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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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95
world-class

3,078 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,078
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 416
Gots: 277 | 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 birderbeerer
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden beer, white head.

Very pretty scent of citrus and flowers. Almost honey-ish and pine too. Sweet and tangy.

Taste is tangy too. Piney and dry with juicy citrus moments too. The pine, dryness, and juiciness are all blended well together. It's tangy and rich and delicious. An excellent ipa. A standout for sure. The hops are somewhat muted but they pack incredibly rich and full flavor.

Absolutely great.

birderbeerer, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of OldSock
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orange amber, with nice carbonation. The head is white, thick, creamy and has huge staying power. The lacing is also excellent.

Smell – Pine for the most part, but also citrus and a little bit of alcohol. Good floral hop character, perfect for an IPA. The excellent head really holds onto a lot of the aroma so the smells are not as strong as in many IPA’s.

Taste - Hops obviously dominate, one of the fresher tasting IPA’s I’ve had. Pine mostly, but grapefruit also comes to mind. There is some malt as well, but it is completely dominated by the hops. It is very hoppy, but no where near the bitterness of many IPA’s, just a subtle lingering bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is missing at first, but becomes more present as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, with a mildly prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability - It has a higher abv than many IPA’s and it comes in a big bottle, but man does it go down easy. The only hindrance to me is that I live on the east coast where Alesmith is a rarity, very glad I picked this up when I saw it, one of the two or three best of the style in my opinion

OldSock, May 03, 2005
Photo of squaremile
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Memorable Qualities: This is an exceptionally well crated IPA that satisfies my hop cravings in the nose and on the tongue, while not blasting my face off. Definitely in the west coast style, I think this stands with Blind Pig at the top of the style.

squaremile, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Tan head, carbonation is medium. The beer itself is a hazy amber color. The aroma definitely tells you that this beer is going to focus on the hops, I get notes of apricot and a pungent hoppiness. The apricot is the strongest aroma component, I like it. The apricot translates to the taste of the beer, it adds a bit of a fruity backdrop that interacts with the fruitiness from the ale yeast. A nice hop bit in the finish, followed by a clinging bitterness as a reminder of the beer that was just on my tongue. This is a nice IPA, not as extreme as some but I really like the flavor and aroma that is packed into this beer.

Gueuzedude, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a darker golden color with 2+ fingers of white head with great retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a little bit of sweet fruit too.

t - Tastes strongly of cirusy hops and fruits. Stays a little smooth for a moment and than has a major bitter bite to it as it goes down. Also a little bit of pine, but mostly citrus. Very nice IPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a great IPA. Lots of hops, citrus, and bitterness to it and a very enjoyable IPA. Alcohol is not noticable. Would highly reccomend and would love to try again.

mdfb79, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a froathy tannish colored head that leaves spotty lacing. Could also see a little bit of yeast floating about.

S- Smells wonderful tons of citrus and pine hops.

T- Very solid and awesome. Tons of grapefruit and piney hops with a good balance of caramel malt.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation maybe a little chewy.

D- A great tasting brew that is so easy to drink.

nrbw23, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a very thick head with good retention and leaving good laces.
Delicious citrusy aroma with notes of fresh oranges, grapefruit, honey, resin, mint, a hint of dark fruits and pineapple.
Bitter and refreshing citrusy flavor with earthy and floral notes, American yeast, spices, pine, grapefruit, caramel and toasted malts, lemon and green grapes. Quite dry with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium towards full body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7.25% abv is superbly well hidden.
Outstanding West Coast IPA, definitely one of the best IPA around. Bold but also very clean, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink, but sure it is not boring for hopheads. It is going towards a DIPA once it warms up. Highly recommendable.

FLima, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Dansting
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with lots of floating sediment (love the sediment!) and a thick off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with a strong pine nose to it. Flavor is nice and hoppy, with hints of grapefruit and a bitter pine finish to it. Another top-notch offering from Alesmith.

