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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,010
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 411
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of chumba526
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The IPA appears a medium bodied orange color with a thin white layer of foam.

It smells strongly of grapefruit, lemon, and oranges. It also smells slightly herbal. There is malt caramel sweetness to the smell as well.

The taste starts with an orange like flavor that progress into a grapefruit bitterness. The citrus bitterness progresses into a more standard bitterness. A bittersweet citrus flavor appears in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is moderately low.

The drinkability is pretty good but it is a little too heavy to drink a lot of them.

Overall this is a very good complex IPA that is worth trying.

chumba526, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/11/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this.
A: Crisp amber with a nice white head that sticks.
S: Nice hops character in front of white bread; cheesy fresh leafy hops, slightly sweet, relatively mild, smells almost like dry malt. Nice.
T: Cheesy, spicy (cinnamon), almost dry, similar to aroma. The hops aren't overwhelming.
M: Nice; not syrupy with a good frothy carbonation.
D: Really good.

This one lives up to its expectations. It's a very well-rounded IPA.

ne0m00re, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of boralyl
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip this beer produces a massive 3 finger off-white head. The retention on this one is incredible and just sits there. The beer is hazy and burnt orange in color.

S - First thing I noticed when pouring was the nose, it's hard to avoid. It's full of tropical fruit, citrus and lemon notes. There is a slight sweet malt presence throughout.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation.

T - Bready and sweet caramel malts up front followed quickly by citrus and lemon. It has a grassy hops bitterness in the finish, which doesn't really linger. The alcohol content is well hidden.

This huge IPA drinks almost too easily. It's got a great hop combination and the malts prevent it from being overbearingly bitter. This is a fine example of an American IPA.

boralyl, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me by a very generous TrebleStauter a couple of days ago...

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a finger of thick, creamy white head. Great head retention and excellent apatterings of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Very hoppy with just a touch of sweetness. Definitely a West Coast IPA. Mixed aromas of earthy and citrusy hops, earthy ones seem to be more prevalent. Pretty inviting.

T- Very good. Not much sweetness to it, just bitter hops, the way it should be from the West Coast. Once again, earthy hops dominate but hints of citrus fruits come through as well.

M- Smooth, light/medium body, very bubbly.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent summer beer and one of the best IPA's I've had. I still prefer Furious, maybe even Two Hearted just because of the price. A solid IPA though.

kbeals, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of jslot38
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy light copper with a just barely off white head. Top is a bit foamy and drops to a bit more than a top covering - looks like its going no where. Perfect lacing, head holds up.

Smell: Great medly of pine and citrus. A faint backing of grain and biscuit. Very enticing.

Taste: Pine upfront with a bit of a citrus twang rounding it out and holding on the tongue. In west coast fashion the hops are slick and oily and there is a distinct lack of caramel malts. A bit of grain in the background, but this is about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Almost a 5...

Drinkability: Ranks up there with some of my favorite IPA's, and maybe my favorite west coast example. I picture drinking this way too often if it was around my part of the country.

jslot38, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of biggied
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.

S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.

T- Very slight hop taste that lingers long after the taste.

M- Great mouth and bitterness from the hops but not the best.

D- Ranks right up there with my favs from Alesmith.

biggied, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an Imperial tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a pleasant amber tinted gold with a very slight haze to it. The head was thick and dense and rose a good 3/4". Solid retention with lots of clingy lace left on my glass.

S= The malt base was caramelly and sweet smelling. Hops were equal parts resiny pine and fruity citrus in the nose, with a light flowery note in there too. Pretty much pushed all my hop smelling buttons.

T= Big and hoppy yet somehow retaining a balance that is mesmerizing. Started off with a quick flash of caramel malt and light biscuit followed closely by a solid bitterness and lots of hop flavor. The pine was slightly ahead of the floral and citrus notes but all were very much present in the flavor. Finished dry with a kiss of alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied with a super crisp and tiny-bubbled carbonation.

D= Extremely tasty and super drinkable. This is a great example of an American IPA and it certainly lives up to its hype.

spointon, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice bright golden color with 2 fingers head that leaves light lacing on my glass.

