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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 424
Gots: 324 | FT: 9
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Hazy medium orange color. Two fingers of whippy/creamy head with great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Piney, floral, and citrus hops. Grapefruit stands out the most, then lemon zest. Malts take a backseat to the hops, but there's a touch of crystal malt in the background.

4.5 T: Tons of pine and resin hops in the taste that translates to almost an oaky taste. Healthy bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Hops also offer a bit of citrusy character mainly in the form of grapefruit. Malts are subdued again, but offer a good balance to the hops.

4.5 M: Fuller medium body. Creamy, with good carbonation.

4.5 D: Great beer overall with no real flaws.

Photo of hosehead83
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Sunny, bright golden-orange in color with a big rocky head
Aroma-Perfumy big juicy, piney hops
Taste-Juicy hops with grapefruit/pineapple citrus-very snappy and tasty-very drinkable
A classic, excellent West Coast American IPA

Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brilliant orange/golden color with a massive pillowy white foam head that leaves some great lacing.

S- Nice light citrus hop aroma with traces of pine and orange. There is a trace amount of alcohol present as well.

T- Nice sharp hop bitterness initially with lots of pine and hop resin flavor. The citrus notes are a bit weaker than expected and include orange peel, grapefruit, and sour apple. A very light sweetness in the finish accompanies a slight alcohol sting.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. Juicy and smooth.

D- A great brew that I may have built up a little too much in my head. Certainly worth trying but I was hoping for a bit more citrusy hop flavor.

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

A - Good lacing and head retention on this. Typical golden color for standard IPA's.
S - Citrus hop smell with some fruits.
T/M/D - Because the carbonation was higher it made a nice lighter mouthfeel and bring out all the fruity/citrus flavors from the hops; however, the drinkability was thicker because of the amount of sugary malts used. Overall it is a very good IPA, but still not my favorite because it wasn't as crisp as I'd like.

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

Pours a clear, light amber with a full white head.

The aroma is of sweet, pink grapefruit.

More grapefruit in the taste, supported by a clean grainy malt. Hop bitterness appears in the middle and lasts throughout. Aftertaste of tea leaves.

The beer is light, moderately carbonated, and has a dry finish.

I'm on the fence about this beer. There is a sweet grapefruit character in the beer that I really enjoy, but it needs more of a malt backbone. This is the first time I've had this beer. First impression is mediocre, but it's growing on me as I near the end of the 22oz. Could be the 7.25%ABV.

Photo of stewart124
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why I have missed this beer or have been putting it off but here we go...

Pours a golden color with a fairly dense white head.

The nose is quite floral with an abumdant amount of citrus and pine.

Wow! Very very smooth. Someone rolled out the carpet and this is an entrance into the delicious realm of IPAs. There is a nice bready note with a munich maltiness. This is a malty treat to say the least. But let's not forget the hops. Bold citrus and pine come through with a finish that lingers on the tongue.

This has a medium body but doesn't leave too much sweetness on the palate. Very nice to have a solid IPA that isn't over the top.

This is truly a delicious beer and I need to keep one of these in the fridge at all times.

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from K&L in Redwood City.

A - Golden and slightly translucent with a lasting white head and excellent lacing.

S - Sweet malt and intense citrusy west coast hops as well as some light fruits.

T - Semi-sweet bready malt balanced perfectly with citrusy and piney hops. Some light fruit (peach, orange) notes as well. Awesome.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and hop oils lasting on the palate.

D - Very high.

Excellent IPA, one of the best normal (non-imperial) IPAs I have ever had.

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

Had some of this last week thanks to bamadog. Review on the bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a really nice hazy gold color. Visible carbonation helps the head hold at a sticky, bubbly skim after fading from 1 1/2 fingers. Lots of sticky white lacing sheaths the glass.

Smell: Aroma isn't too strong, but really nice hop dimensions of citrus and flowers come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is incredibly smooth and balanced. The bitterness is definitely there, but it isn't overdone. It is sweetly citrusy, grassy and floral. All light and well-balanced. The grains are distinctly toasty and the alcohol is hardly detectable amongst the tasty flavors. Feel is very well carbonated and mouthfilling.

Drinkability: Really, really high. The flavors are well-pronounced and balanced. It's a big beer without being too big.

