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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,822 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,822
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 216 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of kramerboy


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is exceptional.

a - wonderful light orange color with great carbonation bubbles and thick head.

s - great citrus hops and a faint malt

t - Wow, this one tastes like a perfect IPA to me. The hops and malts are perfectly balanced.

m - awesome. just right in my opinion

d - this one is a home run. I can get this locally and would drink it anytime I can afford to pick up a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 14:14:59 | More by kramerboy
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Touch of apricot, tangerines, and grass on the nose; herbal and fruity yet muted for an IPA. Cloudy, orange/light brown body that produces very little head.

Oily mouthfeel, with a light caramel malt finish. More fruity grass flavors than standard Columbus/Cascade West Coast hop flavors which I feel is a pleasant change of pace. Carbonation is a little lower than other IPAs which makes this beer a bit more creamy; but I like it! A more pronounced malt character is also noticeable in this beer yet it doesn't shift attention away from the hop flavors of grilled pineapple and papayas, and herbal/spicy accents.

As far as the drinkability is concerned with this beer...to steal an Alesmith phrase...Yeah, it's pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 14:24:37 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of cbak999


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with mulletgrab...thanks!

A - pours a clear, bright orange with a small white head.

S - loads of piney and citrusy hops.

T - Citrus with a great piney aftertaste. Hops dominate here. Not much malt here...hops rule!

D - very drinkable...another IPA I could drink any day of the year. This one is exceptional.

I would definitely seek this beer out if I could buy it locally. I love it!!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:02:31 | More by cbak999
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

APpearance - Very golden yellow, Huge 2 inch very white creamy head!

Smell - Hops, malts, citrus and fruis. Some spices like corrander and some mild alcohol

Taste - Well the beer is strong for a ipa. Bitter grapefruit is present but the hops are dominate, with a hint of alcohol. Almost smokey flavor malts. I get a very mild grapefruit / orange aftertaste mixed with alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Strong and bold, warms the mouth up, and leaves a alcohol and hop flavor for awhile. Doesnt wreck the palette or tounge. The longer i left in mouth, the more the alcohol came through.

Drinkabilty - Not bad, wish it had more fruit and malt taste to it. The hops and alcohol come through to much. This 22 oz is more then enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 06:20:31 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of sweemzander


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to domtronzero for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced a great white colored foam head that stuck around for awhile. Left some stringy lace behind.

(S)- A fresh burst of a lemon,pineapple, and grapefruit citrus with a light woody pine finish.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A great citrus and pine profile with just the right amount of sweetness at the end. A crisp and refreshing persona and just a joy to consume.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great combo of dry pine and citrus bite with just the right amount of bitterness for the style.

(D)- A fantastic IPA that is just a joy to drink. Exactly what one should expect from the style. This would be a regular in my fridge if it were distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 17:21:11 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st Alesmith product and I got it in a trade from MaxStout. Thank you!

A friend was supposed to join me tonight to split this, but plans fell through. I wish he could have made it. Don't get me wrong - it will be no problem for me to finish this bomber on my own (the ABV is not that high), but it's much more fun to share a legendary brew like this with someone who knows the beer culture, and has fun (like I do) interpreting the brewer's intentions.

I now have a bunch of these Alesmith products, so I guess I need to get used to the wax surrounded cap/neck huh?

A: Cloudy golden (almost amber-ish) color with a generous amount of carbonation and 1/2 inch head. Very standard for the style, yet still gorgeous. I love the foaminess - and there is plenty!

S: Grapefruit, caramel, pine, and with a malty orange-like backbone.

T: Surprisingly, not that bitter (ala Stone "Ruination"), and I've got to admit that on my very first sip, I was a bit let down. Subsequent sips (actually gulps) there is tons of taste, the carbonation level is great, and the malt is definitely there (despite what others have stated on previous reviews). This beverage reminds me a bit of Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale (only I know it's not dry hopped) only this is more extreme. Very balanced.

D: Although I'm sure many will disagree, but I actually think this resembles an English IPA in its lack of upfront bitterness and its "malt before tongue-bruising" way. I respect that.

Overall: Does it deserve a place in the top 100? It's totally a flawless beer, but I still think ones such as Bell's Two-Hearted, FFF Dreadnaught, and a few others more memorable. I think it still does....but I might have put it a bit lower in the rankings....my two cents.

