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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,242
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 433
Gots: 343 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice American IPA with a prodigious head that was immense. The head never quit, and unless you pour the beer ultra slowly fully tipped, you will have to wait out the foamy thick billowing head from this beer. The beer is a bit cloudy with some fine particulates floating about. I will review this beer with more contemplation at a later time, but for now, the beer has the orange burst of an American IPA. It is not as grapefruity or acerbic or estery and oily from the hop. The hop quality seemed a bit dry and leafy but the nice orange burst was a treat. This review will continue at a later time.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden honey color with a slight haze.
Great head and lace.
The aroma was a floral hop, fruit, malt with a hint of peaches.
The taste starts off with a mild sweetness, hops and a mild bitterness.
Medium body with a light, smooth carbonation.
Great balance.

Simply a good beer.
Huge head made me wait, but well worth it.

Photo of bigreduw64
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Started pouring this beer and only got about 1/3 of it in my 1/2 L Ayinger willibecker glass. Pours with a ton of head. The aroma hits me from a couple feet away, this is going to be a great IPA. I can smell the hops, grapefruity, floral goodness. The taste punches my tongue and I want it to keep beating me. This is a great beer. Have to say the only downside is that after a couple sips, my taste buds are destroyed. Either I stick with the hops or I will have to go to my backup session beer because this is so flavorful I can't taste anything else. The mouthfeel is what I would expect out of a good IPA, lightly carbonated with a medium body. The drinkability is great, I could drink a couple of these. However I would probably fall down after that because I can definitely feel the alcohol in this one. Great beer!

Photo of soupyman10
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs.

A near explosion on the first attempt, and then a pour of a light amber-copper color with a beautiful fluffy two-to three fingers of head and tons of busy rising bubbles through the crystal clear brew. Head sticks around and eventually leaves a ton of sticky lacing when it drains.

Nose is nice - lots of busy fruit aromas. Citrus, apricot, orange, maybe some light cherries. Mixed nicely with malt - toffee and caramel with a touch of cookies. Some sourness shows up as the beer warms. Light pepper. Really nice, unique, interesting aromas that come through nicely, especially as the beer warms up.

Flavor is likewise - delicious and unique. Standard fruity hops up front htat transition to a malty sourness in the middle of the beer. Light caramel. A more biting hop presence on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. Funky cookies. Starfruit and apples maybe. A hoppy beer, but also complex and interesting.

Body is medium, fine, with solid medium carbonation - lets the flavors shine.

Really delicious, unique IPA. Would try it again if I could find it around here (I can't).

Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a nice hop presence are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast spiciness, grapefruit, lemon zest, hint of orange, pine, and a hearty bitterness make up a well balanced IPA. A hint of alcohol is present too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Very long bitter aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is just a great quality beer you don't want to put down.

Photo of cbutova
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is explosion. I poured once ounce and it made a four finger head, even when down the side very slowly. Not sure how I am supposed to drink it. This head is a monster, I thought Sculpin was nuts. One hand head that retains like a freakin superhero. No points are deducted from this on appearance, there is nothing wrong here. Smell is good stuff. Large hints of pine, pineapple, citrus fruits like lemon and orange, more hops. This is certainly a hop bomb, the malts are there but no where in sight in the hose. I would give it a 5.0 but Sculpin's scent is a whole level above this. Taste is also a hop bomb, malts in there but it's mostly a nice blend of citrus hops, pineapple is amazing in this beer. Piney hops also present. Mouthfeel is appropriate, nice medium carbonation, moderate body, perfect for a huge IPA. Drinkability is great, the price is a bit much around here but worth it, the hops will get too much after a while. Alesmith continues to impress me.

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

Pours a surprisingly pale orange, bubbles steadily rising, very healthy head.

Smells of pine cone, orange peel, ginger, grains.

Orange on front end, then bitterness hits hard on mid-palate with clean but rewarding finish. Bitterness is a bit one-dimensional.

Big carbonation for an IPA, but not obtrusive. This is very light and bouncy for such a flavorful brew. Bitterness builds steadily, but in a pleasant, warming way. A unique IPA.

Photo of FishGetter
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker amber color with loads of streaming bubbles. Half inch frothy head.
Not a real fregrant nose. Some sweet malts with very mild citrus hops. Somewhat bready nose captured for the most part.
After breaking through a frothy head, a melow cirtus hop flavor. Some sweetend barly breaks through with a semi-spicy alchol burn to finish.
Almost a medium body with sticky oily resins left in the mouth. Remains on tounge with alchol.
Respectable but not very impressive by a west coast IPA. Was very excited to see it back on the shelfs after what I was told to be "distrbution problem". Freshness is suspect here but really feels like lighting a firecracker and finding out its a dud.

