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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

2,895 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 405
Gots: 237 | FT: 8
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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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-04-2012 02:19:56 | More by DrFunkenstein
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jakjak711

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-04-2012 00:41:44 | More by jakjak711
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DBloom451


4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-03-2012 17:39:51 | More by DBloom451
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xdopiex

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

bottle into a tulip glass

a: deep honey color, reddish orange. non-existent head with a single thin lace that happened to appear as I held up the glass to look at the color better.

s: subdued grapefruit/citrus. slight resin

t: medium body, light carb. not assertive at the front, but leaves with a distinct lingering bitterness. light on the maltiness

o: decent beer, but lacking some of the sweet counter-point to the hop profile.

03-02-2012 04:15:13 | More by xdopiex
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brandonasplundh

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.6%

03-01-2012 20:12:43 | More by brandonasplundh
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Avantyawn

New York

3.15/5  rDev -25.9%

First time trying this, 22 ounce bomber

A: Gold, nice frothy head, tons of lacing, looks on par for the style.

S: Pine bomb. All I smell is overwhelming pine and a little sweetness at the close.

T: This is one of the driest beers out there. Puckering dryness, pine tree flavor, sort of like licking a tree. Not very balanced, some sweetness at the close. Not much of a citrus or fruit presence.

M:The dryness is a bit overwhelming , I find it distracting . The water tastes very clean, but too dry for my taste

O: Have to admit I was underwhelmed with this and a bit disappointed stylistically. It's clearly a well crafted beer, but too one dimensionally hoppy and dry for my taste. I prefer Stone or Green Flash for a San Diego IPA fix.

02-29-2012 01:40:51 | More by Avantyawn
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buschbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It our deep gold to amber in color. It has three inches of off white head that stick to the sides of the glass.

S - I get the typical citrus smells along with some pine. I also get whiffs of some tropical fruits.

T - The taste is pretty much what you would expect from a west coast Indian pale ale. It has some citrus upfront that gives way to resin laden pine.

M - Moderate

O - A prototypical west coast ipa. Good if that is what you are into. I still have a regional bias to the midwest ipa's. Sorry left coast. I can think of three Michigan and three Ohio ipa's I like better. Plus I can get them fresher.

02-28-2012 21:22:49 | More by buschbeer
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mbula163

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-28-2012 01:19:33 | More by mbula163
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BillH200174

California

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

Clear amber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine, a bit of earthiness and some faint citrus notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sweet carmel, earthiness and pine with a lingering moderatly bitter finish. A very drinkable and well balanced IPA

02-24-2012 23:48:47 | More by BillH200174
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-21-2012 23:13:34 | More by ohtheguilt
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-21-2012 19:30:51 | More by John11486
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-21-2012 12:50:39 | More by ninner00
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bullywee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-21-2012 06:18:10 | More by bullywee
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mfigueroa713

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%

02-18-2012 17:54:15 | More by mfigueroa713
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A 22oz bottle shipped to me from Escondido, CA. I can't get enough of Alesmith after my trip to the brewery last summer.

A - A bronze amber, with 2 fingers of head, and sticky lace all over the glass. Small bubbles rise to the top throughout

S - Ok, the smell is off the hook. The most delicous citrus hoppy smell ever. It takes over the room as soon as you open the bottle.

T - An incredibly tasty mix of citrus and pine hops. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste, but alot of citrus, fruit flavors for a west coast IPA.

M - Medium bodied, smooth.

O - An amazingly tasty, well balanced IPA. This goes up in my top 5. So damn drinkable and the ABV is completely hidden

02-18-2012 01:47:10 | More by BeerDawgs
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LaChupacabra

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-17-2012 00:04:40 | More by LaChupacabra
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bertram

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-16-2012 02:47:54 | More by bertram
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-15-2012 14:39:53 | More by asparkoflife
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach, 11/9/11.

A-Pours a golden honey with a foamy off white head. Great retention and huge sticky lacing.

S-Light citrus hops well balanced with malt.

T-Sweet and bready malt, mild citrus hops, good sweetness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied, slightly bitter.

O-Flavorful and extremely drinkable.

HV

02-14-2012 15:11:26 | More by sholland119
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CummingsK21

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%

02-13-2012 17:12:13 | More by CummingsK21
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.6%

02-12-2012 15:58:14 | More by fjl77
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CEnterPound

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Pours a clear orange/amber color with 1 finger of tight eggshell head. Nice sticky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Pineapple, slight sweetness, freshly cut grass, lemon zest. Smells very pleasant.

T - Lemon up front, with a bit of pine and bitter grapefruit mid palate. Malt shows up on the back end, which rounds everything out quite nicely.

M - Medium bodied and solid carbonation.

O - Easily one of my favorite single IPAs. So drinkable it's ridiculous.

02-07-2012 00:04:58 | More by CEnterPound
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jegross2

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

Reviewing the AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company.
Score: 87

Unknown vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/05/12. This bottle was received as part of a trade in early January 2011 (thanks LieutenantSours!).

Appearance: Pours a murky/translucent golden-amber color with two-plus fingers of cream-colored seafoam head that slowly settles into a ring around the glass with small amounts 4/5

Smell: Fresh citrus rind, sharp lemon, grapefruit and sweet orange. Grassy hops and a little fresh "dirt" too. A really solid IPA aroma. 4/5

Taste: Bitter orange/tangerine citrus with a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone and residual spiciness. A decent amount of earthy hops in the flavor, but this is far from a hop bomb. Not very complex, but tasty and refreshing. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

Overall: A perfect example of the style.

Recommendation: Unless you hate hoppy beers, this is a super solid off-the-shelf IPA.

Pairings: Chris' spicy beef chili.

Cost: $5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle

02-05-2012 23:44:55 | More by jegross2
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TCJosh

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-05-2012 20:01:35 | More by TCJosh
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neubert1974

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-05-2012 01:27:22 | More by neubert1974
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,895 ratings.