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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,119 Ratings
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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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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with golden highlights. It had a fluffy, white, two-finger head of foam that left sticky, patches of foam.

S - Big citrus aroma with hints of pine and burnt toast maltiness. Great IPA aroma!

T - Hops bring a piney bitterness with a strong dose of citrus. It has a nice sweet caramel backbone that balances out the potent hop bite.

M - This IPA is crisp, sharp and finishes nice and dry. A medium bodied ale that packs a punch.

D - This is a really good American IPA. I'm really glad I was able to finally try this.

Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a huge, sticky white head.

In your face pine, grapefruit, orange rind, and pungent flowers. The hops are raw and lend an oily feel to the beer. Honestly, the hops cover up most, if not all, of the malt, but it must be there otherwise this would taste more like a hop tea and not the aggressive IPA that it is. The hops aren't quite as successful at covering up the the alcohol, which has a coarse, almost acetone-like character.

I can't get enough of the in-your-face hops, but the alcohol definitely detracts from both the flavor profile and my ability to drink much of this. When did single IPAs climb over 7%? Bring this down into the 6.5-7.0% range and I'd be all over this one.

Photo of BigbROB
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a mystery IPA from Davidsk in a trade.

A - nice orange hazy with a good amount of head. Lots of yeast sediment.

S- A little citrus but mostly smelling lots of big hops!

T- Excellent! Nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Taste a little citrus with big piney hops.

M - long after taste. carbonation leaves a nice light feeling on the tongue.

D - very smooth highly drinkable.

Reviewed 5-25-10 1st review!

Photo of theghost3
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, straw color with a very foamy, huge head. Lots of layered lacing; floating yeast sediment. This one was a gusher. I would have given this a 5 for appearance if not for how unstable it was during the pour.

The smell is fresh grapefruit with pine--all hops. The taste is citrusy, bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp & carbonated, slightly sticky. There's some solid sediment there.

This is a deliciously drinkable IPA. I completely understand why it gets such great reviews. Just be sure to let it sit for a little bit after uncapping to avoid its instability.

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

Poured into a over sized wine glass

A: Orange color with a huge off white head and sticky sticky lace fantastic head retention hazy beer with stuff floating around all over!

S: Citrus, Orange Grapefruit smell is just fantastic bright big hops

T: smell and taste are right in line, the malt is far in the background. hops dominate!

M: light mouth high carbonation stings the tongue in a refreshing good way

D: highly drinkable

overall: I can see why this beer gets so much love its a great beer!

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

A: poured a murky golden orange with a finger of white head, good retention and great lacing.

S: nice piney aromas with cirus fruit, caramel and a good balance between the sweet malts. After a couple whiffs I also get mango in the nose.

T: great citrus fruit forward flavors with caramel and great balance again between the malts and the piney hops.

M: medium body with good amount of carbonation to accent the overall taste and a pleasent bitter sweet finish.

D: damn good beer in every category and drinks great all the way through. Now I can see why it's in the top 100.

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

Bought a 1pt 6 fl. oz (65cl) bottle at a "Systembolaget"-store in Stockholm, Sweden.

The bottle was well chilled, approximately 45F (7-8C). The contents were poured directly into two pint glasses which created a big white foam that was loaded with fruity and hoppy tunes, just as promised by the brewery.

After smelling the ale your expectations are huge, and the taste that builds up in your mouth does not let you down. There are lots of small small bubbles created by the bottle conditioned yeast that makes that sweet tickling feeling for your taste buds.

If you're into American styled IPA this is a great one for you, and getting a big bottle is an extra plus (yes it's even possible to share this bottle)!

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

A clouded orange amber beer, an off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is an explosion of citric and floral aromas, grape-fruit, lime, orange. Pine needles and cones, dried and fresh flowers in a midsummer meadow.

The taste has some brown sugar and fresh rye bread, grape-fruit juice and peel, and bitter lemon seeds.

Low carbonation, a smooth and oily complexity followed by a warm dry feeling.

A beer that is so packed with aroma and taste that it really needs good time to indulge. But worth every minute of it. Possibly a bit too much hops compared to the malt.

Photo of hawks10
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

Almost a grapefruit juice orange/reddish color, pale and somewhat hazy...a few fingers of pillowy soft white head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving some good lacing on the way down...

