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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,957 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,957
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 251 | FT: 8
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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Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color topped by a thick, fluffy off-white head that lasted for days. Tons of bright citrus in the nose. Tangerine and mandarin orange dominate the aroma. Wonderful drape of lace on the side of the glass as I pause to drink. Mouth wakening bitterness. There is a lot of grapefruit in the front of the flavor. Mild caramel and just a hint of Jolly Rancher orange candy on the finish. Loads of Chinook hop in this beer. The bitterness is pronounced, but not harsh. The mouth feel is lick, mildly oily. Great drinkability as the alcohol is well hidden.

carln26, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Risser09
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008?

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the surface. The head rises to an inch with an ivory hue. Decent retention and some lace remains behind.

Smell: Powerful citrus aroma has lots of sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon and no off-putting mineral aromas. Very enticing and fresh.

Taste: Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected from this beer. A pale malt flavor is apparent and then bittering hops take over. It has a smooth bitterness of citrus with an herbal quality that arrives later on. A floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bitter, medium body, slight sweetness and a finish of alcohol. As it warms, the beer becomes more apparently floral all around. It's a very pleasant and not cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. As I'm finding with the West Coast IPAs, they aren't cloyingly bitter. A nicely balanced beer that is very drinkable at a price tag of $4.79. Worth finding and consuming. Pronto!

Risser09, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Phigg1102
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Phigg1102, May 22, 2014
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -29.4%

akttr, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Prefer Alesmith

Like everything they do, this is fantastic. Big creamy white head. Bubbles, cloudy amber with yellow highlights.

Malts smell with citrus notes. Hoppy Hop notes.

Perfect balance of smooth malts and citrus hops, piney overtones as well. Like a hop and malt party on your tongue.

Bitter, but not resiny aftertaste. This one flirts with a DIPA aftertaste.

This beer rocks that bitch up and down the coast.

Murchmac, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a DFH signature glass. I assume this is pretty fresh as the Alesmith IPA bottles just started showing up on shelves here in PA. No date code that I could find.

A: A medium golden orange color with a big two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Massive citrus hops dominate the nose, some slight earthy and herbal notes and some hefty caramel malt.

T: Pucker up! Bitter and prickly right from the start. Huge citrus notes of pineapple, tangerine, pineapple and lemon zest mix with some herbal qualities. The hops get overtaken by the huge toffee and caramel malt flavor that dominates the middle of this beer. Finally the huge bitter pine and citrus laden finish pounds your mouth and lingers on forever.

M: Full, prickly, oily, no alcohol detected and lasting flavors. Nice almost perfect mouthfeel.

O: A great IPA that is best consumed fresh. I was never a huge Alesmith fan, but this IPA is terrific. It actually had more malt than I expected, but it works perfectly with the huge hops. Nice.

I'm glad this IPA has made it to PA. I'm not the hugest Alesmith fan as I thought their Yulesmith and Speedway were too sweet, but this beer is great. Kudos.

Kadonny, May 14, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

RoamingGnome, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jackndan
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith IPA: thank you BA for letting me learn about such fine beers, like Alesmith IPA in a 22 oz bomber. It pours a very nice looking tan, and is quite hazy, which of course is only natural for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is quite thick and long lasting, and is a tiny bit off white.

The aroma is very pleasant, extremely hoppy, with floral notes.

The taste is terrific, perfect for your friendly neighborhood hophead. Not really a traditional IPA as the hop profile is a little too huge, but on the other hand, it is not a double IPA hop bomb either. There is some balance between some bready malt, and the hops. The dominant flavor is citrus/grapefruit notes produced by the hops.

Extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Light bodied and tasty. Nice.

jackndan, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hallertau, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden/cloudy color with a frothy white head.

S - The aroma was definitely hoppy! Grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes were apparent.

T - Bitter. Some grapefruit was perceptible, but it was bitter at the beginning and finished bitter as well - but it somehow works.

M - Medium and holds up well.

D - Excellent for a bold hoppy IPA.

barefootbrewer, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -5.9%

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +17.6%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a almost off-white head. Aromas of citrus and melons and a little sweet malt. Tastes like tangerine and cantaloupe with a little children's chewable aspirin. Full body. Flowery, fruity hops overall. Finishes with some bitter hop. Totally pushes the IPA into Imperial IPA territory, but it's all relative I suppose. Big Ups to Tim Drhuhggs and his sister for making this beer happen for me. Totally worthy.

dedrinker, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a large frothy head. Lacing is in rings. Aroma is top notch, full of fruity tropical notes and bright juicy hop whiffs. Taste is also really tropical and hoppy. Bitterness is there but in a good amount. So nicely balanced. Lightly sweet. Not malty at all, only bright fruity hoppy flavors! Feel is slick and moderate. Super drinkable.

kbnooshay, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no date poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

Amber golden and hazy with a good off white head, medium retention and lacing.

