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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 2615
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%

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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Photo of rajendra82


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was shipped to me in a handsome bomber by eyedrinkale. When poured into my usual pint glass, it had an orange amber colored body with a 2-inch thick beige head and a lively natural carbonation. Head retention was excellent and there was a ton of lace left all around as the beer went down. Aroma was assertive with floral hops dominating the bouquet. The taste was a bit brash with a strong alcohol presence, which was not quite hidden under the hops as it should be. There were notes of citrus on the palette, but these were quite subdued. The hop bitterness was also relatively low; however they added a good deal of spicy character to the mix. The mouthfeel was appropriately dry and creamy for the style. Alcohol burn detracts a bit from drinkability. A nice solid IPA to be had here.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:07:35 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I haven't tried this SoCal-brewed IPA until now. So, without further adieu, I'll get to it.
Served from a 22oz no-nonsense bomber into my Alesmith pint glass, this brew gave off a gorgeous hazy dark orange color, pumped out a tremendous amount of fine, tight carbonation, and sported an eternal off-white head that was firm and compact to the point I could float the cap on top. Great sheet lacing, too. Beautiful to gaze at...
The nose made no pretense as to what mattered here: hops, and lots of 'em. The aromas of citrus peels, pine needles, and sap abounded. Yet underneath the hops was a hearty caramel malt aroma and the scent of singed oak wood. This is one brew worth parking under your nose for a while to savor the aromas.
The taste..ah, the taste! Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with the sweet caramel malt flavor quickly scurrying across the palate, fleeing before the massive invasion of resinous pine sap, grapefruit rinds, hints of tangerines, and hops juice. The hops keep building on the palate, pushing into each tastebud and refusing to leave. Long finish with that great hoppy bitterness lingering long after each swallow.
Drinkability - yeah, it's incredibly quaffable! Lush, possessing a damn near perfect balance of malt and hops, it just doesn't get much, if any, better than this, IMO. I have the feeling it's going to be a long search for me to find a more enjoyable IPA than that brewed by Alesmith. Nectar in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 01:11:37 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of jackndan


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith IPA: thank you BA for letting me learn about such fine beers, like Alesmith IPA in a 22 oz bomber. It pours a very nice looking tan, and is quite hazy, which of course is only natural for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is quite thick and long lasting, and is a tiny bit off white.

The aroma is very pleasant, extremely hoppy, with floral notes.

The taste is terrific, perfect for your friendly neighborhood hophead. Not really a traditional IPA as the hop profile is a little too huge, but on the other hand, it is not a double IPA hop bomb either. There is some balance between some bready malt, and the hops. The dominant flavor is citrus/grapefruit notes produced by the hops.

Extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Light bodied and tasty. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 03:50:35 | More by jackndan
Photo of beergeek279


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is copper, with a foamy white head with excllent retention. The smell is a grapefruit hoppiness. The taste is a grapefruity and somewhat grassy hoppiness with a very slight notice of the malt, and the alcohol is not noticable. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

A simply fantastic IPA from the folks at Alesmith. Though I feared my taste for hops was starting to wane a bit, this certainly brought my hop taste back, and hopefully I'll get a chance to enjoy this one again!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 17:32:30 | More by beergeek279
Photo of IceAce


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tight collar of foam on my 16 ounce Libbey straight-side glass. Copper colored with excellent clarity.

Aroma: Clean, crisp hoppy aroma associated with most quality IPA's. The nose is hops, whole hops, and nothing but the hops.

Taste: Very bright on the front of the tongue...a very smooth hop blend with a tight, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A well balanced brew with the malt blend nicely complementing the hop mix...CO² is right at a perfect level.

Drinkability: A very nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2004 01:35:27 | More by IceAce
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy amber body reveals golden highlights beneath a densely creamy head of ivory foam. The retention is good and it holds well before dropping to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Wide rings and thin splashes of lace add to its appearance. The nose delivers bright piney, floral, and subtly citrusy hops atop a caramel-accented maltiness. The body is medium and its very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers a brilliant balance of rich, sweet caramelish malt; subtle yeasty fruitiness; piney and citrusy hops; and a solid bitterness. It's alcohol never makes an appearance on the palate; and it finishes quite dry with it's bitterness lingering long after it's maltiness has subsided. Overall, an exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 02:34:23 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally unwrapping a Christmas present.

