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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 400
Gots: 206 | 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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Photo of ElSid


4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy golden sunshine in a cup with an effervescent white head which leaves behind minimal traces.

S: The subdued nose is of earth, pine needles, and flowers. Also some beautiful grapefruit citrus.

T: Pine and flowers up front. Then comes a wallop of the grapefruit laced with apricot, plums, and even golden raisins. All this greatness is buoyed by bready, slightly caramel sweet maltiness. A classic IPA spicy finish which builds as the beer settles.

M: Medium bodied with a prickling carbonation which complements the hop bitterness. Good linger and minimal lacing.

O: Not as widely distributed as Racer 5 or Stone IPA. A great California IPA on par with the likes of Sculpin. It you're not from California and you happen to stumble upon this brew at your local shop don't hesitate to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 04:25:35 | More by ElSid
Photo of DocJitsu


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a soapy antique white head. The head is rather stubborn, which contributes to the sustained attractiveness of the beer. Sticky suds lace the glass as the beer is being drunk. The bouquet consists of pine, grass and lemon zest, with occasional notes of burning peat. It has a soft, wet mouthfeel that yields to a gentle carbonation scrub. A lot of pine flavor from start to finish. Less prominent grapefruit flavor, but the bitterness unique to grapefruit is present. It is well-balanced by the grain, and, thankfully, not overpowered by it. The pleasant mouthfeel rounds out the experience. Nothing to get terribly excited about, but a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 02:50:46 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of ebefiction

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-10-2012 03:00:06 | More by ebefiction
Photo of redfox405


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-09-2012 03:06:02 | More by redfox405
Photo of cfrances33


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gingerman in NYC on 8/6/12, served in a tulip.

Pour: Light amber, slightly orange with a finger and a have cream/white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Pine, orange, grapefruits. Some caramel sweetness in there too,

Taste: Lots of the same from the nose, with pine resin, grapefruit being the main hop show. Really substantial caramel sweetness, that balances well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable, and not overly bitter or sweet.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA, but not one I'd make my go to.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 11:45:57 | More by cfrances33
Photo of Slipmthgoose


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-07-2012 06:31:21 | More by Slipmthgoose
Photo of kirkse


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-05-2012 23:06:30 | More by kirkse
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-05-2012 04:20:25 | More by mwayne
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

08-04-2012 12:26:18 | More by dancaplette
Photo of TheBrewo


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of reddish honey. It holds a one finger head, but this is brief. It is creamy and comes back with a quick swirl, leaving chunky, spotted lacing around the glass. An even haze appears throughout, with light flecks of sediment. Carbonation appears average. The aroma is resiny, with twigs and raw bark, earthy and grassy hops, and mineral and stone. Cherry and pear sweetness pierce the hops, with pales malts and hints of chocolate milk darkness on the far back. Our first impression is that there is nice leafiness and earth to the hop flavoring. As we sip, citrus and earth pour into our mouths. There is acid and lactics, mixing with muddy, pale, and chalky malts. Nothing really yet dominates. The middle moves with sweetness of white sugar, with more honey at the peak. A quick bitterness of dirty citric hop rind comes through, pulling us to the finish with mineral puckering sours, and pale malts to wash. The aftertastes breathes of very bitter, hollow hops, light florals, a faint chemically phenolic bite, and spice of booze. The body is medium, but the beer has a satisfying syrupy thickness, while the carbonation is stinging. There is soft slurp, froth, cream, and smack to each sip, with a drying astringent finish. Eventually the mouth is cooled, with a soft wetness. The abv is getting up there, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how fresh and earthy everything was. The malts also showed an interesting variety in the nose, with a surprising darkness at times. The beer is ultimately very refreshing and nice to the style, but becomes a bit muddy through the flavoring and not as crisp due to the booziness at the end, which is otherwise well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:00:42 | More by TheBrewo
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

IPA Day 2012

A - Clear gold, white cap that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Heavy on the pine hops with some grapefruit, backed up by a caramel, slightly bready malt base. Finishes slightly abrasive with resinous hops.

M - Something's a little off here. Medium to light in body, but feels overcarbonated with an inconsistent mouthfeel/smoothness.

O - Taste and smell are good, but the mouthfeel felt off kind of took away from the quality.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 12:13:35 | More by garuda
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-02-2012 00:14:27 | More by cbwufpack
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-01-2012 02:05:24 | More by ssimpson89
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-31-2012 00:24:27 | More by BeerBucks
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

07-30-2012 17:12:14 | More by aztraz
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-26-2012 15:03:18 | More by cyrusturbak
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2012 06:40:48 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of falloutsnow


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

From: Wally's Wine and Spirits, Los Angeles, CA
Date: None listed
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small, dense bubbles. This fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer throughout the drinking session, leaving substantial lacing while doing so. Body is golden orange in color, transparent, with plenty of active carbonation.

Aroma of peaches, lemon rind, grapefruit rind, apricots, with a mix of malts as well. Pleasant, upfront, and substantial, this is enjoyable and worth repeat exposure.

Tasting opens with darker-than-pale malt flavors that quickly transitions to pine resin and grapefruit bitterness. Mid-palate continues malt body, combined with grapefruit bitterness, citrus-like fruit, and pine resin. Nice flash of tart bitterness in back of palate, leading to a lingering bitterness in close, with hints of apricot, peach, and grapefruit.

Beer is medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to foam this up pleasantly on the palate, leading to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 04:15:53 | More by falloutsnow
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-24-2012 03:37:05 | More by ellswrth
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ObeMaltKinobe for this bomber. Into a Fuller's nonic.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a dense foamy white cap that recedes to a thin layer. Excellent lacing left behind.

S: Resinous hops, lots of juicy grapefruit, mango, peaches and pine. Lots and lots of hops. A touch of a caramel malt profile and a slight graininess, overall smells hoppy and dank. Killer stuff.

T: Follows the nose nicely with a ton of huge hoppy resins and bitterness. Nice tropical fruit flavors mixed in with the citrus and pine. Enough bitterness to break the beer up and keep you coming back for more. Love the lingering hop resins.

M: Medium body, nicely dry, crisp, carbonation is spot on.

O: Another killer IPA out of SoCal, awesome stuff that I wish I had regular access to.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:21:13 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2012 22:37:44 | More by equincel
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-19-2012 03:10:30 | More by shelbs30
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-18-2012 17:27:18 | More by Pinche_Oso
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-12-2012 19:17:51 | More by HarleyCorps
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2012 00:30:08 | More by rolltide8425
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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