First thing that hit my nose was grapefruit, a very sweet, tropical/citrus fruit hop aroma, thick and sticky...becomes slightly piny the more I smell...

Nicely balanced, more malt upfront than expected, sweet and full, really offsets the abundance of citrus hops...overall a sweet beer as the hops never become overly bitter...as the brew warms the beer does start to dry out, becoming slightly piny and bitter as I drink...

Medium bodied, pretty smooth/slick, less carbonated on the tongue than most other IPA's...for me, I prefer a more bubbly, tingly IPA to a slick one, but this was by no means bad...

Pretty good IPA overall, the feel was a little off to me and the malt maybe a tad bit too forward, but overall I enjoyed this beer and would definitely give it another go in the future...

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

Careful first pour from the 22 oz. bottle is a clear gold with a good head that lasts and is regenerated a bit with each sip. Second pour was a bit cloudier.

Aromas of malt, citrus, hops, brown sugar.

Malty up front and sweet, with floral, grapefruit rind, bitter finish that goes long. Very clean tastes.

Body is medium with good carbonation, producing a creamy mouthfeel.

Very good version of a highly hopped IPA, and quite drinkable.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

65 cl long-necked brown bottle, with white writing (only the name).

A: Pours hazy pale golden with hints of red. The enormous white sparkeling head is airy and thick at the same time (!?). Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Very fruity, american floral hops gives it a piney citric wibe, but there are also tropical fruits. Passion fruit and orange sezt.

T: Very dry and piney. Bitter and floral hops in great harmony. Slight roasted caramell malt gives it a nice backbone but it could have been a little stronger.

M: Long dry aftertaste. Body is light to medium and carbonation is smooth.

D: Nice, very fruity. I usually like a little more balance between hops and malt in my beers. Here it's almost all hops, nice though.

Photo of zoso1967
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely medium amber that is orange in the center and golden around the edges. A equally lovely layer of fluffy foam sits on top, slowly melting into the beer and leaving sticky lace. The aroma is full on American northwest hops. Grapefruit, orange and pine. I also detect just a bit of toasted malty sweetness. One sip and I can tell this is definitely a west coast IPA. Tons of hop flavor inundates my tongue. Grapefruit, pine, orange and some dank skunkyness. These hops taste fresh as hell and are delicious. The malt is WAY in the back but does a good job of holding up the hops and keeping this from being too much of a bruiser. Not as bitter as some west coast IPAs, I really am digging what this beer has to offer. The mouthfeel is medium with a very nice amount of carbonation and a clean dry finish. Very drinkable if you are into hops, and one of the finest, if not THE finest IPA I have ever had.

Photo of dqrull
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy beautiful light amber with a massive head that lsts for a long time.

Smells of loads of tropical fruits, grape fruit, pineapple and passion fruit, some other exotic fruits that I seem to recognize but cant really place. There is a very light hint of piny resin as well, backing up the fruits.

Taste is... well, tired. Obviously there has been something great here, once, but as I live on the other side of the globe from San Diego.... :(

Well, what is there is some fruity and piny hops, but the bitterness is no where near balanced with hop flavours. Flavours are receeded too far and well, it just doesnt taste as good as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel here is probably the best thing with this beer, really luxurious and fresh, would really love to try this hyped beer fresh :(

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

Extremely excited to have AleSmith come to Philly and dying to try my first from their catalog.

This modestly bottled IPA pours a hazy golden in color with a rich and billowy head. The lacing is some of the finest I've ever laid eyes on and it covers the glass like a coat of paint. The small bubble carbonation (which is mentioned on the bottle) is visible and, supposedly, it adds to the flavor profile.

Big hop stink takes up the bulk of the aromatic bouquet, wavering nicely somewhere between a grapefruit's tartness and a dry bitterness.

From first sip, the masterful balance is evident. A delicious maltiness works alongside the hop scratch and citrus sweet to level out the two extremes, which is key, making this beer a subtle experience and not a vulgar display of power.

It's also much smoother than most IPAs, saving a decent size bite for the finale without it being cloying or palate scrapping.

This definitely lives up to the hype and the malty notes are the star of the show. They bring a profound balance and make this 7.25% brew feel as light as a feather.

