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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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world-class

2,797 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,797
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 210 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a pale amber color with lots of frothy white head that reduces down to a finger and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like citrusy hops, grapefruit but not as aromatic as i'd hoped

T: Citrus, hops, grapefruit, some hop bitterness, and a very minor malty backbone to help balance things out

M: very full bodied, almost a DIPA feel

D: easy to drink, can't discern the alcohol, tastes good

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 23:21:40 | More by dukedevil0
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008?

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the surface. The head rises to an inch with an ivory hue. Decent retention and some lace remains behind.

Smell: Powerful citrus aroma has lots of sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon and no off-putting mineral aromas. Very enticing and fresh.

Taste: Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected from this beer. A pale malt flavor is apparent and then bittering hops take over. It has a smooth bitterness of citrus with an herbal quality that arrives later on. A floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bitter, medium body, slight sweetness and a finish of alcohol. As it warms, the beer becomes more apparently floral all around. It's a very pleasant and not cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. As I'm finding with the West Coast IPAs, they aren't cloyingly bitter. A nicely balanced beer that is very drinkable at a price tag of $4.79. Worth finding and consuming. Pronto!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 12:01:03 | More by Risser09
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macktbone

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a gift as we can't get Alesmith products in NorCal.

A- very crisp cider like appearance. Thin white head with even coverage over the beer. Visible carbonation makes me a little hesitant.

S- Strong centenial/cascade hops. Apples and cinnamon, very clean.

T- Cider like bite with and oaky finish. Taste doesn't hold up to the hoppy aroma. Cherry wood aftertaste.

M- Probably the best mouthfeel for an IPA. creamy and low carbonation lends itself well to the citrus blend without loosing the crispness.

D- easily drinkable for a solid IPA. Alesmith keeps to its hard hitting quality.

I will give this another shot. I almost hope this bottle was affected somehow that might have dulled the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 19:36:47 | More by macktbone
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for crazynelson for the trade.

Appears a dark amber with a white head and lacing. There's a pungent aroma of citrus punch. The flavor has a slightly soapy (not in a bad way) orange rind and grapefruit that quickly turns into a ripping hop bitterness with dirty pepper and light floral perfume. The aftertaste is long and big with more of the biting rind. Basically, they've crammed the flavor, and to an extent, the feel of a DIPA in an IPA. The bitterness is a little dialed back by comparison, but this is a full, delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 21:44:14 | More by tempest
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ironarrow42

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with a friend and fellow hophead. Poured a lovely, light orangey-amber with a generous, thick white head of foam. Massive aroma of American hops - loads of citrus & pine. Very appetizing!

Flavors tilted toward the hop side of the scale - lots of fresh grapefruit with some piney notes. Very fine carbonation. Medium body. Solid bitterness balances out the pale malt character underneath those huge hops. Lingering bitter-citric-resiny finish. Wonderful!

Left some nice foam sheeting inside the snifter in which it was served. Classic American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:19:08 | More by ironarrow42
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of tons of citrus, some lime, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and caramel malt. Heavenly. Flavor is nice and citrusy, sweet at first with a tinge of bitter hops in the finish. Quite tasty!
9/4/8/4/15 (4.0/5)

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 16:24:45 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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paytoplay

California

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Combine, price, complexity, availability..for me in CA... drinkability, goes with lots of food, subtle, and so aromatically complex this is a near perfect brew. One of the 1st craft beers to start my path down the real beers being brewed journey. Forgot about this beer and dismissed it for a year or 2, just rediscovered it again recently and have always kept at least 1 in the fridge ready at all times. Stunning!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:52:20 | More by paytoplay
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slayer3604

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours very nicely with a clean puffy head, that retains quite well, accompanied by some sticky bubble clusters on the side of the glass. the body is fresh motor oil in color (amber/orange), and is pockmarked with a foamy top that has both large and small bubbles.
smells like melted peach candy, pine trees in the wind, and has a very pleasant balance to it.
tastes slightly spicy, pretty muted though but its there, has a nice herbaceous quality, with some whisps of hay to it.
light on the palate and dangerously smooth!
This beer is pretty available for me, ill be visiting it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 07:00:04 | More by slayer3604
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into Imperial pint glass on 3/3/09. Special thanks to d0ggnate for including this as an extra in last month's Growling at the Moon cycle!

