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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 402
Gots: 221 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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 bashiba


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color with a big sticky white head with great lacing.

The smell is fantastic with a big citrusy and very fresh hop smell.

Has a very bold hop flavor with big shots of juniper, mint, and citrus with a mild toasted grain undertones.

The mouthfeel is very zippy with lots of carbonation and a light bit of oilyness and stickyness.

Easy to drink, very nice IPA with great fresh hop charachteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:48:45 | More by bashiba
Photo of cheers2beers


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Boolshot for giveing me this fine offering in a trade.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark orange, much like an apple cider, with a creamy and frothy off white head that seems to have maintain power. Leaveing behind minimal laceing.

Smell: The aromas are mild sweet caramel malts with a hoppy aftermath. Some fruits seem to play a small role as well, such as sweet red apples and light citric oranges. A small amount of alcohol can be detected.

Taste: Wow, hops galore. A sweetened fruity malt character blended with a citrusy,piney, and resinous hops. Also has an alcohol kick that seems to be just right. This beer seems to be very basic not complex. Made the way the IPA should be with no surprises. Hops+ Sweet malts+ mild alcohol = Good tasteing IPA.

Mouthfeel: Has a sticky,oily,smooth, almost grainy feel with a bubbley finish. Good alcohol vapors seem to have a backflow effect due to the much welcomed 7.25 % abv. Overall a nice medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very quaffable IPA not cloying, not offensive in any way, not too alcoholic, but seems to be a good all around good drinking beer.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 22:36:23 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of peabody


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really beautifully clear amber/orange with lots of off white suds. Three fingers and it almost came out of the pint glass.
Lacing is already showing up.
Smell is so fruity/ orange and pineapple and grapefruit. This is the best smelling IPA out there. No alcohol is present here.
Taste is very warming. The alcohol is here but is balanced with the hops. The flavor changes from warm/sweet to fruity then to a bitter that excites the back of the tounge.
There is not much carbonation in the mouth but the mellowness of the entire concoction makes this a great feeling brew to have in the mouth.
I would love to drink a lot of these so I am rating it high on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 22:56:43 | More by peabody
Photo of scottoale


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with the usual white silk-screened label and it pours a lovely amber-orange, with an irridescant murk. Nice 1/2inch of just off-white head and plenty of lacing, looking good!

Spiky fresh, resinous pine hop nose that barely backs off to let some malt through, rather hoppy indeed.

Flavor is, as flavor smells...very fresh, very piney hops with a citrusy sweetness, fill the gullet. As the hops come, with the hops it goes, a very hoppy brew with the balance leaning hop heavy,. Very tasty stuff.

Good carbonation, medium body and a hop oily mouthfeel, this is what an IPA is all about (with extra hops). With an above average ABV, this stuff still goes down very easily, try some! Cheers to you hopheads!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 03:05:27 | More by scottoale
Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is STRONG! Cascade hops and I think there is some malt in there too.

Taste is fairly neutral, the must be a lot of malt in this to balance out the hop level in this. The grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops in this is at the tongue numbing level.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Drinkability is questionable. This is a hop monster brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 03:21:29 | More by Zorro
Photo of rdickey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear gold into a pint glass (my Onion “I enjoy drinking beer” one). A fine white one-finger head lingers, and as it slowly withdraws it leaves fabulous sheets of lacing.

Smell: One whiff tells you what you’re in for: a classic American IPA. Grapefruit and pine combine nicely, and I’m advised by my better half that there’s something else in there – kelp? I smiled and nodded to preserve domestic tranquility, but I confess that I didn’t get the kelp.

Taste: Classic, and the nose projects exactly what follows in the mouth. Grapefruit (along with some other citrus) and piney hopes are the story. There’s a bready malt backbone hiding behind all the hops, and although it does not dominate the flavors – far from it – it provides excellent balance. An extraordinarily well-balanced IPA, which is a refreshing change in pace from the h(op)-bombs that have resulted from the hops arms race.

Mouthfeel: Very light in the mouth, which was somewhat unexpected. It finishes smooth and clean.

Drinkability: High. This is a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 23:41:36 | More by rdickey
Photo of gatornation


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy peach color with an orange glow with a smallish head and a very fresh collar..smell is pine and floral hops.grassy hops in the background..taste is big piney hops,with big floral and citrus hops..a little tropical taste in the back of the mouth is all balanced with some nice malts..mouth feel is all hops with a punch with medium carbonation..highly drinkable west coast style ipa..very good

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:13:35 | More by gatornation
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a luscious shade of orange with a two finger, very puffy white head. Tons of carbonation, with bubbles flowing to the top nonstop. Lacing is unbelievable, all the way around the glass.

