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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,069 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,069
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 276 | 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 bashiba
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color with a big sticky white head with great lacing.

The smell is fantastic with a big citrusy and very fresh hop smell.

Has a very bold hop flavor with big shots of juniper, mint, and citrus with a mild toasted grain undertones.

The mouthfeel is very zippy with lots of carbonation and a light bit of oilyness and stickyness.

Easy to drink, very nice IPA with great fresh hop charachteristics.

bashiba, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alexd3891 for including this as one of two extras in our trade.

22 oz bottle. Unibroue tulip glass. All by myself.

Pours a caramel copper color. Lots of carbonation and a white two-finger head that settles with "mountain range" lacing.

Exceptional hoppy aroma. Clean, citrus, and fruity with some resin quality. Very little malt coming off the aroma. It can not get better than this for an American IPA.

First couple of sips - clean, pronounced bitterness. A little more hop flavor (from the aroma) would help. The great aroma raises your expectations.

"It's pretty awesome."

Yetiman420, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, thanks to Damien (Solomon420) for the awesome extra! Soundtrack to this one: Oblivion/Divinations, by Mastodon

Pours copper, clear with phenomenal effervescence. Solid 2-finger off white head that is just fantastically rocky. Eventually settles into creamy cap with a dense island at the center due to the laser etching on the glass, with great lacing.

Nose is big citrus, sweet with a nice caramel underpinning, clean, a bit resiny. Really nice.

Taste has a nice caramel underpinning up front, with a citrusy, lightly resiny hop note on top. Lots of sweet citrus up front, dry finish. Malt takes on a drier, more biscuity character after that initial burst of caramel citrus goodnes up front. Moderate bitterness for the amount of hop flavor, and almost no astringency. Finish is moderately bitter, with a lot of lingering citrus. Really well put together, fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but over the top by any means - does it job without distracting from the flavor. Creamy from the lingering head, full body.

Drinkability is really nice. Mouthfeel, big flavor, and low astringency all make for a beer that is just way too easy to drink.

Top notch, quickly vaults into my elite IPA list.

JohnQVegas, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $8.99 for a bomber which I graciously purchased from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. The beer guy there apparently drives to SoCal to pick up AleSmith, so I can only assume the price of this bomber is slightly inflated. Poured into a standard pint glass.

This one is bottle conditioned, so the brewer's yeast is quite evident in the clear bottle. Pour very carefully to keep this in the bottle. Massive shiny white head on a shitty pour on my part. Small bubbles, very frothy towards the top. Head retention is phenomenal. Appears transparent, but with a closer look, it becomes apparent that is not the case. Goldish orange in color. Good lacing.

Smell is very clean and well balanced. Hops dominate, but are not overpowering and have a great malt backing. Dank citrus hops that are quite pleasant on the nose.

A very well balanced IPA. I've been drinking a lot of DIPAs recently and I must admit this is a great change of pace. The hops are still very evident, but certainly nowhere near overpowering. 5/5 delicious.

Dangerously easy to drink. Absolutely no idea this is 7.25%. Medium body. Somewhat creamy, very smooth. Seemingly light carbonation despite the massive head.

ibbjamin, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. Inadvertently aged about a year (just found it yesterday in my stash). I've had it before, just didn't rate it.

Pours a golden orange color with a very nice billowy white head with good lacing. Aroma is a light caramel malt backbone with a good bit of pine and citrus hops, also get a bit of grapefruit. Flavor has some fruitiness, a touch of maltiness, and a bunch of hops mainly grapefruit and some resin. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness at the end, sticks around for a while. Very good IPA and surprisingly the aging didn't deter anything from it.

mtstatebeer, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for soundbarrier for sharing this one at his place while watching some March Madness! Consumed 3/11/2009.

Pours a cloudy, dull brass with a great, frothy, slightly off-white head. Excellent, streaky lacing along the sides of my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Big nose of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and grassy hops. Delightful nose...

Pine, astringents, slightly sour and big hop bitterness. Lingering vapors of tangerine and alcohol in the finish. Wow, this is great.

Syrupy body, dry and scathing on the tongue. Nice...

beachbum1975, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: Medium copper with a large, foamy white head and loads of lacing. Loads of carbonation visible in the glass--I got an amazing carbonation tornado after the pour was complete.

S: Highly floral and citrusy in the hop department.

T: Floral and citrus, with a little bit of pine.

M: Medium-bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Very little alcohol presence.

D: Delicious IPA. Reminds me very much of Bell's Two Hearted.

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of frothy, fat-rising foam, which takes its time settling down. Liquid is darker pale, edging toward orange.

The nose is hoppy: piney, earthy, grapefruit and pear. The taste is more of the same with a definite roasted character to the finish.
Medium thick mouthfeel with abundant carbonation. There is a bit of an alcohol presence on the palate, but it's not strong enough to adversely affect the drinkability too much.

This is a solid IPA, but it's not necessarily one of my faves.

sarahspat, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a pure white head that laces

S - Pine and citrus hop aroma

T - Hoppy, citrusy, slight bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Balanced but extremely hoppy. Borders on being a IIPA, but I believe the low ABV holds it back from being so. Great beer, extremely drinkable, but rich as well.

