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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Reviews: 1,202
Hads: 3,504
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 468
Gots: 445 | 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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Reviews: 1,202 | Hads: 3,504
Photo of germaniac
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all, a great beer from Alesmith. Dark copper in color, with a manageable pillow of head that leaves it's snail trail down the sides of my glass. Very sweet and crisp smelling, some nice citrus notes to be found. Hop flavor is quickly bitter, but not in an overpowering, face puckering way. Just a quick kick to the taste buds before sliding into malty sweet territory. Drinks like a dream. This may just be the best bottled IPA in San Diego county. (455 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/22/06
I can't say this is one of my favorite IPA's, after having it for the first time.
On tap the Beer Hunter, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Appearance was good, a dark amber, some reddish orange in it, and the smell was very aromatic pine. However, the taste is ultimately what soured me. I get a huge sugary sweetness at the start fading to a nice hop bite afterward. The body seemed a little too heavy, and along with that sweetness at the front, just made it hard to get through that initial second of the sip.
4 / 4.5 / 3.5 / 3 / 3.5
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6/30/07
On Tap at Lucky Balwin's Sierra Madre for IPA fest... either my tastes have changes so much, or it was much better here. The smell was very nice, as noted before.... but the taste was excellent, sweet, but overpowered more by bitterness and piney hop resin. Everything else was good, this is easily drinkable.
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7/12/08
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's again. Had tried a bottled version a handful of months ago as well. I didn't enjoy either of these that much. The body is just too malty in my opinion and has a sweetness that doesn't blend well with the hops. (1,103 characters)

Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Very little head, maybe my glass was a little dirty. Appearance was a dark orange - almost opaque with lots of small bubbles common to a bottle-conditioned beer.
Aroma was a strong piney, citrusy hop attack. Taste was more of the same with the hops very up front and just a little of the malty sweetness coming through. Mouthfeel was good. Finish was very dry. Another excellent offering from Alesmith, very easy to put back but with the high ABV, I was feeling it by the end. (517 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. I’m not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance. (386 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy cow, what a top notch IPA – I’m again jealous of the BA’s on the coasts! They seem to have a great offering of brews.

Strong abv of 7.75 tries to knock down the ivory head (on top of a nice amber / orange pour) – but the strong lacing wins out!

Sexy piney and citrus in the aroma. A nice quaff adds the dimension of grapefruit to the mix. Just a superb blend of solid IPA tastes that dances about throughout the bomber.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean – doesn’t have an oily texture that the DIPAs get into (but I also like). Even with the kick-ass abv, I would luv to quaff a few more of these, and I will!

A hearty cheers to BRoss242 for the pleasure. (675 characters)

Photo of Solomon420
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice honey hue with slight cloudiness and a nice bubbly head, almost too much head. It wasnt a creamy head, but light and fluffy. The smell was of hops and wintergreen pine and some other spices hiding in the background. First swig was a bit too hoppy and full for me, but as it warmed up towards the end of the large bottle the taste mellowed and didnt have a lot of bite like the first taste. Mouthfeel was not bad, a bit bubbly and spicey aftertaste. Overall a drinkable IPA, but I just got into this style so I am still doing a lot of tasting of them, however this is the mellowest so far of them and the one I would prefer to drink again. (643 characters)

Photo of bignick
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ ABF VIP pre-party 2006. Served (repeatedly) in a 2-oz tasting glass.

Wow! This IPA is nearly perfect. It has the strong grapefruity west-coast hop bite that I was expecting, that was balanced by a mild, honey sweetness. The alcohol was almost completely hidden. I really could drink it all night, and implore Alesmith to send more of it our way. (357 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boolshot sent me this bomber in a trade...Thanks!

Pours a nice, clear copper with an inch or so of head. Smells of grapefruit and floral scents with some doughy malt as well. The taste balanced well with hops being the main act after the malty opening. Mostly citrus and floral flavors from the hops and some sweet bread at the beginning from the malts. Nice, bubbly mouthfeel. Bitter,dry finish but not much hint of the abv with this one. (442 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer is courtesy of watermelonman, Thanks!
The beer pours a birght clear copper hue with an enormous fluffy off white head foaming up and settling gradually to a cratered surface of fluff. The head is so rambunctious I can only pour about 2/3 of a pint at a time.
The aroma is as expected fairly hoppy with rindy grapefruit, pine sap, and some softer more floral notes mixing together. The first sip reveals a soft spacious rolling carbonation and average body with average texture and overall mouthfeel.
The flavor starts with a bit of sweet caramel and then rolls to some citrusy notes or orange and grapefruit, finishes with some bitter but not astringent sappy and rindy hop flavors intermixing.
The beer is very easy to drink and there is no hint of the ABV. Quite a nice, not over the top hoppy, IPA. (877 characters)

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color, good head retention. Pours two fingers and retains it well. Bottle conditioned so it has a nice creamy carbonation. Great hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is very nice and smooth with that characteristic bite. Textbook example of an American IPA executed very well. (282 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large (1pt 6oz) Alesmith bottle. The beer was dark orange and clear, with a nice sticky head. There was a strong hops aroma but not too one-dimensional. The flavor was pretty much the same, a hops bomb but balanced with some smooth malt flavor. Really really good. Alesmith IPA isn't marketed in OH that I've seen, which is too bad. Their more expensive beers (Horny Devil, Grand Cru, Speedway Stout) are available but too expensive to drink too often. (466 characters)

Photo of cheers2beers
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Cheers2Beers (1,189 characters)

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

A: 3 fingers of head on top of a beautiful, copper-colored beer. Barely hazy with bubbles sneaking to the top.

S: Pine and citrus. Hops! Malt is there too, but who cares. Check out these beautiful hops!

