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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,958 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 251 | 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:
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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith IPA poured into DFH Signature glass. No bottling date is present on the glass.

A: This one pours a cloudy orange amber. Half finger head that dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing in the glass. Good carbonation rolling off bottle of the glass.

S: Hmm, this smells different from last time trying. Might have lost freshness. Getting some fruity hops but the carmel malts come in a bit more than expected. Breadiness is evident.

T: Nice bitter bite on the tip of tongue. Rich malt smooths it out in the middle of the mouth. Nice rich close, which is very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied.

O: a very solid offering from AleSmith. First IPA from them. I want to try another that might be a little fresher.

inlimbo77, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on vacation in SD. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a very tall white head that lasts, lasts, lasts, and lasts. Great smelling IPA here. It’s heavy on the pineapple with dry pine resin, a bit of malts. It’s exotic and spicy all around. Okay, here I am being critical, I could use some more hops, but jeez, it is hoppy indeed. Finish is dry with just a hint of juiciness resonating from a grilled pineapple flavor. It’s insanely drinkable. An appealing level of sticky pine is found throughout. This is a damn good beer!

GeorgeAldi, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of vidisad
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable west coast IPA. This is not as extreme as some but I really like the flavor and aroma that is packed into this beer. A good balance (despite that fact that you don't necessarily taste the malt), and great bitterness.

vidisad, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very well made, straight forward IPA. the appearance and mouthfeel are nothing out of this world, but the taste is fantastic -- and if it was cheap and readily available i would drink this all the time.

pours a nice amber/orange with adequate carbonation, but little to no head and no frothy-ness.

but the smell is EXCELLENT! fresh, fresh smell of grapefruit, fresh tree-fruit and pine -- a slight touch of yeast and spice as well. the taste follows suit -- this is an upper-echelon IPA -- and it sets itself apart ever-so-slightly from the other San Diego beer -- more oily, (less dry) -- a deep malt profile making the perfect sweet base for the flowery hop display on top.

every HOP HEAD and IPA drinker needs to try this one! Excellent.

colforbin73, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Poured this one kind of gentle, I have learned from bottles of Ale Smith in the past they can be kind of volatile. A light, bright orange color. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles that leave a three finger, bright white, frothy head. Lace sticks nicely in a ring pattern.

Smell is quite citrus and piney and sweet. I can also get just a hint of bread.

Taste is yellow grapefruit bitter with tangerine or orange sweet. There are just a bit of sweet from the malt bill also. I am getting no yeast or bread at all and getting just a bit of alcohol burn. As this warm it gets even sweeter, but the bitter continues to wreck the tongue. Fantastic!!

Mouth is crisp and refreshing. The West Coast hoppyness does leave you scraping the back of your tongue on the bottom or your front teeth. Quite exceptional!!

Overall I have loved this for years. Ale Smith does not bottle date so I have no idea how old this bottle is. I do know it has been on the shelf at the local bottle shop for at least 2 months. With that being said I loved this. It is a must grab!!

azdback, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this as my official beer for IPA day 2011
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass..

Appearance: Dark hazy orange with two fingers of pillowy white head.

Aroma: Holy shintas, this beer smells of fresh squeezed pineapple juice, when placed close to the nose the aroma is of fresh hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with great carbonation.

Taste: Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, a whole lot of hops and a bit of resin as well.

Overall: This is one of the most impressive beers I have had in a while!! The fact that this beer is not as hard to get as a beer like Pliny the elder makes me very happy. This is my new go-to IPA!! 10/10.

ChanChan, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of tripelhops
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. The aroma was not overwheliming, faint citrus and a hint of pine I picked up. The color was a nice golden-orange, typical of this style. It's plenty bitter, with the lead taste of sweet caramel malt. The carbonation seems decent and teh small tan head stays around a while. I'd like to know if my bottle was fresh consider some of the ratings on this, as my rating would be a solid IPA, but nothing spectacular.

tripelhops, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just for IPA day and it pours a hazy golden yellow with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is grapefruit,piney resin coated hops,boiled candy and passionfruit,the mouthfeel is sticky and medium bodied with tastes of lychee,citrus zest,piney hops,grapefruit,light tastes of candy and finished with a mouthpuckering grapefruit bitterness and overall i like it it really is true AIPA and very drinkable cheers to IPA day.