Photo of jminsc76
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at McGs in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Pours a large foamy head, with thick lacing down the side. The body is a golden yellow, and has plenty of rising bubbles. The head reforms easily upon agitation.

Aromas are incredible, and include pine, vanilla, a little bit of caramel, and some lighter fruits; which ones I cannot put my finger on. Pear perhaps? Whatever it is, it contributes greatly to an overall refreshing bouquet.

Flavors include the aforementioned pine and citrus as well as bitterness and bite, with a wide spectrum of fruits such as orange and grapefruit. Damn it's good. Almost obliterates the palate after awhile, and this isn't even an Imperial IPA.

The hefty carbonation keeps the palate clean and refreshed, with a lighter mouthfeel that at times seems medium-bodied due to the range of flavors.

Overall, a damn good IPA with malt flavors merely balancing out the palate, but letting the hops come through like something lovely.

A true West Coast IPA. This is how it's done bitches! Recognize!

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

Poured a deep gold with a huge chunky head, very inviting on this frigid night. Smell were sweet hops typical of you west coast IPA. Taste was better than I expected, the hops balance nicely with the malty finish. Thehigh ABV was masked bu the balance. This was a better than expected beer and would totaly pick this up again.

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium looking off-white head with great retention. Perfectly clear with lots of carbonation evident. Burnt orange in color, or gamboge when held to the light. A good film remains until the end and leaves some great looking lacing down the sides. Very nice.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malt with lots of citrus and grapefruit notes. Spices, tyme in particular, and some nice floral hoppy notes as well. Some hints of orange and mango in there as well. Quite an impressive nose, bordering on a DIPA.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malt again, with a good dose of citrus and grapefruit notes as well. Follows the nose beautifully. Some floral hops through the middle into a nice hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, consisting of floral and bitter citrus notes though the finish. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body with higher end carbonation. A little light on the palate, but creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky and mouth-coating. Alcohol very well hidden.

OVERALL: Though the body was a little light, this might be the best IPA I've had yet. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable, this is one to watch out for. Its bold flavors and higher ABV put it at the border of DIPA country. A little more juice and it might have to defect. That said, I can certainly see why this is one of the most highly acclaimed IPA's in the land. If you're a fan of the style, you won't be disappointed. I just hope I can find more of these. Recommended.

Photo of steve8robin
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Julios...

A: The color is a golden honey color. When poured the head was about 4 finger widths high. Half was the beer and half was the head. Not my favorite because of the crazy head, but the color is awesome.

S: Complex scent going on. Can't put my finger on exactly what each scent is, but one of the scents almost smells like flowers.

T: Kind of a harsh taste up front. Very complex, but way too hoppy for me. Hard to get past the hoppiness.

M: Good carbonarion balance to this brew.

D: Tough for me to get past the hops. Too harsh for me making this brew a little tough to drink.

All in all, this one is a little overrated in my opinion. Not for me. It's good, but too harsh with the hops.

Photo of drink1121
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this.

A- Typical IPA color with actually really good head retention.

S- Not as much hops as I would have thought up front. I get a little yeast in the nose with some lemon citrus.

T- Pretty good malt-to-hops balance for a west-coast IPA A surprisingly bitter at the end. Kinda disspoited after having Sculpin a few weeks ago.

M- Sort of a hot initial mouthfeel. Cooled down as it warmed. Pretty smooth.

D- Alright, but not great for an IPA. I wouldnt have the whole bomber as I shared with kfsv034. Slightly dissapointing brew.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow with a thick, rocky off-white head.

Big juicy grapefruit aroma along with pineapple, pine resin and a hint of caramel malts and earthiness.

Lots of citrusy hops in the taste. Grapefruit, orange and pine with a nice balance of caramel malts which follows.

Medium bodied, slick, with a fairly sparkly carbonation.

This IPA from AleSmith was everything I had expected. Hoppy, yet well-balanced and so drinkable. I highly recommend.

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

Aroma- clean floral pungent hops. sweet malt, light caramel, and clean alcohol. resin, pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus. dried apricot. very vegetative but good. very good aroma.

App- huge creamy off white foam. clear gold. laces.

Taste- tropical fruit. lots of different hops- simcoe, citra, amarillo, centennial? very sweet caramel. subtle vegetative taste. balanced bitterness. slightly harsh alcohol for only 7.25%. great yeast esters.

Mouth- fine med high carb. dry. pleasing resin. clean and creamy.

Overall- very good. unique and complex. well crafted.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a freshness date into a goblet. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thick white head of large bubbles and carbonation is moderate. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops. Strong pine present, overall the aroma is weaker than I expected. Still smells like an IPA. Not much malt or sweetness in the aroma.

