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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,609 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2609
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and very bitter fresh bottle thanks to xlperro. While very good IPA, its not significantly superior to many other good American IPAs I have had. Full mouthfeel with citrus and dough. Somewhat overcarbonated that with bitterness and pine and tad grassiness, set off my mouth. Good accompanyment to dinner however.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 05:23:45 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 02:34:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Classic, silk-screened white lettering on a dark brown 'bomber' bottle. This is my first AleSmith beer and I'm expecting great things.

Slightly hazed, orangish peach that should become significantly more clouded on subsequent pours as the yeast find their way into the glass. The head is light toffee in color and is stiff, sticky and pitting. There's plenty of lace already and the cap has just begun to recede. Ultimately, the glass is coated with a huge amount of thick, chunky lace in rings and sheets.

The aroma is 'hop heaven'. Loads of citrusy hops are atomizing themselves purely for my olfactroy enjoyment and I couldn't be happier. Clouds of orange peel and grapefruit peel essence--along with fresh pine--fill the room. I can't imagine that this aroma could be improved upon.

The flavor is, in a word... fabulous. Massive quantities of citric hops must have been used in the brewing and it shows. In fact, AleSmith IPA strikes me as a 'tweener', a beer that occupies that fuzzy zone between the IPA and DIPA styles in terms of flavor, hoppiness and ABV. The initial impression is of a solid wall of juicy hops rolling across the tongue, followed by a glimmer of toasted malt that tries vainly, but ultimately in vain, to stand up to the resinous hop attack.

That's not to say that the flavor profile is overbalanced toward the hops, just that they're clearly in charge and both parties know it. The malt provides the sweet, cake-like underpinnings that allow the hops to run rampant and assault the tastebuds with some (minor) degree of restraint. A balancing act par excellence. I think it's pretty apparent by now that I truly love this beer, but let's continue.

The finish is a never-ending sweetsticky symphony of hops; again, tempered by the ever-present, but never intrusive, toasty caramel malt. The body is big, but not huge. This is no Dreadnaught, but I can't think of an IPA that has a creamier, silkier, smoother, bigger body. The alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. It's only evident in a slight warming (in my stomach and in my soul) as the bomber disappears.

Quality, quality, quality. AleSmith IPA is neck-and-neck with my favorite IPA/DIPAs so that any differences in score are trivial at best. It isn't available in this state, but it is available on-line so that I have a ready supply if I so choose. And believe me, I choose in a big way. If you love IPAs and haven't yet had AleSmith's inspired version, it's worth whatever effort and expense that is required.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 21:38:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 23:16:57 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

A: Golden in color with a slight haze to it, tons of foam on this one (seems to happen a lot with the AleSmith brews).

S: Pine and grapefruit from the hops, not much malt on the nose.

T: Much like you would expect, lots of citrus and a great piney bitterness. Hardly any malt in the taste, either.

M: Great crispness to this beer, fairly light on the body.

D: A wonderful IPA from AleSmith, good balance (despite that fact that you don't necessarily taste the malt), and great bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 22:13:38 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a nice head that persists well and leaves rings of lacing

Smell: Resinous, orange and pine hops waft upwards along with a caramel malt undertone

Taste: Starts with a piney hop flavor complemented by a balancing malt base; after the swallow, the hops jump out in front, and while the finish has some residual sweetness and floral character, this is really all about those piney hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick and velvety; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty; great example of a West Coast IPA

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 23:26:58 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. I’m not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 14:06:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Thanks again to Kmpitz2 for sharing. Looks IPAish with a copper-orange hue and a little haze. Has incredible head retention. Smells very citrusy and pine-ey with an almost balanced barley malt base, allowing the hops to dominate the nose. Flavors are sweet of malt and hop flavored all at once. The hop flavor shows more of a citrus (grapefruit, oranges, lemon rinds) with the pine-ey, grass-ey flavors showing more in the back of the throat and a little more subtle in strength. All hop flavors and aromas swirl around a solid, but not overbearing, malt base. Very smooth and silky to the mouth. A joy to drink. I can see why it's one of BA's top beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 13:42:32 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: Medium copper with a large, foamy white head and loads of lacing. Loads of carbonation visible in the glass--I got an amazing carbonation tornado after the pour was complete.

