AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Reviews: 1,189
Hads: 3,426
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 455
Gots: 417 | 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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Reviews: 1,189 | Hads: 3,426
Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours by extremely clear, bright amber with thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is grassy, floral, and dank hops, biscuit and cereal malts, pine resin, and light citrus fruit. Flavor is a great balance of dry malt base, grassy and pine hops, light citrus esters, and faint caramel sweetness; dry finish with just a touch of bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation.

Not sure that is was a fresh bottle. Will re-review when I can get a fresh bottle. (453 characters)

Photo of bsonk
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith IPA is a great beer, very piney and citrusy with a nice substantial malt to it too. Great head retention, great taste, cool orange-amber color, a very stylish and tasty beverage. A worthwhile beverage any day of the week. However, a 22 of it is $6 compared to $5 for Gigantic Brewery's IPA just down the road, which I much prefer due to notes of orange rather than a mad Pine-Sol aroma, so I've got to give it a 4/5 due to my being a local beer snob. (459 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful crystal clear light gold color with nice head, decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma had a nice earthy piney feel. Flavor followed with nice bittering but I would like a little more malt to the balance. (216 characters)

Photo of BigbROB
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as a mystery IPA from Davidsk in a trade.

A - nice orange hazy with a good amount of head. Lots of yeast sediment.

S- A little citrus but mostly smelling lots of big hops!

T- Excellent! Nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Taste a little citrus with big piney hops.

M - long after taste. carbonation leaves a nice light feeling on the tongue.

D - very smooth highly drinkable.

Reviewed 5-25-10 1st review! (427 characters)

Photo of mully
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to rayjay for this beer

a-- thick fine bubbled head leaves a fine lace down to a thinly retained head murky gold apricot color

s-- sugary apricots, hint of citrus brightness a light caramel undertone

t-- full/grainy meaty hops balanced biterness - citrus comes in later slight apricot damn good beer

m-- fine carbonation well attenuated not overly sweet

d-- not over the top -- well balanced and refined. (416 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an Ithaca pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a gigantic 4 finger frothy white head with great retention that looks coarse from the side. Brew itself is a clear, obviously very carbonated goldenrod. Lacing is ample and honeycomb-like. Outrageous over-the-top appearance here.

S: Lychee, citrus, grapefruit, sweet cane sugar, and a smattering a piney hops. Pretty clean here but not the best nose.

T: Opens citrusy, grapefruit, cane sugar sweetness. Hops start building from the middle towards the end and the brew just gets hoppier and hoppier and hoppier. Finish is astringent hops that lingers well after the swallow.

M: Body is light, coarse, and carbonated. Very wet and messy in the mouth and finish. Hops build because they never fade even though the brew has. Like the appearance, a bit over-the-top for me here.

D: Body and nose help but everything about this beer screams too much for me. Too much head, too much lacing, too much hops. Good for what it is which is a hop bomb but completely unbalanced. Worth trying but only once. (1,074 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a deep golden color with a thick meringue head that was impossible to avoid, even with a gentle pour. Color is noticeably lighter than the tap version and offers significantly more head retention.

Smell is hoppy but less floral and less enticing and only comes out after the head dissipates. And with stronger retention and a tendency to easily regenerate a head, said dissipation is not the norm. Initially more citrus and pine, with fresh floral and deeper citrus hops being secondary and relatively subdued vs. the tap.

Taste is good and more full bodied than the tap, and offers a more pronounced malt finish. And the alcohol is more hidden here than the tap version, surely due to the carbonation and froth. Alas, I prefer to let the esters flow for this beer on tap has some good ones.

Feel is slightly viscous and reminds me of a cask conditioned ale. While the beer is bottle conditioned I do wonder what is different in the keg? No noticeable yeast residue was found in the bottle. Drink is solid as the nose, taste and feel welcome consumption.

Note: Bottle labeled as 7.25% vs. 7.75% shown on kegs and on website? This is a 'different' beer and a rare occasion whereby I would recommend the tap over the bottle. (1,283 characters)

Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, lots of yeast left in the bottle. Pours a orange, light amber. Lots of head, 2 cm at a time, white to slightly off white, long lasting. Aroma is sweet and strong with citrus, hint of pine. Initial taste is mostly overwhelmed by the sweetness, turning citrusy, then very dry from all the hops. There might be other components in there, but honestly when you dump that much hop-action in there, forget it. Aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and drinkable. For the price I'd prefer something else, but maybe worth another drink down the line. (630 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boolshot sent me this bomber in a trade...Thanks!

