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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Reviews: 1,216
Hads: 3,590
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 477
Gots: 483 | FT: 11
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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: 1,216 | Hads: 3,590
Photo of egajdzis
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of RootedFool
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Beervis
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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!!!

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Photo of watermelonman
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Maestro
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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!!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alesmith’s IPA bursts with a fresh resinous bouquet of bright floral hops and four-fingers of whipped cream head. The smell is so resinous, it’s almost sticky. The body is clear, pale amarillo with fine suspended particulate and thick draping lace.

This isn’t an especially bitter ale. It’s actually somewhat sweet and piney. It’s really too sweet – almost sugary – and lacks the essential bittering of an IPA while delivering an immodest showcasing of late-addition hops.

I can understand the appeal of this beer – it delivers a lot of both malt and hops. And yet this is neither a traditional IPA (English or American), nor an especially satisfying innovation, at least not to me. Frankly, this is hop candy, not a functional representation of an India pale ale.

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Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with sckressler...
Appears a dark amber with a luscious white chunky head. Huge chunky lacing.
Smell is of perfumy and citrus hops with pine resin whopping my nose.
Taste is of huge hops with a caramel biscuit malt punch that makes you come back for more.
Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly burning with hops but well balanced throughout. Medium bodied brew.
Drinkability is really good here too. Just a touch taken off from the mild hops burn that lingers.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired from drewbage via hand-trade and cellared for a year or so.

Appearance - um, try about 4-5 fingers of foam before I even see what color the beer is!! That settles of course, revealing a dull yellow, cloudy, and *extremely* effervescent beer. Takes a while to fill the glass as the bubbles flare up immediately. Ragged clumps of lace everywhere. the pour is its own event.

Aroma - spicy orange and pine aromas along with a boozy element enhancing the bready, biscuity malts.

Taste - a sweet, somewhat chewy malt base, very sturdy. Intensely bitter and dry but with enough sweetness to really balance it. Alcohol is quite visible on the swallow, but the full flavor of the beer subdues it some. The finish is warm with grapefruit and pine flavors. Extremely tasty in all the right areas.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy, critical to ensure the carbonation doesn't run away with half the flavor. Gets heavier as it warms, but sets up the flavors perfectly.

Drinkability - I just can't find anything to complain about here, except that I didn't drink this sooner and ask Drew to bring me 5 more, lol. Maybe that'll change, I've been seeing more Alesmith around the area lately, this one's a keeper. Thanks Drew!!!

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear orangish bassy hue that was radiant with light swirled under a mixed 1/2" head of tan foam. Nose was crisp and sharp with strong orange/citrus aromas and hops present.

Taste was equal to the nose in crispness. Its clean, light on the tongue with a mild pepper quality that had a lull to its presence. Of course its hopped, but the hops wait until the pallete to really come alive and give a wallop. It swallowed lightly bittersweet on the throat, yet clean.

This a well crafted IPA. While not one of my favorite genres, this one was very nice. Its not overly hopped, and the crisp, clean quality is very nice. One of the better IPA's I have had and I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my top IPAs. Extremely well balanced, intense hop character and wondefully drinkable. Pours a hazy, copper orange colour, with a gorgeous white head. Strong piney, citrus, fruity aroma. Rich, complex taste - fruit, maltiness, slight alcohol. It makes your mouth water. Extremely fresh.

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Photo of twilight
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful light orange color with very nice eventual lacing. The beer is sligtly hazy, but that adds to the appeal. Being a homebrewer, I loathe crystal clear beers. They just seem unnatural.

Earthy spice aroma and some peaches in the nose. The taste is lots of earth and pine with some citrus, but mostly this great sharp herbal hop taste, like biting into a nice piece of wood but without that oaky taste. At some point I could also swear I tasted chocolate malt or some kind of dark roasty malt, but I've since learned that they use "honey malt" in this one. Hop character is very agressive, but malt balance is very clean, leaving very little sweetness in the mouth. Mouthfeel is excellent and flavor makes drinkability a no-brainer. Quaff this one heartily. Oh, and if anyone you know is visiting from San Diego, have them grab you a bomber or two of this one. I have to thank my beloved mom for hand-carrying this one over!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hoppy as all get out. Rich citric (grapefruit) and pine resin just says the word Cascade to me. All these hops are supported by a sweet malt base that really lets the glory of the hop shine without being really bitter. Good stuff, a touch of alcohol lends a perfumed quality to the whole experience.

Appearance: A massive 3-finger head crowns a crystal clear dark gold glass and leave clumps of head in its wake.

Flavor: Classic IPA. Firm hops backed by a bed of soothing malt. There is a candy note as well, marshmallow or bubblegum. Titanic balance

Mouthfeel: Lingering mouth coat from a medium body that ends fairly dry.

Overall Impression: Prototypical IPA. Hops are crisp and clean; base is rich and complimentary, no off flavors. It’s a modern day American Classic.

Thanks Weedchugger!

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the classy looking bottle in celebration of buying a house. Pours a nice gold with a pleasing puffy head. Super crisp piney aroma.