S: Highly floral and citrusy in the hop department.

T: Floral and citrus, with a little bit of pine.

M: Medium-bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Very little alcohol presence.

D: Delicious IPA. Reminds me very much of Bell's Two Hearted.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 06:16:38 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that settled down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced—even though it is dominated by citrusy flavors in the taste, there is only a light to moderate amount of bitterness because the underlying malts prevent the hops from being overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste is well balanced and the bitterness is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:21:02 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Thanks to garagekegger for sharing his bomber with me,poured a slightly hazy light amber with a nice one finger head,aromas of course are intensly hoppy very piney and citrusy.This is a bold tasting IPA very resiny and piney along with lemon rind but there is a firm somewhat nutty malt backbone that is very noticable.A damn fine IPA loaded with flavor damn I want more!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 13:24:40 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A slightly hazy amber body reveals golden highlights beneath a densely creamy head of ivory foam. The retention is good and it holds well before dropping to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Wide rings and thin splashes of lace add to its appearance. The nose delivers bright piney, floral, and subtly citrusy hops atop a caramel-accented maltiness. The body is medium and its very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers a brilliant balance of rich, sweet caramelish malt; subtle yeasty fruitiness; piney and citrusy hops; and a solid bitterness. It's alcohol never makes an appearance on the palate; and it finishes quite dry with it's bitterness lingering long after it's maltiness has subsided. Overall, an exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 02:34:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, thanks to doktorzee for once again schleppin' this back across the 49th parallel for yours truly.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves some random chunks of unfamiliar continental lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of zingy grapefruit and blood orange pith, a somewhat musty tropical fruit cocktail (pineapple and underripe mango most prominent), resinous wet pine needles, bready, kind of crackery caramel malt, and a further floral, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more aged grapefruit, navel orange, guava, pithy pineapple, and warmed lemon fruitiness, a peppy coniferous pine astringency, restrained, but hardly quarter-giving grainy, caramel-tinged pale malt, a light white pepper spiciness (I know!), and further leafy, pleasantly perfumed hops.

The bubbles are generally well rendered - soft, but supportive at the same rate, the body an agreeable medium weight, if just a bit on the light side, and mostly smooth, the lingering hop essences hard to totally dispel. It finishes mostly dry, the acerbic hops really holding it over the game, but outmatched malt.

One tasty mother of a west-coast Yankee IPA, hoppy as all get-out, with damned-near every fruit native between the Gold Coast and the PACNW represented. This is not meant to omit the commendable 'balance' achieved here by the plucky malt, as without it, the drinkability would surely suffer. Highly worthy, and genuinely deserving of the hype, this one is.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 03:33:19 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Lovely bright reddish hue, a full, opaque orangish color, with a good, whitish head.
Aroma: lively hop component, fresh, alert and awake, buzzing with grapefruity notes, full with fruit.
Taste: mmm, buzzing with nicely fruity hops, a constant hoppy delivery on the palate, yum, yum, yum, sharp, bright, delicious, juicy...did I say "yum"??
Nicely lingering finish, fully flavored, unstoppably delcious...seriously, this is one IPA you can sit down and get familiar with.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 07:22:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from dschuster03 - probably should have opened it earlier. Served it in a regular pint glass.

A - Ridiculous creamy foam - almost too much! Takes quite a while to dissipate and leaves tons of attractive lacing. The brew itself is a golden-apricot color. There are some suspended solids floating around - didn't realize this was bottle conditioned.

S - I was worried the hop profile would have faded on this guy, as I had no idea how old the bottle was before I got it from Dave. It must have been pretty fresh, as the hops are still there. Lots of lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine, but balanced by a strong toffee malt backbone. There's a surprising hint of alcohol kick - not something I expect from a single IPA. It smells good, but not unlike a lot of other solid IPAs.