Pours a nice, clear copper with an inch or so of head. Smells of grapefruit and floral scents with some doughy malt as well. The taste balanced well with hops being the main act after the malty opening. Mostly citrus and floral flavors from the hops and some sweet bread at the beginning from the malts. Nice, bubbly mouthfeel. Bitter,dry finish but not much hint of the abv with this one. (442 characters)

Photo of mikul93
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice murky golden with a nice finger head. Some lacing.

S Pine, Citrus, malt and hops. Not as aromatic as I was expecting, but still a nice smelling beer.

T I'm getting a lot of orange, some grapefruit, sweet malt and of course the bitter hops. Bitterness is well balanced.

M Clean beer. Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Very crisp.

O What a great IPA! Very well balanced. Highly recommended. (400 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date: 5/30.

Poured in a pint glass the color is light copper- a lighter color than most IPAs.

The aroma: malt, and light grapefruit rind. Perhaps a fresher bottle would yield
more fruit in the aroma.

Mouth feel: hoppy and pungent.

Taste: citrus rind and malty.

Finish- perhaps the most pronounced element of the beer- very hoppy, pungent bitterness,
and spice. A spice forward IPA.

Overall- a solid IPA. Not as "San Diego" style as Lagunitas and Port Brewing.
Pungent, yes. But this beer lacks the concentrated grapefruit of the latter breweries's IPAs.

Perhaps a fresher beer would bring out the overwhelming grapefruit taste of San Diego IPAs, and many American IPAs. I would like to try a fresher bottle for comparison. Less grapefruit is probably a result of the Alesmith brewing style and not freshness. (822 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can you say, it is a very nice, floral beer. Not balanced, but maybe unintended to be that way. Great looking beer and is very sticky on the nose. Hops dominate the beer, and unsure, but I would say it's pushing or over 100 IBU's. A little rough on the edges going down, very sharp hoppy bitterness. A very good brew, but there are others out there, as good, if not better, that are not $9 a bomber. Good to try to say I had it once, but I'll stick with Stone. (465 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a very slight hazed burnt orange with a nice 1-1/2 finger cream-colored head that hangs around for a while. The smell consists of very punchy pine and citrus notes and not much else poking through. The taste is more of the smell with more balance of malts displaying hints of fresh baked bread. Very nice flavor! This is a medium bodied beer that finishes on the dry side. Thanks xlperro!

Notes: While this is a very tasty brew, one bomber will do for now. (470 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 12/3/2010

A: very citrusy, slight hint of pine, slightly sour as well

Ap: golden-orange, cloudy, 1 finger head

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp

Af: hits the tongue with a punch of hops and then pine is not far behind. the taste does not linger very long. slightly bitter on the aftertaste.

O: pretty decent IPA, alesmith is no russian river in my book

The CPJ (389 characters)

Photo of hoppyhour
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- gorgeous color, poured into tulip from a deuce deuce.

S- Smell is spot on awesome, rich malty aroma with tons of spice, vanilla and chai tea notes.

T- less fruit and more malt from this guy all the way around, more like a dipa with a strong alcohol finish

M- Sticky and sugary far from clean, not very well ballanced

O- overall a great big bold ipa which hits my palate more like a dipa or imperial. The aroma is outstanding but followed by a belly warming alcohol feel.

At $4.99 this is decent brew but one that is reserved for the dipa/malt lover imo. (562 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper or burnt orange color with a frothy cream colored one and a half finger head. Nice fluffy marshmellow like retention on top. Thick sticky lacing forms down the sides of the glass.
S: Citrus fruit aromas of grapefruit with a slight pine aroma that's hard to detect. An excellent hopped IPA.
T/M: Interesting hop profile. Spicy right from the start with hints of pine needles or spruce tips. Slight hints of grapefruit flavors peak in and out, but the hops are dominated by a strong spiciness. Caramel malt profile hides nervously behind the hops. Stinging hop bitterness lasts well into the finish with a prickly and spicy aftertaste that hints at the malt profile.
D: A very nice IPA from the west coast. Definitely one that needs to be had if you can find it. Glad I got the chance to try this offering. (831 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (I'm confident it's fresh) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours perfectly golden yellow/orange with 2 fingers of extremely tight white head that is slow to dissipate.

S: Tons of tropical fruit (grapefruit, tangerine, mango), pine, caramel. Inviting, I'm excited to try it!

