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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,235 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,235
Hads: 3,676
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 477
Gots: 506 | FT: 10
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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: 1,235 | Hads: 3,676
Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of mikul93
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of brureview
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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


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Photo of hoppyhour
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Bright orange with a creamy cap of white foam that sits atop the beer nicely. Lots of carbonation bubbles with a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is mainly pine hop aromas with a toasty/nuttiness from the malt.

T: Decent flavors of crisp pine with some faint citrus. There is a good amount of what seems like caramel malts giving the beer a toasty/nuttiness that stands up fairly well to the hop flavors. There is good balance between the malt and hops but there is still a good amount of bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth but also dry and pretty bitter on the finish.

O: Overall I thought this was an OK beer but nothing remarkable. However take this review with a grain of salt because I couldn't find a date on the bottle, which leads me to question the freshness of this beer. It seemed like the hop aromas and flavors weren't as strong as they should have been. It also seemed like the malt was as pronounced as the hops, instead of the malt being the backbone for massive hop flavors. If I find a bottle that is definitely fresh I will edit my review accordingly.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of TonyBaloney
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of krunchie
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial Pint glass. The bottle was dated 12/05/13. I love silk-screened labels.

Appearance - A hazy copper color. Big, lumpy head that stays around for a while. Very good stickage on the side of the glass. A fine looking IPA.

Smell - Big hop hit. Grapefruit. Slightly sour. There is a whiff of malt sweetness in the distant background.

Taste - Bitter. Hoppy. Grapefruit. Peppercorns.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter.

Overall - This is a good, but not great, IPA. The beer lacks a solid malt foundation to build upon. As a result, the beer has a bitter yet thin feel to it. It lacks the overall balance of a Sierra Nevada or Firestone IPA. I am, however, giving this beer the benefit of the doubt because it hails from San Diego. Also, the bomber bottle is very cool.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: hazy golden hue, slim head with good retention, nice bubbling carbonation

S: citrus and pine, light malt

T: piney and citrus hop flavor have bite. Light caramelized malt provides a decent backbone. Bitterness is stong and slightly prickly.

M&d: light bodied, dry finish. Sometimes I think the mouthfell is a bit watery but that also makes me think it is more drinkable beacuse of this.

Overall, a decent ipa, but I think it is a tad overhyped.


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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy and cloudy orange leafy color with a dense head of off white foam. Minor notes of lacing. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation.

S: Very fruity. Tons of hops blend with an array of sweet citrus notes and a hint of pine sap. Nice.

T: High levels of hops and bitterness tower above the reserved notes of grapefruit, citrusy orange and pine. Mild malt character is present, but plays only a small role on the palate.

M: Light. Mild thoughts of hop oils and density, but for the most part, easy and crisp.

D: Not bad. I'd have another.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

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Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled October 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces three fingers of eggshell-colored head with good (four-plus minutes) retention. Lacing is also impressive with chunky rings on the glass. The beer is sort-of mundane beneath, however, with an orange-golden hue and some fine carbonation visible in the liquid.

S-The smell is juicy with suggestions of peach, orange citrus zest, mango, hints of herbs, and a toasted bready malt. Bitterness is medium. A nice and inviting aroma.

T-The taste loses much of the juicy fruit in favor of a somewhat harsh and medicinal alcoholic note. The hops are vegetal, herbal, earthy, and possess only a trace of the fruit I got on the nose. The malts are more prevalent, too, but I wouldn't call this one balanced. The finish is long, drying, and earthy.

M-The feel is medium heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slightly dank feel, but it doesn't ever get oily.

O-While this brew impresses with looks and smell, the taste was a letdown. It is somewhat harsh and disjointed. It is as if the beer has an identity crisis between being a juicy, west-coast IPA and a bitter, pine-forward English IPA. The West Coast style emerges on the nose, but neither style comes out on the palate. I don't know where all the delicious fruit that I smell went when I drank this beer, but I miss it.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness dating brought back from san diego and drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden colored body with a massive fluffy white head that just wont lie down. small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top.

S- the main attraction here is hops. good. lots of pine and grapefruit. a small amount of sweet caramel malt comes through.

T- the taste is more balanced than the smell. the sweet caramel malt comes through stronger than i could smell. the bitter hops are still strong. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit.

M- too light and almost watery. a nice bitter aftertaste. the carbonation is too high. the low point for this beer.

D- glad to have tried this one. a good west coast style IPA that due to the pour mouthfeel gets lost in a sea of similar beers for me. still worth a try.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generous Clickpush for the trade!

Body is a luscious dirty golden color topped by a pristine white inch thick head. Decent amount of lacing is left behind after each sip. Nose is kind of unimpressive. I get some brief pine halted almost instantly by lots of caramel malt. What gives? Taste is dominated by citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Sadly none of these reach out and grab the dominant role. Malt is also very heavy, bordering something of an amber. It tastes good but honestly you probably have an IPA brewed in your backyard that does this as well. Mouth is smooth and nice. This is a good IPA I could drink a lot of .... however, it isn't too remarkable. I can't put my finger on what it is but something is missing.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.