ADZA, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of kflorence
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, amber in color with a very, very small amount of head (even when poured aggressively). A bit of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be low.

S: This has to be one of the best smelling IPA's ever. Tons of grapefruit and orange citrus with a bit of sweet malts in the background. A bit of floralness.

T: Taste follows the nose. Tons of potent hops, mostly grapefruit, but also a bit of pine. There's also some orange citrus and maybe a twist of lemon. The malts are very sweet and subtle, lingering in the background but adding a bit of balance.

M: This is a pretty light-bodied IPA with a thin, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Looking at other reviews, I'm wondering if my bottle may have gone a bit flat sitting on the shelf.

O: Overall, this is everything I wanted from this IPA after trying out their extra pale ale. It's basically a more hoppy, flavorful version of that brew, focusing mainly on the grapefruit and citrus notes. I have been on a bit of a grapefruit hop binge lately and this one totally satisfied. Alesmith continues to impress and I look forward to trying out their other brews. Cheers!

kflorence, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A-Pours a slight hazy deep orange with a 2 finger white head that dissipates to little or nothing, lots of carbonation bubbles...

S-Sweet grapefruit floral notes, some hoppy malts and some orange zest, smell refreshing and good...

T-Very dry from front to finish. smooth and balanced but very subtle on any certain flavors...has a decent fruity grapefruit and orange juice taste,an Ok mid malt and dry hops finish, taste like alcoholic orange juice

M-Medium body, medium carbonation, orange malt and dry bitterness

O-Average IPA in my opinion, lacking that certain umph...would drink again if offered but would rather grab a pliny for the price...

DrinkThemAll, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1.6 pint bottle.

A: Very nice copper color, nice thick complexion, not a lot of head on this beer. Minimal lacing. Its a bit standard, nothing really head turning about this one.

S: Smells really nice, lots of hops and a fair amount of citrus make the bulk of the nose with some nice malts at the end balancing it out. Very inviting.

T: High quality here. Very nice hop flavors, but also a fair amount of malts give this a nice grainy flavor but the subtle citrus, pine and spice flavors keep this from being too heavy on the bread. Quite bitter, exactly what I'm looking for.

M: Nice full weight, not to dry and not too watery. Very smooth finish and drinkable.

O: Very good showing, certainly backs up their awards and its reputation. I can see myself stocking the fridge with this on a regular basis.

kevanb, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of mikul93
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice murky golden with a nice finger head. Some lacing.

S Pine, Citrus, malt and hops. Not as aromatic as I was expecting, but still a nice smelling beer.

T I'm getting a lot of orange, some grapefruit, sweet malt and of course the bitter hops. Bitterness is well balanced.

M Clean beer. Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Very crisp.

O What a great IPA! Very well balanced. Highly recommended.

mikul93, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up locally.

a - opened the bottle and poured 2 capt lawrence taster tulips. both were a soft yellow-orange with frothy ipa heads that left heavy milkshake like lacing. visible even carbonation could be seen through the semi-transparent liquid. my mouth begins to water.

s - AWESOME. perfectly balanced citric hops. orange peel freshness. crisp. fresh. sweet hop.

t - surprisingly bitter dominance. the nice citric hop from the smell is certainly in the flavor, but it definitely takes a back seat to the bitterness. not bad but not great.

m - leaves a bitter pull on my mouth. pretty full bodied and if you dig bitterness you'll dig this beer.

o - kind of one dimensional. good value. i wouldn't turn this down if offered but with all the amazing ipas out there i guess i just don't get why this is so highly regarded. i guess the masses do really just like a hop bomb? worth a try to get that wonderful ipa smell though. classic smell.

cosmicevan, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of rbd13
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice clear golden with one and a half fingers of white foam head.
Bright citrus and white fruit on the nose.
Oily hops and grapefriut, citrus flavors.
Nice medium/full mouthfeel.
Long lingering but clean finish, very well balanced.
Very drinkable

rbd13, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Dlish
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, very light in color, heavy frothy head not crystal clear. Would like a little more amber color or something to let me know that this is not going to be all hops.

