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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,836 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,836
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 220 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of arizcards


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Bought a 22oz bomber at Papago Brewing Company b-ack in September for $4.41.

This is a golden orange brew that poured a deliciously thick head that is leaving quite a trail behind in my glass. Nose is classic ipa, of citrus and hops. Taste is very good, a seamless blend of malt and citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is very full for this style and is very lively on my pallet. Overall drinkability is great, I highly recommend this brew! Scores are all 4.5.

Re-review on 9-16-11. Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in mid-August for $4.99.

Beer pours an amber orange with a solid white head that has retained well - 4.5.

Nose is floral hops that became more prevelant as it warmed. - 4.0

Taste is very well balanced, pale and caramel malts blend well with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. - 4.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated - both refreshing and satisfying at the same time. - 4.0

Overall this is a solid beer that was probably better then most in its class when first sampled 6 years ago. It is not quite as tasty as offerings recently sampled from other breweries - 4.0. Definitely still recommend this brew if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 01:11:37 | More by arizcards
Photo of mikeys01


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

My sampling of Alesmith IPA was served from a simply decorated 22oz brown bomber, with some words voicing its wonders printed on the side. . At the pour, biscuit malt is immediately apparent in the nose along with juicy hop aromas of orange and orchard fruit, like the fresh peach whose juices run down your chin at the first ripe bite. Color is a bright golden, with just the right amount of fluffy white head, plenty of yeast sitting down for a good rest at the bottom of the bottle too.
At first taste, a big bitter hop bite assails your tongue and throat right away before downshifting into a smooth and sweet malty middleground. Biscuity dry malt flavor is very pronounced and balances perfectly with the nice citrusy hops. There is a very slight alcohol warmth noticeable in the finish, along with a tantalizing lingering bitterness to lead you into the next sip. Medium body and quite smooth, not overly sweet, and quite dangerously drinkable. I did not suspect that this was a 7.5% brew. Nice lacing clung artfully to the glass until the last drop. More than delicious and heartily hoppy, another excellent Alesmith offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 03:10:08 | More by mikeys01
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and very bitter fresh bottle thanks to xlperro. While very good IPA, its not significantly superior to many other good American IPAs I have had. Full mouthfeel with citrus and dough. Somewhat overcarbonated that with bitterness and pine and tad grassiness, set off my mouth. Good accompanyment to dinner however.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 05:23:45 | More by Sammy
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber-orange color with the tiniest of heads and some mild lacing. There isn't much going on with the aroma. I expected a much stronger hops nose. It is there -- grapefruit and herbaceousness -- just not huge.
The taste of this is a different story. A baeutiful burnt, bitter orange flavor opens up into pine and rosemary hops juice. There is just enough malt in here to keep the beer in check, but the hops are in charge, and they let you know it with a looong, lingering bitter finish. The hop burps are happenin' here. A smooth drinking brew with at 7%, and one that rivals the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 00:08:07 | More by bultrey
Photo of Shaw


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this while visiting San Diego. Brought it back to Florida to share with friends. It's an above average American IPA. I'd prefer a little more body than this beer has.

Its aroma is good, but my overall impression was "off" a little.

I guess I was hoping for more substance instead of simple bitterness and hop aroma. Check out my review of Rogue's Hop Heaven Ale for an example of what I'm looking for.

But now I look at this review and I feel that I'm being overly harsh. Make no mistake, this is a pretty good beer. There are better examples of the style out there, however.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 07:06:22 | More by Shaw
Photo of Boto


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

220z. bomber: This lovely brew pours a hazy, darker golden color. Some head to it. The aroma is hops, and all hops, but not overpowering. Piney, citrus, floral and grassy. The taste is quite good. The taste is quite hoppy, but only somewhat bitter. The tastes are very well balanced. Some fruits in the aftertaste and the hopiness lingers nicely in your mouth. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 04:05:47 | More by Boto
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Cloudy amber-orange, bottle-conditionned, smallish off-white head. Piney christmas tree aroma feels very green. Big coniferous seeds in the forms of C-hops make the malt appear very subdued. Taste is fresh and rather complex for the style. Orange skin, earth, and piney bitterness. Finish is long, hoppy, very dry, green, but perhaps a bit too alcoholic for its relatively low strenght. Hoppy all the way through, no mistakes about it. Medium to full body, moderate fitting carbonation. I’d just have loved to see more of the alesmith’s fabulous malt manipulations.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 03:10:08 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of garthwaite


