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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,200 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,200
Reviews: 1,160
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 324 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. Cost was 5.49 USD in Orange County, California. No best before date, but this one is at least three weeks old (based on date of purchase). I know it'd be better fresh, but I do what I can. Paired with microwaved pizza (I'm a uni student!). Four weeks old.

*I've also gotten this at Trader Joe's for $4.99.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of light but nice cream lacing, fair thickness, and good retention - especially for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a transparent copper-gold. It's a bit generic, but appealing nonetheless.

Sm: Pleasantly enticingly hoppy, but I worry it will be too bitter (as many IPAs tend to be). A mild strength aroma. Nice rounded floral hop character. Some zest grapefruit citrus. Pale malts. A clean aroma of mild to moderate strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Unfortunately, it does flirt with soapy notes.

T: A pleasant hoppy body, without hardly any bitterness on the finish or climax. It's hard to believe. A brewer that understands an IPA is about balance, not hop quantity? Imagine that! It's very well done, with near perfect balance of hops over an unobtrusive pale malt foundation. I really like this IPA. It's simple, but damned refreshing. That said, it does approach soapiness. Light pine. Very clean. No real subtlety here.

Mf: Amazingly, delightfully smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body near perfectly. Very well executed. Good thickness and body. Refreshing. Good presence on the palate. Soft.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable, especially for the style. The alcohol never comes through in spite of being of above average quantity. It's a lovely IPA. Price point is great as well. I'd get this again. *In fact I have, since. Another quality brew from Alesmith.

Pairs well with food (especially spicy food).

B-

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's a bit of sediment in it. It's almost gelatinous. Very nice foamy white head with a ton of lacing. Some bubbles creeping through. Powerful caramel and hop scent.

Very nice, crisp IPA. A bit of a floral flavor. Nice mild bitterness. There's a sweet caramel taste in there. Kind of a rye aftertaste.

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

Poured from 22oz into taster.
Pours a slight slight hazy golden...thick looking. Sweet candy hop aroma. Taste of candied hops with fruity notes.
This is truly a great IPA. Bottle conditioned really makes this brew. You get the bottle yeast with the stong flavor of hops...which makes a fruity hop balance.
Really great IPA and well worth every dime paid!!!

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

22 oz. bottle purchased at The Brew Shop, Bend, OR, consumed 1.6.11, poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before.

One finger off-white head, a bit broken, mostly small bubbles, medium dissipation with above average lacing over clear orange amber body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Nice nose, citrus grapefruit along with apricot notes, caramel malts. Taste mirrors the nose, a little bit on the sweet side but firmly in the SD IPA category, firm malt backbone leading to mildly bitter pine resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium, very good effervescence, well rounded finish. While to each their own, if I had my choice between Scuplin, West Coast and Mongo, I'll take this every-time. My favorite Cali IPA, absolutely delicious.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

Fresh as it gets

A- Pours a beautifully clear golden copper orange with two fingers of bright white head that leaves glorious sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Smells like a beautiful west coast IPA. Tons of pine and citrus notes as well as some grapefruit, tangerine, and some bready caramel from the malts.

T- Really smooth and clean. Up front the caramel sweet malts hit your tongue but are quickly over taken by the bitter pine and grassy hops. Lots of fruity citrus and tropical flavors. The finish is very dry and bitter with a strong astringency that sticks with you.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter dry finish.

Skål!

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

Bottle-conditioned IPA

Appearance: Very light amber colored, clear, medium carbonation, can easily attain a head (must be careful with your pour), head retention is good, head will grab the sides of the glass from start to finish, head reforms easily after slight agitation.

Smell: Flowery, with resin/citrus undertones

Taste: Light well built IPA with very slight bitterness. There are no overpowering flavors here...nice and balanced

Mouthfeel: Velvety/Grips the tongue slightly on the way down but with medium carbonation

Overall: Easy to drink and not too high on the alcohol content (7.5%). A very good example of what a true IPA should taste like.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool IPA, no freshness stamp noticed.

Poured into a nonic pint, the beer has got an incredible, large yet subdued head over an orange-gold body with plenty of lasting activity. Perfect look for an IPA as the head is retained throughout and the lacing is plentiful.

"I Prefer Alesmith" has the smell of your typical West Coast IPA, but it's all in the flavor, this one is a cut above the rest. It's got a nice dry cracker malt profile which showcases a bouquet of tasty hops. Leaning more towards dry and bitter, the IPA really comes into itself in the bottle-suggested 45-50° range.

It's Pretty Awesome

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods in on North Central in Phoenix. 22oz into a chalice.

Poured a perfectly clear golden orange with a tight white head, some sticky lace and light retention. Nose has bright citrusy notes, tangerine, clementine and is overtly floral. Light sweet caramel and crackery base. Taste is all about the hops, bitter from start to finish. More tangerine, pine and big, juicy fruit notes. Some mango and similar tropical notes, cut by the bitterness - still with the light crackery base. Only a little bit of sweetness. Pretty light body, with a clean and crisp finish. Dangerously drinkable, with only a suggestion of alcohol on the palate. The smell and flavour on this had me pulling this to my mouth more often than I should have for the bomber. Great hop profile, and an exceptional IPA overall.

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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at fridge temperature, into a tulip.

Golden appearance with a frothy, sticky looking white head that has a great retention. Leaves a really nice lacing on the glass as well.

The smell is fantastic.. BIG, citrus and floral hoppiness with a resiny feel to it. As time goes on I think I'm getting some pine as well. Ultimate hop aroma. Maybe a slight bready pale malt in there but definitely a resiny, hop dominant nose.

Floral hops dominate the taste. Juicy, fruity flavors make their way through with orange and grapfruit dominating. Minor, bready pale malt makes its way through and adds to the complexity but in no way balances it, which is just fine. This beer is perfect as is, perfect hop flavor.

Smooth and silky body with a really sharp bitterness. It's not as resiny as the smell implyed but it leaves a dry bitterness at the end and the bitterness lingers and almost stings the back of your tounge. Although the bitterness lingers, it is still a crisp and clean beer.

This is an unbelievable beer. The epitome of what an IPA should be, pure hoppiness with very little malt interference.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,200 ratings.