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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

2,911 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 240 | FT: 8
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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.

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mithrascruor

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a mug from a fresh growler filled over the weekend.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark bronze color -- clear with a nice slightly off-white head, eventually turning to a film and lacing the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of piney hops with an underlying sap-like semi-sweetness.

Taste: An interestingly balanced IPA with more noticable sweetness than you'd typically expect. But no worries -- there's still plenty of bitter piney hop flavors too. Very tasty, but a bit less crisp than I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Generally quite smooth, yet with a tad bit of grainyness at the finish. Moderate levels of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really nice and easy to consume.

Nice having it from a growler; it's a very enjoyable beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side a bit too much (taste-wise), but nevertheless a nice offering from AleSmith. I prefer their Summer YuleSmith Double IPA, but this will have to do during the rest of the year.

08-23-2007 02:40:01 | More by mithrascruor
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cueball52

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a nice robust head. The head settles to a nice frothy coating that lingers to the end.
It has a piny, grassy, citrus hop aroma.
The taste shows a nice balance of malt and hops with a very full mouth-feel. Smooth and creamy.
Nice, slightly burnt malt aftertaste.
Very drinkable and nicely done.

08-19-2007 23:04:22 | More by cueball52
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Bomber poured into pint glass. Hazy, orange with chunky three finger head and moderate lacing.

Sweet hops jump out: orange, pineapple, with a dash of spice. Not much low end to this one in the malt department.

If you are looking for a bitter, west coast IPA look no further. The bitter-tart flavor lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel leaves a pucker finish, pretty light.

Pretty easy to put down. Decent IPA but not overly impressed.

**edit - after letting the beer warm a bit - much better**

08-19-2007 01:09:38 | More by jdoncbus
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

What a damn fine IPA. Poured darker amber with a great billowing sticky head. Settled down and the aromas were flowing- great earthy hops and cool, almost roasted malts. The complex flavors were abundant and very satisfying- big, in your face hop bitterness with a lot of piney, but not resinous flavor. Malts were surprisingly well represented and gave the brew a nice smooth sweetness and kept the hops at bay. The finish was the best part by far- huge hop flavor without the IBU explosion and lasting bitterness. Reminds me of a more refined Brooklyn IPA, and very well done- highly recommended.

08-18-2007 03:09:54 | More by kernalklink
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a cloudy copper with a gynormous frothy head that lasts forever. Laces throughout the entire beer and looks delicious. Smells are abundant. Hoppy but not a slap in the face. Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, rind, pine. Tastes exactly as it smells, exquisite and complex, all covered in hops. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with low carbonation. A session beer for sure. Love how this is an obvious IPA but is so complex and different at the same time. A classic.

08-17-2007 05:31:04 | More by franksnbeans
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%

First AleSmith and I've been looking forward to this one for a while.

Nice golden color with a big creamy white head. Nice lacing that has amazingly fine bubbles and leaves a creamy almost frosted coating on the glass.

When I pop the 22 oz bomber i'm hit with a huge burst of grapefruit right off the bat. I think of all the hop smells you can get, grapefruit is my favorite and this one has tons of it. Behind that you get a mild piney note also.

First taste gives me a huge burst of the piney notes that I had just a faint hint at in the smell. It amazes me that the grapefruit can stand out so much in the smell and then be almost replaced by the pine taste. Taste finishes with just a hint of sweetness that lets you know that ther is some malt in this one. It's the perfect balance to just take the edge off. Full bodied solid brew. I love the cheek puckering hops but it manages to not be overly bitter somehow. As you drink more of this one the pine hops starts to take over the smell also, but again it somehow manages to not be overpowering. What a great brew.

If this is what AleSmith has to offer I can't wait to try the other 3 have in the cellar. I just with they were easier to get around here.

08-15-2007 01:02:59 | More by beermanbrian
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Halcyondays

California

2.88/5  rDev -32.2%

22 oz. bomber, procured at the BevMo in Cypress, CA,

A: Pours a dark, murky amber, excellent head, though, very creamy and fluffy, leaves excellent lacing in a pint glass.

S: As expected, fragrant hops, with lots of pine and citrus.

T: Upfront, the problem I have with this beer is its alcohol content, the alcohol is too robust for this style, it felt like I was drinking a 10-11% beer instead of 7%, other than that, it's standard IPA, very citrusy, and hoppy.

M: Chewy, resiny, and warming.

