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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,127 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,127
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 421
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 3HovsepiansBrews
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful gold tinged with orange hues and a clean white head.

S - Hop fruitiness (oranges, pears, grapefruit) with some earthy lemongrass notes.

T - The hop fruitiness hits you first with some citrus and berry flavors. The fruitiness ends with hints of grapefruit that segues nicely into a sweet maltiness. The grapefruit also transitions into pure hop bitterness that closes the sip.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is probably the best IPA I have ever had. The hop complexities and maltiness combine for a very well-balanced brew despite finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. The smell and flavor profile are amazing. With a taste this good and an abv of only 7.25 make this an incredibly drinkable beer.

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

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of pillowy mauve/sand colored head. Out of this world lacing (white patches are stuck all over my pint glass) & great head retention, slight hazing at the end, from the yeast, waste not want not!

S: Bready & citric hop notes in healthy amounts

T: Grapefruit & lemon hops along with breadyness up front. A touch of honey malt gets past all the grapefruit & lemon, plus a bit of peppery hops& a bit of sting from either alcohol or all that grapefruit hoppyness. Finishes with puckery hoppyness, just a touch of breadyness & a whisper of malt sweetness. 11 out 10 hopheads will love this

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & damn fine balance, enough hops to hold the hop assault off for a while! Maybe a bit too hot

Drinks pretty good, I can really see why this brewery is so highly regarded, based on previous old numb skull experience & now this.

Props to rye726 for letting me split a liqourama order with him. Between the abv & the grapefruit profile, I doubt I could stay on this all night, but wouldn't mind giving it a shot!

Photo of ledomelor
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Light copper orange color, cloudy with a one finger white head. Some lacing that remained on the glass

S:Citrus aroma and hops with a small hit of melon. Not a particularly strong aroma, but pleasant nonetheless

T: Hops and a hint of malt comes first, and then the hops begin to dominate the pallet while still maintaining a nice balance and never overwhelming bitter.

M: Medium to light thickness and pleasantly carbonated. Nice hoppy feeling in the beginning which levels off to produce a clean, not overbearing aftertaste. It leaves a little tingling sensation in the back of you palate as well

D: Very drinkable, especially as you allow it to warm up.

Overall good IPA, not as bitter as I was expecting however very good balance in flavors. Allowing the beer to warm reveals a good amount for this brew. I'm lucky to have this beer, and Alesmith in my hometown.

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for this one...

What I came away with from this was an impression of perfect balance. Very fruity, juicy hop character was bolstered by a light and tasty pale malt base. Sweet orange/grapefruit/citrus was dominant, aroma of dusty malt and lightly spicy yeast also.

It had a deep golden amber color, and laced a little bit in the pint glass. Bitterness was at a manageable level, not over the top, just right. A little bit drying in the aftertaste.

Shared the 22 oz., but could easily enjoy one or two at a time. That will be a personal goal of mine, an afternoon with Alesmith IPA...

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head. Smell is citrusy and piney with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Tropical fruit comes through a bit more as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is what you'd expect from an IPA. Overall this is a great west coast IPA. I kinda wish Alesmith sold 12oz bottles though. I'd imagine Alesmith would be much more popular if they did.

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

Poured from 22oz into taster.
Pours a slight slight hazy golden...thick looking. Sweet candy hop aroma. Taste of candied hops with fruity notes.
This is truly a great IPA. Bottle conditioned really makes this brew. You get the bottle yeast with the stong flavor of hops...which makes a fruity hop balance.
Really great IPA and well worth every dime paid!!!

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

Pours a golden/orange, slightly hazy. Nice slightly off white fluffy head. Yeast floating in brew [beer slightly shaken prior to pouring].

Aroma is wonderful. Quite strong hops, sweet, flowery, orange. Nice.

Taste is hops, floral, ctirus, malts. Slightly sweet. This is just wonderful stuff. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very dry, nicely cleansing. Somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is a very impressive brew. Very, very drinkable. Nicely balanced and tremendous flavor.

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.

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

A: Golden in color with a slight haze to it, tons of foam on this one (seems to happen a lot with the AleSmith brews).

S: Pine and grapefruit from the hops, not much malt on the nose.

T: Much like you would expect, lots of citrus and a great piney bitterness. Hardly any malt in the taste, either.

M: Great crispness to this beer, fairly light on the body.

D: A wonderful IPA from AleSmith, good balance (despite that fact that you don't necessarily taste the malt), and great bitterness.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep copper color, with a light, filmy head. There are aromas of heavy hops, with very green/pine notes. The beer has a heavy hop-forward, front tongue flavor, which is extremely well balanced with sweet, citrus flavor. The beer is round and robust, yet crisp in mouth and with aftertaste. Sweet and robust on the aftertaste, with a crisp, light finish. This beer could be trouble, because it is so tasty, and so easy to drink. Fantastic beer!

Photo of velo343
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep gold/orange with a monstrous white, fluffy head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hops! Citrus, pine. Very fresh.

