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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,127 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,127
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 290 | FT: 9
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 Damian
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Portland, OR

Poured a clear, dark orangey-amber body with an enormous three-finger, light tan, sea foam head that slowly dropped to a clingy film. The copious lacing left thick, drippy rings all down the glass.

The aroma was rich, fruity and hoppy, yet balanced. Citrusy hops, canned peaches and pineapple, mango and sweet caramel malts came through strong.

The taste, however, was hoppy and quite bitter from start to finish. Supple, malt creaminess was noticeable up front before the piney, cascade hops took over. Some spiciness was also apparent. As the beer warmed, the hops seemed to take on a rather perfumy, floral-like flavor, but they soon turned piney and bitter once again. The alcohol showed it strength on the back end and lasted into the puckeringly dry, bitter and slightly tannic finish. Strong notes of pine, resin and grapefruit lingered on my palate for what seemed to be an eternity.

The body was medium with a creamy, silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel, and a fine, even carbonation. As I anticipated, this was a huge IPA.

Although I appreciated many of the more "extreme" aspects of this beer, I wish there was a bit more balance to counteract the intense bitterness.

Photo of btcook007
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Slightly cloudy amber color out of the bottle. HUGE head which stuck around forever, leaving beautiful Belgian lace as it dissipated.

S=Sweet, with some citrus and pine hoppiness.

T=Sweet,. caramel-y foretaste followed by nicely bitter, hoppy midtaste. Nicely balanced.

M=Wonderful, full, rich mouthfeel. The carbonation and rich alcohol content stay with you a long time.

D=Excellent. Very balanced, with a nice full maltiness that balances the hoppy nature of this beer.

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

First pour is slightly cloudy from the pint plus six bottle, haze increases as the bottle is finished. Amber color that thins a bit towards the bottom, while a host of rushing bubbles make their way to the two finger full off white head.

The magnificent look is matched by the powerful and flavorful nose, nothing new for a San Diego IPA but very well done: piney, floral, and citric hops out-muscling slightly sweet caramel malts. The flavor is every bit the progeny of this awesome aroma, as the rich sweet malt provides a sturdy backbone but comes nowhere close to touching the citric vibrant and pine-bitter hopping. There is a certain amount of fruitiness derived from esters in the yeast, but also some citric zest from the hopping.

Medium to full in body, with a dry full finish of lingering bitterness. Alcohol makes its first appearance here, although it could be argued that the spicy bitterness betrays a higher alcohol content than many/most Am. IPAs. Either way, it lets you know you're drinking a powerhouse, an incredibly tasty IPA that, even if not quite 'balanced', steps right up to the line of a double IPA - maybe sticks a toe over - but remains very drinkable and delicious (and dangerous) not matter what the style.

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

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The body was clear and a warm yellow/golden color. The head was light tan and over three fingers tall. The head left a clingy lace down the glass.

Smell was citrus and pine needles. Peppery. There was a light graininess in the flavor.

Taste was juicy and lightly sweet. Citrus juices and tropical fruits. Canned pineapple. This one was more mellow than I had expected. A flavorful yet restrained California IPA.

Mouthfeel was rounded yet zippy. Medium in body.

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

Appearance: Amber-colored, cloudy and thick, small bits of sediment floating around. Great head retention; again, it's very thick and leaves clumps of foam all over the walls of the glass.

Smell: Very balanced between malt and hops. Sweet grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Taste: Fruity, both tropical and citrus; rich, bready malts. It becomes dry toward the finish with piney, oily hops that lead to a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Remarkably balanced, this isn't an over-the-top IPA at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit oily on the palate. Bottle conditioning provides a smooth, mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: Incredibly easy to drink thanks to its perfectly balanced flavor and texture.

Photo of Dansting
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with lots of floating sediment (love the sediment!) and a thick off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with a strong pine nose to it. Flavor is nice and hoppy, with hints of grapefruit and a bitter pine finish to it. Another top-notch offering from Alesmith.

Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
$6.33
Liquid Solutions

I've been looking forward to drinking some AleSmith IPA. Finally getting my chance tonight. An average pour produced a half glass full of head. Letting it die down a little the head became very dense and craggy leaving big chunky lacing down the glass. The body has a very mild chill haze with few tiny carbonation bubbles swirling throughout. The body has a slight orange tint along the lines of iced tea. Very nice looking beer.

