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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,124
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 287 | 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 Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - three fingers of thick rich and frothy white foam with tan accents. second half pour pushed it to a big pillowy mound growing from the center of the glass. the beer is light gold, clear with a good bit of bubbling.

S - big nose of citrusy sweet hops with hints of grass, mint, honey, soap, and grain.

T - big bright citrus hops, nothing bitter until the initial punch wears off. very little malt to balance.

M - insanely creamy and thick, complimented nicely by a slightly large amount of carbonation. works well.

D - not the best, but a pretty solid west coast IPA with a east coast touch.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Nick!)

Appearance: A careful pour unleashes a tall frothy head. I have half head and half beer. The beer is an amber and light carrot orange color while the head is a white and creamy color. When held up to the light, as the pour suggested, it's quite effervescent. On par with a Belgian pale ale as far as the carbonation and head is concerned. The lacing is quite nice, with a few very thick sheets trickling down into the beer. The lacing seems to be mostly from the aggressive head on the pour, but once the head disappears there isn't enough sugars to make it stick against the glass.

Smell: The nose has this sweet candy and cake like aroma to it. I had the YuleSmith Winter last night, and upon cracking it I noticed this very different sweet candy aroma. That same aroma is pleasant here, but I'm hoping this beer is much more drinkable. Beyond the sweetness sits some hop aromas including a little bit of pine and mango.

Taste: The palate picks up pale malt right off the bat. The malt flavor sits on the palate for a bit, and then comes some hop bitterness and flavor. The hop flavor is a mixture of grass, pine and orange peel. Once some oxidation occurs inside my mouth a nice soft grapefruit flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: A bit harsh on the palate at first because of the carbonation. The body of the beer is medium, and it goes down the throat with ease. After each sip there are some oils coating my teeth which is pleasant as well.

Drinkability: This isn't a terrible beer, although I was really hoping for a bit more. It becomes much, much better as it warms up and some of the carbonation dies off. The hop profile is rather hidden until it warms up. This isn't something I'd pick up again. Much better IPA's are scattered throughout the country.

Photo of Chico1985
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise find at Table & Vine. I had read about the insane head on this beer but I still wasn't prepared, as soon as I opened it carbonation bubbles are clearly seen flying up in the bottle, I pour very slowly and it still reveals 50% towering white head, 50% very light orange beer with numerous carbonation bubbles flying everywhere, and a tiny bit of sediment also. The head slowly dissipates and crumbles into strange beastly shapes, leaves lacing down the glass like cotton candy. A city could be hidden in there. Smell is faint at first but comes out a bit more when the head calms down, smells much like the great tastes - floral hops, citrus/peach, tropical fruit and lemon notes. Tastes get better and more prominent with every sip. Very drinkable, alcohol barely detectable. The last pour (3rd overall) is much more hazy and full of sediment, other than that drinks about the same. Light and a good amount of carbonation. The great thing about this beer is that it has all the traits of your average IPA yet it is so much more than that, much more complex. I don't think it's A+ worthy because it didn't really WOW me, but it's really damn close. A must-try for IPA fans.

Photo of deereless
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Some serious issues on the head, a hard pour with a very cold beer resulted in 8 inches of head to an inch of beer, as the head settles a thick craggy and cottony mound formed and tons of lacing is left on the sides of the glass, noticeable sediment, the color is a dulled gold - 3.50, S: Loads of citrus, there must be some Centennial hops in this beer, smooth tropical fruit sweetness - 4.50, T: Grapefruit and a hint of pine, nice crisp hop bite, caramel malts - 4.50, M: Smooth mouth feel - 4.25, D: One of the better IPAs I've had in some time and another grand success out of San Diego, extremely drinkable - 4.75

Photo of OatmattStout
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

must say that this bottle had to much priming sugar as it foamed way to much. the head was 75% of glass

nose was decent.

taste was good with serious hop profile, citrus and grapefruit ect

really hoping that this one would be as great as the reviews cause i sat on it and waited til buds came over.

