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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
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1,207 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,207
Hads: 3,529
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 473
Gots: 456 | FT: 10
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: 1,207 | Hads: 3,529
Photo of goschool
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The hazy peach to orange color looks especially cool with my laptop screen providing backlight in my dark room. Fabulous head retention. The nose is big and complex: lots of pine, complimented by orange sherbet, caramel malts, and pepper. It starts out with assertive grapefruity hops, but as this warms up floral and hops come through alone with silky smooth sweet malts. Oh fucking hell- the second pour is even better. It now dons a big frothy head that's not going anywhere and the yeast is in the glass now which is fine by me. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but it doesn't interfere with the drinkability. This is pretty awesome. (640 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color topped by a thick, fluffy off-white head that lasted for days. Tons of bright citrus in the nose. Tangerine and mandarin orange dominate the aroma. Wonderful drape of lace on the side of the glass as I pause to drink. Mouth wakening bitterness. There is a lot of grapefruit in the front of the flavor. Mild caramel and just a hint of Jolly Rancher orange candy on the finish. Loads of Chinook hop in this beer. The bitterness is pronounced, but not harsh. The mouth feel is lick, mildly oily. Great drinkability as the alcohol is well hidden. (560 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden orange body with a pure white head pocketed with large white bubbles among a tight knit of smaller ones. Aroma is somewhat light but nice nonetheless. Filled with citrus including grapefruit and some tangerine. A nice sweet malt base mixes in the aroma as well. Could be stronger overall.

A very nice flavor for an IPA. A good bit of bitterness but nothing overwhelming although it does finish with a bit of a bite. Taste has some citrus in it although I find it to be predominately resin dominated. Nicely balanced with a malt backbone to compliment the hops. No hint of alcohol either.

Has a nice mouth coating medium mouthfeel. Flavor lingers for a while. Drinkability is superb. Crisp and refreshing that comes with a nicely balanced flavor. (770 characters)

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

Thanks again to Kmpitz2 for sharing. Looks IPAish with a copper-orange hue and a little haze. Has incredible head retention. Smells very citrusy and pine-ey with an almost balanced barley malt base, allowing the hops to dominate the nose. Flavors are sweet of malt and hop flavored all at once. The hop flavor shows more of a citrus (grapefruit, oranges, lemon rinds) with the pine-ey, grass-ey flavors showing more in the back of the throat and a little more subtle in strength. All hop flavors and aromas swirl around a solid, but not overbearing, malt base. Very smooth and silky to the mouth. A joy to drink. I can see why it's one of BA's top beers. (654 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber provided by nvsblman and shared with absolutesites on T-Day, 2005. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a one finger nearly white head over a very cloudy light apricot colored liquid. Smells potently of grapefuit. Pithy, some pine, and a kind of driftwood dryness. Flavor is biting hop grapefruit with too much crystal malt. Disjointed. I don't know if age could bring the hops and sweet together. I think the hops would fall apart before the crystal malt settles. Well, shucks, I'm focusing on trash-talk when I've actually got a quality beer in my hand. It's enjoyable. Just not the soothing beverage I was hoping would add to the lull in my turkey-infused body. The hops leave the medium mouthfeel dry and the carbonation is medium. (739 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight orange-ish that was trying to glow but failed and came off dull. Big thick white and foamy head rested on top. Dissolved down to a thick, small and free floating island on top of the beer.

Nose was my favorite thing about this beer. Very hops, but they were not abrasive on the schnozz. Very piney and Christmas. Kind of a woodsiness all about this beer.

Solid flavor but nothing spectacular. And perhaps maybe a little bit of butter in there but the hops do a great job of concealing any such failing. All pine and sharp citrus. Malts provide a nice sweet balance that hold throughout the entire beer.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn. A bit of a dry finish. The hops are still very nice and make this a very easy beer to drink. (766 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 22 oz bottle, no freshness dating or batch number. Pours and orange to copper color with a frothy off white head. Very nice lacing as the glass is tilted and nice head retention. As the head thins it leaves creamy smooth islands.

Smell: The complex hoppy nose is fabulous. It is spicy with pepper and cinnamon while still being piney and earthy. And on top of all of that there is a sweet citrusy component that smells strongly of tangerine. There is also a slightly toasted malt aroma and some dextrin scents.