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

Bottle split with Kels - keeping the top 100 streak alive. Review is from notes. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a juicy coppery/ lemony/yellow with some apricot highlights; body is cloudy; comes with a short one finger head that is off-white with little retention but leaves a nice sticky looking web of lacing trailing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot going on here - super honey/malty sweetness combines with a juicy and bitter citrusy orange peel - I almost feel like I could bite into this and pulp would shoot down the back of my throat.

Taste: Really quite a bit like the smell - bitterness is really up front and it slightly overwhelms the citrus flavors; the malty sweetness compliments but says more in teh back; aftertaste is like lemon or orange peel bitter with some lingering sugary sweetness and reminds me a bit of Lemonheads.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a tad watery; a nice mild carbonation and a solid sticky resin is left specifically on the roof of the mouth.

Driniability: Quite high - it's a great tasting IPA, but the price is a bit high. Alesmith really has yet to let me down.

Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel goblet.

A - Pours a hazy, yeasty (despite a careful pour) pale orange gold. Beautiful 2 finger white head sits atop and is reluctant to recede at all. Head is thick and creamy, best head retention I've seen in a beer - simply amazing. Lots of sticky lace follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

S - The aroma of citrus, primarily grapefruit hits as soon as the bottle is opened. After pouring into the glass, it only gets stronger. Tons of grapefruit, some orange, lots of resiny pine and a decent amount of sugary/honeylike malt that really complements the hops.

T - This is one heck of a flavorful IPA. Fresh grapefruit juice touched with a honey-like sweetness. Very crisp bitterness - this is quite bitter, but exceptionally smooth in its delivery. Very well rounded.

M - Rich and smooth. Somewhat full bodied - very tight carbonation gives a smooth and tingly feel. I would say carbonation level is medium, but it is so smooth, it feels on the lighter side. Mouth is coated with resiny pine that lingers beyond the bitterness and citrus flavors well after the swallow.

D - Highly drinkable IPA. Alcohol is on the steep side at 7.25% - doesn't feel that high. Very well rounded IPA, good, strong bitterness, but very smooth. Nothing is harsh, hard to achieve with the amount of flavor in this one.

This has definitely taken over as my personal favorite IPA.

Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/16/09 review from my notes.

A: Pours a rich golden yellow with a 2" off white custard head. Thick and creamy topping on a great looking glass of beer.

S: A rich citrus, piney hop aroma is released when you open the bottle and once in the glass that's all you can smell. Sweet grapefruit - fantastic smell.

T: Unfortunately the smell seems more powerful than the taste which seems a bit on the light side. There is a bit too much bitter at the end for my taste.

M: Also a bit lighter than expected but has great carbonation for the style.

O: Overall this is a good IPA but not the best. PtE has this beat on all accounts and for Alesmith I think that I prefer a fresh Winter Yulesmith - not sure why this one is rated higher?

Photo of UDbeernut
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: hazy golden hue, slim head with good retention, nice bubbling carbonation

S: citrus and pine, light malt

T: piney and citrus hop flavor have bite. Light caramelized malt provides a decent backbone. Bitterness is stong and slightly prickly.

M&d: light bodied, dry finish. Sometimes I think the mouthfell is a bit watery but that also makes me think it is more drinkable beacuse of this.

Overall, a decent ipa, but I think it is a tad overhyped.


Photo of baggio
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: AMber color with a creamy head and lots of sticky lacing. Nice!

S: Hops, Citric notes, Pine, Caramel, Exotic fruit.

T: Grass, Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Caramel, Hay, Pine.

M: Nice bitterness but where is the malt body to back it up. Medium carbonation.

This is a very high rated IPA and i can't understand why. Maybe this bottle is too old or something but for me this is just a mediocre brew.

Photo of fiver29
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a syrupy golden hue. When I hold this up to the light it looks like malt extract syrup in my glass with lots of hop particles in it. Has a little alcohol smell with some hops. Taste is very smooth with lots of citrus and lots of lots of thick resin flavors of hops. A very nice IPA.

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

Appearance - Poured a nice golden/orange hue with around two fingers of white fluffy head which dissipates at a medium pace. Great looking lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - I can clearly smell the grapefruit and hops. Notes of other citrus smells (orange) and pine also are evident.