Photo of Duhast500
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

The color is a light, clear, gold color with about three fingers of white head with some nice lacing.

The smell is a real strong hop flavor. A pretty grassy hop flvor carries this beer from the start with a nice floral flavor.

The taste is, as expected, nice and hoppy with a real strong floral flavor. Some nice clove and citrus fruit flavors are set back after the first hits of hops has had their time on you taste buds.

The feel is pretty darn great. It has a light mouthfeel that goes down pretty darn easy and it just sweet to the taste buds. A great hop experience.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a musky golden yellow color with huge white head. it has a very solid amount of retention and completely covers the glass with lace. lots of sediment pour out, did i pour to aggressively?

S-big notes of citrus, clove, and yeast hit the nose first followed by some sweet malt, lemon zest, and orange

T-big flavors come in here, it starts of piney and is followed by some sweet malt and a touch of caramel. Some nice citrus hops fade in next with a touch of orange and lemon zest similar to the nose with big bitter hops to finish

M-a medium to full body and extremely smooth. perfect amount of carbonation

D-great mouthfeel and solid taste make it very tasty and it goes down very well. it has a little alcohol metallic taste that take away from it a little, but very nice for a single and quite complex for an ipa!

Photo of albern
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice American IPA with a prodigious head that was immense. The head never quit, and unless you pour the beer ultra slowly fully tipped, you will have to wait out the foamy thick billowing head from this beer. The beer is a bit cloudy with some fine particulates floating about. I will review this beer with more contemplation at a later time, but for now, the beer has the orange burst of an American IPA. It is not as grapefruity or acerbic or estery and oily from the hop. The hop quality seemed a bit dry and leafy but the nice orange burst was a treat. This review will continue at a later time.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden honey color with a slight haze.
Great head and lace.
The aroma was a floral hop, fruit, malt with a hint of peaches.
The taste starts off with a mild sweetness, hops and a mild bitterness.
Medium body with a light, smooth carbonation.
Great balance.

Simply a good beer.
Huge head made me wait, but well worth it.

Photo of bigreduw64
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Started pouring this beer and only got about 1/3 of it in my 1/2 L Ayinger willibecker glass. Pours with a ton of head. The aroma hits me from a couple feet away, this is going to be a great IPA. I can smell the hops, grapefruity, floral goodness. The taste punches my tongue and I want it to keep beating me. This is a great beer. Have to say the only downside is that after a couple sips, my taste buds are destroyed. Either I stick with the hops or I will have to go to my backup session beer because this is so flavorful I can't taste anything else. The mouthfeel is what I would expect out of a good IPA, lightly carbonated with a medium body. The drinkability is great, I could drink a couple of these. However I would probably fall down after that because I can definitely feel the alcohol in this one. Great beer!

Photo of soupyman10
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs.

A near explosion on the first attempt, and then a pour of a light amber-copper color with a beautiful fluffy two-to three fingers of head and tons of busy rising bubbles through the crystal clear brew. Head sticks around and eventually leaves a ton of sticky lacing when it drains.

Nose is nice - lots of busy fruit aromas. Citrus, apricot, orange, maybe some light cherries. Mixed nicely with malt - toffee and caramel with a touch of cookies. Some sourness shows up as the beer warms. Light pepper. Really nice, unique, interesting aromas that come through nicely, especially as the beer warms up.

Flavor is likewise - delicious and unique. Standard fruity hops up front htat transition to a malty sourness in the middle of the beer. Light caramel. A more biting hop presence on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. Funky cookies. Starfruit and apples maybe. A hoppy beer, but also complex and interesting.

Body is medium, fine, with solid medium carbonation - lets the flavors shine.

Really delicious, unique IPA. Would try it again if I could find it around here (I can't).

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a nice hop presence are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast spiciness, grapefruit, lemon zest, hint of orange, pine, and a hearty bitterness make up a well balanced IPA. A hint of alcohol is present too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Very long bitter aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is just a great quality beer you don't want to put down.