Love the almost generic-looking "IPA" in big block letters.

A slighty chilly orange body, topped by a three full fingers of frothy, dentible eggshell bubbles. Good lacing.

An abundant nose of grapefruit and pine, the fruit juicy and ripe.

A strong, firm malt foundation layers across the tongue, but it's quickly smothered with a rush of hops which flood throughout the mouth. Juicy, fresh, but not overpoweringly bitter. This is beer as a roller coaster. After taste is an almost clean, refreshing memory echoing in your mouth. The beer has gone, but your tastebuds just want to enjoy the fade.

Mouthfeel is slick, just fine for the style.

Drinkability? Hell I'm bummed that I've only got the the one bottle. I've got a niece moving to San Diego. Maybe she can bring a couple back when she comes home to visit. Definitely have this if you can.

Thanks again to Eyechartbrew.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 06:09:52 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Crosling


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mix between burgundy and orange with a glimpse of purple. The lace is extreme. The bubbles are small. The retention is glorious.

Grapes, cranberries pine cones, grapefruits, peaches and lemon in the nose.

Pleasantly flavorful. Peaches, grapefruit and lemons. This is hop juice. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 20:55:24 | More by Crosling
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pine, lime, and orange peel with a touch of celantro in the nose. Amber in color with a persistant white creamy head. Searing hop dominance with apricot fruit and pine and a tinge of grapefruit. Frothy and smooth in the mouth. Simply a wonderful IPA.. Big cheers to Boilermaker88 for making my Superbowl sunday.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 20:34:29 | More by frank4sail
Photo of winomark


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliant meduim copper with a small light tan head. Lots of bubbles, with a clingy head.

Aroma: Hop spice and citrus from a foot away! Some malt giving balance.

Taste: Hoppy gooness and malt very well balanced. Hops grab hold of a nice, lingering finish. Malt really helps with the body.

Mouthfeel: Very flavorful, but somewhat light. Slightly heavy and sweet on the finish, which is pleasantly bitter.

Drinkability: A super brew from Alesmith. Would love to add this one to my regular selections. Try this one whenever you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 16:56:11 | More by winomark
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper orange amber tone with a large thicket of cream colored head lacing is thick and even beautiful appearance says you know you want some just take a sip. Aroma: Wants you get a sniff of this hypnotizing beer your ready for more and more piney hops earthy tones and floral scents that send you into a hop frenzy best of all very well balanced brew with a ton of malt exposure as well caramel malts layer on their effect to the overall scent. Taste: Simply amazing splendid blend of flavor the caramel malts give a butterscotch like sweetness blending only the ripest grapefruit citrus hops and floral nosed earthy tasting hops with the pine cone finish setting it off feels so nice going down this is my favorite IPA on the market I have tasted which says volumes about the quality of this product. Mouhtfeel: Medium to full in body excellent oily resined texture full of hop juices nice carbonation sends tickles to the back of the throat, awesome. Drinkability: As complex as this IPA stands it adds to the craving I have for each bottle to reach my lips pure sweet mixture of hoppy liquid equals a balanced uncannied by any other IPA I have sampled this one takes the cake on the realm of the master IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 23:31:43 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of KingSlender


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one good IPA. When you first crack open the bottle the hoppy citrus smell almost overwhelms you. Ahhh the sniffing salts of brewing perfection. The pour comes out smooth as silk and the head sits a top the deep golden liquid like freshly picked cotton. After the first sip you can taste exactly what this beer is known for, the magnificent hop bite. As the beer warms (if it lasts that long) an orange-like tang comes to front of the mouth. The aftertaste is very bitter and tart.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a quarter-cut slice of hot pepper beef.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 03:49:13 | More by KingSlender
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lovely bright reddish hue, a full, opaque orangish color, with a good, whitish head.
Aroma: lively hop component, fresh, alert and awake, buzzing with grapefruity notes, full with fruit.
Taste: mmm, buzzing with nicely fruity hops, a constant hoppy delivery on the palate, yum, yum, yum, sharp, bright, delicious, juicy...did I say "yum"??
Nicely lingering finish, fully flavored, unstoppably delcious...seriously, this is one IPA you can sit down and get familiar with.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 07:22:09 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ChappyCubsFan