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

22 oz bottle (thanks to drink1121) into a Duvel tulip
Poured a yellowish copper with a large 3-finger off-white head with great retention. Likewise the lacing, which was fairly heavy for a DIPA. Nose was grapefruit, lemon and honey and some pine. Taste is citrus (esp. lemon, grapefruit, mango) that moves to a somewhat dry and bitter finish, even though the sweetness (almost with some honey) never completely leaves. Mouthfeel was medium and smooth. Good Carbonation apparent.
This brew has a little of everything, albeit leaning toward hoppy bitterness. This would be a great warm weather refreshment and I will seek it out again for sure.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Amber colored, large white head which dissipates relatively quickly, quality lacing

S - Grapefruit, orange, a little honey

T - Orange and lemon combined with a decent amount of malty sweetness form a nice backbone for the hops. As it warms a bit, I taste a hint of vanilla, and the floral hops are growing progressively pinier. This is so well-balanced for the style that it's scary.

M - Pretty light, yet substantial at the same time. A bit sticky, really. Not as much carbonation as it could have, but this isn't a bad thing.

D - A bomber is just about perfect for me. I could definitely down another, but I'd rather save it and drink something else.

This is a wonderful IPA and a great representative of the west coast style. I'd definitely drink this on a regular basis if I lived in an area with distribution.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coincidentally, I'm pouring this into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass, as did the reviewer immediately preceding this review. Typical IPA look: burnt orange with a hop-haze and a bone-white head that's pillowy and lasts a good while, leaving nice streaks of lace as it goes.

Aroma is a wonderful melange of grapefruit rind and flesh, orange, and mint. Very slight hint of toffee far back.

On the tongue, this is quintessential west coast IPA. Take the elements of the aroma--citrus rind, juicy citrus fruit flesh, and a hit of spearmint--add a dose of pine resin, more citrus in the form of mango, a mildly astringent green grass character, and sweet malt goodness that provides balance and just enough graininess...put it all together and you have something completely de-freaking-licious.

There's a delicate softness to the mouthfeel that almost resembles that from a tap...bubbles are small and make this thing ultra-silky. Read the text on the back, and you find this is with good reason: it's bottle-conditioned. There you go. Hallelujah.

Wonderful...a fantastic IPA, without any doubt. Excuse me while I go soak up some sun and revel in this beauty.

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

Poured a beautiful shade of hazy orange into my Delirium Tulip. Smells of an amalgamation of west coast citrus hops. A little bit of juicy tropical flavor shines through while pine and grapefruit dominate. The taste brings the aroma to full light with a biting wet hop mouthfeel and a crisp drinkable easy malt backbone. Perfectly balanced to my hophead tastes with a smell that will reel you in and keep asking for more, even when the 22oz runs dry. I wish this was made into 12oz beers but until then I will drink West Coast IPA. This beer finishes beautifully and any other standard six pack IPA will pale in comparison.

Photo of jimj21
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce bomber poured into a tulip. Purchased in Massachusetts. Pours an orangish amber color. Very clear at first. Additional pours produce more yeast haze. Slow pour still produces a huge head, as does swirling the glass. Light colored tan head. Four fingers at first, reduces slowly to about a finger. Big chunks of lacing.

Exceptionally hoppy and citrusy and piney. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Hops, hops, hops. I think I'm picking up some toasty malt in there too, but the aroma of citrusy hops is front and center, as it should be.

Taste is just as one would expect given the nose. Tons of hoppy goodness. Very citrusy, again with orange and grapefruit. Piney as well. Good amount of bitterness here. Malt comes through slightly in the middle as toasted white bread. Bitter pine on the finish.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Slightly dry on the finish. Provides a nice warmth. Carbonation is a little high, but the small bubbles really help create the smooth feel.

Wow. This is an amazing beer. This might be the best IPA I have ever had. It's too bad Alesmith isn't more available. Anyone that is a fan of IPAs needs to try this.

Photo of femALEist
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle.

This poured a murky orange teak, no head.
It smelled of sweet, juicy, fresh squeezed grapefruit- a fantastic nose, I kept smelling it!

It tasted not as bitter as I would have expected it to with all of that grapefruit, but it had more of a light, sweet grapefruit aftertaste.

