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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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world-class

2,895 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 406
Gots: 237 | FT: 8
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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:
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mbunje

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

22 oz. Bomber, poured into a pint glass

Appearance is good. Golden but darker than many. 1/2" head that evaporates to just a thin layer. Lacing is nice, consistent as it flows down the glass.

Smell is nice, definitely an IPA but not a hop bomb. Citrus floats to the top but there is a bit of of breadiness to the smell.

Taste is excellent. Borders between an IPA and a Double IPA...not sure which class this falls in. But you definitely notice the hop dominance. Mild bitterness up front, tart middle with a hint of burnt something in there, stings a bit at the end with a piney flavor.

Mouthfeel is busy carbonation, not as oily as I would expect for the amount of hop flavor. Rich, thick beer almost oozes down your throat. Very dry finish with a slight alcohol burn. Not sure what is better about this beer, the taste or the mouthfeel. It all comes together soooo nicely.

Drinkability is pretty good at "only" 7.25% ABV. Two bombers. Very smooth, enjoyable as it goes down.

Great IPA. Not sure I would go so far as to say it's an Imperial/Double as it is very drinkable and doesn't kill your palate. A MUST for anyone who likes IPA's and Hops. Not as piney as Stone IPA, but definitely a quality competitor if not better than my favorite (former favorite?) .

12-30-2007 02:45:52 | More by mbunje
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Lothore

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Pours an orangey hue with an absolutely phenomenal head which sticks around all the way through, leaving torrents of lacing on the side of my glass.

S- Very floral hops and a sweet malt backbone.

T- Taste is smooth and sweet, definitely hopped up but not obtrusively so.

M- Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not too viscous with about an average amount of carbonation.

D- This is a monumentally drinkable IPA. I shared the bomber with my dad but could have easily had the whole thing to myself.

12-28-2007 02:22:28 | More by Lothore
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours orange brown. Has one of the most unusual heads I have ever seen. A previous reviewer said it looks like soap suds in a washer machine. Right on. ... Lots of suspended small sediment. White chuncks lay at the bottom of the glass. Extreme lacing coating on the side of the glass. Cloudy appearance overall like a Wit. Very nice.

As soon as I opened the bottle, the room filled with pine/oily hops.Am I back up in Humblolt forest after a rain?

Sweet IPA up front. Very sweet. Pineapple and citrus sweets. The sweets are followed by "HOP BOMB". This IPA is an IPA. It works, It is well balanced, bitter aftertaste, sweet, hop bomb near perfection.

An above average West Coast IPA. Drinkability is sickly easy for such a bitter hop bomb...be carefull! HA!

12-27-2007 00:44:39 | More by Trueant1
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

Had this on tap last month in San Diego, but this will be my first taste from the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Duvel tulip a fairly hazy orange golden color. The head is barely off-white and holds fairly well at one finger high for an exceedingly long time. Quite impressive.

SMELL: A wonderful blast of citrus and hop resins hit you first with perfect IPA strength. It's all west coast hops in this one. A sweet malt backbone is certainly present though, and even presents a slightly toasty aroma.

TASTE: Awesome. Huge citrusy hop flavor is accompanied by a taste bud-assaulting bitterness that matches. The hops really smooth out as it crosses the palate leaving a few sticky resins behind. The finish begins with the beer's malty base showing itself prominently before disappearing behind a lingering hop bitterness. This is as close to perfect as an IPA can get.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is medium full and carbonated sufficiently. It's only a slight bit sticky and resinous.

DRINKABILITY: Suffers only from being such a big beer. It definitely goes down way to easy for its ABV though. I love it.

Well this is just as I remember it from a month ago. I guess my biggest mistake was only bringing back 1 bottle for myself and giving away the rest. I'm sure my friends are appreciative of such a fantastic gift though.

12-26-2007 23:54:33 | More by jmalex
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Vigorous pour produces a brilliant bright copper colored brew with a billowing head of off white suds that towers just above the rim of the glass. Immaculate retention and epic lacing.

Aroma is bursting with hoppy goodness in the way of grapefruit, tangerine, and light florals. Notes of crusty bread and caramelized malts lay underneath.

A burst of crushed grapefruit and orange skins leads the tasting, flowing into bright floral and hearty pine hops. There is a solid malty backbone of toasty, semi-sweet caramel. Hoppier than most standard IPA's and supremely balanced. Super drinkable, albeit rather expensive.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy for an IPA. Luckily a plethora of flavors abound to make use of the malty medium. An outstanding IPA all the way around.

