AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,188
Hads: 3,425
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 455
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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: 1,188 | Hads: 3,425
Photo of klcallahan13
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden color with a medium-head that diminishes quickly to a thin ring and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops. Citrus smells, grapefruit, caramel malts, pine.

Taste: Cracker/caramel malt up front, light body then finishes crisp with the hop bitterness coming through at the end with a grapefruit rind taste accompanied by a piney aftertaste. This really does a number on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Light body and crisp at the end.

Overall: Great. Fits the style, very similar to a lot of other IPAs I have had. I love the bitterness at the end and love the citrus hop flavors you get out of it. All comes together really well. (672 characters)

Photo of Bluestar
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold color, 1 finger of soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of orange in the aroma, a mind biscuit malt , some minor floral notes, orange being the big thing here.
T - Just as the aroma would suggest, huge orange flavors, some other citrus zest, but nowhere near the amount of orange, followed by a big biscuity and slightly caramel malt base, some dry floral notes, and nice grassy bitterness on the end.
M - Bigger on the feel, but not too much, and the bold flavors fade fast, still leaves with a nice orange aftertaste.
O - By far the most "orange" beer I've tasted, good IPA, good balance, lots of flavor, especially if you love orange. (694 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Date difficult to discern... Appears to be 9/30. Consumed on 11/10.

A - Golden amber with heavy carbonation. Gentle pour yielded one finer of off-white head. Left heavy lacing on side of glass.

S - Tropical notes including kiwi, papaya, and melon, plus black tea, but smells somewhat like soap suds.

T - Bitter black tea is dominant and not entirely pleasant. Melon/citrus flavors underwhelming. Papaya and lime. Bitter/sour lemon black tea finish.

M - Lightly bodied and highly carbonated. Unremarkable.

O - Highly disappointed. Bland bitter black tea was a heavy detractor. I did not enjoy and will not try again. (668 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from Alesmith. I had a bottle on 10/24 that was bottled on 10/2. Very fresh.

It pours a dark copper, very transparent and not murky at all. It tasted extremely refreshing. The bitterness was perfectly blended with some sweet citrusy notes. It smells as good as it tastes, too. This is easily one of the more "complete" IPAs that I have had. I don't have a single complaint about it. I think it is very well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys IPAs and DIPAs (495 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber slightly hazy with a tawny foamy head that persists until glass is empty and leaves thick lacing. Super attractive, unbelievable lacing.

Smells of tangerines, pine resin and caramel malt.

Taste is citrus fruit like tangelos and tangerines, light pine resin, light tropical notes, mildly bitter overall with a definite malt backbone here that is bready-caramelly in character. Finish seems a little more bitter along with grapefruit and orange rind flavors. Yet once again a smooth creamy malt keeps it in check.

Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice level of carbonation. Very nicely crafted body/beer here.

Overall is very drinkable and tasty IPA, thirst quenching. (691 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled October 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces three fingers of eggshell-colored head with good (four-plus minutes) retention. Lacing is also impressive with chunky rings on the glass. The beer is sort-of mundane beneath, however, with an orange-golden hue and some fine carbonation visible in the liquid.

S-The smell is juicy with suggestions of peach, orange citrus zest, mango, hints of herbs, and a toasted bready malt. Bitterness is medium. A nice and inviting aroma.

T-The taste loses much of the juicy fruit in favor of a somewhat harsh and medicinal alcoholic note. The hops are vegetal, herbal, earthy, and possess only a trace of the fruit I got on the nose. The malts are more prevalent, too, but I wouldn't call this one balanced. The finish is long, drying, and earthy.

M-The feel is medium heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slightly dank feel, but it doesn't ever get oily.

O-While this brew impresses with looks and smell, the taste was a letdown. It is somewhat harsh and disjointed. It is as if the beer has an identity crisis between being a juicy, west-coast IPA and a bitter, pine-forward English IPA. The West Coast style emerges on the nose, but neither style comes out on the palate. I don't know where all the delicious fruit that I smell went when I drank this beer, but I miss it. (1,384 characters)

Photo of J-Prost
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion FAR SUPERIOR TO PLINY.

Ale Smith is hands down my favorite IPA though I've only had it bottled. Way easier as a daily drinker than Pliny and has those floral citrus notes right in the head that we all love and then...nothing. No lingering sensations, no major bite at the back. It's all in the front and it's damn good. (334 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured three fingers of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a basket full of mango, orange, lemon, honey and pine needles.
The taste is a sharp pine bitterness to start, a dry lemon bitter in the middle and finishes with the mildest touch of honey sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Excellent aroma and flavor profile. (362 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent smell, right off I had my hopes up but the first taste was a bit over the top. I had to settle into this fine beer. Full bodied and then some....This is a slow drinking beer, just slow down and enjoy each taste, relax and let it happen. Perfect for a cold night and a good fire. (288 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber (ugh, stupid bomber breweries)

Pours a clear tangerine color with a massive 2 and a half fingers of head.