A - Poured a beautiful clear amber/orange body with a bounty of swiriling effervescence and two fingers of dense, rocky off-white head that retained wonderfully, transforming into a half inch cap of creamy retention and plenty of sticky foam around the glass.

S - Mmmm... West Coast nose all the way with a pungent blend of citrus, pine and resin hop goodness. Underneath it all is a sturdy base of sweet caramel and bready grains. A waft of alcohol also crept in as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Opens with a juicy smack of citrus hops suggesting tangerine, mango and pineapple with hints of pine and resin. Hop bitterness is balanced by plenty of caramel malt sweetness and an underlying bready malt base. This one is bordering DIPA territory!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and plenty of hop oil slickness. Carbonation is moderate and slightly bristly on the tongue. Finishes with a moderate hop bite that doesn't linger for too long on the palate.

D - This is a wonderfully balanced West Coast IPA with plenty of flavor to back it up. This is definitely up there with the best of them. Alesmith IPA is dangerously drinkable! I will be searching out more Alesmith brews when I visit California this summer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:05:35 | More by ffejherb
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Honey orange with a head that looks like a dollop of whipped cream; lots of carbonation; thick cap of head sticks around throughout

Smell
Awesome--so tantalizing with its extremely citric pungency, like orange, lime, and lemon juice squeezed into the glass; one of the best smelling IPAs I've come across

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very tasty! Hops from start to finish--all citrus juice from the nose and some sweet pineapple; full body and thick, creamy texture, and low carbonation; such a BIG IPA...makes me feel like I'm drinking a DIPA (and at 7.25% this is on the hefty end); malty sweets are there to provide just enough contrast and balance to the hops

Overall
The hops bill in this IPA is fantastic; I just love the citric juiciness of it all. A big, balanced, and solid American IPA. This immediately jumped to my top 10--maybe even top 5--of my favorite IPAs. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:01:25 | More by JEdmund
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp clean golden color. Carbonation yields some bubbly head, that dissipates as the beer sits. Very nice look for an IPA. Almost the color of a DIPA, but not quite as coppery.

Columbus and Centennial hops dominate the aroma with Cascade hops lingering in the background. The malt backbone is of sweet caramel. The taste follows the smell mostly, with Centennial hops trailed closely by Cascade flavors. The Columbus hops seem to add aroma, but not taste.

Alcohol is felt but not enough to ruin the experience. The beer is delicious and enjoyable with a good balance of texture and carbonation. The overall experience of this beer is extremely enjoyable and I would love to sit down and go through a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:25:26 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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squaremile

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Memorable Qualities: This is an exceptionally well crated IPA that satisfies my hop cravings in the nose and on the tongue, while not blasting my face off. Definitely in the west coast style, I think this stands with Blind Pig at the top of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:20:27 | More by squaremile
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a 2 inch bubbly frothy white head, that dissipated over 5 minutes leaving some nice lacing. The beer is golden yellowish-orange and hazy.

Smell: Initially very sweet citrus and fruity, then a piney hop aroma comes through, and some nice malty notes.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front then followed by a strong citrus hop that transforms into a piney hops and finishes with floral hops. Leaves mouth with a small malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice hop tingle, hardly any alcohol sting on the tongue or throat.

Overall: Very good, nicely balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Different order of things in the flavor, with the sweetness up front and the hop bitterness following. Quite enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:40:37 | More by natasharai
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Pours a big white foamy head that has good retention and sticky lacing.

S- Light floral hops with some citrus notes present as well. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Some good caramel malts present as well, nice sweetness.

