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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,203 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,203
Hads: 3,506
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 468
Gots: 445 | 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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Reviews: 1,203 | Hads: 3,506
Photo of tarkulich
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours as dark yellow with a slight haze. Has a moderate white head and leaves a decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is citrus and pine. There's an immediate hop flavor on the tongue. Tastes like orange and grapefruit, with a malt backbone that gives some hints of caramel. The hops definitely dominate over the malt, but there's enough there to bring some balance. Leaves a pleasant, non-astringent bitterness on the tongue. Has a medium full body with moderate-high carbonation.

This is one of my all time favorite IPAs and was actually my gateway beer into the world of IPAs. I had been away from it for some time, unable to find it at many places on the east coast, but managed to score one. I was not disappointed after not having it for so long! (775 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful crystal clear light gold color with nice head, decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma had a nice earthy piney feel. Flavor followed with nice bittering but I would like a little more malt to the balance. (216 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional IPA. Well balanced and exciting to drink. Hard to find this brewer in my neck of the woods, but I'll look harder. I'll have another please. (152 characters)

Photo of treeslothguy
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear copper with two fingers of cream-colored head that fades into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Oranges and grapefruit followed by dry, resinous pine aromas.

T: follows the nose. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation

O: An IPA, overall. I'd like maybe a little less bitterness but that's my preference (357 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The date was inscrutable, so I can't be sure my bottle was fresh.

Foamy head that sticks around, clear copper color.

Smells like grapefruit, stone fruit, hint of dank. Typical west coast.

Very hoppy, almost DIPA level. Bitter, pine, some malt sweetness. Not a lot of citrus or tropical flavors. Short smooth finish -- no lingering bitterness. I like that the malts take a back seat.

Oily with moderate carbonation. Substantial, but not harsh.

I would get this again. (477 characters)

Photo of raidertony
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this freakin beer is the shit!! moved up to number one on my favorite IPAs ahead of Pliny and enjoy by..
Awsome stuff!! and only 5 bucks a bomber why drink any other,
cheers (174 characters)

Photo of Chris33
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into pint glass

2-2 1/2 finger head that lingers for a while. Nice copper color.

To the nose I get a piney orange and some earthy notes. Towards the end I get an oily resin type smell too. Very nice smelling and not overly citrusy.

WOW! Taste wise this hits it. Citrus and spice hit it along with the earthy back to start. Then the pine takes over and leaves this feeling amazing.

Feel: Pretty firm throughout. The taste lingers for a while but I could let it last for hours. So smooth and refreshing without an overwhelming citrus flavor. Mild carbonation and pretty consistent throughout the taste.

Overall: I was skeptical at first. I've had this on draft once and had this bomber for almost a week now before this rating. The smell and appearance are very misleading. This may sneak into my top 5 IPAs behind Pliny and Heady. Its not a citrus forward as some I like. The hop profile definitely accentuates its maltiness fantastically. If you get a chance pick this UP! (1,006 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with three fingers of cream-colored head that fades into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Oranges and grapefruit followed by dry, resinous pine aromas as well as some spicy hop notes.

T: Earthy and dry pine flavors dominate here with some citrus rind and spicy hop flavors. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is quite easy to drink.

O: A good IPA, overall. I'd like maybe a little less bitterness and some more citrus flavors, but those are minor gripes. (538 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Paid $4.99 for a bomber. Delicious west coast IPA. Really like that touch of grapefruit and other citrus. Great flavor and value. I will buy this again. (153 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My first AleSmith brew! Pours a beautiful orange hue (I rhymed). Off white foam and moderate lacing. Smell is glorious - grapefruit and juicy tangerine. Taste has a nice malt backbone with grapefruit and tangerine - the finish has lingering, bitter floral hops. A nice creamy mouthful. Definitely a candidate for my favorite west coast IPA. (340 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/7/15

Wow, One of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Not sure why I’ve always passed up on this one. Excellent example of what an IPA should be. Deep golden amber pour. Huge floral aroma. Very flowery beer. Sharp resin bitter taste, followed by hints of floral notes and strong fruity citrus notes. (313 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Golden yellow with a nice white head that dissipates. Good strong lacing
S-Citrus, grapefruit, musty, floral, earthy and a hint of spice
M-Great body and higher end medium carbonation
T-Light sweetness, that then goes into a hoppiness of happy hop flavours. Smooth bitterness that lingers on the palate.
O-This is a beer I could drink daily. West Coast IPA all the way.
Highly recommend. (390 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful clear orange color with a huge head of foam, very good lacing, and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pine, citrus, tropical fruits.

Taste: Citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, pine. crackery malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Delicious. Well balanced between hops and malts and between sweet and bitter. Great example of what an IPA should be. (417 characters)

Photo of cervezango
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured with an oily white head and a dark but clear orange body.

