AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,195
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 450
Gots: 403 | FT: 10
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 angrybabboon
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 6/6/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden copper - moderate white head to start, retains a ring and a little cap - remarkably great lacing, spots and streaks are just stuck to the glass

Smell: Dank and delicious - this is a fresh bottle, and the aroma proves it - very hoppy, with both citrus and pine - grapefruits, tangerines, sticky pine resin, and a touch of weed - floral, juicy, and tropical - some caramel malts underneath, but they are mostly overpowered

Taste: So, so good - hoppy as the smell would suggest - some grapefruit flesh and pith, and a ton of pine - wet, sticky, oily, resinous pine - moderately bitter with a slight lingering bitterness - floral, with some tropical flourishes - caramel malts provide a nice pedestal in this ode to Humulus lupulus

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat sticky, but it works because it's nicely carbonated

Overall: My money, take it!

I am so glad I finally obtained a fresh bottle of this. Cheers to the wizards at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA for summoning some quality AleSmith bottles. This is one of the best IPAs that can be purchased on the East Coast. Seriously.

Update (5/11/13): Drinking a fresh bottle of this thanks to the fact that Alesmith apparently now distributes to Rhode Island. This is actually my third bottle of this overall, and my suspicions are confirmed: this is one of my top 5 favorite IPAs of all time. Oh snap! Bumped up the score slightly to reflect my growing love.

Photo of jeffstinson
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wasn't expecting what this beer delivered. Should have expected it coming from Alesmith. Citrus notes, great hop bitterness, and solid body make this an exceptional IPA.

Photo of mcallister
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a lovely cloudy burnt orange with a decent frothy head with slight lacing. The nose of grapefruit, orange rind, pure citrus, and hops is quite delectable.

Well on first taste all you can really say is balanced. Extremely balanced fruit, hop, alcohol. Same fruits as in the nose. Very attractive hops not to tannic yet not to subtle. Type of IPA you can just sit around and drink, and drink, and drink, and drink, and finally pass out. MMM Delicious.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a copper orange with thick slightly off white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass.

S: More citrus hops seem to be in the forefront with piney hops in the background. Grapefruit and earthy tones are also detected.

T: The piney hops rush up in the taste of this beer and create a very calm bitterness. The fruity flavors give this beer some sweetness, while the hops make it more powerful throughout. It's an odd teetering between an AIPA and IIPA. Very interesting and deep taste that makes me think about one of those styles with every sip.

F: Medium body, with not a large amount of carbonation.

D: A fine drink from AleSmith. The dynamic taste made this drink disappear faster and faster from my glass. A very good IPA overall and would definitely have again.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a brassy amber color with a finger and a half of off white head. Incredible retention with sticky lacing.

S- huge citrusy juicy lemon and grapefruit. Middle is all tropical fruit of mango, pineapple with a note of hemp. Balancing dry malt on the finish.

T- huge hop flavor of juicy citrus and tropical fruit. A hint of malt for balance and a touch of sweetness. Light hemp and pine sapand orange marmalade on the finish.

MF- full smooth rich mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

D- unreal drinkability

overall my favorite Regular IPA of all time.

Photo of mattster
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 22 oz bottle poured into Nonic glass.

Nice Light head across top of brew that dies down to a layer of bubbles. Brew itself is hazy amber color.

Nice smell of hops and a little citrus tones.

Taste is definitely of hops and citrus... Almost like a semi sweet lemon... nice little bits of Piney earthiness follow. Bitterness works to its advantage.

Really nice mouthfeel and really good finish. Very easy to drink. Really good beer. I'm glad I listened to the bar tender on this one.

Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have ever had. This beer poured a nice dark peach-y colour with a nice creamy, white head. The aromas were of fresh, citrus-y hops and some lucious background malts. The taste was a wonderful explosion of hop bitterness, citrus undert-tones, and a wonderful peach-y hop/malt flavor. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the drinkability was insanely good for an IPA of this size!

A huge thanks to EyeChartBrew for this sample!