Taste: There is sweetness that is dying to come out of this beer as it frist hits my tongue. The flavors in this beer are complex but none of them are raging and strong. Subtle and soft while still holding their ground. Citrusy sweet followed by a toasty malt and earthy, sandy, bitter hop combination. Earthy components are firm with clay, dry leaves, and lemon grass. Hop bitterness shows in the seconds quarter and then again in the last quarter. The combination is nice with orange, sweet, and honey flavors first and the second appearance holding a more earthy and dry character. The aftertaste has a toasted malt flavor that is more bold than expected and carries a rich nutty flavor (peanut and almond). The alcohol is completely hidden. The beer is juicy like no other with sweet pear and a clean water ending.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth. None of the flavors are grating on the palate as is often the case with IPAs. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness and hop oiliness.

Drinkability: Lovely in every sense of the word. I like the balance of rich flavors without selling anything short. Smooth and tasty. The malt is toasty and hop flavors are bitter and complex. It doesn't get much better than this. (1,750 characters)

Photo of karst
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to OstrungT for the bomber! I have protected this for several months and broke it out last night to share with a fellow homebrewer.

Pours slightly hazed peach/orange with a persistant creamy head. Aroma as dominate and pleasing as your going to find. Hop candy! On a par with 3F's Dreadnaught. Flavor is huge pine and citrus hops perfectly balanced by a massive and complex malt base that offers no turn offs. Alcohol is well hidden and offsets the sweet malts to offer drying as the bitterness lingers. I can't think of a way to improve this and expect the haze was a simple matter of a rough ride before the pour. (625 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I popped a 22oz bottle.
Poured a cloudy golden yellow.
Thickest head I've seen yet, very foamy, off white, held up until the bottom of the glass.
Lots of carbonation.
Nice hoppy aroma, scent of malts and a little citrus.
Flavorful IPA; nice balanced malt taste with a strong hop finish, little hint of citrus in there.
Bitter hop flavor lingers.
I could feel the alcohol warming my gut.
This one got better the further I got into the pint.
Worth a taste.

Cheers! (475 characters)

Photo of bcm119
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bottle. Medium copper color with a nearly white, chunky head. Smells of grapefruit rind and pine. The nose is grapefruity with a slight pale malt sweetness that gets sweeter as it warms up. Mid palate it has a fairly full mouthfeel and a nice balance of citrusy hops and mild sweetness that comes through as sort of ripe orangey, almost juicy. Finishes cleanly though, not exactly crisp but clean enough, and it has a faint malt aftertaste. Outstanding hop flavors and nicely balanced, but could be a touch crisper. (518 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle
Pours a deep gold color, huge head. Lacing/head stayed thru out the whole time. Very hoppy/citrus scents. Hoppy/sweet taste with a nice bite at the end. Medium body. This is one helleva brew, awesome taste and quite strong for a IPA, a couple of these and you will be feeling pretty good. (301 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For the ardent hop-head, this brew is truly a gift. It pours out a hazy deep gold color with a very thick very sticky head. It's as if the brewers added a dollop of bread dough to each bottle to form such an impressive crown.

The smell is pretty pure - clean, clear hops and lots of 'em. A mild grain note in the nose but it's a very quiet note; this is all citrus and spice.

The taste is quite exquisite - while it's unapologetic about the hops, there's a very clean, sweet grain note to add balance to the brew. As strong as the taste is, it is by no means harsh - far from it. This is a very smooth, incredibly well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is good. Plenty of carbonation and a nice velvety feel going down. Not so astringent that it leaves your tongue burnt but instead each sip invites the next.

This is a very drinkable brew and I'm happy to discover it's available locally. No surprise that it's one of the top rated IPAs and frankly, it could easily stand up to all but the very finest double IPAs. (1,018 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simple yet attractive 22 oz’er declaring 7.5% ABV. The bottom is loaded with a bottle cap thickness of powder sediment yeast in the bottom.

First pour off lees is a golden cloudy peach loaded with rising champagne bubbles to a wispy frothy beige cap, leaving a dripping scattered lattice lace. Upped the AP to 4.5 after then second pour contained a statuesque spumescent gooey cratered surface of the moon countenance that included a plethora of scrod chunkers, 5. The lattice lace left behind was awesome.

Initial aroma of orange sherbert and syrupy sugary sweet. Quite mouth watering scents of citrus lemon peel and candy caramel apple. Second pour with the yeast released a more piney sappy aroma.

First swigs: Citrus grapefruit homerun! Unbridled grapefruit rhind and grapefruit lemon juice. Good. Tasty Pez candy chalky tight tartness. The balance is stupendous. A mindblowing feather of sweet caramel malt that puts the hops peddle to the metal. Aftertaste is a peppery lemon peel and Starburst candy. Second pour releases more of the acidic pine and orange citrus sizzle. (Note to self: Side by side Alesmith IPA vs. FFF DN.)