Photo of cbutova
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is explosion. I poured once ounce and it made a four finger head, even when down the side very slowly. Not sure how I am supposed to drink it. This head is a monster, I thought Sculpin was nuts. One hand head that retains like a freakin superhero. No points are deducted from this on appearance, there is nothing wrong here. Smell is good stuff. Large hints of pine, pineapple, citrus fruits like lemon and orange, more hops. This is certainly a hop bomb, the malts are there but no where in sight in the hose. I would give it a 5.0 but Sculpin's scent is a whole level above this. Taste is also a hop bomb, malts in there but it's mostly a nice blend of citrus hops, pineapple is amazing in this beer. Piney hops also present. Mouthfeel is appropriate, nice medium carbonation, moderate body, perfect for a huge IPA. Drinkability is great, the price is a bit much around here but worth it, the hops will get too much after a while. Alesmith continues to impress me.

Photo of oceanman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale orange, bubbles steadily rising, very healthy head.

Smells of pine cone, orange peel, ginger, grains.

Orange on front end, then bitterness hits hard on mid-palate with clean but rewarding finish. Bitterness is a bit one-dimensional.

Big carbonation for an IPA, but not obtrusive. This is very light and bouncy for such a flavorful brew. Bitterness builds steadily, but in a pleasant, warming way. A unique IPA.

Photo of FishGetter
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker amber color with loads of streaming bubbles. Half inch frothy head.
Not a real fregrant nose. Some sweet malts with very mild citrus hops. Somewhat bready nose captured for the most part.
After breaking through a frothy head, a melow cirtus hop flavor. Some sweetend barly breaks through with a semi-spicy alchol burn to finish.
Almost a medium body with sticky oily resins left in the mouth. Remains on tounge with alchol.
Respectable but not very impressive by a west coast IPA. Was very excited to see it back on the shelfs after what I was told to be "distrbution problem". Freshness is suspect here but really feels like lighting a firecracker and finding out its a dud.

Photo of jminsc76
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at McGs in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Pours a large foamy head, with thick lacing down the side. The body is a golden yellow, and has plenty of rising bubbles. The head reforms easily upon agitation.

Aromas are incredible, and include pine, vanilla, a little bit of caramel, and some lighter fruits; which ones I cannot put my finger on. Pear perhaps? Whatever it is, it contributes greatly to an overall refreshing bouquet.

Flavors include the aforementioned pine and citrus as well as bitterness and bite, with a wide spectrum of fruits such as orange and grapefruit. Damn it's good. Almost obliterates the palate after awhile, and this isn't even an Imperial IPA.

The hefty carbonation keeps the palate clean and refreshed, with a lighter mouthfeel that at times seems medium-bodied due to the range of flavors.

Overall, a damn good IPA with malt flavors merely balancing out the palate, but letting the hops come through like something lovely.

A true West Coast IPA. This is how it's done bitches! Recognize!

Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold with a huge chunky head, very inviting on this frigid night. Smell were sweet hops typical of you west coast IPA. Taste was better than I expected, the hops balance nicely with the malty finish. Thehigh ABV was masked bu the balance. This was a better than expected beer and would totaly pick this up again.

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium looking off-white head with great retention. Perfectly clear with lots of carbonation evident. Burnt orange in color, or gamboge when held to the light. A good film remains until the end and leaves some great looking lacing down the sides. Very nice.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malt with lots of citrus and grapefruit notes. Spices, tyme in particular, and some nice floral hoppy notes as well. Some hints of orange and mango in there as well. Quite an impressive nose, bordering on a DIPA.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malt again, with a good dose of citrus and grapefruit notes as well. Follows the nose beautifully. Some floral hops through the middle into a nice hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, consisting of floral and bitter citrus notes though the finish. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body with higher end carbonation. A little light on the palate, but creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky and mouth-coating. Alcohol very well hidden.

