AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,137
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 298 | FT: 9
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brureview
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BearslikeBeers
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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