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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,909
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 238 | 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.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Clear, really fizzy, bright yellow pour with a nice thick head and great lacing. The nose is typical, big West Coast IPA with tons of citrus and subtle floral notes. The taste is also dominated by citrus with oranges and peaches at the forefront. Perfect balance with enough malty sweetness to complement the grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel suffers a bit for me because of the high carbonation. Nice crisp, dry finish. The great balance makes this beer incredibly drinkable. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

08-07-2010 18:11:53 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Mark


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A deep amber body was topped by an immense pillowy head. Scattered lacing adorned the glass. Nice hoppy aroma was not overpowering, just right. Very hoppy taste profile was at the same time quite smooth. Bittering was just right, bottle conditioning shined brightly on this one. Nice smooth mouthfeel reminded one of cask. Pretty powerful, but nice and drinkable nontheless. Good beer. Thanks to Rkhaze, a great guy who works at the Whole Foods I shop at. I'm glad he thought of me when in San Diego recently.

05-03-2004 03:01:20 | More by Mark
Photo of rarbring


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A clouded orange amber beer, an off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is an explosion of citric and floral aromas, grape-fruit, lime, orange. Pine needles and cones, dried and fresh flowers in a midsummer meadow.

The taste has some brown sugar and fresh rye bread, grape-fruit juice and peel, and bitter lemon seeds.

Low carbonation, a smooth and oily complexity followed by a warm dry feeling.

A beer that is so packed with aroma and taste that it really needs good time to indulge. But worth every minute of it. Possibly a bit too much hops compared to the malt.

05-21-2010 17:59:04 | More by rarbring
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Bomber poured into a large snifter.

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a massive fluffy off-white head. Great retention and plentiful lacing. Off to a nice start here.

Big fruity aromas- grapefruit, pineapple, tart apple, a hint something sweeter that reminds me of cantaloupe?. Substantial pine in there as well. A bit of malt quietly minds its business in the corner somewhere.

My taste buds are getting worked over bigtime by citrus (grapefruit, fresh squeezed OJ, pineapple) and pine in equal portions. Toward the swallow, a little bit of sweetness creeps in for a moment and then pine takes the lead, getting quite resiny and stinging the tongue and throat. Some peppery spiciness is enhanced by the vigorous, but not quite fizzy, carbonation. A quite dry and sticky finish.

Overall impression: Excellent IPA. Highly recommended.

03-22-2010 20:17:09 | More by PDXHops
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New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Bomber into a pint glass

A - copperish color, aggressive pour produces a lot of foam, retains for quite a while, lots of lacing.

S - lots of effervescent citrus. Lemon dominates, orange, some tropical notes as well.

T - follows the nose, light bodied citrus with a very clean and slight malt backbone. Just enough malt to give some body to the hops. Everything is sort of a passive flavor, in a good way. Easy drinking, nothing really comes out and tries to bowl you over. Great light citrus flavor throughout.

M - nice. Medium carb medium body, little bit of oily hoppiness from the hops leaves a nice aftertaste.

O - really a very good IPA. Not a stunner, but something I would order consistently if it were available where I am. Would love to try it on tap.

03-18-2013 04:36:24 | More by Beerandboards
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Pours a bright orangish-yellow with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing. Quite effervescent. Seems to glow under the evening's light. Beautifully refractive!

S - Wiffs of grapefruit, floral hops, yeast and crystal malts. Surprisingly mild for such a renowned beer.

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Tastes of grapefruit, honey, pine and yeast. All flavors are mild and work very well together.

M - Somewhat dry and light on the palate leaving me wanting another sip before I even set the glass back down.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer and tastes like a lower ABV beer than it really is.

02-09-2009 00:15:59 | More by bifrostguard
Photo of ms11781


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bright golden color, maybe a slight orange tint to it. A nice frothy, white foam head develops and takes a while to dissipate. It reaches about two fingers or so and takes a good five minutes to hit a finger in height and then it stays there. Nice soap-like lacing is left on the glass.

