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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,898
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 410
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 JonathanL7890


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz growler from bgthang.
Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a light amber / dark golden color. 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma: floral hops , some citrus.
Taste: well balanced, not much hop bite .
Mouthfeel: good
Drinkability: very good.
A very nice IPA. not my favorite but on my short list. I would buy more of this if readily available.

05-18-2008 22:47:12 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of jakon


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

22oz bottle purchased for $5.69 on 5-16-8 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a very quick rising head that displays great retention while leaving behind thick splotches of lacing.

The aroma features orange zest, pineapple, pine needles, spicy cannabis and light alcohol. Just an overall very bright hop presence.

The taste is top notch as far as IPA's go. All my favorite hop characteristics can be found in abundance here. Bitterness is dialed in perfectly.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA.

05-17-2008 03:00:20 | More by jakon
Photo of josiahschlender


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

From a great-looking bomber pours a great-looking beer. This is a really pretty IPA. Very clear, copper color. It has a precious metal look to it. Excellent creamy, foamy head. Lots of lacing. The previous reviewer called this beer velvety, which I agree with. The persistent head adds to that.

Upon uncapping, aromas immediately streamed out before even pouring. This is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away. Really nice aromatic hops. I notice mandarins, nectarine, pine resin... all very sweet and nectar-like. Normally I'd want more malt smells to come through, but I'm perfectly happy smelling this hop flower.

Taste is excellent. Here the malts show themselves, but not after a first rush of the sweet, aromatic hops. They move aside and mingle with the substantial, caramel and bready malts. Appropriate but in-control bittering hops round out the long finish. Wow, I'm really enjoying this beer, and it's not just because I had a long day.

Mouthfeel is so creamy, smooth and velvety. Perfect for this beer, in my opinion.

This is such a good, well rounded IPA. Highly recommended. I need to try more AleSmith beers now.

05-15-2008 01:58:02 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Kegatron


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish gold with 2 fingers of just the slightest off-white head. The retention is fantastic, with at least a good 1/2 finger of creamy foam left behind with produces big sticky hop lacing. The aroma is ahhh...West Coast awesomeness right up my nose! Fresh pine, grapefruits, spice, and sweet backing malts.

The taste is more of the same. Biting (but not overly so) resinous hop bitterness and zesty citrus that is backed by a solid backbone of bready caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and velvety feel down the throat.

This is a great representation of what San Diego has to offer. A delicious flavor profile mixed with one fantastic drinkable package. I would love for this to be my go to IPA. Great stuff!

05-14-2008 16:29:55 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Med


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Pours a nice tan color with a slight chill-haze. Head is white and about one finger but doesn't last. lacing is merely okay.

S - Hops at the front but not overpowering. Citrus and slight cat pee (not necessarily a bad thing).

T - As with the aroma the hops are the story here. Grapefruit and orange peel followed by a nice bitterness. The finish lingers on.

M - Medium bodied but the carbonation takes it. Small bubbles tingle on the tongue and add to the experience.

D - Very quafable. If only this was available locally!

All in all a fine example of the American IPA. Certainly not a session beer but easy to drink.

05-12-2008 00:10:33 | More by Med
Photo of halfP1NT


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

Huge thanks to t0rin0 for this one...

Clear amber in color, huge, thick white head. Leaves tons of lacing. Great retention.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops-grapefruit, orange. Some light caramelly malts. Hint of spice.

Taste- exactly what I like in an IPA! Bitter, citrus hops, earthy, sweet malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through a little as it warms, but it is a light, very welcome presence.

Excellent example of an IPA, I finished the bomber and still could've had more.

05-06-2008 13:26:43 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of Goliath


3.4/5  rDev -20%

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge foamy off-white head. Great retention and plenty of lace.

Aroma is delicious. A nice hoppy nose showing big citrus notes, pine, and a little spiciness.

