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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,074 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,074
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 277 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Poured this into a pint glass and produced a huge, fluffy, white head. Looks like a big dollop of vanilla ice cream floating on top of a beautiful golden-orange beer. The carbonation is raging on this guy. Massive amounts of bubbles keep racing to the surface. Its really taking awhile for this head to die down to a drinkable level. The head looks really thick and sticky, so its not really going anywhere. Beautiful looking IPA.

Lots of sweet, lemony, citrus notes on the aroma. Some pine and earthiness as well, but mostly sweet, hoppy citrus. The massive head really helps to trap a lot of the aromatics from escaping too quickly.

The flavor holds a nice malt base and plenty of hops. Sweet, lemon bitterness. Some faint grassy notes from the hops and a bit of caramel from the malts. Overall, classic IPA flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Drinkability is through the roof. I could drink this IPA all day. Really glad I have a bomber of it. My only complaint is that no matter how I pour this beer, I produce a ridiculously huge head. So after every pour I have to wait about 5 minutes until I can start drinking again.

Overall, this is an essential IPA. So much flavor, great balance between the hops and malt, and really beautiful to look at. Definitely one of my top three IPA's. Would love to try this on cask.

sisuspeed, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing some serious head (like, three inches of head and it was poured correctly too). A minute later, it doesn't appear to be fading at all, though the bubbles have gotten bigger. In fact... it's actually rising! Up over the glass! And, it's so thick it might as well be a crema. Seriously. I could make handlebar mustaches out of it, except that it tastes like soap foam. Underneath the craggy crackling mountain of head there is a viciously bubbling, possibly otherwise clear amber body. This is going to take awhile.

Smells from across the table like fresh floral hop. I can't imagine a better smell for an IPA. 10 minutes later it's finally at a drinkable level. Beautiful lacing Tastes quite carbonated, but otherwise refreshingly bitter. Good orange citrus character too, zest and rind sort. Not too dry with enough malty smoothness. Almost a medium body. There's a sort of plastic-y aftertaste. It would be more drinkable if I didn't have to battle head every time I re-poured. Incidentally, the head is just as aggressive every time the glass is topped off. For better or worse.

I like it; worthy of another try. I'm looking forward to more AleSmith.

abuliarose, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of DaveJanssen
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz two ways, poured into globes.

Ar: Herbal/floral hop, lemony citrus, pine, grassy, alcohol, intense hop, aggressive resinous and vegetative hop, light caramel

Ap: very thick fluffy off white head, clear gold, dreat retention, lacing

F: very hoppy, resin, lemon citrus, pine, excellent smooth bitterness, light op roughness, orange, grapefruit, moderately vegetative, light simple sweetness but dries out nicely, alcohol, great long resinous end, tropical fruit, great hop flavor, sweetness increases with warmth

M: High fine carbonation, resinous and dry, long pleasant bitter end, lightly rough alcohol, vegetative, creamy body

O: Has a bit of hop funk, very resinous, lightly rough alc, well done, excellentwest coast IPA, one of the best ipas i've had

DaveJanssen, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of cleeze
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brought this along with some other west coast goodies home for me when visiting friends in San Diego. And thanks to the fellow B.A that helped her pick this out at the shop.

Poured a a cloudy dark goldish color with a great white foamy head with killer lacing to go along with it.

Smells of resiny piney goodness mixed with lots of citrus hops.

Citrus hops right up front. again a little piney on the tongue. Very pleasant. Well balanced with the malts.

Very drinkable. I wish we had it here in Maine.

cleeze, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the freshness on this one , but it seems pretty good. This is a beer I have had on a few other occasions and always thouroughly enjoy.

A: It's a bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The bubbles are not tightly packed like some others and the head retention is good but the lacing is not.

S: Very nice fresh hop aroma. It is a bit heavier on the pininess than the citrus, but there are some subtle flavors of lemon and orange.

T: Again the pine is a bit more prevelent than the citrus, but there is also a ton of grapefruit in this. After the initial pine mellows away ruby red grapefruit lingers. There is some sweet caramel, but clearly the hops dominate.

M: I really enjoy the lingering of the grapefruit, and there is no booziness present in the finish either. It is cream and full bodied.

