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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,205
Hads: 3,518
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 472
Gots: 450 | FT: 10
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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: 1,205 | Hads: 3,518
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!!! (1,236 characters)

Photo of BuckSpin
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +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. (299 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (940 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (814 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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? (497 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of beersarang
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of OldSock
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (1,138 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.47/5  rDev +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. (420 characters)

Photo of SBPCGuru
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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... (625 characters)

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

22 oz bomber, don't know the bottling date. Today has been one of those crap-tastic days where I just need something good and hoppy to slip into and forget about the day (aside from Paul Hackett resigning from the Jets...woo hoo!). This light sunset brew should do the trick, with a spicy hop aroma and some citrus and gummy bear in the nose as well. The flavor of this brew surprises me; so much malt! Granted, it's balanced well with the resinous sticky bitterness of the hops, but I would file this in the malty American IPA category, a list with few names. This rounds out to be a bitter brew, starting with the chalky, toasted maltiness at the start, to the slightly charred sweet citrus fruits in the middle, to the bitter hoppy finish. Still, the malt can be tasted throughout. Burps reveal the hops. Mmmm. Mouthfeel shows hardly any carbonation, and the thin lace on top died quickly...what's up with that? An interesting one to say the least, and it's great to get some AleSmith here in the East. Wee Heavy and YuleSmith are next... (1,041 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper-gold with a moderate amount of carbonation. A nice 1 inch wihite head sits on top with large bubbles in the head. Aroma is bright and clean with lively, hoppy notes. Hops are oily and pine like (not my favorite for hops) but not overly bitter. Flavor & mouthfeel is creamy, rich and full of fruit flavor - citrus underlying the pine forest oils of the hops. Finishes with a moderate-strong hop bite. Easily drinkable.

I enjoy this brew, and it is one of the better Alesmith offerings, but I prefer some others to this brew. (548 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. This beer poured a golden color with a small white head that didn't stick around too often but left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very hoppy - citrus mostly. Slight caramel backbone, but it's all about the hops. The flavor was very hoppy as well. Lots of grapefruit flavors all around. Nice caramel malt in the back that balances things out really well. Very well made IPA. (400 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beer to our tasting. The beer poured a golden color with one finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was full on grapefruit hop, with some caramel sweetness in the background. Nice nice nice. The flavor was full of nice sweet hops, grapefruit and a touch of caramel. The feel was thick, just what I want for this beer. Drinkability was huge. I wished I had more of it to drink. What a smooth, easy drinking beer. (460 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of head. A good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is bursting with citrusy hops. It really leaps out at you and fills the nostrils easily. The taste is all hops baby. Lots of fresh juicy hops with great grapefruit flavor and nice bitterness. The body is creamy and thick. The drinkability is great, I would have never guessed this to be 7.25%. A flippin' fantastic IPA. Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this to our tasting! (519 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Bought a 22oz bomber at Papago Brewing Company b-ack in September for $4.41.

This is a golden orange brew that poured a deliciously thick head that is leaving quite a trail behind in my glass. Nose is classic ipa, of citrus and hops. Taste is very good, a seamless blend of malt and citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is very full for this style and is very lively on my pallet. Overall drinkability is great, I highly recommend this brew! Scores are all 4.5.

Re-review on 9-16-11. Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in mid-August for $4.99.

Beer pours an amber orange with a solid white head that has retained well - 4.5.

Nose is floral hops that became more prevelant as it warmed. - 4.0

Taste is very well balanced, pale and caramel malts blend well with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. - 4.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated - both refreshing and satisfying at the same time. - 4.0

Overall this is a solid beer that was probably better then most in its class when first sampled 6 years ago. It is not quite as tasty as offerings recently sampled from other breweries - 4.0. Definitely still recommend this brew if you get a chance. (1,154 characters)

Photo of mikeys01
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My sampling of Alesmith IPA was served from a simply decorated 22oz brown bomber, with some words voicing its wonders printed on the side. . At the pour, biscuit malt is immediately apparent in the nose along with juicy hop aromas of orange and orchard fruit, like the fresh peach whose juices run down your chin at the first ripe bite. Color is a bright golden, with just the right amount of fluffy white head, plenty of yeast sitting down for a good rest at the bottom of the bottle too.
At first taste, a big bitter hop bite assails your tongue and throat right away before downshifting into a smooth and sweet malty middleground. Biscuity dry malt flavor is very pronounced and balances perfectly with the nice citrusy hops. There is a very slight alcohol warmth noticeable in the finish, along with a tantalizing lingering bitterness to lead you into the next sip. Medium body and quite smooth, not overly sweet, and quite dangerously drinkable. I did not suspect that this was a 7.5% brew. Nice lacing clung artfully to the glass until the last drop. More than delicious and heartily hoppy, another excellent Alesmith offering. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and very bitter fresh bottle thanks to xlperro. While very good IPA, its not significantly superior to many other good American IPAs I have had. Full mouthfeel with citrus and dough. Somewhat overcarbonated that with bitterness and pine and tad grassiness, set off my mouth. Good accompanyment to dinner however. (318 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber-orange color with the tiniest of heads and some mild lacing. There isn't much going on with the aroma. I expected a much stronger hops nose. It is there -- grapefruit and herbaceousness -- just not huge.
The taste of this is a different story. A baeutiful burnt, bitter orange flavor opens up into pine and rosemary hops juice. There is just enough malt in here to keep the beer in check, but the hops are in charge, and they let you know it with a looong, lingering bitter finish. The hop burps are happenin' here. A smooth drinking brew with at 7%, and one that rivals the best IPAs I've had. (608 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this while visiting San Diego. Brought it back to Florida to share with friends. It's an above average American IPA. I'd prefer a little more body than this beer has.

Its aroma is good, but my overall impression was "off" a little.

I guess I was hoping for more substance instead of simple bitterness and hop aroma. Check out my review of Rogue's Hop Heaven Ale for an example of what I'm looking for.

But now I look at this review and I feel that I'm being overly harsh. Make no mistake, this is a pretty good beer. There are better examples of the style out there, however. (608 characters)

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

220z. bomber: This lovely brew pours a hazy, darker golden color. Some head to it. The aroma is hops, and all hops, but not overpowering. Piney, citrus, floral and grassy. The taste is quite good. The taste is quite hoppy, but only somewhat bitter. The tastes are very well balanced. Some fruits in the aftertaste and the hopiness lingers nicely in your mouth. An excellent brew. (379 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.