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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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2,958 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 251 | FT: 8
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 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
Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beers looks awesome. Pours an orange with a white head. Plenty of large sediment floatin around.

S- Citrus! In the words of Blag the Ripper..."Yeah!"

T- Citrus bomb, love it....orange, grapefruit, slight lemon. Caramel malts.

M- Medium mouthfeel, not overly carbonated.

D/O- Oh man, could drink this for days. Doesn't drink its 7.25% at all. Reminded me a lot of Sculpin. First AleSmith offering...come to the Midwest.

Duff27, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of fartist71
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dull gold with hints of yellow and orange. The head after all is said and done(this beer takes at least 10 minutes to pour)is one and one half of A finger thick, and sticks around to aid in the awsome taste!

Smell: Citrus is the first smell that I get followed by light smells of florals from the hops.

Taste: Lemon and grapefruit are stongly present. The hops in this beer are well blended with the light malt flavor. So hoppey so so hoppy!

Mouthfeel: Chewy would be A good word for the feel of the brew. The head that lingers through the beer aids in this aspect.

Drinkability: The beer is 7.25 ABV. So drinkability is relative!

fartist71, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Rumrunner
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

A very fruity IPA.

It pours a deep amber. Plenty of yeasties floating about. Very unclear. A decent head and some lacing but nothing extra special. The scents are very lemon and citrus. There is a dry malt flavor to follow up but it is hidden and must be found.

The flavors have some spice. A decent rind flavor. Nice bitter hop grapefruit. The malt is weak chocolate. It provides balance not flavor. A very fruit flavored finish. It finishes mild.

A bold IPA. Not heavy but not weak. An excellent mouthfeel. It is just supurb. It's drinkability is easy and this IPA could be consumed on a regular basis. Enjoy.

Rumrunner, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of coldriver
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery pours a medium amber - mostly clear with a few suspended floaties. Fluffy white head with great lacing. Resinous piney hop aroma with surprisingly strong toffee malt promising well-balanced flavor. Great hop profile with pine, floral, and citrus all present in abundance and nice caramel malt backbone to balance things out. Wonderfully carbonated mouthfeel really intensifies the flavor and hangs on the tongue. A great West Coast style IPA!

coldriver, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Dools9
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, not dated.

A: Pours a hazy orange, some hop haze, lots of carbonation rising. Poured with two fingers of tight, slightly off white head, lacing is pretty good, great retention, just a solid looking brew.

S: Aromas of citrus fruits, lemon pine sol, oranges and grapefruit juice. Some light earthy notes, a nice sweet, caramel malt as well. Aroma is in your face and fresh.

T: Fresh, oily bitter grapefruit rind, lemons, orange peel. Not much on the malt front, but it has a nice sweetish caramel/toffee malt balance. Very tasty and seems to be a very fresh bottle.

M: Lighter-medium bodied, very crisp feel, super easy to drink and very refreshing. A nice lingering citrus finish.

O: Just an excellent west coast IPA, drinkability is really good for 7.25 abv and its very well hidden, also bottle conditioned which is good. Smells great tastes great. Very hard to find a flaw with this beer other than not having a bottling date which IMO is a big no no. Loved this and will revisit again at some point.

Dools9, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of rmaste6282
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer at a local liquor store in Encinitas (Royal Liquor) in a 22oz bomber. The head of this beer was not too thick, some lacing on the glass, and the head subsided fairly quickly. The color is not quite see through, light amber. The aromas are of a typical west coast IPA, piney, not much flowery or fruity accents, just hop smells. This beer is pretty carbonated, I like the way that it evens out the beer. The IPA is bitter, has some toasty carmel malt backbone, but the aftertaste is all hops. This is textbook Cali IPA.

rmaste6282, May 15, 2009
Photo of MSchae1017
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bottle that timtheenchanta shared with me.

This beer pours a rusty gold with a frothy white head that laces nicely and leaves fluffy foam the whole way down the glass. The smell has the subtle sweetness donated by the pale malt but is dominated by the citrusy hops. There seems to be some cascade or centennial but there is more to it perhaps even some amarillo. The mouthfeel is very creamy but not too thick. The carbonation is nice from the bottle conditioning. For a single IPA, this has a mouthfeel that really shows off. Overall, a great IPA. I just really love a well done IPA, and this is certaily up there with the best of them.

MSchae1017, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of dukedevil0
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a pale amber color with lots of frothy white head that reduces down to a finger and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like citrusy hops, grapefruit but not as aromatic as i'd hoped

T: Citrus, hops, grapefruit, some hop bitterness, and a very minor malty backbone to help balance things out

M: very full bodied, almost a DIPA feel

D: easy to drink, can't discern the alcohol, tastes good

dukedevil0, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Franziskaner
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber hued with incredible clarity. Easily a inch thick of tightly woven white head. Brussels lacing. Incredibly enticing aroma of piney hops. On the front of the palate I get bitter piney hops. I get biscuity malt and then a more subtle pine like hop fade. The mouth is surprisingly light and smooth.

