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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,242 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,242
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 433
Gots: 343 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade with ElijahCraig
Poured into tulip

Appearance: This IPA has the typical look for the style. A cloudy, hazy golden orange with a finger to two fingers head. Head was a rather bright white that dissipated very quickly and left noticeable lacing on the glass. Carbonation is evident rising up the beer.

Smell: Citrus hops with tons of orange and some pine. Floral hops are there too but to a lesser extent. The nose is very clean and not very aromatic. Is this fresh?

Taste: An enjoyable hop bite at first, although mild with a somewhat sweet malty backbone mid palate. Finish is clean with a pine hop bitterness. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel: This a standout point to this beer with a light, smooth, refreshing feel and a perfect amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and inviting on this one. It just begs to take another sip.

Overall: Although I seem to gravitate towards the DIPA's as a style preference, this one holds its own! So damn refreshing and easy to drink I'd love to sip this on a hot summer day here in Chicago but it definitely wouldn't hold out until next summer so this was a must have now and I'm glad I got to try this. Very well done!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-28 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head.

A - Mildly hazy sunset orange with a 1-finger, pillowy white head and moderate lacing.

S - Some pineapple, pine and vegetal hop buds. Light malt. Not as aromatic as when I had it from the bottle.

T - Pine, hop forward, light caramel malt, citrus flesh and red grapefruit juice. The pine and grapefruit hang in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth, moderately, resinous and prickly.

O - Not as powerful in the aroma or taste departments as I remember it from a fresh bottle. Who knows, perhaps my senses have been despoiled by a year of (IPA) living dangerously. For example, Fat Head's Head Hunter is stronger (and better) in the taste and aroma departments. I enjoyed it this time around but wasn't blown away. You'll have this.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear perfect amber with 1.5 finger slightly off white head. Leaves some lacing as it fizzles down to thin covering.

S: Right off the bat with citrus hops, grapefruit and a pine. Floral notes too. Can get a thick malt smell though, especially as it warms.

T: Not the hopbomb i was expecting, a real nice balance here. Certainly has that west coast IPA taste. Pretty sweet malts back it up. Still a very citrusy hop. Love the lasting hop.

M: Has a medium body with a real smooth body. Doesnt really have any bite considering the hops in it. A little bit of stickiness lingers.

Overall a really good. Could easily drink most of a 22 while rating this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle purchased at the brewery and shipped home.

Pours a bright orange color with creamy head that recedes quickly, leaving a smattering of lace trails. The second I popped the cap I could smell citrusy, grapefruity hops. Plenty of lemony and citrusy notes fill my nostril upon closer inspection. A bit of sweet malt biscuit lays in the background. Malt plays a more prominent role in the taste than I was expecting. Certainly very citrusy and aspiriny bitterness, but layers of cookie dough and bready malts make themselves quite prominent. Warmth reveals some floral hop notes. A light carbonation makes the mouthfeel very smooth, medium bodied. The finish is very long with bitter hop resins and lemon drops lasting forever.

I had very high expectations for the beer. After finally trying it, they have been met and exceeded. Very hoppy and surprisingly well balanced. Excellent.

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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. No bottle date.

A: One and a half finger white head. Hazy golden orange body.

S: Yes. Crisp aroma, grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit. Everything I love in the smell of an IPA.

T: Harmony of flavor. It just works so well together. Fruity hops provide awesome flavor while some grapefruit and pine perfect counterbalance of bitterness.

M: Tremendous. So easy to drink for so much flavor. Medium to full body, texture and carb are spot on. Finish is moderately astringent.

O: This is one of the first truly west coast IPAs I had and it stood out above most of the others. Fortunately, it’s looking like we’ll be getting it locally from now on so I’m a happy beer drinker.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the bottle the aroma surged restrained grapefruit pine. Poured it quickly revealed a golden orangy sparkle and a one inch pretty dense head which just so slightly gave a sheen of an off light mustard colour. Quite traslucent the fine waving columns of beading retained the head.

In the mouth there is some huskiness, some silk, a hint of almost buttery malt yet there us also a leanness here which is fully supported by the weight of the substance.. The flawless balance marries perfectly with the long tight penetrating delicious bitterness. Some marmalade in there as well.

Gorgeous.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,242 ratings.