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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
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3,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,010
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 411
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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 oglmcdgl
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle with dinner.

A- two fingers of off white head from a stiff pour that settles to a ring and a ton of sticky lace. Sunset orange in color with a touch of haze.

S- juicy orange and grapefruit with a sticky pine cone in the face. Background sweetness that reminds me of clover honey.

T- big rich citrus hops up front with oranges and grapefruit. Follows by a grassy pine hit and some sweet honey.

M- a bit above medium in body and a bit lower in carb.

D- this is one fabulous ipa and worked perfectly with my rather spicy steak and melange of cheeses.

oglmcdgl, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on vacation in SD. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a very tall white head that lasts, lasts, lasts, and lasts. Great smelling IPA here. It’s heavy on the pineapple with dry pine resin, a bit of malts. It’s exotic and spicy all around. Okay, here I am being critical, I could use some more hops, but jeez, it is hoppy indeed. Finish is dry with just a hint of juiciness resonating from a grilled pineapple flavor. It’s insanely drinkable. An appealing level of sticky pine is found throughout. This is a damn good beer!

GeorgeAldi, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of sinistermadman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

Pours a deep copper color with a fierce, burly thick head. Excellent retention. Simply beautiful appearance.

Nose is a bouquet of hops: pungent and piney, quite nice.

Taste is lead by the hops obviously. Flavors abroad from pine, grapefruit you name it... Slightly oily, resinous mouthfeel. Not too brash, but malts do little to bring balance to the hop bitterness. An exceptional IPA.

sinistermadman, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Well now this is interesting. Pours a light copper color, with just a little haziness from a bit of yeast that made it into the 2nd glass, but otherwise nice clarity. A small number of lines of tiny bubbles rise throughout the beer.
This beer immediately forms an impressively large and lasting off-white head. It begins to recede around the edges of my glass, but the middle isn't going anywhere. I touch it - really firm, and not that sticky. Soon the effect is of a large rounded heap of foam in the middle of the glass. Ya know what this reminds me of? - A scoop of homemade vanilla floating and slowly dissolving in a root beer float. (Hmm, IPA float?....nah!) Anyway, lacing is in big spotty chunks until midglass when the head smooths back out and starts to sheet an entire side of the glass.

Nose is simply wonderful. Hops all over the place, but a sizeable amount of malt announces itself as well. The effect is rich, floral and pine mixing with caramel and some biscuit. Alcohol is light in the aroma at first, but as it sits and warms it grows a bit boozy. Simply put: "5"

Although extremely hoppy, the relative strength of the malts were the first thing I noticed. Plenty of caramel, a little of a more raw grain flavor, and a bit of doughy bread. Though this beer is sweet up front, I would find this would disappear, or at least be well covered, by the strength of the bitterness in the finish. And obviously there's hops - Fresh and spicy with plenty of citrus. A hophead dream. Between the flavor and aroma my saliva glands are going crazy for this juicy brew. Alcohol warming initially limited to the stomach is also noticeable in the palate by the time I finish the bottle. Body is on the full side of medium, and silky smooth with brief soft carbonation.
Though the flavor wasn't particularly bitter, especially for the strength of the hop profile, the drying finish is loaded with bitterness, that seems to grow stronger and really asserts itself well after the beer is gone. I'm not sure how I feel about this lightly doughy and increasingly bitter aftertaste, so I'm going to have to re-review this a few times and decide whether this flavor is very good, or great. On first opinion I'd probably call it a 4.25, whatever that is.

This bottle was extremely drinkable, but I found myself tiring of the aftertaste. I'll drink it again, and probably often, but I think unless my opinion of the lingering bitterness changes it'll be easy to limit myself to one bomber. Let's not get carried away though - I doubt I'd ever share something this good!

udubdawg, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear amber/orange topaz colored with a nice looking cakey slightly orange tinted head.

S: Aroma is lightly sweet with butterscotch and toasty bread malt, and a classic mix of hop aromas like centennial, cascade, amarillo, and others with peachy-melon and tropical fruitness. Crisp, clean, and well balanced.

T: Flavors are very likable. Nice simple, rich malt flavors of toffee, butterscotch, fresh bready grains, and fruity, spicy, brisk and piney hops all over. The fruitiness increases as it warms with a nice dry, lengthy, hoppy bitter finish.

M: Right on... Slick, creamy, fine, fully dispersed carbonation bubbles in all encompassing goodness. Dry and lip smacky.

