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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,009 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 410
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
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 KBoudreau66
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a finger and a half of frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells absolutely delicious. Very resiny pine aroma with strong hints of grape and passion fruit. The malt backbone in this brew finally stuck out, but only after I had taken about five or six wiffs of this beer.

Tastes of strong piney, and citrus hops up front. An excellent tasting brew that has a nice caramel malt flavor when it washes down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

This beer is one of the better IPA's I've had the opportunity to try. It's hop presence is right up my alley, and although it has a strong hop aroma, it is strangely balanced in taste. An impressive brew. I wish that I could get this in 6 packs.

KBoudreau66, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of schinebd
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Semi-clear amber-orange. Gets extra points for decent lacing and excellent head retention.

Smell - typical IPA fare - Fruity and piny.

Taste - Definitely elevates itself from other IPAs in this category. Not a palette puncher right away. Up front its a very balanced beer. Once swallowed, though, the hop flavor rises from the tongue and the mouth is filled with citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, smooth and crisp. Be prepared to have your tongue sheathed in a hop cloak after each sip. For me, this is nice.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy. I could drink these all day/night. Very refreshing and quenching, too.

Certainly a top-tier IPA. Deserving of all of its praise. A much better beer warm than cold.

schinebd, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of Alesmith brews, but they are notorious for being one of the best craft brewers in the world. Here is the review of their IPA:

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color. Head is very frothy and foamy. Leaves significant lacing all down the side of the glass.

S: Smells very fruity. Lots of citrus, maybe a touch of apple and bready malts.

T: Big citrus hop attack upfront. Lots of lemon, lime, and very floral. The malt is right behind it as it brings bready note. Some honey sweetness in there as well. A tad bitter with a dry finish. Not the best IPA around, but one of the better West Coast IPAs. Tastes a lot like Stone IPA and Racer 5, but this is a little better overall.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nice and creamy head adds to the mouthfeel. It is dry and juicy at the same time, if that makes any sense. Very good overall.

D: Goes down very smoothly and tastes very good. Not as complex or characteristic as many Double IPAs out there, but this one is pretty solid and somewhat refreshing.

Everything is there, and this is a very solid IPA. Not my favorite tasting IPA as I prefer a stronger hop presence and more complexity. I do prefer this to a lot of West Coast IPAs like Stone and Bear Republic. This beer might not knock your socks off, but it is well crafted and very nice. Worth a shot.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a thick, frothy, stable head. Aroma is light fruit, citrus, pine, and earthy notes. Flavor brings a bit of a sticky, resiny hop flavor. The hops are slightly overdone, which compromises smoothness, leaving a bit of an astringent aftertaste. Though a tasty beer, this aspect does detract from drinkability.

gyllstromk, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-coloured, quite cloudy with a pearl, very, very thick head, webs out quite a lot, but retains very well indeed. Not much carbonation, but the head sticks its naked arse up at that and spreads its cheeks good and wide. Lacing is very nice and thick. Looks great.

Nose is sweet and fruit, very tropical with a tangy pineapple aroma, hints of passionfruit as well, but mostly a distinct American floral hop character, very fragrant and herbacious, with a slight lemon undertone? Great nose, very appealling.

Taste is quite bitter - hops in bitterness slightly overpower fruitiness, which is still there on the front, with a lemony, passionfruit flavour. This is unfortunately strangled by pleasant - it must be said - but very strong and pungent hops, a lot of Amarillo I would suspect. Palate seems a bit unbalanced, I'm afraid, with the bitter finish becoming more of a funky hang. A bit too dirty and organic to be cleansing, kind of taints your palate with this gritty bitterness. I hate to get hung up on the hang, because for the most part it's very well constructed, but that finish just overpowers.

Mouthfeel is nicely full, very smooth and goes down like a Geisha. Couldn't drink this every day, but quite nice anyway.

laituegonflable, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pored from a bomber, the first half was a mostly clear golden orange, the second a cloudy light amber due to the yeast sediment. creamy white head and lacing. honeyed citrus and floral in the first pour, bready, yeasty, and spicy in the latter pour. sweet doughy bready malts are washed out by the big but not harsh hop grapefruity bitterness. a bit of pepper and spice on the end, esp in the second pour. medium bodied. first half is prickly and frothy, second half is chewy. long drying bitter finish. a good example of a west coast ipa.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of HOPOLOGIST
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is no where near my favorite but not my least favorite IPA. I won't go buy it again. Burnt crystal malt is heavy. I'm not sure but I think i'm picking up some hop extract in this one. Whatever it is it is a major turn off. Yeah... San Diego has many more better tasting IPAs than this one. I don't recommend it.