S- citrus, but the aroma is very weak. Disappointing

T- starts out fairly piney, and the finish is very sweet. Almost tastes like orange juice at the end, in both consistency and flavor. Very tasty

M- the feel of this is fine. It's not thick or syrupy at all. Pleasant

O- reminds me a lot of Sculpin. Freshness dates would be great, as I think this one might not be as fresh as can pop up into stores...but it's damn solid regardless

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 20:22:52 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of RunDWP


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been popped in the mouth with a bunch of hops, and I like it!

A piney, resin, and slightly floral hops dominated my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a sturdy, off-white head with plenty of sheeting action on the glass. Hardly any detectable malt, but a whole bunch of piney and slightly floral hop goodness. Almost mouth puckering, but the hops blend had a certain smoothness which was required to make the bitterness level, which was off the scale, palatable. Nice creamy mouthfeel to the brew. Something this bitter can't really rate high in the drinkability catagory, and the last couple warm mouthfull were a little difficult to choke down.

Would you believe I found this bottle in a 7-11 in Carlsbad right off of Interstate-5? I couldn't believe it either when I saw the bottle sitting in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:19:02 | More by RunDWP
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Gold color, nice white head and descent lacing

Smell- PINE, citrus(grapefruit)

Taste- Bitter hops and alcohol. Pine resin really comes through as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation

Overall- Great hoppy beer. For those that really enjoy hoppy they'll enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 12:37:52 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of ruinationation


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby copper color and produces a fat three finger head with some good lacing left behind.

Nice expected hop smell with a surprising and enjoyable strong citrus aromas that follow.

Taste of hops with a pineapple and orange citrus mix. Its piney and has a good sweetness.

This beer has one of the best mouthfeel to it. Very velvet like, after the pour swig the remains in the bottle for a yeast shot.

This beer really impressed me from start to finish and will become a regular of mine. If you like this try Stone Brewery's Ruination IPA a liquid poem to the glory of the hop.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 00:19:13 | More by ruinationation
Photo of ReDave


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice! Awesome IPA

---Side note Peter Zien is the best! My first couple of bottles were flat, and Peter came through with replacements! ---and worth the wait!

Nice amber orange color, full white head, sticky lace down the sides.
Aroma of nice citrus hoppy wonderousness!

This in the top level of IPA's. I need to try more Alesmith beers!


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 05:53:42 | More by ReDave
Photo of mobud


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Tulip

A- caramel color with 1/2 inch head. clings to the glass and leaves an oily lacing going down the sides.

S- Floral citrus explodes in the nose. Very fresh and inviting.

T- Level hops flavor inspite of the nose. Strong hoppy taste, but an even malt base holds it all together.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- Very nice. Got this beer on my last trip to SD and wish that I could have it more often. The beer has a good rep and it is easy to see why.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 20:50:19 | More by mobud
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice IPA. It has the balance that IPAs should have, yet the hop profile for the hophead in me.

A semi-bright pour. Polished bronze, clear. Rocky head in parts, mostly dense just-barely-off-white foam. Nice lacing. Clean

Grapefruit aroma, citrus zest, some pine and caramel. Heavy nose up front. It's a hoppy beer, no doubt. After waves of citrus the pine comes out more, then the light caramel. Balance.

Balance is the name of the game on the flavor. Still it leans toward the hoppy side. Pine is more evident here, some earthy. Fruity zests are still on call. Malt makes a presence and sticks around allowing some sweetness in to play. Hops fade a bit from the aroma, but it's a nice beer nonetheless and not an over the top type hop bomb

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 19:20:21 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Dope


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice off-white foamy head atop a pretty typical slightly hazy pour. Very nice legs.

S: Mostly pine, a bit of citrus. Not overpowering but still pretty strong.

T: A bit of citrusy hops which balances out via the malt backbone. Finishes with pine bitterness quite nicely.

M: Pretty much exactly right. Not too heavy - this is after all a single IPA. Carbonation is good. A little lingering bitterness.

O: Solid IPA, probably top 10 for me but nothing really stands out as super amazing. Just solid all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 04:42:38 | More by Dope
Photo of kegger22


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out as orange/amber with a generous two finger head. In your face orange and grapefruit aroma, very nice. Taste is definitely hoppy citrus with some pine bitterness, not a lot. Also some malty sweetness to balance the hops a bit. Feels good, drinks great. This was my first IPA and still my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 17:44:03 | More by kegger22
Photo of Urbancaver