Taste - Just as you'd guess from the smell--fresh, vibrant hops. Very citrusy, with apricot, grapefruit flavors. A slight alcohol flavor and light sweetness. A fairly thin body that is very dry.

I've been wanting to try this for a while and finally got my hands on it. I wasn't disappointed. A fantastic IPA that is among the best, with glowing, fresh hops. Can't wait to try the Alesmith Speedway Stout.

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

Shared a bomber with a good buddy, glad we did! Cool bottle too, like the minimal design.

A: Pours a nice rich orange tinted golden color with an average white head, very well presented for the style.

S: Fresh cut grapefruit, juicy pineapple mix with a sticky resin pine. Getting past the hops is some sweet candy malt.

T: A Big blast of tropical fruit and ruby red grapefruit again meld with some sticky hop resin flavors with the sugary malt holding things together.

M: Nice and full-bodied considering how hop forward this IPA is. Solid, lively carbonation keeps the flavors moving along. Nice dry, bitter hops finish one would expect from a great west coast IPA.

O: Excellent IPA, not really anything I could complain about. The hop profile and malt balance were spot on for the "west coast" style, and it is right there in style and polish with the fresh Lagunitas and Stone IPA examples.

Photo of Cmack15
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light golden color

Aroma: west coast hops, citrusy, grapefruit.

Taste: super delicious hops really come through. love this beer

Mouthfeel: medium body nice carbonation

love this beer. I wish I could get it year round out here. Alesmith does good beers and this one gets high marks form me.

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

I have been on an IPA kick. Pours a beautiful dark gold, head is tight but leaves soon after the pour. Scent is huge on flowers. Really flowers! Anyway, tastes more of citrus than of pine which may be why i like it so much. Candied grapefruit, lemons and oranges, mint at the end? Mouthfeel is a well-rounded bitterness and dryness. Overall, a new favorite.

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

In the bottle the aroma surged restrained grapefruit pine. Poured it quickly revealed a golden orangy sparkle and a one inch pretty dense head which just so slightly gave a sheen of an off light mustard colour. Quite traslucent the fine waving columns of beading retained the head.

In the mouth there is some huskiness, some silk, a hint of almost buttery malt yet there us also a leanness here which is fully supported by the weight of the substance.. The flawless balance marries perfectly with the long tight penetrating delicious bitterness. Some marmalade in there as well.


Photo of Chico1985
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise find at Table & Vine. I had read about the insane head on this beer but I still wasn't prepared, as soon as I opened it carbonation bubbles are clearly seen flying up in the bottle, I pour very slowly and it still reveals 50% towering white head, 50% very light orange beer with numerous carbonation bubbles flying everywhere, and a tiny bit of sediment also. The head slowly dissipates and crumbles into strange beastly shapes, leaves lacing down the glass like cotton candy. A city could be hidden in there. Smell is faint at first but comes out a bit more when the head calms down, smells much like the great tastes - floral hops, citrus/peach, tropical fruit and lemon notes. Tastes get better and more prominent with every sip. Very drinkable, alcohol barely detectable. The last pour (3rd overall) is much more hazy and full of sediment, other than that drinks about the same. Light and a good amount of carbonation. The great thing about this beer is that it has all the traits of your average IPA yet it is so much more than that, much more complex. I don't think it's A+ worthy because it didn't really WOW me, but it's really damn close. A must-try for IPA fans.

Photo of pburland23
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friday was the first time I've seen AleSmith IPA here in Pennsylvania so I was eager to give it a try.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my CBS snifter. The back of the bottle tells the story of the beer as well as providing serving instructions.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear, bright burnt orange. Tiny bubbles of carbonation creates a little more than a finger if white head. Moderate sticky lacing.

Smell: Enormous citrus hops notes. Before I even poured the beer, I was enjoying the aroma. Loads of grapefruit and mango notes. Decent caramel malt notes as well but the hops are the star.

Taste: Sip starts off with a bitter punch in the mouth. It's aggressive but not over the top. The citrus notes from the smell are present in the taste. There are also some piney hops taste as well. The top hops flavors play off each very well. There is some malt backbone but not much. It provides just enough balance. The finish is very, very dry. On the whole, this is one delicious IPA. Complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very sticky and resinous. Tight, prickly carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth but not much.

Overall: Hopefully, we'll see more AleSmith IPA here in Philly. Huge citrus notes with just enough balance to make this one a great IPA.

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

Damn Gina, i think this is my favorite IPA. I drink it regularly but just recently having it again and though i'd review it.

A tangerine honey color slightly, slightly turbid, fills my glass with a good finger of ivory colored foamy lacing. The aromas are quite crisp and very aromatic with a wall of orange blossoms and fragrant citrus... as if someone just peeled a pink grapefruit and sprinkled it all around.
The flavors hit the classic IPA on the money... actually i should say, this IPA sets the standard. True mountain pine and ripe citrus peels mingle like they're at happy hour. A true melding of delicious flavor with light toast bread mixed in. As you quaff this treat, you know you are drinking an IPA and one that isnt subtle nor pretends to be anything else. Actually, the taste screams West Coast IPA.
Very nicely carbonated and rather clean and oh so easy to drink. My fridge will always have several bottles of this!!! Yours should too!

