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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,131 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,131
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 291 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.25%ABV, serve in a pint at 45-50°F

A - Steady carbonation streams through the vibrant golden beer to it's mountainous, rocky head. Impeccable retention coats the pint in thick lace as the foam glides down the pint.

S - First word that comes to mind? Orgasmic. Second? Hoppy. AleSmith IPA is bursting at the seams with tropical fruit and woodsy pine nuances, perfectly balanced by caramel and biscuit undertones. Could I say more? Sure, but I think five out of five for aroma says enough.

T - Citrus and pine complexities are showcased, flourishing with super high quality and lead wonderfully into the sticky pine resin finish that is balanced by gooey caramel malt and crunchy toasted English muffin.

M - AleSmith IPA maintains balance with hops and scores big time with malt flavor and integrity all while keeping a fairly light-bodied profile that finishes with exceptionally balanced dry hop bitterness.

O - Without a doubt AleSmith IPA is one of the greatest IPAs on the planet. It's explosive aroma transitions wonderfully into flavor without the insane bitterness one might expect from such a hop-forward beer. AleSmith IPa is truly a world-class beer to behold.

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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent gold formed an enormous white bottle-conditioned head, which receded slowly, requiring repeated pours to fill and refill the glass, and leaving lots of heavy lacing and surface foam.

s: Mild grapefruit.

t: An excellent malt-hop balance as a medium-strength IPA. Very drinkable, I finished more than half the bottle before I even realized it.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and refreshing.

o: My comment under taste says it all. Not the most distinctive IPA I have had, but a really fine one. Not sure it's worth $8 per 22 ounces compared to a few others like SN Torpedo or Hoptimum or FW Union Jack, but it's definitely worth trying and enjoying, and sure to please most IPA lovers.

BTW since the bottling date had apparently been worn off the bottle shoulder, I could not say how old this was.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith IPA

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber brew, with a full finger of off white head. Head settled to dusting. Nice lacing...

S) Pleasantly piney, bit of grapefruit, and tropical fruit sweetness that becomes more pronounced with a little warmth. Quite nice...

T) Follows the nose nicely... Good balance with the malt, but the bitterness from the hops definitely shines.

M) Medium bodied... Mild carbonation, with plenty of sticky piney coating. Crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish. Nice aftertaste....

O) This is a very good IPA... Glad to have AleSmith in Wisconsin. This one will definitely find it's way into my refrigerator again in the near future.

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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  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour'd from 22 oz. bottle

Beautiful amber hue, excellent head retention, and great lacing.

Wonderful piny and tropical fruit aroma with floral finish almost a slight bread aroma...

Tastes exceptional, it's what I desire in an IPA, hardly any malt flavor and very hop forward.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,131 ratings.