AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 3,436
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 458
Gots: 421 | FT: 10
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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: 1,192 | Hads: 3,436
Photo of Rezzin
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice semi hazy copper color with a fluffy off white head that just sticks around as I drink for the glass.

S - WOW - this thing smells awesome! Smells piny, floral, sweet, malty, maybe a little grapefruit and peaches, and something else can't pin down. Just smells really really good!

T - MMmmm! Great piney, a citrusy hop taste than goes immediately into malty sweet goodness. IPA's like this are hard for me to describe because there seems to be so much going on. I had a slight alcoholic bite at first sip but it's been covered by all this flavor goodness. This thing has a great aftertaste too.

M - Smooooth with a slightly dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D - This beer has immediately become one of the house staples. A VERY drinkable beer and you don't necessarily have to be a hop head to enjoy - but it doesn't hurt I'm sure. It's not over the top imo because of the great malt balance. Thanks for making my evening AleSmith Brew Co.! (963 characters)

Photo of mully
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to rayjay for this beer

a-- thick fine bubbled head leaves a fine lace down to a thinly retained head murky gold apricot color

s-- sugary apricots, hint of citrus brightness a light caramel undertone

t-- full/grainy meaty hops balanced biterness - citrus comes in later slight apricot damn good beer

m-- fine carbonation well attenuated not overly sweet

d-- not over the top -- well balanced and refined. (416 characters)

Photo of FishGetter
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker amber color with loads of streaming bubbles. Half inch frothy head.
Not a real fregrant nose. Some sweet malts with very mild citrus hops. Somewhat bready nose captured for the most part.
After breaking through a frothy head, a melow cirtus hop flavor. Some sweetend barly breaks through with a semi-spicy alchol burn to finish.
Almost a medium body with sticky oily resins left in the mouth. Remains on tounge with alchol.
Respectable but not very impressive by a west coast IPA. Was very excited to see it back on the shelfs after what I was told to be "distrbution problem". Freshness is suspect here but really feels like lighting a firecracker and finding out its a dud. (682 characters)

Photo of wd40
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like the perfect beer! Has a somewhat hazy dark golden color with a thick foam. The head reminds me of a Belgian beer because it set into an almost solid layer above the beer. Tons of lace left behind on the glass. Smell is hoppy. Peach and apricots. The taste is similar with a crisp finish which adds to the drinkability. The bitterness of the hops lingers a little, but it fades quickly and completely enough to allow exceptional drinkability. The mouthfeel could have just a little more carbonation to allow for a slightly more airy texture. But it was good nonetheless. Exceptional beer. Somewhat reminiscent of Alesmith's Yulesmith winter IPA, but with a little less bite. (684 characters)

Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/16/09 review from my notes.

A: Pours a rich golden yellow with a 2" off white custard head. Thick and creamy topping on a great looking glass of beer.

S: A rich citrus, piney hop aroma is released when you open the bottle and once in the glass that's all you can smell. Sweet grapefruit - fantastic smell.

T: Unfortunately the smell seems more powerful than the taste which seems a bit on the light side. There is a bit too much bitter at the end for my taste.

M: Also a bit lighter than expected but has great carbonation for the style.

O: Overall this is a good IPA but not the best. PtE has this beat on all accounts and for Alesmith I think that I prefer a fresh Winter Yulesmith - not sure why this one is rated higher? (733 characters)

Photo of zuggy9
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended to me by an employee at BevMo, and I was quite pleased. It has a somewhat milky nature for an IPA, but the smell and taste are quite wonderful. Smooth and dense, it's has a hearty taste and a good moderate finish, not too dry and not too bitter. (266 characters)

Photo of macktbone
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a gift as we can't get Alesmith products in NorCal.

A- very crisp cider like appearance. Thin white head with even coverage over the beer. Visible carbonation makes me a little hesitant.

S- Strong centenial/cascade hops. Apples and cinnamon, very clean.

