AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,134
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 294 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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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.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pint glass and produced a huge, fluffy, white head. Looks like a big dollop of vanilla ice cream floating on top of a beautiful golden-orange beer. The carbonation is raging on this guy. Massive amounts of bubbles keep racing to the surface. Its really taking awhile for this head to die down to a drinkable level. The head looks really thick and sticky, so its not really going anywhere. Beautiful looking IPA.

Lots of sweet, lemony, citrus notes on the aroma. Some pine and earthiness as well, but mostly sweet, hoppy citrus. The massive head really helps to trap a lot of the aromatics from escaping too quickly.

The flavor holds a nice malt base and plenty of hops. Sweet, lemon bitterness. Some faint grassy notes from the hops and a bit of caramel from the malts. Overall, classic IPA flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Drinkability is through the roof. I could drink this IPA all day. Really glad I have a bomber of it. My only complaint is that no matter how I pour this beer, I produce a ridiculously huge head. So after every pour I have to wait about 5 minutes until I can start drinking again.

Overall, this is an essential IPA. So much flavor, great balance between the hops and malt, and really beautiful to look at. Definitely one of my top three IPA's. Would love to try this on cask.

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

Poured into a pint glass, revealing some serious head (like, three inches of head and it was poured correctly too). A minute later, it doesn't appear to be fading at all, though the bubbles have gotten bigger. In fact... it's actually rising! Up over the glass! And, it's so thick it might as well be a crema. Seriously. I could make handlebar mustaches out of it, except that it tastes like soap foam. Underneath the craggy crackling mountain of head there is a viciously bubbling, possibly otherwise clear amber body. This is going to take awhile.

Smells from across the table like fresh floral hop. I can't imagine a better smell for an IPA. 10 minutes later it's finally at a drinkable level. Beautiful lacing Tastes quite carbonated, but otherwise refreshingly bitter. Good orange citrus character too, zest and rind sort. Not too dry with enough malty smoothness. Almost a medium body. There's a sort of plastic-y aftertaste. It would be more drinkable if I didn't have to battle head every time I re-poured. Incidentally, the head is just as aggressive every time the glass is topped off. For better or worse.

I like it; worthy of another try. I'm looking forward to more AleSmith.

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

Split a 22oz two ways, poured into globes.

Ar: Herbal/floral hop, lemony citrus, pine, grassy, alcohol, intense hop, aggressive resinous and vegetative hop, light caramel

Ap: very thick fluffy off white head, clear gold, dreat retention, lacing

F: very hoppy, resin, lemon citrus, pine, excellent smooth bitterness, light op roughness, orange, grapefruit, moderately vegetative, light simple sweetness but dries out nicely, alcohol, great long resinous end, tropical fruit, great hop flavor, sweetness increases with warmth

M: High fine carbonation, resinous and dry, long pleasant bitter end, lightly rough alcohol, vegetative, creamy body

O: Has a bit of hop funk, very resinous, lightly rough alc, well done, excellentwest coast IPA, one of the best ipas i've had

Photo of cleeze
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brought this along with some other west coast goodies home for me when visiting friends in San Diego. And thanks to the fellow B.A that helped her pick this out at the shop.

Poured a a cloudy dark goldish color with a great white foamy head with killer lacing to go along with it.

Smells of resiny piney goodness mixed with lots of citrus hops.

Citrus hops right up front. again a little piney on the tongue. Very pleasant. Well balanced with the malts.

Very drinkable. I wish we had it here in Maine.

Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the freshness on this one , but it seems pretty good. This is a beer I have had on a few other occasions and always thouroughly enjoy.

A: It's a bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The bubbles are not tightly packed like some others and the head retention is good but the lacing is not.

S: Very nice fresh hop aroma. It is a bit heavier on the pininess than the citrus, but there are some subtle flavors of lemon and orange.

T: Again the pine is a bit more prevelent than the citrus, but there is also a ton of grapefruit in this. After the initial pine mellows away ruby red grapefruit lingers. There is some sweet caramel, but clearly the hops dominate.

M: I really enjoy the lingering of the grapefruit, and there is no booziness present in the finish either. It is cream and full bodied.

D: THis is one of those beers where a bomber just barely seems like enough

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks again for the opportunity.
Pours a couple of shades darker than lager with a 4 inch thick bubbly white head that persists forever. Loads of citrus and pine fill my nostrils, slightly spicy/earthy as well. Taste is mostly pine and citrus maybe some bread or caramel if I strain really really hard, but this one really is all about the hops. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is sticky/resinous, body is medium. I'm torn, I really wanted to love this one, but I just don't. I find it over carbonated, one dimensional and a little boring. Maybe one day I can revisit this one on tap.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with no fancy pants label silk screened label. This bottle simply has "IPA" in big bold white letters smack dab in the middle of the label. If you miss that, you can also catch "IPA" on the neck of the bottle. At the bottom below the big ass "IPA" in small print is the ABV% and the address of the brewery. The back of the bottle is also silk screened but with 4 paragraphs that talk about all the awards this beer won, description of the beer, ingredients, and the proper serving temperature. Below the paragraphs is a white rectangle with the Government warning and the barcode in it. A best before date or a vintage year would have been nice, but of course that was the only piece of information missing from the bottle. Thanks AleSmith!