Smell is very west coast, huge citrus and pine right up front, pineapple, pear, no real malt to smell

Taste is very juicy, almost like drinking tropical juice, pineapple, coconut, pine, resin, nice malt underlying, finishes slightly bitter. Much less then most WC IPAs in the bitterness department, showcases more hop flavor then hop bitterness, that is alright with me!

Mouthfeel is average, highly carbonated.

Great beer. Wish I could get it more, but with other IPAs just as good that this being almost 6 bucks a bomber I will be passing in the future.... ALESMITH you are big enough to make the switch to a more reasonable format! (764 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured with a medium amount of heat behind it the beer created a big 3 and a half finger head in the teku glass that sustained for days. Bright white and dense foam that sat on top for a good couple of minutes before i could top off the glass. Lacing is thick and chunky. The liquid portion is a hazy marmalade orange color with no sediment what so ever.

S: Oh man does this thing have a nose on it. Grapefruit is very strong and bright, moderate tropical fruit hop aroma comes though in the background and some dank pine notes that bring it all together. No yeast esters detected, but a tick of alcohol. Malt is kind of a muffled fresh bread note.

T: Firm and flavorfull grapefuit hop bitterness that follows you through till the end. Pine is in there but not as much as the aroma would indicate. A toasty malt character emerges when the beer is chewed but otherwise very subtle. There are also some troppical fruit flavors coming though at the end making even more hop complexity. Clean fermentation and very crisp.

M: Some alcohol warming as its being consumed. Very dry, light body and moderate carbonation. A lingering grapefruit bitterness sits on the tongue for about a minute after consumed. the carbonation is very silky too. nice.

O: I've never comented on how great a mouthfeel something has but I think it makes this beer. There are tons of good IPAs but something about the soft tiny bubbles mixed with moderate carbonation and a dry finish make this thing pop. (1,482 characters)

Photo of Culture
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours- a slightly hazy orange/brown hue with an ecru head. Thin lines of lace appear on the pint.

Aroma- is heavily hopped with all kind of citrus, pine, resins and oils going on. As more whiffs are taken a balancing, pleasant base of deep malt is also apparent.

Flavor- shows the massed hop bombs, that is cut but a bready, roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- is sticky sweet with a well-rounded bitterness that absolutely covers the palate wrestles to submission and enjoys the victory.

Drinkability - Excellent beer deserving of all the praise it is getting.

-Culture (568 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a full blown piney hop and grainy malt.

The taste consisted of waves of resinous pine and grapefruit. A full grainy malt supported the burden. Clean dry finish rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a superior IPA. This is American beer at its finest. (453 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I git this bottle in a kind of a trade some weeks ago. I like this style and was very curious how Alesmith makes this one. And i have to say that they did a spendid job!

Poured in a small Duvel tasting glass this beer started perfect. Head and colour like a ipa should show itself, very very nice.

Smell is nice with some pineapple, lemon, grass...just good.

Taste is with the expecteb bitterness but they kept in in the boundaries..

Love this one and would like to get more... (481 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden with a big white white head. Aroma is resinous, citrus and its rind, pine, and a slight hit of some bread. Flavor follows suit, finishing nice and dry. Decent amount of bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a nice IPA. Glad to see it here in Colorado, will drink again when I see it on tap. (323 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, bottled 8/22/2013. About 3 weeks old.

A: Copper body with no haze. Soapy head with nice retention and lacing.

S: Tropical fruit from a hop overload, faint hint of caramel malt.

T: Tons of hop flavor without being too bitter. Light malt backbone typical of the style.

M: Great carbonation. Sessionable.

O: An excellent West Coast IPA. Reminds me a little of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone IPA. Which is high praise from me. (437 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bomber of this from City Swiggers, even though there was an Elysian tasting going on.
This poured a shady straw color with a dense head. It oddly smelt like honeydew meets malt. It was't what h was expecting but it was extremely pleasing. The taste had citrus hop characteristics with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Kind of bitter on the aftertaste though. The carbonation tingles on your tongue.

A very classic example of a West Coast IPA with hops as the star. (472 characters)

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on Nitro Tap at City Beer in SF. This was my first ever IPA on Nitro. The Nitro made a great beer even better by smoothing out the hoppiness and providing the milky start that nitro lovers love. If you see it on Nitro tap, I highly recommend you pull the trigger. (272 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "IPA" in huge block letters, so as not to confuse this beer with any other style. There appears to be some yellow ink from where a date stamp used to be, but it is no longer legible. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a light orange, tangerine-colored body with a slight element of haze, likely from the aggressive pour. Atop the body sits a lush two-finger head dirty white head with a smattering of larger bubbles that begin to burst, leaving pockmarks. Retention is moderate, and as it fades, it leaves sheets of sticky lacing that show residue long after most of the lacing fades.

