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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,127
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 290 | FT: 9
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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 glid02
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a good while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus fruits with a solid amount of malt aromas backing everything up. Every now and then I get a hint of pine hops but the citrus hops are certainly in charge.

Tastes very good. Malts and hops hit the palate at the same time and the hops take over, but with a solid backing from the malt flavors. Midway through the sip the hops become a bit coarser and an almost herbal flavor comes out before a solidly bitter ending. The bitterness manages to become more intense as the beer disappears.

Mouthfeel is very good. There's a great thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could drink a whole lot of these and on a regular basis.

Overall this IPA lived up to the hype. Probably in the top 3-5 IPA's I've had that are available year round. Definitely worth a shot.

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

A: Golden in color with a slight haze to it, tons of foam on this one (seems to happen a lot with the AleSmith brews).

S: Pine and grapefruit from the hops, not much malt on the nose.

T: Much like you would expect, lots of citrus and a great piney bitterness. Hardly any malt in the taste, either.

M: Great crispness to this beer, fairly light on the body.

D: A wonderful IPA from AleSmith, good balance (despite that fact that you don't necessarily taste the malt), and great bitterness.

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown color with a very nice tight white head that is settling extremely slowly. Nice rocky head. The aroma is a nice citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Very juicy. The taste is of grapefruit hops, a bit of pine and asprin. There is a noticable malt presence but it takes a way backseat to the malt, can't really distinguish it in the flavor. A nice moderate feel with soft to tingley carbonation, which gives the brew a smooth feel. However, the asprin like characteristics lead to a very dry brew, which is a negative in my book. A very nice hoppy IPA. Has some real nice hop flavors but the asprin characteristics kill it for me a bit.

Photo of TexIndy
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Opened with a loud hiss. No date on the bottle but got from South Bay who had just gotten in a fresh batch so it's good. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with lots of carb. Some slow sliding lace. It had a massive head that was fed by an insane amount of carb streams. The head never settled so had to scoop some out to get to the beer without getting foam all over the face.

The aroma was really good with citric hops, pine resin and malty backbone. The taste followed the aroma with a good hop flavor but had a nice malt balance so not too bitter. The hops kick in in the middle and ramp-up to a nice bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel was crisp and very over-carbonated.

Overall, an excellent AIPA. High recommend. Would like to try another without the over carbonation. Not available here so not in rotation but might trade/seek another one or two.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from possibly 2008. White head with a golden color. Smells like sweet citrus and hops. This beer is incredibly smooth to drink and has no harsh bitter hops flavor. Aftertaste is dry and smooth as well. Alcohol is not detectable for a 7.25% beer. Carbonation is pretty low. This is probably one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Too bad Massachusettes doesn't get much from AleSmith or I would drink this all the time, and I rarely drink IPAs. This beer could easily creep up on you with it's high alcohol so watch out.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass this IPA has a vibrant orange color that glows in normal lighting. There is a light white lacing head that has collected to one side of the glass.

The smells are a touch muted despite a fairly fresh bottle. Pine, citrus, and pronounced grapefruit hit the nose hard. There is a resiny aroma that clings to the nostrils.

Taste is intensely bitter, nearly no malt is prevailent (this is definately a west coasty). The hop bite is like fresh hopslam - to the point where its almost overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is perfect.

I was able to put this one down fairly easily despite the seven and a quarter percent abv. There's plenty of flavor, the right amount of alcohol, and really hits the spot if you're looking for a notable IPA. Check this one out if you can get ahold of it.

Photo of Pudge43
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with portia99. Thanks Bill for the opportunity to try this one.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my Brickstone pint glass. Poured a darker blond color in my glass with a very nice three finger head. Aroma was citrus with a hoppy smell right up front. Flavor was a really nice IPA - lots of hop citrus balanced out by the malt that was also present. Mouthfeel was dry and crisp. This was a very tastee treat indeed. This is very drinkable and I would gladly try this one again if the opportunity arises.

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

Shared with some friends.

A - Poured orange witha 2 fingered off-white head, which dissipated moderately slow. Left some beautiful lacing.

S/T - It was a drive by fruiting. Moderate notes of grapefruit and bittering hops with a backbone of honeyish and caramel malts.

M - Full-bodied, super dry, and malt dominated. Had the dryness of a double IPA, not an IPA.

D - Great. Classic example of an IPA. Few are better than this one.