T: All that tropical fruit is right on the tip of the tongue, but it doesn't smash the palate as I was expecting. Pine bitterness is there, but is subdued. Light toasted malt middle with a little caramel sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter and piney. The flavor is surprisingly mellow, it's very light and almost subdued from the middle to finish. A bit of a let down after such a nice nose.

M: Medium to ever-so-slightly light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Sticky with plenty of hop resin, but no where near extreme. Bitter and dry finish.

O: After a beautiful pour and exciting nose, the taste was a bit of a let down. It might just be that this is getting a little old, thus the hop punch dying down, but it would surprise me a little (the store I got this from got this shipment in the day before I bought it and that was less than a week ago). More hop intensity would make this something special. Yet again, it seems like I'll have to get this at the source to get it at it's best. (1,286 characters)

Photo of TonyBaloney
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The mighty Alesmith IPA: I had been waiting for this one for a long time, and was gifted a bottle by a friend. I have to say I don't see what the hype is about. Hop soup is what I had, no malt to back it up, and a disappointing reedy on top of hops aroma. It looked okay in the glass, reasonable head, nice rich color. Bad bottle perhaps?

Revised ; got to try this again, and it was quite tasty. (396 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, almost clear color with a BIG white head. Smells of piney, citrus hops. Some sweetness with a lot of bitterness. The taste is fairly well balanced with a nice sweet (almost honey-like). Lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange). The mouthfeel is maybe a bit syrupy for a normal IPA...not as crisp as I like them. Kinda has the consistency of a DIPA, but not really. Drinkability is mildly high. (410 characters)

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly colder than cellar temperature in a tall slender pilsner glass to allow a better view. Bubbles cascade upward through the murky and thick-looking honey colored liquid, breaking the surface and lifting up a full inch of dimpled and bumpy froth. The foam lingers long and leaves oily specks and sheets around the inside of the glass.

A sweet and juicy aroma of citrus, ripe fruits and candy, a bit of doughey malt.

Flavor is less hoppy than I expected upfront, with hints of citrus peel and flowery hops, mixing in with a fair amount of caramely malt. An orange peel/grapefruit bitter lingers, followed by some pine notes that send tingles up the insides of the cheeks. I enjoy the malt balance, but would like more hops.

Mouthfeel is full, with moderate carbonation, finishes crisp. Very drinkable. (822 characters)

Photo of krunchie
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden liquid with a fluffy white head. Good head retention. And WOW, I've never seen so many small bubbles, looks delish!

S: Oooh. Piney, resiny, earthy hop aroma. Grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon and lime. Little malt in the nose, if any at all

T: First off, I got a hot flavor. Similar to hot alcohol, but not exactly. Might be the hop bitterness playing tricks on my taste buds. It sort of made me go "whooaah!" when I took my first sip. Anyhoo, got american hop bitterness, very subtle malt character, more of that resiny hop stuff and more grapefruit. Pretty nice, but not very balanced imho.
I love IPAs, but to make a good IPA you still have to take malt character and balance into consideration. Many brewers seem to forget about this because of the "it's all about the hops, dude!"-mentality.

M/D: Medium body, good drinkability. I like the many small bubbles, they are more gentle on the tongue.

A nice AIPA, but it's not the fifth best in the world...and 99 SEK (~$13) for a 22oz bottle here in sweden? Thats just rediculous (1,059 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Good Beer.

Alesmith IPA pours a hazy tangerine, with goldenrod highlights and just a little bit of visibility through the glass. A finger or so of fluffy white foam caps the brew, and there's a decent amount of head retention. Lacing doesn't quite coat the glass entirely, but it comes admirably close. The nose doesn't jump out of the glass as much as I'd like, but it is nice
There's a little bit each of caramel and bready aromas, and those are met by a floral, sweet orange peel, citrus smell. The malt backbone is pretty much perfect. Again, some bready and some caramel notes. Enough of each to be appreciable, but both still subtle enough that they should, in theory,stay out of the way of the hops. The problem here is that the hops just don't quite deliver. There's a little bit of bitterness, but not the sharp bite I've come to look forward to from an IPA. Similarly, the orange-grapefruit citrusy close is nice, but not bold enough. The body, like the malt flavors, is spot on. There's a tiny bit of sturdiness, but it still definitely falls on the dry side of the spectrum. The carbonation could stand to have a little more life to it though. I've been holding off a while on trying Alesmith IPA due to the lack of bottle dating. I finally found some on draft, and I have to say, I'm a little bit underwhelmed. (1,351 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (547 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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