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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,190
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 317 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This probably isn't the freshest bottle. Brought back from AZ by my parents. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a beautiful caramel color with a 2" off-white head. Tributaries of lacing spread across the glass.

S- caramel, earthy and spicy hops.

T- quick caramel sweetness followed immediately by pine bitterness. The earthy hops are there as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Oily with a dry finish.

O- hope I am right about the freshness because this is just an ok ipa to me. Hops seem faded.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a DFH signature glass. I assume this is pretty fresh as the Alesmith IPA bottles just started showing up on shelves here in PA. No date code that I could find.

A: A medium golden orange color with a big two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Massive citrus hops dominate the nose, some slight earthy and herbal notes and some hefty caramel malt.

T: Pucker up! Bitter and prickly right from the start. Huge citrus notes of pineapple, tangerine, pineapple and lemon zest mix with some herbal qualities. The hops get overtaken by the huge toffee and caramel malt flavor that dominates the middle of this beer. Finally the huge bitter pine and citrus laden finish pounds your mouth and lingers on forever.

M: Full, prickly, oily, no alcohol detected and lasting flavors. Nice almost perfect mouthfeel.

O: A great IPA that is best consumed fresh. I was never a huge Alesmith fan, but this IPA is terrific. It actually had more malt than I expected, but it works perfectly with the huge hops. Nice.

I'm glad this IPA has made it to PA. I'm not the hugest Alesmith fan as I thought their Yulesmith and Speedway were too sweet, but this beer is great. Kudos.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ms11781
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bright golden color, maybe a slight orange tint to it. A nice frothy, white foam head develops and takes a while to dissipate. It reaches about two fingers or so and takes a good five minutes to hit a finger in height and then it stays there. Nice soap-like lacing is left on the glass.

Huge citrus notes come first in the nose. A good dose of pine quickly follows up the citrus. There seems to be a touch of some floral hops at times when the beer is cold but not so much as it warms. There isn't much going on in the way of malt, there could be some but the hops overpower it.

The hops in the taste are the same as in the nose but overall it's considerably different. Huge citrus hits first, nice grapefruit, some orange and a touch of some lemon-like character are present. The beer is nicely balanced by a surprisingly strong, and slightly sweet, bready malt character. A pleasant bit of pine comes at the finish and provides a solid bitterness. Nothing overpowering but it certainly asserts itself.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer does feel pretty crisp and at times a bit lighter than you would think with the medium body. As mentioned there is a nice bitterness that sticks to the tongue for just a moment.

This is a great IPA. Surprisingly balanced in the taste, especially when the nose would lead you to believe otherwise. When you strip it down it's really just a west coast style IPA done very, very well.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife. I poured into my Allagash tulip a nice Orange color with a fluffy whit head.

The nose is sweet but pungent fresh citrus with a nice floral I suspect simcoe.

The taste is sweet with a mix of fruit hops and hint of toasted caramel malts. The mouth is crisp and finishes with a hint of bitter.

A tasty ipa but taste like a lot like every other California ipa

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange. Has that familiar California hop taste. Nice bitterness to match the hop bite. Drinks really smooth and there is no hint of the alcohol content. Not sure when this was bottled, but it feels like the hops are just starting to fade. It's still good overall though.

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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re review from a couple of months ago.

A: Pours out an ever so slightly hazzy orange golden. Three fingers bleach white head. Retention is stellar. Carbonation is moderate, with tiny little bubbles coming to the surface. Lacing is excellent.

S: Bright, beautiful citrus and tropical fruits leap from the glass. Lemon rind, apricot, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, papaya, and Buddha's hand are all present. Also lent to the nose are grassy and herbaceous notes of evergreen.

T: Where to begin? One sip in and I know this is one of those beers that is insanely complex, with layers and layers of flavor building on top of themselves. Fruit bomb of tropical infusion in the beginning. Again, mango, papaya and pineapple. These notes transition seamlessly into beautiful expressions of muddled mint and tea like tannin. The finish is long and resinous, with an oily bitterness that finishes exceptionally long. No alcohol perceived. Perfect.

M: The bubbles are so subtle on the tongue as to appear to be witchcraft. This beer has an amazingly smooth body. It's carbonation is just such that it glides across the palate. Full bodied, yet dry and refreshing.

O: This is simply the best beer I have ever had and proof positive that San Diego, CA is the IPA capital of the world. Alesmith, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alpine ...all in one county. Jesus.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,190 ratings.