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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,845
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 222 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of HogHill


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber arrived by way of BA Sloejams, a wicked awwwsumm dude.

I poured this beaut into my Stone IPA glass, it has a deep amber body with a thick creamy ivory head.

The scent is pure high alpha hops, lots of grapefruit aroma.

The taste is caramel malt backed with a huge hop juicyness. Like the aroma, primarily grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. At 7% a bomber of Alesmith IPA can be plenty. I look forward to trying this one again soon.

Notes: I haven't been into IPAs in some time, but this one reminded me of how good they can be (in moderation), just SOLID. I enjoyed with some pepperoni and Dubliner cheddah.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 03:40:20 | More by HogHill
Photo of Med


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice tan color with a slight chill-haze. Head is white and about one finger but doesn't last. lacing is merely okay.

S - Hops at the front but not overpowering. Citrus and slight cat pee (not necessarily a bad thing).

T - As with the aroma the hops are the story here. Grapefruit and orange peel followed by a nice bitterness. The finish lingers on.

M - Medium bodied but the carbonation takes it. Small bubbles tingle on the tongue and add to the experience.

D - Very quafable. If only this was available locally!

All in all a fine example of the American IPA. Certainly not a session beer but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:10:33 | More by Med
Photo of dgilks


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a really nice golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Average head retention. There are a few bit of yeast that have roused themselves but it's still good.

Citrussy, floral hop aroma. Slightly grassy. Really good.

Very light malt backbone. Good solid hop bitterness with a floral, citric hop flavour. Punchy with a nice lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

This is a tasty IPA. The flavours are good and the malt well hidden to give centre stage to the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 08:16:44 | More by dgilks
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "IPA" in huge block letters, so as not to confuse this beer with any other style. There appears to be some yellow ink from where a date stamp used to be, but it is no longer legible. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a light orange, tangerine-colored body with a slight element of haze, likely from the aggressive pour. Atop the body sits a lush two-finger head dirty white head with a smattering of larger bubbles that begin to burst, leaving pockmarks. Retention is moderate, and as it fades, it leaves sheets of sticky lacing that show residue long after most of the lacing fades.

Smell - Wonderfully fruity and hop-licious, with elements of fresh greens and faint pine resin bringing a balance to the citrusy goodness. Still very clean and crisp, in spite of carrying all those wonderful aroma profiles.

Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the aroma. Orange, grapefruit and some pineapple, with a nice bitterness and contrast from the malty foundation. Some mild alcoholic esters as well as brighter herbal grassy elements.

Mouthfeel - Juicy and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and a body that is just barely on the light side of medium.

Overall, a stellar and balanced example of the style. The near-imperial level of alcohol doesn't even really make itself known with the rest of the bright and enticing flavor profiles leading the show. I could see this being a good hot summer day IPA, in spite of the strength. I'm looking forward to trying more from AleSmith.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 04:59:09 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of thegodfather1076


4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very classy bottle that is simple yet surprisingly eye-catching. All label information and graphics have been painted on. Front label gives ABV info and a bit of brewery info. Back label has the AleSmith logo(Anvil with Pint on top), gives a short description of beer, back story on the beer, glassware recommendation, serving temp recommendation, and web info. Neck label states IPA and has AleSmith logo. Cap has AleSmith logo.

Appearance: Aggressively poured from its 22oz brown bomber bottle into a 16oz nonic pint that led to a 3 finger off white airy head atop a semi clear golden honey color beer. Head slowly fades to a rocky thick coating and ring with tremendous lacing. Head retention was 5min.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is earthy with the scent of ruby red grapefruit and a bit of pine hops. Smells is refreshing.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of piney/resin and a nutty malts on the front end with a sweet citrus hop flavor and bready malt midpoint. Sweet citrus and nutty malts dominate the finish with a piney/resin hop bitter aftertaste. Very unique and interesting.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium carbonation leads to a medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing!

Overall/Comments: This was my first AleSmith offering and I was very impressed. This IPA had such a unique flavor profile and was very well done. If you can find this I would recommend trying it! Classified as an American IPA @ 7.25%. Consumed 6/23/2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:08:06 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of mondegreen


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into an Achel Goblet

A: Cloudy tangerine orange with a dense foamy head that hangs around. Very nice looking.

S: Sweet citrus hops. Very nice smelling, if a little one dimensional.

T: Hops are on full display here. What malt backbone there is sits way in the background. Bitterness lingers on the palate for a few seconds. This one is for lovers of hops.

M: Velvety smooth. The carbonation helps lend to a creamy mouthfeel very very impressive.

D: Good. I could see this being a regular if I could buy it in GA.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 22:45:08 | More by mondegreen
Photo of schinebd


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Semi-clear amber-orange. Gets extra points for decent lacing and excellent head retention.