T - The taste is also nicely balanced. Good caramel malt mixed with fresh-squeezed citrus. The aforementioned alcohol smell is nowhere to be found. Initially sweet, but with a smattering of bitterness at the back of the palate. Very mild aftertaste. Again, really solid but not mind-blowing.

M - Creamy, smooth, nice balanced carbonation (I guess all the CO2 ends up in the ridiculous head?!). Good viscosity and slightly resinous mouth-coating after swallowing.

D - 22 oz? No problem...reasonable carbonation + lack of overwhelming bitterness make one drinkable IPA. Wish we got this in Illinois like they do in Ohio...

I'd love to try this on-tap or closer to the source. It's not in the same class to me as my two favorite Minneapolis IPAs, but that may be because of the freshness factor. I wish Alesmith (and Stone for that matter) would date their bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 22:54:22 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is nicely blended and contains hops, citrus fruits and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a strong burst of floral hops comes in a takes control, but the sweetness remains complimentary in the background. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works quite well for this particular beer. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good kick, very good representation of style. This is a very good beer to drink over the course of an evening. I could see myself polishing off a 2-3 bombers of this beer and enjoying them the whole time.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:36:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Thanks to Weibull for this one...

What I came away with from this was an impression of perfect balance. Very fruity, juicy hop character was bolstered by a light and tasty pale malt base. Sweet orange/grapefruit/citrus was dominant, aroma of dusty malt and lightly spicy yeast also.

It had a deep golden amber color, and laced a little bit in the pint glass. Bitterness was at a manageable level, not over the top, just right. A little bit drying in the aftertaste.

Shared the 22 oz., but could easily enjoy one or two at a time. That will be a personal goal of mine, an afternoon with Alesmith IPA...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:12:40 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of pillowy mauve/sand colored head. Out of this world lacing (white patches are stuck all over my pint glass) & great head retention, slight hazing at the end, from the yeast, waste not want not!

S: Bready & citric hop notes in healthy amounts

T: Grapefruit & lemon hops along with breadyness up front. A touch of honey malt gets past all the grapefruit & lemon, plus a bit of peppery hops& a bit of sting from either alcohol or all that grapefruit hoppyness. Finishes with puckery hoppyness, just a touch of breadyness & a whisper of malt sweetness. 11 out 10 hopheads will love this

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & damn fine balance, enough hops to hold the hop assault off for a while! Maybe a bit too hot

Drinks pretty good, I can really see why this brewery is so highly regarded, based on previous old numb skull experience & now this.

Props to rye726 for letting me split a liqourama order with him. Between the abv & the grapefruit profile, I doubt I could stay on this all night, but wouldn't mind giving it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 07:06:11 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden color, with a thick white frothy pale head. The hops are intense with a beautiful floral component. The flavor of carapils and pale malts nearly offsets the hop bitterness, but instead creates a foundation for a truely great flavor. I wish that I could create the high alpha acid aroma that this brewer has perfected in this bottle. It's awesome. It goes down so damn smooth. This is near perfect as an IPA is concerned. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass IPA. It's got malt complexity. It's got hop character. This is a highly drinkable beer period.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 01:36:20 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a freshness date into a goblet. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thick white head of large bubbles and carbonation is moderate. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops. Strong pine present, overall the aroma is weaker than I expected. Still smells like an IPA. Not much malt or sweetness in the aroma.

Beer is full bodied. Good beer, feels like you are chewing through the hops. Fills my mouth. There is nice palate connectivity. Overall a great experience. Second drink, beer is a little dry. The hop resin completely coats your mouth. Lots of sweet hop flavor and nice back of the mouth bitterness. No real aftertaste. Drinkability high, great mouthfeel, overall a great IPA experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 01:10:15 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a huge white head. The aroma is strong citrus and pine hops. The flavor is more of the same, without the bitterness you sometimes get in West Coast IPAs. Even without the bitterness, there is tons of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 19:48:07 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with golden highlights. It had a fluffy, white, two-finger head of foam that left sticky, patches of foam.