Photo of DoktorZee
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - lovely golden color with a small tight head that disappears after a couple minutes leaving some hints of lacing on the glass.

S - probably the most fragrant beer I've ever had the joy of sniffing. I'm hit in the face by super-powerful juniper hops and afterward I can detect some light floral hops and mango. Stunning!

T - a little surprise to find it only moderately bitter after that nose, but the finesse wins with very tight wet/pine hoppy bitterness and citrus sharpness resolving into a hint of toasty malt finish.

M - light with a hint of oilness and only a hint of enduring bitterness at the back of the throat.

D - impressively drinkable; I'm pretty sure the 22oz will disappear very quickly.

This is a tremendous IPA; not overpowering but extremely satisfying!

Photo of reebtaerG
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bottle dated 11/22/13 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear golden orange with two finger bright white sticky head. Great lacing.

S-Bright, clean aroma of fresh hops with pine, grapefruit and tangerine notes.

T-Flavors are less sweet and has a crisp, tingly fresh carbonated aspect that competes with its bitter hop dimension.

M-Light body, great carbonation that fizzes continue ally into your mouth, sticky with dry sweet bitter finish. Strong yet balanced, taste lingers long after finish.

O-This a great San Diego IPA by Alesmith I need to get more from them

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper orange amber tone with a large thicket of cream colored head lacing is thick and even beautiful appearance says you know you want some just take a sip. Aroma: Wants you get a sniff of this hypnotizing beer your ready for more and more piney hops earthy tones and floral scents that send you into a hop frenzy best of all very well balanced brew with a ton of malt exposure as well caramel malts layer on their effect to the overall scent. Taste: Simply amazing splendid blend of flavor the caramel malts give a butterscotch like sweetness blending only the ripest grapefruit citrus hops and floral nosed earthy tasting hops with the pine cone finish setting it off feels so nice going down this is my favorite IPA on the market I have tasted which says volumes about the quality of this product. Mouhtfeel: Medium to full in body excellent oily resined texture full of hop juices nice carbonation sends tickles to the back of the throat, awesome. Drinkability: As complex as this IPA stands it adds to the craving I have for each bottle to reach my lips pure sweet mixture of hoppy liquid equals a balanced uncannied by any other IPA I have sampled this one takes the cake on the realm of the master IPA.

Photo of Murph
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking deep golden/light copper color with a perfect looking 1/2" sticky white head that slowly sinks but never falls below a thick meringue-ish film that completely coats the inside of the glass. Big piney hoppiness is all over the aroma in this one. Almost resiny/hoppy aromas make me want to tip this glass up as soon as possible. Initial tingly hoppiness hits the tongue before a quick biscuity malt burst that drowns all else out for a moment. The creamy biscuity malt becomes more and more apparent as the brew gets warmer. Excellently balanced brew with a great piney and citrusy hoppy flavors through the finish with some light, just right, lingering bitterness. Smooth with a great crispness. The medium bodied smoothness really comes out once the brew hits about 60° or so. Absolutely excellent brew, I could drink this stuff all day and probably will do so if I ever get out to their brewpub. A huge thanks to the LongBeachBum for sending this sample along.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Reed415 for this fine beaut.

Careful when pouring this one, the head is like a hefe, very sensative. The head is pretty retentive too with a great lacing. The color is a gorgeous light copper/golden. The smell is wonderfully hoppy with grassy hops that aren't harsh at all, just right. The flavor is very good too, with a hoppiness that is flavorful, but not overdone. Just right, the perfect IPA that's still very very hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice, carbonated well, but the bubbles just fall to the back of your throat. It's got a good body too!! Not light or too heavy. Overall I would like to buy this by the case it is sooo good.