D: THis is one of those beers where a bomber just barely seems like enough

mikey711, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks again for the opportunity.
Pours a couple of shades darker than lager with a 4 inch thick bubbly white head that persists forever. Loads of citrus and pine fill my nostrils, slightly spicy/earthy as well. Taste is mostly pine and citrus maybe some bread or caramel if I strain really really hard, but this one really is all about the hops. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is sticky/resinous, body is medium. I'm torn, I really wanted to love this one, but I just don't. I find it over carbonated, one dimensional and a little boring. Maybe one day I can revisit this one on tap.

johnnnniee, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with no fancy pants label silk screened label. This bottle simply has "IPA" in big bold white letters smack dab in the middle of the label. If you miss that, you can also catch "IPA" on the neck of the bottle. At the bottom below the big ass "IPA" in small print is the ABV% and the address of the brewery. The back of the bottle is also silk screened but with 4 paragraphs that talk about all the awards this beer won, description of the beer, ingredients, and the proper serving temperature. Below the paragraphs is a white rectangle with the Government warning and the barcode in it. A best before date or a vintage year would have been nice, but of course that was the only piece of information missing from the bottle. Thanks AleSmith!

Appearance: The back of the bottle suggested that I pour this beer into an AleSmith pint glass, but I don't have one of those so a DFH pint glass will have to do. This is one of those extremely murky IPAs where you can't even see a brief silhouette of your fingers on the other side of the glass. From a short distance away, this beer appears to be a dark amber, but when I held it up into the light, I found out that it changed color and it was a more of a golden lemon meringue color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head of foam. Despite the head of foam not being all that big, this head of foam had heart. This head of foam stuck with the beer until the last drop was gone. When this head of foam did recede it left behind clingy white blots and streaks of lace all around the glass. If by looking at this beer you think its not a great IPA appearance, then please get your eyes checked.

Smell: The very first aroma that came shooting up my nose was the strong scent of pine. It didn't smell like a pine forest at dawn, but it smelled stronger than just one Christmas tree. Behind all of the pine was some bitter citrus hops, a touch of bitter and tart grapefruit, and splash of tart lemon. I could tell this was a fresh bottle because of the rich fresh scent of citrus hops and citrus fruits. Swirling this beer around is a must! The aroma won't unleash any more hops, but it will awaken the grapefruit. I liked how the aroma wasn't overly bitter in the nose, but yet it was packing in quite a few citrus fruits and more than enough pine. It was a pleasure to smell every time I put my nose to the glass.

Taste: This was a very bitter IPA, but yet it wasn't an overly bitter beer. Do you know what I mean by that? The bitter citrus hops will invade your mouth, slap your taste buds around quite a bit, but they won't knock you down on your ass and kick you on the ground while you lay there helplessly. That should help! Not only was the taste strong with bitter citrus hops, but it also liked the pine as well. It wasn't like chewing on a hand full of pine needles, but enough to get you excited. After the pine, in comes some tart grapefruit and tart lemons. The taste wasn't done just yet. After all of that, in rolls a subtle taste of toasted malts. How that broke through the hops and pine is beyond me. Then out of nowhere, in come the pine to cover up the malts with its strong pine blanket to say "you didn't just taste that." Overall, it's just a well balanced hoppy IPA. There's no denying it.

Mouthfeel: For a 7.25% ABV IPA...Did I just say 7.25% ABV? It's hard to believe that. With an ABV% of that, it should a medium bodied beer, but it wasn't. This was clearly a full bodied IPA! It was a full bodied IPA with enough carbonation to keep your attention and a mild hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was the only downside to this beer. It felt that it should have been stronger, but I guess they used most of their hoppy energy in the initial taste. The aftertaste rolled in with bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a pinch of toasted malts. When the taste hit the malts, that's when the aftertaste calmed down. Damn you malts!

Drinkability: AleSmith did another excellent job brewing a hoppy IPA that was well balanced at the same time. I don't think many breweries can say that. Like every AleSmith beer, it's not cheap! If you're able to find it, you're going to have to open your wallet wide. And like every AleSmith beer, you'll be glad in the long run that you spent that money on such a great beer. Big thanks to the state of Ohio for carrying such a great IPA!

