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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

3,008 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,008
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 410
Gots: 266 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Williaar, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mixed_master7, May 10, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bright golden orange color. Oh it looks so beautiful. A unique color for an IPA but in a wonderful way. A decent amount of lacing on the glass but didn't stick to the sides of the glass like many elite IPAs I've had.

Smell: Very subdued here, almost too much so. But the aroma that is there is truly heavenly, bright citrus blasts that come in waves. Orange peel, mango, and other tropical fruits. Very pleasant.

Taste: Wow, such a wonderfully rounded citrus, hop, pine flavor. The bright citrus flavor seem to reign supreme here but the balanced flavor is elite. The fruit flavors attack the front of this beer and eventually yield to a creamy pine flavor. One of the best single IPAs I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly drinkable mouthfeel. Goes down at an alarmingly smooth rate. The dry pine flavor sticks on the palette.

Overall: A masterpiece. My favorite of all the Alesmith beers. This beer really reminded me of Pliny the Elder with such a rounded perfected flavor (I really just wanted to brag I've had Pliny the Elder). An incredible value and will is a must buy.

KFBR392, Jan 19, 2013
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
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Beezee, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

unclekeith, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

dgeebs07, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

davemathews68, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Gushue3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- comes out pale gold and looks hazy gold with a big 2 finger head. Great retention and lacing is medium. Looks great.

S- nice citrusy note thats mostly sweet. Not getting much malt in this. Somewhat spicy. Me like

T- nice bitterness upfront that follows until the finish. Gets slightly sweet in the middle but the bitterness is prominent. Not much malt in this one, i like the balance.

M- medium mouthfeel with similar carbonation. Finishes with my mouth more wet than ctisp and dry.

O- excellent hop forward IPA that definitely satisfies.

Thank you John for this unexpected surprise!

Gushue3, May 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

CesarLopes, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

kmos27, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

slimntubbs, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

sunofneurot, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle shipped to me from Escondido, CA. I can't get enough of Alesmith after my trip to the brewery last summer.

A - A bronze amber, with 2 fingers of head, and sticky lace all over the glass. Small bubbles rise to the top throughout

S - Ok, the smell is off the hook. The most delicous citrus hoppy smell ever. It takes over the room as soon as you open the bottle.

T - An incredibly tasty mix of citrus and pine hops. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste, but alot of citrus, fruit flavors for a west coast IPA.

M - Medium bodied, smooth.

O - An amazingly tasty, well balanced IPA. This goes up in my top 5. So damn drinkable and the ABV is completely hidden

BeerDawgs, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Mikexw, Jul 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Googs, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

roostor07, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Benesi88, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

great great great ipa. being an east coast native, i expected this one to be overly hopped and unbalanced, following the stereotype of west coast ipa. boy, was i wrong. georgeous dark golden color with a frothy white head that wouldn't go away. nose and taste exhibited extremely well balanced hop profile riding on a nice malt backbone with just enough bitter in the finish. medium full body that just begged to be enjoyed again and again and again. these guys make me want to give up and move as close as possible to the alesmith brewery so i can do nothing but be an alesmith lab rat. much respect to the alesmith team.

timtim, Mar 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SCZ, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

An almost white, two finger head relaxes to a thick cap that lasts, and leaves some crankin' lace arms hugging the inside of the mini snifter.

Despite purposely choosing my aroma capturer snifter, this has but a light/medium aroma, but a good'un. Neutral sweet, slightest grain, and varieties of sweet citrus mingling with some grassy floral. Nice.

Fourteen ounces (or so) in and I have a handle on what makes this so fucking delicious. It is the littlest bit of lemony, Sorachi Ace-like flavor that is behind a clean mix of grainy sweet and citrus hop complexity. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and the lemon, this touches all the bases. This would be a higher taste grade if it finished a bit cleaner and more bitter. It gets some piney dry going, but could be epic with more.

Mouthfeel this beer's best feature. Low carb.,very viscous, pretty fucking clean for it, and a finish just short of amazing. Quite refreshing and interesting.

Too bad for this beer so many great, I say again GREAT, IPA made in this country now, or this would be the best IPA ever. As it is the list is right, at least ten even more excellent. A must try for lovers of this style!

cavedave, Jul 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jjheinrichs, Nov 15, 2011
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,008 ratings.