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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,193 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,193
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 318 | 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 Bitterbill
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hi Time Liquors.

It's been a long time since I last had any of the Alesmith brews:

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Btw, great head retention and there's plenty of nice lacing!

The smell is lots of grapefruit and just a bit of malt hiding in the background.

The taste is beautifully hoppy...grapefruit and some floral notes tickle my taste buds but there's a good level of malty sweetness that stops this from becoming too bitter. Nice medium to fullish mouthfeel here and the carbonation is medium as well. Easy sipping and such a good thirst quencher, man this is a top notch IPA indeed....and..
I notice a touch of grass in the finish and the aftertaste is fairly long but definitely pleasing. Also, despite it being 7.25%abv, I having *no* problem in making the contents of this 22oz bottle disappear. ;^)

For shame on me for not getting some for such a long time. It's truly worth the effort to get it *any* way you can because this IPA, imo, is a world class example of the style.

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

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose is citrus, perfume and pine. It's nothing crazy, but is is extremely well balanced. Flavor is almost unnecessary to elaborate on. Nice pine levels with a tangy fruit tone. I mean this really just can't go anywhere else. Just frickin' smooth. Slightly noticeable tone of alcohol kicks it down just ever so slightly when it's at the wrong temperature. Just has to be chilled ever so properly. Leaves a nice burn in my chest as I sip. Consider it more of a warm fuzzy feeling. Feel has a very good liquid touch and the carbonation is nice as well. This is an IPA and a masterful piece of work that should be sought out by all. Truly amazing.

Photo of tprokop7
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recently picked up at Julios. Joe told me it was one I had to try, and I've been impressed with the rest that Alesmith makes, so it seemed like a good call. Poured into a pint at 50F.

A - Beautiful clear golden color, with nice thick head.

S - The smell is dominated by citrusy hops. Especially lemon peel and grapefruit.

T - Starts off just a bit sweet, but the flavor is quickly dominated by the hoppy bitterness. You don't taste the citrus quite as much as I expected from the smell, but the aftertaste is the same as the aftertaste orange peel leaves in your mouth.

M - Smooth, with medium carbonation. No complaints.

D - This really is a great beer, I see no reason why I couldn't keep drinking it. It's a nice, strong, balanced IPA.

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

2/17/2008 Shared bomber

Golden Orange color with a white head. Nice head retention. Amora is malt...floral and citrus hops with a hint of piney.

Crisp...clean tasting. Seems also "pure". The hop assault is well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden.

This one really deserves the ratings. Outstanding beer experience.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured golden orange with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma is citrus and piney hops with some malty sweetness.

Taste is primarily hoppy and intense like an Imperial IPA, but with a malty sweetness that is often overpowered in other beers like this. Not quite an Imperial IPA, but more intense than most IPAs. Very well balanced in this regard.

Medium bodied with a bitter but sweet aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more. An excellent and well balanced brew, which will be a staple for me from now on.

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

Floral hop aroma with lots of malt and rich crystal malt notes. Golden/orange color with lasting rocky off-white head. Floral/citric hops are main flavor component with good malt balance and slight daicetyl detectable. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky finish with a lingering bitter/hoppy aftertaste. Excellent.

Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this one a couple times now just to make sure that I didn't agree with all these glowing reviews. So the beer poured a golden yellow color that was very clear and had a decent amount of white head. That head dissipated within a minute or so. Looks like a very refreshing beer in the pint glass.

The smell was also nice, as it was loaded with citrusy hops. The grapfruit smell really came out here. The only catch is that it was overpowered by the hops. There was no malt or anything else to be smelled here.

The same goes for the flavor. The hop portion was very nice and clean. The fruity flavors shown through but again, there was nothing else to the beer. Also, the bitterness was on the extreme end of the spectrum. Again, refreshing and pleasant but not very complex.

The body was thin and carbonated which goes along with what I've been saying. It was drinkable but in the sense that you have one while your watching football or grilling in the back yard.

Photo of boogles
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the closest to beer perfection I've ever come, the first 5.0 I've ever given. I can't imagine liking a beer better than this. Plenty of everything good, but not too much of anything. Everything about it is exceptional without being overdone. That it is so well composed is more shocking than any over hopped giant, in my opinion. Then again, I am most fond of IPAs that press toward the edge, but I find most imperials to be too much--not too much to handle, but for me too bitter to taste.

I did not like the AleSmith Speedway Stout, although I respected it. I was worried that this would be similar. It was similarly interesting, but unsimilarly approachable. This beer wins.

Photo of m1ked
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers that I have had frequently, but never rated it. Well I though it was time to put it on paper, er, post it.

A- Clear golden honey color capped with a 2' white head...just looks like an awesome beer.

S- Crisp Piney-citrusy...tangerines, limes, grapefruits.

T- Intense clean unmistakeable hops. Piney hops with almost a touch of malty creaminess. Well balanced with a long lingering floral bitterness.