NOTE AFTER SAMPLING FOR A BIT: Is this thing unfiltered? The foam never stopped throughout my entire session and the glass now looks like it went through a car wash on max setting. Maybe that's part of its charm.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:00:16 | More by Chaney
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very yellow, hazy color with a slight orange tinge and a big eggshell colored head. Fantastic lacing down the glass. The aroma is very acidic with a grapefruit spike upfront and a rotten orange juice type aroma. The flavor is very Citric and bitter. The malt backbone isn't really there to support this style of hopping. Not bad, just not balanced. The mouthfeel is creamy and modestly carbonated. Really dry finish with fruity esters in the forefront. Drinkability is right up there with my favorite ipas. The flavor and intensity makes this stand out from many ipas.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 23:26:32 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of newk340


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin off-white foam head, a translucent golden bronze.

S: hops! very fresh, can almost taste the bitterness.

T: not as hoppy as the smell would suggest, but a blast of lemon first hits the taste buds along with grapefruit and other citrusy goodness.

MF/D: very fine bubbles that do not underscore the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:06:34 | More by newk340
Photo of BMoney575


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-29-10

Pours a slightly hazy orange color, with a few white bubbles for a head. Lacing is sparse, but hick and sticky. Intense looking.

Smell is all sweet and floral hops, light and almost subtle. Enjoyable, with aromas of citrus and soapy pine. Not overly complex, but well balanced.

Taste is little earthy, with the citrus hop flavors coming in next. The middle has a nice malt thickness, with a sharp citrus hop finish. The aftertaste is bitter but good, with a lemon flavor that lingers on.

Mouthfeel is good, just the right thickness and carbonation to accent the hoppy goodness.

Drinkability is very good, the hoppy flavors and balance are a great combo.

Overall, a very good and almost sessionable IPA. I wish I could get it around here.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 19:46:17 | More by BMoney575
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint from a 22oz bottle.

A - Nice straw golden color with slight orange hues and a thin .25 inch head that is white and has some dense and some medium sized bubbles. Good retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is very much a west coast grapefruit aroma with nice flowery scents. Nice grapefruit sweetness that is very inviting. Some slight honey aroma as well and a slight bready backbone.

T - Starts off a bit slow for an IPA. The bready and grainy malt is up front first which is a welcoming change and puts an interesting twist on the overall flavor profile of this beer. The malt aspect is very delicious with some fresh baked bread notes as well as some nut-like hints. Then a nice grapefruit sweetness with nice citric flavors. The hop character is very delicious and well represented with great grassy flavors.

M & D - Nice crisp and refreshing. Straight foreword but well done. Very refreshing and drinkable. Good balance and good ABV makes this a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 17:28:42 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 8/23/10
Thanks to djmichaelk for this bottle!

No freshness date on the bottle, which always annoys me, especially with a bomber.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Light orange colour, slightly hazy with one finger of thick bubbly white head.

S - The nose is full of bitter juicy citrus hops that have grapefruit and tangerine notes. There is a light malt presence in the background contributing some sweetness to the nose.

T - A good balance of bitter hops and sweet malts. The hops don't have the robust citrus taste that the nose indicated. There is citrus there, along with some pine but specific tastes (ie: the grapefruit and tangerine in the nose) are not discernible. The malts are very evident in the taste, much more so than they are in the nose, and the significantly sweeten up the bitter hops. At times the hops merely seem to contribute bitterness and not much flavour.

M - Medium body, some decent chew, lightly carbonated

D - A very good IPA but didn't meet my expectations. I would like to try this again as I wonder about the freshness of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:26:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of david131


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy, rich orange copper color with a creamy bone white head that has some good retention.

S- The oranges hit first, followed by the grass and pine along with a caramel malt backing swirling around in there too. Smells nice, but it takes some work to really pick it apart.

T- Oranges and pine with some grass and a sweetish malt backing.

M- Smooth carbonation, with a lasting bitterness. A little astringent on the finish.

D- For the alcohol content, this drinks rather nicely. Not really my favorite take on the style, but I can see why this is a hit.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:36:33 | More by david131
Photo of chumba526


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The IPA appears a medium bodied orange color with a thin white layer of foam.

