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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,975
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 252 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of guitarmage
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange/golden with a chill haze, nice rocky off white head, sticky, looks delicious.

Smell: Loads of enticing hoppiness, an apple like malt sweetness, big hops, grassy, floral, sweet?

Taste: Alcohol goes to your head immediately, followed by huge hop oils, hops continue through the whole sip, hints of sweet bready malt, finishes dry, leaving a nice herbal hoppiness in the mouth. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Spectacular, lots of craftsmanship here, creamy, fizzy, full bodied and smooth, no complaints.

Drinkability: One of my favorite IPA's without a doubt, very drinkable and refreshing, the hops are huge but mix with the rest of the beer like a great food + beer combo. Balanced.

guitarmage, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky burnt orange to copper color, nice and cloudy with a good sized off white light tan head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit with a little lemony tanginess, tangerine and a little trpoical mango aroma there as well. Citrusy hoppiness comes thru well in the taste with a soft candy like malty sweetness behind balancing it. A hint of warming alcohol becomes evident as the beer approaches room temp. Light to medium in body with a bite of alcohol and hoppiness in the finish, a delayed dryness on the tongue. Good solid IPA, may not be the best I've had but definitely a fine example.

hoppymeal, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained via Double Trouble BIF.

This beer is a nice orange with a thick white head. There is some lacing. The smell is sweet and citrusy. The taste is bitter and sweet. A good ipa. The mouthfeel is smooth and the abv is not evident at all. The drinkability is good as I am finishing the bomber with ease. I may try to obtain more of this in the future.

Enola, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of ReDave
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice! Awesome IPA

---Side note Peter Zien is the best! My first couple of bottles were flat, and Peter came through with replacements! ---and worth the wait!

Nice amber orange color, full white head, sticky lace down the sides.
Aroma of nice citrus hoppy wonderousness!

This in the top level of IPA's. I need to try more Alesmith beers!


ReDave, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slight cloudy amber color and formed a very nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of hops, citrus and a hint of pepper. The body was fairly light and finish was a bit astrigent, yet sweet. A great beer.

Wildman, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA pours a very slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Smell is very fruity with a lot of citrus, orange, grapefruit, as well as a slight piney aroma. The taste is more sweet citrus, lots of orange flavor with a hint of bitter grapefruit. The sweet maltiness kicks in just enough to balence the solid hop bitterness. This beer is so balenced, it hides its strength very well. I brought this bottle back from CA, hopefully it makes its way out the the East Coast soon.

ericj551, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy and cloudy orange leafy color with a dense head of off white foam. Minor notes of lacing. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation.

S: Very fruity. Tons of hops blend with an array of sweet citrus notes and a hint of pine sap. Nice.

T: High levels of hops and bitterness tower above the reserved notes of grapefruit, citrusy orange and pine. Mild malt character is present, but plays only a small role on the palate.

M: Light. Mild thoughts of hop oils and density, but for the most part, easy and crisp.

D: Not bad. I'd have another.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Shout out to McAllister and Pixel for the Ohio hook up :^)

A: Clear dark golden color with russet overtones. Three finger head that recedes to skim and ring that leaves sheets of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Like someone threw grapefruit and pinecones in a blender. A sweet malt aroma is banging around in there, too.

T: Wonderful grapefruit flavors dominate as do resinous pine sap flavors. There is a bread-like malt quality to the flavor profile as well. The finish alternates between pine-y hops, bready malt, and sweet citrus.

M: Creamy and lush. The hops add a drying quality to the mouthfeel, but the malt thickens things up considerably.

D: What a superb and balanced AIPA this is. This could easily give any of Stone's IPA's a run for their money. It's big and refreshing and so good it's scary. Here's to hoping that someday they distribute their beer in IL, IN, MI, or WI.

GbVDave, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of pjeagles
3.05/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been waiting for this beer for a couple of years, so maybe that is why I have rated it so low.
I could have gotten this beer through a trade or the net, but my rule is: I have to travel to a place where the beer is sold. I take many road trips and getting the beers I have been waiting to try makes the trip that much more special. I know a lot of you out there feel the same way.
With that being said, this beer was a serious letdown. I guess I was expecting more of a "West Coast IPA" when I tried it, and it never delivered. The smell was neutral. The initial taste was almost burnt malt with a hop bitterness I could only find after I assured myself it MUST be in there somewhere!
There is no malice intended in this review at all. I seriously wanted to love this beer, but I ended up being disappointed. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but stack it up against other IPAs in a BLIND tasting and I'd bet the reviews are way lower.

pjeagles, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, deep honey like color. Extremely dense white head pours two fingers thick and slowly dissolves into a sticky clinging lace that crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Big citrus smells: Lemon, tangerines and peaches. Caramel or toffee. Huge floral presense.

