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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,242
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 433
Gots: 343 | FT: 10
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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of martyl1000
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Am I glad I didn't spring for the $12 bomber, or whatever insane it price it sells for. It's an excellent brew. But "95"? I shake my head in wonder.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Poured this one kind of gentle, I have learned from bottles of Ale Smith in the past they can be kind of volatile. A light, bright orange color. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles that leave a three finger, bright white, frothy head. Lace sticks nicely in a ring pattern.

Smell is quite citrus and piney and sweet. I can also get just a hint of bread.

Taste is yellow grapefruit bitter with tangerine or orange sweet. There are just a bit of sweet from the malt bill also. I am getting no yeast or bread at all and getting just a bit of alcohol burn. As this warm it gets even sweeter, but the bitter continues to wreck the tongue. Fantastic!!

Mouth is crisp and refreshing. The West Coast hoppyness does leave you scraping the back of your tongue on the bottom or your front teeth. Quite exceptional!!

Overall I have loved this for years. Ale Smith does not bottle date so I have no idea how old this bottle is. I do know it has been on the shelf at the local bottle shop for at least 2 months. With that being said I loved this. It is a must grab!!

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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange in color with a deep yellow hue. Started with a heavy chill haze but clarified as it warmed. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a sticky, soapy cap. Amazingly fresh aroma: grapefruit, pungent pineapple, ripe orange, and solid sweet caramel malt beneath. Bread and biscuit aromas grew as the temperature warmed. Smooth feel with a lightly tangy and resinous feel as the carbonation rolls through. Flavors are very similar to aromas: fresh, but pungent, citrus hop flavors with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Again, bready, biscuity flavors intensified as things warmed up. A bit of pine hop flavor at the finish that lingered for a while.

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4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, beautiful copper amber color with a huge yellow-white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy floral and pine hop smells, grapefruit, tropical, mango, papaya, pineapple

T: floral and pine with less fruit than expected, quite bitter, grapefruit, lemon, tart and bitter yet refreshing

M: medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, crisp finish, higher carbonation

O: an excellent IPA with a terriffic nose, flavors are presented smoothly which keeps this beer refreshing, thanks to Candi for hauling this one back from Cali

Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a honey like shade with a minute head.
S: huge amounts of sweet citrus on the nose with a slight underpinning of pine, smells of grapefruit as well
T: taste starts off citrusy with some sweet caramel undertones, toward the back end there is some pine with a hint of sweetness, spicy on the swallow with lingering soft bitterness
M: smooth and silky from bottle conditioning, a bit prickly but not overly so
O: I remember it more fondly at the brewery, but still a well done beer

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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of head. A good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is bursting with citrusy hops. It really leaps out at you and fills the nostrils easily. The taste is all hops baby. Lots of fresh juicy hops with great grapefruit flavor and nice bitterness. The body is creamy and thick. The drinkability is great, I would have never guessed this to be 7.25%. A flippin' fantastic IPA. Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this to our tasting!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,242 ratings.