Sparkling crispness with firm dense carbonation, and some chalky mouth pucker. Thick settled medium body that just oozes with hoppy goodness.

Last swigs: The highlight of this bottle was the LAST pour with loads of flavor and gooey lip smackin’ hop smack. Hop heroin. I wish they all could be California IPAs! It might be their yeast strand that really allows those hops to shine. This IPA is such a blast of crisp hops, that doesn’t get muddled in a malt mud. That is why it is so good. This might be my best example of a true Am IPA. I flew back from Portland with about 20 bomber bottles of varied beers. They should have been all Alesmith IPAs. Why this isn’t cosidered a 2IPA is beyond me. It’s been a long time since a beer really excited me. (1,901 characters)

Photo of lostbearbrew
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, thanks go out to the west coast trading connections on this one...wow, folks, nice work. I've had this around for a few weeks, and it finally was time to go for it.

a Smoky Copper with a fat ole light tan head. Sticky and clinging lace...

Citrus, pine and straw rush forward, with a really wonderous mix of aromas amongst them. Seems grapefruit and orange really have the market on the olfactory here.

Taste is almost like a double, but without the thick coating tendency. Lower alc % and flavor, as well. The malt in here holds the hops up and supports them as the flagship flavors, but you don't miss the sweet caramelly malt in the middle. The finish on this hangs in your mouth next to forever.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, but not perfect - maybe it is the fence sitting between single and double that makes me feel that way, but something seems a little off for the IPA style.

I'd drink these all day, and get used to the slightly off mouthfeel....lol! (977 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to cmaruschak for this one. I've been really looking forward to popping this one open...too many beers, too little time.
Pours a nice cloudy copper color w/ a tremendous amount of light tan head. Very foamy and produces tons of loose, sticky lace...very nice to look at.
Wow...I've smelled double IPA's w/ less aroma than this one. Tons of fruity, bitter hops smack the nose...oranges and subtle grapefruit mainly dominate.
Taste is incredible...again, similar to a double but without the alcohol. It is over 7% so I can faintly detect it, but by no way distracting. Great balanced brew...hefty malt backbone and a fantastic bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is above average...drinkability is a no brainer.
Ah, they say Alesmith may make it's way to MA soon...I believe I could get used to having this one around. (823 characters)

Photo of budsboy
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber with a small white sticky head.

Smell is all warm and toasty and hoppy, all citrus and pine. Familiar from many other highly hopped IPAs.

The first taste brings to mind Stone's Ruination, but wait a minute. It's not as much of a palate pounder. Bitter for sure, but malt is thrown into the balance. Citrus, then pine than warming alcohol. Very well crafted.

Full in the mouth, a bit puckering. Smooth, almost creamy, with a wee bit of oil left behind. Would have liked a bit more carbonation.

Not for the IPA beginner, this beer is closer to 2IPA then most 2IPAs. Very hoppy, very potent, very alluring. If you get the chance, get some. (668 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper, orange color with a small sticky off white head that diminished to a small film but still left nice lacing. Amazing citrus and pine hop aroma. Sweet malts, bitter hops, perfect mouthfeel, perfect balance. It doesn't taste bitter enough to be an Imperial, but the balance is superb... YUM! Thanks Marc (322 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this son of a bitch into a Duvel tulip glass, anticipating that it would be good enough to sit in such a luxurious vessel. This is the first time I've seen Alesmith in these parts (Arcata, California) -- exciting. Ok...

Pours a brilliant, almost glowing amber. Whipped, frothy head, white as cooked egg whites.

Smell: floral and citrus burst of hops upfront (lemon at first, deepening into grapefruit rind, freshly peeled and a little juiced; also some nice, I don't know, rose petal? the hops make a glorious perfume here); the middle and finish bring out some malt sweetness, slight caramel, cotton candy still warm from the cotton candy machine (whatever they call that thing, I don't know).

Taste: deep cut of solid hop force underneath my palate (juicy as hell, citrusy; grapefruit, lemon zest, maybe some tangerine thrown in as well; a fruit salad here!), followed by a sharper bitterness that becomes almost peppery, more mild than black pepper, maybe like the stuff that comes from the can, not freshly ground, but pleasant; the finish brings out a nice sheet of malt sweetness to contrast with the intense hop progression.

Mouthfeel: slick, a little sticky on the roof of my mouth, but no complaints.