Photo of match1112
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange copper body with two fingers of thick clumpy sea foam looking head. Great lacing and head retention.

S: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine and caramel.

T: Big sweet fruity burst of flavor. Pine resin on the backend with a nice balance of malt thru out.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Oily feel to it with a long dry bitter finish.

O: Just another great west coast IPA. Tasted too good to savor, so my notes are short, but you should seek this out if you're lookin for a great easy drinkin IPA.

Thanks for helping me knock this off the Beers of Fame list ehammond1!

Photo of bab85
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer from a bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a light golden brown straw like color with little murkiness; I could see the outline of my hand on the other side. It poured a 1 ½ finger head that dissipated slowly leaving great lacing on my pint glass. Bubbles are streaming abundantly 10 minutes after my pour.
Smell: I got the following smells in the following order: fresh pine, flowers, grass, undetermined sweet fruit, citrus, grapefruit, maybe orange. The undetermined sweet fruit seems to be peaches and possibly mango. Sweet malt comes through half way through beer.
Taste: Bitter grapefruit is the first thing I notice. A nice fresh pine comes second to the bitter grapefruit. The aftertaste is both bitter grapefruit and pines. Sweet malt is noticeable further into the beer (same as smell). Complex and balanced, but bitterness and grapefruit dominate.
Mouth feel: The beer was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; it was refreshing.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. The smell and taste were complex and refreshing. But I was disappointed that the taste was not as complex as the smell. It was missing the sweet fruit (peaches, mango) and orange that was present in the nose. This is a very good but not great west coast style IPA. This beer, along with Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA (which is better in my opinion), have made me a fan of the style.

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

Alesmith has finally made its way to Albany. I got a bomber at Westmere, then another at Olivers - I think I paid $6.99 for each one.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy tangerine/orangey-amber with a small white head on top. Modest splotches of lace after each sip.

S: Some bread-doughy malt underneath, along with a nice waft of juicy, citrusy, grapefruity hops.

T: Caramel malt and toffee sweetness provide malt foundation, but this is more about the hops (appropriately so). Some apricot reminds me of Sculpin IPA. There's also some tropical fruit and citrusy grapefruit. It finishes with a smack of bitter hops that really linger on the palate. Touch of spiciness. Alcohol heat is felt at the finish, as well as in the belly.

M: Smooth - maybe too smooth, as the carbonation is light and makes this one feel a little bit flat. It could use some carbonation "bite" that seems to be lacking. Call it lighter side of medium in heft.

O: Excellent. Like a cross between Sculpin IPA and Stone IPA, though maybe not quite as good as either of them. But close.

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

A- Pours a golden-orange color with a very generous white, frothy head. I don't think I've ever seen such ridiculous lacing from an IPA before. The amount of lacing rivaled some of the most good-looking belgians I've had.

S- The nose is refreshing and juicy. Crisp, sweet grapefruit and notes of pine come through. The likneness to a sweet, fresh, ripe grapefruit is astounding. Enough malt comes through to balance, without dominating.

T- An excellent example of a San Diego style IPA. Very light on bittering hops, but tons of floral, fruity, and piney aroma hops. The flavors that come through (with minimal bitterness) are grapefruit, pine, and notes of lemon. The malt is there, providing a caramel-like sweetness, but mainly for support, rather than flavor.

M- Very rich for an IPA. Extremely fine carbonation, as to be expected from the incredibly fluffy head. Very full-bodied with a very nice lingering finish.

D- With almost no bitterness and well-hidden alcohol, this 7.25% IPA is about as drinkable as it gets.

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

Golden beer, white head.

Very pretty scent of citrus and flowers. Almost honey-ish and pine too. Sweet and tangy.

Taste is tangy too. Piney and dry with juicy citrus moments too. The pine, dryness, and juiciness are all blended well together. It's tangy and rich and delicious. An excellent ipa. A standout for sure. The hops are somewhat muted but they pack incredibly rich and full flavor.

Absolutely great.

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

Appearance – Orange amber, with nice carbonation. The head is white, thick, creamy and has huge staying power. The lacing is also excellent.

Smell – Pine for the most part, but also citrus and a little bit of alcohol. Good floral hop character, perfect for an IPA. The excellent head really holds onto a lot of the aroma so the smells are not as strong as in many IPA’s.

Taste - Hops obviously dominate, one of the fresher tasting IPA’s I’ve had. Pine mostly, but grapefruit also comes to mind. There is some malt as well, but it is completely dominated by the hops. It is very hoppy, but no where near the bitterness of many IPA’s, just a subtle lingering bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is missing at first, but becomes more present as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, with a mildly prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability - It has a higher abv than many IPA’s and it comes in a big bottle, but man does it go down easy. The only hindrance to me is that I live on the east coast where Alesmith is a rarity, very glad I picked this up when I saw it, one of the two or three best of the style in my opinion

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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