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

Wow - this beer is very good! I've had mixed feelings about some of the Alesmith beers available here in OH (although I do love the Speedway Stout), but this one tastes exceptional, and is light enough for some sessionability (at least compared to the Wee Heavy and Grand Cru). Pricey, but I will definitely be buying this again.

It poured a sort of dirty blond color in my glass with towering cumulus-cloud head (Duvel-like). Aroma was a sweet citrus-y hoppiness with some other odd notes present that seemed to fade as the beer warmed and I drank some of it. Flavor was a really nice IPA - lots of hop citrus and dry bitterness balanced by a significant malt framework. Mouthfeel was dry and fairly crisp (versus cloying and sticky, which can be the case in some very citrus-y IPAs). Very good.

I bought this bottle at Blacklick Liquor on Broad St in Columbus/Reynoldsburg/Blacklick. I will likely be back for more!

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber (no freshness) into SN pint glass...had been waiting in vain to try this beer after about a week of going dry...

huge four fingers of sticky white head-great retention, massive pillowy yet rocky froth...hazy burnt yellow/orange body

STRONG citrus character with a giant hop presence...good malt backbone helps keep this floral boquet in check...sweet ass west coast aroma

bitter + bitter=unbalanced!! there is a sweetness near the finish, but the bitterness takes away from everything esle. there is some citrus with a strong hop presence but it quickly fades. it seems as if there is absolutely no malt backbone for it to stand on, which contradicts my thoughts on the nose...

a bit watery and low on carbonation, but just smooth enough to be average

the bitterness hurts but with no alcohol showing, it is a decent quaffer...

is this a good ipa? yeah... is it great? no...

there are a lot of things that have left me a bit befuddled by this beer, mainly the lack of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. either this was old (can't tell when it doesn't have any freshness markings that i can find) or i have started getting tougher on my IPAs. either way, i was expecting more...i will probably revisit this in the future to see if anything changes.

(i don't think Ben and I are drinking the same beer)

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

A golden amber color with a giant oatmeal big-bubbled head and plenty of lace. Many giant white floaties. The aroma is a spicey floral hops which quickly gives way to a peaty herbal quality. The flavor brings a pleasantly malty citrus-pine hop kick. It's mid-bodied and evenly carbonated. There's yeasty bread and smooth bitterness. Very nice.

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

This review goes out to my buddy Mason - BitterPachyderm - as he was very consistent on me getting it logged! Cheers buddy!

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 2.5 fingers of very slight tan head. Color is a hazed dull golden copper. The head is very full and has some good retention leaving some lace rings and splattered lace. The color isn't very appealing for an IPA.

From the smell, it seem as this beer is pretty fresh (Got it straight from Cali). A ton of floral and pine hops mixed with a lot of citrus-lemon and grapefruit. A really nice mix. There is also some orange peel.

Taste: A ton of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon. Some orange peel, a little alcohol, tons of floral hops here, a little pine flavor, and last, the typical bready malts. Almost got a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter. At first it made me gag a little which was very weird and I didn't like that. Medium bodied and a medium level of carbonation. Ends with a citrus/somewhat dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer. So far one of the better west coast ipas I have had. A really good price on this great beer.

Edit: I decided to put the yeast on the bottle of the bottle into my last pour to see if it would change the flavor and the only think it did was make the flavor a touch more bready/yeasty. Not much of an affect.

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

Been on a drinking break due to budget constraints but thought I'd treat myself after an extended work day.

Forms an above average thick and foamy white head with great retention, excellent sticky lacing, and fairly active carbonation. Body is a slightly hazy straw color with hints of amber.

Hops completely rule the aroma. Dominant citrus, some pine, and hints of cannibus. Deeper even more complex floral and herbal aromas come through. Wow! Very little booze aroma considering the high for the style ABV.

Citrus is the most easily identifiable flavor on the palate along with some great underlying pungency. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the hops from running too wild. As it warms an interesting herbal component and some mild campfire snokiness come through. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly clean and crisp. There's a nice carb tingle while the alcohol bite is conspicuous by it's absence.

Overall an amazing beer. Among the best I've had in the style. It had been awhile since I'd tried it and it's even better than I remember. I'm glad it's finally becoming easier to find at a reasonable price in my area. If you love American IPA this is a can't miss.

Photo of Calimouth
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to the Whole Foods in University Heights, OH for always having this in stock!

A: Pale orange color ale that poured a very thick and creamy off-white head. Head did not dissolve evenly, but rather left large craters and peaks of thick foam. This did not happen every time, which I think is a plus because not every bottle is the same.