Very enjoyable aroma with a big but not overpowering pine needle nose. As it warms grapefruit rind comes forward. Biscuity malt lingers in the background and compliments the pine nicely. Mild alcohol vapors rise through and add a spicy note.

More caramel malt in the flavor than the biscuity malt that was in the aroma. The biscuity malt is there but takes a back seat to the caramel. The main flavor component is the hops, just like any good IPAs main characteristic is. Pine oils coat the tongue and linger on after the malt presence fades. As this beer warms the grapefruit becomes more pronounced. Again, very mild alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Very solid.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Medium body with a creamy airy texture. Nice bitterness on the swallow in the back of the throat. Exactly as I would want a good IPA to feel like.

Highly drinkable. In no way over the top which hurts the drinkability of other IPAs. Somewhat balanced but leaning toward the hops. After every sip you immediately want another.

A solid IPA from AleSmith. Perfect example of a left coast IPA. My first foray into AleSmith beers and it definately wont be my last. I just need to figure out how to get more.

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

A-Dark copper color with a slight haze, incredible rocky head that stays around to some extent for the entire glass. The interesting thing about this head is that it only recedes on the sides leaving this mountain in the center of the glass. As the outside recedes it leaves this incredible lace on the glass, incredibly sticky and thick.

S-The immediate hop aroma is of tangerine rind. As i begin to smell more, the grapefruit comes out there is also a light lime aroma, maybe more like kafir lime leaves than lime. The orange/tangerine citrus note dominate. There is also a sweet malt aroma, like simple syrup. A little pine shows through as well.

T-Initially, there the citrus hops jump right out, the tangerine from the nose is there but it takes a back seat to the grapefruit in the taste. There is a nice caramel malt and biscuit malt sweetness that doesn't balance but props up the hops. The finish is long and bitter and adds in some pine hops. The bitterness is sharp but not annoyingly so. This beer is really good.

M-Creamy, medium body, nice, easy carbonation. The oils emerge from the creaminess as it warms.

D-This is a very drinkable IPA, right up there with my favorite ones.

Photo of Reed415
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy mango orange with a full off white head

S - Tons of hops, Pine, Citrus in the nose

T - Hops flavor dominate, ending with some mild malt, slightly bitter

M - Medium Bodied, Mild carbonation

D - The deeper I get in this beer the more I like it. It gets better as it warms up. Excellent Beer.

Photo of sinistermadman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

Pours a deep copper color with a fierce, burly thick head. Excellent retention. Simply beautiful appearance.

Nose is a bouquet of hops: pungent and piney, quite nice.

Taste is lead by the hops obviously. Flavors abroad from pine, grapefruit you name it... Slightly oily, resinous mouthfeel. Not too brash, but malts do little to bring balance to the hop bitterness. An exceptional IPA.

Photo of Duster72
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer. 22oz bomber. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with a massive head that grows. Aroma is sweet citrus with big grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Taste is carmely malts followed by crisp citrus and pine hops that wash it all down. Very mild, perfectly light bitterness. Feels great in the mouth and goes down fast. Excellent beer, one of my favorites.

Photo of ggaughan
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into my standard Duvel tulip glass. It gave me a clear, deep golden color with a modestly thick tan head that was quite fluffy. The aroma was very pleasing - citrus notes, piney and bit sweet as well. At first the taste was not overly hoppy which I liked. I was expected a large west coat IPA bur rather got an excellent balance of the hop bitterness and the malty sweetness. I savored every drop of this one. Although the hops are very present, the balance that I got from this was very enjoyable and made for a darn drinkable beer that is very smooth.

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

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, dark gold liquid. Formed a huge, creamy, light tan head. Decent lacing, not much legs.

Very strong aroma, evident from two feet away after popping the cap. Grapefruit and pine. Pineapple and peach showed through as an underlying sweetness.

More bitter than sweet, but still well balanced. Pine and peaches. Hint of alcohol/phenol. Caramel and bread dough. Herbal at finish.

Medium + body with medium to high carbonation. Quite dry. Just a touch grainy in texture.