AltBock, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a nice frothy white head. Laced nicely down the glass and the head lasted through the glass. Very good looking beer. Aroma is strong with the citrus and grapefruit hops which smell excellant. I love the taste of this beer, the hops are nicely done a lot of the citrus and grapefruit flavors and not extremely bitter. This is right up there with the best IPA's I have ever tried. I would buy this frequently if I could. Very drinkable, enjoying the bomber myself today watching some football.

billab914, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The chilled bomber bottle evidences quite a bit of sediment floating around the bottom, and when cracked open and poured into my Duvel tulip glass the phenomenon intensifies. The detritus appears to be remnants from the dry-hopping process, as quite a bit of the matter in suspension looks a lot like bottom-of-the-bag shake-leaves. The brew itself sparkles a shade of coppery-orange and sports a sturdy cap of glossy, creamy, eggshell-colored foam that sustains itself at two fingers' thickness.

Notes of ripe mango, lime leaves, blood oranges, juicy lemons and a smattering of evergreen pine swirl above the glass and grab onto my olfactory receptors as the head slowly settles, the cap of foam resting in a misshapen cloudlike wallop that deposits chunky bands of lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The taste is an idyllic take on the perfectly-done West Coast-style IPA, the dry, nearly invisible hint of a malt body yielding to a runaway freight train of hop flavors and and a smack in the mouth of tooth-squeaking, but well-controlled bitterness. Grassy and piney notes pump out the IBUs while mellow hints of ripe orange, lime peel oils and orchardfruits soften the drink and enrich it to savory hoppy perfection.

The drink is an easy one to swallow, and is fluffy-medium in body with understated carbonation. Highly drinkable and * almost * as good as the Pliny... Thanks, Murch!

cvstrickland, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mlaroche for bringing this over from California, been wanting to try this IPA for awhile now. This also happens to be my first beer from AleSmith.

Pours a golden/orange color with a decent sized head, fades fast, some patchy lacing.

Smell has a nice citrusy hop profile, sweet malt in the back, fairly earthy, the aroma is most powerful the moment I popped the cap then is less detectable after pouring.

Taste is sweetly hoppy, not much bitterness at all which I find weird, more refined instead of raw hop power, strength is well hidden, carbonation amount is perfect and rather soft.

If AleSmith was distributed in Maine, I could see this being one of my go-to IPA's.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

projectflam86 hooked this brew up. can't thank you enough Kyle!

A- lusicous and lasting creamy ivory cap that is so beautiful it shimmers like a halo over the slightly hazed golden body. some of the best retention i've seen on an IPA. this beer is a looker!

S - strong nose on the one too! huge whiffs of grapefruit, pinnapple, mango and lemon. juicy and resiney. this is a hop-heads wet dream.

T - again, juicy island/citrus fruits and sublime balancing act between the huge hop bill and the modest but flavorful malt.
this beer begins sweet, but it isn't for long because it turns into a samba of hops dancing on the tongue. exceptional flavor, not excessively bitter for the sake of bitter, like so many other IPA/DIPAs.

MF - sharply carbonated and chewy feel on this decent sized brew. hop oils are a little present and give a slight stickyness.

D - my burps remind me of what a wonderfully crafted beer I am consuming. I cannon get this here in Denver, so I am savoring all 22 ounces for all they are worth!

bonsreeb85, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to AltBock for bringing me this bottle from Cleveland.

I poured in some of the yeast without paying attention, so it's a bit hazy. Color is mostly orange and amber. The head was about 2-fingers high, white and left splotchy lacing. Good amount of carbonation is visible.
The smell is mostly from the hops and it's a very pleasant fruity/citrus aroma that's not powerful but but is steady throughout the bottle.
The taste is more of the citrus hops followed by a short, light bitterness and ending with a balancing malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, perfectly carbonated and very smooth.
Drinkability is about as good as it gets.

This IPA is one of the best and deserves it's high rating. I wish AleSmith would follow Ballast Point and start sending their beer to Philadelphia. I want more.

meatyard, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium cloudy gold with a huge chunky white head, tons of carbonation with lots of yeasy floaties. The carbonation is very active going a mile a minute. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma is pretty light with hops and citrus, but both are subtle.

The taste is very smooth nothing overpowering. There is missing a nice hard bitter bite. The hops are present just not overwhelming which hurt on the taste but make this a very crushable ipa.

jrallen34, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of dpittard
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is an IPA! Like the bomber says, "It's Pretty Awesome!" I would replace "pretty" with exceptionally, though. Everything about this beer screams IPA at the top of its lungs!

I purchased AleSmith's IPA in the bomber format, chilled to the appropriate 45˚ and poured into a glass, making sure to leave a little in the bottom to accompany the yeast. The results: big, slightly off-white head, beautiful lacing, and a not-so-clear, bright orange. The aroma immediately punches the nose and satisfies every idea of what an IPA should be. The aroma is very bright and full of citrus.