S- Loads of citrus/mango/pine hops, definately west coast IPA, followed by light caramel malt and a slight bready yeast.

T- Great hop flavor, everything I want in an IPA with a light malt backbone providing balance, only thing from preventing a 5 is an odd light metallic finish.

M- Nice medium body with ample carbonation and no alcohol presence, good West Coast IPA balance...

D- Great Drinkability, awesome West Coast IPA makes me happy to live in San Diego...

Schmaltzy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great addition from Scottfrie. Thanks!

A- Nice dark golden color. Hazy. Big fluffy white head that comes down quickly to a small head with little lace on the glass.

S- Lots of hops. Citrus and pine come through the most. Just like an IPA should smell like!

T- Great hop flavor! Hop flavor comes through big at first. Nice malt backbone that gives it just the right balance. Good bitterness like a beer I could drink all night.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Nice bitter taste sticks with you just enough until the next sip!

D- Wonderful IPA. Nothing over spectacular but just gets the job done! The 7.5% abv is hidden well. When I think of an IPA, this is what I think of. Thanks Scott yet again for hooking me up!

HosP, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, almost clear color with a BIG white head. Smells of piney, citrus hops. Some sweetness with a lot of bitterness. The taste is fairly well balanced with a nice sweet (almost honey-like). Lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange). The mouthfeel is maybe a bit syrupy for a normal IPA...not as crisp as I like them. Kinda has the consistency of a DIPA, but not really. Drinkability is mildly high.

DovaliHops, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, really fizzy, bright yellow pour with a nice thick head and great lacing. The nose is typical, big West Coast IPA with tons of citrus and subtle floral notes. The taste is also dominated by citrus with oranges and peaches at the forefront. Perfect balance with enough malty sweetness to complement the grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel suffers a bit for me because of the high carbonation. Nice crisp, dry finish. The great balance makes this beer incredibly drinkable. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

beerdrifter, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of bs870621345
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Daniel, wknight167, for the bottle.

Pours a honey color with a finger of head with light lacing down the glass.

Smells very much like grapefruit and citrus. Sweetness is there, but in moderation. One of the best smelling beers I've had.

Tastes amazing. Its bitter with a definite citrus. Sweetness in the middle with a bitterness on the end that invites another.

This beer coats the mouth and keeps the bitterness coming. Moderate carbonation and an excellent IPA.

Drinkability is high, I drank the bomber too fast and I only have one.

One of the best IPAs I've had, and i will buy it if i see it, but unlikely since its not distributed here.

bs870621345, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of rand
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Windmill Farms and poured into pint glass 07/11/2010

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with red hues and a thick, 2 1/2 finger head. The head is ivory white with a frothy, cavernous texture, and the retention is incredible.
It looks like you could float a quarter on this head let alone a bottle cap. Quite unusual for a single IPA. Lacing is everywhere.

S: Clean, piney, citrusy hops immediately present themselves, but the citrus is closer to a sweet mandarin than grapefruit. A great bouquet of scent, reminiscent of a DIPA

T: Bitter, piney hop flavors are in the front of the sip along with orange and grapefruit. These are nicely balanced with sweetbread malts, but the caramelly sweetness is just enough to balance the hop bitterness and doesn't linger. Alcohol is present and warms through each sip, acting as a spice. Finishes clean and citrusy. This definitely tastes like it smells.

M: From the looks and smell of this beer, you would expect something viscous and oily in the realm of a DIPA or dry-hopped IPA, but this beer is fairly light and clean on the tongue. The carbonation isn't overbearing but lively, just about perfect for a single IPA.

D:This brew is eminently drinkable, but with one caveat - this would not be the best choice as an introduction to the genre. As a huge fan of IPA's and especially DIPA's, I could toss this back all night, but this beer has powerful (albeit very well balanced) flavors and would likely take a novice some getting used to.

Notes: Yet another amazing example of an IPA set by a San Diego brewery. Easily on my list of top IPA's - right up there with Sculpin, Big Swell, Blind Pig. The bottle-conditioning makes a huge difference here, giving this IPA a DIPA character, but with a lighter mouthfeel and lower ABV than its Imperial brethren. Living in San Diego I'll be looking forward to many more of these.

rand, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of krunchie
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden liquid with a fluffy white head. Good head retention. And WOW, I've never seen so many small bubbles, looks delish!