The taste is a bit of a let down. It's alcoholy, and a bitter hoppiness exists but is missing the familiar hop profiles I've come to expect and love. The beer does grow on you. Citrus starts to come through with a great bitterness. I'm really disappointed, and starting to wonder if this was sitting on the shelf too long because I can't see why this is a top 100 brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Relatively high alcohol limits consumption as well as subpar flavors.

05-06-2008 04:27:50 | More by Goliath
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

seaoflament hooked me up with this one as a bonus in a recent trade. huge thanks carlos!

22oz bottle. sampled may 2/08.

pours deep orange, nearly red in the center, with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops fairly quick to a fine layer on top and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. bit of alcohol. slightly powdery hops. big bread and cracker malts. touch of orange and tangerine.

mmmm, taste is excellent. solid hoppy punch up front - grapefruit mostly, and a bit of pine. fades into a bit of alcohol, then the big bread and cracker malt. finishes with a solid medium bitterness level. bit of tangerine. light caramel sweetness. slightly floral hops too, but never getting perfumey.

mouthfeel is excellent. just below medium carbonation level. great medium body. slightly drying hop presence.

drinkability is great. this is one top notch ipa - and that's saying a lot with the number out there. perfectly balanced. great malt depth. interesting hop presence. it'd be drinking this all the time were it available locally.

05-03-2008 01:03:01 | More by grub
Photo of Tilley4


5/5  rDev +17.6%

Huge thanks to 0110x011 for sending this incredible brew in a recent trade.

Pours into my Duvel tulip a gorgeous glowing golden color with a huge, fluffy, frothy, white head that seems to last forever...

Big, citrusy grapefruit/orangey aroma wafts out of the glass and bombards me with a sweet hoppy smell that is very reminiscent of Hopslam.. This is an IPA? Sure don't look or smell like it...

Wow... I'm completely unprepared for this blast of sweet, hoppy, citrusy, juicy goodness... Its just ridiculous... Its the perfect IPA...loaded with a West Coast hoppiness and balanced by a sweet maltiness... Man, this is great..

Scary, scary drinkable... I can't get enough and before I know it, this is almost gone...

Ok, I'll admit it... This blows every other IPA away in my book.. My previous favorites just don't have what this one does.. Unfortunately, unless Alesmith decides to start distribution to Tn, I won't be having this one again anytime soon. And that's just sad...

Best IPA in the world or at least the best that I've ever had..

05-03-2008 00:33:56 | More by Tilley4
Photo of SaucyA


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Frothy, cream white head, with lots of carbonation feeding it. Beautiful clear orange body, in my Short's 20 oz. pint glass. It looks good! Lacing.

S - Abundant floral hops, not so much malt. A great west coast nose.

T - So tasty! Well-balanced hop/malt interaction, with a nice bitter bite at the finish. It's a clean and really well put-together AIPA, almost bordering on a DIPA in terms of both taste and smell.

M - Thicker and oily, with medium/high carbonation to help ease it down.

D - This is a little high in ABV, and the hops are pretty intense, yet it goes down easy and is a pleasure to consume.

Notes: Huge thanks to urwatuh8 for including this in a recent trade as an extra. I've been on an IPA kick lately and this one really hit the spot. If it were available to me I'd pick this up a lot.

05-01-2008 20:35:26 | More by SaucyA
Photo of pheggeseth


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A: golden yellow with a huge rocky white head, tons of lacing, not much carbonation

S: floral and fruity hops up front, slight caramel and berries in the middle

T: oaky wood up front with floral notes again, some fruit in the middle with some piney sweetness, it all tapers off a little more quickly than I would like

M: crisp, maybe a little low on carbonation, ever so slightly thin?

D: a very unique IPA in my opinion, strong and complex, but still totally drinkable

04-28-2008 02:46:47 | More by pheggeseth
Photo of gford217


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bottle courtesy of tayner poured into a pint glass. Thanks Dana!

A: Pours a clear, bright golden with a beautiful thick fluffy head that hangs around for ages. Fantastic lacing and a great looking IPA all the way around.

S: Big citrus and piny hops in the nose with a pleasant malt aroma in the background. Strong lemon and grapefruit smells on top of the fragrant pine.

