AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Reviews: 1,193
Hads: 3,444
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 459
Gots: 427 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of hophugger
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, golden-orange color with a magnificent 4 finger+ head and spotty lacing. Aromas of fresh squeezed orange are abundant, and also some hints of grapefruit, light pineapple and hops. Taste is so balanced with tastes of orange juice, light citrus peel and hoppy bitterness. Finish is, once again, very balanced, crisp and has a great feel of hop bite at the end... (366 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a slightly bronze to copper in color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left some sticky messy lacing.
The smell had a blend of sweet caramel to citrus.
The taste was basically the same with a nice side of bitterness. There's a long caramel aftertaste and a semi-dry citrusy finish.
The mouthfeel was bitter with a good amount of carbonation relating to the style appropriately - just enough.
Overall, this was a nice AIPA that I would have again. (535 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale copper with a 1/2-inch white head which leaves spotty lace. Citrus fruits dominate the nose while slightly sweet and bready malts make the dry and bitter hoppy flavor last even longer. (203 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

That's it, San Diego IPA needs its own style category! After familiarizing myself with stone's ipas, then ballast point's, and now alesmith's as they finally make their way in to northern Virginia; I've come to fully appreciate what this style is after:

Copper colored, fluffy khaki head, caramel on the nose, candied citrus and slight dank oniony flavors.

As far as ipas go? I prefer mine hazy, bright yellow with a big fluffy head of pure white, dominated by BRIGHT citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a BONE DRY finish, AKA northeastern IPAs, which should also have their own style category.

This beer is pretty on point for the San Diego style description, so I'm rating it that way.

A- Clear copper with a fluffy, khaki head that leaves oodles of beautiful lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, candied orange, apricots. This is my least favorite part of this beer.

T- sweet citrus with a bit more apricot. some nice, subtle melon notes. Grapefruit pulp. A little sulfurous onion note, some resin in the background. Sweet pale malt flavors shine a bit as well, with freshly cut grass and a tiny spritz of lemon.

M- Delightfully medium bodied, tongue coating flavors, sweet, lasting finish, perfect for the style.

IN CONCLUSION, this is a pretty damn good San Diego IPA. Glad it found its way to NoVa.

AleSmith! (1,314 characters)

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. As good as I had hoped. Very citrusy. Feels like the other San Diego IPA's but the taste was fresh and great. (155 characters)

Photo of Recliner
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice Yellow / orange color with a dense foamy head. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit. Slight sweetness in the front, followed by citrus peel, then a lingering hop bitterness to finish. Coats your mouth like cream. A great California IPA! (241 characters)

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had to travel up to Philly to find this beer. And damn, was it worth the trip. What an awesome beer. Such a smooth and well balanced IPA. I will be chasing more AleSmith in the future. (184 characters)

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very balanced with a strong finish. This beer has a beautiful smell that is accompanied by a taste that resonates with the taste buds ever so gently. This beer makes me happier than a queer in boy town. (202 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.54/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No bottling date visible.

Clear amber, good head. Thick resins and sweeter than expected for 7%. Good carbonation. High, lingering bitterness. Thicky mouthcoating.

Sorry, this is one of those old-school IPA that falls significantly below what's currently expected in the style. (279 characters)

Photo of muldersha
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 22oz brown glass bomber purchased from the cooler at Beermongers in SE Portland. Bottling date appeared to have rubbed off, unfortunately.

Pours a hazy bright orange colored body with a brilliant, creamy, off-white head. Impeccable lacing throughout. A solid head nearly stuck it out for the duration. Very sexy looking beer.

Aromas of candy floss, vanilla creme, candied orange peel, grass, cardamom, citrus oil, pineapple, dill, and dandelion seem somewhat muddled and confused.

Very sweet initially, full-bodied, mildly oily in texture, Sunkist orange soda and corn syrup candy in the mid-palate, and a soft wave of honey, hops, and herbal bitterness on the finish.

This showed terribly right out the gate. However, it seemed to improve over time. I did carry it almost a mile, by foot, just a half-day before opening it. Not sure if that generated the more awkward initial aromas and flavors. Ultimately, not my cup of tea. But admittedly, a well-constructed brew. This feels somewhat dated though. Like a West-Coast IPA of the mid-to-early-aughts. Very boozy, syrupy, and nondescript. (1,118 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (359 characters)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of dgmirelli
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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! (184 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (646 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of tarkulich
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
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! (775 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (216 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of treeslothguy
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
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 (357 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of raidertony
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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,
cheers (174 characters)

Photo of Chris33
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (1,006 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (153 characters)

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.