Smell - typical IPA fare - Fruity and piny.

Taste - Definitely elevates itself from other IPAs in this category. Not a palette puncher right away. Up front its a very balanced beer. Once swallowed, though, the hop flavor rises from the tongue and the mouth is filled with citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, smooth and crisp. Be prepared to have your tongue sheathed in a hop cloak after each sip. For me, this is nice.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy. I could drink these all day/night. Very refreshing and quenching, too.

Certainly a top-tier IPA. Deserving of all of its praise. A much better beer warm than cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 22:59:22 | More by schinebd
Photo of alleykatking


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice deep golden hazy straw color. Nice off white inch head that took a little while to melt away leaving nice sticky lacing on the sides. Wow..this is how a beer should look!

S- Nice fruity (citrus and lemon) hop smell along with a piney smell as well. This seems to be the trademark with these west coast beers. I like this smell of course.

T- Very nice upfront kick with the hops. Leaves a nice oily coating on the tounge. This is just like a typical west coast IPA. Very good. Nice malt background as it goes down the throat. I like the hop after taste that lingers around way after you finish taking a sip.

M- Very crisp and refreshing. A little on the medium to light side which makes it a keeper in my book. Nice carbination and sticks to the palate as you drink it.

D- Like pretty much every west coast beer I have tasted I would drink the crap out of this if like usual I could get it around here. Thank god I have FFF around here. That kind of makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 04:00:21 | More by alleykatking
Photo of bluejacket74


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mainly citrusy (grapefruit) hops, along with some lemon peel, caramel malt and pine. Taste is mainly citrus and piney hops, and there's some caramel malt noticable too. Hoppy bitter finish lingers around for a little while. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is between moderate and high (but closer to moderate), it has a nice zippy feeling. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 23:55:43 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of metter98

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that settled down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced—even though it is dominated by citrusy flavors in the taste, there is only a light to moderate amount of bitterness because the underlying malts prevent the hops from being overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste is well balanced and the bitterness is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:21:02 | More by metter98
Photo of kernalklink


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a damn fine IPA. Poured darker amber with a great billowing sticky head. Settled down and the aromas were flowing- great earthy hops and cool, almost roasted malts. The complex flavors were abundant and very satisfying- big, in your face hop bitterness with a lot of piney, but not resinous flavor. Malts were surprisingly well represented and gave the brew a nice smooth sweetness and kept the hops at bay. The finish was the best part by far- huge hop flavor without the IBU explosion and lasting bitterness. Reminds me of a more refined Brooklyn IPA, and very well done- highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 03:09:54 | More by kernalklink
Photo of cvaypai


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle to new belgium globe. Thanks to andrew for this one.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden straw yellow with hints of orange throughout. Totally clear when held up to light. Poured with a 2 finger fluffy white head that lasts and lasts. Leaves an awesome layered lacing down the glass.

Smell - Wonderful fruity and citrus aromas. Tons of grapefruit, orange and other fruity scents. Notes of floral hops also come through and meet a bit of grassyness. A bit of pine but hard to find. A faint whiff of some bready malt.

Taste - Just like it smells, tons of citrus in the taste. Lots of wonderful grapefruit, the floralness comes through also meeting a tiny bit of spice and a wonderful sticky bitterness. The pine can be found on the tongue as indicated by the nose, what a lovely IPA. The bready malts are there if you search hard enough and a bit of caramel sweetness can be found.

Mouthfeel - This ones carbonation is right where it needs to be. It maybe feels a bit thin for the style, the bitterness bites the tongue very nicely and it has a definite stickyness to it. Not as sticky as some though.

Drinkability - I could drink the bomber of this quite easily but I would probably stop there, it's a great beer but the market would keep me from drinking it all the time, probably along with the price. I could see it being a fairly regular treat though.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:14:29 | More by cvaypai
Photo of aracauna


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer can't get top honors in appearance. While the cloudy amber body is excellent, the head is slow to form and fades rather quickly. For the style, I've come to expect big, lasting heads. The thin bitter hops are truly balanced by the nice big biscuity malt. Some IPAs have a complex hop flavor where they're more than just bitter, but the profile on this one leans more towards the bitter with subtle piney and malty citric notes. The pine gets stronger as the beer warms. I also picked up a nice organge fruit flavor as well that made this a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 23:58:54 | More by aracauna
Photo of lightindarkness


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber for enjoyment courtesy of Wasatch.

Pours a cloudy orange amber. Mounds of cream colored head are fed by tiny streams of tight carbonation.

Nose is full of beautiful rich caramelly malt scents and fragrant hops. Notes of juicy grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and soft pine. Bready with syrupy sweet floral scents.

