. Some stickiness on the lips. Bitterness lingers on the tongue and nasal cavaties.

This IPA is right on target. No characteristic beats the other, but rather meld in harmony. Tremendously tremendous. Truly a leader of a classic in style. Alesmith, if you are reading-would you please come to Chi-town. How come you distribute OVER Chicago to the East coast? Just wondering-I'd buy regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:21:57 | More by joeseppy
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utopiajane

New York

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/14/13

Pour a clear light amber with a couple of lazy bubbles floating up to the top. Fat bone white head that fell slowly leaving all kinds of lace to look at. Thick cap and ring. Nose is citrus, orange and grapefruit. Some tropical notes and it suggests pineapple while it never actually realizes any pineapple. Light pine, earthy. Sweet sugary malt and light bread. Floral. Taste is awesome grapefruit. Tongue drying, mouth watering, thirst quenching grapefruit. Gosh I can hardly imagine that a month ago this would have been even better. Slight bite from carbonation. Floral with a tiny bit of dank. Piney in the aftertaste. Finishes dry with a graceful bitter that did not overpower. Light bread gives a smooth and substantial body to the tart and dominant citrus. Malt sweetness is gentle honey.

Alesmith rarely disappoints. Their malts are smooth and tuned to the body of the beer. This was a terrific IPA that can stand on it’s own and be counted among the best IPA’s. Not complex but a grapefruit lovers dream.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 16:07:02 | More by utopiajane
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JohnG190

New York

4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!


Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:53:28 | More by JohnG190
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MacQ32

South Carolina

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:02:09 | More by MacQ32
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magictacosinus

California

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 04:59:11 | More by magictacosinus
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MagicJeff

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:46:58 | More by MagicJeff
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Mostly clear amber colour with a tall and very creamy and puffy head that is stark white. Outstanding retention that slowly forms a crater shape.

(4.0) S: Bold damp pine, tart grapefruit, lemon zest, and buttered bread. Textbook for the style with clearly defined aromas that are big and robust. Earthy/mossy. Noticeable dryness.

(4.0) T: Pine, citrus elements, slightly nutty, and a rich bready backbone. There is a sweet fruity finish to this that resembles cotton candy and/or watermelon – very good whatever it may be. Equal amounts of bitterness and dryness both in generous portions. This leans to the maltier side with that big bready taste presenting itself more as this warms.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Slick and oily with quite a clean texture for the most part.

(4.0) D: This is a great IPA and textbook for the style across the board.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:53:20 | More by Digimaika2
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CERVEZALANDIA

Spain

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

Onh bottle.Awesome Ipa.One of my favourite beers.Medium body.Medium carbonation.Yellow and orange colour with a medium white head.Very clean.Smell with floral, citrus and other fruits.Resinous hops in flavor with another fruits notes, tropical and citrus.Really ejoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:27:22 | More by CERVEZALANDIA
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dar482

New York

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got this pretty fresh on the East Coast. Thankfully, it’s now dated. April 3, 2013.

It pours in a hazy golden orange color with a head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma has a huge amount of hops of citrus. Sweetness, tropical fruit, West Coast pine.

The flavor hits you with a wonderful bitterness of papaya, peaches, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and then biscuit sweetness. Then the finish has a wonderful big pine flavor.

In the end, this is up there for me for IPAs. I have this near Maine Co. Lunch. It’s just an amazing IPA. It’s truly a complete beer with its tropical and pine hops, but then that strong malt. Be sure to have this cold, as this warmed up, it slowly lacked flavor and was a bit malty for me. Having it cold, I noticed more aroma and fruit, and just the complexity that this beer as to offer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:32:45 | More by dar482
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NODAK

Tennessee

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

Interesting but lovely aroma. I'm getting some orange (tangerine from the label) as well as some grapefruit there as well. Definitely a citrus forward nose.

Clear, medium golden complexion with a great head that lasts with a rocky consistency well into the drink.

A really great menagerie of hop notes here, mainly citrus. Good tropical notes there with a heavy grapefruit presence. Pine peeking through as well in the back. The great thing is that it delivers all of this without being overbearing on the bitterness. It just has that great taste with a comfortable bitterness. Bitterness is a little resinous on the backend.

All in all this one definitely delivers and has earned its high marks. So drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 00:58:01 | More by NODAK
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Brewdog.com Online Shop (650ml, £7.55):
Dark golden colour with a great, two finger sized and foamy white head on top that looks to hold pretty well initially. There is some lacing left on the sides of that glass and the beer is a clear looking one.

Fruity with tonnes of tropical fruits on the nose to begin with, there is also a touch of spice and a solid, juicy aroma along with some nice, lighter pine hops and some bitterness.There mango and citrus along with some sweet malts, caramel, mango and some grapefruit.

Sweet malts and caramel upfront with some pine hops and grapefruit giving a sweet, medium strength bitter taste. The beer is a great one with plenty of tropical flavours coming through that includes some mango, orange and tonnes of hops yet the bitterness levels are not too strong.

Medium bodied and very smooth with an almost creamy mouthfeel and good, strong carbonation. There is some sweetness and a medium bitter finish.

Probably the best beer I've ever had, this one is as close as I've come to perfection in a beer. Starting with a great tropical fruits and pine hop aroma that matches the taste. The pine hops taste is amazing, coupled with the fact that the beer isn't overly bitter makes this truly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 18:53:49 | More by flyingpig
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, with a thin off white head. Smells of orange peel and some caramel. The flavor begins with some grapefruit rind, then some light caramel, then some grain, and finishes with a weed, piney, herbal flavor. Good mouthfeel. Overall a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 03:23:17 | More by tronester
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SanDNigel

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper-gold, completely clear, minus a few tiny suspended particulates. Creamy white head evolved into a just as creamy foam layer
S- Malty followed immediately by a good hop smack. Deep, dark hops. Grape (like the flavor not the fruit as much)/lemon, pine
T- Hops first malt second in the mouth. So balanced. The bittering/floral aspects of the hops are damn near perfectly executed.
M- Exactly how a nice IPA is supposed to be for me. Nice, even, smooth carbonation that coats the tongue paired with a robust wetness
This is a great beer. One of my favorite IPA's in San Diego. IT IS better than GOOD. Sooo perfectly balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:04:56 | More by SanDNigel
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Autumn orange has a fair clarity revealing a strong and steady carbonation that rises like micro-beads on a string. The head towers at over 2 inches high, has a dull eggshell white coating with a rocky marshmellow structure that showed a lenghty amount of pause and retention and was mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink. Heavy thick foam band lacing encompasses the vessel for lace while upon further inspection some yeasty goodiness of micro sized particles can be witnessed suspended about.

S: The aroma was sweet upfront, with some fresh oranges, a hint of tropical juice, and some fresh juicy citrus. Small hint of lime and speciality grains backing with a moderate level of awareness.

T: Flavor was sweet upfront much like the nose from the ample supply of speciality grains. Sweet, toasty mixing with some citrus juices, warm toast, and semi-dry grapefruit. Theres a hint of tropical juices as with the nose, some fresh juicy citrus hops, and a good deal of malt depth. Spicy hints, some spruce and pine, floral notes with a noticeable amount of toffee-butterscotch sweetness coming late in the game.

M: Mouthful was creamy with a nice depth of maltiness, Average rate of carbonation, malty, with some toffee/caramel off the tongue.

O: Overall a solid IPA, spicy, sweet, toasty, very well balanced with the hops and malt making for an incredibly easy consumption rate. Some tropical and fresh citrus juiciness, nice presentation visually. Definite worthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 00:09:42 | More by beerthulhu
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lsummers

California

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
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