Fresh cut lawn,piney ,some dried flowers with some spicy red pepper and baking soda smells.

Really malty,hops some in front and finish . the middle is pretty malty. Oranges and peppercorns. some lemon notes in the after taste.

Really nice dry finish is refreshing.

loved this IPA, very complex. (364 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber dated 1/27/15.

A rather well balanced IPA...not exactly what I expected from a SD brewery but pleasant nonetheless (although I certainly don't object to hop bombs!). The bready maltiness actually dominates on both the nose and tongue for me. The fruity and bitter elements from the hops are there but pretty subtle when compared to a lot of other west coast IPAs. This is a real quality brew, but, considering the cost, I'm not sure I'll come back to it anytime soon....a couple more bucks will get me a sixer of some other great stuff. (551 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(bottle, 22oz) Good at first, but one dimensional. Has a nice hempy/dank taste at first but that is all I tasted throughout. Kinda leaves you looking for something else at the end. (2/8/15) (189 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

color is a clear copper, pours a finger of white head that retains well and is reinforced by a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. In the taste and the aroma there's lots of citrus fruit notes with some apples and pears in there too, with a nice, bready, malt backbone. very crisp and finishes cream, overall a really top notch IPA, Tasty, smooth, balanced, no bitterness. (398 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've seen a fresh bottle on Long Island in probably a year or two. I love this beer, and have been waiting for the opportunity to have it again. Last time I saw a bottle, it was 9 months old.

Bottled 01/05/2015. That's as fresh as it will get in these parts.

A: Golden orange with a straw-like hue. Decent head that faces to a persistent lacing that sticks all over the glass. Quintessential IPA appearance.

S: Smells like someone placed a pine tree in the middle of a fruit farm from Central America . Mango, papaya, tangerine and pineapple taunt the senses while the pine and resin sneaks up on it. Slight malt presence, not that I am complaining. I wish the majority of IPAs smelled like this.

T: Well balanced hop flavors all present in the aroma. Tropical flavors exploded at first followed by a very nice resinous pine flavor that just coats the tongue. Very dank and sticky. Nice biscuity-cracker and caramel malt presence helps keep this beer from being over the top with hops.

F: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Bitter but not over the top.

O: Still one of my favorite IPAs. First had it when I was out in San Diego, and have been on the search in NY since. I've come across it a few times since, with only a handful of times being this fresh. Will definitely go back out and pick more up tomorrow. For a 95 rating, this beer is so far under the radar its not even funny. Phenomenal IPA and a great guideline for other IPAs. (1,451 characters)

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky gold with slight white head.
Smell was a nice clean scent as though I 2as drinking a beer outside on a sunny day.
If I dreamt of an ipa this is how it would taste. Clean and refeshing. Perfect balance of hop. (224 characters)

Photo of Beerparrot
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had it on draft only but will taste it in a bottle when I see it to see if there is any difference. As long it is on draft at the local pub, I'm having one. (161 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden pour, clear. Fluffy white head slowly receding to a messy lace.
Nice hop and malt balance in the smell, with fragrant caramel biscuit and sweet tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, faint lychee, candied grapefruit, a bit of pine too. Really nice.
Taste takes you on a really cool trip. Starts rather sweet, with caramel maltiness up front and honey glazed citrus (tangerine, orange, faint grapefruit). A grainy crackery note shows up, and the fruitiness develops too, with peach and nice tropical notes, the pulpy kind, like mango, papaya, faint maracuja. Nice and "oily". Pine and hop resin towards the end, a generous bitterness to complement the nice fruitiness.
Tropical notes still linger in the aftertaste, lots of pine, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness sharing the palate with clinging hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky.
An awesome IPA, not too rough, not too sweet, with a really diverse flavor profile. It's so tasty you'd wish you had more. (987 characters)

Photo of Raul_Yrastorza
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It really is a perfect IPA, completely under the radar. Extremely balanced with depth and character, nothing subtle about this beers statement. Great stuff. (156 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thinking, in particular, of the cask version of this, which offers a kaleidoscope of smell, stratospheric fruitiness, with enough citric bite to bring it back down to earth. Nice and bitter on the palate. Been too long since I had a fresh bottle/pint of the non-cask version. Will report back once I have. In the meanwhile, if you ever see this on cask, give it a whirl -- I thought it translated incredibly well. (413 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with a large head.
Nose shows pine, resinous hops and a fair whack of sweet clean malt.
More pine and resinous notes as flavours along with some grapefruit and sweet clean malt. Finishes with an assertive, lasting bitterness. (241 characters)

Photo of jeffstinson
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wasn't expecting what this beer delivered. Should have expected it coming from Alesmith. Citrus notes, great hop bitterness, and solid body make this an exceptional IPA. (176 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.