3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle provided courtesy of drewbage - many thanks! In the glass this is amber with a long lasting tan head. Relatively subdued, but extremely pleasant aroma of citrus & spicy hops - a nice blend between grapefruit & pepper in the hop aroma with some sweetness in the background. Hop resins aplenty in the mouth as this one continues on the same path as the nose indicated building on a sweet toasted caramel malt base with a blend of piney, floral, & citrusy hops. Moderately bitter & very well balanced. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth creaminess in the mouth. A well-balanced & well-crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 21:36:35 | More by garthwaite
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3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangey color with small suspended particals that give it an apricot preserve/orange marmalade kind of look.

head was large and fluffy with a beige tint. chunky lacing.

Initial aroma was piney, with some lemony character, and some sweetness in the background.

Flavor was bitter/sweet ruby red grapefuit with a little sugar on top.
finish was medium length and mildly bitter.

IMO Not as good as Stone IPA but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 07:02:45 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of wyllder


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off: Big thanks go out to drewbage for the chance to sample this.

Alesmith pours a clear (cloudy as you get to the bottom of the 22oz bottle) medium amber with a 1/2 inch ivory head. Head recedes and leaves a good sticky lacing on the glass as you go.

Citrus hops greet the nose, piney grapefruit & apricot with a candied edge to the scent.

Front of the palate is a tart grapefruit bitterness. The midsip introduces just the faintest hint of caramel malt. Aftertaste is a piney bitterness, just begging you to come back for more.

Mouthfeel is a tad resinous, keeping it out of the top digits.

This dances painfully close to leaving a bad, overly bitter, aftertaste, but never gets there and instead is imminently drinkable.

This is beautiful. Very much worthy of its reputation. One of the very best IPA's I've ever had the pleasure of trying.


Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 01:22:00 | More by wyllder
Photo of meathookjones


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

22oz brown bomber with a plain silk screen lettering of Alesmith IPA nothing fancy. This one pours a hazy darker orange color with an off white head. Descent retention and lacing as I drank this. Very hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and pine coming through but not overly hoppy. This one is surprisingly balanced considering the hopped up nose on it. Flavor starts with a citrus hoppiness with some piney notes and finishes with the hop bitterness. It has a definite spicy kick to it with a slight sweet malt in there as well. Very nice flavor to it, complex and lots to sort out. This has about a medium body with good carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This one was a joy to drink too bad this stuff isn’t regularly available around this parts or I would drink it all the time. Another great from Alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 17:50:38 | More by meathookjones
Photo of CRJMellor


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

Pours a slightly hazy orange/brown hue with an ecru head. Thin lines of lace appear on the pint.
Aroma is heavily hopped with all kind of citrus, pine, resins and oils going on. As more whiffs are taken a balancing, pleasant base of deep malt is also apparent.
Flavor shows the massed hop bombs, that is cut but a bready, roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a well-rounded bitterness that absolutely covers the palate wrestles to submission and enjoys the victory.
Drinkability is awesome. It reminded me of Draednaught as it did someone else due to complexity and dominance of hop but it had just a bit more sharpness to it. Excellent beer deserving of all the praise it is getting.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 03:43:07 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of MrNuggets


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in colour. Off white, almost tan head. Thick and creamy. Hops, Hops and more hops on the nose. Hops explode onto my tongue. This hop rollercoaster quickly pulls in to superb balance. I let the yeast into the second classful and I would say it added welcome flavors to the brew. My first Alesmith, I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 03:03:09 | More by MrNuggets
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4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Classic, silk-screened white lettering on a dark brown 'bomber' bottle. This is my first AleSmith beer and I'm expecting great things.

Slightly hazed, orangish peach that should become significantly more clouded on subsequent pours as the yeast find their way into the glass. The head is light toffee in color and is stiff, sticky and pitting. There's plenty of lace already and the cap has just begun to recede. Ultimately, the glass is coated with a huge amount of thick, chunky lace in rings and sheets.

The aroma is 'hop heaven'. Loads of citrusy hops are atomizing themselves purely for my olfactroy enjoyment and I couldn't be happier. Clouds of orange peel and grapefruit peel essence--along with fresh pine--fill the room. I can't imagine that this aroma could be improved upon.