Beer is full bodied. Good beer, feels like you are chewing through the hops. Fills my mouth. There is nice palate connectivity. Overall a great experience. Second drink, beer is a little dry. The hop resin completely coats your mouth. Lots of sweet hop flavor and nice back of the mouth bitterness. No real aftertaste. Drinkability high, great mouthfeel, overall a great IPA experience.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer in the top 50 that I don't have to send away for and is less than $10 a bottle? Sign me up!

Large, white, craggy head that is almost too big. Mildy hazy amber color.

Acidic pineapple and sharp pine aroma. Taste is sharp citrus rind and snappy light cracker malt--extremely biting. I know IPAs arent's supposed to be balanced, and West Coast ones even less so, but the hops are so sharp and the malt is so weak it's just downrght unpleasant I tell you. Tastes like a homebrew gone centennial crazy. Thin, bottle-conditioned smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA here. Not even Alesmith's best, to give you an idea how great they are. Big amounts of carbonation gush to the top after a pour.

Sticky resinous hops cover the palate. Great grapefruit, my mouth is puckered. Fair amount of pine and non grapefruit citrus compliment the beer. Still, puckering.

Another example of what is probably considered an "extreme" IPA but those anywhere but the West Coast. Could drink this all day.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pint glass and produced a huge, fluffy, white head. Looks like a big dollop of vanilla ice cream floating on top of a beautiful golden-orange beer. The carbonation is raging on this guy. Massive amounts of bubbles keep racing to the surface. Its really taking awhile for this head to die down to a drinkable level. The head looks really thick and sticky, so its not really going anywhere. Beautiful looking IPA.

Lots of sweet, lemony, citrus notes on the aroma. Some pine and earthiness as well, but mostly sweet, hoppy citrus. The massive head really helps to trap a lot of the aromatics from escaping too quickly.

The flavor holds a nice malt base and plenty of hops. Sweet, lemon bitterness. Some faint grassy notes from the hops and a bit of caramel from the malts. Overall, classic IPA flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Drinkability is through the roof. I could drink this IPA all day. Really glad I have a bomber of it. My only complaint is that no matter how I pour this beer, I produce a ridiculously huge head. So after every pour I have to wait about 5 minutes until I can start drinking again.

Overall, this is an essential IPA. So much flavor, great balance between the hops and malt, and really beautiful to look at. Definitely one of my top three IPA's. Would love to try this on cask.

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

Poured into a pint glass, revealing some serious head (like, three inches of head and it was poured correctly too). A minute later, it doesn't appear to be fading at all, though the bubbles have gotten bigger. In fact... it's actually rising! Up over the glass! And, it's so thick it might as well be a crema. Seriously. I could make handlebar mustaches out of it, except that it tastes like soap foam. Underneath the craggy crackling mountain of head there is a viciously bubbling, possibly otherwise clear amber body. This is going to take awhile.

Smells from across the table like fresh floral hop. I can't imagine a better smell for an IPA. 10 minutes later it's finally at a drinkable level. Beautiful lacing Tastes quite carbonated, but otherwise refreshingly bitter. Good orange citrus character too, zest and rind sort. Not too dry with enough malty smoothness. Almost a medium body. There's a sort of plastic-y aftertaste. It would be more drinkable if I didn't have to battle head every time I re-poured. Incidentally, the head is just as aggressive every time the glass is topped off. For better or worse.

I like it; worthy of another try. I'm looking forward to more AleSmith.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz two ways, poured into globes.

Ar: Herbal/floral hop, lemony citrus, pine, grassy, alcohol, intense hop, aggressive resinous and vegetative hop, light caramel

Ap: very thick fluffy off white head, clear gold, dreat retention, lacing

F: very hoppy, resin, lemon citrus, pine, excellent smooth bitterness, light op roughness, orange, grapefruit, moderately vegetative, light simple sweetness but dries out nicely, alcohol, great long resinous end, tropical fruit, great hop flavor, sweetness increases with warmth

M: High fine carbonation, resinous and dry, long pleasant bitter end, lightly rough alcohol, vegetative, creamy body

O: Has a bit of hop funk, very resinous, lightly rough alc, well done, excellentwest coast IPA, one of the best ipas i've had

Photo of cleeze
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brought this along with some other west coast goodies home for me when visiting friends in San Diego. And thanks to the fellow B.A that helped her pick this out at the shop.

Poured a a cloudy dark goldish color with a great white foamy head with killer lacing to go along with it.

Smells of resiny piney goodness mixed with lots of citrus hops.

Citrus hops right up front. again a little piney on the tongue. Very pleasant. Well balanced with the malts.

Very drinkable. I wish we had it here in Maine.

Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the freshness on this one , but it seems pretty good. This is a beer I have had on a few other occasions and always thouroughly enjoy.