Dansting, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of macster
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderully well balanced IPA. Pours an amber-orange color under a dense, but thin, whipsy white head.

Aroma of course is dominated by the hops with tons of freshly sliced grapefruit and orange, along with some faint notes of honey, pine, lemon and yeast rolls.

Pleasing full palate; smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spritz.

Although this is a typical west coast hop monster, the semi-sweet malt profile comes through nicely in the flavor department balancing impeccably with the big, bitter hop notes. Finish is long, dry, bitter, clean and crisp. Very easy goin' down.

In summary, simply one of the best American IPA,s out there

macster, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Light shade of orange-amber with a white head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are the predominate aromas.

Taste: Complex grapefruit and citrus flavor with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had and held up to some of the other bigger IPAs at our tasting.

jamescain, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Groulxsome
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes.

A: A rich, dark copper with good head retention.

S: Pine/Resin with a little tropical fruit and a biscuit malt. It's more pine than fruit.

T: Citrus from the hops with lots of pine notes. A round malt body and a rich grapefruit bitter. Damn solid!

M: Round, medium body witha deep resin finish.

O: Very balanced, with a real classic IPA bitter. This is my kind of IPA. It values the more bitter, pine and grapefruit over the tropical fruit sweetness. Definitely a great beer!

Groulxsome, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of slayer3604
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours very nicely with a clean puffy head, that retains quite well, accompanied by some sticky bubble clusters on the side of the glass. the body is fresh motor oil in color (amber/orange), and is pockmarked with a foamy top that has both large and small bubbles.
smells like melted peach candy, pine trees in the wind, and has a very pleasant balance to it.
tastes slightly spicy, pretty muted though but its there, has a nice herbaceous quality, with some whisps of hay to it.
light on the palate and dangerously smooth!
This beer is pretty available for me, ill be visiting it again.

slayer3604, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of djbreezy
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the bottle twice. This review is a compilation of those tasting notes.

appearance - pours opaque and golden, white head that dies quickly

smell - citrus and floral hops dominate the nose of this, pine

taste - mirror the nose, has some good hop characteristics including citrus and pine flavors

mouthfeel - not huge but medium and smooth

drinkability - great taste, flavorful, quite drinkable for an ipa, one of my favorites

djbreezy, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of azdback
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Poured this one kind of gentle, I have learned from bottles of Ale Smith in the past they can be kind of volatile. A light, bright orange color. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles that leave a three finger, bright white, frothy head. Lace sticks nicely in a ring pattern.

Smell is quite citrus and piney and sweet. I can also get just a hint of bread.

Taste is yellow grapefruit bitter with tangerine or orange sweet. There are just a bit of sweet from the malt bill also. I am getting no yeast or bread at all and getting just a bit of alcohol burn. As this warm it gets even sweeter, but the bitter continues to wreck the tongue. Fantastic!!

Mouth is crisp and refreshing. The West Coast hoppyness does leave you scraping the back of your tongue on the bottom or your front teeth. Quite exceptional!!

Overall I have loved this for years. Ale Smith does not bottle date so I have no idea how old this bottle is. I do know it has been on the shelf at the local bottle shop for at least 2 months. With that being said I loved this. It is a must grab!!

azdback, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at The Brew Shop, Bend, OR, consumed 1.6.11, poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before.

One finger off-white head, a bit broken, mostly small bubbles, medium dissipation with above average lacing over clear orange amber body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Nice nose, citrus grapefruit along with apricot notes, caramel malts. Taste mirrors the nose, a little bit on the sweet side but firmly in the SD IPA category, firm malt backbone leading to mildly bitter pine resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium, very good effervescence, well rounded finish. While to each their own, if I had my choice between Scuplin, West Coast and Mongo, I'll take this every-time. My favorite Cali IPA, absolutely delicious.

jdense, Jan 07, 2012
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
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,078 ratings.