T- Cider like bite with and oaky finish. Taste doesn't hold up to the hoppy aroma. Cherry wood aftertaste.

M- Probably the best mouthfeel for an IPA. creamy and low carbonation lends itself well to the citrus blend without loosing the crispness.

D- easily drinkable for a solid IPA. Alesmith keeps to its hard hitting quality.

I will give this another shot. I almost hope this bottle was affected somehow that might have dulled the taste. (716 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (no freshness) into SN pint glass...had been waiting in vain to try this beer after about a week of going dry...

huge four fingers of sticky white head-great retention, massive pillowy yet rocky froth...hazy burnt yellow/orange body

STRONG citrus character with a giant hop presence...good malt backbone helps keep this floral boquet in check...sweet ass west coast aroma

bitter + bitter=unbalanced!! there is a sweetness near the finish, but the bitterness takes away from everything esle. there is some citrus with a strong hop presence but it quickly fades. it seems as if there is absolutely no malt backbone for it to stand on, which contradicts my thoughts on the nose...

a bit watery and low on carbonation, but just smooth enough to be average

the bitterness hurts but with no alcohol showing, it is a decent quaffer...

is this a good ipa? yeah... is it great? no...

there are a lot of things that have left me a bit befuddled by this beer, mainly the lack of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. either this was old (can't tell when it doesn't have any freshness markings that i can find) or i have started getting tougher on my IPAs. either way, i was expecting more...i will probably revisit this in the future to see if anything changes.

(i don't think Ben and I are drinking the same beer) (1,322 characters)

Photo of Dlish
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, very light in color, heavy frothy head not crystal clear. Would like a little more amber color or something to let me know that this is not going to be all hops.

S- Strong smell of lemon and orange, like orange jello, a bit pinny bit herbal and little no malt. I really like the smell its IPA but its a little bit different.

T- woo, a lot different that I imagine, it is very malty and sweet, there is a solid amount of hops but a lot of the lemon and orange. But very syrupy, and something is a little bit off, there is an almost apple/yeasty taste which messes up the fresh hoppy taste.

M- Syrupy, almost yeasty.

Overall better than the last alesmith I had, it is nice and hoppy like any san diego beer. But the malty syrupy taste gives it something a little bit off, and not a good off like a double ipa. (829 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great IPA out of San Diego or as I like to call it San Di-IPA-go!

The aroma has a great piney, earthy and light caramel/toast bouquet. The appearance was copper with a slight chill haze. I know it's bottle conditioned but even the first four ounces out of the bomber were hazy. The head has small bubbles, lasts forever and is merenque-esque. The flavor is great, a full mouth of centennial (I think) hop flavor and bitterness nicely held up by a pedestal of malt sweetness and some mild alcohol warmth. The mod low carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel and keeps the hops from bowling over the rest of the flavors. This was a higly drinkable IPA. I wish I could get it in Alaska. (694 characters)

Photo of vwcraig
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Held onto this for my 50th review and many thanks to Tim for the trade.

Poured into AleSmith pint glass just for the occassion. Poured the deepest amber color and almost brownish. Large off-whit head laces the glass well ans really sustains even though the rising bead isn't overwhelming. Smells of orange peel and floral hops jump out with a toasted malt smell also. Resiny hop taste that follows the nose too. Malts almost taste darker to me like between toasted and roasty. Medium bodied and decent carbonatiare on in mouthfeel that isn't overdone. Bitterness in mouthfeel is really felt on rear sides of tongue. Drinkability is very good eventhough availability is not for me. Alcohol is decently masked for the strength. Will try for more bottles of this in the future. (777 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, clean-looking copper into my Stone pint glass. A two-finger thick off-white head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a thin film that remains till the last sip. Minor amounts of lacing remain.

Nose is very floral and citrusy, with pine and grapefruit notes well-balanced for an incredibly crisp smelling beer.

