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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

3,018 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,018
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 266 | 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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Photo of tjsjostrom
4.25/5  rDev 0%

tjsjostrom, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bdoggboston, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of swetsastonic
4.25/5  rDev 0%

swetsastonic, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of skunk242
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

skunk242, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice carbonation in the glass. Crystal clear, bright orange gold body. Nice fluffy white head with great retention and lace.

S - Bright citrus fruit with a kick of mango and fresh woody hops.

T - Green plant stem and grapefruit bitterness. Kaffir lime center with a light bready backdrop. Dry back end with a somewhat dusty hop character.

M - Bubbly, dry, medium/light frame.

O - A solid IPA with a few endearing imperfect edges.

vfgccp, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

brentblack1, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev 0%

drewone, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of William123
4.25/5  rDev 0%

William123, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -29.4%

sbricker, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into 2012 SAVOR tulip. no bottled on date.

A: hazy orange body. pale orange. large and small off white bubbles comprise a dense head. good retention and nice lacing.

S: citrus rinds. cantaloupe. earthy, green tea. enough malt to lend some sweet notes. reminds me a little of vanilla.

T: very fruity. a little minty even. certainly some kind of hop herbal-ness is definitely there. some yeasty esters show their head from sip to sip. i find some of the bitterness a little astringent, especially as it lingers into the finish.

M: ample carbonation, looks like this thing was bottle conditioned.

D: good, just not blown away. i wish this thing had a best before or bottled on date to give me a better idea of freshness. regardless, gotta go off of what i have in the glass and while this is certainly not a bad IPA, just not as great as what i would expect from a san diego brewery.

Jimmys, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of MichelleJeremy
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

MichelleJeremy, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first AleSmith offering. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 8/26/12.

Appearance: Translucent light amber with a generous two finger head. Head retained well and provided some sticky lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, grass, and a light pine hop aroma. Smells like a nice balance of hops.

Taste: Light citrus hops pair with a pale malt backbone. Finishes with more pine and resin character, with just a tad of stickiness. Very accessible and not too much of one thing in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Shines on this beer with a light body, smoothness, and perfect crispness.

Overall: Really great IPA that is super drinkable and one of the most balanced IPAs I've had in a while.

mfavoino, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Naterobsnyk4, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of tsailor
4.25/5  rDev 0%

tsailor, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -5.9%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Poured a nice golden color with a big white foamy head and light lacing

S: Nose was moderate. Smelled of citrus, floral accents and wonderful fresh hops.

T: Taste was citrus with a floral blast backed with some light caramel malt
finished with a bite of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

O: Revisited this after three years and I am downgrading. My palate is much more refined after the plethora of brews I have consumed. Whole not bad, still not the staple IPA for me. However, it is one clean beer!

barleywinefiend, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a little amber and a 1.5 finger, thick and sticky, off-white head.

Smell. Ruby red grapefruit rinds, toasty malt and a little yeast. Smells goood (that's right, three "o"'s!!).

Taste. Lots of the good citrusy hops and some nice toasty malts. A little cedar and pine.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very good ipa. I could, and would drink a ton of this if I could get it around here!

Rutager, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JPWestCoastIPA, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of curasowa
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just a touch of haze with an amber color and two fingers of head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Mostly pine hops aroma with some lemon notes mixed in over a caramel malt background. Very crisp and fresh smelling.

Taste: The first hit is sweet malt, full-bodied and almost creamy leading to the arrival of the hop bitterness. It's an earthy bitterness with plenty of resinous pine hits, all with the sweet malt in play still. The bitterness lingers and mellows into the finish.

The Rest: A great IPA. Really good balance between the hop bitterness and the stout malt base.

curasowa, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Volvo4Life
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Volvo4Life, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden colour. Moderately sized white head, dissipates quickly but not completely. Some lace.

Pine resin in the nose, as well as citrus. Mainly grapefruit.

Taste is hoppy. Citrus focused, grapefruit and orange, with a bunch of sticky pine as well. Caramel malt provides a backbone but the focus of this beer is the hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, oily.

Overall, a good IPA. In my view, not the standout that its scores suggest. Without a freshness date, I guess it is possible that this bottle is a bit old and would be better fresher- though it tastes fine to me.

jrenihan, Aug 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

drkwoods, Aug 17, 2012
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,018 ratings.