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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,957 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,957
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass at room temp. Bottle 50 degrees.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color with a great white head.

Smell - Nice and citrus with hoppy notes that just popped out at you.

Taste - Grapefruit, mango flavors, with some pine for bittnerness. A good hop finish all the way through. Great beer at a great price.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body and carbonation. Could use just a bit more body, I guess, but for something categorized as a single IPA, I cannot complain.

Overall - This is just magnificent. Seek this out. And to those of you who have access to this, send me more!

Serving type: bottle

FARGO619, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that settled down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced—even though it is dominated by citrusy flavors in the taste, there is only a light to moderate amount of bitterness because the underlying malts prevent the hops from being overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste is well balanced and the bitterness is not overpowering.

metter98, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of samie85
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/11/11.

A-Pours a very clear amber color with two fingers of very creamy head.

S-Juicy grapefruit and pine with some pineapple and light caramel notes.

T-Loads of juicy and bitter pineapple and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel sweetness throughout.

M-Very smooth feel and medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D-Superbly drinkable and a very well made, and approachable, yet flavorful . Now I just need to move to Cali so I can make this a daily drinker without going broke!

samie85, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of mrkun
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: Medium amber coloration with light head.

S: Punched in the face with hops that are mainly bitter and not citrusy.

T: The taste follows the nose with primarily bitter hops and some grapefruit notes coming through. No citrus detectable.

M: Medium carbonation with nice body.

O: This is a very nice IPA that is crisp and a very good representation of the style.

mrkun, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours an impressively pure straw yellow with a white capped head that is leaving some decent lacing.

S: I'm not sure the date on this brew, but fresh out of the bottle the classic California hop bill is impressive and in your face. A rush of fresh, juicy, citrus and grapefruit like hops fill your nose.

T: The flavor is spectacular. Fresh hoppy resinous coats the pallet. These hops are not extremely bitter, but pleasant. The malt is sweet and provides a really good base to balance everything up.

MF: Mouthfeel is excellent for an IPA. Full, well carbonated, refreshing.

Overall, this is an amazing IPA. A 4.0 because each area is lacking something to take it to the next level. Thanks Mom for bringing this back from San Diego for me =)

TKEbeerman, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice off-white foamy head atop a pretty typical slightly hazy pour. Very nice legs.

S: Mostly pine, a bit of citrus. Not overpowering but still pretty strong.

T: A bit of citrusy hops which balances out via the malt backbone. Finishes with pine bitterness quite nicely.

M: Pretty much exactly right. Not too heavy - this is after all a single IPA. Carbonation is good. A little lingering bitterness.

O: Solid IPA, probably top 10 for me but nothing really stands out as super amazing. Just solid all the way around.

Dope, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lisa for rocking my world! Oh, and for sending me this beer.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. A bit of white head that doesn't disappear. Decent lacing on the glass. Smells pretty solid. light citrus, pine, lots of nice hops. A very solid nose that comes across equally nice on the tongue. Light sweet malts on the background. Overall a fairly thick mouthfeel. Very solid overall. Thanks!!

Urbancaver, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice culmination of fruit and zest. this was a light golden pour with a distinctly unique nose that i had never really found in an IPA. very much of its own character. nose of mint, pine interlacing. passionfruit. palate was citrus complex with with a bright and airy finish. lychee, white pear, grapefruit, guava and mango notes. the finish was sweetness clearing but not as effervescent as the nose. the sweetness did linger like a caramel a bit. pineapple rind and bark bitter. great IPA on the fruity side of something like the east coast vermont IPA's. great for early spring.

rtepiak, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color with a great white head. When it finally dissipates, a solid coat of foam rests atop the body.

Smell - Citrus hops galore, followed by a hint of piney hops. Oh so delicious tasting. Doesn't smell grassy and doesn't smell sweet. How do they do it?

Taste - Nothing but citrus and fruit hop flavors. Grapefruit and mango flavors, with some pine for bittnerness. Just enough sweetness comes through from the distance to balance it out. There is some bitterness to the finish, but it's a good clean IPA finish.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body and carbonation. Could use just a bit more body, I guess, but for something categorized as a single IPA, I cannot complain.

