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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,825 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,825
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 216 | FT: 6
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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SQNfan

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 20:44:29 | More by SQNfan
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Tackle42

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-29-2012 00:58:13 | More by Tackle42
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emile772

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-02-2013 04:45:59 | More by emile772
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beernazi

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-08-2014 07:20:51 | More by beernazi
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Therisse

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

02-26-2013 17:29:49 | More by Therisse
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henshawb

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-29-2014 16:31:21 | More by henshawb
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BergBeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-22-2013 14:14:12 | More by BergBeer
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alecvdpoel


4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-05-2012 19:30:45 | More by alecvdpoel
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JPWestCoastIPA

Washington

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-20-2012 03:23:55 | More by JPWestCoastIPA
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ryang1428

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2014 07:18:53 | More by ryang1428
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raulstotle12

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2014 15:47:10 | More by raulstotle12
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uberabr

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 22 into a tulip, but I'de recommend a pint glass. This head is literally thick enough to carve. Amazing. Maybe a little too thick. Carbonation is superb. Color is a glowing golden amber.

S: A hoppyness that would be adequate for most hopheads but not overdone, perhaps even toned down. Delicate and refined. Grassy, floral, and fruity, with a very nice mix of woodsy citrus and honey malt.

T: More hops than in the nose. A crisp grapefruit bitterness with sour fruits. Tart peaches, honey, and some bread and butter.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent. Extremely well carbonated (this bottle is perhaps over-carbonated), and a full, warming, complex body.

This one is complex and strong enough for special occasions but quaffable enough for the casual drink. Refined and well crafted. A very impressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 08:16:23 | More by uberabr
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Med

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice tan color with a slight chill-haze. Head is white and about one finger but doesn't last. lacing is merely okay.

S - Hops at the front but not overpowering. Citrus and slight cat pee (not necessarily a bad thing).

T - As with the aroma the hops are the story here. Grapefruit and orange peel followed by a nice bitterness. The finish lingers on.

M - Medium bodied but the carbonation takes it. Small bubbles tingle on the tongue and add to the experience.

D - Very quafable. If only this was available locally!

All in all a fine example of the American IPA. Certainly not a session beer but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:10:33 | More by Med
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sunshinethewolf

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

04-06-2014 02:15:50 | More by sunshinethewolf
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timeo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-04-2013 20:59:26 | More by timeo
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adkirkish

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Subtle pale malt, citrusy and floral hops, no esthers, slight astringency.
A: Pours Clear, golden yellow w/ a thin white head that quickly dissipates.
F: Tastes bitter upfront, malt presence is slight if non existent, the balance is towards the bitter hops. Finish is w/ a lingering bitterness.
M: I found it to be lacking in carbonation with an almost watery mouthfeel. No warmth / creaminess . Slight astringency coming from the hop bitterness.
O: This beer has a great nose per style. A very bitter IPA. However I found this beer to be lacking in mouthfeel and taste. Suggest more in the way of malt character that would improve the body and flavor of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 17:49:48 | More by adkirkish
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SDDanC

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always walked past this. I can't believe what I've been missing. Out of bottle into tulip, fat bubbles, lots of fluffly white head. Nose is filled with fresh hops, if I am not mistaken, amarillo hops. Earthyness, and slight citrus. Tastes of fresh amarillo hops, sweet, grapefruit, and grass. Mouthfeel, light and bubbly. Full flavor and refreshing. Overall. . . Holy crap. This beats pliny IMO. Especially for the price. I will definitely be picking this up on a regular basis.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2012 06:28:36 | More by SDDanC
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T100Mark

California

3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial Pint glass. The bottle was dated 12/05/13. I love silk-screened labels.

Appearance - A hazy copper color. Big, lumpy head that stays around for a while. Very good stickage on the side of the glass. A fine looking IPA.

Smell - Big hop hit. Grapefruit. Slightly sour. There is a whiff of malt sweetness in the distant background.

Taste - Bitter. Hoppy. Grapefruit. Peppercorns.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter.

Overall - This is a good, but not great, IPA. The beer lacks a solid malt foundation to build upon. As a result, the beer has a bitter yet thin feel to it. It lacks the overall balance of a Sierra Nevada or Firestone IPA. I am, however, giving this beer the benefit of the doubt because it hails from San Diego. Also, the bomber bottle is very cool.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:24:13 | More by T100Mark
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KhangGarrett

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-03-2012 08:05:18 | More by KhangGarrett
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kevfujii

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-08-2012 09:12:09 | More by kevfujii
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waffles

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-18-2012 22:01:45 | More by waffles
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HarleyCorps

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-12-2012 19:17:51 | More by HarleyCorps
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mdterps

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-23-2013 00:59:30 | More by mdterps
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Cadbury

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-04-2013 23:54:25 | More by Cadbury
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boogles

Kansas

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the closest to beer perfection I've ever come, the first 5.0 I've ever given. I can't imagine liking a beer better than this. Plenty of everything good, but not too much of anything. Everything about it is exceptional without being overdone. That it is so well composed is more shocking than any over hopped giant, in my opinion. Then again, I am most fond of IPAs that press toward the edge, but I find most imperials to be too much--not too much to handle, but for me too bitter to taste.

I did not like the AleSmith Speedway Stout, although I respected it. I was worried that this would be similar. It was similarly interesting, but unsimilarly approachable. This beer wins.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 08:46:33 | More by boogles
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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