Taste - Tastes much like it smells. A burst of citrus with the initial sip - grapefruit, lemon, orange. Middle way through the pine works its way in with the floral hops. As it finishes up the bready malts are present - a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and an overall pleasant texture.

Drinkability - A bit bitter at first and a tongue burner but overall a very nice IPA. I still prefer Pliny over this (as of now...I will for sure give this another shot) because I feel the flavors and beer in general is more mellow yet complex. Still, a very good beer.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Golden and hazy with and a small white head and loads of lacing.

S - Citrusy and piney hops dominate.

T - Citrusy and piney hop flavors with a surprising balance of toasted malt. The malt adds a semi sweet, bready quality to the experience. It ends with a slight lingering bitterness that makes you want more. This was my first AleSmith IPA on tap and I think it was much better than in the bottle.

M - Creamy and smooth with a low carbonation.

D - A balanced and complex beer. I really like this IPA.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/21/09

A - Deep, hazy amber color, almost like copper. Nicely retains its ½ in of billowy foam. Ample lacing at start & decent lace throughout.

S - Very spicy hop notes; grapefruit & orange with a touch of maltiness.

T - Follows the suggestions of the nose; potent & spicy hop flavors dominate - grapefruit & earth pine notes. Malt comes across as bakes bread.

M - Has a wet & juicy start & middle with a zesty, dry finish. Hop spice lingers a bit. Carbonation is good & interplays nicely with the crisp aspects of the beer.

D - Non-abrasive, non-offensive & an all-around fine brew. Very drinkable, this is certainly a choice IPA.

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

I was very pleased by the suggestion FooFaa had of tasting this great IPA. Shared with tenderbranson69, ffejherb, brewslut and me. I was most appreciative to have a taste of this, thanks FooFaa.

A - A light golden like lemon meringue w/ light amber highlights and thick frothy inch of creamy bone white cap, a generous lace clings to the glass.

S- A sweet floral aroma w/ fresh squeezed tangerine and grapefruit greets my nostrils en force. The hops in this just pop with vibrant odors that wake up the senses

M - The feel is the most tantalizing component of this for me, with resiny and sweet, but mild acidity from the hops and gentle malt textures adding depth. The body is a bit above medium w/ a smooth carbonation spreading the hoppy juiciness over my taste buds

T - Crisp juicy acidic hoppy magic - the flavors present a unified flavor w/ fresh sweet vegetal hop notes embraced by a grapefruit balance of bitter and sweet. The grapefruit flavor is as if you had just removed the fruit from the skin rind and a bitter orange note accents the citrus hops so well that the malt is not in focus, but certainly in the peripheral. A gentle alcohol flavor makes all the fresh blend of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and lemon interesting and adds a great dimension

D - A fantastic IPA, one of the best I have had for sure, a truly exemplary drinking experience from a top-notch American IPA -it's pretty awesome!
re-review 4/25/10
A - 4 S- 4.5 M -5 T -4.5 D 4.5
I picked this bottle up at Julio's -
A -Slightly hazy w/ an overabundace of foam -1 22oz filled 4 glasses to the top and had to wait to pour the rest in. The color is tangerine w/ a butterscotch glow and lace sticks and looks like solar flares -the bead is tight

S - lots of tropical notes w/ mango, tangerine and pineapple coming to mind w/ subtle herbal nose and smell of sweet grass and mild slight spiced odor w/ light alcohol aroma

M - Sweet, grassy and moderately bitter texture w/ mild carbonation after the foam settled w/ hint of astringency and spice. The ale feels tangy juicy and resinous w/ light tannic finish

T - A grassy flavor on entry w/ gentle pineapple tanginess and mango juicy taste. The hop flavor has very subtle grapefruity acidity w/ a sharp herbal lemony tinge in the middle that drops off slightly w/ citrus rind tastes lingering. The malt flavor is mild only adding sweetness slightly to the citrusy tropical hop flavors the finish is semibitter and dry

D - A very good drinking IPA, one of the best w/ intense hop flavor and balanced acidity and bitterness w/ a bit of a pain to pour foaming into four glasses but the quality of the beer is hard to beat, a really great example of the style

Photo of ledomelor
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

A: Light copper orange color, cloudy with a one finger white head. Some lacing that remained on the glass

S:Citrus aroma and hops with a small hit of melon. Not a particularly strong aroma, but pleasant nonetheless

T: Hops and a hint of malt comes first, and then the hops begin to dominate the pallet while still maintaining a nice balance and never overwhelming bitter.

