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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JammyV, Mar 26, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

dtm426, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of GoatMother
4.25/5  rDev 0%

GoatMother, Nov 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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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
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Rideguy64, Jun 14, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mpetersen, Oct 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

ipafool, Nov 29, 2011
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

sunnrider, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

C_Roetting, Sep 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

krustster, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Jon4than, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good off white frothy head. Good lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy spruce with hints of leaves and molasses. Just about the perfect carbonation that a beer could be. Very smooth with a slight oily texture. Has a great duration with an excellent aftertaste. This has great blending. A wonderful IPA. It makes me want to move to California so I can get more of it. The only negative to this beer is that I can’t get it easily in Pennsylvania. Just awesome.

Birdiebeagle, Mar 06, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

mettkea, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Dogzbone, Sep 05, 2013
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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