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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 221 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 EGledhill


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

Poured into pint glass. got this one via trade. Can't remember who sent this one but to whoever, I thank you

A. Wonderful orange/amber body with a full twofinger white head that lingers and laces. very nice

S. hops. fruity, bitter goodness smell.

T acidic hoppy taste. Grapefruit with a bitterness and a slight malt backbone. very good.

M. Full, rich and smooth. almost coats the tongue.

D. Smooth for a 7+ abv beer. So smooth It could get you in trouble.

Wow. This beer was a pleasure to try. Smooth the whole way through. All I was expecting and then some.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 13:32:12 | More by EGledhill
Photo of rhinos00


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my first review, I had the luxury of drinking the AleSmith IPA out of a 750 mL bottle.

A- the first color that came to mind was an amber glow with a tint of orange; the complexion was clear with slight cloudiness and medium carbonation; head was extremely fluffy and laced the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- mix of hops and citrus with a hint of sweetness in the background.

T- initially there was a mix of citrus with hops and other various herbs; in the background there was a slight taste of malt, just the perfect amount.

M- smooth with medium density, medium carbonation.

D- amazingly smooth...I could drink this beer for several hours straight.

Overall, I was really impressed. I love IPAs, and this is definitely at the top of my list. Definitely worth the long trip to buy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:55:07 | More by rhinos00
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Floydster for this one.

Pours a nice clear amberorangeish color with a nice fluffy white head that lingers and leaves lace.

Nose is all west coast hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine, resinous, a slight sweetness in the nose, but hops take the front seat for sure.

Taste pretty much follows. Radical west coast grapefruit hops, pine resin, perfume and sharp herb. Malt backbone is solid, but not so much to distract from the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice here, a tiny bit thick, but carbonation is dead on. Slightly too slick.

Drinkability is very solid. A super chuggable 7%. Defenitely drinkable.

Overall a very very nice IPA, super sessionable and full of great flavor. Excellently drinkable, and smooth. I would mind thinning this one out a bit, but other than that this is a staple example of what a good west coast IPA should be. Great representation of the style. Good IPA, hopheads will enjoy. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 07:34:23 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of callmescraps


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

Got this guy as a treat for myself. Basically, I'm amped.

Appearance - Just about perfect. It pours nice with a thin, fluffy inch head that begins disappearing in a couple moments. Really excellent carbonation here, tons of little bubbles sneaking their way up the glass. Beautiful amber, golden color as well.

Smell - Hops, sweet hops. A real grapefruit hint here, almost like a fresca. A little yeast as well, but mostly sweet hoppiness.

Taste - It comes with the hops, no joke about that. Pretty sweet up front followed by the hoppy bitterness. The hop definitely sits on the tongue. A little bit of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, with little bubbles that sort of dissipate instead of bursting.

Drinkability - Pretty good considering the hoppiness. Still, not the sort of bev you're packing away.

Overall this is a really excellent beer. Up there with the WIPEOUT IPA in my estimation (one of my all-time favs). More or less what an IPA should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 04:57:05 | More by callmescraps
Photo of roadhouse


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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance is clear golden orange in color with a nice two inch off-white head that is held up by lots of cascading carbonation bubbles. After five minutes in the glass it's still only down to one inch with big thick meringue-like chunks in the center. Eventually it comes down and leaves a shit load of lace.

Aroma is very citrusy with some piney and floral notes with a baking bread doughy quality to it.

Taste starts off nice and hoppy, still dominated by citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. Midway through the bready quality comes out with some caramel malt sweetness then the hops return for the finish to leave a nice hoppy but not very bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a wonderful soft, smooth quality to it.

This IPA is far and out one of the best that I have ever tasted. So far the only thing that beats this out for me is the Vishnu's Vice IPA from Flossmoor Station. It makes me sad that that was a one-off batch but I am happy that this gem is regular production. Oh wait I'm even more saddened now that I remember I can't get this around here. AleSmith please find your way to Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 03:35:37 | More by roadhouse
Photo of corey0212


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

Thanks to raiser for sending this out from the west in the New Trader BIF Redux!!! Been wanting to try this one for a long time now...