S: Oooh. Piney, resiny, earthy hop aroma. Grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon and lime. Little malt in the nose, if any at all

T: First off, I got a hot flavor. Similar to hot alcohol, but not exactly. Might be the hop bitterness playing tricks on my taste buds. It sort of made me go "whooaah!" when I took my first sip. Anyhoo, got american hop bitterness, very subtle malt character, more of that resiny hop stuff and more grapefruit. Pretty nice, but not very balanced imho.
I love IPAs, but to make a good IPA you still have to take malt character and balance into consideration. Many brewers seem to forget about this because of the "it's all about the hops, dude!"-mentality.

M/D: Medium body, good drinkability. I like the many small bubbles, they are more gentle on the tongue.

A nice AIPA, but it's not the fifth best in the world...and 99 SEK (~$13) for a 22oz bottle here in sweden? Thats just rediculous

krunchie, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a frothy white head and a bit of chill haze. A thin film of foam persists. No lacing to speak of.

Smells tropical, like sweet pineapple and mango with pine and a whack of toffee and caramelized malts. Nice, but there's fairly dialed back hops presence compared to other top-tier IPAs.

It tastes overwhelmingly of pine bitterness with a weak malt presence that's almost lost amongst a cacophony of bitterness, but with every sip and as I acclimate to the bitterness, there's a powdery caramel malt sweetness that slowly rises to the fore until it finally rivals the hops. Feels like it's creeping into DIPA territory a little here, which almost seems like cheating. That said, it lacks the sort of complexity that I like in an IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.

It's good. But for being in the top ten IPAs here, well, I guess I expected more in the aroma and more complexity in the hops. Maybe it suffers by comparison or from heightened expectations, but in all honesty and being 100% objective I've had at least a dozen IPAs I enjoyed more. Maybe it's not a super fresh bottle. Without the aid of a bottled on date I'll never know. I suspect the fact that it's something of an IPA+ or a DIPA- might skew things a little high. Meh. Whatever. I try not to think too much about arbitrarily generated letter grades and differing opinions on any given beer--that way lies madness.

MeisterBurger, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle with dinner.

A- two fingers of off white head from a stiff pour that settles to a ring and a ton of sticky lace. Sunset orange in color with a touch of haze.

S- juicy orange and grapefruit with a sticky pine cone in the face. Background sweetness that reminds me of clover honey.

T- big rich citrus hops up front with oranges and grapefruit. Follows by a grassy pine hit and some sweet honey.

M- a bit above medium in body and a bit lower in carb.

D- this is one fabulous ipa and worked perfectly with my rather spicy steak and melange of cheeses.

oglmcdgl, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass

The appearance was that of a very light copper color with a slightly off-white head. Average head retention that when subsides left minimal amounts of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The aroma consisted of citrus hops with the likes of tangerines and grapefruit. Floral aromatics were noticeable as well with some caramel malt in the background. The hop aroma was kind of subdued IMO and it might be signs of an old bottle?

The taste was slightly sweet upfront with citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine. Midway is a slight bitterness with a touch of malts finishing it off.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall I was coming in to this with high expectation since this is in the top 10 list of IPA. What I would have liked for this beer to have was stronger aromatics of the hops and for the taste as well to be more citrus like. What I got was maybe an old bottle which I hope so because this IPA would not even make my top 20.

tr4nc3d, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating evident on the bottle. Poured a translucent, golden-copper with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid skim of a cap. Some sheets and strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Great nose - sweet grapefruit and tropical fruit esters. Taste is a muted version of the nose with some malt character in the mix and a slightly piny/medicinal character that comes out at the back (I'm thinking this may be an older bottle). Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild carbonation and a slightly watery consistency. Not a bad IPA at all; however, I think this was a bottle that was past it's prime. That being said, I think it has held up remarkably well, despite the diminished hops character.