S: Immediate floral hop notes that you'd have to have a cold to not appreciate. Underlying citrus and apricot notes. Overall amazing.

T: Amazing hoppiness! Crisp and immediately bitter but then evening out to apricot and vanilla undertones. Amazing flavor profile if you're able to hold on for the ride. I would suggest really swishing this one around for a while.

M: Moderate carbonation. Clean texture and thickness.

Overall, this is a beer to be enjoyed with other strong flavors that can hold up to the intense hops, such a grilled meats. Anything delicate will be overwhelmed.

D:

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

Yellow with a great head. And obvious carbonation.
Pine and grapefruit are up front. Along with some resins.
Hops, grapefruit as well as other citrus. Malt backbone is present but not the spotlight. Pine and some sweetness finish.
Great mouthfeel, just the right amount of bubbles with a full body almost in IIPA territory, but not, which I enjoy.
A great beer that I would love to have once a month if that were possible.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big shout out to my Whole Foods in Valencia for stocking AleSmith. Highly appreciate it.

Poured into a tulip glass showed of its clear yellow hay hue, with lots of head retention, followed with some sticky lacing. Almost as sticky as Arrogant Bastard.

This is a very hop-forward beer, for a lack of better words. Smell is drenched with grapefruits, fantastic pine resin, citrus orange, and a big explosion on floral hops. I think I died and went into a hop coma from this intense aroma. Incredible to say the least.

Taste was a big burst of hoppiness that knocked me on my ass! This sucker has got to be on the best IPA's I have up to now (prior to this was Blind Pig). The cool floral hops come up front, but are in balance with chewy malts. If this beer was a bit higher in ABV. I would easily place it as a DIPA, thats how good and how close it comes.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy. The malt backbone really makes the taster savor every last drop, letting it roll around the tongue accompanied by superb carbonation.

This is a very good beer, amongst other great beers. Perhaps one the best IPA's I've come across. Drinkability factor is great, if one takes the time to fully appreciate its subtleties. Home run for AleSmith. Next on my list is Decadence.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug. Thanks, portia99!

Pours a slightly hazy light orange-amber type color. Giant, creamy, foamy head. Excellent retention, great lacing. This is what my dream IPA looks like.

Hugely hoppy nose. Loads and loads of citrus (orange and grapefruit) wrapped around big fresh pine. Slight caramel smell, as well.

The flavor doesn't disappoint. Huge citrus, huge pine. I see a lot of discussion on this site about the ratings of IPA to style, and how certain people favor an all out hop assault to nice balance, and vice versa, the East Coast/West Coast rap battle of beer, I suppose. I don't have a dog in the fight; I just prefer a well-crafted IPA, which includes a perfectly balanced one like Masala Mama, or a hop-forward one like this. That's not to say there isn't balance here...the sweet caramel malt flavor provides an excellent backbone for the hops. I'm really impressed.

The mouthfeel is perfect. This is easily one of the smoothest beers I've ever had the privilege to drink. Full body, appropriate carbonation, supremely silky and creamy. Absolutely no hint of alcohol in the flavor...just a slight warming sensation on the way down.

Seriously, this is an amazing beer. Now that I've tried it, I'm even sadder that I can't get it in my area. I'm grateful to generous traders like portia99, who threw this bomber in as an extra. I need to find a way to make this a regular in the fridge.

Photo of nomomentwasted
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this today at the local liquor store, trying out all the IPAs I can get my hands on. Poured into a pint glass of two servings.

Appearance: Nice, golden amber color with about three fingers of head. Looks pretty average, with the lacing about standard as well, but color and head looking healthy.

Smell: Very citrus-y, with floral hops and light apple. Gave a nice aroma, with even hop and malt available immediately.

Taste: I wish the taste was a little more like the nose. The hops are present in citrus-y and even form with the hops, but the taste isn't as big as I was hoping from the nose. In comparison to other IPAs I've had recently (like Stone or Green Flash) it's just a little light in the complexity department. That's not to say it's not tasty, just a little less than the aforementioned beers.

Mouthfeel: Here, it's on par with just about everything I've had. Resiny, with a smooth yet crispy finish yields a nice texture post-swallow.

Drinkability: Pretty solid. I drank the bomber without really thinking about the amount and it was gone pretty quickly. Could drink again, but for a more complex flavor, I'd go for Green Flash or Stone's IPAs.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a finger and a half of frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells absolutely delicious. Very resiny pine aroma with strong hints of grape and passion fruit. The malt backbone in this brew finally stuck out, but only after I had taken about five or six wiffs of this beer.