Taste is smooth and full. Plenty of nutty caramel malt balances well with juicy pineapple, citrus, and peach. Nice round bitterness at the finish with a breadiness and yeast flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

Feel is quite full for an IPA, smooth and rich with some oil/astringent feels. Full smooth carbonation is well balanced with the body. Moderately clean finish.

A very full IPA, well balanced in flavor and feel. Overall character leaves me satisfied without needing to drink a lot more, although, I definitely could drink this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 00:59:29 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of ghostwalker


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hugely beautiful golden-orange body with a thick frothy head.

Smell is that perfect blend of candi sugar and grapefruit. A definite piney component too.

Flavor is just fantastic! That perfect light sweet malt with a giant pop in the mouth hop character as only the West Coat can do it.

Mouthfeel is tangy, highly carbonated, stripping.

Not expecting an earth-shattering beer here... but I was wrong. This is a top notch IPA, hitting perfectly on all cylinders. Great job, Alesmith!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:00:58 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick/wide ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a huge aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops - this beer smells very inviting and delicious. Subtle hints of caramel and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness followed by strong grapefruit/citrus hops. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with wonderful hop aromas and flavors without a lot of bitterness. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well-hidden. Great beer that I could enjoy over and over again. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:34:05 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of AleWatcher


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've actually had 3 bottles of this now, all from my buddy John (Sideswipe) in Cali. I finally got around to reviewing it, and I took notes. The following is a true account of those tasting notes. Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent.

A bright cheery gold with some particulates/floaties in there... Huge torrents of carbonation rising up through the glass in columns of bubbles--- reminds me of the current oil leak-- thanks BP! 3 fingers of frothy white billowy head-- just huge.

Sweet bready/caramel malts with big fresh citrus and grapefruit hops... maybe even a bit floral. Flavor starts sweet and then turns to the hop profile. Towards the finish, the sweetness rises up again to mesh with the lingering bitterness. Comes across as very well balanced. It acts as a reminder of how delicious the whole beer is put together.

Feels light and airy with tons of carbonation. This feel like it could be an ultimate summertime beer--- then the 7% abv would catch up to you! The taste is refreshing too. Very nicely balanced, but leaning towards the hoppier side.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:39:37 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a two finger near-white head. Great retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Pine and oranges. That is all I get.

T - Orange, tangerine, and then the pine follows.

D - Average cabonation and body.

O - A very solid IPA, but nothing really stands out to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:30:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Ranbot


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Docer. For whatever reason this beer lingered my basement a little longer than I would have wanted for an IPA, but it was still a great beer.

A - Unfiltered golden yellow. It almost looks like a hefeweizen. When you look close you can see little specks of green hops floating in the matrix...nice!

S - I get mostly pine and herbs on the nose, with some sweet bread

T - Nice citrus hops rounded out with touch of pine to the edges and back of the tongue. Light pine lingers after swallowing, but not unpleasantly so. Sweet pale malts provide just enough malt backbone to support the hops. I'm not detecting any alcohol beneath the hops.

M - Mouthfeel is really good and refreshing. It might be just the slightest bit syrupy, but that's a very minor "complaint."

D - Drinkability is very high. The sweet citrus begs me to drink more, however there is plenty of flavor lingering into the after taste that one could sit and slowly sip one these for a very long time. The alcohol is almost undetectable.

Great beer. If you're familiar with Bell's Two Hearted (which I love) you'll find a lot of similarities, except that the Ale Smith is unfiltered.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:36:15 | More by Ranbot
Photo of SethB2


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Looks a non-transparent orangish color with a head that just won't quit. When it finally does it leaves a sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very inviting looking beer. Near perfection. Smells like a citrisy/piney IPA. Good, but nothing that is all that unusual in terms of West Coast hop monsters. Taste is great. Initial grapefruit hop bite followed by a nutty/toasted malt backing. Not as sweet as some IPAs, but different and very good. Finishes like orange juice does. Full and citrisy. Drinkability is very good. I'd love to be able to get this beer on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 01:15:26 | More by SethB2
Photo of bark


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold; the liquid is clear. The gigantic head is made of airy off-white foam; it sinks slowly leaving massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with more fruity-zesty notes than bitterness. Hints of smoked rye malt, lemon peels and sweet chemical hints of wax and crayons. Fine bitter flavours with hints of lemon acid and meat plus a metallic note. Mildly roasted malty hints of rye flour. A bit too much metal, I think.

The taste is fresh, bitter and very hoppy with lots of sweet citric fruits, fine dark bread, and a grand yet balanced bitterness. A hint of hoppy-chemical wax. The aftertaste is very fruity with notes of pineapples, oranges, kiwi fruits and green apples. The bitterness is elegant and clean. Some malty notes of sweet bread and fruit flavoured candy.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are soft. The liquid is smooth.