Photo of cbutova
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is explosion. I poured once ounce and it made a four finger head, even when down the side very slowly. Not sure how I am supposed to drink it. This head is a monster, I thought Sculpin was nuts. One hand head that retains like a freakin superhero. No points are deducted from this on appearance, there is nothing wrong here. Smell is good stuff. Large hints of pine, pineapple, citrus fruits like lemon and orange, more hops. This is certainly a hop bomb, the malts are there but no where in sight in the hose. I would give it a 5.0 but Sculpin's scent is a whole level above this. Taste is also a hop bomb, malts in there but it's mostly a nice blend of citrus hops, pineapple is amazing in this beer. Piney hops also present. Mouthfeel is appropriate, nice medium carbonation, moderate body, perfect for a huge IPA. Drinkability is great, the price is a bit much around here but worth it, the hops will get too much after a while. Alesmith continues to impress me.

Photo of thepitch
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured it into a chilled pint glass. It is a beautiful, coppery golden brown color with an clear, bubbly body. It was a 22oz. bottle, so when I refilled my pint, some small yeast chunks fell into the glass. The head is just awesome. It poured a thick, 1.5 finger, creamy, popcorn, cloud-like head that would just not go away. Full of peaks and canyons, incredibly interesting. It almost looked like someone floated a thick rice cake on top of the glass, and it was a good thing. I have never seen anything like it. For appearance, it gets a 5+++.

The smell is a well-balanced combination of wheat, fruit, chocolate, and alcohol.

The taste is just so good. I really had a hard time not finishing the beer before finishing this review. It starts a little sour, then an overwhelming combination of apples, citrus, chocolate, hops, giving way to a nice bitter kick and a strong, yet well-balanced alcohol finish. I have never had a chocolate tasting IPA before. Also, for some reason, the flavor of the beer is just so well-defined and unique, it's like it has always been there, and I am just now fortunate enough to have discovered it. To quote the bottle, "It's Pretty Awesome."

I speculate that it will be on tap at my wedding.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Big frothy white head, nice amber color, a bit cloudy, looks serious.

S: Some wine, some spices, some honey, hops. Surprisingly complex, especially for a single IPA.

T: It's got a good malt profile along with a big bitterness from the hops and sweetness and dryness. It's really the best single IPA I've ever had, I should say.

M: Smooth, not too thin. It's very good feeling on the palate.

D: It drinks real easy. Nothing to complain about at all. Much better than Bud Light.

Photo of JohnG190
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden with a two-finger off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Nice fruity aroma with sweet malt and grass. Strong hop flavors on the front of the tongue balanced by a strong malt backbone. Finishes dry with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall an extremely well crafted and perfectly balanced west-coast IPA. Very quaffable!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light copper color, lighter than most in the style. Head is billowy and full, lasts long, makes a smooth mound in the middle fo the glass. Looks good.

Smell: Hop Candy. Grapefruit and bubblegum, sweet caramel action, lightly piney. Fantastic.

Taste: Rich and full. The maltiness provides an able and delicious backdrop for something so fruity and hoppy (citrus and pine). I can't get over how good this beer is, well honed start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, rich, creamy, excellent for the style.

Drinkability: One of the finest in the style, this beer gets all the laud it receives, in the top 5 of the style.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer!!!! One of my favorite IPA's. The appearance was a very gold/copper color and clean for the most part. The smell was very hoppy, sooo good!!! The taste was also extremely awesome, leaving me with a citrus like taste. Mouthfeel was also very clean. Easy to drink...I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into Delirium Tremens tulip

A - Cloudy sunset orange with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is fairly moderate.

S - Incredibly fruity and flowery, incredible scent that is almost chewy. Full and strong and ideal. Nice and sugary and unlike any other IPA I've had.

T - Hoppy and sweet (assumably from the prominent malt backbone). Nice and sugary with an incredible balance and never cloying or overly bitter.

M - Mild carbonation that is very smooth with a chewy mouthfeel and a slightly bittering aftertaste (but much less than many IPAs).