HOPOLOGIST, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the Blind Tiger $12 for a 22oz bottle

Pours hazed orangeish, more on the gold side in color with a thick foamy head, andsame lacing down the glass. Amora is strong with pine, grapefruit, citrus, truly what an IPA should smell like. One of the more hoppy IPAs i've had in a while, very bitter, yet balanced, not for the weak. Very piney, citris, and earthy is taste. The mouthfeel was amazing, bitterness hops all over the mouth, creamy and smooth. Very easy drinking for 7.25%. Glad i was finally able to find this beer, def a west coast IPA that stands out

bonbini26, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange, very clear, with tons of carbonation bubbles. Huge thick white head with amazing lacing...some of the best lacing I've seen in a beer

S - All hops but not too over-kill and there is a nice balance from the malts. Mostly Earth-y tones

T - The hop flavor is on the fruit/sweet side at first but then shift to acidic as it warms on the palate and the aftertaste

M/D - Has a medium body for an IPA with very high carbonation which makes it rough on the palate, but a very drinkable beer which shouldn't be drank too quickly.

A very good IPA, nothing eye-popping, but definitely above average.

VaTechHopHead, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at City Beer Store in San Francisco, and carefully transported back to Sydney to drink with some beer-loving friends.

Burnished yellow-gold with a phenomenally thick and boisterous head of white foam. Lacing is sticky, funky and crazy, leaving insane patterns down the inside of the glass. Looks very tasty indeed.

Oh, such a nose - just luscious with huge quantities of the very finest American hops. Lots of tropical fruits, passionfruit, resin and sweetness. It genuinely is an absolutely classic American IPA nose. To my mind, you can't get better than this. I would believe that this is the absolute archetype of the American IPA nose.

Very nice palate, lots of resinous hops, but with a very noticeable sweet fruit character pulling its way through as well. On the back palater, there's a quite English grittiness, not just the sharp and clean American hop character. It's somewhere nicely between an IPA and a double IPA - it doesn't have the body and the heaviness of a DIPA, but it's too full and hoppy for a straight American IPA. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, once again, just short of the full and heavy character of an Imperial.

A sharp, but extremely well balanced IPA. Oh, how I love this style, and how the Americans do it. Every time I sample a beer like this, I'm taken back to a wonderful Californian summer. No matter what else the yanks do, they do brew a few fucking awesome beers.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangish brown with a thick beige head. Nice lace. Nose has citrus hops and caramel malts. Taste has bitter hops and sweet malts up front followed by more fruity hops through the finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Good IPA from Alesmith.

rye726, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA- but I think I've had better West-Coast style. Appearance is great with a nice copper color, looks semi oily and nice head and some lacing. Smell is very good, sweet caramel notes mixed with dry hops. No real spicing of note here, but a firm blast of citrus most notable grapefruit and lemon.
Taste is a bit weaker than I was hoping for but still quite good. Slightly more malt balanced than many of the West Coasters.
Mouthfeel is quite good. Nice oily feel with some carbonation.
Quite a drinkable IPA.

supercolter, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a slight IPA binge, I'd say this beer is not what I expected from the Alesmith hype. While tasty, the Pizza Port Swami's I had earlier was much better. I've had homebrews this good (which IS A GOOD THING!), but I feel it's like any other IPA out there. A bit sweet, not as dry as some and definitely not as hoppy as some others (doesn't taste or smell dry-hopped). While a great beer, it feels less pacific coast IPA and more east coast/british in style. Balanced though. Definitely a good beer. The head is creame and it stays around.

MusicmanSD, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours transparent orange until you get towards the bottom of the bomber and swirl the yeast into the beer. After that, it is a little more cloudy and has visible chunks of white yeast floating in it. The head is pretty large and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hop oils.

T: Bitter hops and slight caramel malt presence.

M: A bit thin, but still decent.

