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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 437
Gots: 356 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Ratings: 3,279 | Reviews: 1,177
Photo of klikger
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Amber colored, large white head which dissipates relatively quickly, quality lacing

S - Grapefruit, orange, a little honey

T - Orange and lemon combined with a decent amount of malty sweetness form a nice backbone for the hops. As it warms a bit, I taste a hint of vanilla, and the floral hops are growing progressively pinier. This is so well-balanced for the style that it's scary.

M - Pretty light, yet substantial at the same time. A bit sticky, really. Not as much carbonation as it could have, but this isn't a bad thing.

D - A bomber is just about perfect for me. I could definitely down another, but I'd rather save it and drink something else.

This is a wonderful IPA and a great representative of the west coast style. I'd definitely drink this on a regular basis if I lived in an area with distribution.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coincidentally, I'm pouring this into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass, as did the reviewer immediately preceding this review. Typical IPA look: burnt orange with a hop-haze and a bone-white head that's pillowy and lasts a good while, leaving nice streaks of lace as it goes.

Aroma is a wonderful melange of grapefruit rind and flesh, orange, and mint. Very slight hint of toffee far back.

On the tongue, this is quintessential west coast IPA. Take the elements of the aroma--citrus rind, juicy citrus fruit flesh, and a hit of spearmint--add a dose of pine resin, more citrus in the form of mango, a mildly astringent green grass character, and sweet malt goodness that provides balance and just enough graininess...put it all together and you have something completely de-freaking-licious.

There's a delicate softness to the mouthfeel that almost resembles that from a tap...bubbles are small and make this thing ultra-silky. Read the text on the back, and you find this is with good reason: it's bottle-conditioned. There you go. Hallelujah.

Wonderful...a fantastic IPA, without any doubt. Excuse me while I go soak up some sun and revel in this beauty.

Photo of atbump
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful shade of hazy orange into my Delirium Tulip. Smells of an amalgamation of west coast citrus hops. A little bit of juicy tropical flavor shines through while pine and grapefruit dominate. The taste brings the aroma to full light with a biting wet hop mouthfeel and a crisp drinkable easy malt backbone. Perfectly balanced to my hophead tastes with a smell that will reel you in and keep asking for more, even when the 22oz runs dry. I wish this was made into 12oz beers but until then I will drink West Coast IPA. This beer finishes beautifully and any other standard six pack IPA will pale in comparison.

Photo of jimj21
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty two ounce bomber poured into a tulip. Purchased in Massachusetts. Pours an orangish amber color. Very clear at first. Additional pours produce more yeast haze. Slow pour still produces a huge head, as does swirling the glass. Light colored tan head. Four fingers at first, reduces slowly to about a finger. Big chunks of lacing.

Exceptionally hoppy and citrusy and piney. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Hops, hops, hops. I think I'm picking up some toasty malt in there too, but the aroma of citrusy hops is front and center, as it should be.

Taste is just as one would expect given the nose. Tons of hoppy goodness. Very citrusy, again with orange and grapefruit. Piney as well. Good amount of bitterness here. Malt comes through slightly in the middle as toasted white bread. Bitter pine on the finish.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Slightly dry on the finish. Provides a nice warmth. Carbonation is a little high, but the small bubbles really help create the smooth feel.

Wow. This is an amazing beer. This might be the best IPA I have ever had. It's too bad Alesmith isn't more available. Anyone that is a fan of IPAs needs to try this.

Photo of femALEist
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle.

This poured a murky orange teak, no head.
It smelled of sweet, juicy, fresh squeezed grapefruit- a fantastic nose, I kept smelling it!

It tasted not as bitter as I would have expected it to with all of that grapefruit, but it had more of a light, sweet grapefruit aftertaste.

It had mild carbonation.

This one lacked a little for me because the nose was so fantastic but the taste did not follow suit. This was my least favorite of the evening.

Photo of washburnkid
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A perfect appearance with nearly 3 fingers of an ivory frothy but firm head. Hazy copper body that features lighter golden edges in the light. The head doesn't go anywhere for a while, and when it finally does disappear a bit, it leaves wonderful lacing all over my stein.
S: Fresh and balanced pine with florals that are subtly evened out by a toasted aroma.
T: Exactly what I want from a West Coast IPA in terms of the hop characteristics: pine and florals. The difference from many other WC IPAs? This one is wonderfully balanced while still featuring the delicious hop profile. The toastiness from the malts are definitely there but the hops definitely run the show here.
M: Medium body with higher carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.
D: I'm very impressed. Easy to drink and delicious. I will recommend this to absolutely everyone.

