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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 435
Gots: 355 | FT: 9
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,277 | Reviews: 1,176
Photo of chrisafari
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is hoppy with fresh pine and orange citrus. Pours amber orange with rocky off-white head. Flavor begins with nice citrus/pine and finishes with a nice dry hoppy throat. There is a nice balance between the hops and the malt (for an IPA). Nice finish of toasty and carmel malt. A very good American IPA.

Photo of TasteTester
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a wonderful BIF box from PatronWizard....thanks man!

A-Deep golden orange. Heavy head on pour that dissipates. Good lacing top to bottom.

S-Citrus and hops, some other fruit I can't quite get.

T-Quality IPA. Smooth and crisp like it should be. Piney. Slightly sweet.

M-Sticky in all the right places.

D-I could and would drink this one all night.

Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Hazed honey amber color with a large fluffy, light bubbly white head that leaves sticky clumps of lacing but a little lacking in retention
S: Rich smell of alcohol, pine and citrus hops and caramel malty background. Not many words needed to describe it but near perfect balance for an IPA.
T: Very nice balance of rich malt body with biting hop presence. Active carbonation with a medium body and a lingering slightly sweet citrus hop taste. Body of the beer is a very strong caramel malt taste with piney and citrus hops that assert themselves immediately, though not a "hop bomb", at least to me. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Alcohol begins to assert itself as the bottle goes finishes. An excellent IPA, though I still prefer Two Hearted. My feelings for this beer don't seem to exactly mesh with some of the other recent reviews, as far as hop presence and body go, so next time I'm in CA I'd love to try this fresh as this bottle came from Akron, OH and well, Ohio is Ohio (hey, it's the start of college football, I can be antagonistic if I want)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Foloowing a not-so-careful pour, a big, fluffy, white head sits atop a cloudy, burnt orange body. Nearly opaque with lots of yeast sediment flakes at the bottom. Great head retention and lacing: creamy rings of foam document the session.

Smell: Resinous hops, sweet juicy orange and grapefruit, and a malt bill that includes caramel, pale, and even lager malt (according to my nose anyway). Fairly faint, but enjoyable.

Taste: Resinous hops displaying earthy, herbal, and floral undertones. Dirt, moist pine needles, and tree bark are definitely present. Caramel malt also makes a fairly strong showing. Borderline I2PA. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little high, but provides for some assertive creaminess and tingle. Oily throughout. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: This drank very well. I've been wanting to try it again ever since I first laid lips on it over a year ago. This beer did not disappoint, and may be my favorite American IPA. Drinks similar to a mild I2PA and is also quite dry. Very delicious, but not necessarily "easy".

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

22oz bomber, split this past weekend while smoking some pigs and chickens

appearance: poured into a pint glass...slightly hazy/pulpy apricot-amber body, delicious fluffy white cap that retains itself well - the appearance of a winner

smell: fantastic grapefruit-citrus hops, floral and piney, rounded out by a smooth caramel malt base

taste: a world class IPA indeed. This beer tasted as fresh as can be and i know its a few months old. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and other assorted citrus flavors dance on the tongue. Floral and piney hops seemingly float their way on to the palate. A solid caramel malt base makes this beer balanced and fantastic

mouthfeel: smooth and refreshing

drinkability: high

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

Bomber to glass, ah yeah...

Deep golden orange, frothy white head, great lacing. This is one nice looking beerski.

For smell, I'm gonna say scents of oranges, bread, and hops. Great smell.

Creamy goodness. Hops are not overpowering (which wouldn't bother me) but there at the end. Drinkable? Believe it!

I won't beat a dead horse. This is obviously a winner, though personally, I would give a slight edge to Stone IPA because it bites back a little more. What some people call balanced, I call short on hops, but whadda I know?

Overall: an absolutely great friggin' beer

Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange color, two fingers of creamy off white head, and a decent ring of lacing.

Scent is great, plenty of hops up front with lots of citrus, grapefruit and lemons, and some caramel malts. Great balance, I love it.

Taste is equally as good, grassy hops and more citrus, grape fruit and lemon again blending with caramel malts. Wonderful stuff, balanced superbly and packs a lot of flavor without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp, but goes down smoothly.

Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

decent beer, I got it on a whim and was happy with the results.

pours with a really thick white head. Sticky stuff that clings to the glass from start to finish.

the aroma is not so noticable, theres are some flowery citrus notes and maby some sugary caramel ones as well.

disticntly hoppy but not over the top. aggresive taste that attacks the tounge right away, and lasts for a while.