Huge citrus notes come first in the nose. A good dose of pine quickly follows up the citrus. There seems to be a touch of some floral hops at times when the beer is cold but not so much as it warms. There isn't much going on in the way of malt, there could be some but the hops overpower it.

The hops in the taste are the same as in the nose but overall it's considerably different. Huge citrus hits first, nice grapefruit, some orange and a touch of some lemon-like character are present. The beer is nicely balanced by a surprisingly strong, and slightly sweet, bready malt character. A pleasant bit of pine comes at the finish and provides a solid bitterness. Nothing overpowering but it certainly asserts itself.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer does feel pretty crisp and at times a bit lighter than you would think with the medium body. As mentioned there is a nice bitterness that sticks to the tongue for just a moment.

This is a great IPA. Surprisingly balanced in the taste, especially when the nose would lead you to believe otherwise. When you strip it down it's really just a west coast style IPA done very, very well.

05-11-2012 01:09:30 | More by ms11781
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- A very hazy golden orange color with a one finger off white head.

S- Grapefruit and grapefruit. There is also a slight hint of pine and some lemon. The malt backbone is sugary sweet.

T- A slight sweetness up front followed by a heavy bitter bite. The hop profile in this beer is more so grapefruit than anything I have ever tried. The is pineapple, pinecones and some mango in there as well. The malts in this beer really help the hop flavors come to life, its a sweet IPA and there is also some breaddy notes.

M- This is a bitter beer, no doubt about it. It also has a silky smooth feel. This is a nice sized beer and the bottle conditioning really helps give it volume.

O- This is pretty darn good IPA, I was hoping to be blown away but it didn't quite take me there. I think its mostly to do with the age of my bottle, as it has has no date and the hops taste older. Will have again

09-24-2012 23:20:20 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of genog


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

As tpd975 I have supplied him with Alesmith for a few trades. And tonight the dealer dipped into his own stash.
Pours in my pint glass a rich foamy white, white head that I can imagine is not going away anytime soon. copper golden color.
Smell is a slight floral, hoppy aroma.
Taste is very high on the hops. Very little malt balance, but yet this beer is not overpowering.
Carbonation is high and very enjoyable.

08-03-2007 00:39:12 | More by genog
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bottle courtesy of tayner poured into a pint glass. Thanks Dana!

A: Pours a clear, bright golden with a beautiful thick fluffy head that hangs around for ages. Fantastic lacing and a great looking IPA all the way around.

S: Big citrus and piny hops in the nose with a pleasant malt aroma in the background. Strong lemon and grapefruit smells on top of the fragrant pine.

T: Initial bitterness of the piny hop blast almost immediately gives way to the citrus, with lemon zest, oranges, and grapefruits dominating. Very subtle malt background throughout before the pine hop bitterness reenters the fray in the lingering aftertaste. Pretty aggressive but well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with enough carbonation and bitterness to zing the tongue nicely. Despite the zing, the overall mouthfeel is actually very smooth.

D: One of the more drinkable IPAs out there and a solid example of a West Coast IPA. This is about as big as you can get without getting into DIPA territory. Another great beer from the folks at AleSmith who rarely disappoint.

04-27-2008 22:09:12 | More by gford217
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Golden, white foam white average sized bubbles.

S: Citric fruits. Spices I can't exactly name.

T: As the smell with a nice bitternes to it.

O: Quite expensive and hyped among my friends and by other reviewers. Quite dissapointed honestly, but wouldn't mind drinking again.

07-20-2010 14:26:48 | More by Mjoepp
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach, 11/9/11.

A-Pours a golden honey with a foamy off white head. Great retention and huge sticky lacing.

S-Light citrus hops well balanced with malt.

T-Sweet and bready malt, mild citrus hops, good sweetness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied, slightly bitter.

O-Flavorful and extremely drinkable.