D: Drinkability is lowered due to the high alcohol effect. Not a bad beer, I've had this beer several times and it just hasn't impressed me. Which is weird since I've loved the other offerings from Alesmith that I have had, most notably Yulesmith (Both Summer and Winter), and Speedway. The first couple of times that I had had it were bad batches, with almost no carbonation, so I discounted my opinion, and would try again. I've had it about 3 other times since then, including the review beer, and aside from the appearance, it just doesn't do it for me. Go figure, though I recommend, however, that any IPA fan try it, if they can get it, it is certainly well made, just not for me.

08-11-2007 21:00:18 | More by Halcyondays
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genog

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

As tpd975 I have supplied him with Alesmith for a few trades. And tonight the dealer dipped into his own stash.
Pours in my pint glass a rich foamy white, white head that I can imagine is not going away anytime soon. copper golden color.
Smell is a slight floral, hoppy aroma.
Taste is very high on the hops. Very little malt balance, but yet this beer is not overpowering.
Carbonation is high and very enjoyable.

08-03-2007 00:39:12 | More by genog
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tpd975

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

This one came via a trade with genog. He has been my AleSmith hookup and I am quite thankful for that.

A: A nice peachy copper color with a big thunderous head upon the pour. There is wonderful thick lacing left behind as I slowly enjoy this brew.

S: Lots of hops. Huge aroma with Pine and Citrus in the forefront. There are nice malty undertones and a buttery aroma which help to make this a perfectly balanced brew.

T: The taste is where this beer shines. Lots of citrus... grapefruit, oranges, lemon, you name it it's in there. There are tons of citrus hops in this one. There is also a nice caramel sweetness from the malt. The bitterness of the hops is well stated and really lingers. Quite possibly the best IPA I have ever had.

M: Medium bodied IPA with lots of fizz upon the pour. The oiliness of the hops hang around letting you enjoy the lingering effects of this beer.

D: Very drinkable. I put down the bomber no problem after drinking a Nugget Nectar....Man its good to be Me.

Overall: AleSmith is one of if not the best brewery in America. Their entire lineup of beers are impressive. They rank in the top 5 with their Stout, IPA, and DIPA... My core drinking brews. They take great care in putting out an outstanding product and it shows. This is quite possibly the best IPA in the world, and it comes in bombers...I realllly like that.. Man I wish I could get it by the growler.

Bravo AleSmith.... this one ranks right up there with your Speedway and YuleSmith and is deserving of its TOP 100 ranking. I can't wait to try more AleSmith brews... BAers bring on the trades.

07-29-2007 18:19:08 | More by tpd975
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Portland, OR

Poured a clear, dark orangey-amber body with an enormous three-finger, light tan, sea foam head that slowly dropped to a clingy film. The copious lacing left thick, drippy rings all down the glass.

The aroma was rich, fruity and hoppy, yet balanced. Citrusy hops, canned peaches and pineapple, mango and sweet caramel malts came through strong.

The taste, however, was hoppy and quite bitter from start to finish. Supple, malt creaminess was noticeable up front before the piney, cascade hops took over. Some spiciness was also apparent. As the beer warmed, the hops seemed to take on a rather perfumy, floral-like flavor, but they soon turned piney and bitter once again. The alcohol showed it strength on the back end and lasted into the puckeringly dry, bitter and slightly tannic finish. Strong notes of pine, resin and grapefruit lingered on my palate for what seemed to be an eternity.

The body was medium with a creamy, silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel, and a fine, even carbonation. As I anticipated, this was a huge IPA.

Although I appreciated many of the more "extreme" aspects of this beer, I wish there was a bit more balance to counteract the intense bitterness.

07-25-2007 02:51:36 | More by Damian
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btcook007

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A=Slightly cloudy amber color out of the bottle. HUGE head which stuck around forever, leaving beautiful Belgian lace as it dissipated.

S=Sweet, with some citrus and pine hoppiness.

T=Sweet,. caramel-y foretaste followed by nicely bitter, hoppy midtaste. Nicely balanced.

M=Wonderful, full, rich mouthfeel. The carbonation and rich alcohol content stay with you a long time.

D=Excellent. Very balanced, with a nice full maltiness that balances the hoppy nature of this beer.

07-22-2007 03:49:03 | More by btcook007
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

First pour is slightly cloudy from the pint plus six bottle, haze increases as the bottle is finished. Amber color that thins a bit towards the bottom, while a host of rushing bubbles make their way to the two finger full off white head.

The magnificent look is matched by the powerful and flavorful nose, nothing new for a San Diego IPA but very well done: piney, floral, and citric hops out-muscling slightly sweet caramel malts. The flavor is every bit the progeny of this awesome aroma, as the rich sweet malt provides a sturdy backbone but comes nowhere close to touching the citric vibrant and pine-bitter hopping. There is a certain amount of fruitiness derived from esters in the yeast, but also some citric zest from the hopping.

