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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

3,079 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,079
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 416
Gots: 276 | 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 Adrianized
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear light orange-amber. One finger thick white head with big bubbles.

Almost entirely citrus hops nose along with pine. Oranges and lemon, some grapefruit, caramel malt in the background.

A little bit of citrus hops up front, with a caramel malt middle. It's quickly taken over by resiny piney hops and oils. These bitter hop oils build up nicely, and are rounded out with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Fullbodied and pretty thick for an IPA. Mild carbonation but good.

Good, well-balanced IPA.

Adrianized, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of TimPell
4.25/5  rDev 0%

TimPell, May 14, 2012
Photo of Rideguy64
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Rideguy64, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Big_V
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Big_V, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of NMFB
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

NMFB, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of zdauber
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

zdauber, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of starkmarvelo
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alesmith IPA

Pours slightly hazy golden color with very minimal bubbles. Chunky two finger off whit head

Aromas of sticky pine citrus and sweet tropical fruit.

Bunch of hop bitterness throughout with some citrus rind bitterness. Waiting for the fruit notes but never quite make it on the palate. There's something missing. Too hop forward, there's just not a sweet note in it.

Overall- it's okay. I got it in a trade. If I saw it on a shelf I wouldn't buy it.
Just waiting for that extra something at the end that doesn't happen.

starkmarvelo, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of druptight
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

druptight, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of dwitt24
4/5  rDev -5.9%

dwitt24, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of JammyV
4.25/5  rDev 0%

JammyV, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of GoatMother
4.25/5  rDev 0%

GoatMother, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Dirksen
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
Photo of micko323
4.25/5  rDev 0%

micko323, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of kaips1
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a fresh bomber from cavax as an extra, thanks man, i split this with my gf

this is the second time ive had this beer and i feel fair to review it this time, this beer poured slowly was quite the foamy head gusher, lots of head with even the slowest pour, when i got the glass filled it had about a 2in frothy head. the beer itself is a solid cloudy dark amberish orange, it looks good. now on to my favorite part of this beer, the nose on this is all citrus and fruity. i get some grapefruit some pineapple some orange and some hop juice, not grassy. the flavors were kinda toned down from the nose but still tasty. the mouthfeel is very solid and a little heavier than some may expect. the carbonation isnt as jumpy as i was expecting, i guess it lost some of the zest in the beginning. overall this is a very good beer and i hear its pretty cheap in cali, you guys are so lucky, drinkability is very high, i could drink this all day and like i do stone. get some alesmith ipa its worth it.

kaips1, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Bluestar
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber dated september 10, 2013 into an IPA glass

A - Bright golden hue, persistent fluffy white head on the beer, about 2 fingers thick Very pretty.

S - Grapefruit, Citrus, Something tropical, a little piney, and a sweet caramel note at the end for good measure

T - Starts out like the smell, finishes with a nice strong bitterness like an IPA should. Barely notice the alcohol - in fact I couldn't tell you it was over 7% without reading the specs.

M - A little undercarbonated for my taste. I like my IPA's to prick the tongue, and this one didn't quite do it for me. A very smooth mouthfeel

O - Very drinkable, very good IPA. Glad the guy at the bottle shop recommended I take one home while I was visiting in California. Would definitely recommend and drink again at the $6 price point, if I had regular access to the beer.

Bluestar, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of ben4unc
4.25/5  rDev 0%

ben4unc, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of awalk1227
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed 1/23/10, courtesy of mikeyjk. After inspection of the beautiful, simply designed bottle, no freshness date or code could be found.

Poured into a Duvel Parra tulip

A: Pours a bright, translucent yellow. It's not a complete fog of haze, but it's not brilliantly clear like a Founders Harvest Ale. A nice, fluffy white head clings to the mouth of the tulip. I get some very pretty lacing on the way down, bonus points!

S: This one is straight forward pine and resin, a change from all the blast-of-tropical fruit IPAs I've been drinking lately. There is a mild hint of grapefruit rind. The beer is pretty cold now, so it's either that or the fact that it's brewed with pretty light malts that I'm not getting a sweet/caramel aroma like I do with a lot of beers in this style.

T: Bitter hops and pine come back from the aroma to meet in the flavor. Perhaps this isn't the absolute freshest bottle, as there is a bit of a lack of citrus to be found. However, maybe that's the nature of the beer, I'll have to read more reviews. Non-intrusive malt carries the beer to the slightest creamy sweetness in the finish.

F: Crisp, tingly, and bitter upon hitting my tongue. Fills the mouth with a pretty smooth, creamy texture, and dries on the finish without smacking my palate around too much.

D: This is incredibly drinkable for 7.25% ABV. If it was available locally, I'd buy fresh a couple more times. If it was available locally and in six packs, I'd buy it a lot more.

awalk1227, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Fubar1453
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Fubar1453, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of garthwaite
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle provided courtesy of drewbage - many thanks! In the glass this is amber with a long lasting tan head. Relatively subdued, but extremely pleasant aroma of citrus & spicy hops - a nice blend between grapefruit & pepper in the hop aroma with some sweetness in the background. Hop resins aplenty in the mouth as this one continues on the same path as the nose indicated building on a sweet toasted caramel malt base with a blend of piney, floral, & citrusy hops. Moderately bitter & very well balanced. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth creaminess in the mouth. A well-balanced & well-crafted IPA.

garthwaite, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a light golden yellow, with slight copper hues and a creamy, lacy white head

grapefruit dominates the nose, with sturdy pine, resiny, floral, and slight lemony hops

hoppy, first piney, then slight citrus with both lemon and grapefruit, but more lemon. floral notes on the finish with a spicy and dry finish

smooth, crisp, hoppy yet balanced, with a lot of good flavors mixing around, with a light yet solid malty backbone; just enough to provide balance yet not cloud the hops. relatively light bodied but very long on the finish

its got all the hop flavors that I look for in an IPA. Solid hops with a plethora of hoppy flavors that last end coat the palate. smooth, big, balanced, delicious, with a light enough body that makes it go down way to easy.

bitterthebetter, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Scoobydank
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Light vibrant orange color. A huge froathy head
S: Right away those grapefruit hops start pounbding out with just a touch of sweetness as well.
T: Whoa, there are those grapefruits again. Those over power, but there is a nice little touch of candy sweetness as well.
M:Sharp fizz on the back going down. Otherwise a round full feeling
D: Awesome. I am a huge fan of Alesmith.

Scoobydank, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of mpetersen
4/5  rDev -5.9%

mpetersen, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ipafool
5/5  rDev +17.6%

ipafool, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of HopsSlayer
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

HopsSlayer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of carolinared
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Formed a nice creamy head in pint bitters glass, kept lacing and head to the bottom. Seemed to get better as the glass emptied, aroma not great from the start but much better with some warming. Mouthfeel and aftertaste the winner for me, not too much carbination. Overall a wonderful IPA that could, for my taste, also be a session beer. Definitely wanted another after the first!

carolinared, May 03, 2014
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,079 ratings.