T: First sip reveals citrus with a pleasent bitter hop bite. Pine resin is followed by the perfect balance of caramel malts. Very earthy and a floral like finish.

M: Delicate and silky smooth. Ample carbination. Slight oil or resin like finish.

D:Outstanding drinkability! Perfectly balanced and scary good! Alcohol is wel hidden. A hop head's brew indeed!

Tyrawlings, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- light shade of copper w/ a just off white, thick, forthy, amazingly huge (seriously no matter how i poured it), root beer float like head. retent was beyond believable (almost painful) thin lacing, and settles (eventually) to 1/4" ring.

S- citrus and freaking malty, sweet bread like, rich and crisp w/ hints of caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts. strong nose

T- citrus, spicy, some raw hop oils can be preceived, but lots of malts flavor like toasted, caramel, choclate, and nutty. i do not believe that all hops were american, nice touch. alocohol can be sensed at times (more so when warm obviously)

M- good medium body, dry at finish, this one is a palate bruiser. carbonation tickle, some coarseness

D- very enjoyable and very complex, really a work of art. awesome balance, not a sessionable brew, highly recommended, leaves you tasting hops for a while. i wish the alcohol was more hidden though

tonistruth, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Copper colored brew with cayenne highlights. Lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass which is surprising. Head is friggin monumental. Just thick. light beige and creamy towering over the top of the glass. As the beer drops, a mountain of suds remains in the center of the glass. The retention COULD NOT BE BETTER. Unparalleled.

S: Strawberry taffy, pink grapefruit, pine cone and some watermelon.

T: Begins sweet, fruity and floral. It really tastes like they add some sugar to this to liven it up. Honey suckle, candied tangerine and pear add the fruity component with caramel apple following these flavors. Bitterness arrives with a combo of 75% pinecone 25% grapefruit rind which adds an earthy component to balance the already sweet and fruity personality. As it warms the beer finishes with splash of alcohol across the tongue as well as lingering bitterness and pine freshness.

M: Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the *perfect* carbonation.

D: So superb. I'm seriously ready for Alesmith to make another double IPA as well as Yulesmith, guaranteed instant classic. Peter might as well change his name to Midas. My favorite every day IPA by far.

Westsidethreat, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a brilliant, slightly cloudy golden orange topped by an inch of creamy bright white head. Excellent creamy lacing gets left all around the glass. Understated aroma of piney hops, with a whiff of grapefruit and some light sweet malt. Palate is damn near perfect - nice, citrusy hops meld with a tasty light and caramel malt profile. Finish is dry, lightly fruity, and sweet. Mouthfeel is wonderful - not too thick or syrupy, especially for such a strong beer. Dry finish is very nice. I could drink this every day.

ElGordo, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, screen printed silvery gray letters proudly displaying IPA.
Pours into my pint glass golden copper orange with a good inch of white bubbly soapy head that just wont go away. Incredible retention with some sticky lacing around the glass. A picture perfect looking beer.
Malty sweet hops dominate the aroma in this beer. Big resiny fresh and crisp citrus hops that consist mainly of orange, and a little bit of grapefruit and pine come before a nice whiff of sweet candy like maltiness and a tiny tinge of alcohol.
A smack of those oily crisp hops comes first followed by a somewhat big malty sweetness that has some caramel and candy like sweetness. The initial hoppy character is dominated by earthy piney tones and the citrus character that is prevalent in the nose. This is one hell of a tasty IPA.
The nice refreshing hop bite leaves behind lasting flavor in my mouth after each sip.
Nice medium bodied feel with good carbonation.
Even though this is a big beer, its so damned tasty that I cant not want to have 10 more. Easy to knock back too many of these.

Matthew, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into Delirium Tremens tulip

A - Cloudy sunset orange with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is fairly moderate.

S - Incredibly fruity and flowery, incredible scent that is almost chewy. Full and strong and ideal. Nice and sugary and unlike any other IPA I've had.

T - Hoppy and sweet (assumably from the prominent malt backbone). Nice and sugary with an incredible balance and never cloying or overly bitter.

M - Mild carbonation that is very smooth with a chewy mouthfeel and a slightly bittering aftertaste (but much less than many IPAs).

D - Perhaps the best IPA I've ever had (which is saying alot considering I heart this style). I will plan on acquiring as much of this as possible in the future.

gmcfarre, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a nice head that persists well and leaves rings of lacing

Smell: Resinous, orange and pine hops waft upwards along with a caramel malt undertone

Taste: Starts with a piney hop flavor complemented by a balancing malt base; after the swallow, the hops jump out in front, and while the finish has some residual sweetness and floral character, this is really all about those piney hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick and velvety; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty; great example of a West Coast IPA

brentk56, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber hue with a slight haze.