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to go back and forth between AleSmith, Marin and Racer 5 (Bear Republic) in deciding on my favorite bottled IPA. Now I'm convinced this is the best on the planet. I will gladly drive the 30 miles to purchase this product and have it in my refrigerator to entertain friends who appreciate a great IPA. AleSmith has the perfect balance of hops (especially hops), fruitiness, and malt character to make this the most sought after IPA around.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 03:53:36 | More by ChappyCubsFan
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Nice Tan head, carbonation is medium. The beer itself is a hazy amber color. The aroma definitely tells you that this beer is going to focus on the hops, I get notes of apricot and a pungent hoppiness. The apricot is the strongest aroma component, I like it. The apricot translates to the taste of the beer, it adds a bit of a fruity backdrop that interacts with the fruitiness from the ale yeast. A nice hop bit in the finish, followed by a clinging bitterness as a reminder of the beer that was just on my tongue. This is a nice IPA, not as extreme as some but I really like the flavor and aroma that is packed into this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 05:45:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a hazed copper appearance. A medium sized bone white head adorns the surface and is very well retained and creamy. The lace comes in sheets. The aroma is exquisite. The perfect blend of sweet caramel and toffee malt character with the more dominant qualities of hops: pine, tropical fruits, lemon grass, citrus and hop resin. I love smelling this beer. The mouthfeel is plush and creamy. Body checks in at about medium. This is a session IPA if I ever tasted one. Quite smooth in the taste department. No jagged edges or huge rawness about it. But it's got some character. The bitterness is kept in check with some nice sweet caramel malt character. The hop flavors dance atop this. They impart grassiness, pine sap, pineapple and grapefruit. Very tropical in nature. This is a very solid IPA.

Some Bighuge props going out to the LongBeachBum for serving up this one to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 05:39:39 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Dmann


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great looking beer! This poured a very nice burnt orange color with a huge frothy white head that left nice spider web like lace down the whole glass. The smell was very strong on hops as expected, but they were a bit more pine like than I was expecting. There was also a nice toasty malt character peaking through as well. The taste was great, with a wonderful piney hop profile and just enough malt character to balance it out. The bottle-conditioning gave the mouthfeel a very smoothe character and not overly carbonated at all. If I had to compare this to any other IPA, it would be Stone IPA. This one leans more on the side of the pine flavors and is not quite as dry tasting as the Stone. Between these two, I think one would have an IPA for every occation.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 03:12:26 | More by Dmann
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with simple, yet functional graphics.

Appearance: Poured a rich-looking honey color into the glass. Thick and immensely sticky lace sticks like cotton candy to your hands.

Smell: Holy crap. Before you even get near the glass, the aromas of this beer, like a heat-seeking missle, target your olfactories for destruction. And the aromas are successful in their mission. The onslaught is all pine. Shove a pine tree up your nose and you begin to understand just how large and impressive the aromas are. Spicy, pine cones, citrus. It's all there...and it's all hops. Spectacular.

Taste: As expected, this beer is a lesson in hops. However, there is a wonderful balance achieved by a malty-honey-caramel sweetness that takes just the slightest edge off the bite of the hops. It also got smoother and more flavorful on the palate as it warmed up. While not as "in your face" as other IPA's, Alesmith's version nonetheless definitely lets you know that it is a hoppy creation. Starts off grassy, middle is sweet, ending is a dash of warming alcohol (though the alcohol was very, very well-hidden in this), followed by a lip-coating, sigh-inducing, oily belch-creating (the best part!) bitterness that is a joy to experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and extremely smooth.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. I probably wouldn't be able to taste anything for a week, but it would be worth it. Very hoppy, yet very well-balanced. ABV is hidden well (could be dangerous after a few pints), and the bitter aftertaste sparks the desire to keep drinking.

Overall an excellent item to add to the list of IPA's I've sampled and one I most assuredly want to try again.

Note: A huge BA.com thanks to hopjack13 for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 01:42:35 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Rumrunner


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

A very fruity IPA.

It pours a deep amber. Plenty of yeasties floating about. Very unclear. A decent head and some lacing but nothing extra special. The scents are very lemon and citrus. There is a dry malt flavor to follow up but it is hidden and must be found.

The flavors have some spice. A decent rind flavor. Nice bitter hop grapefruit. The malt is weak chocolate. It provides balance not flavor. A very fruit flavored finish. It finishes mild.