O: A very nice IPA. You can tell this recipe has been honed. Balanced, hoppy, and fun. Classic west coast style...

tastybeer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of SanDNigel
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper-gold, completely clear, minus a few tiny suspended particulates. Creamy white head evolved into a just as creamy foam layer
S- Malty followed immediately by a good hop smack. Deep, dark hops. Grape (like the flavor not the fruit as much)/lemon, pine
T- Hops first malt second in the mouth. So balanced. The bittering/floral aspects of the hops are damn near perfectly executed.
M- Exactly how a nice IPA is supposed to be for me. Nice, even, smooth carbonation that coats the tongue paired with a robust wetness
This is a great beer. One of my favorite IPA's in San Diego. IT IS better than GOOD. Sooo perfectly balanced and easy to drink.

SanDNigel, May 11, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very nice golden brown. The off white, fluffy head fades very slowly, leaving thick laces. The beer is slightly cloudy.

This beer has a good grassy hop aroma. It is very floral. A little stronger than I expected. I have actually had Double IPA's with weaker aromas. It is slightly citrus like.

This beer has a piney flavor. It tastes slightly grassy. I also taste a little grapefruit. As with the aroma, this beer tastes more like a Double IPA. I am not complaining, because I enjoy a good DIPA any day.

This beer is full bodoed. It goes down smooth, leaving a grassy aftertaste. It is carbonated very well for the style.

Is this a good session beer? That is a tough question to answer. I really enjoy this beer. However, the alcohol content is a little high. Also, the flavor, while not overbearing to me, might be a bit much for some.

OStrungT, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the Blind Tiger $12 for a 22oz bottle

Pours hazed orangeish, more on the gold side in color with a thick foamy head, andsame lacing down the glass. Amora is strong with pine, grapefruit, citrus, truly what an IPA should smell like. One of the more hoppy IPAs i've had in a while, very bitter, yet balanced, not for the weak. Very piney, citris, and earthy is taste. The mouthfeel was amazing, bitterness hops all over the mouth, creamy and smooth. Very easy drinking for 7.25%. Glad i was finally able to find this beer, def a west coast IPA that stands out

bonbini26, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of CRJMellor
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/brown hue with an ecru head. Thin lines of lace appear on the pint.
Aroma is heavily hopped with all kind of citrus, pine, resins and oils going on. As more whiffs are taken a balancing, pleasant base of deep malt is also apparent.
Flavor shows the massed hop bombs, that is cut but a bready, roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a well-rounded bitterness that absolutely covers the palate wrestles to submission and enjoys the victory.
Drinkability is awesome. It reminded me of Draednaught as it did someone else due to complexity and dominance of hop but it had just a bit more sharpness to it. Excellent beer deserving of all the praise it is getting.

CRJMellor, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of TexIndy
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Opened with a loud hiss. No date on the bottle but got from South Bay who had just gotten in a fresh batch so it's good. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with lots of carb. Some slow sliding lace. It had a massive head that was fed by an insane amount of carb streams. The head never settled so had to scoop some out to get to the beer without getting foam all over the face.

The aroma was really good with citric hops, pine resin and malty backbone. The taste followed the aroma with a good hop flavor but had a nice malt balance so not too bitter. The hops kick in in the middle and ramp-up to a nice bitter hop bite. Mouthfeel was crisp and very over-carbonated.

Overall, an excellent AIPA. High recommend. Would like to try another without the over carbonation. Not available here so not in rotation but might trade/seek another one or two.

TexIndy, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of dmsohyea
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to pint glass, 4/20/11.

A - Cloudy dark orange with 1 finger head. Lacing is good, retention is not.

S - Smells great. Tons of citrus hops with a touch of earthy pine in the background. Just outstanding. Very little malt scent, which is how I like it.

T - Some bitterness and an assault of citrus upfront. The citrus mellows midway to a somewhat dry piny finish. Bitter orange peel lingers forever. Such a great example of the style.

M - Is good, but not smooth and creamy like Pliny or Sculpin. Medium body suits the beer well and the finish is very dry. Carbonation is medium low.

O - A great west coast IPA that may become a mainstay in my fridge. Good hopping without being overly sweet and a lovely, lingering finish. I'm happy that I live just a few minutes from the brewery.

dmsohyea, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Ri0
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 22 days ago.

A - Beautiful, opaque orange and gold color with a two finger creamy head with good retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit and orange, and perhaps a little bit of tropical hops. Hints of pine, bread and honey for sweetness.

T - Very hoppy and piney, but nicely balanced. Citrus and tropical fruit, a mild sweetness, small amounts of grapefruit peel, orange zest, and a substantial but very well blended bready malt with honey.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and oily feel. A nice drinking IPA.

O - Great IPA that reminds me of a combination between Two Hearted and Stone Ruination.

Ri0, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold orange in color with a 2 finger foamy white head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good lacing clinging to the sides and a creamy layer on top; the lacing was a little disappointing as it was only spotty, yet the nose was so pungent that I expected it to stick to the sides and leave rings.

Smells of big citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, light toasted grains, piney hops, crackers, biscuit and a sweetness like brown sugar; the hops smells fresh and juicy, and the aroma is very enjoyable.

