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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 425
Gots: 326 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BeezNeezy22D
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

22 oz bomber, no bottle date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden amber color, topped with a big creamy, fluffy off-white head that has good retention and leaves thick lacing all over the glass.

S- Very tropical, lots of citrus, mango, grapefruit, pine and resin are minimal, blended with some slightly sweet bready malts, some honey.

T- Big hops up front, also very tropical but with a more pronounced pine resin bitterness this time, the bitterness is well matched by a slightly thick, bready malt that has some sweetness again, has a long grassy bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, incredibly smooth and creamy.

O- A really delicious IPA, insanely drinkable, I just destroyed the entire bomber with total ease, none of the flavors are over the top but work very well together.

Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an alchemist pint glass

A - apple juice colored body thats clear through. lots of visible carbonation with a fluffy three finger head that coats perfectly.

S - big notes of grapefruit and grass. orange peel, pepper, bubblegum, melon float in and out.

T - orange peel hits first bubblegum/cotton candy hybrid comes in after right before theres an amazing grapefruit punch to finish it off. grainy/bready malt backbone balances it all out. superb.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. bottle conditioned so as the bottle says you get lots of little bubbles on your tongue. big feel of bitterness and heat from the alcohol with a dry finish. heat bitterness may be too much for some but i like it.

O - even with the bitterness and burn from some alcohol this is still amazingly drinkable a truly world class beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a big, billowy two finger head that slumps down to a creamy, dense hald a finger blanket leaving ALOT of stick side lacing.

S - Lots of good pine/citrus (grapefruit) with this and some malt sweetness. Good dank hops. Lightly tropical (but not in the pineapple way) with a fair tangerine presense.

T - Taste is fairly nice with nice malty sweetness balanced nicely with the solid pine and citrus middle. Very nice hops with very light bitterness on the end. More solid tangerine notes.

M - This is a time when I wish they still had "drinkability" as a stat. This beer is so incredibly drinkable. The mouthfeel is slightly sharp yet creamy, especially on the finish. Each gulp has me craving more. God damn.

O - Overall, a very nice IPA from AleSmith. First time I've seen this in MA and glad I recognized it as a 4+ IPA. Would buy this again, so enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orange/gold. Head is bright-white, rocky, and creamy. Drops to a thin ring. Some spotty sheeting on the glass. Carbonation is lively. Nice glowing depth of color.

Smell: Oranges and biscuit dough. Huge floral hit and some lingering pine and grapefruit rind. Big juicy aromas. Malts are big enough to help balance the big hop nose. Pithy with a lingering oily bitterness. Very slick and smooth. Faintly sweet and tropical.

Taste: Sticky, oily orange and pine. So very juicy. Like a punched up shot of grapefruit/orange juice soaked with pine needles. Incredibly floral with a lingering sweet mango-like flavor. Bready malts round everything out and make for a rather delightful drinking experience. Bigger pine hit than the nose. Lingering resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body. Carbonation is moderate and works well with the big fruit flavors. Very easy to drink time and again.

Overall: This beer is downright amazing once it warms up a bit. Loads of depth and a good balance to keep the tongue happy. A firm notch for Alesmith. Falls off pretty quickly, but fresh it's a force.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, slightly cloudy tangerine with a small finger of white head. Malty caramel aroma with pine, grapefruit, and perhaps some tropical fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Pine and grapefruit up front with some melon, pineapple, a subtle caramel/honey backbone, and more astringent pine on the finish.

Less malty than the aroma indicated (this bottle might have been a touch old)...reminded me of a less-tropical Sculpin IPA.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bottle with my buddy, poured into a duvel glass

A- pours a clean golden orange with a little less then a finger of off white tannish head that dissapates slowly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S- deep sticky citrus, tropical fruit, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of Pine.... The smell reminds me of tropical fruit gummy savers.

T- the taste follows the nose except the pine is more pronounced, all the flavors blend very nicley with one another for a very well balanced brew, and a touch of citrusy malt sweetness holds it all together.

M- medium body with sharp medium carbonation, Very well rounded and drinkable, nice and lush.

O- a great ipa that is bet well rounded, everything works very well together here, a great beer from a great brewery, It's Pretty Awesome.

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3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange with an eggshell white head. Modest retention, spidery lacing.

S: The nose is tropical fruits all the way. Pineapple, tangerine, honeydew melon, etc. Very slight green, oily hop scent. It smells like it will be more flavorful than bitter. Malt base smells sweet and honey-like with a slight hint of caramel.

T: Hop oils and bitter rind up front. Very oily, actually. Touch of a spicy, herbal edge. Lots of pine tar. More bitter than the nose would lead you to believe. Pineapple and mango make it to the forefront eventually. Light honeyed malt taste is there, along with a nuttiness that, to me at least, is a touch reminiscent of caraway seed. Spicy alcohol. More oily, leafy, and resiny hops and the honey and nutty taste finish.

M: Fairly light bodied, carbonation is a little aggressive, but not overly so. Oily and enamel-scraping. Creamy.

O: The hop profile is a little harsh. Too oily and resiny, not enough of those pleasing citrus flavors are allowed to come through. It didn't do it for me, personally.

Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friday was the first time I've seen AleSmith IPA here in Pennsylvania so I was eager to give it a try.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my CBS snifter. The back of the bottle tells the story of the beer as well as providing serving instructions.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear, bright burnt orange. Tiny bubbles of carbonation creates a little more than a finger if white head. Moderate sticky lacing.

Smell: Enormous citrus hops notes. Before I even poured the beer, I was enjoying the aroma. Loads of grapefruit and mango notes. Decent caramel malt notes as well but the hops are the star.

Taste: Sip starts off with a bitter punch in the mouth. It's aggressive but not over the top. The citrus notes from the smell are present in the taste. There are also some piney hops taste as well. The top hops flavors play off each very well. There is some malt backbone but not much. It provides just enough balance. The finish is very, very dry. On the whole, this is one delicious IPA. Complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very sticky and resinous. Tight, prickly carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth but not much.

Overall: Hopefully, we'll see more AleSmith IPA here in Philly. Huge citrus notes with just enough balance to make this one a great IPA.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

A- Alesmith IPA has a copperish yellow color with traces of orange throuout. A one inch tan head stuck around for a while leaving some lines of foam on the glass. A bunch of bubbles are seen floating to the top.

S- A bit of toasted caramel malts bursting from the glass. A lot of citrus hops also giving off a slighty pungent pine smell. Some grassy notes. A lot of floral aroma and i gathered the hops were the dominate factor in this IPA go figure.

T- A resinous piney taste up front but over time more of the citrusy hop flavors come into play. Some pineapple and mango. Bready malts come through to the rescue giving the palette a break from the bitterness and floral taste. The alcohol is slightly in the taste.

M- This is medium bodied with a nice bittering effect to it from the hops. Some crispness comes from the carbonation but I prefer the over carbing of alesmith IPA bottles.

D- Not a session ale at 7.25% but i could drink 2-3 of these if I had them available. This is very drinkable even though i'm not blown away by the taste. A good American IPA that I prefer out of a fresh bottle.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,203 ratings.