Bigger malt presence than the nose would predict, but not intrusive as some of the more malt-forward brews can be. The citrusy hop presence seems just about perfect.

Body is right in the middle, with a medium to high level of carbonation for the style. Finish leaves the mouth with a perfect bitter hop presence.

Another world class offering from AleSmith. (691 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Solomon420
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice honey hue with slight cloudiness and a nice bubbly head, almost too much head. It wasnt a creamy head, but light and fluffy. The smell was of hops and wintergreen pine and some other spices hiding in the background. First swig was a bit too hoppy and full for me, but as it warmed up towards the end of the large bottle the taste mellowed and didnt have a lot of bite like the first taste. Mouthfeel was not bad, a bit bubbly and spicey aftertaste. Overall a drinkable IPA, but I just got into this style so I am still doing a lot of tasting of them, however this is the mellowest so far of them and the one I would prefer to drink again. (643 characters)

Photo of cerveza5150
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AP: Great bubbly poor. This beer just begs for a group of enthusiastic IPA drinkers. Nice off white head with good retention. Lots of bubbles with a little lacing.

SM: Piny/citrusy hops present on the nose. A slight hint of caramel hops. The aroma hints at the taste explosion.

T: Ok, I've tried alot of beer, but this one is INCREDIBLE. The first 5 I've ever given on taste, this ale had it all. I was expecting a full hop experience, and this didn't disappoint. It starts with some slightly herbish hops on the nose, and finishes to an awesome citrusy, almost, dare I say it, cannabis-like hoppy taste. The malt is present enough to balance out the hops. All in all, as close to perfection as I've tasted.

M: Bubbles persisted, but were tempered by the slight heat of the alcohol. The finish begs for another taste.

D: An incredibly easy drinking IPA. Alesmith really outdid themselves this time. (910 characters)

Photo of isaac
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. to pint glass.

pours an almost crystal clear, golden-amber body eith two-fingered, slow to sink and rocky, off-white head, after the sinking of which, slow, fine lacing appears down the glass. the nose is surpsingly subtle, with only faint hints of what's to come - pine, citrus, a vague hint of sunflowers, and caramel malts. taste is much the same, but bigger, bolder, very well balanced, and quite refreshing. mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp on the tongue, smooth in the swallow. it's a bit astringent at first, but that fades as the beer warms. i could have this all night - very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

paired well with my attempts at homemade japanese food. (690 characters)

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful gold tinged with orange hues and a clean white head.

S - Hop fruitiness (oranges, pears, grapefruit) with some earthy lemongrass notes.

T - The hop fruitiness hits you first with some citrus and berry flavors. The fruitiness ends with hints of grapefruit that segues nicely into a sweet maltiness. The grapefruit also transitions into pure hop bitterness that closes the sip.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is probably the best IPA I have ever had. The hop complexities and maltiness combine for a very well-balanced brew despite finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. The smell and flavor profile are amazing. With a taste this good and an abv of only 7.25 make this an incredibly drinkable beer. (745 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
No freshness info to be found on the bottle however I am fairly certain is is pretty fresh as it just hit shelves around these parts very recently. And only does so something like twice a year. Anyway, here we go....

A-> A golden amber/orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of white lace sticking behind. A gentle pour yielded not quite 2 fingers worth of head.

S-> Whoa! This one smells fruity! And lots of it! The bouquet is chock full of a host of fresh and zesty tropical fruits. From grapefruit to mango to a clementine/tangerine? and could that even be some peach?! Pine is there as well with a west coast hop smell along with some kind of sweet, not quite caramel malt aroma. Enticing to say the least....

T-> This was a burst of flavor first hitting the tongue. Juicy tropical fruits, particularly the mango and clementine. In the middle, the hoppy pine bitterness takes center stage yet finishes unexpectedly mild and much less in your face than I was anticipating, which was a pleasant surprise. This really exhibits exceptional balance in my eyes (and taste buds) as the juicy and fruity explosion gives way to a crisp, cleansing pine hop resin that finishes smooth and mellow. Really quite enjoyable...