Martin2D, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of 0110x011
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark orange color. Thick, rocky, pillowy white head lasts and lasts. Sticky lacing everywhere. One of the prettiest heads I've ever seen. In fact, the haze is the only thng keeping this from being a perfect 5 looker.

S - Incredible hop bouquet. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grass, mint, and everything else hop wonderful. Some caramel sweetness and toasted grain aromas are in there, but this is pure hop poetry.

T - All flavors coalece much more effectively on the palate. Tropical fruit and caramel on the front end, with some biscuit and bread towards the middle. The citrus, pine and grass come on the back end, with a solid bitter bite. Finish is on the dry side.

M - Medium body. Soft, medium carbonation. Nice and bright.

D - This is a beer that never lasts long enough. I could drink it every day.

In my opinion, this is the king of California single IPAs. I have yet to try the famous Masala Mama, but for right now, this one is unmatched.

0110x011, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That's a beaut of an IPA pour, right there. Gorgeous orangeyellow with a medium haze, giant soapy and rocky head.

Smells like its dripping with hop resin, bright yellow and crayon green. Big flowers, grapefruit, grapes, pleasant hay, fresh cut grass, light cereal malt.

Tastes great. Woah! Hops start perfectly short of being overpowering and the malt, in spite of the high ABV, isn't harsh or syrupy. Crisp cereal perfectly accentuates a wonderful bouquet green, sticky hops.

Damn near perfect, second only to Masala Mama, imho.

mynie, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of cwsattgast
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found a rare stash of this brew at a local market tonight in a 22 oz bottle. Poured into an ale glass when I got home.

A. Beautiful. Cloudy amber with a big thick head that had an almost meringue-like quality. Lots of thick lacing.

S. Nice balance of pine and citrus.

T. Plenty of hops, but the bitterness was consigned to the background.

M. Moderate carbonation, very balanced and pleasing.

D. Yeah. I could drink this all night. Hides its 7.25% ABV very well.

I'd put this in my top 5 favorite IPAs without question. I wish it wasn't so hard to get in Portland.

Serving type: 22 oz bottle.

cwsattgast, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to raoulduke37 for the trade!

Poured from a bomber into a big, curvy "beer" glass. A nice deep, translucent orangey gold color, starting with two fingers of big, foamy head & settling to a thin coating. Lacing in strands around the glass, exciting tiny, fast bubbly action.

Beautiful hop smell: floral, grass, the smell of spring basically. A little bit of bread & cracker smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming, a smooth & even hop character.

The lovely hop character is forward in the taste, but again not overwhelming or destructive to the tastebuds. I have to say that the smell promises a little more than the flavor delivers, but there's really no room to complain. There is a certain rich taste I can't quite put my finger on, like a stinky cheese or something.

The mouthfeel is active, spicy from the hops, jumpy from the bubbles. I'm gonna finish the bomber, but I can feel the moderately high ABV creepin' up on me already & would say that'll have to do it. I like that this is a full IPA that doesn't wreck my palate, with some good good hops going on.

OneDropSoup, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goodspeed 94 for sending this on a cross-country trip, I've been looking forward to trying this IPA for a while. Into the breach we go.

Very pale for an IPA, with at least four cups of floaties suspended in the mix. Smell is pretty hoppy, but not as aggressive as I was expecting.

Hops are present & accounted for. Pretty good, but there's not much of a bite, it's more balanced than I prefer. Huh. I don't have much to say. Pretty good, easy to drink, but not really noteable in any way.

maximum12, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of trpng0bily
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a:light clear orange turning to yellow at the edges, with serious frothy white head and tons of lace

s: hops - citrus, spice, and sticky refreshing pine, with caramel sweetness and bread coming through as the beer warms

t: talk about layered! light spice and fresh pine sit at the edges of citrus that starts out understated but unfolds into a huge burst of flavor, followed by a bitter finish that relentlessly builds momentum, lingering to an astonishing degree

m: fairly heavy carbonation, but the kicker in this department is a mild creaminess that I was not expecting from such a light looking and crisp IPA

d: seriously? goes down like water

trpng0bily, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy dirty blond color with a tall white head.

S- Citrus

T- This is THE IPA! Starts in with a nice smooth citrus hop note, move to perfectly balanced malt backing, and then finishes with the herbal/ floral hop bite just the right amount.

M- Nice and round. Perfect moderate carbonation that accents the flavors with out biting the tongue.

D- This is exactly what an IPA should be. The hops are the show here, knowing that they are damn good so there's no need for them to be pushy they simply do their job perfectly and with no fuss. Near perfect malt balance on this one as well. This is the gold standard for IPAs.

UA8, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tumbler.. thanks to alexd3891 for the trade! Lots of live yeast in this one!

- Copper penny color, slightly cloudy.. nice finger of white head that goes quickly to a nice thin layer of lace all around.

- Strong aroma.. dark malts, caramel.. alcohol, and a bitter pine-like hop. Slightly floral.. smells balanced.

