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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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95
world-class

2,838 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 222 | FT: 6
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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JC88


3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

10-15-2012 14:26:41 | More by JC88
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vic21234

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date that I can see on the bottle.

A- Pours a nice and cloudy dark orange with a small amount of head that quickly fades to some bubbly froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells great, lots of citrus and floral notes. Aromas of grapefruit and orange are most notable to me.

T- Very interesting in the taste in that I usually get the hop hit first when drinking IPAs. This one starts off smooth and slightly sweet with some great malt characters. The back end of the sip is dominated by the hops. Unlike the citrus in the smell, I don't really get that in the taste. The hop taste for me is very piney.

M- Light and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden. Nicely carbonated and well hopped.

A great IPA. It's been sitting in my fridge for about 3 weeks so I'm sure it's not even on the top of its game in regards to freshness too. Good stuff though and a nice easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:14:56 | More by vic21234
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-13-2012 02:53:39 | More by bsuedekum
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jlieber17

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-13-2012 01:42:41 | More by jlieber17
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-12-2012 01:58:50 | More by Gerasimos
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-12-2012 00:31:50 | More by MerkurKing16
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, pale orange. Just a touch of amber haze. Thick, slightly off white head. Nice lacing all the way down. Everything I've come to expect from a great IPA.

S - Nice strong aroma, of citrusy, floral hops, with a touch of pine at the end. Also some sweet malt mixed in. A slight alcohol smell at the end.

T - Very much like the smell, but with quite a bitter punch too. Bitterness doesn't linger very long though. Definitely leans towards the citrusy / grapefruit flavor combo, with less of the piney notes. Picking up on a slight spicy, medicinal, minty aftertaste. Caramel malts are nice, fresh and clean and definitely present to make a good backbone. Not super complex, very well balanced.

M - Very clean and crisp. Not too thick, not too thin, creamy. Pretty light carbonation.

O - A very nice example of a hoppy and bitter, yet well balanced IPA. I appreciate the malts that are going on here, though I tend to prefer a little less bitterness and a little more complexity to the hop aroma/flavors - so it doesn't quite reach the status of my all-time favorites. Definitely recommend and would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:40:10 | More by gleemonger
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-07-2012 22:30:47 | More by Archemedies
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profondo

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

10-06-2012 23:06:02 | More by profondo
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-06-2012 17:11:14 | More by ejimhof
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ThePaleRider

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Honey colored with a thick white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Yes! Grapefruit, pineapple, and not sure what kind of hops it is but reminds me of Amarillo.

T - Not quite as much citrus as I was expecting. Starts of with a bitter tingle that perfectly blends hops and malts into a clean, smooth after taste.

M - Very crisp and carbonated. Drinks pretty light for an IPA.

O - A great example of an IPA that is bitter, but knows exactly where to draw the line.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 05:25:45 | More by ThePaleRider
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raulazzer

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-05-2012 19:20:27 | More by raulazzer
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-05-2012 19:13:09 | More by Johnhaley1989
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-04-2012 16:32:46 | More by djre4orm
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jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

10-04-2012 00:27:28 | More by jpd026
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starkmarvelo

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alesmith IPA

Pours slightly hazy golden color with very minimal bubbles. Chunky two finger off whit head

Aromas of sticky pine citrus and sweet tropical fruit.

Bunch of hop bitterness throughout with some citrus rind bitterness. Waiting for the fruit notes but never quite make it on the palate. There's something missing. Too hop forward, there's just not a sweet note in it.

Overall- it's okay. I got it in a trade. If I saw it on a shelf I wouldn't buy it.
Just waiting for that extra something at the end that doesn't happen.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 19:56:01 | More by starkmarvelo
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-03-2012 03:58:19 | More by Hardcore
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bifrost17

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

10-03-2012 02:24:06 | More by bifrost17
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-02-2012 18:29:03 | More by Davepoolesque
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Fahz

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-02-2012 11:47:33 | More by Fahz
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kendellmarie

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-01-2012 21:33:00 | More by kendellmarie
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-01-2012 17:59:39 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-28-2012 18:41:54 | More by Beeradelphia
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick/wide ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a huge aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops - this beer smells very inviting and delicious. Subtle hints of caramel and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness followed by strong grapefruit/citrus hops. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with wonderful hop aromas and flavors without a lot of bitterness. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well-hidden. Great beer that I could enjoy over and over again. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:34:05 | More by dbrauneis
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but it's in one of the new 22oz bottles, so hopefully pretty fresh. My experience prior had been that this is sooo good on tap but often disappointing in the (undated) bottles. Tulip glass.

A: Dark golden with a finger and a half of gorgeous head, superb clarity, and speckles of lacing all over and a thick ring of remaining head.

S: Explosion of citrus, flowers, and delicious caramel.

T: Caramel forward and lots of orange notes, complemented by mild floral and tangerine, mild to moderate bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tad more than ideal for me, but not overwhelming. Very dry.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, fluffy and creamy texture.

O: An excellent, well crafted ale. I'm a pretty big fan of ales, and this is up there as far as ales go.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 05:55:01 | More by pmarlowe
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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