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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,234 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,234
Hads: 3,669
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 479
Gots: 504 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Reviews: 1,234 | Hads: 3,669
Photo of MacPhergus
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice light color, near white foam hung just right. Aroma and taste as advertised, citrus and pine with a little tropical fruit. Body slightly on the light side.

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Photo of delta490
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a faintly cloudy orangey-gold with a nice thick off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves smudges of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is all hops but not overwhelmingly so. Nor is it harsh or acrid. It has nice fruit and pine notes. The taste is a delicious amalgamation of those hops plus just enough malt to balance it out. It has a nice full mouthfeel, with a little carbonation and a nice bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Bright orange with a creamy cap of white foam that sits atop the beer nicely. Lots of carbonation bubbles with a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is mainly pine hop aromas with a toasty/nuttiness from the malt.

T: Decent flavors of crisp pine with some faint citrus. There is a good amount of what seems like caramel malts giving the beer a toasty/nuttiness that stands up fairly well to the hop flavors. There is good balance between the malt and hops but there is still a good amount of bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth but also dry and pretty bitter on the finish.

O: Overall I thought this was an OK beer but nothing remarkable. However take this review with a grain of salt because I couldn't find a date on the bottle, which leads me to question the freshness of this beer. It seemed like the hop aromas and flavors weren't as strong as they should have been. It also seemed like the malt was as pronounced as the hops, instead of the malt being the backbone for massive hop flavors. If I find a bottle that is definitely fresh I will edit my review accordingly.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. The date is smeared but I'm pretty sure it says Bottled On 08/30/15.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma brings to mind grapefruit. Somewhat sweet malt backing.

T- Solid hop character with a somewhat assertive bitterness but the moderate malt sweetness provides good balance. Tangy, slightly sweet. Alcohol is decently masked.

M- Pretty sharp hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Solid example of the style. Though there may be better ones on the market these days, it's obvious this was a pioneer for its time when first conceived.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this brew. It was the first legit west coast IPA I got my hands on in the Midwest. Never disappoints, great balance, taste, and smell.

Outside of Pliny, this and Apline Duet would be my top choices for 'last beer on earth'.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - Nice honey/golden color, slight haze (maybe a chill haze)
Smell - Candied orange, floral, sweet malts
Taste - Follows the nose (unfortunately). Florally/sweet malts, orange

Overall - Purchased a $10.00 bomber w/ no bottled date from a decent bottle shop in Philly. Don't know how fresh it was but this beer was disappointing to me none-the-less. Floral, bitter, sweet malts.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 9/12/15 poured into snifter
Nice frothy white head. Beer is a slightly dark sahe of orange

Citrus aroma , grapefruit

Taste follows close to smell. Sweetness juicy fruit but a good balance with a bitter hop bite on the finish

Medium body perfect carb

Awesome IPA. Love to see AleSmith in Chicagoland. I heard this is is coming in 6ers and if so then you can count on me buying this several times a year.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden honey color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Citrus and tropical fruits start things off, followed by hints of pine and some maltiness. Quite pungent and hop-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice citrus notes and flows into hints of tropical fruits and pine. Malt backs things up before finishing with some resinous hops and moderate bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic California IPA with all the focus on hops. Nicely drinkable and not over the top with the abv. Definitely a must try if you're into west coast IPAs

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler, poured (many times) into a small snifter. Pours a copper tone with a finger of white to off-white head. Grapefruit and pine on the nose. Definite pine on the palate, giving way to citrus fruits. Dry hops lead but progress to a hint of malt sweetness. Overall, a very complex IPA. It seems to have a little of every style - not a juicy citrus-filled IPA, but the taste is no doubt there - not a resinous beer, but the pine is unmistakeable - not dry-hopped to hell, but the crisp hops are prominent - not sugary sweet, but the malt lingers on the aftertaste. An excellent defense of the premise that IPAs don't always have to be bigger and more over the top, they too can be subtle and complex.