D: This is a tongue burner of an IPA. It's true to style and flavorful. I would definitely buy this again.

gameface23, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge fluffy head as big as the burnt-orange copper liquid in the Duvel tulip glass rose and fell to a biscuit island and a fair amount of irregular lace.

The smell is the too-strong perfume type of hop assault you would get from smelling a hop oil extract and little else.

Taste is like the nose at the moment. It's a two dimensional pyramid of hop resin. What balance of grains finds its way into the taste is quickly and steadily beaten down until only the lupulin remains. True to style, this beer will have no problem making the long journey to India without spoilage.

In the mouthfeel, it's a little sharp up front but the oils of the hops quickly take care of that to become an easy-drinking smoothness.

Drinkability is high but pretty standard for this style. You can drink a fair amount of it without wanting to have something else right away.

This is a very satisfying brew that I would buy again to share as an example of the style but among all IPAs I think there are few better.

StrangeBrewer76, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet new find at my local super (for anyone in Dutchess county area Fresh Town has a good good selection!). 22 oz. bomber. Appropriately warmed. Poured an extremely clear golden yellow color with a generous white head. Plenty of lacing stuck to the side. The nose is highly potent with pine redolence and notes of grapefruit. The taste is all bittering hops in the fore. During the middle of the blush there is some slight aromatic hop presence, but the finish returns to that super bitter pine flavor. Mouthfeel was slightly scratchy, but plenty of crispness as well. I could probably drink a couple of these, but the hops would pretty much prevent me from enjoying anything else in the same evening. Good stuff.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of therica
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true dry IPA in the greatest tradition.

A= coopper-yellow, nice foamy head.

S= lots of hops heaven here, some orange apparent up-front.

T= loads of hops varieties, some bready malts after the hops settle following the gulp, very nice. Rather dry in comparison to most APA's and IPA's.

M= clean, with light bitters and florals to savor.

D= very drinkable if you enjoy hoppy Pale Ale's.

therica, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of dwennis
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden with a write thick frothy head which was maintained for some time

Smell: Floral from the hops and plenty of citrus

Taste: Bitter, some banana, bitterness but with a smooth finish

Mouth feel: Decent carbonation, coats well

Overall: Great IPA, would most definitely would buy again.

dwennis, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of AVDeuph
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber acquired from LongBeachHopHead via trade...thanks!

A: Very nice pour. This beer is a translucent dark copper-orange color with some dark red/brown undertones. A big fluffy white head topped off the impression.

S: Not overly aromatic, but what's there is grapefruit/orange hops. It is a lighter, refreshing IPA aroma.

T: I get the impression that this beer was made with a many different hop varieties, as the taste is not as easy to pin down as the aroma was. Clean tasting and essentially unadulterated hops.

M: Medium boby and carbonation, cleans the palate and leaves a lasting bitterness in the back.

D: Very drinkable, especially with food. I imagine this would go well with just about any food (right now it is but a sad plate of chicken nuggets and texas toast...but at least the texas toast was made from scratch haha).

A very good, straightforward IPA. An excellent mouthfeel and crisp hop flavors.

AVDeuph, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a an attractive hazy, golden color. Lots of yeast floating toward the bottom--love that.

Aroma is actually faint. A lot fainter than I thought it'd be. After some agitation, I'm mostly picking up citrusy hops and the biscuity malt backbone.

Tastes...underwhelming. Actually, I should clarify by saying that I was prepared to be blown away. From what a lot of BA's say, this is second only to Pliny the Elder. Putting the hyperbole aside, it's a very well balanced brew. I like my IPA's to be a bit hoppier, but the grapefruity hops pair up very well with the biscuity malts. In fact, I'd say they match each other pretty perfectly. No overwhelming hop bite here.

Drinkibility is good. I actually plowed through the bomber I had. Not my favorite IPA, but it's very well crafted. I'd love to try this on tap.