M-> Again, crisp and smooth. Nice hefty amount of carbonation of which I typically enjoy. With a moderately dry yet mild, and very "non-stinging" finish. Very sticky yet fairly light in body even for a single IPA (albeit at the extreme end of the "single" spectrum @ 7.25%!)

O-> I really enjoyed this beer. It was such an enjoyable, extremely refreshing surprise on the first few pours that were cold. And as it warmed a very subdued spiciness became ever so slightly apparent and that only served to further complement the fruit to pine transition in the middle. This beer really was exceptional and a welcome reprieve (even for this hop head and IPA enthusiast) from some of the harsher hop bombs I have been swigging recently. I will be picking up another bottle or two while these are still around, seeing as I paid less than $7 for this one... (2,176 characters)

Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt. (376 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 uberabr
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 22 into a tulip, but I'de recommend a pint glass. This head is literally thick enough to carve. Amazing. Maybe a little too thick. Carbonation is superb. Color is a glowing golden amber.

S: A hoppyness that would be adequate for most hopheads but not overdone, perhaps even toned down. Delicate and refined. Grassy, floral, and fruity, with a very nice mix of woodsy citrus and honey malt.

T: More hops than in the nose. A crisp grapefruit bitterness with sour fruits. Tart peaches, honey, and some bread and butter.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent. Extremely well carbonated (this bottle is perhaps over-carbonated), and a full, warming, complex body.

This one is complex and strong enough for special occasions but quaffable enough for the casual drink. Refined and well crafted. A very impressive IPA. (831 characters)

Photo of Med
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice tan color with a slight chill-haze. Head is white and about one finger but doesn't last. lacing is merely okay.

S - Hops at the front but not overpowering. Citrus and slight cat pee (not necessarily a bad thing).

T - As with the aroma the hops are the story here. Grapefruit and orange peel followed by a nice bitterness. The finish lingers on.

M - Medium bodied but the carbonation takes it. Small bubbles tingle on the tongue and add to the experience.

D - Very quafable. If only this was available locally!

All in all a fine example of the American IPA. Certainly not a session beer but easy to drink. (626 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Subtle pale malt, citrusy and floral hops, no esthers, slight astringency.
A: Pours Clear, golden yellow w/ a thin white head that quickly dissipates.
F: Tastes bitter upfront, malt presence is slight if non existent, the balance is towards the bitter hops. Finish is w/ a lingering bitterness.
M: I found it to be lacking in carbonation with an almost watery mouthfeel. No warmth / creaminess . Slight astringency coming from the hop bitterness.
O: This beer has a great nose per style. A very bitter IPA. However I found this beer to be lacking in mouthfeel and taste. Suggest more in the way of malt character that would improve the body and flavor of this beer. (669 characters)

Photo of SDDanC
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always walked past this. I can't believe what I've been missing. Out of bottle into tulip, fat bubbles, lots of fluffly white head. Nose is filled with fresh hops, if I am not mistaken, amarillo hops. Earthyness, and slight citrus. Tastes of fresh amarillo hops, sweet, grapefruit, and grass. Mouthfeel, light and bubbly. Full flavor and refreshing. Overall. . . Holy crap. This beats pliny IMO. Especially for the price. I will definitely be picking this up on a regular basis. (485 characters)

Photo of BigbROB
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a mystery IPA from Davidsk in a trade.

A - nice orange hazy with a good amount of head. Lots of yeast sediment.

S- A little citrus but mostly smelling lots of big hops!

T- Excellent! Nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Taste a little citrus with big piney hops.

M - long after taste. carbonation leaves a nice light feeling on the tongue.

D - very smooth highly drinkable.

Reviewed 5-25-10 1st review! (427 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.