Overall - This is just magnificent. Seek this out. And to those of you who have access to this, send me more!

Alieniloquium, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of BeerMeAlready pours a hazed gold color with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Good retention, even better lace.

Nose is excellently citric - sugared grapefruit and lemon. Exemplifies west coast IPA. Light malt bill and a little bit of tropical alcohol aroma.

Tropical fruit flavors abound - mango, guava and of course grapefruit. Malts are mildly caramel, but mostly grainy and light...just like I like it. Mellow, bitterness takes a backseat to hop flavor. Similar to Sculpin, but not quite as tasty. Biscuity and crisp. Damn fine IPA, thanks Brian for your generosity!

twiggamortis420, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no date poured into a Saison Dupont glass.

Amber golden and hazy with a good off white head, medium retention and lacing.

Aroma is floral and fruity but there is pungent hop character lurking underneath. Tastes tropical fruit bitter, specifically pineapple and mango on a good malt base. The bitterness dominates this beer and the malt character seems rather low for 7.25% ABV, but is not a fault.

Crisp, dry, and deeply bittering, it's a top notch IPA.

tewaris, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a clear Golden/ Copper colour witha nice White foamy head that retains well, and laces all the way.

S - Nice sweet citrus aromas are predominant, with a small amount of grains and pine.

T - Massive grapefruit flavours witha little orange peel and pine to follow. The bitterness on the finish is superb as it gives way to a little sugar, Mango and caramel.

M - Medium to light body with medium carbonation.

O - Right up there with the best in the style.

eric5bellies, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Penguin3200
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my trustee Mark for this one. Poured out of a bomber into a pint mug. Nice copper orange color, clear, and good lacing and legs. Tiny bubbles percolate in this beauty and give off a nice aroma of pine, orange blossoms, and citrus.

Taste is very nice an balanced between hops, malt, citrus, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is just velvety with this beer and what I like best.

Overall another great west coast ipa.

Penguin3200, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft service into a 0.5-liter mug at Hollingshead's.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise eagerly throughout the column.

S: A clean and focused combination of grapefruit and piney hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft toasted malt and pungent grapefruit pulp. Acidity is high, first citric then turning more carbonic in the middle. Sharp mineral, even liquid vitamin-like qualities, add considerable depth in the middle. Otherwise, flavors are very clean throughout, with moderate bitterness developing unobstrusively in the finish and toasted marshmallow lingering.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and distractingly acidic at times on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an excellent West Coast IPA, as long as it is encountered when fresh. Not only does this beer present focused hop aromatics, it presents them in fine balance with fairly delicate toasted malt that is happy to play a supporting role. Acidity provides brightness, but is felt too intensely at times. Still, under the best of circumstances, this may be the best of the San Diego IPAs that boast year-round availablility.

beagle75, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor.

Copper-orange, mostly clear with an absurdly large white head that retreats slowly leaving okay lacing. On swirling get an immediate head resurgence with good retention.

Bitter rind, orange, pineapple and mildly spicy, floral hops. Candied, boiled sweet notes marry well with the floral character. Hint of cleaning product.

Fresh grapefruit, earthy pine and orange rind overtake the tropical fruit character in the nose, but only just. Plenty of mango, melons and guava. The malts are unobtrusive and serve merely to sharpen the hop flavours.

Relatively chewy and full, with moderate whole-of-palate bitterness and terrific length.

Very, very drinkable and hard to fault, although personally I'd prefer a little more tropical hops and a stronger malt presence - admittedly the latter probably make me a heretic.

spicelab, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Cmack15
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light golden color

Aroma: west coast hops, citrusy, grapefruit.

Taste: super delicious hops really come through. love this beer

Mouthfeel: medium body nice carbonation

love this beer. I wish I could get it year round out here. Alesmith does good beers and this one gets high marks form me.
cheers

Cmack15, May 31, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden body with fizzy foamy white head which is fairly audible.