S- Strong smell of lemon and orange, like orange jello, a bit pinny bit herbal and little no malt. I really like the smell its IPA but its a little bit different.

T- woo, a lot different that I imagine, it is very malty and sweet, there is a solid amount of hops but a lot of the lemon and orange. But very syrupy, and something is a little bit off, there is an almost apple/yeasty taste which messes up the fresh hoppy taste.

M- Syrupy, almost yeasty.

Overall better than the last alesmith I had, it is nice and hoppy like any san diego beer. But the malty syrupy taste gives it something a little bit off, and not a good off like a double ipa.

Dlish, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clean looking yellow color, the head was pretty good here and left behind a strong lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some tropical fruit aromas and a little pine. The malts are also on the nose a little bit. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I enjoyed the pine and citrus flavors that the hops had in there. I feel that the mouthfeel was pretty good, a little on the light side. Overall this ipa was rather refreshing and it maintained a good flavor and aroma the whole time. This beer was a good one to try, glad I did.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 22 oz bomber at the City Beer Store in San Francisco. I have heard great things about AleSmith so I was very excited to try the IPA. My first thought was this might be a weaker IPA than I typically enjoy because of the soft/clear color and lack of a big nose. The taste was enjoyable, but I didn't pick up any distinctive characteristics. It’s a well-made beer and enjoyable to drink, but it doesn’t compare to other IPA in terms of overall hoppy satisfaction. It actually seemed to have more in common with a good pale ale than an IPA. I would love to try it again off a tap and see how it compares to my first experience.

mikechance, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of DustinPowers74
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light amber with a one finger beige head. Moderate carbonation. God-like lacing. Big grapefruit aroma with sweet caramel, toffee, flowers, pineapple juice. Taste is very well balanced. Up front lots of pineapple juice and bubbles followed by fresh grapefruit juice, citrus hops, and some sweet caramel malt. Spicy, dry finish. Best IPA in the world? Pretty close but I might take Sierra Nevada Harvest over this one. But damn this is good.

DustinPowers74, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (no discernible dates or codes) poured into a tulip. Thanks sleepyhead!

Nice amber color, massive off-white head that settles as frothy sea foam with really nice lacing, especially for an IPA. The head and lacing remind me more of a tripel or a saison than an IPA. Impressive.

Aroma is typical West Coast IPA: citrus and pine. A little muted, still nice.

Taste is caramel malt, aromatic hops, some fruit. Nice bitter finish but also pretty malt-forward. Pretty good balance. Mouthfeel is super creamy, enhancing the flavor.

This is one well-crafted IPA, one that I'd come back to often if it was distributed locally.

draheim, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alesmith IPA has a golden-yellow body that, while it shines, it looks light enough that a zesty, tropical hoppiness should shine through even more. (Spoiler alert: it does!) Sometimes a paler colour can indicate a less characterful IPA, but all it represents here is that the brewery had the good mind not to let sticky-sweet, toasty malts meddle with brimming hops.

The bouquet has enough strength and citrus to be kept with the cleaning products under the kitchen sink. Or, on the other hand, it also has enough perfumy dried fruit peel and earthy, tea-like herbals to be laid with potpourri in the bathroom. Or, better yet, what it really has, is enough vivid lupulin (hop) character that it should go straight down into your belly.

