AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
02-14-2012 15:11:26 | More by sholland119
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
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
Reviewing the AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company.
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
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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