Smell - Wonderfully fruity and hop-licious, with elements of fresh greens and faint pine resin bringing a balance to the citrusy goodness. Still very clean and crisp, in spite of carrying all those wonderful aroma profiles.

Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the aroma. Orange, grapefruit and some pineapple, with a nice bitterness and contrast from the malty foundation. Some mild alcoholic esters as well as brighter herbal grassy elements.

Mouthfeel - Juicy and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and a body that is just barely on the light side of medium.

Overall, a stellar and balanced example of the style. The near-imperial level of alcohol doesn't even really make itself known with the rest of the bright and enticing flavor profiles leading the show. I could see this being a good hot summer day IPA, in spite of the strength. I'm looking forward to trying more from AleSmith. (1,570 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date: 5/30.

Poured in a pint glass the color is light copper- a lighter color than most IPAs.

The aroma: malt, and light grapefruit rind. Perhaps a fresher bottle would yield
more fruit in the aroma.

Mouth feel: hoppy and pungent.

Taste: citrus rind and malty.

Finish- perhaps the most pronounced element of the beer- very hoppy, pungent bitterness,
and spice. A spice forward IPA.

Overall- a solid IPA. Not as "San Diego" style as Lagunitas and Port Brewing.
Pungent, yes. But this beer lacks the concentrated grapefruit of the latter breweries's IPAs.

Perhaps a fresher beer would bring out the overwhelming grapefruit taste of San Diego IPAs, and many American IPAs. I would like to try a fresher bottle for comparison. Less grapefruit is probably a result of the Alesmith brewing style and not freshness. (822 characters)

Photo of BearslikeBeers
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 and split with my Dad (he took a sip, declared it hoppy and watered it down with Coors Light, don't ask). My *undiluted* IPA poured a great gold color with a nice lace that rises above the liquid line slightly. The aroma was awesome: sweet, crisp and bitter cascade hops (those kinds that let you know immediately that you are dealing with California hops) hit the nose, couldn't ask for more in a fragrance. The taste was good too, sweet at first and bitter as it goes down. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste, it isn't very balanced but the hops are so good I didn't mind much. The mouthfeel is good, very bubbly and overall this beer lived up to its high rating, try a bottle for yourself. (708 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.25%ABV, serve in a pint at 45-50°F

A - Steady carbonation streams through the vibrant golden beer to it's mountainous, rocky head. Impeccable retention coats the pint in thick lace as the foam glides down the pint.

S - First word that comes to mind? Orgasmic. Second? Hoppy. AleSmith IPA is bursting at the seams with tropical fruit and woodsy pine nuances, perfectly balanced by caramel and biscuit undertones. Could I say more? Sure, but I think five out of five for aroma says enough.

T - Citrus and pine complexities are showcased, flourishing with super high quality and lead wonderfully into the sticky pine resin finish that is balanced by gooey caramel malt and crunchy toasted English muffin.

M - AleSmith IPA maintains balance with hops and scores big time with malt flavor and integrity all while keeping a fairly light-bodied profile that finishes with exceptionally balanced dry hop bitterness.

O - Without a doubt AleSmith IPA is one of the greatest IPAs on the planet. It's explosive aroma transitions wonderfully into flavor without the insane bitterness one might expect from such a hop-forward beer. AleSmith IPa is truly a world-class beer to behold. (1,233 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent gold formed an enormous white bottle-conditioned head, which receded slowly, requiring repeated pours to fill and refill the glass, and leaving lots of heavy lacing and surface foam.

s: Mild grapefruit.

t: An excellent malt-hop balance as a medium-strength IPA. Very drinkable, I finished more than half the bottle before I even realized it.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and refreshing.

o: My comment under taste says it all. Not the most distinctive IPA I have had, but a really fine one. Not sure it's worth $8 per 22 ounces compared to a few others like SN Torpedo or Hoptimum or FW Union Jack, but it's definitely worth trying and enjoying, and sure to please most IPA lovers.

BTW since the bottling date had apparently been worn off the bottle shoulder, I could not say how old this was. (872 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith IPA

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber brew, with a full finger of off white head. Head settled to dusting. Nice lacing...

S) Pleasantly piney, bit of grapefruit, and tropical fruit sweetness that becomes more pronounced with a little warmth. Quite nice...

T) Follows the nose nicely... Good balance with the malt, but the bitterness from the hops definitely shines.

M) Medium bodied... Mild carbonation, with plenty of sticky piney coating. Crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish. Nice aftertaste....

O) This is a very good IPA... Glad to have AleSmith in Wisconsin. This one will definitely find it's way into my refrigerator again in the near future. (722 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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