S - Big citrus aroma with hints of pine and burnt toast maltiness. Great IPA aroma!

T - Hops bring a piney bitterness with a strong dose of citrus. It has a nice sweet caramel backbone that balances out the potent hop bite.

M - This IPA is crisp, sharp and finishes nice and dry. A medium bodied ale that packs a punch.

D - This is a really good American IPA. I'm really glad I was able to finally try this.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 02:53:28 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Probably not super fresh, but should still be pretty good. For some reason, the guys from Alesmith and the guys from their Massachusetts distribution company had a fall out, and now Alesmith is disappearing from the shelves. Found another store with a couple bottles left recently so I grabbed the IPA. Too bad. The real people who lose out are the awesome beer drinkers like me. But, here goes the IPA review. Poured into my big oversized DFH snifter, as usual for big IPA.

A: Pours with nice 1 finger frothy head leaving lots of big bubbles. A pretty clear pale amber orange color can't really mask the large number of bubbles floating to the top and the chunks of sediment that probably accumulated over the time this sat at the store.

N: The gentle hops are hard to smell.... who the hell am I kidding, I could smell the awesome hop goodness as I cracked this thing, and even more as I poured it. A nice pale malt aroma barely makes its way through all the awesome piney hop aromas. Some light citrus hops also pierce through taking some aromatic hops and slight sticky hop oil. And that about does it, lots of interesting hops and very light malts, and I believe the taste follows through on this formula, the so called west coast IPA.

T: Taste hits instantly with some piney hops, not overbearing, then adds a big kick of bitterness. Some nice malts never show their face through the hops and all you get from this is hops and bitterness. Some juicy fruit hop tastes really take over the center of this beer with some grapefruit and other tropical citrus tastes round off the hops tastes, but lighter than the initial hop goodness. The slightly sweet malty taste breaks the surface but then hides again.

M: Pretty thick surprisingly, with a huuuge carbonation. It takes over your mouth with a big frothy feel and bubbles that expand almost too much. The spicey hop taste almost burns the tongue, and yes I'm talking about hops. There are also some hop oils layering the thickness of the beer.

F: Finishes crazy bitter, as I expected. Some hop tropical goodness and pine linger for a few minutes. It finishes pretty dry and really rips the cells apart with its awesome hop goodness. The looong bitter finish and hop taste don't really leave your mouth and stick around for while to remind you about 5 minutes later that you drank an awesome IPA.

Final thoughts: For a West Coast IPA this is really the definition. It has a really strong piney and citrus hop presence and hop oils etc, without even hinting at the slightly malt base. Slightly sweet taste to start but very dry to finish. It seems to go overboard on the carbonation too. I'm surprised how well it made the time on the shelf as it still has its great hop tastes, aromas, bitterness, and hasn't malted or sweetened and many beers like this would. It also has a lot of sediment that came from extra bottle conditioning over time, I assume, and probably left behind the ridiculous carbonation. I've had some better IPAs before, both WC and EC, but this one is still a good fallback if you can get it. Would like to see it show up here again with a nice freshness, damn distribution follies!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 00:03:29 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Nice Tan head, carbonation is medium. The beer itself is a hazy amber color. The aroma definitely tells you that this beer is going to focus on the hops, I get notes of apricot and a pungent hoppiness. The apricot is the strongest aroma component, I like it. The apricot translates to the taste of the beer, it adds a bit of a fruity backdrop that interacts with the fruitiness from the ale yeast. A nice hop bit in the finish, followed by a clinging bitterness as a reminder of the beer that was just on my tongue. This is a nice IPA, not as extreme as some but I really like the flavor and aroma that is packed into this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 05:45:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured out as a clean looking yellow color, the head was pretty good here and left behind a strong lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some tropical fruit aromas and a little pine. The malts are also on the nose a little bit. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I enjoyed the pine and citrus flavors that the hops had in there. I feel that the mouthfeel was pretty good, a little on the light side. Overall this ipa was rather refreshing and it maintained a good flavor and aroma the whole time. This beer was a good one to try, glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:37:00 | More by Knapp85
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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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