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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

3,124 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,124
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 287 | FT: 9
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 rye726
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangish brown with a thick beige head. Nice lace. Nose has citrus hops and caramel malts. Taste has bitter hops and sweet malts up front followed by more fruity hops through the finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Good IPA from Alesmith.

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

A very good IPA- but I think I've had better West-Coast style. Appearance is great with a nice copper color, looks semi oily and nice head and some lacing. Smell is very good, sweet caramel notes mixed with dry hops. No real spicing of note here, but a firm blast of citrus most notable grapefruit and lemon.
Taste is a bit weaker than I was hoping for but still quite good. Slightly more malt balanced than many of the West Coasters.
Mouthfeel is quite good. Nice oily feel with some carbonation.
Quite a drinkable IPA.

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

After a slight IPA binge, I'd say this beer is not what I expected from the Alesmith hype. While tasty, the Pizza Port Swami's I had earlier was much better. I've had homebrews this good (which IS A GOOD THING!), but I feel it's like any other IPA out there. A bit sweet, not as dry as some and definitely not as hoppy as some others (doesn't taste or smell dry-hopped). While a great beer, it feels less pacific coast IPA and more east coast/british in style. Balanced though. Definitely a good beer. The head is creame and it stays around.

Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours transparent orange until you get towards the bottom of the bomber and swirl the yeast into the beer. After that, it is a little more cloudy and has visible chunks of white yeast floating in it. The head is pretty large and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hop oils.

T: Bitter hops and slight caramel malt presence.

M: A bit thin, but still decent.

D: This is a tongue burner of an IPA. It's true to style and flavorful. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge fluffy head as big as the burnt-orange copper liquid in the Duvel tulip glass rose and fell to a biscuit island and a fair amount of irregular lace.

The smell is the too-strong perfume type of hop assault you would get from smelling a hop oil extract and little else.

Taste is like the nose at the moment. It's a two dimensional pyramid of hop resin. What balance of grains finds its way into the taste is quickly and steadily beaten down until only the lupulin remains. True to style, this beer will have no problem making the long journey to India without spoilage.

In the mouthfeel, it's a little sharp up front but the oils of the hops quickly take care of that to become an easy-drinking smoothness.

Drinkability is high but pretty standard for this style. You can drink a fair amount of it without wanting to have something else right away.

This is a very satisfying brew that I would buy again to share as an example of the style but among all IPAs I think there are few better.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet new find at my local super (for anyone in Dutchess county area Fresh Town has a good good selection!). 22 oz. bomber. Appropriately warmed. Poured an extremely clear golden yellow color with a generous white head. Plenty of lacing stuck to the side. The nose is highly potent with pine redolence and notes of grapefruit. The taste is all bittering hops in the fore. During the middle of the blush there is some slight aromatic hop presence, but the finish returns to that super bitter pine flavor. Mouthfeel was slightly scratchy, but plenty of crispness as well. I could probably drink a couple of these, but the hops would pretty much prevent me from enjoying anything else in the same evening. Good stuff.

Photo of therica
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true dry IPA in the greatest tradition.

A= coopper-yellow, nice foamy head.

S= lots of hops heaven here, some orange apparent up-front.

T= loads of hops varieties, some bready malts after the hops settle following the gulp, very nice. Rather dry in comparison to most APA's and IPA's.

M= clean, with light bitters and florals to savor.

D= very drinkable if you enjoy hoppy Pale Ale's.

Photo of dwennis
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden with a write thick frothy head which was maintained for some time

Smell: Floral from the hops and plenty of citrus

Taste: Bitter, some banana, bitterness but with a smooth finish

Mouth feel: Decent carbonation, coats well

Overall: Great IPA, would most definitely would buy again.

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

Bomber acquired from LongBeachHopHead via trade...thanks!

A: Very nice pour. This beer is a translucent dark copper-orange color with some dark red/brown undertones. A big fluffy white head topped off the impression.

S: Not overly aromatic, but what's there is grapefruit/orange hops. It is a lighter, refreshing IPA aroma.

T: I get the impression that this beer was made with a many different hop varieties, as the taste is not as easy to pin down as the aroma was. Clean tasting and essentially unadulterated hops.

M: Medium boby and carbonation, cleans the palate and leaves a lasting bitterness in the back.

D: Very drinkable, especially with food. I imagine this would go well with just about any food (right now it is but a sad plate of chicken nuggets and texas toast...but at least the texas toast was made from scratch haha).