T- Big hop presence here, pine, floral and citrus flavors play off of the tongue nicely. Grape fruit, and a hint of banana oddly enough. Though this beer has intense hops it is also pretty well balanced. Good sweet malty backbone adds complexity and drinkability to this beer. Some caramel and sweet honey notes come through but are eventually taken over again by hops.

M- Not the thickest IPA but has some good body to it. Lots of bite from both the hops and carbonation, your mouth will like this beer.

Overall- This is a nice change form the hop bombs that focus on only citrus or only pine notes, this beer has it all pine, floral and citrus plus a good malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:40:27 | More by br3wmeister
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treyrab

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this to last night's tasting. Split with him, myself, nittanybeerfan, and my girl. Poured my share into a 10oz snifter.

A: Pours a semi-hazy orange gold with a half finger white head. Looks great with the light carbonation floating up the glass to keep the head alive. Surprisingly not much lacing on this sticky hop bomb.

S: Smell is phenomenal, and completely representative of a west coast IPA. Tons of Cascade and Centennial hops that bring out an intense scent of orange rinds, lemon, pineapple and slight peach. Some nice caramel follows to balance the hops.

T: Taste is great, nice crisp and clean. A bit light on the flavor, but the orange rinds, orange juice, and lemon are fantastic. The hops are balanced nicely by the caramel and slight cereal grains. I would have liked a bit more body and flavor, but for an IPA, this is great.

This is a fantastic IPA. Great west coast hop profile. I hope I can try this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 18:11:40 | More by treyrab
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

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

Appearance - Orange gold in color with a hazy body. Head is a hard looking off white layer with a lot of stick to the sides of the glass. Lacing is some of the best i've seen in an ipa, as it just oozes all down the side. If this beer was in playboy, it would be the centerfold.

Smell - Citrusy with quaffs of orange and grapefruit. Actually a little more sweet and malty, and not the bitter piny hops I was seeking out.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Handfulls of citrus hops give it the perfect amount of bitterness. Not crushing, but almost teasing the tongue with soft little footprints of hoppy goodness. A toasted sweet malt lends a wonderful flavor to the already full taste. What a fantastic job has been done here to balance the two! This will truly be a standard bearer for all IPA's. Mouthfeel is full and flavorful without being over done. It remains lite, smooth, and creamy with a caramel sweetness that's the cupids arrow to my heart. I love this son of a bitch!

Drinkability - As usual Alesmith shows everyone how it's done. This is THE Aerican IPA! Don't bother seeking others, just submit to its power.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 06:44:53 | More by ryrust5301
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is a cloudy burnt orange color. A nice chunky white head that settled on the pour and left nice lacing around the rim.

The nose is sweet citrus hops and some decent malt backbone.

The taste has very up front citrus hoppiness with a nice transition into some caramel malt. The finish has some a nice hop bitterness .

The mouthfeel is a bit slick, probably from the hop oils. Its got medium carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.

Overall this is quite tasty. Alesmith does well in everything they brew and this is truly a west coast treat of an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 06:38:49 | More by ShrLSU
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jamdugan for this one!

Pours a beautiful coppery red with a decent finger of frothy off white head. Carbonation is very active.

Smells very resiny, fruity, piney, citrusy. Interesting! I am getting spoiled by this west coast style.

Taste is similar to the nose, no surprises here, just a damn solid IPA.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability, another winner that I can't regularly get. I am moving to California. No problem finishing the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:01:28 | More by sonicdescent
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popery