Amazing IPA. I hope Alesmith's brews stick around here, and that we receive a wider variety in the future -- the only other Alesmith brew I saw at the store is the pale ale. (1,410 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to garagekegger for sharing his bomber with me,poured a slightly hazy light amber with a nice one finger head,aromas of course are intensly hoppy very piney and citrusy.This is a bold tasting IPA very resiny and piney along with lemon rind but there is a firm somewhat nutty malt backbone that is very noticable.A damn fine IPA loaded with flavor damn I want more! (371 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Real Nice American IPA....you can tell they craft this with care in the mouthfeel and appearance. It smells and tastes like a double all the way...bitterness is really high for this style. It is on the citrus side of the style to the point of reminding me of grapefruit and orange pods and such. Resiny with with a backslapper of hops to finish it off.

bomber poured into chimay glass had nice head and retention.
Super bitter hoppy smell with a hint of some burnt/charcoal.

Tasted like a double IPA without the super warming.

One of the best IPA's that i've sampled. This beer leans towards a DIPA but thats not the point. The point is "how does this beer score?" and it scores well regardless of style. (714 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/02/05- Received fro BA member RKhaze.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden amber colored elixer. Forms a very nice 1 inch thick and creamy sparkling white head. Good lacing as well.

Smell- Greeted by a huge scent of many different kinds of hops. The first one that caught me was the big sweet cotton candy scent. Then the light fruit scented ones came followed by the pine tree scent.

Taste- Not the hop bomb expected after the scent, but more of a very nicely balanced IPA. Mostly pine flavored hops, not the sweet ones I smelled at first. Then a nice soft malt backbone. Just enough to be noticed and to add to the mix of hops.

Mouthfeel- Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability- A definite top level IPA. One I would readily buy often if it was easily available here. Definite must try for anyone who loves IPA's. (890 characters)

Photo of Beervis
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the attractive (I love the simplicity of AleSmith's bottles)22oz bottle a deep orangey amber with a very thick, fluffy white head. The bubbles danced around in the glass and quickly rose to the top to form the head. What a site!!

Smell is hugely citric and flowery with loads and loads of hops.

Taste was incredible, a huge amount of hops up front, then balanced by a solid malt backbone. Alcohol is very present, but in a way that is not offensive, but rather, adds tons of complexity and spice. The medium body produces layers of flowery and grapefruity biterness, giving way to a snappy dry finish.

The is very drinkable, but at it's strength, vould be pretty "warming". To me, it was right on the verge of a DIPA, but not quite there. It is definitely in my top two for the style, I love this beer, but that's not surprising, as it's AleSmith!!! (869 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one pretty beer. It poured to a great light orange and copper color with a medium head that lasted very well. Lace is everywhere and looks very nice.

The smell is strong and nice, if somewhat plain. The taste is very good, bringing hops through and through. There's no question what the star is in this bottle. The mouthfeel is very appealing while drinkability takes a small hit for the respectable strength. (420 characters)

Photo of Maestro
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Did somebody say West Coast?

Now that I have had the opportunity to try out more west coast IPAs I am beginning to discern the polarities. I enjoy both.

This beer pours your average IPA orange color, but is quite hazy due to the bottle conditioning. The head is quite thick, but settles down to leave a fluffy lacing on the glass.

The smell is instant pine followed by a sharp scent of freshly baked bread. You can just tell that this boy is going to be hop-oriented.

The taste is full of an intricate variety of hops. The malts take a back seat but can be noticed as the beer warms. There isn't much sweetness in this brew. The toasty, biscuity malts poke through but not the least bit of sweetness comes through. I enjoyed this beer with some sharp cheddar cheese.

In your mouth, this beer feels a bit like it is biting you (in a good way).

This ale is a bit overpowering to make it a regular treat, but it is very well done. (945 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a orange/amber color in the glass, slightly hazy. There is a 3/4" head of off-white foam with very good retention. The head eventually falls to about 1/4" and stays to the end. Awesome sticky lacing.

The nose contains a wonderful sweet smell. Orange hard candy and pineapple are what I picked out after countless whiffs. The hops are in perfect harmony, they are not screaming out at all. Very nice balance in the aroma.

A quick citrus tang turns quickly into nice hop bitterness that keeps on coming. Slight pine/spruce/citrus tanginess. The 7.25% is nowhere to be found(until I stood up!). Nicely balanced IPA between malt and hops.

Very juicy in the mouth with a long bitter finish that rolls around and around the mouth.

This is a highly drinkable IPA, give me this or Stone and you would hear no complaints. Alesmith IPA is right on! A bad mutha!! (877 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.