Started a little disappointing, I must admit. But as I drank, and as it warmed, it became apparant that this is an exceptional IPA. Very smooth, with a hearty and solid mouthfeel, this is a piney affair from nose to mouth. Left a ragged lace with some floaties. "it's piney, but mellow" as my wife put it. As it goes down, I wonder, is this the perfect IPA?

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber courtesy of kmpitz2.

Pours a beautiful orangey coper color with a small, but well formed slightly off-white head. Retention and lacing are both quite impressive. Collar is outstanding.
Smell is slight caramel, definite sweetness to this one. And massive, earthy, floral hop aromas. Not much alcohol in the nose.
Taste just overflows with hop flavor. Very earthy, very floral. Bitterness soon follows, but it is by no means overwhelming. Definte sweet caramelly malt backbone as well. VERY well balanced. Slight, very slight, alcohol heat as this goes down.
Mouthfeel is perfect, carbonation is present but not overwhelming and this very much coats the tongue as it slides down the gullet.
Overall, an exceptional IPA. I can't believe that I've never had this before, but I'm certainly glad that I have. Fantastic.

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

Pours a golden cloudy copper with a smooth fluffy white head that leaves some ridiculously generous lacing all over the place. This head does not die, ever.

Very sweet grapefruit pine aroma, overall smells very good.

The first second of the sip is all malts, good caramel presence with a nice bready character, then the grapefruit pine hop comes in and delivers its punch. Overall percieved bitterness is low, but hop character is very strong. Citrus rind flavors are all over the place and the exhale exibits alcohol, dextrin sweetness, and floral hop characters all at once.

Not enough can be said about the mouthfeel of this beer, tends towards the heavier bodied and is incredibly creamy. Carbonation is not overpowering at all in fact it carries the flavor well. Just the way I like my big beers, chewy chewy chewy. A meal in a glass.

Alcohol is not as apparent as I thought it would be, overall a very filling and delicious brew. Most likely THE perfect IPA. Amazing.

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Photo of DrJay
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy golden amber colour topped by a generous, fluffy, white head. Superb head retention with foam rings on the glass showing the size of each sip. Hop aroma of citrus and spice, nearly perfumy. Some maltiness comes through as well, but is more restrained. Bitterness is a little restrained to start, but is balanced very well by a biscuity, malty base, plenty of orange/citrus hop flavour. A bit of alcohol warmth shows up in the finish, where the bitterness really shines. Creamy, moderate carbonation and medium/full body. Easily one of the best west coast IPAs I've had the pleasure to sample. You BAs in San Diego are a lucky bunch!

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a very slight hazed burnt orange with a nice 1-1/2 finger cream-colored head that hangs around for a while. The smell consists of very punchy pine and citrus notes and not much else poking through. The taste is more of the smell with more balance of malts displaying hints of fresh baked bread. Very nice flavor! This is a medium bodied beer that finishes on the dry side. Thanks xlperro!

Notes: While this is a very tasty brew, one bomber will do for now.

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Photo of OldSock
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orange amber, with nice carbonation. The head is white, thick, creamy and has huge staying power. The lacing is also excellent.

Smell – Pine for the most part, but also citrus and a little bit of alcohol. Good floral hop character, perfect for an IPA. The excellent head really holds onto a lot of the aroma so the smells are not as strong as in many IPA’s.

Taste - Hops obviously dominate, one of the fresher tasting IPA’s I’ve had. Pine mostly, but grapefruit also comes to mind. There is some malt as well, but it is completely dominated by the hops. It is very hoppy, but no where near the bitterness of many IPA’s, just a subtle lingering bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is missing at first, but becomes more present as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, with a mildly prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability - It has a higher abv than many IPA’s and it comes in a big bottle, but man does it go down easy. The only hindrance to me is that I live on the east coast where Alesmith is a rarity, very glad I picked this up when I saw it, one of the two or three best of the style in my opinion

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith continues to impress. This beer proves you don’t have to "Imperialize" something to make it good. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head. Thick patches of lacing in the glass. Big citrus and floral hops in the nose. Medium body with loads of hops, spice and citrus and a nice malt undercurrent. The finish is hoppy with noticeable pine and lingers well. Great work here.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bevmo in T.O. two weeks ago. Pours a caramel color with a nice creamy foam sitting on top. This is my kind of beer. Bottle says to let yeast sit in the bottle, but I say live and let them be free and drink those suckers up. Citrusy smell that I love to get from a quality American IPA. Nice sweet malty flavors followed by a bitterness that a fine IPA should have. Fine example of a awesome American IPA. Once beers warms a bit with glass, no lacing is left on the glass. Would buy again and again and again, if available in my area.

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Photo of oggg
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Holy schmoley! The cask version of this already potent IPA is a real treat. This beer is marginally hazier, with a softer smaller head. The aroma is out of this world. It was pretty darn good out of the bomber, but this version must be heavily dry hopped or something. Huge aroma of pine and citrus. On the tongue, the carbonation is softer and the hop presence is more vegetal and green. This greenness partially obscures the luscious malt backbone of this beer.

Overall: Beautifully aromatic on cask. Wonderfully malty in the bottle. I MUST re-taste the tap version. I bet I'll get the best of both worlds...

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