Like the nose, the flavor is dominated by hops with big citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, pineapple, floral hops, flowers, piney hops/pine cone, sweet malt, grains, graham cracker, biscuit, caramel, wheat bread, brown sugar, a slight yeast funk, some hop spices and some citrus bitterness. This is all hops and very sweet and tasty. As this beer gets warmer it gets more complicated and piney, with good balance making this sweet and bitter yet still showing off the hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a slick feel on the tongue, a medium body and very light bubbly carbonation that’s almost fizzy; it has a slightly bitter finish that's sweet and on the grainy side, which to me added stability to the flavor.

An excellent beer that was smooth and highly drinkable, a definite session beer for me and a high recommendation. I’m glad I was able to try this, this was quite tasty and not a sensory overload or so hoppy that it was obnoxious. A real nice West Coast IPA, this reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, and it was equally as enjoyable.

CHickman, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods in on North Central in Phoenix. 22oz into a chalice.

Poured a perfectly clear golden orange with a tight white head, some sticky lace and light retention. Nose has bright citrusy notes, tangerine, clementine and is overtly floral. Light sweet caramel and crackery base. Taste is all about the hops, bitter from start to finish. More tangerine, pine and big, juicy fruit notes. Some mango and similar tropical notes, cut by the bitterness - still with the light crackery base. Only a little bit of sweetness. Pretty light body, with a clean and crisp finish. Dangerously drinkable, with only a suggestion of alcohol on the palate. The smell and flavour on this had me pulling this to my mouth more often than I should have for the bomber. Great hop profile, and an exceptional IPA overall.

liamt07, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, 432 reviews as of this writing. Thanks to overlord for the chance to try this beer!

A - crystal clear golden amber beer, huge 3/4th glass of white head that takes a while to settle
S - Light citric / grapefruit hops.
T - nicely balanced piney grapefruity hops, mild sweet malts in the background.
M - medium bodied, high carbonation level, crisp clean finish
D - assertive, balanced and approachable without an over the top hop hit.

A solid American IPA and bottle conditioned too! Glad I got to try this one.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of BB1313
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/15/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with great clarity and transparency; fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very tropical. Lots of pineapple and mango. There are subtle hints of caramel malts. The flavors are very sharp and crisp. More sweet fruits. More mango. Lots of peach too. Some pines needles. There's a nice sweetness and it has a subtle malt backbone, but the hops still shine. The hop bitterness isn't overwhelming. Lots of hop flavor. Finishes clean and dry. Mouthfeel is outstanding. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation. It's just so smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's fun and easy to drink.

This is one of those IPAs that would be considered "out of this world" years ago. It still hangs in 2013. They just stick to the basics, which really works. This is a great IPA. Overall, it's simply hitting on all cylinders. It's nothing over the top, just well crafted and a nice example of a west-coast IPA. Recommended.

BB1313, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To me this is a completely different IPA, one with depth. The pours is clear and golden bronze in color. An nice 3 finger white, fluffy head then appears and will stick around with ya until your glass is empty. Each sip you take leaves a nice lace ring along the glass. The smell is of fresh hops that had an incredibley floral smell to them. One of the most unique smelling IPA's I've ever had. A touch of pine and citrus in there as well, for the record. The taste was suprisingly balanced. This isnt a hop-bomb by any means. A wonderful caramel malt backbone with a citric hop kick. Stong flavors of citrus here, espeically pineapple. Overall its pretty mellow for IPA standards but it will leave a nice bitter aftertaste in your mouth, dont be fooled. A medium bodied beer with an oily, bitter aftertaste left behind. Given the higher ABV, which isnt noticeable, I'm giving this a 5 on drinkablitiy. The taste is so well balanced and unique I kept wanting to go back for more. A beer very deserving of its high reviews.

bunnyhustle, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of WillCarrera
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottle date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden amber color, topped with a big creamy, fluffy off-white head that has good retention and leaves thick lacing all over the glass.

S- Very tropical, lots of citrus, mango, grapefruit, pine and resin are minimal, blended with some slightly sweet bready malts, some honey.

T- Big hops up front, also very tropical but with a more pronounced pine resin bitterness this time, the bitterness is well matched by a slightly thick, bready malt that has some sweetness again, has a long grassy bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, incredibly smooth and creamy.

O- A really delicious IPA, insanely drinkable, I just destroyed the entire bomber with total ease, none of the flavors are over the top but work very well together.

WillCarrera, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of glazeman
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a recent trade with airohead2001, thanks buddy! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange with a two finger creamy white head. Excellent head retention and wonderful lacing.

S: I know this will sound weird for an IPA but this beer smells like granny smith apples mixed with lemons. Citrus smells, yes, but not your typical citrus.