It smells strongly of grapefruit, lemon, and oranges. It also smells slightly herbal. There is malt caramel sweetness to the smell as well.

The taste starts with an orange like flavor that progress into a grapefruit bitterness. The citrus bitterness progresses into a more standard bitterness. A bittersweet citrus flavor appears in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is moderately low.

The drinkability is pretty good but it is a little too heavy to drink a lot of them.

Overall this is a very good complex IPA that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 19:06:47 | More by chumba526
Photo of ne0m00re


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this.
A: Crisp amber with a nice white head that sticks.
S: Nice hops character in front of white bread; cheesy fresh leafy hops, slightly sweet, relatively mild, smells almost like dry malt. Nice.
T: Cheesy, spicy (cinnamon), almost dry, similar to aroma. The hops aren't overwhelming.
M: Nice; not syrupy with a good frothy carbonation.
D: Really good.

This one lives up to its expectations. It's a very well-rounded IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 15:14:33 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of boralyl


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip this beer produces a massive 3 finger off-white head. The retention on this one is incredible and just sits there. The beer is hazy and burnt orange in color.

S - First thing I noticed when pouring was the nose, it's hard to avoid. It's full of tropical fruit, citrus and lemon notes. There is a slight sweet malt presence throughout.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation.

T - Bready and sweet caramel malts up front followed quickly by citrus and lemon. It has a grassy hops bitterness in the finish, which doesn't really linger. The alcohol content is well hidden.

This huge IPA drinks almost too easily. It's got a great hop combination and the malts prevent it from being overbearingly bitter. This is a fine example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:07:48 | More by boralyl
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me by a very generous TrebleStauter a couple of days ago...

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a finger of thick, creamy white head. Great head retention and excellent apatterings of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Very hoppy with just a touch of sweetness. Definitely a West Coast IPA. Mixed aromas of earthy and citrusy hops, earthy ones seem to be more prevalent. Pretty inviting.

T- Very good. Not much sweetness to it, just bitter hops, the way it should be from the West Coast. Once again, earthy hops dominate but hints of citrus fruits come through as well.

M- Smooth, light/medium body, very bubbly.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent summer beer and one of the best IPA's I've had. I still prefer Furious, maybe even Two Hearted just because of the price. A solid IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:25:34 | More by kbeals
Photo of jslot38


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

Appearance: Hazy light copper with a just barely off white head. Top is a bit foamy and drops to a bit more than a top covering - looks like its going no where. Perfect lacing, head holds up.

Smell: Great medly of pine and citrus. A faint backing of grain and biscuit. Very enticing.

Taste: Pine upfront with a bit of a citrus twang rounding it out and holding on the tongue. In west coast fashion the hops are slick and oily and there is a distinct lack of caramel malts. A bit of grain in the background, but this is about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Almost a 5...

Drinkability: Ranks up there with some of my favorite IPA's, and maybe my favorite west coast example. I picture drinking this way too often if it was around my part of the country.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 13:05:35 | More by jslot38
Photo of biggied


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.

S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.

T- Very slight hop taste that lingers long after the taste.

M- Great mouth and bitterness from the hops but not the best.

D- Ranks right up there with my favs from Alesmith.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 03:22:19 | More by biggied
Photo of spointon


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an Imperial tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a pleasant amber tinted gold with a very slight haze to it. The head was thick and dense and rose a good 3/4". Solid retention with lots of clingy lace left on my glass.

S= The malt base was caramelly and sweet smelling. Hops were equal parts resiny pine and fruity citrus in the nose, with a light flowery note in there too. Pretty much pushed all my hop smelling buttons.

T= Big and hoppy yet somehow retaining a balance that is mesmerizing. Started off with a quick flash of caramel malt and light biscuit followed closely by a solid bitterness and lots of hop flavor. The pine was slightly ahead of the floral and citrus notes but all were very much present in the flavor. Finished dry with a kiss of alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied with a super crisp and tiny-bubbled carbonation.

D= Extremely tasty and super drinkable. This is a great example of an American IPA and it certainly lives up to its hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:19:13 | More by spointon
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice bright golden color with 2 fingers head that leaves light lacing on my glass.

S- Loads of citrus/mango/pine hops, definately west coast IPA, followed by light caramel malt and a slight bready yeast.

