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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,952 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 413
Gots: 250 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

OlieIPA, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
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.

brewandbbq, Mar 20, 2008
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.

jwolfie70, Mar 15, 2008
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.

DefenCorps, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

Thanks so much to Fordest for the bottle and my 400th rating.
Amber pour with a huge white meringue like sticky and lasting head. Smell is sweet fruity hops at first, with some citrusy notes and then hops turn more earthy. Taste is a quite sharp hoppy bitterness and flavor. Some light sweetness, but I personally would like to see just a touch more to balance out the big hops. After pouring the end of the bomber, it clouds up and is a nice hazy amber, and the body seemed to thicken up a bit. The alcohol is well hidden, and although this isn't one of my top 2 or 3 favorite IPAs it's still quite good, strong in hop flavor, and one worth trying.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to olibeer22 for the trade!

A- poured a golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that stayed for a long ass time and left basically a sheet of lace.

S- huge hoppy piney grassy scents. pretty delicious,

T- has a strong hoppiness throughout, with a heavy dose of citrus and pines, leaves the mouth very cleanly, very good

M- pretty decent body, not thick, pretty light for a 7.6%'er but still a solid thick body.

D- sweet times

Atron67, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

What can you say, it is a very nice, floral beer. Not balanced, but maybe unintended to be that way. Great looking beer and is very sticky on the nose. Hops dominate the beer, and unsure, but I would say it's pushing or over 100 IBU's. A little rough on the edges going down, very sharp hoppy bitterness. A very good brew, but there are others out there, as good, if not better, that are not $9 a bomber. Good to try to say I had it once, but I'll stick with Stone.

bigdeuce, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Bomber for enjoyment courtesy of Wasatch.

Pours a cloudy orange amber. Mounds of cream colored head are fed by tiny streams of tight carbonation.

Nose is full of beautiful rich caramelly malt scents and fragrant hops. Notes of juicy grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and soft pine. Bready with syrupy sweet floral scents.

Taste is smooth and full. Plenty of nutty caramel malt balances well with juicy pineapple, citrus, and peach. Nice round bitterness at the finish with a breadiness and yeast flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

Feel is quite full for an IPA, smooth and rich with some oil/astringent feels. Full smooth carbonation is well balanced with the body. Moderately clean finish.

A very full IPA, well balanced in flavor and feel. Overall character leaves me satisfied without needing to drink a lot more, although, I definitely could drink this a lot.

lightindarkness, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of mully
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

thanks to rayjay for this beer

a-- thick fine bubbled head leaves a fine lace down to a thinly retained head murky gold apricot color

s-- sugary apricots, hint of citrus brightness a light caramel undertone

t-- full/grainy meaty hops balanced biterness - citrus comes in later slight apricot damn good beer

m-- fine carbonation well attenuated not overly sweet

d-- not over the top -- well balanced and refined.

mully, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

Purchased from Hi Time Liquors.

It's been a long time since I last had any of the Alesmith brews:

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Btw, great head retention and there's plenty of nice lacing!

The smell is lots of grapefruit and just a bit of malt hiding in the background.

The taste is beautifully hoppy...grapefruit and some floral notes tickle my taste buds but there's a good level of malty sweetness that stops this from becoming too bitter. Nice medium to fullish mouthfeel here and the carbonation is medium as well. Easy sipping and such a good thirst quencher, man this is a top notch IPA indeed....and..
I notice a touch of grass in the finish and the aftertaste is fairly long but definitely pleasing. Also, despite it being 7.25%abv, I having *no* problem in making the contents of this 22oz bottle disappear. ;^)

For shame on me for not getting some for such a long time. It's truly worth the effort to get it *any* way you can because this IPA, imo, is a world class example of the style.

