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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,119
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
Gots: 286 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes: Another fantastic beer I brought back from my San Diego vacation. Alesmith’s IPA is bottle conditioned which poured a hazy golden copper with a great fruity aroma. What a great hoppy beer flavor without being too extreme. It has some malt in the background to give it a good balance and keeping it easy to drink. I hope it makes its way to Texas soon, as I need another one!

Photo of Copernicus
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Color is a burnt orange to light amber, and the pour produces an off-white, yellowish craggy head at 2 fingers with good retention and a sticky lace.

S: Light toasty malt, some graham cracker. The hop embellishments are on the resiny and citrusy side with subtle tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes, maybe even a little peach.

T: A lot going here: The malt base light and toasty, bready, a slight hint of sweetness like graham crackers. Then there is a gentle hop bitterness that creeps in but is then upstaged by a middle act from the malt...tropical fruit and some creaminess. But then the finish leaves a pleasant hop bitterness on the palate with remaining traces of the complex malt.

M: Very light carbonation, medium-light body and a tightly woven texture.

O: This is one of the most unique but well-balanced IPAs that I have had. Relatively incredible. I would pair this with any sweet-spicy dish with pineapple, like pineapple-chicken skewers or other Hawaiian fair.

Photo of kaseydad
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally trying this after numerous fly-bys.

Pours a very nice dark amber colored ale. Almost peach. Big fluffy off-white head. Impressive. Mucho sediment on the bottom of bottle.

The smell has a lot of tangerine, orange, pine, pineapple and floral whiffs. Light hops.

The taste is very balanced. Fruity and hoppy on the first taste with a well done malt backbone to even out the ride. Light bittering, salivating aftertaste. I must say I am very impressed with the balance here. They nailed it for the style.

Big and chewy mouthfeel.

Overall I was very impressed with the entire session. This IPA is very well done. The balance of the malt and hops is almost to perfection. A lot of IPA's are leaning on either side but the Alesmith crew schooled the competition in this style. Very refreshing and ABV is well done for enjoying more than one at a session. Bravo.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 07/24/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper amber golden orange. Moderate amount of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A big ripe West Coast Style aroma with lots of citrus fruit and pine hints. Citrus hops upfront with ripe fruit hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and herbal hops in the mix with some hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Slightly perfume like. Solid backing malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Slight hint of honey as well. A very good West Coast aroma.

Taste: Lives up to the great aroma with a big ripe taste of citrus and piney hops with a solid malt background. Big upfront taste of citrus hop fruit esters with notes of orange rind, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, lemon zest, and melon. Herbal and earthy hop notes with a taste of spicy pine resin along with some grass. Fairly dank, perfumey, and nicely bitter hop presence. Good supporting malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, yeast, cracker, and a little honey sweetness. A very good full on West Coast IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, ripe, and fairly oily. Clean and smooth considering the big hop presence. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A really great West Coast style IPA. Very good citrus and piney hop taste with a decent malt balance. One of the best in the style.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel Tulip... excellent clarity with visible yeasty layer on the bottom of the bottle. Decanted to serve. Aroma is mildly pine and citrus. Taste is very balanced and sweet... almost like sweet mango. Hops are very well used in this brew and blended well. The malts are also well used. Carbonation is outstanding and mouthfeel is superb, brought to you in part by thr honest bottle conditioning. I really like the yeast strain they used in this one. Overall this is a solid contender and excellent for a (1x?) IPA.

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish gold with 2 fingers of just the slightest off-white head. The retention is fantastic, with at least a good 1/2 finger of creamy foam left behind with produces big sticky hop lacing. The aroma is ahhh...West Coast awesomeness right up my nose! Fresh pine, grapefruits, spice, and sweet backing malts.

The taste is more of the same. Biting (but not overly so) resinous hop bitterness and zesty citrus that is backed by a solid backbone of bready caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and velvety feel down the throat.

This is a great representation of what San Diego has to offer. A delicious flavor profile mixed with one fantastic drinkable package. I would love for this to be my go to IPA. Great stuff!

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

A- Bright gold with a touch of copper. Head is 1/2" after a relatively soft decanting. So far, it looks as if the foam will hang around for a while. It is very sticky and clingy consisting of mostly soft fluff but also some larger bubble patterns.

S- The first scent that hits my nose is honey malt. Following closely are the hops. Citrusy, piney, and maybe a touch of floral. Buttery popcorn aromas are deeper into the beer as well as an ever-so-subtle alcohol warmth. Very nice!

T- The honey malt is up front just like the nose leads you into. The moderate hop bite is PERFECT to balance with the sweetness of the malt backbone. The bittering hops are very earthy, dirt-y, and resiny. Leaving the mouth, it finishes sweet at first but the lingering aftertaste is quite dry. Excellent!

