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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 240 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of MisSigsFan


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head. Smell is citrusy and piney with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Tropical fruit comes through a bit more as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is what you'd expect from an IPA. Overall this is a great west coast IPA. I kinda wish Alesmith sold 12oz bottles though. I'd imagine Alesmith would be much more popular if they did.

04-14-2014 00:00:36 | More by MisSigsFan
Photo of Mike-Harms


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-23-2014 19:12:51 | More by Mike-Harms
Photo of controlfate


4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-31-2014 01:51:40 | More by controlfate
Photo of kyager2000


5/5  rDev +17.6%

04-26-2012 17:05:41 | More by kyager2000
Photo of h2k2c


4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-22-2013 00:29:04 | More by h2k2c
Photo of Samaurer23


3/5  rDev -29.4%

07-29-2013 21:15:06 | More by Samaurer23
Photo of tprokop7


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Recently picked up at Julios. Joe told me it was one I had to try, and I've been impressed with the rest that Alesmith makes, so it seemed like a good call. Poured into a pint at 50F.

A - Beautiful clear golden color, with nice thick head.

S - The smell is dominated by citrusy hops. Especially lemon peel and grapefruit.

T - Starts off just a bit sweet, but the flavor is quickly dominated by the hoppy bitterness. You don't taste the citrus quite as much as I expected from the smell, but the aftertaste is the same as the aftertaste orange peel leaves in your mouth.

M - Smooth, with medium carbonation. No complaints.

D - This really is a great beer, I see no reason why I couldn't keep drinking it. It's a nice, strong, balanced IPA.

02-19-2008 03:40:51 | More by tprokop7
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

After a slight IPA binge, I'd say this beer is not what I expected from the Alesmith hype. While tasty, the Pizza Port Swami's I had earlier was much better. I've had homebrews this good (which IS A GOOD THING!), but I feel it's like any other IPA out there. A bit sweet, not as dry as some and definitely not as hoppy as some others (doesn't taste or smell dry-hopped). While a great beer, it feels less pacific coast IPA and more east coast/british in style. Balanced though. Definitely a good beer. The head is creame and it stays around.

06-13-2009 03:04:02 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of Dubber55

New York

3.2/5  rDev -24.7%

Poured into a Founders snifter- clear light orange with some yellow highlights. 1 finger of white head. Some spotty lacing on the glass

From the initial aroma, this has a signature smell of a West Coast IPA- lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and possibly lime. I am also smelling plenty of pine, fresh cut grass, earthy hops, and alcohol.

Taste follows the smell- plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, some pineapple, pine and resiny hops. Then some sweetness from the malts kicks in, in the form of caramel. The finish is pine and booze. There is also some kind of soapy taste I am getting as well. Not very pleasant.

Medium body. Some light carbonation that tingles the tongue. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Somewhat sticky from the hop oils.

Overall, this beer did not live up to the hype for me. The alcohol and the bitterness are kind of abrasive. For a 7% beer, I did not think the alcohol would be so pronounced. Too much sweetness from the malts for my tastes. There is a combination of sweet, soapy, and alcoholic that is not doing it for me.

05-14-2011 01:26:41 | More by Dubber55
Photo of MikeyMikee

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%

Served at fridge temperature, into a tulip.

Golden appearance with a frothy, sticky looking white head that has a great retention. Leaves a really nice lacing on the glass as well.

The smell is fantastic.. BIG, citrus and floral hoppiness with a resiny feel to it. As time goes on I think I'm getting some pine as well. Ultimate hop aroma. Maybe a slight bready pale malt in there but definitely a resiny, hop dominant nose.

Floral hops dominate the taste. Juicy, fruity flavors make their way through with orange and grapfruit dominating. Minor, bready pale malt makes its way through and adds to the complexity but in no way balances it, which is just fine. This beer is perfect as is, perfect hop flavor.

Smooth and silky body with a really sharp bitterness. It's not as resiny as the smell implyed but it leaves a dry bitterness at the end and the bitterness lingers and almost stings the back of your tounge. Although the bitterness lingers, it is still a crisp and clean beer.

This is an unbelievable beer. The epitome of what an IPA should be, pure hoppiness with very little malt interference.

01-03-2012 03:58:09 | More by MikeyMikee
Photo of ctone

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-23-2014 03:14:47 | More by ctone
Photo of BrentLinkin


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-14-2014 13:42:18 | More by BrentLinkin
Photo of BetterDarker


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

22oz poured into pint glass.