Upon the first draft, my taste buds confirm what my nose was smelling! Hops explode into your mouth followed by a hint of malt. AleSmith has found a perfect balance here. The beer finishes at the perfect level of bitter with a small note of bitter. Left in my mouth was a perfect taste of the hops. There's a fair amount of carbonation to keep you on your toes.

For IPA fanatics, this beer could set the bar! There's not too much of anything nor is there too little. This is a very crips, drinkable beer.

For those not accustomed to IPAs, this would be a perfect starting point!

dpittard, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jtrockchalk for giving me this out of the blue. This beer has been pretty elusive for me. I've had the pleasure of drinking most of the major American IPA's but this one has eluded me for over 2 years.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a tawny orange with just a little bit of ruby highlights when held up to the light. This beer creates a big 3 inch head that leaves some really sticky lacing tight lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very similar to any good west coast American IPA. Hops, hops and citrusy hops. The nose starts out with bright orange, a little lemon, and finished with just a bit of bitter white grapefruit rind. There is also just a light, mild, malty sweetness that lingers in the nostril at the tail of the aroma. The flavor is very similar but Grapefruit really is the dominant flavor. Rind bitterness, orange and just a bit of medical bitterness. I'm actually surprised with how much malt comes through. There is definitely a bit of a backbone to the hops. The mouthfeel is light leaving a great citrusy residue lingering on the palate. This really is a great brew. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try it.

hwwty4, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Almost iced tea like but not quite as dark brown with honey folds and a massive 3 finger off white crown that shows lots of retention and loads of lace.

Smell: A world of hops....floral, citric, grassy, herbal, etc over a caramel / toffee malt.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A touch sticky but not quite chewy. Enough carbonation. Nice bitter semi dry finish.

Drinkability: This one has big flavors and a decent abv but remains fairly drinkabile.

koopa, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably not super fresh, but should still be pretty good. For some reason, the guys from Alesmith and the guys from their Massachusetts distribution company had a fall out, and now Alesmith is disappearing from the shelves. Found another store with a couple bottles left recently so I grabbed the IPA. Too bad. The real people who lose out are the awesome beer drinkers like me. But, here goes the IPA review. Poured into my big oversized DFH snifter, as usual for big IPA.

A: Pours with nice 1 finger frothy head leaving lots of big bubbles. A pretty clear pale amber orange color can't really mask the large number of bubbles floating to the top and the chunks of sediment that probably accumulated over the time this sat at the store.

N: The gentle hops are hard to smell.... who the hell am I kidding, I could smell the awesome hop goodness as I cracked this thing, and even more as I poured it. A nice pale malt aroma barely makes its way through all the awesome piney hop aromas. Some light citrus hops also pierce through taking some aromatic hops and slight sticky hop oil. And that about does it, lots of interesting hops and very light malts, and I believe the taste follows through on this formula, the so called west coast IPA.

T: Taste hits instantly with some piney hops, not overbearing, then adds a big kick of bitterness. Some nice malts never show their face through the hops and all you get from this is hops and bitterness. Some juicy fruit hop tastes really take over the center of this beer with some grapefruit and other tropical citrus tastes round off the hops tastes, but lighter than the initial hop goodness. The slightly sweet malty taste breaks the surface but then hides again.

M: Pretty thick surprisingly, with a huuuge carbonation. It takes over your mouth with a big frothy feel and bubbles that expand almost too much. The spicey hop taste almost burns the tongue, and yes I'm talking about hops. There are also some hop oils layering the thickness of the beer.

F: Finishes crazy bitter, as I expected. Some hop tropical goodness and pine linger for a few minutes. It finishes pretty dry and really rips the cells apart with its awesome hop goodness. The looong bitter finish and hop taste don't really leave your mouth and stick around for while to remind you about 5 minutes later that you drank an awesome IPA.

Final thoughts: For a West Coast IPA this is really the definition. It has a really strong piney and citrus hop presence and hop oils etc, without even hinting at the slightly malt base. Slightly sweet taste to start but very dry to finish. It seems to go overboard on the carbonation too. I'm surprised how well it made the time on the shelf as it still has its great hop tastes, aromas, bitterness, and hasn't malted or sweetened and many beers like this would. It also has a lot of sediment that came from extra bottle conditioning over time, I assume, and probably left behind the ridiculous carbonation. I've had some better IPAs before, both WC and EC, but this one is still a good fallback if you can get it. Would like to see it show up here again with a nice freshness, damn distribution follies!

jlindros, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze, fluffy off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Nectarine, tangerine, grass, pine, candied pineapple, cotton-candy & toffee.