Huge fresh flowery hop scent upon opening bottle. Upon further sniffing, citrus aromas are most prominent with a sweet character. Lemons and grains. Very light pine accompanies this. After pouring glass the the bottle smelled of huge orange flavor.

Bitter hop spice followed by grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, light pine to a sweetness that has some caramel characteristics before a great bitter finish that lingers well. Wicked good. Its like if a dipa and a ipa had a kid. The bitter is big yet is always very welcoming and carries perfectly with the sweetness. There's a sweet/bitter orange caramel taste that sticks around. Big flavor here. Never noticed alc.

Perfect mouthfeel for this. Smooth carbonation, medium light body.

Delicious. If A+ means this is the perfect example of what I want in an American IPA, then that's what I'll give it. The description on the back didn't lie. It's pretty awesome.

Sensaray, May 29, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- comes out pale gold and looks hazy gold with a big 2 finger head. Great retention and lacing is medium. Looks great.

S- nice citrusy note thats mostly sweet. Not getting much malt in this. Somewhat spicy. Me like

T- nice bitterness upfront that follows until the finish. Gets slightly sweet in the middle but the bitterness is prominent. Not much malt in this one, i like the balance.

M- medium mouthfeel with similar carbonation. Finishes with my mouth more wet than ctisp and dry.

O- excellent hop forward IPA that definitely satisfies.

Thank you John for this unexpected surprise!

Gushue3, May 29, 2011
Photo of grannun
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Delerium glass. Beer suggested by Dee at Bobby's liquor, Santa Clara, big thanks!

A - Golden amber, with slight head, very standard for and IPA

S - Little citrus, little floral, good amount of hops. West coast, so pine in there as well, of course

T - This is where it gets unique. Awesome combination of pine, citrus, and floral, just as in the aroma. The real key is the balance of hops, bitterness, and texture. The beer is unbelievably smooth, one of the smoothest IPAs i have ever drank

M - Solid carbonation, maybe even a little more than most IPAs. Again, very smooth

O - Incredible beer. One of my all time favorite IPAs. I will definitely be buying another.

grannun, May 26, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
No freshness info to be found on the bottle however I am fairly certain is is pretty fresh as it just hit shelves around these parts very recently. And only does so something like twice a year. Anyway, here we go....

A-> A golden amber/orange color with a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of white lace sticking behind. A gentle pour yielded not quite 2 fingers worth of head.

S-> Whoa! This one smells fruity! And lots of it! The bouquet is chock full of a host of fresh and zesty tropical fruits. From grapefruit to mango to a clementine/tangerine? and could that even be some peach?! Pine is there as well with a west coast hop smell along with some kind of sweet, not quite caramel malt aroma. Enticing to say the least....

T-> This was a burst of flavor first hitting the tongue. Juicy tropical fruits, particularly the mango and clementine. In the middle, the hoppy pine bitterness takes center stage yet finishes unexpectedly mild and much less in your face than I was anticipating, which was a pleasant surprise. This really exhibits exceptional balance in my eyes (and taste buds) as the juicy and fruity explosion gives way to a crisp, cleansing pine hop resin that finishes smooth and mellow. Really quite enjoyable...

M-> Again, crisp and smooth. Nice hefty amount of carbonation of which I typically enjoy. With a moderately dry yet mild, and very "non-stinging" finish. Very sticky yet fairly light in body even for a single IPA (albeit at the extreme end of the "single" spectrum @ 7.25%!)

O-> I really enjoyed this beer. It was such an enjoyable, extremely refreshing surprise on the first few pours that were cold. And as it warmed a very subdued spiciness became ever so slightly apparent and that only served to further complement the fruit to pine transition in the middle. This beer really was exceptional and a welcome reprieve (even for this hop head and IPA enthusiast) from some of the harsher hop bombs I have been swigging recently. I will be picking up another bottle or two while these are still around, seeing as I paid less than $7 for this one...

Fluke828, May 26, 2011
Photo of Manoftyr
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a pale yellow with golden highlights and is crowned by a fluffy, sumptuous white head that ascends slightly above the glass without spilling out. Lacing is above average as the head quickly bubbles away.