Pours a clear coppery/orange color, sturdy two-finger tan head is very slow to fade, and leaves lots of sticky lacing in the glass. Lots of citrus and pine aromas, with a very sticky sweet caramel malty background. Some juicy grapefruit flavors, sticky piney hops, nice bitterness, and very nicely balanced with the sweet malt. Very active tiny little bubbles on this one, gentle lingering bitterness. Drinkability is outrageous on this one....wish I had greater access to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:03:37 | More by corey0212
Photo of funkyspunk87


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

AleSmith IPA
AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.25 %

Out of the bottle into a frosted glass.

A: Great color and a solid head.
S: Subtle smell that compliments the bold appearance.
T: Smooth at first with a slightly bitter aftertaste and nutty almost sunflower seed finish.
M&D: Goes down smooth and finishes without a harsh alcohol aftertaste despite it's high ABV%.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 02:50:55 | More by funkyspunk87
Photo of HalfFull


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a deep golden color with a thick meringue head that was impossible to avoid, even with a gentle pour. Color is noticeably lighter than the tap version and offers significantly more head retention.

Smell is hoppy but less floral and less enticing and only comes out after the head dissipates. And with stronger retention and a tendency to easily regenerate a head, said dissipation is not the norm. Initially more citrus and pine, with fresh floral and deeper citrus hops being secondary and relatively subdued vs. the tap.

Taste is good and more full bodied than the tap, and offers a more pronounced malt finish. And the alcohol is more hidden here than the tap version, surely due to the carbonation and froth. Alas, I prefer to let the esters flow for this beer on tap has some good ones.

Feel is slightly viscous and reminds me of a cask conditioned ale. While the beer is bottle conditioned I do wonder what is different in the keg? No noticeable yeast residue was found in the bottle. Drink is solid as the nose, taste and feel welcome consumption.

Note: Bottle labeled as 7.25% vs. 7.75% shown on kegs and on website? This is a 'different' beer and a rare occasion whereby I would recommend the tap over the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 06:28:57 | More by HalfFull
Photo of TonyBaloney


3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The mighty Alesmith IPA: I had been waiting for this one for a long time, and was gifted a bottle by a friend. I have to say I don't see what the hype is about. Hop soup is what I had, no malt to back it up, and a disappointing reedy on top of hops aroma. It looked okay in the glass, reasonable head, nice rich color. Bad bottle perhaps?

Revised ; got to try this again, and it was quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 14:20:11 | More by TonyBaloney
Photo of CrellMoset


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from South Bay Drugs, poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter (because I don't like to share!).

Appearance: What a gorgeous beer. A clear, robust orange amber-hued body with a huge, fluffy, meringue-like tan head with fantastic retention and out-of-this world lacing. Plenty of fine-bubbled and slow carbonation. One of the finest-looking IPAs I've ever laid eyes on.

Aroma: Huge amounts of sticky, resinous hops, with orange and ruby red grapefruit taking center stage. Hints of tropical fruit and spicy leafy pine notes play backup, and the coda is a great bready caramel note.

Taste: A fantastic bitter/sweet balance here - the intense bitterness isn't overpowering or biting because it's in perfect harmony with the doughy roasted malt notes. Pine, grapefruit, faint pineapple, and lots of great estery floral notes constitute a majority of the hop profile. A very complex and well-balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bubbled, improves as it warms. Medium-to-full bodied and of medium thickness. Very even.

Drinkability: Argh. I kept trying to knock this beer in certain places, but I really, really couldn't. It's just a really great overall IPA. The abv% is a little up there for your traditional American IPA, but that's alright, 'cause it wasn't anywhere to be found, and no American IPA is really going to knock you on your butt. Regardless, this is a world class American IPA, likely the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 23:16:28 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of chrisafari


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is hoppy with fresh pine and orange citrus. Pours amber orange with rocky off-white head. Flavor begins with nice citrus/pine and finishes with a nice dry hoppy throat. There is a nice balance between the hops and the malt (for an IPA). Nice finish of toasty and carmel malt. A very good American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 22:30:47 | More by chrisafari
Photo of TasteTester


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

Got this in a wonderful BIF box from PatronWizard....thanks man!

A-Deep golden orange. Heavy head on pour that dissipates. Good lacing top to bottom.

S-Citrus and hops, some other fruit I can't quite get.