02-14-2012 15:11:26 | More by sholland119
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bottle shipped with the Most Wanted BIF.

looks great, smells great, and tastes pretty damn good. This is a top notch IPA. I've tasted it within a couple of days of the other big boys: Sculpin, PtE, Blind Pig, and Abrasive, and this one can hold its own. The overwhelming impression is Apricot. a nice dark gold color, with a bitter hop taste that reminds me of that fruit.

Just like the label, there are not any tricks to this one, just a big, bitter, hop forward beer, with excellent body and mouthfeel. Not a ton of balance, but in an IPA your not really after that are you?

02-13-2011 20:12:25 | More by tmcelvain
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz. Bomber
Liquid Solutions

I've been looking forward to drinking some AleSmith IPA. Finally getting my chance tonight. An average pour produced a half glass full of head. Letting it die down a little the head became very dense and craggy leaving big chunky lacing down the glass. The body has a very mild chill haze with few tiny carbonation bubbles swirling throughout. The body has a slight orange tint along the lines of iced tea. Very nice looking beer.

Very enjoyable aroma with a big but not overpowering pine needle nose. As it warms grapefruit rind comes forward. Biscuity malt lingers in the background and compliments the pine nicely. Mild alcohol vapors rise through and add a spicy note.

More caramel malt in the flavor than the biscuity malt that was in the aroma. The biscuity malt is there but takes a back seat to the caramel. The main flavor component is the hops, just like any good IPAs main characteristic is. Pine oils coat the tongue and linger on after the malt presence fades. As this beer warms the grapefruit becomes more pronounced. Again, very mild alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Very solid.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Medium body with a creamy airy texture. Nice bitterness on the swallow in the back of the throat. Exactly as I would want a good IPA to feel like.

Highly drinkable. In no way over the top which hurts the drinkability of other IPAs. Somewhat balanced but leaning toward the hops. After every sip you immediately want another.

A solid IPA from AleSmith. Perfect example of a left coast IPA. My first foray into AleSmith beers and it definately wont be my last. I just need to figure out how to get more.

07-01-2007 02:42:44 | More by joe1510
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A - a very nice, somewhat murky sunflowery yellow pour with a 1 finger thick, crisp head

S - Nice cornucopia of fruity hops going on here = some pineapple, citrusy grapefruit, pineapple, etc, etc.. a pretty good smelling ipa

T - very refreshing as the fruitforward hop bomb enters the palate and pleases the gullet...Very west coast

M - Very refreshing IPA that is pleasant to sip. Easy down.

0 - A pretty good brew! Very thankful for the box that brought it!

11-12-2011 04:00:36 | More by vande
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

This is my first review. Note that I'm going to do something perhaps a little different and compare each beer I review to a "control" beer of the same type that I am very familiar with, and which I drink at the same time. In this case of American IPAs, my control is Bell's Two Hearted.

Poured from 22oz bomber into standard pint glass. No date on bottle, but purchased within the last 2 weeks (normally I'd sample sooner, but I got a cold right after buying Alesmith).

A: Compared to Two Hearted, Alesmith IPA is almost identical in color (ever so slightly more red). Significantly cloudier. Significantly less carbonation and head.

S: Significantly sweeter, less 'sharp,' citrusy-floral smell than Two Hearted.

T: Overall, these are very similar tasting AIPAs. Alesmith is more complex than Two Hearted (and by complex I mean a taste that changes in character from initial taste to aftertaste). The initial taste is creamier, with a very 'round' feel, which then manages to finish with a hoppier, 'tighter,' more dry aftertaste. Fewer initial floral notes and with less initial 'bite' than Two Hearted, which finishes slightly less dry.

F: 'Rounder,' more full.

D: They're both very drinkable to me. Both damn fine beers. Alesmith may be more "drinkable" due to the changing character of its flavors--it's complexity--that help keep it from getting 'boring' or monotonous (which would frankly be a crime of a description to apply to either beer).