It had mild carbonation.

This one lacked a little for me because the nose was so fantastic but the taste did not follow suit. This was my least favorite of the evening.

Photo of washburnkid
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A perfect appearance with nearly 3 fingers of an ivory frothy but firm head. Hazy copper body that features lighter golden edges in the light. The head doesn't go anywhere for a while, and when it finally does disappear a bit, it leaves wonderful lacing all over my stein.
S: Fresh and balanced pine with florals that are subtly evened out by a toasted aroma.
T: Exactly what I want from a West Coast IPA in terms of the hop characteristics: pine and florals. The difference from many other WC IPAs? This one is wonderfully balanced while still featuring the delicious hop profile. The toastiness from the malts are definitely there but the hops definitely run the show here.
M: Medium body with higher carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.
D: I'm very impressed. Easy to drink and delicious. I will recommend this to absolutely everyone.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lots and lots of soapy foam that never really goes away. There is tons of lacing. The beer is a totally clear, light gold.

S- Lots of orange juiciness. There is also a bit of pine and a touch of caramel.

T- Starts out loaded with oranges and pineapples. Towards the finish it breaks into an orange rind type of bitterness mixed with lots of pine.

M- Lighter body. Very crisp and refreshing. Semi Dry

D- Very drinkable. Finishing a whole bomber would be no problem. I will be buying more of this.

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

Live review: Got a bomber of this at "Save-On" in Mentor, OH. for $8.99. That's a pretty big price for a bomber. Let's see if its worth the big tab.

Poured into my SA glass, even at fridge temps, I got more than 2 fingers of rich, foamy white head, even with a restrained pour. Lots of lacing forms splotches on the walls of the glass. The color is kind of a golden hay/straw color, with a little haze from the conditioning yeast. When I top off this glass with the remainder of the bomber, it will probably be more cloudy, but, as a homebrewer, that isn't a bother. I can usually pour and keep most of the yeast in the bottle ... or not. You make the call. Very good looking brew though .. high marks from me.

The nose is bigger than I expected for a 'regular' IPA. I've had DIPAs which didn't have this big a nose. Lots of citrus going on, with some pine thrown in for good measure. If you pour this in the kitchen, your entire kitchen will have hop aroma in short order.

The taste is classic West Coast IPA .. and then some. Initial "smack in the face with grapefruit" experience, with tangerine rinds along with it .. oh, and add some pine in there as well. As huge as the hop flavors are, this isn't a 'one trick pony'. There's caramel in the background fighting to make its way to the fore, but its a losing battle. Can't call it 'balanced', because this is definitely hop forward, but it doesn't come off as over bearing or astringent. Mouthfeel is medium or a tad less, which was a little surprising. Everything else about this beer is 'bigger than life', so I expected (perhaps wrongly) a bigger mouthfeel. It's not 'light', but perhaps on the lighter side of medium. I'd put the carbonation around 2 volumes, which is adequate to keep it refreshing. Dangerously drinkable at 7.25% abv, the alcohol makes no presence in the flavor or after taste. I'm sure I could do more than one bomber of this in an evening, but its better to savor just one (besides, I always have homebrew to enjoy after a special tasting).

This is my first AleSmith brew, and it appears that AleSmith does live up to the hype. Highly recommended for all hop heads. Even if you aren't a hop-head, I think you'll enjoy the complex flavors that mix and mingle.

Na Zdravje!

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

22 oz. bottle courtesy of OneDropSoup. Pours a hazy deep yellow with a thick, bone-white head. Sweet, floral bouquet. Tastes amazingly fresh despite the cross-country voyage; strong hop flavor blends with a subtle yeastiness that one doesn't often find in an IPA. Feels quite nice on the palate, too; this beer disappeared quickly. I don't think I've had an IPA from San Diego that was anything short of excellent.

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

Bottle courtesy of rmjavanut....thanks Ryan!

Cloudy orange pour into my tulip, billowy egg white head with some sediment

Creamy citrus on the nose

Beer comes in waves with initial vibrant lock jaw bitterness, tangerine and pineapple in the middle, and a very piney, bitter finish with enough of a malt presence to keep things interesting

Medium carbonation with a creamy full mouthfeel

Quite enjoyable - Shakeyhands and I approve

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