Franziskaner, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of rringler
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark amber, with very fine particulates in suspension. About a finger's worth of off-white head, that sticks around pretty well and leaves good lacing.

S: Strong malts, though there some floral/grassy smells in there too.

T: You can taste the herbal/spicy hops from the beginning, and they continue all the way through the taste. Starts kind of malty sweet but finishes with a moderate amount of bitter hops. No boozy taste from the 7.25% abv.

M: A little lighter than some other IPAs. Good to good+ carbonation, and a little quicker due to the lighter body.

O: A pleasant surprise. I'll be honest; I passed on this one a few times because of the very plain bottle labeling, but the contents are excellent. Another great IPA.

rringler, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours gold with a decent white foamy head, very good retention and lacing

S - Earthy/grainy and resinous bitter-piney hops. Orange citrus rind aromas are faint, floral breadyness. Slightly faint

T - Grainy with tons of citrus rind flavors and resinous pine bitter hops. Some juicy/sweet fruits. subtle honey type sweetness with a bready quality

M - Lighter bodied, decent carbonation. Refreshing

O - Really nice busy, resinous, refreshing, sweet IPA!

MacQ32, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Golden color that's not quite perfectly clear. Bubbly white head. Sticky lace.

Citrus hops, predominantly grapefruit hop aromas along with pine. Pungent and strong.

Crisp, bitter, pungent citrus hops. Little malt; an ode to the hop.

Full bodied, plenty of carbonation, a bit sticky (in a good way).

A delicious and nearly perfect IPA. Not a single thing to complain about.

ehammond1, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours an impressively pure straw yellow with a white capped head that is leaving some decent lacing.

S: I'm not sure the date on this brew, but fresh out of the bottle the classic California hop bill is impressive and in your face. A rush of fresh, juicy, citrus and grapefruit like hops fill your nose.

T: The flavor is spectacular. Fresh hoppy resinous coats the pallet. These hops are not extremely bitter, but pleasant. The malt is sweet and provides a really good base to balance everything up.

MF: Mouthfeel is excellent for an IPA. Full, well carbonated, refreshing.

Overall, this is an amazing IPA. A 4.0 because each area is lacking something to take it to the next level. Thanks Mom for bringing this back from San Diego for me =)

TKEbeerman, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

MANY, MANY THANKS TO PETER ZIEN OF ALESMITH FOR HIS GENEROSITY;

A: Pours a hazy orange with lots of yeast in bottom. HUGE off-white head. Very nice lacing. The head dissipates somewhat, but stays about about 1" the entire time.

S/T: Citrus, piny hops, malt. Those three are what hit hard. At first I thought that this was a bit of a hop-bomb and somewhat overthetop for my preferences. But as the beer warmed the hops mellowed somewhat and the malt came out making it an incredibly balanced beer. A little bit of sweetness rounds it out.

M/D: This is where the beer really shines. The beer is full bodied and somewhat thick (in a good way). It coats the mouth with velvety smoothness. The full bomber went down easily, but not sure if I could have drank another one simply from the intensity.

A great, great beer.

Lnedrive14, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber body with a finger+ of off-white foam from a center pour into a tulip. Left some lace drapings.

S: piney and citrusy hops over a malty base

T: follows nose: classic IPA hop profile, lots of delicious bitter hops, suggestive of fresh pine and fresh rain in a grassy field; citrusy grapefruit; clean fresh malty flavors, with just enough sugars to balance out the hops into a well-balanced beer.

M: medium-to-light bodied, brisk carbonation; overall, crisp and refreshing, just a touch of nice chewiness; great drinkability

O: a well-crafted, snapshot profile of an American IPA by one of America's great craft brewers. So easy to drink, and fairly easy to find.

Greywulfken, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of scottyshades
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #400

Thanks to both Ryan011235 and mrmiles for sending these in trades!

A: Pours a completely hop-hazed pumpkin color. The head is simply amazing...retention is excellent, lasting the entire time. This is the best looking beer I have ever seen, and the head is completely dense. Yeast floaties can be seen floating around

S: As soon as you open the cap, hops hit you. The nose is straight west coast...strong pine and resin. I also get a lot of rye and a yeasty note that I've never come across before.

T: This is flat out bitter with strong pine and resin flavors. Also, the hops have a grassiness that really adds to the bitterness. I get lots of citrus notes in the flavor, like I expected to. Just really piny and resiny. I can't figure out if the yeast takes away from the flavor or adds to it...either way, it happens to taste like dextrose. Malts are a little light, considering the mass amounts of hops used. Also some honey notes.

EDIT: If you let this decant for about 30min, it will really open up and balance itself out. The citrus really starts to shine as it warms! Completely different

MF/D: Carbonation is a little prickly up front, but seems to get better as it decants. Flat out bitter bite at the finish, with slight dextrose and resin.

Notes: Damn, not quite as amazing as I expected, but really good nonetheless. I've heard very different things. The good news is that I have a few more bombers of this to let sit for a little, and see if the flavor settles down.

scottyshades, Jul 09, 2010
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.