A: It's a bright golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The bubbles are not tightly packed like some others and the head retention is good but the lacing is not.

S: Very nice fresh hop aroma. It is a bit heavier on the pininess than the citrus, but there are some subtle flavors of lemon and orange.

T: Again the pine is a bit more prevelent than the citrus, but there is also a ton of grapefruit in this. After the initial pine mellows away ruby red grapefruit lingers. There is some sweet caramel, but clearly the hops dominate.

M: I really enjoy the lingering of the grapefruit, and there is no booziness present in the finish either. It is cream and full bodied.

D: THis is one of those beers where a bomber just barely seems like enough

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks again for the opportunity.
Pours a couple of shades darker than lager with a 4 inch thick bubbly white head that persists forever. Loads of citrus and pine fill my nostrils, slightly spicy/earthy as well. Taste is mostly pine and citrus maybe some bread or caramel if I strain really really hard, but this one really is all about the hops. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is sticky/resinous, body is medium. I'm torn, I really wanted to love this one, but I just don't. I find it over carbonated, one dimensional and a little boring. Maybe one day I can revisit this one on tap.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with no fancy pants label silk screened label. This bottle simply has "IPA" in big bold white letters smack dab in the middle of the label. If you miss that, you can also catch "IPA" on the neck of the bottle. At the bottom below the big ass "IPA" in small print is the ABV% and the address of the brewery. The back of the bottle is also silk screened but with 4 paragraphs that talk about all the awards this beer won, description of the beer, ingredients, and the proper serving temperature. Below the paragraphs is a white rectangle with the Government warning and the barcode in it. A best before date or a vintage year would have been nice, but of course that was the only piece of information missing from the bottle. Thanks AleSmith!

Appearance: The back of the bottle suggested that I pour this beer into an AleSmith pint glass, but I don't have one of those so a DFH pint glass will have to do. This is one of those extremely murky IPAs where you can't even see a brief silhouette of your fingers on the other side of the glass. From a short distance away, this beer appears to be a dark amber, but when I held it up into the light, I found out that it changed color and it was a more of a golden lemon meringue color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head of foam. Despite the head of foam not being all that big, this head of foam had heart. This head of foam stuck with the beer until the last drop was gone. When this head of foam did recede it left behind clingy white blots and streaks of lace all around the glass. If by looking at this beer you think its not a great IPA appearance, then please get your eyes checked.

Smell: The very first aroma that came shooting up my nose was the strong scent of pine. It didn't smell like a pine forest at dawn, but it smelled stronger than just one Christmas tree. Behind all of the pine was some bitter citrus hops, a touch of bitter and tart grapefruit, and splash of tart lemon. I could tell this was a fresh bottle because of the rich fresh scent of citrus hops and citrus fruits. Swirling this beer around is a must! The aroma won't unleash any more hops, but it will awaken the grapefruit. I liked how the aroma wasn't overly bitter in the nose, but yet it was packing in quite a few citrus fruits and more than enough pine. It was a pleasure to smell every time I put my nose to the glass.

Taste: This was a very bitter IPA, but yet it wasn't an overly bitter beer. Do you know what I mean by that? The bitter citrus hops will invade your mouth, slap your taste buds around quite a bit, but they won't knock you down on your ass and kick you on the ground while you lay there helplessly. That should help! Not only was the taste strong with bitter citrus hops, but it also liked the pine as well. It wasn't like chewing on a hand full of pine needles, but enough to get you excited. After the pine, in comes some tart grapefruit and tart lemons. The taste wasn't done just yet. After all of that, in rolls a subtle taste of toasted malts. How that broke through the hops and pine is beyond me. Then out of nowhere, in come the pine to cover up the malts with its strong pine blanket to say "you didn't just taste that." Overall, it's just a well balanced hoppy IPA. There's no denying it.

Mouthfeel: For a 7.25% ABV IPA...Did I just say 7.25% ABV? It's hard to believe that. With an ABV% of that, it should a medium bodied beer, but it wasn't. This was clearly a full bodied IPA! It was a full bodied IPA with enough carbonation to keep your attention and a mild hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was the only downside to this beer. It felt that it should have been stronger, but I guess they used most of their hoppy energy in the initial taste. The aftertaste rolled in with bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a pinch of toasted malts. When the taste hit the malts, that's when the aftertaste calmed down. Damn you malts!

Drinkability: AleSmith did another excellent job brewing a hoppy IPA that was well balanced at the same time. I don't think many breweries can say that. Like every AleSmith beer, it's not cheap! If you're able to find it, you're going to have to open your wallet wide. And like every AleSmith beer, you'll be glad in the long run that you spent that money on such a great beer. Big thanks to the state of Ohio for carrying such a great IPA!

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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