A very good, straightforward IPA. An excellent mouthfeel and crisp hop flavors.

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

Pours a an attractive hazy, golden color. Lots of yeast floating toward the bottom--love that.

Aroma is actually faint. A lot fainter than I thought it'd be. After some agitation, I'm mostly picking up citrusy hops and the biscuity malt backbone.

Tastes...underwhelming. Actually, I should clarify by saying that I was prepared to be blown away. From what a lot of BA's say, this is second only to Pliny the Elder. Putting the hyperbole aside, it's a very well balanced brew. I like my IPA's to be a bit hoppier, but the grapefruity hops pair up very well with the biscuity malts. In fact, I'd say they match each other pretty perfectly. No overwhelming hop bite here.

Drinkibility is good. I actually plowed through the bomber I had. Not my favorite IPA, but it's very well crafted. I'd love to try this on tap.

Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uneven hills of white foam across the surface, crests a little over one finger, islands of big bubbles here and there, lacing displays serious stickiness. Copper orange color with a metallic tinge, dark yellow hued rims, not hazy per se but nowhere close to transparency. Dense citrusy nose of pink and white grapefruit, mandarin orange and lemon citrus chunks, pine, crisply baked scones, the fruit scents tart but in no way over the top in striving for tropicality, nectarine, pineapple, peach, guava, powdery mocha from the malts, a floral musk fills the nostrils before it dissolves, extending presence. Medium-bodied, muscular without trying to take up too much room just for the sake of it. While dry and leaving a tacky residue behind, the grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus can be as sweet as it can be sour. Less pine, more general herbaceousness bitterness. The bready or yeasty component reduced. The florality a bit earthbound, yet, no less pungent. Apricot and peach more present as it warms. Has a "rough balance" in that it's not particularly graceful, more like the guy who can outlast the others keeping upright on the rolling log in the lake.

Photo of cbros
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a hint of an orange ting. There is a little carbonation activity after the pour. No head or cling to the glass.

S- There is a small citrus hoppy note but nothing that is strong.

T- Nice balance of hops and malt present in this beer. This combination makes for a smooth taste that masks the alcohol taste. A little nit of a bitter aftertaste but it is reasonable.

Got this bomber in a trade from fatboyjim1 as an extra. I have always wanted to try some offerings from AleSmith and I am glad that I have. Even though this IPA does not blow me away it is a solid offering and I hope to try some other stuff from them in the future.

Photo of photomike
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with two fingers of fantastic, fluffy white head. Lots of yeast floaties swirl around well after the not-too-aggressive pour. The head here is what propels this beer's appearance to greatness. Everlasting retention and ridiculous, absurd, bordering-on-obscene lacing. If there's such a thing as lace porn, this is it.

Smell is more subdued than I would have expected. Tangerine and grapefruit is the star, with some guava and generic tropical fruit. Alcohol is noticeable with a hefty whiff, with a warming sensation deep in your sinuses and a tingle on your eyeballs if you use a wide enough glass.

This is a tasty, tasty beer. The closest thing to Pliny the Elder I've tasted. The same array of fruits found in the aroma with a strong, bitter finish. Not as balanced as its Russian River uncle, to be sure. There are some claims of dryness or minimal sweetness in these reviews, and I have to refute. Quite sweet to my tongue, making a bit tough to handle the bomber on your own, but I wouldn't claim that there is too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perfectly carbonated and smooth, a rather full body and the alcohol is well hidden until it gets close to room temp. Somewhat sticky, bordering on chewy.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the sweetness, and the alcohol seems to hit you more than the 7.2% ABV would suggest. The delightful mouthfeel probably contributes to these factors...it goes down so easy, the sweetness and alcohol catch up to you quickly. Take it slow...if you can.

I really enjoyed this beer, and will seek it out again. Maybe my favorite DIPA/IPA (this thing is definitely testing the limits of mere IPAness) behind the Plinys.

Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

A - A dark gold/light brown color with a large frothy head which sticks to the sides of the glass as it slowly disipitates.

S - Lots of floral and citrus notes on this one. Some sweet oranges along with grapefruits, specifically. A nice mix of both sweet and bitter which come together well.

T - A decent amount of hoppy bitterness, not much in the way of sweetness though. A nice bitter aftertaste, clean, and refreshing.

M - Light to medium in body, good carbonation, very "clean" and crisp.

D - Easily drinkable and very enjoyable, very good IPA.

Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-05-17. Served in snifter.

