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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 432
Gots: 343 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear perfect amber with 1.5 finger slightly off white head. Leaves some lacing as it fizzles down to thin covering.

S: Right off the bat with citrus hops, grapefruit and a pine. Floral notes too. Can get a thick malt smell though, especially as it warms.

T: Not the hopbomb i was expecting, a real nice balance here. Certainly has that west coast IPA taste. Pretty sweet malts back it up. Still a very citrusy hop. Love the lasting hop.

M: Has a medium body with a real smooth body. Doesnt really have any bite considering the hops in it. A little bit of stickiness lingers.

Overall a really good. Could easily drink most of a 22 while rating this beer.

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rastacouere
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-orange, bottle-conditionned, smallish off-white head. Piney christmas tree aroma feels very green. Big coniferous seeds in the forms of C-hops make the malt appear very subdued. Taste is fresh and rather complex for the style. Orange skin, earth, and piney bitterness. Finish is long, hoppy, very dry, green, but perhaps a bit too alcoholic for its relatively low strenght. Hoppy all the way through, no mistakes about it. Medium to full body, moderate fitting carbonation. I’d just have loved to see more of the alesmith’s fabulous malt manipulations.

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sukwonee
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: One finger head, not much lacing, light-to-medium orange color with lots of bubbles

S: Grapegruit, pine, citrus, sweet orange

T: Very very well balanced. Starts off with hops and finishes with bready malt. Perfect amount of sweetness to balance the bitter. Awesome!

M: Too much carbonation maybe, but not too bad. Due to the sweetness and maltiness, I keep thinking that this should be a bit smoother, but carbonation keeps this lighter and more refreshing.

O: I liked it a lot. Another great beer from San Diego. Alesmith makes great beers - they should distribute wider.

Photo of comfortablynirm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA pours a very slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Smell is very fruity with a lot of citrus, orange, grapefruit, as well as a slight piney aroma. The taste is more sweet citrus, lots of orange flavor with a hint of bitter grapefruit. The sweet maltiness kicks in just enough to balence the solid hop bitterness. This beer is so balenced, it hides its strength very well. I brought this bottle back from CA, hopefully it makes its way out the the East Coast soon.

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, really fizzy, bright yellow pour with a nice thick head and great lacing. The nose is typical, big West Coast IPA with tons of citrus and subtle floral notes. The taste is also dominated by citrus with oranges and peaches at the forefront. Perfect balance with enough malty sweetness to complement the grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel suffers a bit for me because of the high carbonation. Nice crisp, dry finish. The great balance makes this beer incredibly drinkable. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fresh bottle so I expected a ton of over the to hops. Well, it delivered in a very pleasant way. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold/copper with a quickly rising head that leaves chunks of sticky lacing. Just as an IPA should.
Smell is very mellow for a fresh IPA, citrus and piny hops with a mild sweetness.
Taste is sublime, the hops are the dominant note, but not at all in a super bitter, overpowering way. Citrus, pine, grass, flowers are all present. Perfectly carbonated, not too bubbly, spot on.
Sticky and chewy and super drinkable. Can't wait till summer to down a few of these on a hot afternoon.
I've been leaning toward stouts and barleywines lately. This one could bring me back to the hoppy side again.

Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with simple, yet functional graphics.

Appearance: Poured a rich-looking honey color into the glass. Thick and immensely sticky lace sticks like cotton candy to your hands.

Smell: Holy crap. Before you even get near the glass, the aromas of this beer, like a heat-seeking missle, target your olfactories for destruction. And the aromas are successful in their mission. The onslaught is all pine. Shove a pine tree up your nose and you begin to understand just how large and impressive the aromas are. Spicy, pine cones, citrus. It's all there...and it's all hops. Spectacular.

Taste: As expected, this beer is a lesson in hops. However, there is a wonderful balance achieved by a malty-honey-caramel sweetness that takes just the slightest edge off the bite of the hops. It also got smoother and more flavorful on the palate as it warmed up. While not as "in your face" as other IPA's, Alesmith's version nonetheless definitely lets you know that it is a hoppy creation. Starts off grassy, middle is sweet, ending is a dash of warming alcohol (though the alcohol was very, very well-hidden in this), followed by a lip-coating, sigh-inducing, oily belch-creating (the best part!) bitterness that is a joy to experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and extremely smooth.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. I probably wouldn't be able to taste anything for a week, but it would be worth it. Very hoppy, yet very well-balanced. ABV is hidden well (could be dangerous after a few pints), and the bitter aftertaste sparks the desire to keep drinking.

Overall an excellent item to add to the list of IPA's I've sampled and one I most assuredly want to try again.

Note: A huge BA.com thanks to hopjack13 for this bottle.

Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brilliant orange/golden color with a massive pillowy white foam head that leaves some great lacing.

S- Nice light citrus hop aroma with traces of pine and orange. There is a trace amount of alcohol present as well.

T- Nice sharp hop bitterness initially with lots of pine and hop resin flavor. The citrus notes are a bit weaker than expected and include orange peel, grapefruit, and sour apple. A very light sweetness in the finish accompanies a slight alcohol sting.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. Juicy and smooth.

D- A great brew that I may have built up a little too much in my head. Certainly worth trying but I was hoping for a bit more citrusy hop flavor.

Photo of bootdown21
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,241 ratings.