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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,242
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 433
Gots: 343 | FT: 10
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Sensaray
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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.

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...

Photo of Manoftyr
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of buffs9
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Rampage1
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of Satchboogie
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Dubber55
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Founders snifter- clear light orange with some yellow highlights. 1 finger of white head. Some spotty lacing on the glass

From the initial aroma, this has a signature smell of a West Coast IPA- lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and possibly lime. I am also smelling plenty of pine, fresh cut grass, earthy hops, and alcohol.

Taste follows the smell- plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, some pineapple, pine and resiny hops. Then some sweetness from the malts kicks in, in the form of caramel. The finish is pine and booze. There is also some kind of soapy taste I am getting as well. Not very pleasant.

Medium body. Some light carbonation that tingles the tongue. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Somewhat sticky from the hop oils.

Overall, this beer did not live up to the hype for me. The alcohol and the bitterness are kind of abrasive. For a 7% beer, I did not think the alcohol would be so pronounced. Too much sweetness from the malts for my tastes. There is a combination of sweet, soapy, and alcoholic that is not doing it for me.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy honey yellow color. Bright white half finger head that was quite slow in dying down. Left thick soap like lacing on the sides of the glass. On swirling got two finger head. Lots of small bubbles in the head and very well put together.

S-- Candied orange, candied grapefruit, passion fruit, and pineapple. Really nice smell and a larger candied grapefruit smell once it warms up.

T-- Bitter grapefruit taste with touches of bitter orange. Not a lot of pine though. Mostly about fruit and more fruit. Slightly pungent tasting.

M-- Medium carbonation and nearly heavy feel. Lots of pungent, bitter grapefruit and bitter grapefruit and just touches of syrupy Carmel malt. Mouth is more about bitter fruits as the nose is more about crisp fruits. Like the differences in this.

O-- Solid and more solid. IPA's make me miss the beer scene in the US most. A beer you can have 2 of and seriously enjoy it.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith IPA..Just another reason I love where I live.

A: Appearance is a clear very faint straw-hay pale color with a choppy 1-finger off-white head and forever lacing.

S: A hop fruit punch of aromas - lots of candied citrus like tangerine. Some slight spice and sweet malts detectable. Very clean yeast profile present.

T: A great sweet and spicy hop combo here. Crisp flavors of candied citrus fruits and resiny pine come through on the back of a lighter than light malt profile with some slight ABV presence. Bittered but not harsh or abrasive in any way. Very pleasing to the palate. Probably a result to mass late hop additions. Clean water and yeast profiles. Very refreshing.

M: An excellent texture that is so smooth and creamy which is even noted by the brewer's on the bottle.

D: Supreme. One of my top go to IPA's for sure.

I am convinced the guys at AleSmith are perfectionist. Real technicians. They are not trying any gimmicks that is for sure. Just perfection. This brew is so well crafted and the drinkability is just amazing. Very hoppy but not harsh to the palate in any way. Quite enjoyable really.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Look: Very orange with a finger and a half of head. Not much lace.
Smell: Very sweet and floral with a hint of pine.
Taste: Citrus and herbal hops combine with a sweet malt background, simple but nice. Gets a bit better as it warms up slightly.
Mouth: Smooth, just a bit sticky in the finish.
Drink: I'd like to try it on tap, but not my favorite IPA. I bet if it were doubled it up it would probably make a real nice DIPA.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Golden color that's not quite perfectly clear. Bubbly white head. Sticky lace.

Citrus hops, predominantly grapefruit hop aromas along with pine. Pungent and strong.

Crisp, bitter, pungent citrus hops. Little malt; an ode to the hop.

Full bodied, plenty of carbonation, a bit sticky (in a good way).

A delicious and nearly perfect IPA. Not a single thing to complain about.

Photo of dmsohyea
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to pint glass, 4/20/11.

A - Cloudy dark orange with 1 finger head. Lacing is good, retention is not.

S - Smells great. Tons of citrus hops with a touch of earthy pine in the background. Just outstanding. Very little malt scent, which is how I like it.

T - Some bitterness and an assault of citrus upfront. The citrus mellows midway to a somewhat dry piny finish. Bitter orange peel lingers forever. Such a great example of the style.

M - Is good, but not smooth and creamy like Pliny or Sculpin. Medium body suits the beer well and the finish is very dry. Carbonation is medium low.

O - A great west coast IPA that may become a mainstay in my fridge. Good hopping without being overly sweet and a lovely, lingering finish. I'm happy that I live just a few minutes from the brewery.

Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Orange-amber body, with a slight chill haze. Tiny white head that fizzes out quickly.

Loads of grapefruit hops on the nose. Some piney wood tones. Sweet malts, biscuity, and some brown sugar.

Restrained grapefruit sourness. Some floral tones. Biscuit malts mid-palate, with some caramel sweetness. Leads into a pine hop finish, with moderate bitterness. Crisp, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Above average IPA, and satisfying, but there's a lot more IPAs that I would choose over this.

Photo of LittleDon
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

Golden, but with a slight amber hue. Below average head retention but lots of lace. Slight haze. Earthy-citrus aroma. Flavor is similar, with very bitter middle to finish. Some alcohol is noticeable in the middle. Medium to heavy body. Tasted alongside the X. The IPA is richer, more bitter, and was a bit softer on the carbonation. It laced some of the complexity of the X. Both are very good, however.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a loose light foamy head fading quickly to surface foam. Clear with good carbonation.
Extremely aromaatic with a hop bouquet of citrus and a sweet malty backbone.
A good tasting ale that is well balanced between sweet pale malts and flavorfull hops.
The hops have a nice citrusy and floral flavor.
A medium bodied ale with a dry finish with bitter hops lingering into the aftertaste.
A very very good beer.

Photo of iadler
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Thanks Brian for this.

A- Orange/gold color that is somewhat cloudy with some sediment. Nice 2 finger frothy head with very little lacing.

S- Lots of fresh citrus notes with grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, fresh cut grass and a touch of honey and biscuit malt.

T- Juicy hops with notes of grapefruit, mandarin, apricot and pineapple upfront and slight biscuit malt in the background.

M- Medium carbonation, fairly smooth and easily drinkable.

O- Another great offering from Alesmith and one of my favorite IPA's. Great juicy hop profile with a slight malt sweetness in the background. If you're into big hoppy IPA's that aren't terribly bitter, this is one of the best.

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

Golden beer, white head.

Very pretty scent of citrus and flowers. Almost honey-ish and pine too. Sweet and tangy.

Taste is tangy too. Piney and dry with juicy citrus moments too. The pine, dryness, and juiciness are all blended well together. It's tangy and rich and delicious. An excellent ipa. A standout for sure. The hops are somewhat muted but they pack incredibly rich and full flavor.

Absolutely great.

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - gold, almost blond. soapy head and a decent amount of carbonation happenin.

s - piney, zesty citrus peel, hoppy, a lil stanky.

t - more fruit and citrus, mildly bitter, definitely some grassy earthy aftertones. not too strong of a tasting IPA. in fact, a lot of the flavor has diminished rather quickly.

m - vibrant and prickly a little less than champagne, but for some reason a little bit more exiting than your average IPA as far as the mouthfeel.

o - pretty nice. i dont buy it too often and i think thats just cause it doesnt really wow me all the much. maybe im just spoiled ;)

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy orange/yellow with a frothy off white head.

You can smell the hops, and they smell great. Heavy scents of citrus peel, with hints of sugar and spices.

Great bitter flavor, with large amounts of orange and citrus peel. Grapefruit, caramel, and hints of grains. Lemony aftertaste. Perhaps too much citrus? If so, barely.

Very active and crisp. Retains a frothy feel without feeling heavy.

This is a great IPA, and should have wide appeal as well. The bitterness is well balanced with sweet flavors.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. The craft beer outlet got a few of these in.
Poured into a tulip. A cloudy copper color with a thin white heading. Not to great of retention almost flat.Very little soapy lacing that I usually see from my favorite IPA's.

Smell is tremendous. Heavy citrus notes,alot of grapefruit and some lighter orange peel notes.

Taste is just what I expected.Super sweet malts which strips the enamel from my teeth with every sip. An awesome citrus hop bomb that takes over the tastebuds and finish with a slightly piney like syrupiness.

Mouth is medium bodied,the malts are there but just as a solid suppport,good carbonation.Very creamy and slick finish.

A very hyped up beer and rightfully so.This one was a dousy.

Photo of adman08
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden straw color with nice white head leaving decent lace on the glass.
S-Really not much aroma. I get more malt in the nose than hop aroma.
T-Very fruity and floral hop flavor, a very unique hop flavor. Slight malt sweetness.
M-Good carbonation, nice malt feel.
Overall, this is a very unique flavor for an IPA. It's very sweet with good bitterness but it's not overly malty. It seems like the sweetness is from the hop flavors. Overall good IPA.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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