T: Initial bitterness of the piny hop blast almost immediately gives way to the citrus, with lemon zest, oranges, and grapefruits dominating. Very subtle malt background throughout before the pine hop bitterness reenters the fray in the lingering aftertaste. Pretty aggressive but well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with enough carbonation and bitterness to zing the tongue nicely. Despite the zing, the overall mouthfeel is actually very smooth.

D: One of the more drinkable IPAs out there and a solid example of a West Coast IPA. This is about as big as you can get without getting into DIPA territory. Another great beer from the folks at AleSmith who rarely disappoint.

04-27-2008 22:09:12 | More by gford217
Photo of dedrinker


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Dark gold with a almost off-white head. Aromas of citrus and melons and a little sweet malt. Tastes like tangerine and cantaloupe with a little children's chewable aspirin. Full body. Flowery, fruity hops overall. Finishes with some bitter hop. Totally pushes the IPA into Imperial IPA territory, but it's all relative I suppose. Big Ups to Tim Drhuhggs and his sister for making this beer happen for me. Totally worthy.

04-27-2008 03:03:42 | More by dedrinker
Photo of macster


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

A wonderully well balanced IPA. Pours an amber-orange color under a dense, but thin, whipsy white head.

Aroma of course is dominated by the hops with tons of freshly sliced grapefruit and orange, along with some faint notes of honey, pine, lemon and yeast rolls.

Pleasing full palate; smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spritz.

Although this is a typical west coast hop monster, the semi-sweet malt profile comes through nicely in the flavor department balancing impeccably with the big, bitter hop notes. Finish is long, dry, bitter, clean and crisp. Very easy goin' down.

In summary, simply one of the best American IPA,s out there

04-26-2008 05:39:56 | More by macster
Photo of ABCJiugui


3.53/5  rDev -16.9%

shaped pint glass

A- Light amber, clear first on, some yeast wisps when pouring later in the bottle, 2 finger head, good retention to 1mm cap, constant blotchy lacing.

S- piney, citric, floral american hopping, not much else, but a nice, typical american ipa hop aroma.

T- piney resinous, aggressive, just short of being overpowering, strong bittering finish that lasts along while, but not harsh- very pleasant and expected. Malty sweetness is quick- I would have liked a touch more, medium in nature, but quickly moved into hops. Finishes dry, but not too much so.

M- small carbonation, medium light body, not astringent, nice going down, and altho there is hop bitterness, not tongue strippingly so.

A nice american IPA- I may have preferred a slight more aggressive hop AND malt profile, but that's kinda overkill I suppose for the style. The long bittering, but not overpowering, hop finish is really enjoyable, and definitely highlights the flavors present.

04-26-2008 02:56:38 | More by ABCJiugui
Photo of SQNfan


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt.

04-24-2008 20:44:29 | More by SQNfan
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -4%

Wow, pours pale straw yellow, hazy, crazy carbonated, huge white foamy head, lacing nicely.

Aroma of american hops, floral and citrusy fresh hops, husky american 2 row.

Flavor is bang of hops, a light malt backbone and a palate cleasing carbonation that makes it difficult to discern any complex undertones that might be present. As it warms up, the hop profile seems alot more interesting.

A little to carbonated for my taste, and I'd recommendend not to serve this one to cold.

04-15-2008 02:10:50 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of emerge077


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to Weibull for this one...

What I came away with from this was an impression of perfect balance. Very fruity, juicy hop character was bolstered by a light and tasty pale malt base. Sweet orange/grapefruit/citrus was dominant, aroma of dusty malt and lightly spicy yeast also.

It had a deep golden amber color, and laced a little bit in the pint glass. Bitterness was at a manageable level, not over the top, just right. A little bit drying in the aftertaste.

Shared the 22 oz., but could easily enjoy one or two at a time. That will be a personal goal of mine, an afternoon with Alesmith IPA...

04-12-2008 03:12:40 | More by emerge077
Photo of atigerlife


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a golden/orange, slightly hazy. Nice slightly off white fluffy head. Yeast floating in brew [beer slightly shaken prior to pouring].