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Photo of dd43
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an unbelievably good west coast IPA, one of the best I've had from that region. It ranks up there with sculpin, Pliny, and anything from green flash. So happy there is CT distro for AleSmith now.

Pours beautifully, deep honey orange in color with a tight, resilient off white head. Fairly hazy from the bottle conditioning.

Big time citrus aroma, grapefruit first and a really nice pineapple/mango sweetness as well. Floral notes from the hop bill, and a big hit of bitter pine resin on the front of the palate. This is followed by a wonderful malt sweetness, some caramel and more pineapple on the mid palate.

Wonderfully dry and refreshing on the finish, super crisp but just smooth enough to make your next sip something to anticipate. Serve this above fridge temperature, it's too prickly below 40 degrees.

Seek this out. Drink it fresh. You're welcome.

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Photo of Prager62
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a trip to Illinois for the Alesmith rollout. At $7.99 a bomber, I took the bait. The bottle date is not discernible due to smudging, pouring it into a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours an almost clear gold color with a finger of rapidly diminishing white foam.

Smell- Onion forward with some pine and mild perfume.

Taste- Pine up front with a bit of onion in the back, followed by some malt flavor.

Feel- Very dry with a bitter finish.

Overall- A good beer but nothing earth shattering. Worth a shot for the price.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My search for an IPA I like continues. Purchased a non-refrigerated 22 ounce bottle of this one from Whole Foods, chilled it to what I believe was a couple of degrees below 50 and poured it into a pint glass. Found the beer to be overwhelmingly hoppy. I see the beer is dry hopped. Maybe I need an IPA that's not dry hopped, if there is such a thing. Maybe it's California IPAs that I don't enjoy. I believe that's all I've tried so far. Maybe I ought to try a "session IPA". If I am anything, it is persistent. I will keep looking.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revised after getting a much fresher bottle. This stuffs an awesome west coast IPA.

Very clean filtered look. Aroma of grapefruit and touch of dank tropical fruit. Taste is very similar to nose but with up front floral hops and touch of pine to round it out. Bitter but balanced malt finish too. I would def buy this again, especially at only $5.99 a bomber.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a yellow/orange somewhat hazy but crisp color. Smell is very enjoyable with a strong punch of ?nelson? hops. Taste does not follow the nose as it's bitter but not with a lot of additional flavor. Finish is somewhat bitter and harsh. Start great and slowly gets worse making an OK beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16. Pours a translucent Amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is lots of tropical and citrus fruits. Mango, guava, pineapple and tangerine. The taste is much like the aroma. Guava, mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and some toasted malts. Bitter and fruity with a mild alcohol burn. Medium bodied. Overall, great IPA I'm glad is finally available in CT.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From yesterday.

Ah yes, one of the archetypal west coast IPAs is now available to me. I get lots of zippy grapefruit on the nose, alongside hints of pine and caramel. Letting it open up...now I'm getting tons of Cascade-esque floral notes. As much as I enjoy IPAs, many of them don't seem complex to me. Not this one, though! The flavor profile brings a lot of floral hoppiness...as well as a healthy bitterness. It finishes with some grapefruit rind. A touch of caramel malt balances things out some. It's a bit sweet in terms of feel, and that's perfect - it helps quell some of the sharpness present in some California IPAs (Stone IPA springs instantly to mind). This needs to be in six-packs, right now. Still, it's right up there with Sculpin as far as I'm concerned.

3.95/5: An impressive representation of the west-coast IPA archetype

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Photo of qchic
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich honey color with an impressive head that lingers. Serious lacing on the glass! The aroma is typical of my favorite balanced IPAs with citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is so satisfying, with ample bitterness, hop spiciness, tangerine, mango, and lots of pine. Malt balances it out, but the citrus rides out the finish. This is one I could happily drink tons of, if only I had consistent access.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I find that I've said in a lot of my reviews "this is exactly what you'd expect". I'm not often wrong about what I expect, so that makes me think I'm probably pretty smart.

