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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,961 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,961
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 251 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a pure white head that laces

S - Pine and citrus hop aroma

T - Hoppy, citrusy, slight bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Balanced but extremely hoppy. Borders on being a IIPA, but I believe the low ABV holds it back from being so. Great beer, extremely drinkable, but rich as well.

Martin2D, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of 0110x011
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark orange color. Thick, rocky, pillowy white head lasts and lasts. Sticky lacing everywhere. One of the prettiest heads I've ever seen. In fact, the haze is the only thng keeping this from being a perfect 5 looker.

S - Incredible hop bouquet. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grass, mint, and everything else hop wonderful. Some caramel sweetness and toasted grain aromas are in there, but this is pure hop poetry.

T - All flavors coalece much more effectively on the palate. Tropical fruit and caramel on the front end, with some biscuit and bread towards the middle. The citrus, pine and grass come on the back end, with a solid bitter bite. Finish is on the dry side.

M - Medium body. Soft, medium carbonation. Nice and bright.

D - This is a beer that never lasts long enough. I could drink it every day.

In my opinion, this is the king of California single IPAs. I have yet to try the famous Masala Mama, but for right now, this one is unmatched.

0110x011, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That's a beaut of an IPA pour, right there. Gorgeous orangeyellow with a medium haze, giant soapy and rocky head.

Smells like its dripping with hop resin, bright yellow and crayon green. Big flowers, grapefruit, grapes, pleasant hay, fresh cut grass, light cereal malt.

Tastes great. Woah! Hops start perfectly short of being overpowering and the malt, in spite of the high ABV, isn't harsh or syrupy. Crisp cereal perfectly accentuates a wonderful bouquet green, sticky hops.

Damn near perfect, second only to Masala Mama, imho.

mynie, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of cwsattgast
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found a rare stash of this brew at a local market tonight in a 22 oz bottle. Poured into an ale glass when I got home.

A. Beautiful. Cloudy amber with a big thick head that had an almost meringue-like quality. Lots of thick lacing.

S. Nice balance of pine and citrus.

T. Plenty of hops, but the bitterness was consigned to the background.

M. Moderate carbonation, very balanced and pleasing.

D. Yeah. I could drink this all night. Hides its 7.25% ABV very well.

I'd put this in my top 5 favorite IPAs without question. I wish it wasn't so hard to get in Portland.

Serving type: 22 oz bottle.

cwsattgast, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to raoulduke37 for the trade!

Poured from a bomber into a big, curvy "beer" glass. A nice deep, translucent orangey gold color, starting with two fingers of big, foamy head & settling to a thin coating. Lacing in strands around the glass, exciting tiny, fast bubbly action.

Beautiful hop smell: floral, grass, the smell of spring basically. A little bit of bread & cracker smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming, a smooth & even hop character.

The lovely hop character is forward in the taste, but again not overwhelming or destructive to the tastebuds. I have to say that the smell promises a little more than the flavor delivers, but there's really no room to complain. There is a certain rich taste I can't quite put my finger on, like a stinky cheese or something.

The mouthfeel is active, spicy from the hops, jumpy from the bubbles. I'm gonna finish the bomber, but I can feel the moderately high ABV creepin' up on me already & would say that'll have to do it. I like that this is a full IPA that doesn't wreck my palate, with some good good hops going on.

OneDropSoup, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goodspeed 94 for sending this on a cross-country trip, I've been looking forward to trying this IPA for a while. Into the breach we go.

Very pale for an IPA, with at least four cups of floaties suspended in the mix. Smell is pretty hoppy, but not as aggressive as I was expecting.

Hops are present & accounted for. Pretty good, but there's not much of a bite, it's more balanced than I prefer. Huh. I don't have much to say. Pretty good, easy to drink, but not really noteable in any way.

maximum12, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of trpng0bily
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a:light clear orange turning to yellow at the edges, with serious frothy white head and tons of lace

s: hops - citrus, spice, and sticky refreshing pine, with caramel sweetness and bread coming through as the beer warms

t: talk about layered! light spice and fresh pine sit at the edges of citrus that starts out understated but unfolds into a huge burst of flavor, followed by a bitter finish that relentlessly builds momentum, lingering to an astonishing degree

m: fairly heavy carbonation, but the kicker in this department is a mild creaminess that I was not expecting from such a light looking and crisp IPA

d: seriously? goes down like water

trpng0bily, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy dirty blond color with a tall white head.

S- Citrus

T- This is THE IPA! Starts in with a nice smooth citrus hop note, move to perfectly balanced malt backing, and then finishes with the herbal/ floral hop bite just the right amount.

M- Nice and round. Perfect moderate carbonation that accents the flavors with out biting the tongue.

D- This is exactly what an IPA should be. The hops are the show here, knowing that they are damn good so there's no need for them to be pushy they simply do their job perfectly and with no fuss. Near perfect malt balance on this one as well. This is the gold standard for IPAs.

UA8, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tumbler.. thanks to alexd3891 for the trade! Lots of live yeast in this one!