Appearance: The back of the bottle suggested that I pour this beer into an AleSmith pint glass, but I don't have one of those so a DFH pint glass will have to do. This is one of those extremely murky IPAs where you can't even see a brief silhouette of your fingers on the other side of the glass. From a short distance away, this beer appears to be a dark amber, but when I held it up into the light, I found out that it changed color and it was a more of a golden lemon meringue color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head of foam. Despite the head of foam not being all that big, this head of foam had heart. This head of foam stuck with the beer until the last drop was gone. When this head of foam did recede it left behind clingy white blots and streaks of lace all around the glass. If by looking at this beer you think its not a great IPA appearance, then please get your eyes checked.

Smell: The very first aroma that came shooting up my nose was the strong scent of pine. It didn't smell like a pine forest at dawn, but it smelled stronger than just one Christmas tree. Behind all of the pine was some bitter citrus hops, a touch of bitter and tart grapefruit, and splash of tart lemon. I could tell this was a fresh bottle because of the rich fresh scent of citrus hops and citrus fruits. Swirling this beer around is a must! The aroma won't unleash any more hops, but it will awaken the grapefruit. I liked how the aroma wasn't overly bitter in the nose, but yet it was packing in quite a few citrus fruits and more than enough pine. It was a pleasure to smell every time I put my nose to the glass.

Taste: This was a very bitter IPA, but yet it wasn't an overly bitter beer. Do you know what I mean by that? The bitter citrus hops will invade your mouth, slap your taste buds around quite a bit, but they won't knock you down on your ass and kick you on the ground while you lay there helplessly. That should help! Not only was the taste strong with bitter citrus hops, but it also liked the pine as well. It wasn't like chewing on a hand full of pine needles, but enough to get you excited. After the pine, in comes some tart grapefruit and tart lemons. The taste wasn't done just yet. After all of that, in rolls a subtle taste of toasted malts. How that broke through the hops and pine is beyond me. Then out of nowhere, in come the pine to cover up the malts with its strong pine blanket to say "you didn't just taste that." Overall, it's just a well balanced hoppy IPA. There's no denying it.

Mouthfeel: For a 7.25% ABV IPA...Did I just say 7.25% ABV? It's hard to believe that. With an ABV% of that, it should a medium bodied beer, but it wasn't. This was clearly a full bodied IPA! It was a full bodied IPA with enough carbonation to keep your attention and a mild hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was the only downside to this beer. It felt that it should have been stronger, but I guess they used most of their hoppy energy in the initial taste. The aftertaste rolled in with bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a pinch of toasted malts. When the taste hit the malts, that's when the aftertaste calmed down. Damn you malts!

Drinkability: AleSmith did another excellent job brewing a hoppy IPA that was well balanced at the same time. I don't think many breweries can say that. Like every AleSmith beer, it's not cheap! If you're able to find it, you're going to have to open your wallet wide. And like every AleSmith beer, you'll be glad in the long run that you spent that money on such a great beer. Big thanks to the state of Ohio for carrying such a great IPA!

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a nice frothy white head. Laced nicely down the glass and the head lasted through the glass. Very good looking beer. Aroma is strong with the citrus and grapefruit hops which smell excellant. I love the taste of this beer, the hops are nicely done a lot of the citrus and grapefruit flavors and not extremely bitter. This is right up there with the best IPA's I have ever tried. I would buy this frequently if I could. Very drinkable, enjoying the bomber myself today watching some football.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The chilled bomber bottle evidences quite a bit of sediment floating around the bottom, and when cracked open and poured into my Duvel tulip glass the phenomenon intensifies. The detritus appears to be remnants from the dry-hopping process, as quite a bit of the matter in suspension looks a lot like bottom-of-the-bag shake-leaves. The brew itself sparkles a shade of coppery-orange and sports a sturdy cap of glossy, creamy, eggshell-colored foam that sustains itself at two fingers' thickness.

Notes of ripe mango, lime leaves, blood oranges, juicy lemons and a smattering of evergreen pine swirl above the glass and grab onto my olfactory receptors as the head slowly settles, the cap of foam resting in a misshapen cloudlike wallop that deposits chunky bands of lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The taste is an idyllic take on the perfectly-done West Coast-style IPA, the dry, nearly invisible hint of a malt body yielding to a runaway freight train of hop flavors and and a smack in the mouth of tooth-squeaking, but well-controlled bitterness. Grassy and piney notes pump out the IBUs while mellow hints of ripe orange, lime peel oils and orchardfruits soften the drink and enrich it to savory hoppy perfection.