M: Medium to light thickness and pleasantly carbonated. Nice hoppy feeling in the beginning which levels off to produce a clean, not overbearing aftertaste. It leaves a little tingling sensation in the back of you palate as well

D: Very drinkable, especially as you allow it to warm up.

Overall good IPA, not as bitter as I was expecting however very good balance in flavors. Allowing the beer to warm reveals a good amount for this brew. I'm lucky to have this beer, and Alesmith in my hometown.

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

I had this in a bottle on 8/9/09. The appearance is typical American IPA with a caramel color. Excellent head retention and unbelieveable lacing sticks on the side of the glass. The smell starts with a true hop aroma but not over the top. The taste is wonderful. A little citrus but with the extra kick in alcohol (7.25%) it adds a nice malt flavor to balance it out. Mouthfeel is outstanding, with a smooth finish. I enjoyed this better than these great IPA's as well (DogFish Head 90 and Victory Hop Devil Ale).

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an energetic bright hue of amber, lively frothy white head that hangs around to chat. Sticky, soapy lacing is left in the aftermath of this head-gasm.

Big resiny pine in the nose to kick things off. Then comes the citrus explosion, aggressive sugar-coated grapefruit, orange peel and plant material. Smells like I am walking through a citrus grove

Tastes like a mouth full of grapefruit juice with a pine cone floating in it. The pine plays a supporting role to the gripping citric twinge that molests your taste buds. Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit followed by a nice full malt backbone rich with toffee and fresh cut grass. Finishes sticky and just bitter enough to destroy any hint of the 7.25% ABV.

Tiny, tiny bubbles and lots of them dance over your tongue leaving this brew feeling somewhat full bodied and round on the finish.

This is a BIG IPA in my opinion, DIPA? This one is a beast among men and drinkable to boot. Out-fucking-standing.

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden yellow with an orange core. A huge luscious mountainous white head. Leaves plentiful crystallized frosty laces.

Big hop aromas: Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, herbal resinous pine. Slight scent of yeast that adds more fruitiness, tropical. Sharp cheese and mildly toasted biscuit.

Hop bomb of an IPA. Sharp citrus cuts into the palette: sour lemons, orange peel, and bitter grapefruit blast. big "juicy" tang. yeast and malts combine for a sourdough and biscuit character that lends itself nicely to the hops, definately taking the backseat. A floral/herbal resinous grapefruity bitterness builds, and leaves a great hoppy aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated, medium to lighter bodied, silky smooth with a sticky resinous mouth coating.

Very drinkable hop forawrd IPA. excellent flavor and excellent bitterness combine for a solid juicy hoptastic citrus bomb of an IPA.

Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from fatboyjim1 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a good-sized white head on top. Retention was good, and it left some lacing webs on the glass. Smells of deep pine and citrus zest. Very sharp and resiny.

The mouth was a bit thinner than I expected. Could use a bit more carbonation play. This was a pretty bitter IPA. Plenty of citrus hop bitterness, but not as balanced out with malt sweetness as I would have liked. Finishes tart and perky. This is a good IPA, and I'm glad I traded for a few of these. Thanks again, Jim.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps a little too carbonated. It starts by overflowing the bottle when opened. The pour is minimally 2/3 head to start. Forms a solid dome of foam. Leaves extensive, decorative lace all over the glass. The liquid itself is hazy with a light gold color.

Interestingly, the initial pour gives off a pleasant pale ale malt aroma. Letting the beer settle results in a strong floral (pine) hop smell.

A smooth, high-hopped beer. While it is spicy and bitter, there is a solid malt base, almost buttery. Still, this is a story of the hop. The swallow and the aftertaste is biting, like fresh ground pepper. The alcohol is well-hidden and the body is neutral for the style. A deceptively easy beer to drink.

Photo of kegger22
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out as orange/amber with a generous two finger head. In your face orange and grapefruit aroma, very nice. Taste is definitely hoppy citrus with some pine bitterness, not a lot. Also some malty sweetness to balance the hops a bit. Feels good, drinks great. This was my first IPA and still my favorite.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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