- Copper penny color, slightly cloudy.. nice finger of white head that goes quickly to a nice thin layer of lace all around.

- Strong aroma.. dark malts, caramel.. alcohol, and a bitter pine-like hop. Slightly floral.. smells balanced.

- Different from a lot of other IPA's.. a nice bright citrus flavor.. bit of pine.. smooth and sweet caramel malt backbone.. and very floral.

- A nice cool shock to the mouth.. little chewy, some resins leaving a bitter taste.

- Rather strong and warming.. but very drinkable. A good unique and original west coast IPA.

Docer, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been popped in the mouth with a bunch of hops, and I like it!

A piney, resin, and slightly floral hops dominated my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a sturdy, off-white head with plenty of sheeting action on the glass. Hardly any detectable malt, but a whole bunch of piney and slightly floral hop goodness. Almost mouth puckering, but the hops blend had a certain smoothness which was required to make the bitterness level, which was off the scale, palatable. Nice creamy mouthfeel to the brew. Something this bitter can't really rate high in the drinkability catagory, and the last couple warm mouthfull were a little difficult to choke down.

Would you believe I found this bottle in a 7-11 in Carlsbad right off of Interstate-5? I couldn't believe it either when I saw the bottle sitting in the fridge.

RunDWP, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Phillyduke
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer is clear and a bright, golden orange color with noticeable active carbonation and almost 3 fingers of pillowy white dense foam. Unbelieveable head retention with fine, foamy lacing that clings all the way down the glass.

S: Floral and big citrus scents up front, followed by a doughy malt base. Crisp, clean and balanced.

T: Initial sip is bitter up front, with a malt sweetness that comes through on the finish. The malt is a bit more forward than the smell would indicate, and I'm struggling to find some of that nice grapefruit smell in the flavor. The floral and citrus are there, but the dominant hop flavor is the bitterness. Overall nice balance as some yeastiness cuts through the bitterness. ABV becomes noticeable as the beer warms. Finish lingers on the palate for awhile.

M: Well carbonated, but smooth and creamy rather than fizzy and bubbly. Bottle-conditioning definitely helps this beer. Medium-bodied overall.

D/O: Definitely not a session beer, and higher on the ABV scale than most IPAs, but definitely balanced, drinkable and tasty. 22 oz. servings and a bit more ooomph per bottle would probably limit me to one or two per evening before I switched it up.

Phillyduke, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold with a HUGE creamy head and a metric shit ton of lacing

S - a din of hops. Mainly piney but a bit of citrus fruit come through as well

T - just like the aroma. Piney as ever and just enough malt to back the bitterness

M - God I love bottled conditioned beers. So soft so elegant

D - I could drink this forever.

xhcadamx, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at City Beer Store in San Fran. Pretty amber pour with a large and vibrant white head. Vivid orange and grapefruit nose with perhaps a hint of other fruits as well. Nice orange and malt biscuit flavor, extremely well-balanced and very tasty.

Wackyfoot, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, clean-looking copper into my Stone pint glass. A two-finger thick off-white head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a thin film that remains till the last sip. Minor amounts of lacing remain.

Nose is very floral and citrusy, with pine and grapefruit notes well-balanced for an incredibly crisp smelling beer.

Bigger malt presence than the nose would predict, but not intrusive as some of the more malt-forward brews can be. The citrusy hop presence seems just about perfect.

Body is right in the middle, with a medium to high level of carbonation for the style. Finish leaves the mouth with a perfect bitter hop presence.

Another world class offering from AleSmith.

ThirdLap, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a pale amber color with lots of frothy white head that reduces down to a finger and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like citrusy hops, grapefruit but not as aromatic as i'd hoped

T: Citrus, hops, grapefruit, some hop bitterness, and a very minor malty backbone to help balance things out

M: very full bodied, almost a DIPA feel

D: easy to drink, can't discern the alcohol, tastes good

dukedevil0, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008?

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the surface. The head rises to an inch with an ivory hue. Decent retention and some lace remains behind.

Smell: Powerful citrus aroma has lots of sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon and no off-putting mineral aromas. Very enticing and fresh.

Taste: Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected from this beer. A pale malt flavor is apparent and then bittering hops take over. It has a smooth bitterness of citrus with an herbal quality that arrives later on. A floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bitter, medium body, slight sweetness and a finish of alcohol. As it warms, the beer becomes more apparently floral all around. It's a very pleasant and not cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. As I'm finding with the West Coast IPAs, they aren't cloyingly bitter. A nicely balanced beer that is very drinkable at a price tag of $4.79. Worth finding and consuming. Pronto!

Risser09, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a gift as we can't get Alesmith products in NorCal.

A- very crisp cider like appearance. Thin white head with even coverage over the beer. Visible carbonation makes me a little hesitant.

S- Strong centenial/cascade hops. Apples and cinnamon, very clean.

T- Cider like bite with and oaky finish. Taste doesn't hold up to the hoppy aroma. Cherry wood aftertaste.

M- Probably the best mouthfeel for an IPA. creamy and low carbonation lends itself well to the citrus blend without loosing the crispness.