Aroma-West coast hops abound, with plenty of zesty, citric aromas of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit and fresh pine right at the end.

Taste-An utter explosion of citric hops bursts onto the palette like little bombs of juice all over the tongue, a sugarcookie-like thin blanket of malt provides something of a base mid palette for the hops to continue their attack. The finish is a bitter-sweet sticky and resiny.

Mouthfeel-The feel is utterly perfect, super plush and feathery; fills the mouth while being smoothe as silk.

Overall/Drinkability-Great, just great; perfect IPA, and one I wish I had regular access to.

Manoftyr, May 23, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mostly orangish beer, and rather translucent. Puffy tight white head. Sheets of lacing, yup it has that. The main components of the aroma are citrus and grapefruit, with some pine. The aroma could be more poppy, it lacks slightly. The flavor is very hop forward. Citrusy and fruity, pithy, bitter and clean. The hops are not cloying or otherwise. Some pine flavor is produced and the malt is clean and simple allowing the hops to be the showcase. Nice clean mouthfeel. Slightly bubbly with a scrubing sensation. A good ipa, not my favorite but a real winner.

pmlondrigan, May 22, 2011
Photo of buffs9
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. No date, so not sure how old this beer is.

A very fruity IPA, which is what I dig.

It pours a deep amber and is cloudy. Good amount of head w/ some larger than usual bubbles. Lots of citrus hops in the nose. This may be older than it should be as taste isn't as fruity or crisp as the nose. Still very crisp w/ a bit of booze on the end

The flavors have some spice. A decent rind flavor. Nice bitter hop grapefruit.

Not a super strong IPA, but solid flavor and good mouthfeel. It's drinkability is easy and this IPA could be consumed on a regular basis. Thought I'd enjoy it more, but again, it could be a bit less than fresh.

buffs9, May 19, 2011
Photo of Rampage1
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figured it was time to put a review up of one of my ol standby ipa's I drink as long as its fresh.

Appearance: Has a nice hazy,orange color to it. Pure white,fluffy cap to it.

Smell: Smell mostly is of oranges and a light citrus,tropical smell to it. Has a nice little biscuit smell in the background that lets you know there is some malt to this.

Taste: This is one of my standby's for the reason of how easy it is to drink. Nice amount of bitterness followed by a some malt to balance it out. Definitely has enough malt in it where its not super bitter like one of its local counter parts--Stone ipa.

Mouthfeel: Nice thin mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The bottle conditioning always seems to keep the right amount of carbonation to this beer-- never strays from this.

Overall: This is a classic IPA and one of my favorite local ipa's from good old Cali. Cali will always be king of the IPA and my eyes. I used to think the midwest put out great IPA's but aside from my favorite brewery -Three Floyds I think Cali has it all over everywhere else in the US in spades when it comes to ipa's. When its hot out this beer goes down like water. Perfect balance to it. When you get this beer fresh its awesome!

Rampage1, May 17, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (I'm confident it's fresh) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours perfectly golden yellow/orange with 2 fingers of extremely tight white head that is slow to dissipate.

S: Tons of tropical fruit (grapefruit, tangerine, mango), pine, caramel. Inviting, I'm excited to try it!

T: All that tropical fruit is right on the tip of the tongue, but it doesn't smash the palate as I was expecting. Pine bitterness is there, but is subdued. Light toasted malt middle with a little caramel sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter and piney. The flavor is surprisingly mellow, it's very light and almost subdued from the middle to finish. A bit of a let down after such a nice nose.

M: Medium to ever-so-slightly light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Sticky with plenty of hop resin, but no where near extreme. Bitter and dry finish.

O: After a beautiful pour and exciting nose, the taste was a bit of a let down. It might just be that this is getting a little old, thus the hop punch dying down, but it would surprise me a little (the store I got this from got this shipment in the day before I bought it and that was less than a week ago). More hop intensity would make this something special. Yet again, it seems like I'll have to get this at the source to get it at it's best.

Satchboogie, May 16, 2011
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,957 ratings.