I expected a West Coast IPA. I got exactly that. Golden in color, with very fine patches suspended in the beer. Thick head and wet lacing.

Nose is all hops. Citrus and pine mix here. Taste of course follows, with a pleasant lingering of resinous hops.

Not overly bitter, not overly cloying, not overly anything - but that's a good thing here. Really just a spot on representation of the style.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No time to review properly, but I'll do my best without the usual protocol.

Looks brilliant - clear copper & solid retention/lacing. Nose is solid, very deep malty notes against a really deep, pungent hop character. The palate is the same, perfectly balanced & finishing bitter. Feel is average/above-average to style, nice carb & not absurdly heavy or thin. I like this brew quite a lot overall.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, clear, gorgeous white pillowy head - about 2" into an IPA glass.

Nose is a bit more subdued than expected - typical west coast IPA mix of pine and citrus. Malt shows up, a ouch more and sweeter than expected.

Flavor is fantastic. A hop profile comes across similar to Pliny or other quintessential west coast style IPAs. Honestly the best I can say here is it is the most similar thing to Pliny the Elder I've had. Malt does come forward a bit more than expected.

Feel is right on, bright, light, nice body but clean. Finishes bitter and not too sweet - hops linger more than the malt.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours light gold with a reasonable head. The aromas are primarily grapefruit, orange, and mango. The flavor is extremely balanced. The citrus hop presence leads, balanced by a slightly sweet malt flavor, finishing with a brisk pine note. This is a great IPA, balanced, powerful, and enjoyable.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this bomber after randomly searching AleSmith on the BeerAdvocate app while in store, turned out they make some highly rated beers! good luck find for me

pours a great head with an amber hue, good looking in the glass

the smell is fantastic, an orange/citric aroma that wafted towards me. i love when beers do that.

this has a dank citric hop taste to it, it's not as "lively" or as full of citrus life as other IPAs. i don't know how to describe it, maybe it's a more dry taste?

the feel is similar to taste in that it is different than other IPAs i've had due to it's unique palate. it seems drier and more subdued yet it is still delicious. it is not a very carbonated and lively beer, at least the bottle i bought. goes down smooth but has a creamy "flat" taste/finish

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Photo of Taybeh
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber, bottled 7/10/2015 into a GI tulip
pours a big foamy 3 finger off-white head on top of a fairly clear gold-apricot, leaving good lacing. Nose is beautifully put together -- gentle sweet orange citrus, apricot, ripe and sweet papya, some grassiness, definite caramel, and a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with a little more resin pairing up with some tropical hops at the end than one might guess from the nose...the caramalt is also bigger. Superb balance. Mouthful is the best thing about this: perfect carb, perfectly smooth with zero burn, nice and hoppy/lively with a little bite but also kind of creamy. Substantial body and full flavors but drinks ridiculously easy. Fairly dry at the end.

Both AleSmith and Toppling Goliath have started distributing in MN in the past week or two... The Beer God clearly loves MN.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: Bomber into a shaker pint like God intended.

Pours a honey-amber coloration. Smell is slightly citrusy, well hopped, along with some pine-y and citrus zesty scents. Taste reflects the smell, light citrus flavors along with some great hop punch that aren't overpowering. Very much a West coast IPA. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than normal for an IPA (treading on DIPA territory) but it is well carbonated, it compliments the bigger hop and zest flavors well.

Would buy again and again.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with very nice, stark white head and great lacing.

Smell: Hop oils, citrus and pine. Very West Coast.

Taste: The hop oils drive the taste as well. There are elements of grapefruit, orange, pine and spiciness from the hops, but more than anything it simply tastes like hops. The malts are there, but don't distract. Finish is pretty bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is quite oily. Very dry finish.

Overall: Prototypical West Coast IPA. Very well done, but doesn't stand out from many of the other well-executed West Coast IPAs.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.