AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Ratings: 3,134
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 294 | 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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Photo of mjl21
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chilled 22oz bottle into a glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Received via trade @ DLD from Brewdlyhooked13

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

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

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

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

D: Here comes summer, but distribution for Alesmith, shit.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, I didn't get to try this in San Diego last summer so I was wicked happy to see it in a trade with gcphilli. Thanks man! Served up in a Portsmouth snifter...

Pours a golden...and I mean GOLDEN...honey color. Very pure and clean looking. First pour doesn't have much head to speak of but we'll see what happens. Not too much visible carbonation, but the color on this one alone is a treat.

Oh yeah...the Ruby Red grapefruit hop presence is excellent. There's a moderate yet unobtrusive sweet honey malt backbone that balances this out quite nicely though...but does the collar match the cuff? Let's see...

Well, there's a slight sweet honey viscosity to this but it's not heavy or overbearing. The citrus/grapefruit hops really stand out nicely without a bitter rind sensation. Just tangy, succulent grapefruit. Maybe not as oily as some hop bombs but it carries enough viscosity. This stuff is top-notch.

Even with a tad of viscosity and sweetness the finish is a little dry...and that's a good thing. Crisp and clean, no caffeine...maybe a little rind bitterness shows up on the finish but that's just fine with me. This wraps up in excellent fashion. A little bit of booziness is the door that hits you on the ass on the way out.

Tough to compare to something else. Maybe a Ruination with more of a purity of hop purpose. A little less balanced than Ruination but enjoyable as hell. The booziness emerges a little more with warmth but that's OK. This is a well-oiled machine.

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

Thanks to HoppyIPA for this one in trade!

22oz. brown bottle with unmarked gold colored cap. Served chilled but not super cold. It pours into my New Belgium glass a copper orange color with thick creamy white head. It has great retention and some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a sweet citrus smell that is really pleasant. It's not over the top but nicely done.

Flavor is also very good - it has a great balance for an american IPA. There are some citrusy grapefruit hops with a touch of earthy/grassiness to them. The malts have a bit of roasty quality to them but not too much, maybe a little biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel is great in that it has good body but not too thick or heavy. It also has perfect carbonation with a nice soft mouthfeel.

It hops are definately on display but it never feels too bitter. This beer really shows how a perfectly balanced IPA is a dying art. We need more beers like this one!

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

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice deep golden hazy straw color. Nice off white inch head that took a little while to melt away leaving nice sticky lacing on the sides. Wow..this is how a beer should look!

S- Nice fruity (citrus and lemon) hop smell along with a piney smell as well. This seems to be the trademark with these west coast beers. I like this smell of course.

T- Very nice upfront kick with the hops. Leaves a nice oily coating on the tounge. This is just like a typical west coast IPA. Very good. Nice malt background as it goes down the throat. I like the hop after taste that lingers around way after you finish taking a sip.

M- Very crisp and refreshing. A little on the medium to light side which makes it a keeper in my book. Nice carbination and sticks to the palate as you drink it.

D- Like pretty much every west coast beer I have tasted I would drink the crap out of this if like usual I could get it around here. Thank god I have FFF around here. That kind of makes up for it.

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

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like lemon peel and oranges and sweet honey. It tasted like bitter lemon peel and fresh oranges, with some refined honey. It sweetened to the perfect amount as it warmed a bit. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a super clean beer, that was bitter and delicious. It had great flavor and good body. It hid the alcohol well (high for a standard IPA), and is pretty easy to drink. It's not necessarily a balanced beer, but it shouldn't be. An imperial version of this would be interesting, with possibly more depth. But for the style, this beer is in the upper echelon.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with a hint of copper. Head is thick and frothy with sheets of lacing.

Aroma is resinous citrus hop overwhelming the strong malty base.

Taste is grapefruit citrus hops that take center stage. caramel malt brings some semblance of balance. Finish is crisp with lingering citrus and slight warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy.

Overall, just a really well made American IPA. Plenty of citrus hop to keep things interesting.

Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color with a big sticky white head with great lacing.

The smell is fantastic with a big citrusy and very fresh hop smell.

Has a very bold hop flavor with big shots of juniper, mint, and citrus with a mild toasted grain undertones.

The mouthfeel is very zippy with lots of carbonation and a light bit of oilyness and stickyness.

Easy to drink, very nice IPA with great fresh hop charachteristics.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alexd3891 for including this as one of two extras in our trade.

22 oz bottle. Unibroue tulip glass. All by myself.

Pours a caramel copper color. Lots of carbonation and a white two-finger head that settles with "mountain range" lacing.

Exceptional hoppy aroma. Clean, citrus, and fruity with some resin quality. Very little malt coming off the aroma. It can not get better than this for an American IPA.

First couple of sips - clean, pronounced bitterness. A little more hop flavor (from the aroma) would help. The great aroma raises your expectations.

"It's pretty awesome."