The flavor is, in a word... fabulous. Massive quantities of citric hops must have been used in the brewing and it shows. In fact, AleSmith IPA strikes me as a 'tweener', a beer that occupies that fuzzy zone between the IPA and DIPA styles in terms of flavor, hoppiness and ABV. The initial impression is of a solid wall of juicy hops rolling across the tongue, followed by a glimmer of toasted malt that tries vainly, but ultimately in vain, to stand up to the resinous hop attack.

That's not to say that the flavor profile is overbalanced toward the hops, just that they're clearly in charge and both parties know it. The malt provides the sweet, cake-like underpinnings that allow the hops to run rampant and assault the tastebuds with some (minor) degree of restraint. A balancing act par excellence. I think it's pretty apparent by now that I truly love this beer, but let's continue.

The finish is a never-ending sweetsticky symphony of hops; again, tempered by the ever-present, but never intrusive, toasty caramel malt. The body is big, but not huge. This is no Dreadnaught, but I can't think of an IPA that has a creamier, silkier, smoother, bigger body. The alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. It's only evident in a slight warming (in my stomach and in my soul) as the bomber disappears.

Quality, quality, quality. AleSmith IPA is neck-and-neck with my favorite IPA/DIPAs so that any differences in score are trivial at best. It isn't available in this state, but it is available on-line so that I have a ready supply if I so choose. And believe me, I choose in a big way. If you love IPAs and haven't yet had AleSmith's inspired version, it's worth whatever effort and expense that is required.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 21:38:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Zorro


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

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is STRONG! Cascade hops and I think there is some malt in there too.

Taste is fairly neutral, the must be a lot of malt in this to balance out the hop level in this. The grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops in this is at the tongue numbing level.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Drinkability is questionable. This is a hop monster brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 03:21:29 | More by Zorro
Photo of Mark


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber body was topped by an immense pillowy head. Scattered lacing adorned the glass. Nice hoppy aroma was not overpowering, just right. Very hoppy taste profile was at the same time quite smooth. Bittering was just right, bottle conditioning shined brightly on this one. Nice smooth mouthfeel reminded one of cask. Pretty powerful, but nice and drinkable nontheless. Good beer. Thanks to Rkhaze, a great guy who works at the Whole Foods I shop at. I'm glad he thought of me when in San Diego recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 03:01:20 | More by Mark
Photo of rkhaze


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden copper with a big, densly packed, creamy off white head topping a plethora of carbonation bubbles. Left good lace. Big
fresh floral/citrus hop aroma. Almost a perfume like nuance. Sweet malt and some fruit show up as well.
Lots of hop flavors. Starts out with floral, citrus and pine resin and finishes with a pungent spicy/peppery, intense hop bitterness. There was a decent sweet malt and light fruit backbone in the middle, but ultimately, this was all about the hops.
Medium bodied with a smooth, full and slightly oily mouthfeel. The carbonation was surprisingly soft and added some creaminess to the mouthfeel.
The creamy soft mouthfeel and good job of hiding the alcohol make this a supremely drinkable offering.
This seemed to be on the verge being an Imperial IPA. Went great with the pastami and swiss on light rye from the local Italian deli.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 04:23:03 | More by rkhaze
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3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of this brew was a nice dark amber with a great tan head. Had me excited to drink it. Then I took a smell. 150% grapefruit smell. Now I love hops, but this aroma was a bit too powerful.
Well, after the smell, I was expecting a grapefruit taste. I did get a grapefruit taste somewhat, but it was overshadowed by an extreme bitterness. Im talking really bitter. This took away the ability to really taste a whole lot.
In all, this beer isnt bad to have 1, and I did rate it higher than I was originally thinking, but that is because I am thinking that bottle must have been a bit off. I would like to try this again and adjust my review. Said that, as of now, it was way too bitter and grapefruit tasting to want to drink many.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 17:58:34 | More by DrunkenPanther
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3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Drewbage for this one.

Served at 45 degrees in pint glass.

Stellar appearance with this beer. Everything that I think of when I think great appearance. Big fluffy generous head that settles down to a light blanket. Lacing all over the glass. It pours a really nice orange amber color with fine yeast particles suspended in it like stars. Very attractive.

Smell is pure white grapefruit. Little else. Hmmm.

Taste is pretty much all about bitter white grapefruit. No real sweetness to speak of here. It is alot like drinking unsweetened white grapefruit juice. I like bitter, but it really isn't all that balanced.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily and very nice. This is the way a good beer should feel going down. However the grapefruit is lingering like crazy.