P (Price): This is a category I feel is important. At my local store, the 22oz bomber of Alesmith is $4.99, while a 12oz single of Two Hearted is $1.79. 23 cents per ounce vs. 15.

Overall: Two Hearted is still my favorite due to more 'flavor' (more floral, citrusy, slightly wetter, sweeter, less puckering aftertaste), but I would be very happy to discover Alesmith on tap at any bar where Two Hearted isn't (aren't we dreaming now ;)

12-31-2010 07:36:25 | More by mewanderinghome
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

The pour is a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. There is nice retention and good lacing.

The nose is mostly citrus (orange) with some piney and floral notes. There is also a hint as to the alcoholic content. The taste is more of the same; the pine really stands out. At the finish, as the bitterness subsides, a bready flavour takes over.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; now I wish I had bought more than one bottle (at least Kentucky isn't _that_ far).

This is just an overall good beer. I only wish I could buy it closer to home.

10-08-2009 22:29:07 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of TheName


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured after sitting for a bit out of the fridge; split between an imperial pint and a taster (for the wife). Color's a nice ruddy orange with a bit of haze and the off-white head's a shocker--it piles higher and higher in dense, stiff peaks that recall meringues and stuck around long into the beer's consumption. Gotta say, it's not often you see half inch mounds of dense, creamy head even 10-12 ounces into your pint. Awesome.

The aroma is big time grapefruit. Beautiful citrus and even a plummy sort of sweetness backing it up. There's a woodiness there after a bit but then, as the beer level drops and the glass funnels a bit more there's an almost turpentine background to it which contrasts but doesn't hurt the beer's drinkability.

Contrasts, however, are what I'm really discovering in this beer. The big big hop aroma doesn't translate into overpowering bitterness. Indeed the flavor is all caramelly, woody sweetness with only a faint--and very pleasant--bittering. The beer defines "velvety" in the mouth--it's nothing if not smooth--and goes down leaving a diaphanous coating of tingly astringency that is far from unenjoyable. The smoothness is amazing, almost as if it were freshly and carefully pumped out of a cask instead of dumped out of a bottle at my kitchen table. As for drinkability, it seemed I had barely blinked before I was staring at only lacing and a few stray dregs of the creamy head and wishing I had another bottle in the fridge.

As my first foray into AleSmith's brews I can't wait to snatch up more. Wonderful beer that, were I nearer its provenance, I am sure would always have a spot in my fridge.

04-27-2007 03:10:17 | More by TheName
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Did somebody say West Coast?

Now that I have had the opportunity to try out more west coast IPAs I am beginning to discern the polarities. I enjoy both.

This beer pours your average IPA orange color, but is quite hazy due to the bottle conditioning. The head is quite thick, but settles down to leave a fluffy lacing on the glass.

The smell is instant pine followed by a sharp scent of freshly baked bread. You can just tell that this boy is going to be hop-oriented.

The taste is full of an intricate variety of hops. The malts take a back seat but can be noticed as the beer warms. There isn't much sweetness in this brew. The toasty, biscuity malts poke through but not the least bit of sweetness comes through. I enjoyed this beer with some sharp cheddar cheese.

In your mouth, this beer feels a bit like it is biting you (in a good way).

This ale is a bit overpowering to make it a regular treat, but it is very well done.

07-13-2005 20:28:18 | More by Maestro
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A huge fluffy head as big as the burnt-orange copper liquid in the Duvel tulip glass rose and fell to a biscuit island and a fair amount of irregular lace.

The smell is the too-strong perfume type of hop assault you would get from smelling a hop oil extract and little else.

Taste is like the nose at the moment. It's a two dimensional pyramid of hop resin. What balance of grains finds its way into the taste is quickly and steadily beaten down until only the lupulin remains. True to style, this beer will have no problem making the long journey to India without spoilage.