12-21-2007 20:23:05 | More by AlexJ
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of pillowy mauve/sand colored head. Out of this world lacing (white patches are stuck all over my pint glass) & great head retention, slight hazing at the end, from the yeast, waste not want not!

S: Bready & citric hop notes in healthy amounts

T: Grapefruit & lemon hops along with breadyness up front. A touch of honey malt gets past all the grapefruit & lemon, plus a bit of peppery hops& a bit of sting from either alcohol or all that grapefruit hoppyness. Finishes with puckery hoppyness, just a touch of breadyness & a whisper of malt sweetness. 11 out 10 hopheads will love this

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & damn fine balance, enough hops to hold the hop assault off for a while! Maybe a bit too hot

Drinks pretty good, I can really see why this brewery is so highly regarded, based on previous old numb skull experience & now this.

Props to rye726 for letting me split a liqourama order with him. Between the abv & the grapefruit profile, I doubt I could stay on this all night, but wouldn't mind giving it a shot!

12-08-2007 07:06:11 | More by russpowell
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Great West Coast IPA. Pours a dark golden orange with a healthy tight head and some decent lacing. Aromas of citrus and spicy hops. Great grapefruit presence in the nose. The taste is beautifully balanced with nice citrusy hops and spicy notes and a long grapeffruit bitterness in the finish. Subtle malt underpins it all. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Just an all around pleasure to drink. This would be a staple if it were available in my area.

12-06-2007 17:42:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +16.5%

22 oz bottle via ncvbc

A: Semi-hazy dark golden body under a huge fizzy, but thicker than anticipated, white head. Pretty good lace and the head will not go away. Almost finished with my first pint and the head has gone to about half the size it was on original pour.

S: Great citrusy aroma. Oranges and lemon peel, grapefruit. Excellent noise.

T: Wow. Usually the hops you get in the nose aren't always the hops you get on the tongue. This beer however delivers. Hops stay citrusy. Lemon peel and grapefruit with some subtle hints of the malt backbone. Bitterness is in perfect balance with the hop citrus flavor. Dry finish with the a great warming feeling as it goes down. This is one damn tasting fine AIPA.

M/D: Smooth and velvety, just like the bottle says. A light to medium body. Carbonation is a tad high, but the beer so damn near perfect. Drinkability is almost perfect as well. The 7.25% isn't that high and I could see my self drinking this all night. This is almost certainly the best AIPA I have every had.

12-06-2007 00:22:51 | More by NCSUdo
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Damn. Easily the best IPA I've had to this point. The first bottle I tried was good, the second is even better. It took me experiencing this brew twice to fully wrap my palate around what I was tasting. This beer is something that everyone should seek out and acquire during their beer drinking careers. Thank you Joey at South Bay Drugs in Cali for providing your online services.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - The best looking IPA I have ever seen up to this point in time, period. Looking at this beer made my mouth water. There is a solid two finger head white frothy head. It doesn't want to die down. The lowest it sinks is to the half finger mark, but the head just persists. It leaves a seemingly endless amount of lacing. It is a golden orange copper color, heavy on the golden, almost completely transparent. There is a constant stream of carbonation bubbles that rise to the top of the glass. It doesn't get better than this.

Smell - An extremely balanced scent. The only reason why I took a .5 point off is that I just want more. What scent is actually present is nearly perfect, I want it to be bigger. Smells like a hops bouquet - floral and grapefruity and piney. The bouquet sits on a caramel foundation, slightly sweet and sugary beneath the hoppy plumage.

Taste - How does an IPA taste better? How? If anyone comes across something that tastes better, they should consider themselves very privileged. Alesmith IPA has every hop flavor I could want or expect in an IPA. Extremely cirtusy - and all types of citrus - orange, lemon, and a ton of grapefruit. The hops evolve in your mouth, transforming from floral to citrus to piney bitterness. The malt in is perfect balance, providing a perfect level or subdued sweetness to back up the evolving hop flavors, never in competition, always in complement. Perfect.

Mouthfeel - I would have to say that this is full bodied - for the style, IMO. It is sticky and oily and very mouth-coating. The carbonation level is perfect - nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is the perfect complement to the flavor. Goes down perfectly smooth. Makes me want to keep drinking, and it takes every ounce of self-restraint to not drink this beer too fast.