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

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, thanks to Damien (Solomon420) for the awesome extra! Soundtrack to this one: Oblivion/Divinations, by Mastodon

Pours copper, clear with phenomenal effervescence. Solid 2-finger off white head that is just fantastically rocky. Eventually settles into creamy cap with a dense island at the center due to the laser etching on the glass, with great lacing.

Nose is big citrus, sweet with a nice caramel underpinning, clean, a bit resiny. Really nice.

Taste has a nice caramel underpinning up front, with a citrusy, lightly resiny hop note on top. Lots of sweet citrus up front, dry finish. Malt takes on a drier, more biscuity character after that initial burst of caramel citrus goodnes up front. Moderate bitterness for the amount of hop flavor, and almost no astringency. Finish is moderately bitter, with a lot of lingering citrus. Really well put together, fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but over the top by any means - does it job without distracting from the flavor. Creamy from the lingering head, full body.

Drinkability is really nice. Mouthfeel, big flavor, and low astringency all make for a beer that is just way too easy to drink.

Top notch, quickly vaults into my elite IPA list.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $8.99 for a bomber which I graciously purchased from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. The beer guy there apparently drives to SoCal to pick up AleSmith, so I can only assume the price of this bomber is slightly inflated. Poured into a standard pint glass.

This one is bottle conditioned, so the brewer's yeast is quite evident in the clear bottle. Pour very carefully to keep this in the bottle. Massive shiny white head on a shitty pour on my part. Small bubbles, very frothy towards the top. Head retention is phenomenal. Appears transparent, but with a closer look, it becomes apparent that is not the case. Goldish orange in color. Good lacing.

Smell is very clean and well balanced. Hops dominate, but are not overpowering and have a great malt backing. Dank citrus hops that are quite pleasant on the nose.

A very well balanced IPA. I've been drinking a lot of DIPAs recently and I must admit this is a great change of pace. The hops are still very evident, but certainly nowhere near overpowering. 5/5 delicious.

Dangerously easy to drink. Absolutely no idea this is 7.25%. Medium body. Somewhat creamy, very smooth. Seemingly light carbonation despite the massive head.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. Inadvertently aged about a year (just found it yesterday in my stash). I've had it before, just didn't rate it.

Pours a golden orange color with a very nice billowy white head with good lacing. Aroma is a light caramel malt backbone with a good bit of pine and citrus hops, also get a bit of grapefruit. Flavor has some fruitiness, a touch of maltiness, and a bunch of hops mainly grapefruit and some resin. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness at the end, sticks around for a while. Very good IPA and surprisingly the aging didn't deter anything from it.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for soundbarrier for sharing this one at his place while watching some March Madness! Consumed 3/11/2009.

Pours a cloudy, dull brass with a great, frothy, slightly off-white head. Excellent, streaky lacing along the sides of my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Big nose of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and grassy hops. Delightful nose...

Pine, astringents, slightly sour and big hop bitterness. Lingering vapors of tangerine and alcohol in the finish. Wow, this is great.

Syrupy body, dry and scathing on the tongue. Nice...

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: Medium copper with a large, foamy white head and loads of lacing. Loads of carbonation visible in the glass--I got an amazing carbonation tornado after the pour was complete.

S: Highly floral and citrusy in the hop department.

T: Floral and citrus, with a little bit of pine.

M: Medium-bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Very little alcohol presence.

D: Delicious IPA. Reminds me very much of Bell's Two Hearted.

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

Plenty of frothy, fat-rising foam, which takes its time settling down. Liquid is darker pale, edging toward orange.

The nose is hoppy: piney, earthy, grapefruit and pear. The taste is more of the same with a definite roasted character to the finish.
Medium thick mouthfeel with abundant carbonation. There is a bit of an alcohol presence on the palate, but it's not strong enough to adversely affect the drinkability too much.

This is a solid IPA, but it's not necessarily one of my faves.

Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a pure white head that laces

S - Pine and citrus hop aroma

T - Hoppy, citrusy, slight bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Balanced but extremely hoppy. Borders on being a IIPA, but I believe the low ABV holds it back from being so. Great beer, extremely drinkable, but rich as well.

Photo of 0110x011
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark orange color. Thick, rocky, pillowy white head lasts and lasts. Sticky lacing everywhere. One of the prettiest heads I've ever seen. In fact, the haze is the only thng keeping this from being a perfect 5 looker.

S - Incredible hop bouquet. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grass, mint, and everything else hop wonderful. Some caramel sweetness and toasted grain aromas are in there, but this is pure hop poetry.

T - All flavors coalece much more effectively on the palate. Tropical fruit and caramel on the front end, with some biscuit and bread towards the middle. The citrus, pine and grass come on the back end, with a solid bitter bite. Finish is on the dry side.

M - Medium body. Soft, medium carbonation. Nice and bright.

D - This is a beer that never lasts long enough. I could drink it every day.

In my opinion, this is the king of California single IPAs. I have yet to try the famous Masala Mama, but for right now, this one is unmatched.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,134 ratings.