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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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95
world-class

3,202 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,202
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 423
Gots: 324 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of cvaypai
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle to new belgium globe. Thanks to andrew for this one.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden straw yellow with hints of orange throughout. Totally clear when held up to light. Poured with a 2 finger fluffy white head that lasts and lasts. Leaves an awesome layered lacing down the glass.

Smell - Wonderful fruity and citrus aromas. Tons of grapefruit, orange and other fruity scents. Notes of floral hops also come through and meet a bit of grassyness. A bit of pine but hard to find. A faint whiff of some bready malt.

Taste - Just like it smells, tons of citrus in the taste. Lots of wonderful grapefruit, the floralness comes through also meeting a tiny bit of spice and a wonderful sticky bitterness. The pine can be found on the tongue as indicated by the nose, what a lovely IPA. The bready malts are there if you search hard enough and a bit of caramel sweetness can be found.

Mouthfeel - This ones carbonation is right where it needs to be. It maybe feels a bit thin for the style, the bitterness bites the tongue very nicely and it has a definite stickyness to it. Not as sticky as some though.

Drinkability - I could drink the bomber of this quite easily but I would probably stop there, it's a great beer but the market would keep me from drinking it all the time, probably along with the price. I could see it being a fairly regular treat though.

Photo of adkirkish
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Subtle pale malt, citrusy and floral hops, no esthers, slight astringency.
A: Pours Clear, golden yellow w/ a thin white head that quickly dissipates.
F: Tastes bitter upfront, malt presence is slight if non existent, the balance is towards the bitter hops. Finish is w/ a lingering bitterness.
M: I found it to be lacking in carbonation with an almost watery mouthfeel. No warmth / creaminess . Slight astringency coming from the hop bitterness.
O: This beer has a great nose per style. A very bitter IPA. However I found this beer to be lacking in mouthfeel and taste. Suggest more in the way of malt character that would improve the body and flavor of this beer.

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

22 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a hazy copper with a medium white head.

S: Quite subtle citrus flavors followed by a nice hop aroma.

T: This is where the beer gets its value: powerful citrus flavors dominate the palate with a crisp hop finish that doesn't linger too long.

M: Very smooth and well-carbonated.

D: Wow, one of the best IPA's I've ever tried, possibly beaten out only by Sculpin in flavor profile while a hair smoother than Two-Hearted.

Photo of thetomG
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant golden straw-yellow with a good amount of foamy white head that stick around quite well leaving some lacing around the glass.

Aroma is quite nice with subtle floral and fruity notes with a hint of hoppyness.

The taste is similar but with some bitterness coming through in the finish - not too much, but just the right amount.

Well carbonated and lively in your mouth, but overall just supremely balanced.

An excellent representation of the style and, surprisingly, not overly hoppy and bitter like many west coast IPAs tend to be.

I will definitely be drinking this one again if I get the chance....

Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled at Madison, WI BA Tasting #3

a - yellow, white head. some sea monkeys floating around

s - citrus hops, sweetness. quite nice.

t - Big hops. both pine and citrus. bitterness sticks around for a bit, but not too bad. I almost want to say there was some mint in there?

m - light body. refreshing.

overall - tasty. easy to drink, especially for 7.25%!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've actually had 3 bottles of this now, all from my buddy John (Sideswipe) in Cali. I finally got around to reviewing it, and I took notes. The following is a true account of those tasting notes. Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent.

A bright cheery gold with some particulates/floaties in there... Huge torrents of carbonation rising up through the glass in columns of bubbles--- reminds me of the current oil leak-- thanks BP! 3 fingers of frothy white billowy head-- just huge.

Sweet bready/caramel malts with big fresh citrus and grapefruit hops... maybe even a bit floral. Flavor starts sweet and then turns to the hop profile. Towards the finish, the sweetness rises up again to mesh with the lingering bitterness. Comes across as very well balanced. It acts as a reminder of how delicious the whole beer is put together.

Feels light and airy with tons of carbonation. This feel like it could be an ultimate summertime beer--- then the 7% abv would catch up to you! The taste is refreshing too. Very nicely balanced, but leaning towards the hoppier side.

