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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

3,119 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,119
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 286 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold orange in color with a 2 finger foamy white head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good lacing clinging to the sides and a creamy layer on top; the lacing was a little disappointing as it was only spotty, yet the nose was so pungent that I expected it to stick to the sides and leave rings.

Smells of big citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, light toasted grains, piney hops, crackers, biscuit and a sweetness like brown sugar; the hops smells fresh and juicy, and the aroma is very enjoyable.

Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by hops with big citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, flowers, piney hops/pine cone, sweet malt, grains, graham cracker, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread, brown sugar, a slight yeast funk, some hop spices and some citrus bitterness. This is all hops and very sweet and tasty. As this beer gets warmer it gets more complicated and piney, with good balance making this sweet and bitter yet still showing off the hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a slick feel on the tongue, a medium body and very light bubbly carbonation that’s almost fizzy; it has a slightly bitter finish that's sweet and on the grainy side, which to me added stability to the flavor.

An excellent beer that was smooth and highly drinkable, a definite session beer for me and a high recommendation. I’m glad I was able to try this, this was quite tasty and not a sensory overload or so hoppy that it was obnoxious. A real nice West Coast IPA, this reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, and it was equally as enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into wine glass

A - Pours a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head. Tiny frothy bubbles lace the glass effortlessly. Bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom, even in a glass without any great nucleation site.

S - Aromas of sweet tropical fruits -- sweetened grapefruit and pineapple primarily. Nice West Coast aroma.

T - A bit tamer than I was expecting. Tropical fruit and sweetness. Grapefruit is present and accompanied by pineapple, and a sweetened caramel malt base can be found. I'm too used to IPAs trying to be DIPAs, and this is a nice change -- it isn't overly complex and is extremely refreshing, while still presenting the intense hop flavors that only the best IPAs can. I came in expecting a Sculpin-like experience of overwhelming flavors, but this is a very different and much subtler beer. I really appreciate the restraint exhibited here.

M - All this flavor is packed into a medium body that is decidedly smooth. The fine fine bubbles tickle the tongue as the beer laces your entire mouth.

O - Overall this is a beautiful IPA that exhibits everything that an American IPA should be - hoppy, malty, easy to drink, but not overwhelming or pretentious. Pretentiousness has its place in beer, but it is a welcome escape to drink a beer like this one. This is a beer that belongs in six packs -- people should be drinking this on a regular basis. I don't think is the special occasion beer that the bomber format often suggests, and that is exactly why I love it.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,119 ratings.