Aroma is wonderful. Quite strong hops, sweet, flowery, orange. Nice.

Taste is hops, floral, ctirus, malts. Slightly sweet. This is just wonderful stuff. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very dry, nicely cleansing. Somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is a very impressive brew. Very, very drinkable. Nicely balanced and tremendous flavor.

04-11-2008 02:06:17 | More by atigerlife
Photo of callmemickey


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Dark golden/amber body with a huge fluffy off-white head.. great retention... thick lacing... inviting!

S: Mix of grapefruit/lemon citrus hops.. soft foresty pine hops... dash of sweet malt

T: Mirrors the nose... slightly bolder blast of grapefruit and lemon bitter hops... piney comes in towards the end... nice lingering piney bitterness...

M: Smooth transitions between the different hop characteristics... as above the finish is lingering but crisp... nice!

D: One of the best IPAs out there ... great work alesmith!

04-03-2008 02:13:03 | More by callmemickey
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

great great great ipa. being an east coast native, i expected this one to be overly hopped and unbalanced, following the stereotype of west coast ipa. boy, was i wrong. georgeous dark golden color with a frothy white head that wouldn't go away. nose and taste exhibited extremely well balanced hop profile riding on a nice malt backbone with just enough bitter in the finish. medium full body that just begged to be enjoyed again and again and again. these guys make me want to give up and move as close as possible to the alesmith brewery so i can do nothing but be an alesmith lab rat. much respect to the alesmith team.

03-29-2008 00:54:20 | More by timtim
Photo of OlieIPA


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

This is a very good beer!!!! One of my favorite IPA's. The appearance was a very gold/copper color and clean for the most part. The smell was very hoppy, sooo good!!! The taste was also extremely awesome, leaving me with a citrus like taste. Mouthfeel was also very clean. Easy to drink...I highly recommend this beer.

03-27-2008 08:18:23 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours clear coppery gold, with a massive four-inch head of foamy white.
Lacework smears the glass throughout the duration. Ripped curtains, dots, and shredded ropes make for a grand appearance.
Aromatics are floral, citrus-ladel, and plenty hoppy.
Tangerine, melon, mangoe, grapefruit pith, spruce dew, and a hint of cracked coriander.
Quite aromatic, but not incredibly pungent.
The mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and tacky.
Tropical fruit, snappy hop resins, and juicy lupulin burst onto the pallet.
Bitterness is firm, drying, and smooth.
Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing, and the malt base is quite light.
Finishes with lingering citrus fruit, an earthy spruce note, and drying powdered grapefruit.

Great IPA, and probably in my top ten for the style. To have a screaming fresh pitcher would be bliss.

03-20-2008 00:17:41 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of jwolfie70


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light copper color, with a good sized white head that stuck around for a while and left a good coating on the glass. The smell was caramel, apricots and flowery hops. The taste was caramel balanced by a wonderful flowery, citrusy hop flavor balancing it out wonderfully. This is one of my favorite IPAs, if not my favorite. A beer I would highly recommend.

03-15-2008 19:29:32 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of DefenCorps


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

22oz bottle, half of which is poured into my Duvel tulip. Thanks, bennetj17

A: I decanted this to leave the yeast in the bottle for the second pour. As a result, this one's crystal clear, light caramel-amber with a giant frothy head that leaves lacing on the glass. The laser-etched D at the bottom of the glass gives a steady stream of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Superb balance between the pine hops and the crystal malt. There's a definite astringency to the aroma. Floral and orange notes but tons of pine here.

T: The body on this one is a little thinner than the color would suggest but the focus of this one is the hops. They really do shine through. Starts off with caramel malt-sweetness but progresses to a biting hop bitterness. The finish is all pine hops. Delicious.

M: Silky smooth and slick on the tongue. As I said, this is all about hops here - the malt is present, well balanced but not assertive.

D: Excellent. I'd never be able to tell this one had any alcohol in it. I'd drink it all night long.

03-08-2008 00:41:27 | More by DefenCorps
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