T: Nectarine, tangerine, grass, toffee, cotton-candy, hints of biscuit, nice bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a light hop acidity. Carbonation is on the lower side of moderate. Perfect?

D: One hell of a drinker, only limited by its strength.

Derek, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of MASPuros
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very carbonated huge head. Tons of lacing. Kind of a light orange-ish color
S: Hops hops hops and tons of citrus; orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple.
T: Hops, orange, grapefruit. Smooth and refreshing. Not your typical west coast ipa and I love it. Nice play on the hops, bitterness and a malty forefront.
M/D: Oddly very creamy with a nice sweet and bitter taste. Very good beer and under the radar, not noticed as much as it should be. Could drink 2-3 bombers easily.

MASPuros, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours a very well carbonated 3 finger head. Big thick amounts of lacing left. Excellent head retention. Perfect golden/orange color.

S. Smell is a heavenly array of hops. You can smell the hops from across the room. It is a delicous smell of citrus hops. Smells of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple. Maybe a touch of piney hops.

T. Wow! Citrus hops, orange, grapefruit. Almost tastes like drinking liquid hops. This is super smooth and delicous. There is a sweetness to it that almost seems like it comes from the hops and not the malt. To say that it is well balanced is misleading, because the hops are the show stealer. Its more like the malt sets up the perfect combination of hop flavor.

M. Medium/full bodied. A creamy mouthfeel which is hard to imagine in an IPA. Delicous lingering hoppy sweetness/bitterness left on the mouth.

D. I knew this was a good beer before I tried it for the first time, but I wasn't expecting one of the best IPA's I have ever had. I haven't had all of the highest rated IPAs, but this is Extremely good.

siradmiralnelson, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

The pour is a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. There is nice retention and good lacing.

The nose is mostly citrus (orange) with some piney and floral notes. There is also a hint as to the alcoholic content. The taste is more of the same; the pine really stands out. At the finish, as the bitterness subsides, a bready flavour takes over.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; now I wish I had bought more than one bottle (at least Kentucky isn't _that_ far).

This is just an overall good beer. I only wish I could buy it closer to home.

CityBoy1986, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Hazy medium orange color. Two fingers of whippy/creamy head with great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Piney, floral, and citrus hops. Grapefruit stands out the most, then lemon zest. Malts take a backseat to the hops, but there's a touch of crystal malt in the background.

4.5 T: Tons of pine and resin hops in the taste that translates to almost an oaky taste. Healthy bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Hops also offer a bit of citrusy character mainly in the form of grapefruit. Malts are subdued again, but offer a good balance to the hops.

4.5 M: Fuller medium body. Creamy, with good carbonation.

4.5 D: Great beer overall with no real flaws.

DavoleBomb, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Sunny, bright golden-orange in color with a big rocky head
Aroma-Perfumy big juicy, piney hops
Taste-Juicy hops with grapefruit/pineapple citrus-very snappy and tasty-very drinkable
A classic, excellent West Coast American IPA

hosehead83, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brilliant orange/golden color with a massive pillowy white foam head that leaves some great lacing.

S- Nice light citrus hop aroma with traces of pine and orange. There is a trace amount of alcohol present as well.

T- Nice sharp hop bitterness initially with lots of pine and hop resin flavor. The citrus notes are a bit weaker than expected and include orange peel, grapefruit, and sour apple. A very light sweetness in the finish accompanies a slight alcohol sting.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. Juicy and smooth.

D- A great brew that I may have built up a little too much in my head. Certainly worth trying but I was hoping for a bit more citrusy hop flavor.

projectflam86, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good lacing and head retention on this. Typical golden color for standard IPA's.
S - Citrus hop smell with some fruits.
T/M/D - Because the carbonation was higher it made a nice lighter mouthfeel and bring out all the fruity/citrus flavors from the hops; however, the drinkability was thicker because of the amount of sugary malts used. Overall it is a very good IPA, but still not my favorite because it wasn't as crisp as I'd like.

KCHopHead, Sep 14, 2009
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,074 ratings.