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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 405
Gots: 237 | FT: 8
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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Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

wow, 432 reviews as of this writing. Thanks to overlord for the chance to try this beer!

A - crystal clear golden amber beer, huge 3/4th glass of white head that takes a while to settle
S - Light citric / grapefruit hops.
T - nicely balanced piney grapefruity hops, mild sweet malts in the background.
M - medium bodied, high carbonation level, crisp clean finish
D - assertive, balanced and approachable without an over the top hop hit.

A solid American IPA and bottle conditioned too! Glad I got to try this one.

10-27-2008 12:47:23 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of riored4v


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

Reviewed on 3/28/08

Poured into a pint glass. Formed a nice thick, white, pillowy head. Body was clear and copper in color. Good lacing and a head that lasted the entire serving.

Smell was strong on the hops. Citrus and grapefruit dominated. Mild malt sweetness.

Strong hop profile. Citrus and grapefuit flavors shine. Perfect amount of malt sweetness and caramel to be give a good balance for an IPA. No real presence of the higher abv.

Oily and medium body. Very slightly dry finish. Medium carbonation.

I'm torn on drinkability. It's an EXCELLENT IPA. One that I could easily have a few of, but with the semi-high ABV, it would catch up real quick.

10-20-2008 22:08:02 | More by riored4v
Photo of Murchmac


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

I Prefer Alesmith

Like everything they do, this is fantastic. Big creamy white head. Bubbles, cloudy amber with yellow highlights.

Malts smell with citrus notes. Hoppy Hop notes.

Perfect balance of smooth malts and citrus hops, piney overtones as well. Like a hop and malt party on your tongue.

Bitter, but not resiny aftertaste. This one flirts with a DIPA aftertaste.

This beer rocks that bitch up and down the coast.

10-20-2008 03:25:39 | More by Murchmac
Photo of abfraser


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Pours a golden yellowish orange with a nice white frothy head. Good lacing in the glass on the way down.

S: Piney malt, honey, citrusy, some grapefruit. Nice classic smelling West Coast IPA

T/M: Strong malt gives way to hop oil and piney malt. Major bitterness with a dry distinctive depth on the finish. Medium-bodied with good balance. As a flaw, bitterness is a little overboard

D: Very drinkable but so dry as to be difficult to consume too many.

Overall a very good representative West Coast IPA. If you like hops, you'll like this one. I like this better than the Port IPA/DIPAs. It just tastes cleaner. The hops seem more in balance with the sweetness of the malt. Less palate blowing (although still harsh)

10-17-2008 02:44:58 | More by abfraser
Photo of ironlung


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

22oz Bomber from Liquor Wherehouse for $4.19 into AB tulip (pictured above).

A: Light crystal clear amber with nice tight 2 finger head even though I poured soft!

S: MMM. This is the best smelling beer I'ver reviewed so far. Hops and malts really come thorugh. Some grape fruit and lemon peel.

T: OMG! this is what ipa's are all about! If your lookin for balance you've found it. world class beer here.

M: Bottle conditioning really does wonders. It's a shame more brewers havent embraced this method(stone,moylans,marin,etc.) it really does so much more for a bottled beer as opposed to co2.

D: This is top notch for an aipa. So if thats your style I'm sure you have plenty in the fridge like I do! Cheers Alesmith (how do I join the cult?)

10-15-2008 21:17:17 | More by ironlung
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

oured from the 22 oz bottle into a sam perfect pint. Pours a hazy orange with a huge pillowy head. Smell is a bit faint for what I was expecting. Some pine, but mostly bready malt. I get the feeling this is not the freshest Alesmith IPA. Taste is similar. Lots of caramel type malts, not enough hop slam for my taste. Very drinkable. Still a good beer, but with the recent onslaught of fresh CA ipa's - this one is average for me.

10-15-2008 14:30:27 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of MMAJYK


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Bright gold with a touch of copper. Head is 1/2" after a relatively soft decanting. So far, it looks as if the foam will hang around for a while. It is very sticky and clingy consisting of mostly soft fluff but also some larger bubble patterns.

S- The first scent that hits my nose is honey malt. Following closely are the hops. Citrusy, piney, and maybe a touch of floral. Buttery popcorn aromas are deeper into the beer as well as an ever-so-subtle alcohol warmth. Very nice!

T- The honey malt is up front just like the nose leads you into. The moderate hop bite is PERFECT to balance with the sweetness of the malt backbone. The bittering hops are very earthy, dirt-y, and resiny. Leaving the mouth, it finishes sweet at first but the lingering aftertaste is quite dry. Excellent!

M- This beer is light to medium in the mouth with a nice touch of carbonation. However, the 'sting' is a little much; too far on the high side. I would rather it be that way, though, than the opposite.

D- Usually, I don't like to open bombers alone. On a whim, I grabbed this one out of the fridge and I can honestly say this is one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Excellent representation of the style and an easy drinking beer. Kudos to Alesmith for crafting such a wonderful brew. This is now one of my favorites of all time.

10-09-2008 23:07:02 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of JoeMayo


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

A- Pours a golden-orange color with a very generous white, frothy head. I don't think I've ever seen such ridiculous lacing from an IPA before. The amount of lacing rivaled some of the most good-looking belgians I've had.

S- The nose is refreshing and juicy. Crisp, sweet grapefruit and notes of pine come through. The likneness to a sweet, fresh, ripe grapefruit is astounding. Enough malt comes through to balance, without dominating.

T- An excellent example of a San Diego style IPA. Very light on bittering hops, but tons of floral, fruity, and piney aroma hops. The flavors that come through (with minimal bitterness) are grapefruit, pine, and notes of lemon. The malt is there, providing a caramel-like sweetness, but mainly for support, rather than flavor.

M- Very rich for an IPA. Extremely fine carbonation, as to be expected from the incredibly fluffy head. Very full-bodied with a very nice lingering finish.

D- With almost no bitterness and well-hidden alcohol, this 7.25% IPA is about as drinkable as it gets.

10-08-2008 14:01:52 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of EGledhill


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

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


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

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%.

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


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

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


3.86/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

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


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

09-12-2008 23:16:28 | More by CrellMoset
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-31-2008 03:24:47 | More by TasteTester
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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)

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


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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".

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


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%

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

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


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

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

08-18-2008 02:29:15 | More by PatronWizard
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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