T-Quality IPA. Smooth and crisp like it should be. Piney. Slightly sweet.

M-Sticky in all the right places.

D-I could and would drink this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 03:24:47 | More by TasteTester
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Hazed honey amber color with a large fluffy, light bubbly white head that leaves sticky clumps of lacing but a little lacking in retention
S: Rich smell of alcohol, pine and citrus hops and caramel malty background. Not many words needed to describe it but near perfect balance for an IPA.
T: Very nice balance of rich malt body with biting hop presence. Active carbonation with a medium body and a lingering slightly sweet citrus hop taste. Body of the beer is a very strong caramel malt taste with piney and citrus hops that assert themselves immediately, though not a "hop bomb", at least to me. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Alcohol begins to assert itself as the bottle goes finishes. An excellent IPA, though I still prefer Two Hearted. My feelings for this beer don't seem to exactly mesh with some of the other recent reviews, as far as hop presence and body go, so next time I'm in CA I'd love to try this fresh as this bottle came from Akron, OH and well, Ohio is Ohio (hey, it's the start of college football, I can be antagonistic if I want)

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 19:29:08 | More by yourefragile
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


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

Appearance: Foloowing a not-so-careful pour, a big, fluffy, white head sits atop a cloudy, burnt orange body. Nearly opaque with lots of yeast sediment flakes at the bottom. Great head retention and lacing: creamy rings of foam document the session.

Smell: Resinous hops, sweet juicy orange and grapefruit, and a malt bill that includes caramel, pale, and even lager malt (according to my nose anyway). Fairly faint, but enjoyable.

Taste: Resinous hops displaying earthy, herbal, and floral undertones. Dirt, moist pine needles, and tree bark are definitely present. Caramel malt also makes a fairly strong showing. Borderline I2PA. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little high, but provides for some assertive creaminess and tingle. Oily throughout. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: This drank very well. I've been wanting to try it again ever since I first laid lips on it over a year ago. This beer did not disappoint, and may be my favorite American IPA. Drinks similar to a mild I2PA and is also quite dry. Very delicious, but not necessarily "easy".

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:14:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of dirtylou


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, split this past weekend while smoking some pigs and chickens

appearance: poured into a pint glass...slightly hazy/pulpy apricot-amber body, delicious fluffy white cap that retains itself well - the appearance of a winner

smell: fantastic grapefruit-citrus hops, floral and piney, rounded out by a smooth caramel malt base

taste: a world class IPA indeed. This beer tasted as fresh as can be and i know its a few months old. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and other assorted citrus flavors dance on the tongue. Floral and piney hops seemingly float their way on to the palate. A solid caramel malt base makes this beer balanced and fantastic

mouthfeel: smooth and refreshing

drinkability: high

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 16:53:04 | More by dirtylou
Photo of PatronWizard


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to glass, ah yeah...

Deep golden orange, frothy white head, great lacing. This is one nice looking beerski.

For smell, I'm gonna say scents of oranges, bread, and hops. Great smell.

Creamy goodness. Hops are not overpowering (which wouldn't bother me) but there at the end. Drinkable? Believe it!

I won't beat a dead horse. This is obviously a winner, though personally, I would give a slight edge to Stone IPA because it bites back a little more. What some people call balanced, I call short on hops, but whadda I know?

Overall: an absolutely great friggin' beer

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:29:15 | More by PatronWizard
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange color, two fingers of creamy off white head, and a decent ring of lacing.

Scent is great, plenty of hops up front with lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemons, and some caramel malts. Great balance, I love it.

Taste is equally as good, grassy hops and more citrus, grape fruit and lemon again blending with caramel malts. Wonderful stuff, balanced superbly and packs a lot of flavor without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp, but goes down smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:10:32 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of flannelman808


3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

decent beer, I got it on a whim and was happy with the results.

pours with a really thick white head. Sticky stuff that clings to the glass from start to finish.

the aroma is not so noticable, theres are some flowery citrus notes and maby some sugary caramel ones as well.

disticntly hoppy but not over the top. aggresive taste that attacks the tounge right away, and lasts for a while.