Photo of urwithdave
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the guys for breaking this out at the 110k release. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A- pours golden copper in color with a huge sudsy white head. Superb retention. A smashing amount of lacing is splattered on my glass. I don't think it could have looked any better.

A- This puppy is FRESH! huge grapefruit right in your face. A big hop profile with pine and floral notes following. This smells big DIPA big.

T- the nose isn't off on this one. Exactly what I was expecting after smelling it. West coast IPA all the way. Huge grapefruit and orange zest. Followed by a ton of piney hops. There is a hint of caramel in the back, but it's wayyy in the back. The hops dominate by a long shot.

M- medium bodied with a perfect level of carbonation. A semi dry finish with lingering hops on the pallate and up in your throat.

D- OUTSTANDING! I could drink this for days. I have had DIPAs that have failed to touch this single IPA. I'd say it's probably the best single IPA I have had to date. Well done Alesmith.

Photo of mondegreen
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into an Achel Goblet

A: Cloudy tangerine orange with a dense foamy head that hangs around. Very nice looking.

S: Sweet citrus hops. Very nice smelling, if a little one dimensional.

T: Hops are on full display here. What malt backbone there is sits way in the background. Bitterness lingers on the palate for a few seconds. This one is for lovers of hops.

M: Velvety smooth. The carbonation helps lend to a creamy mouthfeel very very impressive.

D: Good. I could see this being a regular if I could buy it in GA.

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with golden highlights. It had a fluffy, white, two-finger head of foam that left sticky, patches of foam.

S - Big citrus aroma with hints of pine and burnt toast maltiness. Great IPA aroma!

T - Hops bring a piney bitterness with a strong dose of citrus. It has a nice sweet caramel backbone that balances out the potent hop bite.

M - This IPA is crisp, sharp and finishes nice and dry. A medium bodied ale that packs a punch.

D - This is a really good American IPA. I'm really glad I was able to finally try this.

Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a huge, sticky white head.

In your face pine, grapefruit, orange rind, and pungent flowers. The hops are raw and lend an oily feel to the beer. Honestly, the hops cover up most, if not all, of the malt, but it must be there otherwise this would taste more like a hop tea and not the aggressive IPA that it is. The hops aren't quite as successful at covering up the the alcohol, which has a coarse, almost acetone-like character.

I can't get enough of the in-your-face hops, but the alcohol definitely detracts from both the flavor profile and my ability to drink much of this. When did single IPAs climb over 7%? Bring this down into the 6.5-7.0% range and I'd be all over this one.

Photo of BigbROB
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a mystery IPA from Davidsk in a trade.

A - nice orange hazy with a good amount of head. Lots of yeast sediment.

S- A little citrus but mostly smelling lots of big hops!

T- Excellent! Nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Taste a little citrus with big piney hops.

M - long after taste. carbonation leaves a nice light feeling on the tongue.

D - very smooth highly drinkable.

Reviewed 5-25-10 1st review!

Photo of theghost3
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, straw color with a very foamy, huge head. Lots of layered lacing; floating yeast sediment. This one was a gusher. I would have given this a 5 for appearance if not for how unstable it was during the pour.

The smell is fresh grapefruit with pine--all hops. The taste is citrusy, bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp & carbonated, slightly sticky. There's some solid sediment there.

This is a deliciously drinkable IPA. I completely understand why it gets such great reviews. Just be sure to let it sit for a little bit after uncapping to avoid its instability.

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

Poured into a over sized wine glass

A: Orange color with a huge off white head and sticky sticky lace fantastic head retention hazy beer with stuff floating around all over!

S: Citrus, Orange Grapefruit smell is just fantastic bright big hops

T: smell and taste are right in line, the malt is far in the background. hops dominate!

M: light mouth high carbonation stings the tongue in a refreshing good way

D: highly drinkable

overall: I can see why this beer gets so much love its a great beer!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a murky golden orange with a finger of white head, good retention and great lacing.

S: nice piney aromas with cirus fruit, caramel and a good balance between the sweet malts. After a couple whiffs I also get mango in the nose.

