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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,237 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,237
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 431
Gots: 341 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of sonicdescent
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jamdugan for this one!

Pours a beautiful coppery red with a decent finger of frothy off white head. Carbonation is very active.

Smells very resiny, fruity, piney, citrusy. Interesting! I am getting spoiled by this west coast style.

Taste is similar to the nose, no surprises here, just a damn solid IPA.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability, another winner that I can't regularly get. I am moving to California. No problem finishing the bomber.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice copper/orange with a thin white head.

S - Citrus hops dominate but there is still a nice malty aroma also. Very well balanced.

T - Citrus and piney hops followed by a toasty/nutty malt flavor. This one tastes just like it smells. A very well balanced IPA.

M - Dry and resiny with a bitter citrus aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Nice carbonation.

D - A hoppy but well balanced IPA. There are no signs of the 7.25% ABV. A very enjoyable IPA that I wish made its way to the Midwest.

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

Watching Jersey Shore and filling my pint glass with some Alesmith.

A: 3 finger white head. Golden honey color. The head resides to 1 finger. Good lacing.

S: Strong bright citrusy/tropical fruit hops. Some sweet malts. Just a wonderful hoppy nose.

T: Citrusy, lemon and grapefruit. Some mango. Resin, dank, bitter hops.

M: Creamy. Medium carbonation. Medium dry. Medium body. good for the style.

D: Real good. Great beer.

Photo of Atron67
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to olibeer22 for the trade!

A- poured a golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that stayed for a long ass time and left basically a sheet of lace.

S- huge hoppy piney grassy scents. pretty delicious,

T- has a strong hoppiness throughout, with a heavy dose of citrus and pines, leaves the mouth very cleanly, very good

M- pretty decent body, not thick, pretty light for a 7.6%'er but still a solid thick body.

D- sweet times

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

Thanks to AltBock for bringing me this bottle from Cleveland.

I poured in some of the yeast without paying attention, so it's a bit hazy. Color is mostly orange and amber. The head was about 2-fingers high, white and left splotchy lacing. Good amount of carbonation is visible.
The smell is mostly from the hops and it's a very pleasant fruity/citrus aroma that's not powerful but but is steady throughout the bottle.
The taste is more of the citrus hops followed by a short, light bitterness and ending with a balancing malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium, perfectly carbonated and very smooth.
Drinkability is about as good as it gets.

This IPA is one of the best and deserves it's high rating. I wish AleSmith would follow Ballast Point and start sending their beer to Philadelphia. I want more.

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

L: Light vibrant orange color. A huge froathy head
S: Right away those grapefruit hops start pounbding out with just a touch of sweetness as well.
T: Whoa, there are those grapefruits again. Those over power, but there is a nice little touch of candy sweetness as well.
M:Sharp fizz on the back going down. Otherwise a round full feeling
D: Awesome. I am a huge fan of Alesmith.

Photo of kaseydad
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally trying this after numerous fly-bys.

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

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

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

Big and chewy mouthfeel.

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

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

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like lemon peel and oranges and sweet honey. It tasted like bitter lemon peel and fresh oranges, with some refined honey. It sweetened to the perfect amount as it warmed a bit. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a super clean beer, that was bitter and delicious. It had great flavor and good body. It hid the alcohol well (high for a standard IPA), and is pretty easy to drink. It's not necessarily a balanced beer, but it shouldn't be. An imperial version of this would be interesting, with possibly more depth. But for the style, this beer is in the upper echelon.

Photo of bkett01
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a billowing two finger eggshell white head that demonstrates good retention. Appears a crystal clear golden amber that is clearly well filtered. Very inviting looking beer becomes even more appealing upon first whiff. Strong floral hop aroma stands out over a detectable toasty malt.

Tastes of floral/citrus hops with a smooth alcohol touch at through the finish. A light malt is present in the background, balancing out this amazing IPA (borderline double). While the alchol is present at 7.75%, it adds to the complexity of the taste positively. This is a great beer, and would surely be a regular choice of mine if it were available, but I'll settle for just this one and thank germaniac for getting it to me.

Outstanding IPA, highly recommended!

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

Lovely bright reddish hue, a full, opaque orangish color, with a good, whitish head.
Aroma: lively hop component, fresh, alert and awake, buzzing with grapefruity notes, full with fruit.
Taste: mmm, buzzing with nicely fruity hops, a constant hoppy delivery on the palate, yum, yum, yum, sharp, bright, delicious, juicy...did I say "yum"??
Nicely lingering finish, fully flavored, unstoppably delcious...seriously, this is one IPA you can sit down and get familiar with.

Photo of udubdawg
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of erosier
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to tzanio for this one!

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

Photo of Hostabob
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of IronLover
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BillyD1125
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber (ugh, stupid bomber breweries)

Pours a clear tangerine color with a massive 2 and a half fingers of head.

Smell is very west coast, huge citrus and pine right up front, pineapple, pear, no real malt to smell

Taste is very juicy, almost like drinking tropical juice, pineapple, coconut, pine, resin, nice malt underlying, finishes slightly bitter. Much less then most WC IPAs in the bitterness department, showcases more hop flavor then hop bitterness, that is alright with me!

Mouthfeel is average, highly carbonated.

Great beer. Wish I could get it more, but with other IPAs just as good that this being almost 6 bucks a bomber I will be passing in the future.... ALESMITH you are big enough to make the switch to a more reasonable format!

Photo of browntrout
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deereless
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Some serious issues on the head, a hard pour with a very cold beer resulted in 8 inches of head to an inch of beer, as the head settles a thick craggy and cottony mound formed and tons of lacing is left on the sides of the glass, noticeable sediment, the color is a dulled gold - 3.50, S: Loads of citrus, there must be some Centennial hops in this beer, smooth tropical fruit sweetness - 4.50, T: Grapefruit and a hint of pine, nice crisp hop bite, caramel malts - 4.50, M: Smooth mouth feel - 4.25, D: One of the better IPAs I've had in some time and another grand success out of San Diego, extremely drinkable - 4.75

Photo of ElSid
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California

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Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy golden sunshine in a cup with an effervescent white head which leaves behind minimal traces.

S: The subdued nose is of earth, pine needles, and flowers. Also some beautiful grapefruit citrus.

T: Pine and flowers up front. Then comes a wallop of the grapefruit laced with apricot, plums, and even golden raisins. All this greatness is buoyed by bready, slightly caramel sweet maltiness. A classic IPA spicy finish which builds as the beer settles.

M: Medium bodied with a prickling carbonation which complements the hop bitterness. Good linger and minimal lacing.

O: Not as widely distributed as Racer 5 or Stone IPA. A great California IPA on par with the likes of Sculpin. It you're not from California and you happen to stumble upon this brew at your local shop don't hesitate to give it a try.

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

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

Photo of JoeD77
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Clear amber with a 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head.

S: Subtle hoppiness with a touch of nuttiness.

T: Nicely balanced citrusy hops with a slightly caramel-y malt body. Somewhat sticky and resiny with a perfect bitterness. Just about flawless.

M: Slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

D: Excellent.

Truly one of the best IPAs on the market. This is an excellent benchmark IPA by which to judge others.

Photo of Muggins25
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BB1313
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,237 ratings.