Very faithful to style. I would love to drink this again, and would probably drink too many of them. An excellent beer, which I enjoy more than the cask version and the Yules.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with MSUBulldog at Concordia Ale House in Portland.

Hands down one of the finest IPAs I’ve ever had.

Full, rich, luxurious body is the color of soft copper. Clear and brilliant with healthy lacing the lasts long after the thick ivory subsides. Memorable green hop aroma that also contains plenty of citrus ranging from sweet, ripened navel oranges to bitter grapefruits. Flavor has a wonderful caramel malt quality that is surprisingly balancing towards the pine/citrus bitterness and yeasty fruitiness. Balance is key here. Everything I want in an IPA can be found but damn this one is drinkable, it feels good, it’s beautiful…just an all around winner.

I can’t wait to get some more of this when in Ohio in two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to stock up.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper crystal clear body with a super thick head of creamy light tan foam that last and last. It forms nice rings of sticky foam after each sip.

S- Fresh green hops had notes of oranges, flower blossoms and pungent bitterness. This is the kind of hops smell that makes me want to sniff and sniff this beer, but I think a few sips is required.

T- The big juicy pungent flavor of citrus hops makes me pucker and thirst for more at the same time. There is a nice taste of fresh sweet caramel malt that enhances the hops flavor. The hops flavor at the finish is green with a mint freshness without the mint flavor. A note of dry toasted malt and hops hangs on after the finish. As this beer warms there is a very light note of biscuit that enhances the toasted malt flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture at the finish.

D- Wow this beer has a great hops flavor with a wonderful support of sweet and dry toasted malt. The hops are big, juicy and complex yet the malt is big and helps balance the hops nicely. This is great as a session beer but I see the surprising 7.25% ABV could be dangerous.

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

Thanks a whole lotta to genog for this amazing brew.

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into a nonic.

My first Alesmith brew, it's about time! This one pours a nice light copper hue with a generous fluffy off-white head that sticks to the glass all the way through to the end. Smell is such a sweet pine with one of the cleanest citrus hop odors I have ever smelled. Not a bitter odor at all, sadly I would wear this as cologne but I bet I wouldn't be the only one. Taste is top notch. Hardly any bitterness on the tounge except towards the end. Big sweet citrus flavor with enough malt to balance this one out just right. I hardly detect any alcohol in this one which is shocking because 7.2% abv for an IPA is pretty high. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Very fresh and crisp. Probably the most enjoyable IPA's I've had to date. I look forward the the Yule Smith I have awaiting.

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

Thanks to Talisker for the trade! Poured a slightly hazy copper with a decent head that left great lacing. The aroma was very fragrant with pine and citrus hops. The taste was a wonderful hop blend against a great malt backbone. This beer was great even following a growler of Pliny the Elder. The beer was light and crisp with well hidden alcohol. This is a great IPA.

Photo of HopDerek
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a copper color with a deep, thick white foamy head made of tiny bubbles, some yeast floatations. Great lacing left behind. Smell is loaded with hops, mostly pine but with some grassy notes. Taste is loaded with flavors of citrus, but not overhopped. Medium in body and nicely carbonated. Definitely one of the most wonderful IPAs that has ever touched my lips and tongue, I only wish it was easier to obtain in my region.

Obtained from Julio's Liquors in Massachusetts.

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

Appearance is a beautiful, deep orange and pours with a nice, solid head. Only detractor is the amount of yeast floating around. Of course, the bottle conditioning results in more important qualities later.

Smell....Wow. Perfectly hoppy with pine and citrus. I hear this IPA is heavily dry hopped and it is worth it.

Taste is balanced. Not too hoppy, but with some malt and citrus overtones. Finish is long and bitter. If you like a really long finish, this IPA should fit the bill.

Nice, fine carbonation. Champagne like. Middle viscosity which seems right for an IPA.

Drinkability? Would have been a 5, except for the long finish. This is an IPA to savor almost like a spirit.

A well crafted brew.