A- Amazingly thick, fluffy off white head, hazy gold with fantastic retention and lacing. Quite simply an amazing looking beer, almost fake it's so perfect.

S- Hop slap to the face, and it feels good. Herbal, lemon citrus, pine and grass, I wonder if there was a hop they didn't use.

T: Great hoppy depth of flavor with citrus and pine overtones with a hint of malt in the back.

M: Perfect carbonation with a medium body.

D: Highly drinkable, so much so I may move to San Diego so I can get this on a regular basis.

01-03-2010 03:27:21 | More by BetterDarker
Photo of frank12


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-27-2012 19:48:30 | More by frank12
Photo of jwolfie70


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light copper color, with a good sized white head that stuck around for a while and left a good coating on the glass. The smell was caramel, apricots and flowery hops. The taste was caramel balanced by a wonderful flowery, citrusy hop flavor balancing it out wonderfully. This is one of my favorite IPAs, if not my favorite. A beer I would highly recommend.

03-15-2008 19:29:32 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of pheggeseth


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A: golden yellow with a huge rocky white head, tons of lacing, not much carbonation

S: floral and fruity hops up front, slight caramel and berries in the middle

T: oaky wood up front with floral notes again, some fruit in the middle with some piney sweetness, it all tapers off a little more quickly than I would like

M: crisp, maybe a little low on carbonation, ever so slightly thin?

D: a very unique IPA in my opinion, strong and complex, but still totally drinkable

04-28-2008 02:46:47 | More by pheggeseth
Photo of jimj21


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Twenty two ounce bomber poured into a tulip. Purchased in Massachusetts. Pours an orangish amber color. Very clear at first. Additional pours produce more yeast haze. Slow pour still produces a huge head, as does swirling the glass. Light colored tan head. Four fingers at first, reduces slowly to about a finger. Big chunks of lacing.

Exceptionally hoppy and citrusy and piney. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Hops, hops, hops. I think I'm picking up some toasty malt in there too, but the aroma of citrusy hops is front and center, as it should be.

Taste is just as one would expect given the nose. Tons of hoppy goodness. Very citrusy, again with orange and grapefruit. Piney as well. Good amount of bitterness here. Malt comes through slightly in the middle as toasted white bread. Bitter pine on the finish.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Slightly dry on the finish. Provides a nice warmth. Carbonation is a little high, but the small bubbles really help create the smooth feel.

Wow. This is an amazing beer. This might be the best IPA I have ever had. It's too bad Alesmith isn't more available. Anyone that is a fan of IPAs needs to try this.

04-30-2010 10:51:00 | More by jimj21
Photo of shuggy


4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-21-2011 22:54:23 | More by shuggy
Photo of drink1121


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

Thanks to Mauerhan for this.

A- Typical IPA color with actually really good head retention.

S- Not as much hops as I would have thought up front. I get a little yeast in the nose with some lemon citrus.

T- Pretty good malt-to-hops balance for a west-coast IPA A surprisingly bitter at the end. Kinda disspoited after having Sculpin a few weeks ago.

M- Sort of a hot initial mouthfeel. Cooled down as it warmed. Pretty smooth.

D- Alright, but not great for an IPA. I wouldnt have the whole bomber as I shared with kfsv034. Slightly dissapointing brew.

12-03-2009 03:05:34 | More by drink1121
Photo of greid

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.6%

03-07-2012 02:39:24 | More by greid
Photo of TaySuth


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: Nice amber color with a one finger head that hangs around for a good amount of time. Nice lacing. Good but not amazing.

Smell: Great smell. Excellent amount of hop aroma. Can't wait to taste it.

Taste: Wow. Just wow. Absolutely delicious. Amazing hops flavor that goes down super smooth. Great, but not overpowering sweetness from the grains. Perfect amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation. Great amount of body.

Overall: So impressed with this beer. Delicious. Definitely will be buying some more of this.

01-27-2012 03:58:47 | More by TaySuth
Photo of ryan_celia


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-05-2014 00:52:10 | More by ryan_celia
Photo of henshawb


4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-29-2014 16:31:21 | More by henshawb
Photo of LloydBobBoozehound


5/5  rDev +17.6%

04-29-2014 14:09:06 | More by LloydBobBoozehound
Photo of Cee-Poe


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-15-2013 16:07:16 | More by Cee-Poe
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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