T/M: Well balanced with sweet malt and piney hops. A little hop-heavy, but good. I love hops. Syrupy and nice. Clean hoppy finish that yearns for another sip.

D: This is a "prince"ly IPA. Not quite imperial but more than a normal IPA. 1 1/2? Drinks well for a 1.5, a little heavy for a single. I love it, but couldn't drink too many. I feel like I could session some IPAs, but not this guy. I could drink this every night though. (641 characters)

Photo of briman
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber, with a big fluffy off-white head. Outstanding head retention...actually, it never completely went away. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is piney hops, but leaning more towards orange and tangerine citrus elements.

Taste is hoppy. Little bit of malt upfront, not really sweet & just enough to balance things out, but the taste is mostly citrus hops. Finishes with the typical grapefruit rind bitterness, though, it seems a little milder than I expected. Does linger for a bit, but not as long as some other examples.

Medium-full body, moderately carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. The milder than expected finish makes this a pretty smooth IPA, and I can see having quite a few of these in a sitting. (779 characters)

Photo of instrumentality
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy caramel color with a very thin head of about 1/4" that disappeared after the first sip.

The attractive smell reminded me of pine needles with the slight sweetness of fruit.

Upon first tasting the beer, I immediately felt the strong burning of alcohol and heavy hops with a hint of grapefruit. The pine I smelled become much more pronounced in my mouth. It started out bitter but had a mild aftertaste that didn't sit on the tongue. A couple of sips later and the alcohol burn became much less pronounced and the flavor, while still bitter (in the way an IPA should be), was much more balanced.

This brew continued to go down more easily as I worked my way through the bottle, and left me buzzing comfortably at its completion.

This isn't my favorite IPA, but it is definitely one I would purchase again and possibly let sit a bit longer to see how it changes. (896 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice copper/orange with a thin white head.

S - Citrus hops dominate but there is still a nice malty aroma also. Very well balanced.

T - Citrus and piney hops followed by a toasty/nutty malt flavor. This one tastes just like it smells. A very well balanced IPA.

M - Dry and resiny with a bitter citrus aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Nice carbonation.

D - A hoppy but well balanced IPA. There are no signs of the 7.25% ABV. A very enjoyable IPA that I wish made its way to the Midwest. (507 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (731 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (621 characters)

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

Puors a beautiful hazy golden color with a nice head.

Smell: WOWZERS. Almost up to snuff with Dreadnaught's aroma. VERY smooth smelling and complex. Hops, citrus, fruitiness....This is a great smelling beer. I have to take in the aroma for a few minutes before I taste it....alright, I cant wait any longer:

Taste: Smooth. Fruity. Hoppy. Balanced. This a fantastic beer. One of the better IPAs Ive tried. Insane smoothness. Just about PERFECT balance. How can it be so smooth?!?!? Brilliant. Juicy as hell.

I could drink this beer all night. And all day. And again tomorrow. And the next day, etc. Nothing is overdone in the beer, but done just right. Alesmith nailed it with this one. I wish I could get it here in Florida. Two thumbs WAYYY UP. Worthy of its ranking. Beautiful. (789 characters)

Photo of audiojon
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best out there. I am fortunate enough to visit San Diego on a weekly basis, making a trip to the AleSmith brewery a must at least once a month. This past weekend, I went with a growler of IPA. I'll admit, I'm preferential to the Anvil ESB, but I'll be damned if AleSmith doesn't put out one of the best IPAs in the world. Everything is supremely balanced, just a great beer all around. Everything about this beer screams hops, but it seems to complement just about any food pairing or situation I can throw at it. I wish I could find this in 6 packs, as it would replace Stone IPA on my permanent shelf in a flash.

Highly recommended, easy to find on the west coast, a bit harder elsewhere it seems. (720 characters)

Photo of bgraney
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking copper/peach color with a small bubbly head.
Hoppy aroma but not excessively so with some fruity background.
Excellent flavor, right up there with the best ipa's, perfectly balanced. Definitely a harmonious mix of ingredients.
Long, light hoppy linerging taste that lasts and lasts.
It's hard to imagine getting tired of this one, a challenge to the current "staple." (391 characters)

Photo of Rezzin
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice semi hazy copper color with a fluffy off white head that just sticks around as I drink for the glass.

S - WOW - this thing smells awesome! Smells piny, floral, sweet, malty, maybe a little grapefruit and peaches, and something else can't pin down. Just smells really really good!

T - MMmmm! Great piney, a citrusy hop taste than goes immediately into malty sweet goodness. IPA's like this are hard for me to describe because there seems to be so much going on. I had a slight alcoholic bite at first sip but it's been covered by all this flavor goodness. This thing has a great aftertaste too.

M - Smooooth with a slightly dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D - This beer has immediately become one of the house staples. A VERY drinkable beer and you don't necessarily have to be a hop head to enjoy - but it doesn't hurt I'm sure. It's not over the top imo because of the great malt balance. Thanks for making my evening AleSmith Brew Co.! (963 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy coppery coloration. The beer has a honey white head. The head has great staying power during the drinking of said beer. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a citrus zest and pine resin assault. There is a very nice sweet maltyness lurking under the surface of the smell.

Taste: Wow! This a very good tasting IPA. The beer has a great floral pine resin initial taste. This pineyness is elevated on a citrus zest and grapefruit juice boast. There is a very good caramel malty breadyness complementing the hops. The hops come back with a pleasing lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation perfectly assist the smell and taste of the beer. The beer is a very execellent example of an IPA. The drinkability is high. The alcohol never plays much of a factor in the taste and smell. This may be the finest IPA I have ever partaken of. (1,034 characters)

Photo of thepitch
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,239 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.