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

A- Lots and lots of soapy foam that never really goes away. There is tons of lacing. The beer is a totally clear, light gold.

S- Lots of orange juiciness. There is also a bit of pine and a touch of caramel.

T- Starts out loaded with oranges and pineapples. Towards the finish it breaks into an orange rind type of bitterness mixed with lots of pine.

M- Lighter body. Very crisp and refreshing. Semi Dry

D- Very drinkable. Finishing a whole bomber would be no problem. I will be buying more of this.

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

Live review: Got a bomber of this at "Save-On" in Mentor, OH. for $8.99. That's a pretty big price for a bomber. Let's see if its worth the big tab.

Poured into my SA glass, even at fridge temps, I got more than 2 fingers of rich, foamy white head, even with a restrained pour. Lots of lacing forms splotches on the walls of the glass. The color is kind of a golden hay/straw color, with a little haze from the conditioning yeast. When I top off this glass with the remainder of the bomber, it will probably be more cloudy, but, as a homebrewer, that isn't a bother. I can usually pour and keep most of the yeast in the bottle ... or not. You make the call. Very good looking brew though .. high marks from me.

The nose is bigger than I expected for a 'regular' IPA. I've had DIPAs which didn't have this big a nose. Lots of citrus going on, with some pine thrown in for good measure. If you pour this in the kitchen, your entire kitchen will have hop aroma in short order.

The taste is classic West Coast IPA .. and then some. Initial "smack in the face with grapefruit" experience, with tangerine rinds along with it .. oh, and add some pine in there as well. As huge as the hop flavors are, this isn't a 'one trick pony'. There's caramel in the background fighting to make its way to the fore, but its a losing battle. Can't call it 'balanced', because this is definitely hop forward, but it doesn't come off as over bearing or astringent. Mouthfeel is medium or a tad less, which was a little surprising. Everything else about this beer is 'bigger than life', so I expected (perhaps wrongly) a bigger mouthfeel. It's not 'light', but perhaps on the lighter side of medium. I'd put the carbonation around 2 volumes, which is adequate to keep it refreshing. Dangerously drinkable at 7.25% abv, the alcohol makes no presence in the flavor or after taste. I'm sure I could do more than one bomber of this in an evening, but its better to savor just one (besides, I always have homebrew to enjoy after a special tasting).

This is my first AleSmith brew, and it appears that AleSmith does live up to the hype. Highly recommended for all hop heads. Even if you aren't a hop-head, I think you'll enjoy the complex flavors that mix and mingle.

Na Zdravje!

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

22 oz. bottle courtesy of OneDropSoup. Pours a hazy deep yellow with a thick, bone-white head. Sweet, floral bouquet. Tastes amazingly fresh despite the cross-country voyage; strong hop flavor blends with a subtle yeastiness that one doesn't often find in an IPA. Feels quite nice on the palate, too; this beer disappeared quickly. I don't think I've had an IPA from San Diego that was anything short of excellent.

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

Bottle courtesy of rmjavanut....thanks Ryan!

Cloudy orange pour into my tulip, billowy egg white head with some sediment

Creamy citrus on the nose

Beer comes in waves with initial vibrant lock jaw bitterness, tangerine and pineapple in the middle, and a very piney, bitter finish with enough of a malt presence to keep things interesting

Medium carbonation with a creamy full mouthfeel

Quite enjoyable - Shakeyhands and I approve

Photo of djbreezy
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the bottle twice. This review is a compilation of those tasting notes.

appearance - pours opaque and golden, white head that dies quickly

smell - citrus and floral hops dominate the nose of this, pine

taste - mirror the nose, has some good hop characteristics including citrus and pine flavors

mouthfeel - not huge but medium and smooth

drinkability - great taste, flavorful, quite drinkable for an ipa, one of my favorites

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a darker golden color with 2+ fingers of white head with great retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a little bit of sweet fruit too.

t - Tastes strongly of cirusy hops and fruits. Stays a little smooth for a moment and than has a major bitter bite to it as it goes down. Also a little bit of pine, but mostly citrus. Very nice IPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a great IPA. Lots of hops, citrus, and bitterness to it and a very enjoyable IPA. Alcohol is not noticable. Would highly reccomend and would love to try again.