T: great citrus fruit forward flavors with caramel and great balance again between the malts and the piney hops.

M: medium body with good amount of carbonation to accent the overall taste and a pleasent bitter sweet finish.

D: damn good beer in every category and drinks great all the way through. Now I can see why it's in the top 100.

Photo of somestranger
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1pt 6 fl. oz (65cl) bottle at a "Systembolaget"-store in Stockholm, Sweden.

The bottle was well chilled, approximately 45F (7-8C). The contents were poured directly into two pint glasses which created a big white foam that was loaded with fruity and hoppy tunes, just as promised by the brewery.

After smelling the ale your expectations are huge, and the taste that builds up in your mouth does not let you down. There are lots of small small bubbles created by the bottle conditioned yeast that makes that sweet tickling feeling for your taste buds.

If you're into American styled IPA this is a great one for you, and getting a big bottle is an extra plus (yes it's even possible to share this bottle)!

Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clouded orange amber beer, an off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is an explosion of citric and floral aromas, grape-fruit, lime, orange. Pine needles and cones, dried and fresh flowers in a midsummer meadow.

The taste has some brown sugar and fresh rye bread, grape-fruit juice and peel, and bitter lemon seeds.

Low carbonation, a smooth and oily complexity followed by a warm dry feeling.

A beer that is so packed with aroma and taste that it really needs good time to indulge. But worth every minute of it. Possibly a bit too much hops compared to the malt.

Photo of hawks10
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

Almost a grapefruit juice orange/reddish color, pale and somewhat hazy...a few fingers of pillowy soft white head forms and sticks around for a while, leaving some good lacing on the way down...

First thing that hit my nose was grapefruit, a very sweet, tropical/citrus fruit hop aroma, thick and sticky...becomes slightly piny the more I smell...

Nicely balanced, more malt upfront than expected, sweet and full, really offsets the abundance of citrus hops...overall a sweet beer as the hops never become overly bitter...as the brew warms the beer does start to dry out, becoming slightly piny and bitter as I drink...

Medium bodied, pretty smooth/slick, less carbonated on the tongue than most other IPA's...for me, I prefer a more bubbly, tingly IPA to a slick one, but this was by no means bad...

Pretty good IPA overall, the feel was a little off to me and the malt maybe a tad bit too forward, but overall I enjoyed this beer and would definitely give it another go in the future...

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

Careful first pour from the 22 oz. bottle is a clear gold with a good head that lasts and is regenerated a bit with each sip. Second pour was a bit cloudier.

Aromas of malt, citrus, hops, brown sugar.

Malty up front and sweet, with floral, grapefruit rind, bitter finish that goes long. Very clean tastes.

Body is medium with good carbonation, producing a creamy mouthfeel.

Very good version of a highly hopped IPA, and quite drinkable.

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

65 cl long-necked brown bottle, with white writing (only the name).

A: Pours hazy pale golden with hints of red. The enormous white sparkeling head is airy and thick at the same time (!?). Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Very fruity, american floral hops gives it a piney citric wibe, but there are also tropical fruits. Passion fruit and orange sezt.

T: Very dry and piney. Bitter and floral hops in great harmony. Slight roasted caramell malt gives it a nice backbone but it could have been a little stronger.

M: Long dry aftertaste. Body is light to medium and carbonation is smooth.

D: Nice, very fruity. I usually like a little more balance between hops and malt in my beers. Here it's almost all hops, nice though.

Photo of zoso1967
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely medium amber that is orange in the center and golden around the edges. A equally lovely layer of fluffy foam sits on top, slowly melting into the beer and leaving sticky lace. The aroma is full on American northwest hops. Grapefruit, orange and pine. I also detect just a bit of toasted malty sweetness. One sip and I can tell this is definitely a west coast IPA. Tons of hop flavor inundates my tongue. Grapefruit, pine, orange and some dank skunkyness. These hops taste fresh as hell and are delicious. The malt is WAY in the back but does a good job of holding up the hops and keeping this from being too much of a bruiser. Not as bitter as some west coast IPAs, I really am digging what this beer has to offer. The mouthfeel is medium with a very nice amount of carbonation and a clean dry finish. Very drinkable if you are into hops, and one of the finest, if not THE finest IPA I have ever had.