Drinkability - It doesn't get much better. If I could have the privilege of sessioning a beer like this, I would be a happy alcoholic. I will search this one out again. I am jealous of anyone who has access to this beer on a regular basis.

This beer is nothing short of amazing. Find it, and hoard it.

12-05-2007 06:26:50 | More by MiguelMandingo
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drseamus

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Beautiful beer all around. Crystal clear dark amber reddish body with tons of visible carbonation. The white head on top was about a half inch and stuck to the sides.

Grapefruit, citrus, a touch of pine, and tasty. Just like an IPA should smell. Not as sweet as a double IPA would be which is perfect.

The hops are strong and up front in the flavor also, but they aren't as citrusy as they were in the aroma. The hop flavors are more piney which seems to make it more sticky malty. The hop flavor is really clear but not what I expected or prefer in an IPA really. Just personal preference really. Big malt presence and a great amount of bitterness.

On the heavier end of what I would expect in an IPA, but still good. The malty backbone adds body.

Not my favorite IPA, but that's because I like a lot of grapefruity flavor. Certainly a top notch IPA though.

12-02-2007 00:53:34 | More by drseamus
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mainly citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some lemon peel, caramel malt and pine. Taste is mainly citrus and piney hops, and there's some caramel malt noticable too. Hoppy bitter finish lingers around for a little while. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is between moderate and high (but closer to moderate), it has a nice zippy feeling. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good IPA.

12-01-2007 23:55:43 | More by bluejacket74
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PhxHorn

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Now this is an IPA. Pours a deep gold color, with a one finger head and lacing all the way down. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, hops, yum. Tastes of citrus and hops, but not as overwhelming as a strong IIPA like Ruination. A bit more bitterness than citrus, not exactly the ratio I'd prefer. A pretty strong amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. This goes down easy. First rate!

11-29-2007 07:53:35 | More by PhxHorn
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%

Maybe the bottle I treid was not as fresh as some...I did not get the fresh hops smell and taste that many others did. Will try again as I love AleSmith stuff.

A- Golden red orange with a thick white head.

S- Somewhat earthy with hints of grapefruit.

T- To malt forward for my liking. Hops did punch through towards the end...is this AleSmith?

M- Nice and full bodied, hops linger nicely in the aftertaste.

D - Not bad but would like to have a west coast IPA with more of a hop forward profile and not malt forward....maybe the bottle was not treated well?

11-23-2007 09:06:43 | More by Deuane
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

An exceptional looking IPA. Steady carbonation, a deep amber that gets murky on the second pour. Huge head with great retention and lacing all down the glass. Quite a looker. Smell is very fresh and inviting, not quite like the Yulesmith but pretty close. Sweet grapefruit and hints of tangerine with some piney hops also present. A light caramel malt background rounds it out. Taste is also pretty citrus fruit oriented. Grapefruit is the main culprit and there is less of a malt background here. Not a stand out but solid for sure. Mouthfeel is nice and bitter, almost resinous. Bigger than most IPA's with lively carbonation on the tongue and a slightly dry finish. Overall good drinkability. I truly enjoyed this beer and owe thanks to flexabull for the trade.

11-17-2007 22:21:36 | More by ncvbc
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Alesmith- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Hazy reddish orange with a thick frothy sticky head. Big messy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet grapefruit and tangerine.
T- Sweet citrus fruits. Grapefruit and lemon with an equal dose of tangerine and peach. A mild dose of vanilla caramel malt.
M- A good balance of sweet, bitter, and tart.

Overall- Very good, albeit fruity as hell!

11-14-2007 00:10:18 | More by NJpadreFan
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas of citrusy/ grapefruity hops. As well as in the taste, big grapefrutiy hops. A full bodied, bitter mouthfeel, with a clean, small hop presence in the aftertaste. Big hops all aroung, and a clean aftertaste, probably of the better IPAs I have ever had.

11-04-2007 17:22:43 | More by OWSLEY069
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jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours an intensely cloudy harvest apple cider color with tiny suspended particles and a huge stiff pale yellow head. Serious 3D lacing in it's wake. The smell is really nice. Intense as well as complex. Signature piny grapefruit hoppiness with a hugely sweet malty counterpart. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is lighter than anticipated. Full flavored, the hoppy grapefruit taste goes a long way and leaves a similar after taste. At 7% ABV, this one is quite drinkable.