California

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Excellent beer. I was trying to pick a solid beer for my 200th, and I went with an IPA, instead of a fancier style, in order to save something grander for number 250. However, this is a fabulous IPA. The beer looks great, sticky head, perfect amber-gold color for an IPA. The aroma is very clean. Hops are citric, floral and piney. Caramel malt is present and well-articulated. The flavor is exceptional, even in this highly competitive category. Alesmith knows how to use hops. The hop flavor is perfectly clean. There is some bitterness, but it's extremely pleasant and doesn't scald in the least. The malt is strong enough to bring out the flavors of the hops, without being cloying in the least. It's just extremely smooth. The citrus and floral hops balance very, very well with the malt. The mouthfeel is excellent, but there is a tiny bit of alcohol around the edges. The beer is exceptionally easy to drink. Alesmith makes great beer, and this is definitely one of them. My one qualm with this beer is that it is extremely close to being a DIPA rather than an IPA. I like for styles to be loose and allow innovation, but I almost wish that there was a hard and fast line for this division.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 05:32:39 | More by popery
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bifrostguard

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright orangish-yellow with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing. Quite effervescent. Seems to glow under the evening's light. Beautifully refractive!

S - Wiffs of grapefruit, floral hops, yeast and crystal malts. Surprisingly mild for such a renowned beer.

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Tastes of grapefruit, honey, pine and yeast. All flavors are mild and work very well together.

M - Somewhat dry and light on the palate leaving me wanting another sip before I even set the glass back down.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer and tastes like a lower ABV beer than it really is.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 00:15:59 | More by bifrostguard
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to screach for the local hook-up. 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, goldenrod color with a sizable inch of off-white foam that retains well and leaves some nice lacing. Treat this IPA like a home brew and be careful when pouring the last 3-4 oz. of this stuff, as the yeast can get a bit overwhelming. The aroma wafting out of the pint reeks of resinous, pine-laced hops blended with crystal malts and yeasty notes of pineapple, mango, and banana.

This is perhaps the best-tasting IPA I have come across (and I've had quite a few). An absolutely delicious balance of honey & crystal malts backed by tons of juicy, floral, citric, and resinous hops. The aftertaste lingers for just the right amount of time and packs a potent bitterness level, while the medium body is perfectly carbonated thanks to the bottle conditioning. This has easily become one of my all-time favorite IPA's, and I cannot wait to try it again further down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 23:40:21 | More by wagenvolks
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JayQue

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. Pours a clear amber color. Big fluffy white head with good retention and thick lacing. Had a 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. Smell was of floral hops, very pronounced.

I had this beer wirth some fairly hot homemade chili. The beer stood up very well. A strong floral and citrus hops presence, not at all diminished by the hot food. The taste was excellent, hoppy goodness but smooth as well.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Smooth, crisp and hoppy. Same with drinkability. I could drink this one until the abv caught up with me. Very nice, one of the better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 04:05:28 | More by JayQue
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 15 Oct 2008.

Shaker pint glass. Large foamy off white head. Almost flat. Slightly hazy amber color. Aroma is citric, hoppy, sweet. Starts with some grapefruit citrus, earthiness. Good maltiness throughout with the aftertaste becoming more bitter. Ethanol is fairly mild.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 05:37:06 | More by htomsirveaux
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raoulduke37

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with a pretty lady in bed. She had a hangover and this cured her right up. Fantastic IPA, lets' start there...

A - Beautiful golden color, like refined apple juice. Very good head retention and lacing round the glass.

S - Floral, light, crisp, citrusy, reminiscent of Pliney the Elder, which is saying a lot.

T - Initially syrupy like light honey or even mead, followed by citrus, namely grapefruit. Hops are well balanced by malts, which are slightly evident.

M - EXTREMELY smooth, not overly carbonated like most IPA's I've tried. Lingers long after the initial sip.

D - Definitely noteworty as a session beer..."Keep it comin' all night long."

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 23:14:16 | More by raoulduke37
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tburkhart

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a very nice layer of head sitting on top. Nice lacing as well.

Smells of both hops and malts. Possibly Saaz Hops. Not 100% sure on that one.

Taste was slightly nutty, with some hops. I would expect more hops out of any IPA. They just weren't there for me.

Very solid mouth feel.

I could drink a bottle or two of this on occasion, not something I would drink night in and night out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 15:52:14 | More by tburkhart
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