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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 424
Gots: 324 | 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 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 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

#2

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.

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

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange/golden with a chill haze, nice rocky off white head, sticky, looks delicious.

Smell: Loads of enticing hoppiness, an apple like malt sweetness, big hops, grassy, floral, sweet?

Taste: Alcohol goes to your head immediately, followed by huge hop oils, hops continue through the whole sip, hints of sweet bready malt, finishes dry, leaving a nice herbal hoppiness in the mouth. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Spectacular, lots of craftsmanship here, creamy, fizzy, full bodied and smooth, no complaints.

Drinkability: One of my favorite IPA's without a doubt, very drinkable and refreshing, the hops are huge but mix with the rest of the beer like a great food + beer combo. Balanced.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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

It pours a slightly hazy and amply carbonated honey golden amber. A full finger of pithy off-white head sustains ably. Paisley lacing op-arts the inside of the glass.

In the aroma fruity sweet toasted pale malt is softly bussed by a gracious tingle of floral hops as well as muted citrus. Pine and alcohol flit about at the periphery.

Upon sipping, toasted malt is quite sweet with caramel and juicy berry. Just before it's crisped, the sweetness is briefly cotton candy. The hops then assert proportionately with creamy mandarin orange, dry grapefruit, and sappy pine. The alcohol is quite temperate. Baked dough and a measure of residual sugar are crisped by a finish that builds gradually to a just-so bitterness. It's an artful, balanced blending of enticing elements.

Medium bodied, it has a feathery, rounded effect on the palate, flowing like spicy cream, and it dries to a clean glow.

The individual components speak to great quality, but it's the seemingly effortless balance it achieves that steps out and wows the senses. It doesn't strive for complexity but rather for blissful blending. The ABV is a non-issue despite a buzz of warmth, because this drinks dreamily as a matter of course. This one will never spend much time in my DBF. I get it, I drink it, I love it. Talk about a simple equation.

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

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

My first AleSmith offering. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 8/26/12.

Appearance: Translucent light amber with a generous two finger head. Head retained well and provided some sticky lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, grass, and a light pine hop aroma. Smells like a nice balance of hops.

Taste: Light citrus hops pair with a pale malt backbone. Finishes with more pine and resin character, with just a tad of stickiness. Very accessible and not too much of one thing in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Shines on this beer with a light body, smoothness, and perfect crispness.

Overall: Really great IPA that is super drinkable and one of the most balanced IPAs I've had in a while.

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

A: Nice cloudy copper color with two fingers of white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Big citrus nose. A nice sweetness to go with it. More of a hop sweetness than a malt sweetness which is nice.

T: Big floral citrus hop blast. Really crisp. The hops are put to the forefront by the rest of it and it really does shine.

M: Nice bubbly mouthfeel. Has that nice IPA creaminess.

D: This is another example of an IPA I wish I could get with regularity. Wonderful taste with a double IPA taste in a single IPA.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 brownbass
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great ballance between hoppy and malty!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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!!!

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,203 ratings.