M- Full flavored, great carbonation.

D- My favorite IPA

Photo of LonghornBrewer
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired courtesy of srroos, with whom I traded. Decided that perhaps I should mark my first beer trade by writing my first review.

22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Large billowy off-white head. Nice caramel color with reddish hues. Nice head retention and lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit and a bit of piney hop character with a biscuity maltiness hiding beneath.

T: Wow, definitely unlike any IPA I've had previously. Extremely smooth with the malt seemingly coming through initially, followed soon thereafter by a strong hop presence and alcohol.

M: Wonderfully creamy and smooth, almost belying its characterization as an IPA. Luscious.

D: Goes down very smoothly. The only detraction here, would be the alcohol.

I can see why this beer is rating so highly. It is definitely the best IPA I have tasted thus far in my quest for beer knowledge and advocacy.

Thanks again to srroos, for hooking me up with a great beer I cannot get here in Texas.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a snifter at around 45 degrees.

A - Pours a dark golden color with a 1-inch off-white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small ring atop the hoppy goodness.

S - Citrus hops with some malt dominate the aroma, as it smells very well-balanced. Was expecting a solid hop aroma with background notes, but seems to be more blended. Very nice.

T - Nailed it. Powerful burst of hops blended very nicely with citrus fruits and bready malt - juicy bitterness without the sweetness. Finishes strong - bitterness appears after flavors of alcohol are washed away. A suitable replacement for almost any DIPA.

M - Medium body with strong carbonation and a strong finish.

D - Alcohol will certainly creep up, so don't forget about that. Would love to see this in 12 oz bottles - it would be much more drinkable in the smaller size. Overall though, wonderful.

Photo of mattster
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 22 oz bottle poured into Nonic glass.

Nice Light head across top of brew that dies down to a layer of bubbles. Brew itself is hazy amber color.

Nice smell of hops and a little citrus tones.

Taste is definitely of hops and citrus... Almost like a semi sweet lemon... nice little bits of Piney earthiness follow. Bitterness works to its advantage.

Really nice mouthfeel and really good finish. Very easy to drink. Really good beer. I'm glad I listened to the bar tender on this one.

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

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is nicely blended and contains hops, citrus fruits and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a strong burst of floral hops comes in a takes control, but the sweetness remains complimentary in the background. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works quite well for this particular beer. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good kick, very good representation of style. This is a very good beer to drink over the course of an evening. I could see myself polishing off a 2-3 bombers of this beer and enjoying them the whole time.

Photo of lifebeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. pours a dirty straw color, has chill haze, about 2 fingers of cream-colored head, head-top forms marshmallow honeycomb, 3D tendrils from top of sticky head reaching up to top of glass (not lacing)

s. not much here, a subtle sweet and average grapefruit hop aroma

t. not as aggressive as other SoCal IPAs, subtle grapefruit until the swallow, tart grapefruit peel and alcohol

m. a medium feel, subtly creamy

d. above-average drinkability, with hops not taking over the tongue with time like other similar IPAs

not the most distinctive IPA, but relatively drinkable, probably wouldn't buy again

Photo of IceEyes
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought I would splurge and get a bottle of this IPA that I'd heard so much about. But frankly, I can't see what the big deal is. I drink better IPAs than this all the time.

The Alesmith IPA poured with a lot of head, but the body was cloudy. There's a lot of fresh flowery hops in the smell but the beer still tastes sweet. Not much balance really. And that's what lost me. I don't know what the IBU is but it doesn't hold the beer together.

This isn't a bad IPA, but it's over rated if you ask me.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my dandy Sam Adams Lager glass. Poured pretty carbonated as 3 fingers of lucsious head quickly rose. Head was thick and bright white while the color was a nice bright, semi-cloudy yellow/orange.
Aroma of pink grapefruit lovely hoppy.
Taste was the same pink grapefruit from the aroma. Quite zesty in the mouth with a bitter hop finish. Hops were definitely there but not overpowering. Very enjoyable and classic example of a San Diego IPA.

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

Pours hazy orange with thick, creamy white head that leaves sexy lace as the pint goes down in the glass.

Nose is a pleasant metallic-citrus, grapefruit with maybe tangerine.

On the palate a huge, mouth savoring juicey-fruity flavor that makes your mouth pucker. Citrus is more towards grapefruits and orange, with some candied sweetness, and the hops also come through with some hop resin & pine sap. Overall, though the juicy fruit dominates, there is some sweetness to balance it out and make it extraordinarily drinkable for an IPA.

One of the best examples of an American IPA.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is just gorgeous, pale yellow, great carbonation, The Head is big 3 fingers white, fluffy and billowy, it has great retention and leaves great lace.

The smell is fresh and hopy, I wish I could get a salad like this, Hopy notes include, pine, flowers, grapefruit, and orange peel.

The taste is very good it follows the nose well but may drop off a tad, grapefruit, and earthy qualities are the main taste, malt takes a back seat.