I feel this beer all over my mouth and its a pleasure to drink.

very drinkable for its 7.2 abv, some alcohal is detected but like I said its fun to drink.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beauty in trade from Jeager.
Poured into my Surly pint glass. Pours a light amber, with a gorgeous head that has amazing retention. Smells very nice...malty sweetness, but can definately pick up the hops in there. Tastes delicious...very nice IPA. I usually like my IPAs more hoppy, but this is very good. Has a nice, sticky lacing as well. A very nice offering from Alesmith. I can't wait to get my hands on their other offerings!

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden amber color with a sticky off-white head that possesses good retention.

S- The aroma is excellent with some sweet malt and caramel, but the fresh oily hops clearly steal the show.

T- The taste like the aroma is highlighted by the hops. There is definitely a lot of grapefruit flavors from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

D- A very nice IPA that hides the ABV well.

Overall, AleSmith IPA stands up to just about any other IPA out there. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on a bottle.

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a froathy tannish colored head that leaves spotty lacing. Could also see a little bit of yeast floating about.

S- Smells wonderful tons of citrus and pine hops.

T- Very solid and awesome. Tons of grapefruit and piney hops with a good balance of caramel malt.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation maybe a little chewy.

D- A great tasting brew that is so easy to drink.

Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Nice golden color, with a nice head of whitish foam, that holds quite weel, eventually dropping to an ever lasting collar.
Aroma is quite fruity, fresh feeling, floral almost like a well kept garden; the aroma is above and beyond most for the style, and it also brings some subtle caramel maltiness.
Medium body, fine carbonation that adds to the experience.
Well balanced flavor, with a good dose of caramel maltiness, followed by a nice fruity hoppiness, with less grapefruit than the average, which is a great thing in my opinion.
Solid bitterness, but no alcohol appearances; it is as good as Dreadnaught, with a little less alcohol, and not even a double IPA. Impressive.

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

Pretty darn good beer at a very reasonable rate. I like the amber color and the good sized head produced in the glass. Remnants of the yeast from the bottle conditioning is left in the bottle and some falls into the glass. This beer is hoppy without overdoing it. It is definitely a beer that will go well with food and not be overly filling. I didn't find this to be quite as bitter or floral as other IPA's that I've had, but I don't mean that as a criticism. This beer is definitely approachable and friendly.

Photo of ohmybock
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up with yet another bottle of this brew and decided it was time to rate it this time. This IPA is one of the better ones I've had. It pours slightly darker than golden, but with a slight haze (probably because of the bottle-conditioning), and with a minimal head...but one that persists until the last drop. I would call it attractive. The aroma is good with some nice hops, yet there's a bit of something else (slightly tart/almost stinky) I'm not a huge fan of. I've had the same thing in some other beers too, and I don't think it's a flaw. I guess it's just some characteristic from ingredients and/or the brewing process I don't find especially pleasing. I do like the flavor more than the aroma. A clean, malty flavor provides the basic background for the hops to shine. I'm guessing there's a mix of hops used here...quite possibly some various C-hops. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Right now, I'm being reminded of Bear Republic's Racer 5 (which I also like...especially fresh on tap.) In the end, I recommend Alesmith IPA and wish it and the rest of Alesmith's lineup were available back here in the SE.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful orange that was slightly cloudy. The further I got to the bottom the more yeast i got which is sort of what i was aiming for here. Lots of head with the initial pour which was rather slow and mostly down the middle.

Smell - Between the initial pop of the cap to the pour, the smell was HUGE. Mostly citrus. The scent alone set my standard for this big IPA.

Taste / Mouthfeel - Although more carbonated than most IPAs I drink, they tickle the toubue with flavor. a slight swish in the mouth releases everything. The malts really balance the hops and took away the hop bitterness although the hops are very much there, trust me.

Drinkability - This IPA reminds me of many IIPA's I drink although smoother. Very easy going and could even be a session IPA (if you love your hops!). The alcohol was well hidden although it will creep up on you.

Photo of bbothen
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

A - Tangerine color with a beautiful fluffy 2 finger head. The head has some staying power. You can scoop it of teh top like cotton candy. Only more delicious.

S - Big huge aroma of citrus & pine hop goodness. This smells like a huge Imperial IPA. A good one.

T - Fresh squeezed tart grapefruit, lemon/lime peel, earthy pine character. Some bready caramel like malt flavors in front as well make this a fantastic tasting IPA.

M - Sticky. Is that a mouthfeel characteristic? If it isn't it should be. Silky feel with a dry hoppy finish.

D - Good. Line em up. I'll be here as long as they're available.

This is tastier than many IIPAs as far as hop character goes. Of any brew that is called a standard IPA, this is my favorite. Is San Diego style IPA an official style yet?