The aroma is bursting with fresh grassy and citrusy hops. Some caramel malts linger in the background.

The flavor was full of citrusy hops. The malt backbone was rich and caramelly, but not overly sweet. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was crisp and slightly creamy. The carbonation was fine and tight. I will say that I have noticed slight variation in carbonation with Alesmith's beers as they're all bottle conditioned.

Drink this one fresh before the yeast cake zaps some of that amazing hop character. This beer requires no patience.

West Coast in a bottle. Exemplary of American IPAs and certainly among the top 5 I've ever had.

SacoDeToro, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended to me by an employee at BevMo, and I was quite pleased. It has a somewhat milky nature for an IPA, but the smell and taste are quite wonderful. Smooth and dense, it's has a hearty taste and a good moderate finish, not too dry and not too bitter.

zuggy9, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to b0ldfacelies for this one.

This beer poured a bright glowing amber that fades as it reaches the edges of my tulip. There are tons of bubbles struggling to reach the top to support a creamy, smooth, slightly yellow head.

Smells of a dry woody pine, tart pineapple and concentrated orange juice with a slight wheat and fresh baked bread.

In the flavor, there’s a big sting upfront but this slowly fades to peaches and toasted wheat bread crusts and a dollop of white flour. This then fades back to dry pitter pines and a flowery grapefruit rind. The dynamics here are great.

Feels light and silky, but dense with a light, sluggish carbonation.

This is a remarkable beer, but I’m not sure I’d want to drink the whole bomber in one sitting.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes a lot like stone brew offerings. I seriously think they use the same ingredients and have the same suppliers. This was just like stone. See my stone review if you want to know about this beer.

I love the taste of these and stone hops, but they can be a little harsher on the bitterness and a little harder to drink.

jasonjlewis, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy auburn coloring with a less than generous head, but respectable cloudy lacing. The nose is grand, spicy and not surpisingly very hoppy. The nose and the taste are both a bit roasty, distinguishing it from it's contempraries.

I am always a little surprised when I come across an IPA that's this balanced. The malt texture is more than a match for the outstanding level of hoppiness. Sweet, creamy, and lively on the tongue.

Outstandingly drinkable. Why, oh why did I wait this long to try this beer?

jeffjfindley, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright copper color. Massive rocky beige head, sticky mounds of it. Gobs of chunky lace.

Smells of fresh citrus, pine, and herbal hops. Malt like Christmas pudding, pancake batter, honey. Plenty of Belgianesque ripe fruity esters, golden apple. Cohesive, and wonderful.

Big hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet doughy, toasty malt. Fruit, roastiness, burnt sugar. Long bitter finish, really drying out.

Fine, creamy carbonation, but it can get too fizzy. Some pleasant astringency. Very drinkable, for what it is.

Real character. The best IPA I have ever tried.

Beerzebub, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint, light amber, slight dry hop haze with a billowing white head that lasted the entire time I was drinking this beer. I’m getting all facets of hop aroma here. Citurs, spice, earth, and flowers are all in line. Some nice honey aroma works its way through to represent the malt. Again a quality blend of hop flavor takes over as I drink also. Stong bitterness is sure to get your attention. Very resinous, and stinky from the lips to the tonsils. Reminds me of a wannabe Racer 5. Almost as good, but falls just short.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. My first experience with this IPA was strange and unfortunate. While the flavor of the beer was exceptional, the bottle had no carbonation, apparantly due to some "problem in the bottling line."

No problem with this bottle. Amazing stuff.

Gorgeous raw honey appearance, with a very eager and active head that looks like a fine meringue. The lacing looks like sea foam.

The scents of hops, lemon peel, malt, pine, the ocean, and fresh grapefruit leap from the glass. One of the most aromatic IPA's this nose has ever smelled.

Starts with hints of pecan pie, followed by plenty of bitter hops, with a serious grapefruit zest finish. Incredible balance for a beer with this much flavor.

Lovely and lively in the mouth. Lots of carbonation this time(!) balanced by a rich creaminess.

Undoubtably one of the easiest drinking big beers I've ever tasted. (Frankly, one of the BEST beers I've ever tasted.) Bravo!

MVassar, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a well balanced West Coast IPA
Hazed pale amber in the glass with a smallish head that never completely melts away...rather remaining with sticky lacing.
Aroma is green fresh piney hops.
Flavors are a nice balance between the sweet pale malts and tons of citrus bitter hops. This has the balance of a fine DIPA but without the strength. It manages to be fresh without ever turning raw.
Good job Alesmith.

IntriqKen, Nov 23, 2006
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