In the mouthfeel, it's a little sharp up front but the oils of the hops quickly take care of that to become an easy-drinking smoothness.

Drinkability is high but pretty standard for this style. You can drink a fair amount of it without wanting to have something else right away.

This is a very satisfying brew that I would buy again to share as an example of the style but among all IPAs I think there are few better.

06-12-2009 22:33:46 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Bomber to specialty ipa glass, no freshness date

Pours a clear shallow gold with minimal carbonation and a finger and a half of foam, pretty good retention. Smells of strong hops, thick citrus and pine with a nice sweet malt. Taste follows the nose well, nice hoppy profile balanced well with a pale citrus malt. Feel is a little light bodied with a nice crisp and bitter bite, good bitter finished. Overall this is balanced too well for my taste, I like my ipas a lot more on the hoppy side, from a balanced point of view it's great

02-11-2013 01:22:40 | More by lordofstarside
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber-orange color with a thick looking three finger white colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a tropical fruit smell with tons of tangerine as well as aromas of pineapple, mango and papaya. Along with these fruity smells is a good showing of hops. The hop aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit smell, but is accompanied by aromas of pine and a little bit of earth. A little bit of a bready aroma there is there as well, mixing with the rest to produce a quite delicious smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly doughy and bready taste combined with a lighter tangerine and other tropical fruit flavor. Right from the start the hops can be tasted, with the beginning having a moderate showing of a grapefruit hop flavor. As the flavor advances from the start, the grapefruit gets a bit stronger in taste all while the sweeter flavors dwindle. At the same time the doughier flavor vanished from the tongue being replaced by a drier biscuit like taste. Nearer to the end, a pine hop taste starts working its way onto the tongue. While it starts out lower in intensity, it soon takes over the grapefruit hop flavor, with the total of flavors leaving a rather dry, bready and biscuit, resinously hopped flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The thicker body really amps up the resinous hop flavors of the brew nicely allowing them to coat the mouth, all the while the average carbonation keeps it a little bit crisper and helps with the drier tastes of the brew.

Overall – A quite tasty IPA with a nice blend of grapefruit and pine hop. A rather enjoyable drink I must say.

12-08-2013 12:04:22 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%

16 oz. pour into a tumbler

A- Semi hazy dark brass. Head, white, retains at 1/4" With some decent lacing.

S- Nice caramel base, grapefruit, and pineapple

T- Smooth and sweet, juicy. Not too bitter. Citrus, maybe some pineapple.

M- Really smooth. Crisp. Bitterness is mild. Yum.

O- Very great. Smooth, and bitterness isn't the big player. My kind of IPA.

05-04-2014 01:29:05 | More by BWED
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%

A: orange/shiny, light cloudy body, finger off-white head,
fine lacing

S: grapefruit, tangerine, fresh pine, hint of malt

T: same as nose

M: med body, solid sticky/oily

O: Thrilled to find this during WI beer run,
being hearing this brewery for years. Fantastic
balanced IPA. Look forward to exploring
more of Alesmith beers.


02-23-2014 19:59:58 | More by BeerLover99
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to Floydster for this one.

Pours a nice clear amberorangeish color with a nice fluffy white head that lingers and leaves lace.

Nose is all west coast hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine, resinous, a slight sweetness in the nose, but hops take the front seat for sure.

Taste pretty much follows. Radical west coast grapefruit hops, pine resin, perfume and sharp herb. Malt backbone is solid, but not so much to distract from the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice here, a tiny bit thick, but carbonation is dead on. Slightly too slick.

Drinkability is very solid. A super chuggable 7%. Defenitely drinkable.

Overall a very very nice IPA, super sessionable and full of great flavor. Excellently drinkable, and smooth. I would mind thinning this one out a bit, but other than that this is a staple example of what a good west coast IPA should be. Great representation of the style. Good IPA, hopheads will enjoy. Good beer.

10-05-2008 07:34:23 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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