The mouthfeel is good to very good. very nice body and a good carbonation.

The drinkability is high, a very solid brew to be sure.

Prosit, MK

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

Bomber into Tulip

A- caramel color with 1/2 inch head. clings to the glass and leaves an oily lacing going down the sides.

S- Floral citrus explodes in the nose. Very fresh and inviting.

T- Level hops flavor inspite of the nose. Strong hoppy taste, but an even malt base holds it all together.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- Very nice. Got this beer on my last trip to SD and wish that I could have it more often. The beer has a good rep and it is easy to see why.

Photo of marcpal
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Textbook west coast IPA, this is what I was looking for. Had a 22oz bottle while visiting San Diego at the Vine. What an IPA.

A: Thick tan head laid nicely on a hay yellow/orange amber. The retention was tight throughout and the stickiness was what this style asks for.

S: Pine hops with the citrus hops to even it out. Lets you know the hops are coming fast. The bitterness is striking to the back of the nose. Cant wait to dive in.

T: Hops and a little more hops. The citrus matched up with the woodsiness was measured nicely by the maltiness. The bitterness was sticky and oily but washed away nicely by the rest of the profile and the alcohol. What a great tasting IPA without having to be a double or imperial.

M: Oily stickiness with with a thick carbonated mouthfeel that was smooth as you could hope.

D: Cant complain about any part of this, and the ABV is perfect- lets you enjoy it with a hop complexity that is usually reserved for the bigger beers.

This is a must try and Ill be packing a few of these for the flight back. In terms of a single IPA, this one is right there with the two hearted in my opinion as versions that I cant get back home but would love to have on a daily basis.

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

A: Clear amber with a 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head.

S: Subtle hoppiness with a touch of nuttiness.

T: Nicely balanced citrusy hops with a slightly caramel-y malt body. Somewhat sticky and resiny with a perfect bitterness. Just about flawless.

M: Slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

D: Excellent.

Truly one of the best IPAs on the market. This is an excellent benchmark IPA by which to judge others.

Photo of jwc215
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger -

22 oz. bomber -

Pours hazed orangeish deep gold with a thick foamy white head that sits beautifully atop the beer. Great head retention. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is divine - and powerful - earthy, piney/resiny, slightly herbal with lemon zest and citrus - wow - what a hop-lover's dream of an aroma...I happily smelled the empty bottle awhile after it was finished...

The taste was hoppy - piney, earthy, citric, resiny with a caramelish/toffeish- malty background. Well-balanced for the style while allowing the hops, which were present, but with bitterness well-balanced, to come through well. Alcohol very well-covered with just a glimpse in the long finish.

Full-bodied, yet silky smooth.

Wonderful aroma with a hoppy, yet complex and balanced taste and oh so smooth...This is one of the best IPA's I've had, if not the best! Awesome hop profile and usage.

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

L: Light vibrant orange color. A huge froathy head
S: Right away those grapefruit hops start pounbding out with just a touch of sweetness as well.
T: Whoa, there are those grapefruits again. Those over power, but there is a nice little touch of candy sweetness as well.
M:Sharp fizz on the back going down. Otherwise a round full feeling
D: Awesome. I am a huge fan of Alesmith.

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

22 oz. Bomber, poured into a pint glass

Appearance is good. Golden but darker than many. 1/2" head that evaporates to just a thin layer. Lacing is nice, consistent as it flows down the glass.

Smell is nice, definitely an IPA but not a hop bomb. Citrus floats to the top but there is a bit of of breadiness to the smell.

Taste is excellent. Borders between an IPA and a Double IPA...not sure which class this falls in. But you definitely notice the hop dominance. Mild bitterness up front, tart middle with a hint of burnt something in there, stings a bit at the end with a piney flavor.

Mouthfeel is busy carbonation, not as oily as I would expect for the amount of hop flavor. Rich, thick beer almost oozes down your throat. Very dry finish with a slight alcohol burn. Not sure what is better about this beer, the taste or the mouthfeel. It all comes together soooo nicely.

Drinkability is pretty good at "only" 7.25% ABV. Two bombers. Very smooth, enjoyable as it goes down.

Great IPA. Not sure I would go so far as to say it's an Imperial/Double as it is very drinkable and doesn't kill your palate. A MUST for anyone who likes IPA's and Hops. Not as piney as Stone IPA, but definitely a quality competitor if not better than my favorite (former favorite?) .

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

A- Pours an orangey hue with an absolutely phenomenal head which sticks around all the way through, leaving torrents of lacing on the side of my glass.

S- Very floral hops and a sweet malt backbone.

T- Taste is smooth and sweet, definitely hopped up but not obtrusively so.

M- Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not too viscous with about an average amount of carbonation.

D- This is a monumentally drinkable IPA. I shared the bomber with my dad but could have easily had the whole thing to myself.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,193 ratings.