Aroma is floral and fruity but there is pungent hop character lurking underneath. Tastes tropical fruit bitter, specifically pineapple and mango on a good malt base. The bitterness dominates this beer and the malt character seems rather low for 7.25% ABV, but is not a fault.

Crisp, dry, and deeply bittering, it's a top notch IPA.

tewaris, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev 0%

spw109, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BeastLU, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of everetends
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle I got thanks to the amazing rhinos00. This is one that I have been looking forward to for quite a while. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a really pretty color. The color is a nice and rich honey yellow with a amber hue to it. Held to the light, this beer is all golden yellow. really nice contrast of colors going on here. The got me a little over a finger of foamy white head. The head is very sticky and has some great retention. The glass is covered with lace from top to bottom. The body is cloudy with a thick haze. Light comes through but you can't see through to the other side. Very damned good looking brew.

S: Good amount of hops presence going on here. Big citrus hops aroma billowing out of this brew. Grapefruit is huge with a nice sweetness and bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange rind can also be found. A really nice earthiness comes up with some pine resin. The mlt presence is decent with some breadiness along with a touch of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate though, as they should.

T: Nice hops coming through again. Good amount of grapefruity goodness. You can actually get some grapefruit meat, skin and rind. Its all there with a nice distinct quality. The pine comes through on the backend but its not as much as I expected. Just a touch of caramel sweetness coming through that tries to cut this really nice bitterness coming out. Nice toasted bready malt as well. Touch of pineapple coming through on the end. Very nice and tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation level. Very crisp and beautiful. This beer is drying up front but on the backend actually come across pretty damned clean and refreshing. ABV has a slight heat on the back of the palate to the throat. Aftertaste is a touch of sweetness and grapefruit rind.

D: Absolutely drinkable. This beer goes down so damned easy its stupid. It also doesn't have that overly bitter and acidic weight that a lot of IPAs and DIPAs tend to have. Sure the flavors could be a bit more but I am not bitching. Everything going on in here is good or better. Mostly better than good. Damned fine IPA and its nice to get these big flavors in "just" an IPA rather than a DIPA. It has the big aroma and flavor, but the easy drinkability and mouthfeel of that IPA. Get you some.

everetends, May 12, 2009
Photo of mjw1200
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mjw1200, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mixed_master7, May 10, 2013
Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Kevincredible, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of bootdown21
4/5  rDev -5.9%

bootdown21, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this fantastic Extra courtesy of . Thank you so much! Can't believe I waited this long to pop it. Poured into a nice twelve ounce HopLeaf pint glass and enjoyed profusely.

A- Tad bit less than I was expecting for a head. The crisp white miniature bubbles dissipated too quick until I was left with a few lilly pads and a layer of pond scum to view. Decent blood orange tints to an otherwise moderate amber body. Solid thick mountains of lacing always can be found around the rim of my glass.

S- Definite notes of pine and citrus. The citrus is of the grapefruit persuasion, of course. A cleanliness exists on the aroma. The ending is like a breath of fresh air. There isn't much to describe something like that, but a definite feeling occurs.

T- Pretty light on all notes here. The finish is the most easily identifiable characteristic to bring up. It is a light take on an IPA. Bitter pine resins tingle all over the palate hitting bitter receptors. The alcohol actually comes forward to give a interesting combination. Both hit upon bitter notes, but each one is unique and separate from each other.

If you let this fluid linger around the oral cavity, the alcohol finally becomes apparent. Its almost like a dilute spirit in its incarnation. Spicy, bland, and astringent. Good thing for me I enjoy these flavors for what they are.

The last flavor I must comment on is the opening. Its a malty piece of fruit. Very heavy on how it hinders the sweetness to come out, leaving you with what citrus bread would taste like.

M- Full bodied, noticeable tingles, and definitely lingering. These hops find nooks and crannies that most beers pass up. Its foolish, why would I ever lick that location? and than I did... Clever, girl.

D- Without a doubt I would drink this again. It is a starter IPA. It has everything you like about an IPA, and very little of the distracting factors. I'd love to bring this to an 'introductory' craft beer night, but alas I don't have easy access to this beer. The alcohol doesn't detract, the flavors are enjoyable for the most part, and the aroma lacks. Overall, good not great.

Khazadum, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev -5.9%

mikefuski17, May 04, 2014
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,957 ratings.