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

I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile and finally decided to give it a go.
Pours a golden amber with a nice quarter inch head. The frothiness sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing as you drink.
Smell isn’t really strong, but I get plenty of hops in the nose.
The taste is simply amazing. This is a very well rounded IPA. Plenty of hops, but balanced perfectly by the malt and alcohol. This is one of the best I’ve had. I would love to drink this on a regular basis.
Words can’t really explain how well this is melded together and how smooth of a IPA it is. If you have access to this beer, definitely pick it up. I know I’ll be frequenting this beer often.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Reed415 for this fine beaut.

Careful when pouring this one, the head is like a hefe, very sensative. The head is pretty retentive too with a great lacing. The color is a gorgeous light copper/golden. The smell is wonderfully hoppy with grassy hops that aren't harsh at all, just right. The flavor is very good too, with a hoppiness that is flavorful, but not overdone. Just right, the perfect IPA that's still very very hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice, carbonated well, but the bubbles just fall to the back of your throat. It's got a good body too!! Not light or too heavy. Overall I would like to buy this by the case it is sooo good.

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

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up with this at Dark Lord Day, I really owe you something Nate!

Pours a slightly hazed copper/orange, nice thick off white head, superb lacing, great retention, really sticky and resiny. Smell is amazing, I can smell it from 2 feet away. Wonderfully piney, citrus, grapefruit, some nice caramel and bready malts, nice balance, smells very inviting. Taste is wow too, very grapefruity, floral, caramel, very syrupy in the mouth, sweet finish, then bitterness, very nice balance, fruity hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, coats the mouth, low carbonation, nice spicy alcohol warming, although found this to be a little bit much, but amazing, perfect balance. Thanks for hooking me up Nate!

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

Taste from a bottle at Dark Lord Day 2007.

Pours amber with a massive white head and wall-climbing lacing.

The aroma is grapefruit, pine, and just a whisp of malt.

Tastes like it smells-- assertively hoppy but just restrained enough. The balance is awesome.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a nice contrast to the hops. Everything is in perfect harmony here, but not so much so that it gets boring. With its malt backbone, creamy mouthfeel, and crisp hops, I could drink this all day.

This is an outstandingly crafted IPA. Now I just need to get another bottle and rerate.

Photo of TheName
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured after sitting for a bit out of the fridge; split between an imperial pint and a taster (for the wife). Color's a nice ruddy orange with a bit of haze and the off-white head's a shocker--it piles higher and higher in dense, stiff peaks that recall meringues and stuck around long into the beer's consumption. Gotta say, it's not often you see half inch mounds of dense, creamy head even 10-12 ounces into your pint. Awesome.

The aroma is big time grapefruit. Beautiful citrus and even a plummy sort of sweetness backing it up. There's a woodiness there after a bit but then, as the beer level drops and the glass funnels a bit more there's an almost turpentine background to it which contrasts but doesn't hurt the beer's drinkability.

Contrasts, however, are what I'm really discovering in this beer. The big big hop aroma doesn't translate into overpowering bitterness. Indeed the flavor is all caramelly, woody sweetness with only a faint--and very pleasant--bittering. The beer defines "velvety" in the mouth--it's nothing if not smooth--and goes down leaving a diaphanous coating of tingly astringency that is far from unenjoyable. The smoothness is amazing, almost as if it were freshly and carefully pumped out of a cask instead of dumped out of a bottle at my kitchen table. As for drinkability, it seemed I had barely blinked before I was staring at only lacing and a few stray dregs of the creamy head and wishing I had another bottle in the fridge.

As my first foray into AleSmith's brews I can't wait to snatch up more. Wonderful beer that, were I nearer its provenance, I am sure would always have a spot in my fridge.

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the bottle a hazy dark orange (with visible yeast)--even almost brown. Pretty dark and cloudy for an IPA. Head was thin and very short lived. Aroma was very nice: spicy and hoppy. The taste was very good, with a more complex malt profile than is normal for IPAs, I think. Many IPAs seem a bit one-dimensional to me. This one was very balanced. Certainly, fans of strong hops will be happy with it, but that's not all there is to this brew. Perhaps it was the salty food I was eating with it, but this beer seemed rather sweet--more so than any IPA I have tried previously. By no means is that a complaint, however. This was a very good beer. I paired it with a variety of rich, salty, fried appetizers and it was definitely up to the task--cutting through the other flavors and holding its own.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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