Bitterbill, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose is citrus, perfume and pine. It's nothing crazy, but is is extremely well balanced. Flavor is almost unnecessary to elaborate on. Nice pine levels with a tangy fruit tone. I mean this really just can't go anywhere else. Just frickin' smooth. Slightly noticeable tone of alcohol kicks it down just ever so slightly when it's at the wrong temperature. Just has to be chilled ever so properly. Leaves a nice burn in my chest as I sip. Consider it more of a warm fuzzy feeling. Feel has a very good liquid touch and the carbonation is nice as well. This is an IPA and a masterful piece of work that should be sought out by all. Truly amazing.

RblWthACoz, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of tprokop7
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Recently picked up at Julios. Joe told me it was one I had to try, and I've been impressed with the rest that Alesmith makes, so it seemed like a good call. Poured into a pint at 50F.

A - Beautiful clear golden color, with nice thick head.

S - The smell is dominated by citrusy hops. Especially lemon peel and grapefruit.

T - Starts off just a bit sweet, but the flavor is quickly dominated by the hoppy bitterness. You don't taste the citrus quite as much as I expected from the smell, but the aftertaste is the same as the aftertaste orange peel leaves in your mouth.

M - Smooth, with medium carbonation. No complaints.

D - This really is a great beer, I see no reason why I couldn't keep drinking it. It's a nice, strong, balanced IPA.

tprokop7, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

2/17/2008 Shared bomber

Golden Orange color with a white head. Nice head retention. Amora is malt...floral and citrus hops with a hint of piney.

Crisp...clean tasting. Seems also "pure". The hop assault is well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden.

This one really deserves the ratings. Outstanding beer experience.

LittleBreeze, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of srroos
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured golden orange with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma is citrus and piney hops with some malty sweetness.

Taste is primarily hoppy and intense like an Imperial IPA, but with a malty sweetness that is often overpowered in other beers like this. Not quite an Imperial IPA, but more intense than most IPAs. Very well balanced in this regard.

Medium bodied with a bitter but sweet aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more. An excellent and well balanced brew, which will be a staple for me from now on.

srroos, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ojclark
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Floral hop aroma with lots of malt and rich crystal malt notes. Golden/orange color with lasting rocky off-white head. Floral/citric hops are main flavor component with good malt balance and slight daicetyl detectable. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky finish with a lingering bitter/hoppy aftertaste. Excellent.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

I've tried this one a couple times now just to make sure that I didn't agree with all these glowing reviews. So the beer poured a golden yellow color that was very clear and had a decent amount of white head. That head dissipated within a minute or so. Looks like a very refreshing beer in the pint glass.

The smell was also nice, as it was loaded with citrusy hops. The grapfruit smell really came out here. The only catch is that it was overpowered by the hops. There was no malt or anything else to be smelled here.

The same goes for the flavor. The hop portion was very nice and clean. The fruity flavors shown through but again, there was nothing else to the beer. Also, the bitterness was on the extreme end of the spectrum. Again, refreshing and pleasant but not very complex.

The body was thin and carbonated which goes along with what I've been saying. It was drinkable but in the sense that you have one while your watching football or grilling in the back yard.

t0rin0, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of boogles
5/5  rDev +17.6%

This is the closest to beer perfection I've ever come, the first 5.0 I've ever given. I can't imagine liking a beer better than this. Plenty of everything good, but not too much of anything. Everything about it is exceptional without being overdone. That it is so well composed is more shocking than any over hopped giant, in my opinion. Then again, I am most fond of IPAs that press toward the edge, but I find most imperials to be too much--not too much to handle, but for me too bitter to taste.

I did not like the AleSmith Speedway Stout, although I respected it. I was worried that this would be similar. It was similarly interesting, but unsimilarly approachable. This beer wins.

boogles, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

This is one of those beers that I have had frequently, but never rated it. Well I though it was time to put it on paper, er, post it.

A- Clear golden honey color capped with a 2' white head...just looks like an awesome beer.

S- Crisp Piney-citrusy...tangerines, limes, grapefruits.

T- Intense clean unmistakeable hops. Piney hops with almost a touch of malty creaminess. Well balanced with a long lingering floral bitterness.

M- Full flavored, great carbonation.