M- This beer is light to medium in the mouth with a nice touch of carbonation. However, the 'sting' is a little much; too far on the high side. I would rather it be that way, though, than the opposite.

D- Usually, I don't like to open bombers alone. On a whim, I grabbed this one out of the fridge and I can honestly say this is one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Excellent representation of the style and an easy drinking beer. Kudos to Alesmith for crafting such a wonderful brew. This is now one of my favorites of all time.

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while I was out in Cali for the Bruery Reserve Society party. Big thanks goes out to womencantsail for shipping this to me after I left. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one and a half finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a truly excellent brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent. My only gripe was that the carbonation might have been a little too high as it actually burned on my tongue slightly. Really glad I got a chance to pick this up while out in Cali. An absolute must try!

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

Been on a drinking break due to budget constraints but thought I'd treat myself after an extended work day.

Forms an above average thick and foamy white head with great retention, excellent sticky lacing, and fairly active carbonation. Body is a slightly hazy straw color with hints of amber.

Hops completely rule the aroma. Dominant citrus, some pine, and hints of cannibus. Deeper even more complex floral and herbal aromas come through. Wow! Very little booze aroma considering the high for the style ABV.

Citrus is the most easily identifiable flavor on the palate along with some great underlying pungency. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the hops from running too wild. As it warms an interesting herbal component and some mild campfire snokiness come through. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly clean and crisp. There's a nice carb tingle while the alcohol bite is conspicuous by it's absence.

Overall an amazing beer. Among the best I've had in the style. It had been awhile since I'd tried it and it's even better than I remember. I'm glad it's finally becoming easier to find at a reasonable price in my area. If you love American IPA this is a can't miss.

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

A - Slightly hazed golden yellow with lots of tiny carbonation rising gloriously from the bottom of the glass. Two finer pillowy honey-tinged off-white head with beautiful stiff, sticky sheeting lacing.

S - Hoppy hoppy hoppy! Cannabis and green herbs followed by zesty orange and grapefruit with a tinge of pine.

T - Exceptional. Wonderful full flavor with juicy citrus, resinous pine, and wildflowers with a subtle malt backbone which provides just enough of a foundation for the hops to run wild. There is an herbal, gin-like quality in the background... I can nearly taste juniper. Bordering on DIPA territory... and I like it.

M - Creamy and silky smooth medium to medium-full body. Carbonation settles down to a nice moderate level providing just enough lift. Dry, bitter finish lingers nicely.

D - AlesSmith crafts another great one. Very pleasing to drink. An excellent, high-quality west coast IPA for those who love the style.

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

Appearence is a cloudy burnt orange color. A nice chunky white head that settled on the pour and left nice lacing around the rim.

The nose is sweet citrus hops and some decent malt backbone.

The taste has very up front citrus hoppiness with a nice transition into some caramel malt. The finish has some a nice hop bitterness .

The mouthfeel is a bit slick, probably from the hop oils. Its got medium carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.

Overall this is quite tasty. Alesmith does well in everything they brew and this is truly a west coast treat of an ipa.

Photo of erosier
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to tzanio for this one!

L: Pours a very cloudy orange-yellow color with a huge frothy off-white colored head with bits of yeast dots in the head. It laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, then a very nice citrus-y grapefruit and orange aroma, followed by a big earthy, floral, citrus-y hop aroma.
T: A very nice taosted malt base lies underneath a grapefruit and orange flavoring followed by a very hoppy but still very well balanced hop flavors: earthy, floral, and citrus hop flavors. Really well balanced, there is sweetness from the malt and big hop flavor all throughout the taste.
M: Very smooth, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, this bomber was done in no time. I was amazed at how all the flavors came together, it was excellent.

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

Simply one of the best out there. I am fortunate enough to visit San Diego on a weekly basis, making a trip to the AleSmith brewery a must at least once a month. This past weekend, I went with a growler of IPA. I'll admit, I'm preferential to the Anvil ESB, but I'll be damned if AleSmith doesn't put out one of the best IPAs in the world. Everything is supremely balanced, just a great beer all around. Everything about this beer screams hops, but it seems to complement just about any food pairing or situation I can throw at it. I wish I could find this in 6 packs, as it would replace Stone IPA on my permanent shelf in a flash.

Highly recommended, easy to find on the west coast, a bit harder elsewhere it seems.

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

A--Pours a golden yellow with two full fingers of frothy white head that camps around for a while and leaves spotty but thick lacing

S--Classic west coast citrus IPA smell. Orange, mango, pineapple, grapes. Amazing.

T--An oily citrus hop explosion, some resiny aftertaste. Caramel malts do their best to balance it but the hops win by first round KO. Definitely one of the tastiest IPA's I can remember

M--Medium bodied with a very soft pillow of carbonation. Damn good.