Medium to full in body, with a dry full finish of lingering bitterness. Alcohol makes its first appearance here, although it could be argued that the spicy bitterness betrays a higher alcohol content than many/most Am. IPAs. Either way, it lets you know you're drinking a powerhouse, an incredibly tasty IPA that, even if not quite 'balanced', steps right up to the line of a double IPA - maybe sticks a toe over - but remains very drinkable and delicious (and dangerous) not matter what the style.

07-19-2007 22:01:30 | More by BretSikkink
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The body was clear and a warm yellow/golden color. The head was light tan and over three fingers tall. The head left a clingy lace down the glass.

Smell was citrus and pine needles. Peppery. There was a light graininess in the flavor.

Taste was juicy and lightly sweet. Citrus juices and tropical fruits. Canned pineapple. This one was more mellow than I had expected. A flavorful yet restrained California IPA.

Mouthfeel was rounded yet zippy. Medium in body.

07-16-2007 01:59:57 | More by Cresant
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: Amber-colored, cloudy and thick, small bits of sediment floating around. Great head retention; again, it's very thick and leaves clumps of foam all over the walls of the glass.

Smell: Very balanced between malt and hops. Sweet grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Taste: Fruity, both tropical and citrus; rich, bready malts. It becomes dry toward the finish with piney, oily hops that lead to a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Remarkably balanced, this isn't an over-the-top IPA at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit oily on the palate. Bottle conditioning provides a smooth, mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: Incredibly easy to drink thanks to its perfectly balanced flavor and texture.

07-14-2007 20:06:23 | More by largadeer
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Dansting

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with lots of floating sediment (love the sediment!) and a thick off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with a strong pine nose to it. Flavor is nice and hoppy, with hints of grapefruit and a bitter pine finish to it. Another top-notch offering from Alesmith.

07-14-2007 03:14:09 | More by Dansting
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joe1510

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz. Bomber
$6.33
Liquid Solutions

I've been looking forward to drinking some AleSmith IPA. Finally getting my chance tonight. An average pour produced a half glass full of head. Letting it die down a little the head became very dense and craggy leaving big chunky lacing down the glass. The body has a very mild chill haze with few tiny carbonation bubbles swirling throughout. The body has a slight orange tint along the lines of iced tea. Very nice looking beer.

Very enjoyable aroma with a big but not overpowering pine needle nose. As it warms grapefruit rind comes forward. Biscuity malt lingers in the background and compliments the pine nicely. Mild alcohol vapors rise through and add a spicy note.

More caramel malt in the flavor than the biscuity malt that was in the aroma. The biscuity malt is there but takes a back seat to the caramel. The main flavor component is the hops, just like any good IPAs main characteristic is. Pine oils coat the tongue and linger on after the malt presence fades. As this beer warms the grapefruit becomes more pronounced. Again, very mild alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Very solid.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Medium body with a creamy airy texture. Nice bitterness on the swallow in the back of the throat. Exactly as I would want a good IPA to feel like.

Highly drinkable. In no way over the top which hurts the drinkability of other IPAs. Somewhat balanced but leaning toward the hops. After every sip you immediately want another.

A solid IPA from AleSmith. Perfect example of a left coast IPA. My first foray into AleSmith beers and it definately wont be my last. I just need to figure out how to get more.

07-01-2007 02:42:44 | More by joe1510
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

A-Dark copper color with a slight haze, incredible rocky head that stays around to some extent for the entire glass. The interesting thing about this head is that it only recedes on the sides leaving this mountain in the center of the glass. As the outside recedes it leaves this incredible lace on the glass, incredibly sticky and thick.

S-The immediate hop aroma is of tangerine rind. As i begin to smell more, the grapefruit comes out there is also a light lime aroma, maybe more like kafir lime leaves than lime. The orange/tangerine citrus note dominate. There is also a sweet malt aroma, like simple syrup. A little pine shows through as well.

T-Initially, there the citrus hops jump right out, the tangerine from the nose is there but it takes a back seat to the grapefruit in the taste. There is a nice caramel malt and biscuit malt sweetness that doesn't balance but props up the hops. The finish is long and bitter and adds in some pine hops. The bitterness is sharp but not annoyingly so. This beer is really good.

M-Creamy, medium body, nice, easy carbonation. The oils emerge from the creaminess as it warms.

D-This is a very drinkable IPA, right up there with my favorite ones.

06-16-2007 18:08:06 | More by jackorain
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Pours a cloudy mango orange with a full off white head

S - Tons of hops, Pine, Citrus in the nose

T - Hops flavor dominate, ending with some mild malt, slightly bitter

M - Medium Bodied, Mild carbonation

D - The deeper I get in this beer the more I like it. It gets better as it warms up. Excellent Beer.