Photo of jwinship83
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness dating brought back from san diego and drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden colored body with a massive fluffy white head that just wont lie down. small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top.

S- the main attraction here is hops. good. lots of pine and grapefruit. a small amount of sweet caramel malt comes through.

T- the taste is more balanced than the smell. the sweet caramel malt comes through stronger than i could smell. the bitter hops are still strong. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit.

M- too light and almost watery. a nice bitter aftertaste. the carbonation is too high. the low point for this beer.

D- glad to have tried this one. a good west coast style IPA that due to the pour mouthfeel gets lost in a sea of similar beers for me. still worth a try.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold colored beer with a huge white head that resembled whipped cream. Very sticky, lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, floral, and sweet malt. The taste was more pine than grapefruit, but both were well-represented. Still a good malt presence. A very nice, well-balanced beer.

Photo of fartist71
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dull gold with hints of yellow and orange. The head after all is said and done(this beer takes at least 10 minutes to pour)is one and one half of A finger thick, and sticks around to aid in the awsome taste!

Smell: Citrus is the first smell that I get followed by light smells of florals from the hops.

Taste: Lemon and grapefruit are stongly present. The hops in this beer are well blended with the light malt flavor. So hoppey so so hoppy!

Mouthfeel: Chewy would be A good word for the feel of the brew. The head that lingers through the beer aids in this aspect.

Drinkability: The beer is 7.25 ABV. So drinkability is relative!

Photo of infi
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy and translucent orange-red color with an enormous fluffy off-white head. Seriously, mountainous peaks of bubbles are created and found everywhere in the glass - quite amazing. Amazing lacing, thick residues of these bubbles are left on the interior of the glass as you drink. Smell is essentially textbook IPA, with multitudes of piney and earthy hops and hints of malt throughout. Lots of citrus cutting through as well. There's a weird presence of this funkiness that I'm not quite accustomed to, especially in IPAs, which lead to its deduction in score.

Taste is straight up clean and full of hoppy goodness. Citrus presence is very fine and the bitterness levels aren't too high or overpowering. Not much to say, except it's pretty much what you would expect in a traditional IPA. Very nice and enjoyable overall. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and fairly carbonated. No complaints here. The drinkability is great - exceptionally easy to drink for the night. Keep to yourself or share with a friend, you can't go wrong with either choice. Excellent Cali IPA from Alesmith.

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

Crystal clear light gold, low bright white head.

Aroma is citrus and Bright, very sharp.

Flavor has a nice sharp bitterness that's followed by more bright citrus, leaves a light bitterness in the mouth, amazing hop flavor.

Light in the mouth, med carb, extremely drinkable. Just damn tasty.

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

Bomber poured into a large snifter.

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a massive fluffy off-white head. Great retention and plentiful lacing. Off to a nice start here.

Big fruity aromas- grapefruit, pineapple, tart apple, a hint something sweeter that reminds me of cantaloupe?. Substantial pine in there as well. A bit of malt quietly minds its business in the corner somewhere.

My taste buds are getting worked over bigtime by citrus (grapefruit, fresh squeezed OJ, pineapple) and pine in equal portions. Toward the swallow, a little bit of sweetness creeps in for a moment and then pine takes the lead, getting quite resiny and stinging the tongue and throat. Some peppery spiciness is enhanced by the vigorous, but not quite fizzy, carbonation. A quite dry and sticky finish.

Overall impression: Excellent IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, slightly cloudy

Smell: floral hops, caramel malt

Taste: floral hops, caramel malt

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet that gets more bitter as the beer warms, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: I could drink this one all day and the alcohol is well hidden. This is one of the most floral beers I have had. Not overly balanced but very good.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fiery orange with some golden hues around the edges. There is about a finger of creamy head that has good retention. Aroma is very citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, along with some tropical fruit, and a hint of toffee.

Taste is more of the citrus that was present in the nose. Lots of good, hoppy, grapefruit flavors. The hops are a bit piney too. There is a faint toffee-like sweetness in the background. Finish is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost cask-like, just a touch more carbonated. An easy drinker and a very good IPA.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date found. tasted in early june 2009.

honey color w/ amber tones. hazy. huge 3-finger, near-white head, receding to a meringue, then a stable 3mm layer. great, puffy lacing.

aroma: fresh citrus and pine. grapefruit zest and rind, with touch of fruit flesh, along w/ yeasty apple esters. yeast character flows into bready malt, with almost vanilla tones in back.

taste: a continuous hop blast, still nice and fresh, w/ resins coating the tongue, but not forever (the carbonation cleans that up a bit). fruitiness of hops mixes w/ apple esters and reveal the toasted malt underneath, though i wish there was more of it to balance the bold bitterness.

medium body, sometimes light, but lots of resins, yet also smooth overall. nearly fizzy carbonation, but as mentioned, lifts the resins off the palate, plus adds a fluffiness.