D- My favorite IPA

m1ked, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of LonghornBrewer
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

Bottle acquired courtesy of srroos, with whom I traded. Decided that perhaps I should mark my first beer trade by writing my first review.

22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Large billowy off-white head. Nice caramel color with reddish hues. Nice head retention and lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit and a bit of piney hop character with a biscuity maltiness hiding beneath.

T: Wow, definitely unlike any IPA I've had previously. Extremely smooth with the malt seemingly coming through initially, followed soon thereafter by a strong hop presence and alcohol.

M: Wonderfully creamy and smooth, almost belying its characterization as an IPA. Luscious.

D: Goes down very smoothly. The only detraction here, would be the alcohol.

I can see why this beer is rating so highly. It is definitely the best IPA I have tasted thus far in my quest for beer knowledge and advocacy.

Thanks again to srroos, for hooking me up with a great beer I cannot get here in Texas.

LonghornBrewer, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a snifter at around 45 degrees.

A - Pours a dark golden color with a 1-inch off-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small ring atop the hoppy goodness.

S - Citrus hops with some malt dominate the aroma, as it smells very well-balanced. Was expecting a solid hop aroma with background notes, but seems to be more blended. Very nice.

T - Nailed it. Powerful burst of hops blended very nicely with citrus fruits and bready malt - juicy bitterness without the sweetness. Finishes strong - bitterness appears after flavors of alcohol are washed away. A suitable replacement for almost any DIPA.

M - Medium body with strong carbonation and a strong finish.

D - Alcohol will certainly creep up, so don't forget about that. Would love to see this in 12 oz bottles - it would be much more drinkable in the smaller size. Overall though, wonderful.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

Opened 22 oz bottle poured into Nonic glass.

Nice Light head across top of brew that dies down to a layer of bubbles. Brew itself is hazy amber color.

Nice smell of hops and a little citrus tones.

Taste is definitely of hops and citrus... Almost like a semi sweet lemon... nice little bits of Piney earthiness follow. Bitterness works to its advantage.

Really nice mouthfeel and really good finish. Very easy to drink. Really good beer. I'm glad I listened to the bar tender on this one.

mattster, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is nicely blended and contains hops, citrus fruits and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a strong burst of floral hops comes in a takes control, but the sweetness remains complimentary in the background. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works quite well for this particular beer. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good kick, very good representation of style. This is a very good beer to drink over the course of an evening. I could see myself polishing off a 2-3 bombers of this beer and enjoying them the whole time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

a. pours a dirty straw color, has chill haze, about 2 fingers of cream-colored head, head-top forms marshmallow honeycomb, 3D tendrils from top of sticky head reaching up to top of glass (not lacing)

s. not much here, a subtle sweet and average grapefruit hop aroma

t. not as aggressive as other SoCal IPAs, subtle grapefruit until the swallow, tart grapefruit peel and alcohol

m. a medium feel, subtly creamy

d. above-average drinkability, with hops not taking over the tongue with time like other similar IPAs

not the most distinctive IPA, but relatively drinkable, probably wouldn't buy again

lifebeer, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of IceEyes
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

I thought I would splurge and get a bottle of this IPA that I'd heard so much about. But frankly, I can't see what the big deal is. I drink better IPAs than this all the time.

The Alesmith IPA poured with a lot of head, but the body was cloudy. There's a lot of fresh flowery hops in the smell but the beer still tastes sweet. Not much balance really. And that's what lost me. I don't know what the IBU is but it doesn't hold the beer together.

This isn't a bad IPA, but it's over rated if you ask me.

IceEyes, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into my dandy Sam Adams Lager glass. Poured pretty carbonated as 3 fingers of lucsious head quickly rose. Head was thick and bright white while the color was a nice bright, semi-cloudy yellow/orange.
Aroma of pink grapefruit lovely hoppy.
Taste was the same pink grapefruit from the aroma. Quite zesty in the mouth with a bitter hop finish. Hops were definitely there but not overpowering. Very enjoyable and classic example of a San Diego IPA.

RustyDiamond, Jan 14, 2008
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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