JoshuaJ, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uneven hills of white foam across the surface, crests a little over one finger, islands of big bubbles here and there, lacing displays serious stickiness. Copper orange color with a metallic tinge, dark yellow hued rims, not hazy per se but nowhere close to transparency. Dense citrusy nose of pink and white grapefruit, mandarin orange and lemon citrus chunks, pine, crisply baked scones, the fruit scents tart but in no way over the top in striving for tropicality, nectarine, pineapple, peach, guava, powdery mocha from the malts, a floral musk fills the nostrils before it dissolves, extending presence. Medium-bodied, muscular without trying to take up too much room just for the sake of it. While dry and leaving a tacky residue behind, the grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus can be as sweet as it can be sour. Less pine, more general herbaceousness bitterness. The bready or yeasty component reduced. The florality a bit earthbound, yet, no less pungent. Apricot and peach more present as it warms. Has a "rough balance" in that it's not particularly graceful, more like the guy who can outlast the others keeping upright on the rolling log in the lake.

farrago, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a hint of an orange ting. There is a little carbonation activity after the pour. No head or cling to the glass.

S- There is a small citrus hoppy note but nothing that is strong.

T- Nice balance of hops and malt present in this beer. This combination makes for a smooth taste that masks the alcohol taste. A little nit of a bitter aftertaste but it is reasonable.

Got this bomber in a trade from fatboyjim1 as an extra. I have always wanted to try some offerings from AleSmith and I am glad that I have. Even though this IPA does not blow me away it is a solid offering and I hope to try some other stuff from them in the future.

cbros, May 31, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with two fingers of fantastic, fluffy white head. Lots of yeast floaties swirl around well after the not-too-aggressive pour. The head here is what propels this beer's appearance to greatness. Everlasting retention and ridiculous, absurd, bordering-on-obscene lacing. If there's such a thing as lace porn, this is it.

Smell is more subdued than I would have expected. Tangerine and grapefruit is the star, with some guava and generic tropical fruit. Alcohol is noticeable with a hefty whiff, with a warming sensation deep in your sinuses and a tingle on your eyeballs if you use a wide enough glass.

This is a tasty, tasty beer. The closest thing to Pliny the Elder I've tasted. The same array of fruits found in the aroma with a strong, bitter finish. Not as balanced as its Russian River uncle, to be sure. There are some claims of dryness or minimal sweetness in these reviews, and I have to refute. Quite sweet to my tongue, making a bit tough to handle the bomber on your own, but I wouldn't claim that there is too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perfectly carbonated and smooth, a rather full body and the alcohol is well hidden until it gets close to room temp. Somewhat sticky, bordering on chewy.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the sweetness, and the alcohol seems to hit you more than the 7.2% ABV would suggest. The delightful mouthfeel probably contributes to these factors...it goes down so easy, the sweetness and alcohol catch up to you quickly. Take it slow...if you can.

I really enjoyed this beer, and will seek it out again. Maybe my favorite DIPA/IPA (this thing is definitely testing the limits of mere IPAness) behind the Plinys.

photomike, May 24, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

A - A dark gold/light brown color with a large frothy head which sticks to the sides of the glass as it slowly disipitates.

S - Lots of floral and citrus notes on this one. Some sweet oranges along with grapefruits, specifically. A nice mix of both sweet and bitter which come together well.

T - A decent amount of hoppy bitterness, not much in the way of sweetness though. A nice bitter aftertaste, clean, and refreshing.

M - Light to medium in body, good carbonation, very "clean" and crisp.

D - Easily drinkable and very enjoyable, very good IPA.

Sean9689, May 18, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-05-17. Served in snifter.

A: Amber colored, slightly hazy due to bottle conditioning. A 3 cm white head that leaves plenty of chunky lacings as it settles. Decent retention and great looking lacings.

S: Very pronounced citric character - lemon and grapefruit abound. Plenty of floral hops and hop resins as well. Some caramel and subdued malts. Slightly spicy. The hop aromas are really outstandning and so fresh they almosts stings the nose.

T: Wonderful hop character here as well. Grapefruit and lemon peel dominate. Faint notes of mango. The malty caramel flavor is quite big but still obviously plays second violin with the hops taking center stage. Some spices in the middle. The finish is rather bitter, but the bitterness is really integrated in the overall profile. It finishes with floral hops, pine-needles and again a slightly spicy sensation. The finish is long. No sign of the alcohol.

M: Medium body, not very crisp. The carbonation level in this one is close to perfect. Medium amount of small and rather calm bubbles - it really suits the beer well.

D: A great IPA. Perhaps not very complex, but very well balanced and with a beautiful hop character of lemon and grapefruit. It goes down really easy and I would definitely have another if it was offered to me.

ricke, May 17, 2009
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,009 ratings.