Photo of DNICE555
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to pick up a bomber of this one at table in vine on my Northampton trip with zapps and larsonstyle... last two left!

A - A hazy yellowish orange with an impressive white head.

S - Wow, lemony twang, fresh hops, and some fruit. I think it took me longer to inhale this beer than it did to drink it.

T - Big hops with a citrus burst along with a slight warming in the finish. Pine in the background and a minor malt presence to help balance out this delicious hoppy treat.

M - Full bodied ipa which is smooth as butter.

D - This is an ipa right here. This ipa isn't on the JV team, it's on Varsity, and it's starting quarterback. Beast of an ipa at an abv where you can have more than a tulip of it. Very well done.

Photo of dasenebler
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber purchased at Julio's, Alesmith IPA pours an effervescent light-amber. A ridiculous head fills half of my glass: rocky, clingy, sticky and beautiful.

Aroma is straight up pine juice. I feel like someone just threw a handful of dried fresh hops in my face.

Flavor is super dry and bitter. I can see how this is one of the most well-regarded IPAs, because it's so stylistically accurate. Completely attenuated, with no real hint of malt. There is something sweetly citrusy about the hop flavor at first, but the finish is utterly dry and herbal. Just fantastic.

Here's my problem with this beer: it's way too carbonated. You really have to wait it out until the bubbles reach a drinkable level. Once this happens, you're golden. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I feel like if I'm paying 8 bucks for a bomber, this beer should be perfect. Then again, maybe what Alesmith intended was an American IPA more bubbly than Duvel.

Great stuff. I really want to have a less-carbonated version sometime, be it on-tap or in the bottle.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith IPA has a strange appearance. The hazy golden/orange body and the robust, rocky light tan head both look great. The retention is fantastic and the lacing is pretty damn good also. There's just one problem: the beer pours about 90% foam. I thought it might have been me or my glass so I tried again with a clean, still moist glass and poured very slowly. My results were better this way, but still pretty foamy here.

No complaints about the aroma. A very floral hop aroma creates a hop-potpourri and pairs with some intense grapefruit smells and some pine resin to make the nose hop heavy. Underneath the hops there is a good bit of sweet malts.

The grapefruit flavors are extremely strong in Alesmith IPA; they are the first and the most dominant flavor that I notice. They are very sweet and almost puckering, with only a small amount of bitterness to them. After the grapefruit comes some sweet malt in the middle that is overshadowed by the hops, but still noticeable. The finish brings more hops, this time in the form of a bitter-tasting pine resin flavor. There is just a hint of warmth from alcohol in the back end also. The aftertaste has lots of bitterness, some pine and hints of grapefruit. The malt is in there, but the hops are what really shine in Alesmith IPA. They are sweet, they are bitter, they attack your teeth. Basically, the hops do everything you could ask them for.

Despite the absurd head on this sucker, the mouthfeel is actually kind of dead. The medium body is appropriate, but the extremely low carbonation is a negative for me.
EDIT ON THE MOUTHFEEL: The mouthfeel on my second glass out of the bomber is light and very highly carbonated. Not sure what the deal is, but I figure leaving both observations in this review might be helpful for anyone who actually reads these.

Overall this beer has some carbonation issues, but those don't really stop me from enjoying the good aroma and flavor that come with the copious amounts of hops in Alesmith IPA.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with my standard drinking buddy. BeerFMAndy.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a crystal clear golden yellow. The blast of head is rediculous. At least four fingers of stark white head explode to the top of my glass. After waiting a few minutes the head has formed what can only be described as beer ice cream. This beer has some of the finest head retention I've ever laid eyes on.

The aroma is full on juicy pineapple. A boquet of hops, fresh cut grass and pine needles. We joked about pouring this beer inside our cars and use it like hop air freshener. So fruity and hoppy.

The flavor is a mix of pine and grapefruit. Plenty of hop goodness. Some apples and pears with traces of bubblegum. Sweet and sour deliciousness. Dry finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a spectacular beer. I could drink this one on a daily basis.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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