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lisa for rocking my world! Oh, and for sending me this beer.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. A bit of white head that doesn't disappear. Decent lacing on the glass. Smells pretty solid. light citrus, pine, lots of nice hops. A very solid nose that comes across equally nice on the tongue. Light sweet malts on the background. Overall a fairly thick mouthfeel. Very solid overall. Thanks!!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 20:06:28 | More by Urbancaver
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has them
lots of them.
After trying their pale ale I was anticipating something a little bit more distinctive, something a little bit more signature but this is a solid, tasty, belly warming IPA.
This just begs a taste test between Stone IPA and some others... maybe an east coast/west coast IPA rumble.
I had Green Flash's IPA in the recent past and the flavor profile reminds me of this: mild grapefruit presence that doesn't offend. Some malt character and sweetness that does just enough to support the hop show. Flavorful hop burps during consumption.
I'd be happy to have easy access to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 08:43:25 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of HopHeadLouie


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The really great thing about this beer is that you'll never have to buy dish soap again. There is enough sudsy foam to do your pots and pans and it will leave your hands smelling IPA fresh.
Once you get past the ridiculous dense mouse laden head you are left with a big bold extra hoppy supper bitter IPA. The first sip assaults the palette with a sharp biting tingle of tart hoppy goodness. On second approach I am drawn to the underlying "pale ale" characteristics reminding not to forget the PA in IPA. Mmmmm, kind of tasty...Faint citrus notes, other than that nothing to fragrant, no flowers, caramels or toffees to speak of just a nice clean finish, sharp biting hops, solid carbonation and excellent mouth feel. Good Stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 21:23:01 | More by HopHeadLouie
Photo of ADZA


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just for IPA day and it pours a hazy golden yellow with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is grapefruit,piney resin coated hops,boiled candy and passionfruit,the mouthfeel is sticky and medium bodied with tastes of lychee,citrus zest,piney hops,grapefruit,light tastes of candy and finished with a mouthpuckering grapefruit bitterness and overall i like it it really is true AIPA and very drinkable cheers to IPA day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 10:32:18 | More by ADZA
Photo of Floydster


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Nice golden color with a solid head for an IPA

Hops stand out in this beer and it has a nice dry and bitter aftertaste

Taste really started to come out towards the ned when the beer warmed

Would definitely have again

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 05:47:40 | More by Floydster
Photo of Anaz


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Masses of fluffy white head over an orange and amber elixir that is just a bit hazy. Would have given it a 4.5, but 0.5 deducted for chunkies in the glass.

Bright grapefruit, meyer lemon, and satsuma citrus with a dank, piney resinous aromas underneath. Yes, there is malt in the aroma, but it's letting the hops do their own thing and keeping it's dry, biscuit aromas in the background where they belong.

This is why I love being a Californian. Citrus for days with grass and pine spicing things up, all carried along by sweet, clean malt flavors. It leaps out of the glass, and wraps it's love around your tongue. The bitterness is bracing, not overwhelming. Just delicious.

The mouthfeel is a full, slightly syrupy, but not cloyingly so, just enough to resolve the bitterness. There is a faint alcohol heat that hits you in the chest, but not in the mouth, which is a gentlemanly thing for an IPA to do.

This is a massively flavorful beer, that is meant to be savored, but it doesn't make me want another after I'm done. It's very satisfying, a hell of a beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 03:48:37 | More by Anaz
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bells Tulip glass.

A- Golden straw color, very clear, nice two finger frothy white head that dissipates slowly, very nice lacing and carbonation.
S- Very refreshing aroma, nice earthiness to it, nice hoppy aromas, mango, peach, grapefruit, citrus, pine, loved the aroma.
T- Really bitter, hops galore, grapefruit, citrus and pine are present in the taste, not as sweet as the aroma, but still very satisfying, slight malt backbone as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation, dry on the palate.
O- Solid refreshing IPA, all the great characteristics that are involved in a quality IPA are present, would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 06:59:02 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of treyrab


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this to last night's tasting. Split with him, myself, nittanybeerfan, and my girl. Poured my share into a 10oz snifter.

A: Pours a semi-hazy orange gold with a half finger white head. Looks great with the light carbonation floating up the glass to keep the head alive. Surprisingly not much lacing on this sticky hop bomb.

S: Smell is phenomenal, and completely representative of a west coast IPA. Tons of Cascade and Centennial hops that bring out an intense scent of orange rinds, lemon, pineapple and slight peach. Some nice caramel follows to balance the hops.

T: Taste is great, nice crisp and clean. A bit light on the flavor, but the orange rinds, orange juice, and lemon are fantastic. The hops are balanced nicely by the caramel and slight cereal grains. I would have liked a bit more body and flavor, but for an IPA, this is great.

This is a fantastic IPA. Great west coast hop profile. I hope I can try this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 18:11:40 | More by treyrab
Photo of Blakaeris


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with a hint of copper. Head is thick and frothy with sheets of lacing.

Aroma is resinous citrus hop overwhelming the strong malty base.

Taste is grapefruit citrus hops that take center stage. caramel malt brings some semblance of balance. Finish is crisp with lingering citrus and slight warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy.

Overall, just a really well made American IPA. Plenty of citrus hop to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:50:51 | More by Blakaeris
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