A: Amber colored, slightly hazy due to bottle conditioning. A 3 cm white head that leaves plenty of chunky lacings as it settles. Decent retention and great looking lacings.

S: Very pronounced citric character - lemon and grapefruit abound. Plenty of floral hops and hop resins as well. Some caramel and subdued malts. Slightly spicy. The hop aromas are really outstandning and so fresh they almosts stings the nose.

T: Wonderful hop character here as well. Grapefruit and lemon peel dominate. Faint notes of mango. The malty caramel flavor is quite big but still obviously plays second violin with the hops taking center stage. Some spices in the middle. The finish is rather bitter, but the bitterness is really integrated in the overall profile. It finishes with floral hops, pine-needles and again a slightly spicy sensation. The finish is long. No sign of the alcohol.

M: Medium body, not very crisp. The carbonation level in this one is close to perfect. Medium amount of small and rather calm bubbles - it really suits the beer well.

D: A great IPA. Perhaps not very complex, but very well balanced and with a beautiful hop character of lemon and grapefruit. It goes down really easy and I would definitely have another if it was offered to me.

Photo of mjl21
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Dan! 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 7.25%. No bottling info is given.

A-This is really a tale of two pours. The first pour results in a clear orangish amber with a one finger white head that goes down to a foamy ring encircling spotted film. Looks good, but nothing higher than a 4. The second pour was a little more agressive and reulted in a really nice one and a half finger head that stayed around. Due to the yeast from the bottle conditioning, the color was a little darker on the amber spectrum and it was hazier. The second was closer to a 4.25.

S-Very grapefruit forward in the nose. Not piney like a lot of its WC IPA companions. Smelled hoppier and better in the bottle than in the glass.

T-Grapefruit and orange really stick out as the dominant citrus flavors. There is a tad bit of caramel sweetness that is present, but it wise enough to stay in the back to let the hops have their way. There is some pine to be had after the beer has gone down. Not very bitter.

M-Medium bodied. Has a nice soft level of carbonation that gives it a smooth mouthfeel. It also leaves a lot of oily hop resin throughout the mouth.

D-Goes down very easily. Abv is well hidden and the fact that its bitterness does not dominate helps reduce palate fatigue.

One of my favorite IPAs, this bottle seemed to be lacking a little on the nose. It didn't taste malty, so I don't think it had anything to do with age. Will rereview the next time I have a bottle.

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

A--Pours a golden yellow with two full fingers of frothy white head that camps around for a while and leaves spotty but thick lacing

S--Classic west coast citrus IPA smell. Orange, mango, pineapple, grapes. Amazing.

T--An oily citrus hop explosion, some resiny aftertaste. Caramel malts do their best to balance it but the hops win by first round KO. Definitely one of the tastiest IPA's I can remember

M--Medium bodied with a very soft pillow of carbonation. Damn good.

D--Great beer, no real complaints. Solid across the board and worthy of its reputation

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark honey amber color with a thick white and attractive head. Light fresh fruity hop nose. Nice bitter hop/grapefruit flavors with short fruit undertones. Short and a bit thin in the mouth, on flavor and in the finish. Nice but it "comes and goes" very quickly and is not as satisfying as it initially promises.

Photo of rmaste6282
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer at a local liquor store in Encinitas (Royal Liquor) in a 22oz bomber. The head of this beer was not too thick, some lacing on the glass, and the head subsided fairly quickly. The color is not quite see through, light amber. The aromas are of a typical west coast IPA, piney, not much flowery or fruity accents, just hop smells. This beer is pretty carbonated, I like the way that it evens out the beer. The IPA is bitter, has some toasty carmel malt backbone, but the aftertaste is all hops. This is textbook Cali IPA.

Photo of twelvsies
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer as part of a sweet package of West Coast IPAs from raoulduke37, thanks! Pours a nice orange amber color, relatively clear, with pretty good head and lacing. The nose is the most distinct pineapple aroma I've ever got from a beer. IPAs often give off vague fruity type aromas, but this one is very obviously pineapple to me. Wow. Bits of citrus and piney hops combine with the fruity pineapple to give this beer a robust, flavorful hop profile, backed by a nice sweet vanilla type malt bill. Pretty hearty, yet maintains a relatively lively mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Wonder why we hardly ever get this beer out East while most of Alesmith's other offerings do come in... no matter, I still manage to have some in my fridge. Definitely a(nother) great west coast IPA. Textbook.