D - Perhaps the best IPA I've ever had (which is saying alot considering I heart this style). I will plan on acquiring as much of this as possible in the future.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beer to our tasting. The beer poured a golden color with one finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was full on grapefruit hop, with some caramel sweetness in the background. Nice nice nice. The flavor was full of nice sweet hops, grapefruit and a touch of caramel. The feel was thick, just what I want for this beer. Drinkability was huge. I wished I had more of it to drink. What a smooth, easy drinking beer.

Photo of joeseppy
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange marmalade colour with a dense generous off-white head and staggered lacing.

Aromas of Juicyfruit gum, tropical fruits of grapefruit and tangerine. Definite hop, pine and malt.

Balance, balance and balance. Hops, pine, sweet malt and juice. Juz like it smells.

Medium body and chewy. The malt really adds the depth that could be a mistaken as a double. Some stickiness on the lips. Bitterness lingers on the tongue and nasal cavaties.

This IPA is right on target. No characteristic beats the other, but rather meld in harmony. Tremendously tremendous. Truly a leader of a classic in style. Alesmith, if you are reading-would you please come to Chi-town. How come you distribute OVER Chicago to the East coast? Just wondering-I'd buy regularly.

Photo of jakekohut
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle bought at Southbay Pharmacy

A: It was in a dark bottle, I have had this beer n a glass before and it has a nice light copper color.
S: It has a wonderfully grapefruit citrus smell to it, I also have a cold so please do not make fun of my adjectives.
T,M&D: This is one of my favorite IPA's in the workd for smoothness and drinkibility, at 7.25% it is not overly strong but you know the alcohol is there. Steller IPA and I will continue to buy this beer.

Photo of jmalex
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last month in San Diego, but this will be my first taste from the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Duvel tulip a fairly hazy orange golden color. The head is barely off-white and holds fairly well at one finger high for an exceedingly long time. Quite impressive.

SMELL: A wonderful blast of citrus and hop resins hit you first with perfect IPA strength. It's all west coast hops in this one. A sweet malt backbone is certainly present though, and even presents a slightly toasty aroma.

TASTE: Awesome. Huge citrusy hop flavor is accompanied by a taste bud-assaulting bitterness that matches. The hops really smooth out as it crosses the palate leaving a few sticky resins behind. The finish begins with the beer's malty base showing itself prominently before disappearing behind a lingering hop bitterness. This is as close to perfect as an IPA can get.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is medium full and carbonated sufficiently. It's only a slight bit sticky and resinous.

DRINKABILITY: Suffers only from being such a big beer. It definitely goes down way to easy for its ABV though. I love it.

Well this is just as I remember it from a month ago. I guess my biggest mistake was only bringing back 1 bottle for myself and giving away the rest. I'm sure my friends are appreciative of such a fantastic gift though.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a great-looking bomber pours a great-looking beer. This is a really pretty IPA. Very clear, copper color. It has a precious metal look to it. Excellent creamy, foamy head. Lots of lacing. The previous reviewer called this beer velvety, which I agree with. The persistent head adds to that.

Upon uncapping, aromas immediately streamed out before even pouring. This is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away. Really nice aromatic hops. I notice mandarins, nectarine, pine resin... all very sweet and nectar-like. Normally I'd want more malt smells to come through, but I'm perfectly happy smelling this hop flower.

Taste is excellent. Here the malts show themselves, but not after a first rush of the sweet, aromatic hops. They move aside and mingle with the substantial, caramel and bready malts. Appropriate but in-control bittering hops round out the long finish. Wow, I'm really enjoying this beer, and it's not just because I had a long day.

Mouthfeel is so creamy, smooth and velvety. Perfect for this beer, in my opinion.

This is such a good, well rounded IPA. Highly recommended. I need to try more AleSmith beers now.

Photo of samie85
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/11/11.

A-Pours a very clear amber color with two fingers of very creamy head.

S-Juicy grapefruit and pine with some pineapple and light caramel notes.

T-Loads of juicy and bitter pineapple and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel sweetness throughout.

M-Very smooth feel and medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D-Superbly drinkable and a very well made, and approachable, yet flavorful . Now I just need to move to Cali so I can make this a daily drinker without going broke!

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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