T: On the sweater side as far as IPAs go. Somewhat reminiscent of Surly's Abrasive Ale. Nice balance of malts up front and a big, smooth hop finish. The malty tastes I get are apples and caramel. The hop tastes I get are lemons, tangerines, and small amount of grapefruit. The hop flavors really come out more as the beer warms. This is one of those beers that gets better with every sip.

M: Not quite as much of an aftertaste or stickiness as I have grown accustomed to in some of the better IPAs. A bit thing for my liking, also a tad over carbonated in my opinion. As I think about it more, this the previous two sentences are probably me just finding something to be critical about in this beer as it is so exceptional in every other category.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. The balance in the taste (read: "not a hop bomb"), the thinness of the mouthfeel, and the fact that the alcohol is completely hidden make this a very drinkable beer. I wish I could enjoy this one more often, sadly it's not distributed in my neck of the woods. The best IPA I have had to date. (In the past month I've had Sculpin, Dreadnaught, Abrasive, Hop Rod Rye, Alpine PH, Nelson, Duet, Blind pig, and PtE a few months ago).

glazeman, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of draheim
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (no discernible dates or codes) poured into a tulip. Thanks sleepyhead!

Nice amber color, massive off-white head that settles as frothy sea foam with really nice lacing, especially for an IPA. The head and lacing remind me more of a tripel or a saison than an IPA. Impressive.

Aroma is typical West Coast IPA: citrus and pine. A little muted, still nice.

Taste is caramel malt, aromatic hops, some fruit. Nice bitter finish but also pretty malt-forward. Pretty good balance. Mouthfeel is super creamy, enhancing the flavor.

This is one well-crafted IPA, one that I'd come back to often if it was distributed locally.

draheim, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of br3wmeister
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Pours a big white foamy head that has good retention and sticky lacing.

S- Light floral hops with some citrus notes present as well. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Some good caramel malts present as well, nice sweetness.

T- Big hop presence here, pine, floral and citrus flavors play off of the tongue nicely. Grape fruit, and a hint of banana oddly enough. Though this beer has intense hops it is also pretty well balanced. Good sweet malty backbone adds complexity and drinkability to this beer. Some caramel and sweet honey notes come through but are eventually taken over again by hops.

M- Not the thickest IPA but has some good body to it. Lots of bite from both the hops and carbonation, your mouth will like this beer.

Overall- This is a nice change form the hop bombs that focus on only citrus or only pine notes, this beer has it all pine, floral and citrus plus a good malt backbone.

br3wmeister, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of FreightTrain
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

FreightTrain, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up with this at Dark Lord Day, I really owe you something Nate!

Pours a slightly hazed copper/orange, nice thick off white head, superb lacing, great retention, really sticky and resiny. Smell is amazing, I can smell it from 2 feet away. Wonderfully piney, citrus, grapefruit, some nice caramel and bready malts, nice balance, smells very inviting. Taste is wow too, very grapefruity, floral, caramel, very syrupy in the mouth, sweet finish, then bitterness, very nice balance, fruity hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, coats the mouth, low carbonation, nice spicy alcohol warming, although found this to be a little bit much, but amazing, perfect balance. Thanks for hooking me up Nate!

Viggo, May 03, 2007
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orange/gold. Head is bright-white, rocky, and creamy. Drops to a thin ring. Some spotty sheeting on the glass. Carbonation is lively. Nice glowing depth of color.

Smell: Oranges and biscuit dough. Huge floral hit and some lingering pine and grapefruit rind. Big juicy aromas. Malts are big enough to help balance the big hop nose. Pithy with a lingering oily bitterness. Very slick and smooth. Faintly sweet and tropical.

Taste: Sticky, oily orange and pine. So very juicy. Like a punched up shot of grapefruit/orange juice soaked with pine needles. Incredibly floral with a lingering sweet mango-like flavor. Bready malts round everything out and make for a rather delightful drinking experience. Bigger pine hit than the nose. Lingering resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body. Carbonation is moderate and works well with the big fruit flavors. Very easy to drink time and again.

Overall: This beer is downright amazing once it warms up a bit. Loads of depth and a good balance to keep the tongue happy. A firm notch for Alesmith. Falls off pretty quickly, but fresh it's a force.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jslot38
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy light copper with a just barely off white head. Top is a bit foamy and drops to a bit more than a top covering - looks like its going no where. Perfect lacing, head holds up.

Smell: Great medly of pine and citrus. A faint backing of grain and biscuit. Very enticing.

Taste: Pine upfront with a bit of a citrus twang rounding it out and holding on the tongue. In west coast fashion the hops are slick and oily and there is a distinct lack of caramel malts. A bit of grain in the background, but this is about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Almost a 5...

Drinkability: Ranks up there with some of my favorite IPA's, and maybe my favorite west coast example. I picture drinking this way too often if it was around my part of the country.

jslot38, Aug 13, 2010
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,010 ratings.