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

22oz bottle I got thanks to the amazing rhinos00. This is one that I have been looking forward to for quite a while. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a really pretty color. The color is a nice and rich honey yellow with a amber hue to it. Held to the light, this beer is all golden yellow. really nice contrast of colors going on here. The got me a little over a finger of foamy white head. The head is very sticky and has some great retention. The glass is covered with lace from top to bottom. The body is cloudy with a thick haze. Light comes through but you can't see through to the other side. Very damned good looking brew.

S: Good amount of hops presence going on here. Big citrus hops aroma billowing out of this brew. Grapefruit is huge with a nice sweetness and bitterness. Grapefruit rind and orange rind can also be found. A really nice earthiness comes up with some pine resin. The mlt presence is decent with some breadiness along with a touch of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate though, as they should.

T: Nice hops coming through again. Good amount of grapefruity goodness. You can actually get some grapefruit meat, skin and rind. Its all there with a nice distinct quality. The pine comes through on the backend but its not as much as I expected. Just a touch of caramel sweetness coming through that tries to cut this really nice bitterness coming out. Nice toasted bready malt as well. Touch of pineapple coming through on the end. Very nice and tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew with a nice carbonation level. Very crisp and beautiful. This beer is drying up front but on the backend actually come across pretty damned clean and refreshing. ABV has a slight heat on the back of the palate to the throat. Aftertaste is a touch of sweetness and grapefruit rind.

D: Absolutely drinkable. This beer goes down so damned easy its stupid. It also doesn't have that overly bitter and acidic weight that a lot of IPAs and DIPAs tend to have. Sure the flavors could be a bit more but I am not bitching. Everything going on in here is good or better. Mostly better than good. Damned fine IPA and its nice to get these big flavors in "just" an IPA rather than a DIPA. It has the big aroma and flavor, but the easy drinkability and mouthfeel of that IPA. Get you some.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Clear amber with a sticky lasting head that laces. Big fruity aroma with lots of mango, some grapefruit, pine, and a little caramel. Some toasty, caramel maltiness with lots of hops over it. Almost balanced, but the hops are huge and win out with a bitter finish. Very nicely drinkable, but you can still feel the alcohol. Medium, clean palate with soft carbonation. My one hang up is that there is a slight soapy note in the finish that tastes like a weird play between the hops and alcohol. Hardly distracting, but keeps it from being a perfect IPA for me.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Chilled 22oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a reddish amber color with 3 inches of off-white head that take forever to recede. For most of the drink, there is at least a dense cap on top with a fluffy center that looks like a scoop of ice cream. Leaves a nice wall of lacing down the glass, even when the head finally disappears. Spectacular.

S: Damn, it's like smelling a grapefruit. Huge citrus in orange and tangerine as well. Some earthy aroma in there as well. Can't detect any malts.

T: Nice oily grapefruit coating at the onset, with orange and tangerine flavors coming in a bit later. Some floral hops toward the end of the taste. Finishes with a dry and earthy bitterness. An outstanding IPA taste, definitely has a West Coast flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, and doesn't bog down the palate. It's not resiny enough to demand high carbonation, so the result is a moderate fizziness, giving the beer a softness that lets the flavors come out. Outstanding.

D: At ~$5 a bomber, it ranges in the quality-to-quantity class of Pliny the Elder, which is my gold standard for the IPA family. I consider this an excellent value to revisit down the line.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter golden and a good frothy head with good retention but a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Big citrus and grapefruit, with some good earthiness. Good all around. Nothing transcendent.

Taste: Good balanced with earthy rind-like grapefruit and herbal bitterness. Big finish, a bit of candied grapefruit. Lots of lemon and orange there also, but lacking the good plus bomber-ness.

Mouthfeel: Big and frothy and nice, but it's still medium-bodied, and creamy as all hell. The best thing about this beer for sure.

Drinkability: To me it's not the heralded beer folks say it is. I get this all around, honestly. That said, it's great, and I liked it all around.

Photo of MPLS
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade @ DLD from Brewdlyhooked13

A: I feel like I should start judging the bottles with appearance, love the minimalist silk screened bomber. The beer poured a nice hardly cloudy orange. 4 cm white head.

S: Pleasing citrus punch, most notably day old grapefruit.

T: Great oily IPA that masks its ABV. The hops keep on coming and make for a great opportunity to take another sip. Great toasty caramel malts to add in the mix

M: Great mouthfeel, silky smooth, slides over the palate.

D: Here comes summer, but wait...no distribution for Alesmith, shit.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,124 ratings.