D--Great beer, no real complaints. Solid across the board and worthy of its reputation

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

12oz bottle received via trade recently.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, ALL foam. We're talking some serious wait time for bubble fade. Super bubbly head fades slowly, with large puffy lace chunks over the cloudy golden amber brew. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is moderately sweet maltiness upfront, with plenty of hops on the tail end, but nothing overpowering, which is cool. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly, but still smooth, and drinking is nice. Wish this was more accessible around here.

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.

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
No born on date (a big pet peeve of mine, especially when it comes to IPAs)

A big thanks to baybum for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow with 3 fingers width of dense sea foam white head, which takes a long time to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Leaves lots of layered, cobweb lacing on the glass.  

S: Tons of citrus followed by pine, then sweet malts.   I get tones of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.  It's a big aroma, and very nice.  

T: Citrus up front, then tons of piney and resiny bitterness on the backend.  There is an earthy/grassy character, citrus in the form of some orange and lots of grapefruit, along with some lemon zest.  The bitterness here is impressive, in fact its one of the most bitter IPAs I've had, but there are multiple components to the bitterness including piney, grapefruit and citrus peel elements. The malts are buried deep in this beer and are barely noticeable.  This is a hop bomb and I love it.

M/D: A pretty big carbonation but still smooth.  On the fuller side of medium bodied with a big drying finish.  Very good drinkability, and a well masked ABV,which is pretty high for the style.  

O: This beer is a winner for me, no doubt.  It has a great hop profile and an impressive bitterness.  There are some great IPAs out there, and this is one of them.  Up there with my favorites, although the title still belongs to Sculpin in my book.  Definitely worth seeking this one out.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow with a thick, rocky off-white head.

Big juicy grapefruit aroma along with pineapple, pine resin and a hint of caramel malts and earthiness.

Lots of citrusy hops in the taste. Grapefruit, orange and pine with a nice balance of caramel malts which follows.

Medium bodied, slick, with a fairly sparkly carbonation.

This IPA from AleSmith was everything I had expected. Hoppy, yet well-balanced and so drinkable. I highly recommend.

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

Shared with some friends.

A - Poured orange witha 2 fingered off-white head, which dissipated moderately slow. Left some beautiful lacing.

S/T - It was a drive by fruiting. Moderate notes of grapefruit and bittering hops with a backbone of honeyish and caramel malts.

M - Full-bodied, super dry, and malt dominated. Had the dryness of a double IPA, not an IPA.

D - Great. Classic example of an IPA. Few are better than this one.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for soundbarrier for sharing this one at his place while watching some March Madness! Consumed 3/11/2009.

Pours a cloudy, dull brass with a great, frothy, slightly off-white head. Excellent, streaky lacing along the sides of my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Big nose of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and grassy hops. Delightful nose...

Pine, astringents, slightly sour and big hop bitterness. Lingering vapors of tangerine and alcohol in the finish. Wow, this is great.

Syrupy body, dry and scathing on the tongue. Nice...

Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange in color with a deep yellow hue. Started with a heavy chill haze but clarified as it warmed. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a sticky, soapy cap. Amazingly fresh aroma: grapefruit, pungent pineapple, ripe orange, and solid sweet caramel malt beneath. Bread and biscuit aromas grew as the temperature warmed. Smooth feel with a lightly tangy and resinous feel as the carbonation rolls through. Flavors are very similar to aromas: fresh, but pungent, citrus hop flavors with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Again, bready, biscuity flavors intensified as things warmed up. A bit of pine hop flavor at the finish that lingered for a while.

Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a pure white head that laces

S - Pine and citrus hop aroma

T - Hoppy, citrusy, slight bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body

D - Balanced but extremely hoppy. Borders on being a IIPA, but I believe the low ABV holds it back from being so. Great beer, extremely drinkable, but rich as well.

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.

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

It pours a slightly hazy and amply carbonated honey golden amber. A full finger of pithy off-white head sustains ably. Paisley lacing op-arts the inside of the glass.

In the aroma fruity sweet toasted pale malt is softly bussed by a gracious tingle of floral hops as well as muted citrus. Pine and alcohol flit about at the periphery.

Upon sipping, toasted malt is quite sweet with caramel and juicy berry. Just before it's crisped, the sweetness is briefly cotton candy. The hops then assert proportionately with creamy mandarin orange, dry grapefruit, and sappy pine. The alcohol is quite temperate. Baked dough and a measure of residual sugar are crisped by a finish that builds gradually to a just-so bitterness. It's an artful, balanced blending of enticing elements.

Medium bodied, it has a feathery, rounded effect on the palate, flowing like spicy cream, and it dries to a clean glow.

The individual components speak to great quality, but it's the seemingly effortless balance it achieves that steps out and wows the senses. It doesn't strive for complexity but rather for blissful blending. The ABV is a non-issue despite a buzz of warmth, because this drinks dreamily as a matter of course. This one will never spend much time in my DBF. I get it, I drink it, I love it. Talk about a simple equation.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,119 ratings.