While mention of the flavour must begin and end with bitter citrus piths and peels, there is a long flowing middle part where notes of pine and spruce, biscuity and crispy wafer-like malts, and just a drop of vanilla, can all be appreciated too. A pungent herbal quality creates a shuddering dryness like liking an envelope (but leaves a far better taste in the mouth!)

This small, San Diego brewery re-discovered what the Italians have known all along: bitterness is *not* a bad thing. In fact, some of the most gratifying drinks are bitter in nature. This ale, even at seven odd percent, is still tremendously quenching, a natural in the hot weather, even while it feels like it's filing down the tongue like sandpaper.

Alesmith IPA is an offering bitter - yet pleasant - enough to redefine your impression of how a beer aught to taste. If you were in the market for a sports car, you wouldn't concern yourself with fuel efficiency; if you're looking for a characterful, full-flavoured IPA be prepared to accept all the bitter, brimming characteristics that come with the territory.

biegaman, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bells Tulip glass.

A- Golden straw color, very clear, nice two finger frothy white head that dissipates slowly, very nice lacing and carbonation.
S- Very refreshing aroma, nice earthiness to it, nice hoppy aromas, mango, peach, grapefruit, citrus, pine, loved the aroma.
T- Really bitter, hops galore, grapefruit, citrus and pine are present in the taste, not as sweet as the aroma, but still very satisfying, slight malt backbone as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation, dry on the palate.
O- Solid refreshing IPA, all the great characteristics that are involved in a quality IPA are present, would definitely drink again.

Chriscrundwell12, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on an IPA kick. Pours a beautiful dark gold, head is tight but leaves soon after the pour. Scent is huge on flowers. Really flowers! Anyway, tastes more of citrus than of pine which may be why i like it so much. Candied grapefruit, lemons and oranges, mint at the end? Mouthfeel is a well-rounded bitterness and dryness. Overall, a new favorite.

gskitt, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel Tulip... excellent clarity with visible yeasty layer on the bottom of the bottle. Decanted to serve. Aroma is mildly pine and citrus. Taste is very balanced and sweet... almost like sweet mango. Hops are very well used in this brew and blended well. The malts are also well used. Carbonation is outstanding and mouthfeel is superb, brought to you in part by thr honest bottle conditioning. I really like the yeast strain they used in this one. Overall this is a solid contender and excellent for a (1x?) IPA.

TheSupremeAJ, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of elizabethfowler
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: translucent; burnt orange/auburn; slight bubbles
Aroma: Apricot; Malty/Earthy, No citrus. Not the most pleasant, actually. Somewhat like a lingering, unidentifiable food smell...then again, I am an IPA newbie.
Flavor: Strong malt base, accentuated by flow of hops..smoothing out/teasing out the sweeter malt flavor. Dry finish
Mouth feel:Bitterness in hops looses poignancy (a nice adjustment); relaxes over time.
Drinkability: Eases over time, a bit too bitter at first. Also, not terribly refreshing. Not my choice for a summer afternoon.

elizabethfowler, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

An almost white, two finger head relaxes to a thick cap that lasts, and leaves some crankin' lace arms hugging the inside of the mini snifter.

Despite purposely choosing my aroma capturer snifter, this has but a light/medium aroma, but a good'un. Neutral sweet, slightest grain, and varieties of sweet citrus mingling with some grassy floral. Nice.

Fourteen ounces (or so) in and I have a handle on what makes this so fucking delicious. It is the littlest bit of lemony, Sorachi Ace-like flavor that is behind a clean mix of grainy sweet and citrus hop complexity. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and the lemon, this touches all the bases. This would be a higher taste grade if it finished a bit cleaner and more bitter. It gets some piney dry going, but could be epic with more.

Mouthfeel this beer's best feature. Low carb.,very viscous, pretty fucking clean for it, and a finish just short of amazing. Quite refreshing and interesting.

Too bad for this beer so many great, I say again GREAT, IPA made in this country now, or this would be the best IPA ever. As it is the list is right, at least ten even more excellent. A must try for lovers of this style!

cavedave, Jul 02, 2011
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.