Photo of dqrull
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy beautiful light amber with a massive head that lsts for a long time.

Smells of loads of tropical fruits, grape fruit, pineapple and passion fruit, some other exotic fruits that I seem to recognize but cant really place. There is a very light hint of piny resin as well, backing up the fruits.

Taste is... well, tired. Obviously there has been something great here, once, but as I live on the other side of the globe from San Diego.... :(

Well, what is there is some fruity and piny hops, but the bitterness is no where near balanced with hop flavours. Flavours are receeded too far and well, it just doesnt taste as good as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel here is probably the best thing with this beer, really luxurious and fresh, would really love to try this hyped beer fresh :(

Photo of deapokid
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely excited to have AleSmith come to Philly and dying to try my first from their catalog.

This modestly bottled IPA pours a hazy golden in color with a rich and billowy head. The lacing is some of the finest I've ever laid eyes on and it covers the glass like a coat of paint. The small bubble carbonation (which is mentioned on the bottle) is visible and, supposedly, it adds to the flavor profile.

Big hop stink takes up the bulk of the aromatic bouquet, wavering nicely somewhere between a grapefruit's tartness and a dry bitterness.

From first sip, the masterful balance is evident. A delicious maltiness works alongside the hop scratch and citrus sweet to level out the two extremes, which is key, making this beer a subtle experience and not a vulgar display of power.

It's also much smoother than most IPAs, saving a decent size bite for the finale without it being cloying or palate scrapping.

This definitely lives up to the hype and the malty notes are the star of the show. They bring a profound balance and make this 7.25% brew feel as light as a feather.

Photo of regspeir
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (thanks to drink1121) into a Duvel tulip
Poured a yellowish copper with a large 3-finger off-white head with great retention. Likewise the lacing, which was fairly heavy for a DIPA. Nose was grapefruit, lemon and honey and some pine. Taste is citrus (esp. lemon, grapefruit, mango) that moves to a somewhat dry and bitter finish, even though the sweetness (almost with some honey) never completely leaves. Mouthfeel was medium and smooth. Good Carbonation apparent.
This brew has a little of everything, albeit leaning toward hoppy bitterness. This would be a great warm weather refreshment and I will seek it out again for sure.

Photo of klikger
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Amber colored, large white head which dissipates relatively quickly, quality lacing

S - Grapefruit, orange, a little honey

T - Orange and lemon combined with a decent amount of malty sweetness form a nice backbone for the hops. As it warms a bit, I taste a hint of vanilla, and the floral hops are growing progressively pinier. This is so well-balanced for the style that it's scary.

M - Pretty light, yet substantial at the same time. A bit sticky, really. Not as much carbonation as it could have, but this isn't a bad thing.

D - A bomber is just about perfect for me. I could definitely down another, but I'd rather save it and drink something else.

This is a wonderful IPA and a great representative of the west coast style. I'd definitely drink this on a regular basis if I lived in an area with distribution.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coincidentally, I'm pouring this into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass, as did the reviewer immediately preceding this review. Typical IPA look: burnt orange with a hop-haze and a bone-white head that's pillowy and lasts a good while, leaving nice streaks of lace as it goes.

Aroma is a wonderful melange of grapefruit rind and flesh, orange, and mint. Very slight hint of toffee far back.

On the tongue, this is quintessential west coast IPA. Take the elements of the aroma--citrus rind, juicy citrus fruit flesh, and a hit of spearmint--add a dose of pine resin, more citrus in the form of mango, a mildly astringent green grass character, and sweet malt goodness that provides balance and just enough graininess...put it all together and you have something completely de-freaking-licious.

There's a delicate softness to the mouthfeel that almost resembles that from a tap...bubbles are small and make this thing ultra-silky. Read the text on the back, and you find this is with good reason: it's bottle-conditioned. There you go. Hallelujah.

Wonderful...a fantastic IPA, without any doubt. Excuse me while I go soak up some sun and revel in this beauty.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,202 ratings.