I feel this beer all over my mouth and its a pleasure to drink.

very drinkable for its 7.2 abv, some alcohal is detected but like I said its fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 22:21:36 | More by flannelman808
Photo of Packforever1976


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

Got this beauty in trade from Jeager.
Poured into my Surly pint glass. Pours a light amber, with a gorgeous head that has amazing retention. Smells very nice...malty sweetness, but can definately pick up the hops in there. Tastes delicious...very nice IPA. I usually like my IPAs more hoppy, but this is very good. Has a nice, sticky lacing as well. A very nice offering from Alesmith. I can't wait to get my hands on their other offerings!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:51:32 | More by Packforever1976
Photo of cjgator3


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

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden amber color with a sticky off-white head that possesses good retention.

S- The aroma is excellent with some sweet malt and caramel, but the fresh oily hops clearly steal the show.

T- The taste like the aroma is highlighted by the hops. There is definitely a lot of grapefruit flavors from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

D- A very nice IPA that hides the ABV well.

Overall, AleSmith IPA stands up to just about any other IPA out there. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 05:29:39 | More by cjgator3
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a froathy tannish colored head that leaves spotty lacing. Could also see a little bit of yeast floating about.

S- Smells wonderful tons of citrus and pine hops.

T- Very solid and awesome. Tons of grapefruit and piney hops with a good balance of caramel malt.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation maybe a little chewy.

D- A great tasting brew that is so easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:26:15 | More by nrbw23
Photo of brdc


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

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Nice golden color, with a nice head of whitish foam, that holds quite weel, eventually dropping to an ever lasting collar.
Aroma is quite fruity, fresh feeling, floral almost like a well kept garden; the aroma is above and beyond most for the style, and it also brings some subtle caramel maltiness.
Medium body, fine carbonation that adds to the experience.
Well balanced flavor, with a good dose of caramel maltiness, followed by a nice fruity hoppiness, with less grapefruit than the average, which is a great thing in my opinion.
Solid bitterness, but no alcohol appearances; it is as good as Dreadnaught, with a little less alcohol, and not even a double IPA. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 15:05:05 | More by brdc
Photo of FacistCannonBall


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good beer at a very reasonable rate. I like the amber color and the good sized head produced in the glass. Remnants of the yeast from the bottle conditioning is left in the bottle and some falls into the glass. This beer is hoppy without overdoing it. It is definitely a beer that will go well with food and not be overly filling. I didn't find this to be quite as bitter or floral as other IPA's that I've had, but I don't mean that as a criticism. This beer is definitely approachable and friendly.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 00:22:00 | More by FacistCannonBall
Photo of ohmybock


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up with yet another bottle of this brew and decided it was time to rate it this time. This IPA is one of the better ones I've had. It pours slightly darker than golden, but with a slight haze (probably because of the bottle-conditioning), and with a minimal head...but one that persists until the last drop. I would call it attractive. The aroma is good with some nice hops, yet there's a bit of something else (slightly tart/almost stinky) I'm not a huge fan of. I've had the same thing in some other beers too, and I don't think it's a flaw. I guess it's just some characteristic from ingredients and/or the brewing process I don't find especially pleasing. I do like the flavor more than the aroma. A clean, malty flavor provides the basic background for the hops to shine. I'm guessing there's a mix of hops used here...quite possibly some various C-hops. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Right now, I'm being reminded of Bear Republic's Racer 5 (which I also like...especially fresh on tap.) In the end, I recommend Alesmith IPA and wish it and the rest of Alesmith's lineup were available back here in the SE.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 22:19:18 | More by ohmybock
Photo of hooliganlife


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful orange that was slightly cloudy. The further I got to the bottom the more yeast i got which is sort of what i was aiming for here. Lots of head with the initial pour which was rather slow and mostly down the middle.

Smell - Between the initial pop of the cap to the pour, the smell was HUGE. Mostly citrus. The scent alone set my standard for this big IPA.

Taste / Mouthfeel - Although more carbonated than most IPAs I drink, they tickle the toubue with flavor. a slight swish in the mouth releases everything. The malts really balance the hops and took away the hop bitterness although the hops are very much there, trust me.

Drinkability - This IPA reminds me of many IIPA's I drink although smoother. Very easy going and could even be a session IPA (if you love your hops!). The alcohol was well hidden although it will creep up on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 16:10:35 | More by hooliganlife
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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