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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,843 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 222 | 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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jlieber17

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-13-2012 01:42:41 | More by jlieber17
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dancaplette

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-04-2012 12:26:18 | More by dancaplette
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chefbrew211

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-30-2013 23:49:42 | More by chefbrew211
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BookBen

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-30-2014 21:28:15 | More by BookBen
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Solomon420

California

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

Nice honey hue with slight cloudiness and a nice bubbly head, almost too much head. It wasnt a creamy head, but light and fluffy. The smell was of hops and wintergreen pine and some other spices hiding in the background. First swig was a bit too hoppy and full for me, but as it warmed up towards the end of the large bottle the taste mellowed and didnt have a lot of bite like the first taste. Mouthfeel was not bad, a bit bubbly and spicey aftertaste. Overall a drinkable IPA, but I just got into this style so I am still doing a lot of tasting of them, however this is the mellowest so far of them and the one I would prefer to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 02:53:05 | More by Solomon420
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john0721

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

05-24-2014 03:58:51 | More by john0721
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BigMilkDan

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-16-2011 05:05:34 | More by BigMilkDan
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tinterlande

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-03-2014 18:59:31 | More by tinterlande
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isaac

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. to pint glass.

pours an almost crystal clear, golden-amber body eith two-fingered, slow to sink and rocky, off-white head, after the sinking of which, slow, fine lacing appears down the glass. the nose is surpsingly subtle, with only faint hints of what's to come - pine, citrus, a vague hint of sunflowers, and caramel malts. taste is much the same, but bigger, bolder, very well balanced, and quite refreshing. mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp on the tongue, smooth in the swallow. it's a bit astringent at first, but that fades as the beer warms. i could have this all night - very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

paired well with my attempts at homemade japanese food.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 07:24:15 | More by isaac
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful gold tinged with orange hues and a clean white head.

S - Hop fruitiness (oranges, pears, grapefruit) with some earthy lemongrass notes.

T - The hop fruitiness hits you first with some citrus and berry flavors. The fruitiness ends with hints of grapefruit that segues nicely into a sweet maltiness. The grapefruit also transitions into pure hop bitterness that closes the sip.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is probably the best IPA I have ever had. The hop complexities and maltiness combine for a very well-balanced brew despite finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. The smell and flavor profile are amazing. With a taste this good and an abv of only 7.25 make this an incredibly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 03:41:46 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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Fluke828

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
No freshness info to be found on the bottle however I am fairly certain is is pretty fresh as it just hit shelves around these parts very recently. And only does so something like twice a year. Anyway, here we go....

A-> A golden amber/orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of white lace sticking behind. A gentle pour yielded not quite 2 fingers worth of head.

S-> Whoa! This one smells fruity! And lots of it! The bouquet is chock full of a host of fresh and zesty tropical fruits. From grapefruit to mango to a clementine/tangerine? and could that even be some peach?! Pine is there as well with a west coast hop smell along with some kind of sweet, not quite caramel malt aroma. Enticing to say the least....

T-> This was a burst of flavor first hitting the tongue. Juicy tropical fruits, particularly the mango and clementine. In the middle, the hoppy pine bitterness takes center stage yet finishes unexpectedly mild and much less in your face than I was anticipating, which was a pleasant surprise. This really exhibits exceptional balance in my eyes (and taste buds) as the juicy and fruity explosion gives way to a crisp, cleansing pine hop resin that finishes smooth and mellow. Really quite enjoyable...

M-> Again, crisp and smooth. Nice hefty amount of carbonation of which I typically enjoy. With a moderately dry yet mild, and very "non-stinging" finish. Very sticky yet fairly light in body even for a single IPA (albeit at the extreme end of the "single" spectrum @ 7.25%!)

O-> I really enjoyed this beer. It was such an enjoyable, extremely refreshing surprise on the first few pours that were cold. And as it warmed a very subdued spiciness became ever so slightly apparent and that only served to further complement the fruit to pine transition in the middle. This beer really was exceptional and a welcome reprieve (even for this hop head and IPA enthusiast) from some of the harsher hop bombs I have been swigging recently. I will be picking up another bottle or two while these are still around, seeing as I paid less than $7 for this one...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:09:33 | More by Fluke828
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sunnrider

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-13-2014 16:00:34 | More by sunnrider
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ryang1428

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-23-2014 19:12:51 | More by Mike-Harms
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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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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
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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