OVERALL: Though the body was a little light, this might be the best IPA I've had yet. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable, this is one to watch out for. Its bold flavors and higher ABV put it at the border of DIPA country. A little more juice and it might have to defect. That said, I can certainly see why this is one of the most highly acclaimed IPA's in the land. If you're a fan of the style, you won't be disappointed. I just hope I can find more of these. Recommended.

Photo of steve8robin
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Julios...

A: The color is a golden honey color. When poured the head was about 4 finger widths high. Half was the beer and half was the head. Not my favorite because of the crazy head, but the color is awesome.

S: Complex scent going on. Can't put my finger on exactly what each scent is, but one of the scents almost smells like flowers.

T: Kind of a harsh taste up front. Very complex, but way too hoppy for me. Hard to get past the hoppiness.

M: Good carbonarion balance to this brew.

D: Tough for me to get past the hops. Too harsh for me making this brew a little tough to drink.

All in all, this one is a little overrated in my opinion. Not for me. It's good, but too harsh with the hops.

Photo of drink1121
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this.

A- Typical IPA color with actually really good head retention.

S- Not as much hops as I would have thought up front. I get a little yeast in the nose with some lemon citrus.

T- Pretty good malt-to-hops balance for a west-coast IPA A surprisingly bitter at the end. Kinda disspoited after having Sculpin a few weeks ago.

M- Sort of a hot initial mouthfeel. Cooled down as it warmed. Pretty smooth.

D- Alright, but not great for an IPA. I wouldnt have the whole bomber as I shared with kfsv034. Slightly dissapointing brew.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow with a thick, rocky off-white head.

Big juicy grapefruit aroma along with pineapple, pine resin and a hint of caramel malts and earthiness.

Lots of citrusy hops in the taste. Grapefruit, orange and pine with a nice balance of caramel malts which follows.

Medium bodied, slick, with a fairly sparkly carbonation.

This IPA from AleSmith was everything I had expected. Hoppy, yet well-balanced and so drinkable. I highly recommend.

Photo of hobojon
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma- clean floral pungent hops. sweet malt, light caramel, and clean alcohol. resin, pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus. dried apricot. very vegetative but good. very good aroma.

App- huge creamy off white foam. clear gold. laces.

Taste- tropical fruit. lots of different hops- simcoe, citra, amarillo, centennial? very sweet caramel. subtle vegetative taste. balanced bitterness. slightly harsh alcohol for only 7.25%. great yeast esters.

Mouth- fine med high carb. dry. pleasing resin. clean and creamy.

Overall- very good. unique and complex. well crafted.

Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a freshness date into a goblet. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thick white head of large bubbles and carbonation is moderate. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops. Strong pine present, overall the aroma is weaker than I expected. Still smells like an IPA. Not much malt or sweetness in the aroma.

Beer is full bodied. Good beer, feels like you are chewing through the hops. Fills my mouth. There is nice palate connectivity. Overall a great experience. Second drink, beer is a little dry. The hop resin completely coats your mouth. Lots of sweet hop flavor and nice back of the mouth bitterness. No real aftertaste. Drinkability high, great mouthfeel, overall a great IPA experience.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer in the top 50 that I don't have to send away for and is less than $10 a bottle? Sign me up!

Large, white, craggy head that is almost too big. Mildy hazy amber color.

Acidic pineapple and sharp pine aroma. Taste is sharp citrus rind and snappy light cracker malt--extremely biting. I know IPAs arent's supposed to be balanced, and West Coast ones even less so, but the hops are so sharp and the malt is so weak it's just downrght unpleasant I tell you. Tastes like a homebrew gone centennial crazy. Thin, bottle-conditioned smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA here. Not even Alesmith's best, to give you an idea how great they are. Big amounts of carbonation gush to the top after a pour.

Sticky resinous hops cover the palate. Great grapefruit, my mouth is puckered. Fair amount of pine and non grapefruit citrus compliment the beer. Still, puckering.

Another example of what is probably considered an "extreme" IPA but those anywhere but the West Coast. Could drink this all day.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,124 ratings.