Jwale73, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to AndrewK for a sick box that included this beauty! split with newk340.
a-bronze orange. fairly clear. slightly off white foam. very fine bubbles. very nice lacing.
s-bitter orange. floral, grapefruit, light pine. smell is almost overwhelming! yum.
t-lemon zest. grapefruit, light pine. very, very bitter and fresh tasting.
m-very tingly. littl bubbles play on the tongue. "lush" as the bottle says.
d-a great ipa. It's Pretty Awesome. It's not pte, but i was very happy with it.

hu5om, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA- one of my favorites.

A-Golden color and super carbonated. Gigantic head that leaves great lacing. What an IPA needs to look like.

S-Hoppy and delicious. Fruity and citrusy hops. Very juicy and delicious smelling. Aromatic is quite the perfect word to describe this. Subtle spicy hints.

T-This is exactly what I wanted and needed. The hop flavor follows the smell. Surprisingly well balanced. Great citrus and pine combination. The flavor is just a textbook delicious IPA. Very nice.

M-Nice carbonation and respectable feel on the tongue. Medium bodied.

D-7.25% and no alcohol burn. I could easily consider this a DIPA, but its a regular IPA. I love how much flavor they pack into this bad boy. Overall, an unbelievable brew.

VelvetExtract, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Mjoepp
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, white foam white average sized bubbles.

S: Citric fruits. Spices I can't exactly name.

T: As the smell with a nice bitternes to it.

O: Quite expensive and hyped among my friends and by other reviewers. Quite dissapointed honestly, but wouldn't mind drinking again.

Mjoepp, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold; the liquid is clear. The gigantic head is made of airy off-white foam; it sinks slowly leaving massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with more fruity-zesty notes than bitterness. Hints of smoked rye malt, lemon peels and sweet chemical hints of wax and crayons. Fine bitter flavours with hints of lemon acid and meat plus a metallic note. Mildly roasted malty hints of rye flour. A bit too much metal, I think.

The taste is fresh, bitter and very hoppy with lots of sweet citric fruits, fine dark bread, and a grand yet balanced bitterness. A hint of hoppy-chemical wax. The aftertaste is very fruity with notes of pineapples, oranges, kiwi fruits and green apples. The bitterness is elegant and clean. Some malty notes of sweet bread and fruit flavoured candy.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are soft. The liquid is smooth.

A great American IPA. Very elegant!

bark, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured light copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of pine and citrus hops

T - Follows the nose with pine and grapefruit hops theres a small amount of malt that tries to come through

M - This beer has a smooth fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a little more hoppy than I'm used to but it all works out and is a pretty enjoyable beer that I could drink a few of theses in a sitting

armock, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt., 6 fl. oz. bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a hazy golden, orange, amberish color with a huge 2.5 finger head that forms quite quickly. This might be the biggest head I've ever gotten from an IPA. Some nice sticky lacing as well.

S - Smells of mango and pineapple. Some great citrus aromas of lemon and grapefruit as well, but there is a very strong pine presence as well. A very nice malt backbone is present which mixes nicely with the strength of the hops.

T - A very sweet IPA. The taste of tropical fruits and citrus fruits are the forefront, with a piney taste as well, much like the nose. The finish is a nice malty, caramel flavor which adds nicely to the balance.

M - About average I would say. There is a good amount of carbonation, and there is a bit more stickiness than I expected from just an IPA.

D - Quite drinkable. The ABV is right where it needs to be to be a great drinking beer. It really is quite impressive for "just an IPA." It is quite tasty and could rival some DIPA's.

KAP1356, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opening the bottle did not prepare me for the mountain of foam that billowed out when I poured this into my glass. Fat bubbles eventually formed in an everlasting (everforming?) head. Crazy carbonation rising through a golden-orange nearly clear liquid.

The first thing that attacked the nose was pine needle extract. Smelled very fresh, like I could hang it in my aging truck. Hmm.

Delicious. Not as hoppy as anticipated. Pleasantly bitter up front, and mellowing into what I can only describe as ... peanut butter. Yeah I've never tasted this before in a beer, and maybe my limited palate can't figure it out, but that's what it reminds me of. And I have to say, it's pretty amazing. Not amazingly complex.

Great carbonation, actually on the light side for an IPA. One of the most refreshing I've had, and just awesome drinkability. Dangerous.

Chizoad, Jul 16, 2010
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,010 ratings.