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

A rocky bubbled three finger off white head easily creeps to the top edge of the glass. All kinds of lace is left as it fades. Body is a very nice amber orange in color. The hops on the nose are really big and meaty with tones of pickled beef, pine, and dandilions. With first sip you get a distinct balance of crisp grassy hops and mineral based malt. This beer has a very woodsy feel to it with raw oakey tones. Lengthy bitter feel on the back of the tongue is very piney based. Minerals are spread throughout by the malt. Alchol is nowhere in the taste but it warms the belly well for 7.25%. Mouthfeel is a clean sweet bitter thickness. Very nicely drinkable.

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

The AleSmith IPA pours a clear light autumn orange with a massive pillow head and some wicked lacing. It had a good 2-3 finger head and some good retention. Very nice looking brew.

The aroma is a lovely hop smell which is euphoric. It was nice and citrusy and had a pine and grapefruit to it. You also got the malt through the nose. Solid dankness.

The taste was very good. The bitterness slapped you and then the malt balanced you out, then the bitterness came back around to put you in shape. The malts have a caramel breadiness to them.

In the mouth is was smooth with some semi chewiness in the finish. It was pretty balanced and had a little less IBU's for what I have come to expect with the American IPA. It left some bitterness on the tongue.

Overall just another reason to go and visit San Diego. It was more malty that what I am used to but an excellent performance.

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

22oz bottle bought at Southbay Pharmacy

A: It was in a dark bottle, I have had this beer n a glass before and it has a nice light copper color.
S: It has a wonderfully grapefruit citrus smell to it, I also have a cold so please do not make fun of my adjectives.
T,M&D: This is one of my favorite IPA's in the workd for smoothness and drinkibility, at 7.25% it is not overly strong but you know the alcohol is there. Steller IPA and I will continue to buy this beer.

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

Appearance- Gold color, nice white head and descent lacing

Smell- PINE, citrus(grapefruit)

Taste- Bitter hops and alcohol. Pine resin really comes through as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation

Overall- Great hoppy beer. For those that really enjoy hoppy they'll enjoy this one.

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

A - This beer poured a golden/cloudy color with a frothy white head.

S - The aroma was definitely hoppy! Grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes were apparent.

T - Bitter. Some grapefruit was perceptible, but it was bitter at the beginning and finished bitter as well - but it somehow works.

M - Medium and holds up well.

D - Excellent for a bold hoppy IPA.

Photo of ArogantBastard26
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a strong yet inviting IPA! On the bottle they say IPA stands for "It's Pretty Awsome" and I fully agree. This IPA has a consistent orangish gold hue throughout the beer. This beer has a strong, fresh citrus-like aroma that gives you a hint of what you will be getting into.
The taste begins with a fresh, strong, hoppy, blast, but when the end is near it is cut with almost a lemon/lime cooling effect that nullifies the any bitter after-taste.

This beer is powerful and strong yet very refreshing and easy to drink. I recomend this beer to any IPA lover.

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

Pours a very nice, somewhat hazy (not that I mind) dark/blood orange with a large semi-rocky white head. The head deserves its own sentence: its lush, small bubbles pile on top of the beer and never leave, amazing head retention all the way till the end, leaving behind plenty of lacing. Very impressive.

Nose is floral and citrusy, all hops. Could be a little more fragrant, but nice.

Taste is smooth with distinct hoppiness up front and a more pronounced bite in the back of the mouth. There must be Cascade hops in there. A very nice bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is lush and velvety, coats the tongue and hits the back of the mouth full on. The bottle conditioning is apparent here.

In terms of drinkability, at 7.25% this delicious and exceptionally well-made beer is not something you could knock back all night, but that's clearly not the idea. This is an excellent beer to be enjoyed with some spicy Thai food or sipped on its own by those who cherish well-crafted IPAs.

Photo of Homerbag
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from lagadeer.

Beautiful hazy orange with massive, thick off white head that never goes away and laces wonderfully down the glass.

Smells like hop nirvana. Big punch of juicy hops followed by resiny pine. This is as close to perfect as an IPA can be. I wish I smelled this good. A compliment of malt does waff through on the second or third takes.

Taste is what unbelivalbe. Juicy hops are the front followed by the piney resin. The malts fill out the bill leaving nothing more to want. Feel is very good and leaves a nice aftertaste on the palate.

I can't pick a favorite IPA, it's like picking a favorite kid, but for today this is it. I know I am gushing over this, but it is that good. I would love more of this beer. If I were out west this would be a fridge staple.

Photo of avaulteriam
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep golden with a fluffy white head. Nose is heavy on pine with a malty backbone. Taste is very good, not quite stone, though. Pretty smooth and refreshing. I little overbittered perhaps, but still a nice and piney/sweet IPA. Top notch!

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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