The white grapefruit got to me after the first half of the bomber and while I would have this again, I might pick something else instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 01:54:49 | More by silenius
Photo of rajendra82


3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was shipped to me in a handsome bomber by eyedrinkale. When poured into my usual pint glass, it had an orange amber colored body with a 2-inch thick beige head and a lively natural carbonation. Head retention was excellent and there was a ton of lace left all around as the beer went down. Aroma was assertive with floral hops dominating the bouquet. The taste was a bit brash with a strong alcohol presence, which was not quite hidden under the hops as it should be. There were notes of citrus on the palette, but these were quite subdued. The hop bitterness was also relatively low; however they added a good deal of spicy character to the mix. The mouthfeel was appropriately dry and creamy for the style. Alcohol burn detracts a bit from drinkability. A nice solid IPA to be had here.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 04:07:35 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Boilermaker88


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

I can't believe I haven't tried this SoCal-brewed IPA until now. So, without further adieu, I'll get to it.
Served from a 22oz no-nonsense bomber into my Alesmith pint glass, this brew gave off a gorgeous hazy dark orange color, pumped out a tremendous amount of fine, tight carbonation, and sported an eternal off-white head that was firm and compact to the point I could float the cap on top. Great sheet lacing, too. Beautiful to gaze at...
The nose made no pretense as to what mattered here: hops, and lots of 'em. The aromas of citrus peels, pine needles, and sap abounded. Yet underneath the hops was a hearty caramel malt aroma and the scent of singed oak wood. This is one brew worth parking under your nose for a while to savor the aromas.
The taste..ah, the taste! Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with the sweet caramel malt flavor quickly scurrying across the palate, fleeing before the massive invasion of resinous pine sap, grapefruit rinds, hints of tangerines, and hops juice. The hops keep building on the palate, pushing into each tastebud and refusing to leave. Long finish with that great hoppy bitterness lingering long after each swallow.
Drinkability - yeah, it's incredibly quaffable! Lush, possessing a damn near perfect balance of malt and hops, it just doesn't get much, if any, better than this, IMO. I have the feeling it's going to be a long search for me to find a more enjoyable IPA than that brewed by Alesmith. Nectar in a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 01:11:37 | More by Boilermaker88
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith IPA: thank you BA for letting me learn about such fine beers, like Alesmith IPA in a 22 oz bomber. It pours a very nice looking tan, and is quite hazy, which of course is only natural for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is quite thick and long lasting, and is a tiny bit off white.

The aroma is very pleasant, extremely hoppy, with floral notes.

The taste is terrific, perfect for your friendly neighborhood hophead. Not really a traditional IPA as the hop profile is a little too huge, but on the other hand, it is not a double IPA hop bomb either. There is some balance between some bready malt, and the hops. The dominant flavor is citrus/grapefruit notes produced by the hops.

Extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Light bodied and tasty. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 03:50:35 | More by jackndan
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is copper, with a foamy white head with excllent retention. The smell is a grapefruit hoppiness. The taste is a grapefruity and somewhat grassy hoppiness with a very slight notice of the malt, and the alcohol is not noticable. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

A simply fantastic IPA from the folks at Alesmith. Though I feared my taste for hops was starting to wane a bit, this certainly brought my hop taste back, and hopefully I'll get a chance to enjoy this one again!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 17:32:30 | More by beergeek279
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tight collar of foam on my 16 ounce Libbey straight-side glass. Copper colored with excellent clarity.

Aroma: Clean, crisp hoppy aroma associated with most quality IPA's. The nose is hops, whole hops, and nothing but the hops.

Taste: Very bright on the front of the tongue...a very smooth hop blend with a tight, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A well balanced brew with the malt blend nicely complementing the hop mix...CO² is right at a perfect level.

Drinkability: A very nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2004 01:35:27 | More by IceAce
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy amber body reveals golden highlights beneath a densely creamy head of ivory foam. The retention is good and it holds well before dropping to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Wide rings and thin splashes of lace add to its appearance. The nose delivers bright piney, floral, and subtly citrusy hops atop a caramel-accented maltiness. The body is medium and its very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers a brilliant balance of rich, sweet caramelish malt; subtle yeasty fruitiness; piney and citrusy hops; and a solid bitterness. It's alcohol never makes an appearance on the palate; and it finishes quite dry with it's bitterness lingering long after it's maltiness has subsided. Overall, an exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 02:34:23 | More by NeroFiddled
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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