06-16-2007 07:30:20 | More by Reed415
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sinistermadman

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

from notes:

Pours a deep copper color with a fierce, burly thick head. Excellent retention. Simply beautiful appearance.

Nose is a bouquet of hops: pungent and piney, quite nice.

Taste is lead by the hops obviously. Flavors abroad from pine, grapefruit you name it... Slightly oily, resinous mouthfeel. Not too brash, but malts do little to bring balance to the hop bitterness. An exceptional IPA.

06-15-2007 00:41:15 | More by sinistermadman
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Duster72

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%

This is a very good beer. 22oz bomber. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with a massive head that grows. Aroma is sweet citrus with big grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Taste is carmely malts followed by crisp citrus and pine hops that wash it all down. Very mild, perfectly light bitterness. Feels great in the mouth and goes down fast. Excellent beer, one of my favorites.

06-13-2007 18:51:04 | More by Duster72
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

I poured the beer into my standard Duvel tulip glass. It gave me a clear, deep golden color with a modestly thick tan head that was quite fluffy. The aroma was very pleasing - citrus notes, piney and bit sweet as well. At first the taste was not overly hoppy which I liked. I was expected a large west coat IPA bur rather got an excellent balance of the hop bitterness and the malty sweetness. I savored every drop of this one. Although the hops are very present, the balance that I got from this was very enjoyable and made for a darn drinkable beer that is very smooth.

06-09-2007 22:13:05 | More by ggaughan
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, dark gold liquid. Formed a huge, creamy, light tan head. Decent lacing, not much legs.

Very strong aroma, evident from two feet away after popping the cap. Grapefruit and pine. Pineapple and peach showed through as an underlying sweetness.

More bitter than sweet, but still well balanced. Pine and peaches. Hint of alcohol/phenol. Caramel and bread dough. Herbal at finish.

Medium + body with medium to high carbonation. Quite dry. Just a touch grainy in texture.

Very faithful to style. I would love to drink this again, and would probably drink too many of them. An excellent beer, which I enjoy more than the cask version and the Yules.

06-08-2007 14:49:55 | More by
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%

Bottle shared with MSUBulldog at Concordia Ale House in Portland.

Hands down one of the finest IPAs I’ve ever had.

Full, rich, luxurious body is the color of soft copper. Clear and brilliant with healthy lacing the lasts long after the thick ivory subsides. Memorable green hop aroma that also contains plenty of citrus ranging from sweet, ripened navel oranges to bitter grapefruits. Flavor has a wonderful caramel malt quality that is surprisingly balancing towards the pine/citrus bitterness and yeasty fruitiness. Balance is key here. Everything I want in an IPA can be found but damn this one is drinkable, it feels good, it’s beautiful…just an all around winner.

I can’t wait to get some more of this when in Ohio in two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to stock up.

05-31-2007 19:06:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper crystal clear body with a super thick head of creamy light tan foam that last and last. It forms nice rings of sticky foam after each sip.

S- Fresh green hops had notes of oranges, flower blossoms and pungent bitterness. This is the kind of hops smell that makes me want to sniff and sniff this beer, but I think a few sips is required.

T- The big juicy pungent flavor of citrus hops makes me pucker and thirst for more at the same time. There is a nice taste of fresh sweet caramel malt that enhances the hops flavor. The hops flavor at the finish is green with a mint freshness without the mint flavor. A note of dry toasted malt and hops hangs on after the finish. As this beer warms there is a very light note of biscuit that enhances the toasted malt flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture at the finish.

D- Wow this beer has a great hops flavor with a wonderful support of sweet and dry toasted malt. The hops are big, juicy and complex yet the malt is big and helps balance the hops nicely. This is great as a session beer but I see the surprising 7.25% ABV could be dangerous.

05-28-2007 04:32:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks a whole lotta to genog for this amazing brew.

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into a nonic.

My first Alesmith brew, it's about time! This one pours a nice light copper hue with a generous fluffy off-white head that sticks to the glass all the way through to the end. Smell is such a sweet pine with one of the cleanest citrus hop odors I have ever smelled. Not a bitter odor at all, sadly I would wear this as cologne but I bet I wouldn't be the only one. Taste is top notch. Hardly any bitterness on the tounge except towards the end. Big sweet citrus flavor with enough malt to balance this one out just right. I hardly detect any alcohol in this one which is shocking because 7.2% abv for an IPA is pretty high. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Very fresh and crisp. Probably the most enjoyable IPA's I've had to date. I look forward the the Yule Smith I have awaiting.

05-23-2007 01:15:48 | More by BeerTruth
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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