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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,009 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 410
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
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 BrianTheBrewer30
5/5  rDev +17.6%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of imfatsowhat
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

imfatsowhat, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of FFreak
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into willi glass. This is one awesome IPA. A golden orange with just a very slight haze and an ample white head that sticks around and leaves nice lace on the glass. Big hoppy aroma...pine, resin, citrus and some tropical fruit. Tastes amazing..crisp and refreshing with.nicely balanced hops and malty sweetness. A perfect example of a west coast IPA. This one is now very close to the top of my list.

FFreak, May 02, 2014
Photo of SD0430
4/5  rDev -5.9%

SD0430, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of sarahspat
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of frothy, fat-rising foam, which takes its time settling down. Liquid is darker pale, edging toward orange.

The nose is hoppy: piney, earthy, grapefruit and pear. The taste is more of the same with a definite roasted character to the finish.
Medium thick mouthfeel with abundant carbonation. There is a bit of an alcohol presence on the palate, but it's not strong enough to adversely affect the drinkability too much.

This is a solid IPA, but it's not necessarily one of my faves.

sarahspat, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of halfP1NT
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to t0rin0 for this one...

Clear amber in color, huge, thick white head. Leaves tons of lacing. Great retention.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops-grapefruit, orange. Some light caramelly malts. Hint of spice.

Taste- exactly what I like in an IPA! Bitter, citrus hops, earthy, sweet malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through a little as it warms, but it is a light, very welcome presence.

Excellent example of an IPA, I finished the bomber and still could've had more.

halfP1NT, May 06, 2008
Photo of Matt_Rodgers
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Matt_Rodgers, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of krustster
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

krustster, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of cbak999
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with mulletgrab...thanks!

A - pours a clear, bright orange with a small white head.

S - loads of piney and citrusy hops.

T - Citrus with a great piney aftertaste. Hops dominate here. Not much malt here...hops rule!

D - very drinkable...another IPA I could drink any day of the year. This one is exceptional.

I would definitely seek this beer out if I could buy it locally. I love it!!

cbak999, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a pure white head that laces

S - Pine and citrus hop aroma

T - Hoppy, citrusy, slight bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Balanced but extremely hoppy. Borders on being a IIPA, but I believe the low ABV holds it back from being so. Great beer, extremely drinkable, but rich as well.

Martin2D, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with a pretty lady in bed. She had a hangover and this cured her right up. Fantastic IPA, lets' start there...

A - Beautiful golden color, like refined apple juice. Very good head retention and lacing round the glass.

S - Floral, light, crisp, citrusy, reminiscent of Pliney the Elder, which is saying a lot.

T - Initially syrupy like light honey or even mead, followed by citrus, namely grapefruit. Hops are well balanced by malts, which are slightly evident.

M - EXTREMELY smooth, not overly carbonated like most IPA's I've tried. Lingers long after the initial sip.

D - Definitely noteworty as a session beer..."Keep it comin' all night long."

raoulduke37, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of dougofthefuture
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikey711 for the bottle. Looking forward to this... I almost opened a few days after receiving, but I noticed a lot of swirling yeast in the bottom. I let it be for a few days.

A - Wow, 6 finger head on a VERY slow pour. I had to let it sit for a long time. As I drink, big globs of foam stick to the side of the glass even several minutes later. Looks like ice cream. Bright orange. A little haze.

S - Hello, west coasty IPA goodness. Bright citrus. Makes me want a fish taco just smelling it. Mmm.

T&M - This is dry - I expected a bit more malt backbone, but I like it. Surprisingly still a lot of carbonation. I figured it might have been lost in the head, but there is plenty to go around. It makes it full bodied and dry at the same time. Unique. Still nice citrus hops, and big ABV presence.

D - The hops don't burn out my tastebuds but it is still apparent this is a big beer. I'm really surprised at how dry it is though. I'm drinking it slowly, but enjoying it quite a bit.

dougofthefuture, Mar 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ElJosharino, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BeerMothaLova, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

psuscott1, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Robtobfest
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Robtobfest, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of HopsSlayer
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

HopsSlayer, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jpatton0127, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev -5.9%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of LloydBobBoozehound
5/5  rDev +17.6%

LloydBobBoozehound, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

shawlaqua, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge fluffy head as big as the burnt-orange copper liquid in the Duvel tulip glass rose and fell to a biscuit island and a fair amount of irregular lace.

The smell is the too-strong perfume type of hop assault you would get from smelling a hop oil extract and little else.

Taste is like the nose at the moment. It's a two dimensional pyramid of hop resin. What balance of grains finds its way into the taste is quickly and steadily beaten down until only the lupulin remains. True to style, this beer will have no problem making the long journey to India without spoilage.

In the mouthfeel, it's a little sharp up front but the oils of the hops quickly take care of that to become an easy-drinking smoothness.

Drinkability is high but pretty standard for this style. You can drink a fair amount of it without wanting to have something else right away.

This is a very satisfying brew that I would buy again to share as an example of the style but among all IPAs I think there are few better.

StrangeBrewer76, Jun 12, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

markhobbs1, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Gabbyaboutipa
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Gabbyaboutipa, May 28, 2012
Photo of MEsoJD
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light ruby orange/ amber body, fluffy/creamy head with fast/moderate dissipation, almost no lacing, and retains a nice creamy rim.

S: Big on citrus. I picked up grapefruit(not surprising), gentle pine hop presence and settle sweet malt.

T: Pine hopes and grapefruit throughout, which is complemented by the sweet malt.

M: Smooth and almost velvety texture, low alcohol presence, and medium bodied.

O: Tasty and balanced is the best way to describe this beer. I do feel the malt regulates. This beer has been popular at my store and I now see why. I usually prefer bold hops, but for a regular ipa , this has good presence. I defiantly recommend and wish I got a second bottle.

MEsoJD, Sep 23, 2011
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,009 ratings.