T- Great hop flavor, everything I want in an IPA with a light malt backbone providing balance, only thing from preventing a 5 is an odd light metallic finish.

M- Nice medium body with ample carbonation and no alcohol presence, good West Coast IPA balance...

D- Great Drinkability, awesome West Coast IPA makes me happy to live in San Diego...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:14:33 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of HosP


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great addition from Scottfrie. Thanks!

A- Nice dark golden color. Hazy. Big fluffy white head that comes down quickly to a small head with little lace on the glass.

S- Lots of hops. Citrus and pine come through the most. Just like an IPA should smell like!

T- Great hop flavor! Hop flavor comes through big at first. Nice malt backbone that gives it just the right balance. Good bitterness like a beer I could drink all night.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Nice bitter taste sticks with you just enough until the next sip!

D- Wonderful IPA. Nothing over spectacular but just gets the job done! The 7.5% abv is hidden well. When I think of an IPA, this is what I think of. Thanks Scott yet again for hooking me up!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:52:46 | More by HosP
Photo of DovaliHops


3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, almost clear color with a BIG white head. Smells of piney, citrus hops. Some sweetness with a lot of bitterness. The taste is fairly well balanced with a nice sweet (almost honey-like). Lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange). The mouthfeel is maybe a bit syrupy for a normal IPA...not as crisp as I like them. Kinda has the consistency of a DIPA, but not really. Drinkability is mildly high.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 05:06:11 | More by DovaliHops
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, really fizzy, bright yellow pour with a nice thick head and great lacing. The nose is typical, big West Coast IPA with tons of citrus and subtle floral notes. The taste is also dominated by citrus with oranges and peaches at the forefront. Perfect balance with enough malty sweetness to complement the grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel suffers a bit for me because of the high carbonation. Nice crisp, dry finish. The great balance makes this beer incredibly drinkable. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 18:11:53 | More by beerdrifter
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Daniel, wknight167, for the bottle.

Pours a honey color with a finger of head with light lacing down the glass.

Smells very much like grapefruit and citrus. Sweetness is there, but in moderation. One of the best smelling beers I've had.

Tastes amazing. Its bitter with a definite citrus. Sweetness in the middle with a bitterness on the end that invites another.

This beer coats the mouth and keeps the bitterness coming. Moderate carbonation and an excellent IPA.

Drinkability is high, I drank the bomber too fast and I only have one.

One of the best IPAs I've had, and i will buy it if i see it, but unlikely since its not distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:08:06 | More by bs870621345
Photo of rand


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

Picked up a bomber at Windmill Farms and poured into pint glass 07/11/2010

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with red hues and a thick, 2 1/2 finger head. The head is ivory white with a frothy, cavernous texture, and the retention is incredible.
It looks like you could float a quarter on this head let alone a bottle cap. Quite unusual for a single IPA. Lacing is everywhere.

S: Clean, piney, citrusy hops immediately present themselves, but the citrus is closer to a sweet mandarin than grapefruit. A great bouquet of scent, reminiscent of a DIPA

T: Bitter, piney hop flavors are in the front of the sip along with orange and grapefruit. These are nicely balanced with sweetbread malts, but the caramelly sweetness is just enough to balance the hop bitterness and doesn't linger. Alcohol is present and warms through each sip, acting as a spice. Finishes clean and citrusy. This definitely tastes like it smells.

M: From the looks and smell of this beer, you would expect something viscous and oily in the realm of a DIPA or dry-hopped IPA, but this beer is fairly light and clean on the tongue. The carbonation isn't overbearing but lively, just about perfect for a single IPA.

D:This brew is eminently drinkable, but with one caveat - this would not be the best choice as an introduction to the genre. As a huge fan of IPA's and especially DIPA's, I could toss this back all night, but this beer has powerful (albeit very well balanced) flavors and would likely take a novice some getting used to.

Notes: Yet another amazing example of an IPA set by a San Diego brewery. Easily on my list of top IPA's - right up there with Sculpin, Big Swell, Blind Pig. The bottle-conditioning makes a huge difference here, giving this IPA a DIPA character, but with a lighter mouthfeel and lower ABV than its Imperial brethren. Living in San Diego I'll be looking forward to many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 22:17:22 | More by rand
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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