- Different from a lot of other IPA's.. a nice bright citrus flavor.. bit of pine.. smooth and sweet caramel malt backbone.. and very floral.

- A nice cool shock to the mouth.. little chewy, some resins leaving a bitter taste.

- Rather strong and warming.. but very drinkable. A good unique and original west coast IPA.

Docer, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been popped in the mouth with a bunch of hops, and I like it!

A piney, resin, and slightly floral hops dominated my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a sturdy, off-white head with plenty of sheeting action on the glass. Hardly any detectable malt, but a whole bunch of piney and slightly floral hop goodness. Almost mouth puckering, but the hops blend had a certain smoothness which was required to make the bitterness level, which was off the scale, palatable. Nice creamy mouthfeel to the brew. Something this bitter can't really rate high in the drinkability catagory, and the last couple warm mouthfull were a little difficult to choke down.

Would you believe I found this bottle in a 7-11 in Carlsbad right off of Interstate-5? I couldn't believe it either when I saw the bottle sitting in the fridge.

RunDWP, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Phillyduke
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer is clear and a bright, golden orange color with noticeable active carbonation and almost 3 fingers of pillowy white dense foam. Unbelieveable head retention with fine, foamy lacing that clings all the way down the glass.

S: Floral and big citrus scents up front, followed by a doughy malt base. Crisp, clean and balanced.

T: Initial sip is bitter up front, with a malt sweetness that comes through on the finish. The malt is a bit more forward than the smell would indicate, and I'm struggling to find some of that nice grapefruit smell in the flavor. The floral and citrus are there, but the dominant hop flavor is the bitterness. Overall nice balance as some yeastiness cuts through the bitterness. ABV becomes noticeable as the beer warms. Finish lingers on the palate for awhile.

M: Well carbonated, but smooth and creamy rather than fizzy and bubbly. Bottle-conditioning definitely helps this beer. Medium-bodied overall.

D/O: Definitely not a session beer, and higher on the ABV scale than most IPAs, but definitely balanced, drinkable and tasty. 22 oz. servings and a bit more ooomph per bottle would probably limit me to one or two per evening before I switched it up.

Phillyduke, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold with a HUGE creamy head and a metric shit ton of lacing

S - a din of hops. Mainly piney but a bit of citrus fruit come through as well

T - just like the aroma. Piney as ever and just enough malt to back the bitterness

M - God I love bottled conditioned beers. So soft so elegant

D - I could drink this forever.

xhcadamx, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at City Beer Store in San Fran. Pretty amber pour with a large and vibrant white head. Vivid orange and grapefruit nose with perhaps a hint of other fruits as well. Nice orange and malt biscuit flavor, extremely well-balanced and very tasty.

Wackyfoot, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, clean-looking copper into my Stone pint glass. A two-finger thick off-white head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a thin film that remains till the last sip. Minor amounts of lacing remain.

Nose is very floral and citrusy, with pine and grapefruit notes well-balanced for an incredibly crisp smelling beer.

Bigger malt presence than the nose would predict, but not intrusive as some of the more malt-forward brews can be. The citrusy hop presence seems just about perfect.

Body is right in the middle, with a medium to high level of carbonation for the style. Finish leaves the mouth with a perfect bitter hop presence.

Another world class offering from AleSmith.

ThirdLap, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a pale amber color with lots of frothy white head that reduces down to a finger and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like citrusy hops, grapefruit but not as aromatic as i'd hoped

T: Citrus, hops, grapefruit, some hop bitterness, and a very minor malty backbone to help balance things out

M: very full bodied, almost a DIPA feel

D: easy to drink, can't discern the alcohol, tastes good

dukedevil0, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008?

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the surface. The head rises to an inch with an ivory hue. Decent retention and some lace remains behind.

Smell: Powerful citrus aroma has lots of sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon and no off-putting mineral aromas. Very enticing and fresh.

Taste: Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected from this beer. A pale malt flavor is apparent and then bittering hops take over. It has a smooth bitterness of citrus with an herbal quality that arrives later on. A floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bitter, medium body, slight sweetness and a finish of alcohol. As it warms, the beer becomes more apparently floral all around. It's a very pleasant and not cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. As I'm finding with the West Coast IPAs, they aren't cloyingly bitter. A nicely balanced beer that is very drinkable at a price tag of $4.79. Worth finding and consuming. Pronto!

Risser09, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a gift as we can't get Alesmith products in NorCal.

A- very crisp cider like appearance. Thin white head with even coverage over the beer. Visible carbonation makes me a little hesitant.

S- Strong centenial/cascade hops. Apples and cinnamon, very clean.

T- Cider like bite with and oaky finish. Taste doesn't hold up to the hoppy aroma. Cherry wood aftertaste.

M- Probably the best mouthfeel for an IPA. creamy and low carbonation lends itself well to the citrus blend without loosing the crispness.

D- easily drinkable for a solid IPA. Alesmith keeps to its hard hitting quality.

I will give this another shot. I almost hope this bottle was affected somehow that might have dulled the taste.

macktbone, Mar 14, 2009
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,069 ratings.