Tastes of strong piney, and citrus hops up front. An excellent tasting brew that has a nice caramel malt flavor when it washes down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

This beer is one of the better IPA's I've had the opportunity to try. It's hop presence is right up my alley, and although it has a strong hop aroma, it is strangely balanced in taste. An impressive brew. I wish that I could get this in 6 packs.

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

Appearance - Semi-clear amber-orange. Gets extra points for decent lacing and excellent head retention.

Smell - typical IPA fare - Fruity and piny.

Taste - Definitely elevates itself from other IPAs in this category. Not a palette puncher right away. Up front its a very balanced beer. Once swallowed, though, the hop flavor rises from the tongue and the mouth is filled with citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, smooth and crisp. Be prepared to have your tongue sheathed in a hop cloak after each sip. For me, this is nice.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy. I could drink these all day/night. Very refreshing and quenching, too.

Certainly a top-tier IPA. Deserving of all of its praise. A much better beer warm than cold.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of Alesmith brews, but they are notorious for being one of the best craft brewers in the world. Here is the review of their IPA:

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color. Head is very frothy and foamy. Leaves significant lacing all down the side of the glass.

S: Smells very fruity. Lots of citrus, maybe a touch of apple and bready malts.

T: Big citrus hop attack upfront. Lots of lemon, lime, and very floral. The malt is right behind it as it brings bready note. Some honey sweetness in there as well. A tad bitter with a dry finish. Not the best IPA around, but one of the better West Coast IPAs. Tastes a lot like Stone IPA and Racer 5, but this is a little better overall.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nice and creamy head adds to the mouthfeel. It is dry and juicy at the same time, if that makes any sense. Very good overall.

D: Goes down very smoothly and tastes very good. Not as complex or characteristic as many Double IPAs out there, but this one is pretty solid and somewhat refreshing.

Everything is there, and this is a very solid IPA. Not my favorite tasting IPA as I prefer a stronger hop presence and more complexity. I do prefer this to a lot of West Coast IPAs like Stone and Bear Republic. This beer might not knock your socks off, but it is well crafted and very nice. Worth a shot.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a thick, frothy, stable head. Aroma is light fruit, citrus, pine, and earthy notes. Flavor brings a bit of a sticky, resiny hop flavor. The hops are slightly overdone, which compromises smoothness, leaving a bit of an astringent aftertaste. Though a tasty beer, this aspect does detract from drinkability.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-coloured, quite cloudy with a pearl, very, very thick head, webs out quite a lot, but retains very well indeed. Not much carbonation, but the head sticks its naked arse up at that and spreads its cheeks good and wide. Lacing is very nice and thick. Looks great.

Nose is sweet and fruit, very tropical with a tangy pineapple aroma, hints of passionfruit as well, but mostly a distinct American floral hop character, very fragrant and herbacious, with a slight lemon undertone? Great nose, very appealling.

Taste is quite bitter - hops in bitterness slightly overpower fruitiness, which is still there on the front, with a lemony, passionfruit flavour. This is unfortunately strangled by pleasant - it must be said - but very strong and pungent hops, a lot of Amarillo I would suspect. Palate seems a bit unbalanced, I'm afraid, with the bitter finish becoming more of a funky hang. A bit too dirty and organic to be cleansing, kind of taints your palate with this gritty bitterness. I hate to get hung up on the hang, because for the most part it's very well constructed, but that finish just overpowers.

Mouthfeel is nicely full, very smooth and goes down like a Geisha. Couldn't drink this every day, but quite nice anyway.

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

pored from a bomber, the first half was a mostly clear golden orange, the second a cloudy light amber due to the yeast sediment. creamy white head and lacing. honeyed citrus and floral in the first pour, bready, yeasty, and spicy in the latter pour. sweet doughy bready malts are washed out by the big but not harsh hop grapefruity bitterness. a bit of pepper and spice on the end, esp in the second pour. medium bodied. first half is prickly and frothy, second half is chewy. long drying bitter finish. a good example of a west coast ipa.

Photo of HOPOLOGIST
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is no where near my favorite but not my least favorite IPA. I won't go buy it again. Burnt crystal malt is heavy. I'm not sure but I think i'm picking up some hop extract in this one. Whatever it is it is a major turn off. Yeah... San Diego has many more better tasting IPAs than this one. I don't recommend it.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,127 ratings.