Reviewed Jan 08, 2009
this one...clear and a much lighter color with less lacing. good smell but less intense. same with the flavor...much less after taste.

11-01-2007 20:31:14 | More by jjayjaye
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HoustonTX

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Alesmith IPA

Very beautiful pour, amazing colored body - A very hazy amber infused orange. Very solid and toned 1/2 inch head.

Lovely and refined aromatics. A glistening amount of fresh citric hops. I can smell Challenger for sure. With a light floral finish. Perfection, and pure bliss. The aroma is by far one of the most solid ones from any IPA to date, 5 on this for sure.

Now lets get on to the taste. The good stuff ya know? Begins clean and gives several twists soon after, which turn out to be quite a story. A massive amount of huge flavorful hopping. Notes of grass, buckets full of grapefruit, and some lemon zest. While being backed by plenty of earthy malt. Everything is crisp, and directly on point. The overall spectrum is amazing, and you will not be disappointed.

This is an amazing concoction. This is something I wake up in the morning, and first think about. It's just that damn good. Alesmith seizes to impress, and with another top-notch beer - they secure their spot.

My favorite IPA ever, and I recommended getting your hands on this as soon as possible, with what ever means necessary.

Thanks a bunch to Ryan for the chance to sample this beauty.

10-31-2007 03:25:22 | More by HoustonTX
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

10-25-2007 23:16:57 | More by mikesgroove
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

22 oz bottle, lots of yeast left in the bottle. Pours a orange, light amber. Lots of head, 2 cm at a time, white to slightly off white, long lasting. Aroma is sweet and strong with citrus, hint of pine. Initial taste is mostly overwhelmed by the sweetness, turning citrusy, then very dry from all the hops. There might be other components in there, but honestly when you dump that much hop-action in there, forget it. Aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and drinkable. For the price I'd prefer something else, but maybe worth another drink down the line.

10-15-2007 02:05:29 | More by joekfsu
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gwood

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz poured to pint glass...

Massive off white head came billowing to the top of my glass. As and when the head saw fit, a light cloudy copper accented with dark yellow showed itself.

The nose is spiced with pepper, citrus, and slight pine. Hops jump up right off the bat, the middle is well balanced with some pronounced malt signatures, and the beer finishes as it should with more sour grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is really quite fantastic, there is a velvetly smooth texure to this beer, finishes with some creamy rosins. Highly drinkable IPA that is near the top of my short list for IPAs currently.

10-14-2007 08:22:29 | More by gwood
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle received via trade recently.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, ALL foam. We're talking some serious wait time for bubble fade. Super bubbly head fades slowly, with large puffy lace chunks over the cloudy golden amber brew. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is moderately sweet maltiness upfront, with plenty of hops on the tail end, but nothing overpowering, which is cool. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly, but still smooth, and drinking is nice. Wish this was more accessible around here.

10-13-2007 21:18:49 | More by ppoitras
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a big fluffy white head that settles down some and leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S - wonderful aroma, citrus hoppiness with a faint malty backbone.

T - delicious brew, citrus hop bite starts it off, malt in the middle, then bitter hops on the finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation, nice bite.

D - very good, easy drinking IPA.

Final Note: I think this is a pretty close to perfect beer.

10-13-2007 21:05:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

For such a big IPA I was impressed with the drinkability of this one. Not just the alcohol content but also the amount of hops.

Poured a burnt golden color with a thick off-white head.

Very complex hop aromas, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and some spice.

Taste is a meld of citrus,floral and piney bitterness with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

Slick mouth coating syrupy mouthfeel but then finishes a bit dry. A very interesting IPA.

10-08-2007 18:57:46 | More by BillyB
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pwoods

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: 1+ finger of off white head thats alive with carbonation. Hazy, golden raisin pour. Seems about a shade darker than most IPAs. Head dies down to about a 1/4inch for most of the drink.

S: Citrus Hops, grapefruit and orange standing out. Kind of oily fruits. Little bit of floral hoppiness mixed in. As it warms further you can get a hint of the malty sweetness.

T/M: Citrus hops pop out right away. Hops are kept at a moderate level. Malts nearly equal the hops with their sweetness. Not overly sweet but there. Malts not adding much bready or graininess. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Very complex IPA that drinks easily. There are other cheaper and readily available IPAs in the area so I probably won't get this again unless I'm further out west. Good nonetheless.

10-08-2007 02:39:58 | More by pwoods
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