D- easily drinkable for a solid IPA. Alesmith keeps to its hard hitting quality.

I will give this another shot. I almost hope this bottle was affected somehow that might have dulled the taste.

macktbone, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for crazynelson for the trade.

Appears a dark amber with a white head and lacing. There's a pungent aroma of citrus punch. The flavor has a slightly soapy (not in a bad way) orange rind and grapefruit that quickly turns into a ripping hop bitterness with dirty pepper and light floral perfume. The aftertaste is long and big with more of the biting rind. Basically, they've crammed the flavor, and to an extent, the feel of a DIPA in an IPA. The bitterness is a little dialed back by comparison, but this is a full, delicious beer.

tempest, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of ironarrow42
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with a friend and fellow hophead. Poured a lovely, light orangey-amber with a generous, thick white head of foam. Massive aroma of American hops - loads of citrus & pine. Very appetizing!

Flavors tilted toward the hop side of the scale - lots of fresh grapefruit with some piney notes. Very fine carbonation. Medium body. Solid bitterness balances out the pale malt character underneath those huge hops. Lingering bitter-citric-resiny finish. Wonderful!

Left some nice foam sheeting inside the snifter in which it was served. Classic American IPA.

ironarrow42, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of tons of citrus, some lime, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and caramel malt. Heavenly. Flavor is nice and citrusy, sweet at first with a tinge of bitter hops in the finish. Quite tasty!
9/4/8/4/15 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Combine, price, complexity, availability..for me in CA... drinkability, goes with lots of food, subtle, and so aromatically complex this is a near perfect brew. One of the 1st craft beers to start my path down the real beers being brewed journey. Forgot about this beer and dismissed it for a year or 2, just rediscovered it again recently and have always kept at least 1 in the fridge ready at all times. Stunning!

paytoplay, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of slayer3604
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours very nicely with a clean puffy head, that retains quite well, accompanied by some sticky bubble clusters on the side of the glass. the body is fresh motor oil in color (amber/orange), and is pockmarked with a foamy top that has both large and small bubbles.
smells like melted peach candy, pine trees in the wind, and has a very pleasant balance to it.
tastes slightly spicy, pretty muted though but its there, has a nice herbaceous quality, with some whisps of hay to it.
light on the palate and dangerously smooth!
This beer is pretty available for me, ill be visiting it again.

slayer3604, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into Imperial pint glass on 3/3/09. Special thanks to d0ggnate for including this as an extra in last month's Growling at the Moon cycle!

A - Poured a beautiful clear amber/orange body with a bounty of swiriling effervescence and two fingers of dense, rocky off-white head that retained wonderfully, transforming into a half inch cap of creamy retention and plenty of sticky foam around the glass.

S - Mmmm... West Coast nose all the way with a pungent blend of citrus, pine and resin hop goodness. Underneath it all is a sturdy base of sweet caramel and bready grains. A waft of alcohol also crept in as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Opens with a juicy smack of citrus hops suggesting tangerine, mango and pineapple with hints of pine and resin. Hop bitterness is balanced by plenty of caramel malt sweetness and an underlying bready malt base. This one is bordering DIPA territory!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and plenty of hop oil slickness. Carbonation is moderate and slightly bristly on the tongue. Finishes with a moderate hop bite that doesn't linger for too long on the palate.

D - This is a wonderfully balanced West Coast IPA with plenty of flavor to back it up. This is definitely up there with the best of them. Alesmith IPA is dangerously drinkable! I will be searching out more Alesmith brews when I visit California this summer for sure.

ffejherb, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Honey orange with a head that looks like a dollop of whipped cream; lots of carbonation; thick cap of head sticks around throughout

Smell
Awesome--so tantalizing with its extremely citric pungency, like orange, lime, and lemon juice squeezed into the glass; one of the best smelling IPAs I've come across

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very tasty! Hops from start to finish--all citrus juice from the nose and some sweet pineapple; full body and thick, creamy texture, and low carbonation; such a BIG IPA...makes me feel like I'm drinking a DIPA (and at 7.25% this is on the hefty end); malty sweets are there to provide just enough contrast and balance to the hops

Overall
The hops bill in this IPA is fantastic; I just love the citric juiciness of it all. A big, balanced, and solid American IPA. This immediately jumped to my top 10--maybe even top 5--of my favorite IPAs. Good stuff!

JEdmund, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp clean golden color. Carbonation yields some bubbly head, that dissipates as the beer sits. Very nice look for an IPA. Almost the color of a DIPA, but not quite as coppery.

Columbus and Centennial hops dominate the aroma with Cascade hops lingering in the background. The malt backbone is of sweet caramel. The taste follows the smell mostly, with Centennial hops trailed closely by Cascade flavors. The Columbus hops seem to add aroma, but not taste.

Alcohol is felt but not enough to ruin the experience. The beer is delicious and enjoyable with a good balance of texture and carbonation. The overall experience of this beer is extremely enjoyable and I would love to sit down and go through a couple of these.

NittanyBeerFan, Feb 24, 2009
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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