A bold IPA. Not heavy but not weak. An excellent mouthfeel. It is just supurb. It's drinkability is easy and this IPA could be consumed on a regular basis. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 02:10:29 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of tavernjef


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a pale deep orangeish yellow with a light brown tone to it, chill haze present, head just over a finger high, loosly thick and bubbly, cream colored, fades fairly quick and lace sticks well in thin webby spots and thin whispy sheets. Smell is quite a nice hop nose, sweeter pine sense thats bitterly smooth, a touch floral and spiced over a nice toasty caramel malt backbone. Taste is lovely, smooth, soft and rounded, balanced well, nothing overwhelming in the hops, bitterness in check by alot, but whats there is loaded full with nice soft sweet pine, some fresh floral hop hints, caramel malts dotted in the backing thats soft as well. the softness really stands out favorably, I liked it alot. I'm betting its a dried and fresh hop ale variant. Not such a 'in your face' IPA, a simple & welcome surprise and something I find now having had a few Alesmith brews that is something in character that seems to stand out for me in their brews. Feel is soft and pleasant, nearly full, super smooth, nothing harsh here, lingering of bitterness is shorter then most but seems to fit with this one. A bit tamer then the Yulesmith, but nearly the same in every aspect of softness and drinkablity. The softness makes for very easy drinkin'! The bomber was gone in no time. Definately an IPA to keep around for any Ol' time.

Big thanks to Gusler who provided the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 00:34:41 | More by tavernjef
Photo of RoyalT


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Thick, cloudy orange with a big head that went down slowly.

Smell – Sharp, piney hops with a light malt balance.

Taste – The malt comes out more in the taste. It’s almost like a bread flavor. The hops dominate, although they taste more complex than I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel – There’s some good, foamy carbonation to this medium-bodied IPA.

Drinkability – This one is very smooth, almost light. The 7.25 ABV is unnoticable. If you like your IPAs smooth and even (as opposed to hairy and over-the-top) give this one a shot if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 12:03:22 | More by RoyalT
Photo of aaronh


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper colored beer, topped by a vanilla colored head that lasts an exceptionally long time. After the head fades to a thick rocky layer of foam, a sweet floral aroma becomes more evident. Very nice aroma. Wow, the taste is truly phenomenal, with a combination of malty sweetness, and hops so strong they seem to be both sweet and bitter all at once. Then comes the finish. The flavors seem to completely vanish, but then a slight piney bitterness is noticed lurking around, dragging a wisp of sweetness around with it. Mouthfeel is very solid, and this beer seems to just slide down the throat. Drinkability is also exceptional, as a bomber of this feels like much too small a serving. I opened this beer with high expectations, which is usually a recipe for disappointment. But this time, my expectations were exceeded, save for the length of time I thought I'd be spending drinking this wonderful IPA. I'm grateful to have gotten a bottle of this. Do what you must to get one of your own. It will be worth the effort. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 23:07:12 | More by aaronh
Photo of alexgash


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden/copper with a small off-white head. Very fragrant; lotsa malts, lotsa hops. Taste is slightly sweet (but not like Hop Ottin') toffee malts and some hops up front, and then soon turning to all resiny hops that lead to a bitter finishes with lingering notes of cookie malts. Amazingly balanced and a big beer that doesn't feel like 7.25% until the bomber's gone and you stand up to dance around the lawn like a giddy little school girl. Cool bottle by the way too. It's Pretty Awesome (I get it, IPA!).

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 23:16:51 | More by alexgash
Photo of BigHead


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from the Alesmith line, and I like what I see so far. A good clear copper amber with nice head, the alesmith has been working hard. Oh, the aroma is ga-good. I detect the floral hops wonderfully, but a good presence of the malts, hints of caramel. Mercy, a good flavor as well, perhaps I should start my training as an alesmith. The hop bite is balanced so well by the malt presence and those tiny little bubbles that you read about on the bottle. Those little bubbles make the beer feel great in your mouth. I will be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 21:06:30 | More by BigHead
Photo of mickeymac


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After trying this beer from a bottle, I couldn't imagine it could be any better on draught. I was wrong. The amazing smell and taste are still there, with hops, biscuit, and a host of other goodies swimming around. However, the mouthfeel on tap is simply amazing. Don't pass it up, whether it's in the bottle, on tap, or spilled on the floor by the person at the table next to you.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2003 17:16:43 | More by mickeymac
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