The drink is an easy one to swallow, and is fluffy-medium in body with understated carbonation. Highly drinkable and * almost * as good as the Pliny... Thanks, Murch!

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

Big thanks to mlaroche for bringing this over from California, been wanting to try this IPA for awhile now. This also happens to be my first beer from AleSmith.

Pours a golden/orange color with a decent sized head, fades fast, some patchy lacing.

Smell has a nice citrusy hop profile, sweet malt in the back, fairly earthy, the aroma is most powerful the moment I popped the cap then is less detectable after pouring.

Taste is sweetly hoppy, not much bitterness at all which I find weird, more refined instead of raw hop power, strength is well hidden, carbonation amount is perfect and rather soft.

If AleSmith was distributed in Maine, I could see this being one of my go-to IPA's.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

projectflam86 hooked this brew up. can't thank you enough Kyle!

A- lusicous and lasting creamy ivory cap that is so beautiful it shimmers like a halo over the slightly hazed golden body. some of the best retention i've seen on an IPA. this beer is a looker!

S - strong nose on the one too! huge whiffs of grapefruit, pinnapple, mango and lemon. juicy and resiney. this is a hop-heads wet dream.

T - again, juicy island/citrus fruits and sublime balancing act between the huge hop bill and the modest but flavorful malt.
this beer begins sweet, but it isn't for long because it turns into a samba of hops dancing on the tongue. exceptional flavor, not excessively bitter for the sake of bitter, like so many other IPA/DIPAs.

MF - sharply carbonated and chewy feel on this decent sized brew. hop oils are a little present and give a slight stickyness.

D - my burps remind me of what a wonderfully crafted beer I am consuming. I cannon get this here in Denver, so I am savoring all 22 ounces for all they are worth!

Photo of meatyard
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to AltBock for bringing me this bottle from Cleveland.

I poured in some of the yeast without paying attention, so it's a bit hazy. Color is mostly orange and amber. The head was about 2-fingers high, white and left splotchy lacing. Good amount of carbonation is visible.
The smell is mostly from the hops and it's a very pleasant fruity/citrus aroma that's not powerful but but is steady throughout the bottle.
The taste is more of the citrus hops followed by a short, light bitterness and ending with a balancing malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, perfectly carbonated and very smooth.
Drinkability is about as good as it gets.

This IPA is one of the best and deserves it's high rating. I wish AleSmith would follow Ballast Point and start sending their beer to Philadelphia. I want more.

Photo of jrallen34
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium cloudy gold with a huge chunky white head, tons of carbonation with lots of yeasy floaties. The carbonation is very active going a mile a minute. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma is pretty light with hops and citrus, but both are subtle.

The taste is very smooth nothing overpowering. There is missing a nice hard bitter bite. The hops are present just not overwhelming which hurt on the taste but make this a very crushable ipa.

Photo of dpittard
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is an IPA! Like the bomber says, "It's Pretty Awesome!" I would replace "pretty" with exceptionally, though. Everything about this beer screams IPA at the top of its lungs!

I purchased AleSmith's IPA in the bomber format, chilled to the appropriate 45˚ and poured into a glass, making sure to leave a little in the bottom to accompany the yeast. The results: big, slightly off-white head, beautiful lacing, and a not-so-clear, bright orange. The aroma immediately punches the nose and satisfies every idea of what an IPA should be. The aroma is very bright and full of citrus.

Upon the first draft, my taste buds confirm what my nose was smelling! Hops explode into your mouth followed by a hint of malt. AleSmith has found a perfect balance here. The beer finishes at the perfect level of bitter with a small note of bitter. Left in my mouth was a perfect taste of the hops. There's a fair amount of carbonation to keep you on your toes.

For IPA fanatics, this beer could set the bar! There's not too much of anything nor is there too little. This is a very crips, drinkable beer.

For those not accustomed to IPAs, this would be a perfect starting point!

Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jtrockchalk for giving me this out of the blue. This beer has been pretty elusive for me. I've had the pleasure of drinking most of the major American IPA's but this one has eluded me for over 2 years.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a tawny orange with just a little bit of ruby highlights when held up to the light. This beer creates a big 3 inch head that leaves some really sticky lacing tight lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very similar to any good west coast American IPA. Hops, hops and citrusy hops. The nose starts out with bright orange, a little lemon, and finished with just a bit of bitter white grapefruit rind. There is also just a light, mild, malty sweetness that lingers in the nostril at the tail of the aroma. The flavor is very similar but Grapefruit really is the dominant flavor. Rind bitterness, orange and just a bit of medical bitterness. I'm actually surprised with how much malt comes through. There is definitely a bit of a backbone to the hops. The mouthfeel is light leaving a great citrusy residue lingering on the palate. This really is a great brew. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try it.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,134 ratings.