A great American IPA. Very elegant!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 19:29:05 | More by bark
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
another 'want' nailed by Vurt!

I want to start off by saying that i absolutely love the simplicity and the power of the bottle design. The Alesmith IPA pours a chill hazed orange brown color with a huge white "donut pillow" of a white head, im not sure if they planned to have the head cave in but god damn does it intensify the nose! The aroma of tons of fresh semi sweet hops fill the glass. The taste is much the same, smooth and very well balanced lots of strong pungent fresh hops battle in the mouth, good peppery spice esters emanate from the beers flavor as well as a solid biscuity yeast character from the bottle conditioning. Slightly woody with notes of maple syrup and brown sugar. Grapefruit blasts sneak in more and more as the bottle gets lower. Medium bodied and very good drinkability, this beer is an absolute winner!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 14:45:05 | More by ATPete
Photo of Gushue3


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- comes out pale gold and looks hazy gold with a big 2 finger head. Great retention and lacing is medium. Looks great.

S- nice citrusy note thats mostly sweet. Not getting much malt in this. Somewhat spicy. Me like

T- nice bitterness upfront that follows until the finish. Gets slightly sweet in the middle but the bitterness is prominent. Not much malt in this one, i like the balance.

M- medium mouthfeel with similar carbonation. Finishes with my mouth more wet than ctisp and dry.

O- excellent hop forward IPA that definitely satisfies.

Thank you John for this unexpected surprise!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:53:21 | More by Gushue3
Photo of Jeffo


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium looking off-white head with great retention. Perfectly clear with lots of carbonation evident. Burnt orange in color, or gamboge when held to the light. A good film remains until the end and leaves some great looking lacing down the sides. Very nice.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malt with lots of citrus and grapefruit notes. Spices, tyme in particular, and some nice floral hoppy notes as well. Some hints of orange and mango in there as well. Quite an impressive nose, bordering on a DIPA.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malt again, with a good dose of citrus and grapefruit notes as well. Follows the nose beautifully. Some floral hops through the middle into a nice hop bitterness at the end. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, consisting of floral and bitter citrus notes though the finish. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body with higher end carbonation. A little light on the palate, but creamy smooth as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky and mouth-coating. Alcohol very well hidden.

OVERALL: Though the body was a little light, this might be the best IPA I've had yet. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable, this is one to watch out for. Its bold flavors and higher ABV put it at the border of DIPA country. A little more juice and it might have to defect. That said, I can certainly see why this is one of the most highly acclaimed IPA's in the land. If you're a fan of the style, you won't be disappointed. I just hope I can find more of these. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 15:03:26 | More by Jeffo
Photo of cooncat


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review: Got a bomber of this at "Save-On" in Mentor, OH. for $8.99. That's a pretty big price for a bomber. Let's see if its worth the big tab.

Poured into my SA glass, even at fridge temps, I got more than 2 fingers of rich, foamy white head, even with a restrained pour. Lots of lacing forms splotches on the walls of the glass. The color is kind of a golden hay/straw color, with a little haze from the conditioning yeast. When I top off this glass with the remainder of the bomber, it will probably be more cloudy, but, as a homebrewer, that isn't a bother. I can usually pour and keep most of the yeast in the bottle ... or not. You make the call. Very good looking brew though .. high marks from me.

The nose is bigger than I expected for a 'regular' IPA. I've had DIPAs which didn't have this big a nose. Lots of citrus going on, with some pine thrown in for good measure. If you pour this in the kitchen, your entire kitchen will have hop aroma in short order.

The taste is classic West Coast IPA .. and then some. Initial "smack in the face with grapefruit" experience, with tangerine rinds along with it .. oh, and add some pine in there as well. As huge as the hop flavors are, this isn't a 'one trick pony'. There's caramel in the background fighting to make its way to the fore, but its a losing battle. Can't call it 'balanced', because this is definitely hop forward, but it doesn't come off as over bearing or astringent. Mouthfeel is medium or a tad less, which was a little surprising. Everything else about this beer is 'bigger than life', so I expected (perhaps wrongly) a bigger mouthfeel. It's not 'light', but perhaps on the lighter side of medium. I'd put the carbonation around 2 volumes, which is adequate to keep it refreshing. Dangerously drinkable at 7.25% abv, the alcohol makes no presence in the flavor or after taste. I'm sure I could do more than one bomber of this in an evening, but its better to savor just one (besides, I always have homebrew to enjoy after a special tasting).

This is my first AleSmith brew, and it appears that AleSmith does live up to the hype. Highly recommended for all hop heads. Even if you aren't a hop-head, I think you'll enjoy the complex flavors that mix and mingle.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 21:50:20 | More by cooncat
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,845 ratings.