AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,188
Hads: 3,425
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 455
Gots: 416 | FT: 9
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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: 1,188 | Hads: 3,425
Photo of Copernicus
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Color is a burnt orange to light amber, and the pour produces an off-white, yellowish craggy head at 2 fingers with good retention and a sticky lace.

S: Light toasty malt, some graham cracker. The hop embellishments are on the resiny and citrusy side with subtle tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes, maybe even a little peach.

T: A lot going here: The malt base light and toasty, bready, a slight hint of sweetness like graham crackers. Then there is a gentle hop bitterness that creeps in but is then upstaged by a middle act from the malt...tropical fruit and some creaminess. But then the finish leaves a pleasant hop bitterness on the palate with remaining traces of the complex malt.

M: Very light carbonation, medium-light body and a tightly woven texture.

O: This is one of the most unique but well-balanced IPAs that I have had. Relatively incredible. I would pair this with any sweet-spicy dish with pineapple, like pineapple-chicken skewers or other Hawaiian fair. (1,035 characters)

Photo of BreweryRun
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer multiple times but it has been a while so it's time for revisit/review.

Beautiful dark gold with 2 inch head that sticks around nicely.

Aroma is pretty subtle as far as IPA go, pine with light tropical fruits.

Taste is pretty awesome. Huge bitterness that is balanced out by the malt just when you think it's going to go too far. Piney, earthy hop flavors dominate with subtle tropical fruits in the background.

Dry bitter finish with a medium to medium full body.

Overall an awesome traditional west coast IPA. If you only like super fruity IPAs this one may not be your favorite but anyone that appreciates IPAs as a diverse style will love it. (667 characters)

Photo of Fellatamas182
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A:orange/amber with 2 finger white head, good lacing
S: grapefruit, citrus, pine with slight malt
T: similar to smell with grapefruit and pine, quite hop forward
M: smooth, easy to drink solid feel
O: great balanced IPA one that when you open you just want to smell and make it last as long as you can. Looking forward to more from this brewery! Highly recommend. (363 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

DELICIOUS; HOPHEADS SEEK IT OUT! (366 characters)

Photo of JayCheG
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A light amber color with almost 2 finger white head. Decent lacing
S: Upon cracking the bottle I was immediately basking in hoppy scents. Poured it gives off a piney, citrusy hoppy fragrance.
T: After the joyous smell I was hoping for a lot and was slightly disappointed. Still has a pine, grapefruit almost orange hoppiness but it is not nearly as strong as the smell would seem to indicate. Has a nice sweet malt finish.
M: Very nice carbonation gives it a medium bodied feel with a bit of effervescence.
O: Very drinkable beer. I'm glad it comes in a nice big bottle because I will be ready for more. Not quite as powerful in taste as other IPAs I would put in its class but respectable. (694 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper with a light brown head.

S: Orange and pineapple in the nose.

T: Lemon and orange come through first, a bit bitter, but no more than a decent IPA should be. Pineapple is unfortunately not very present in the flavor, which is a disappointment after the nose.

M: Medium bodied, not overly or harshly carbonated.

O: This was one of my first IPAs, and I still love it. Nose is better than flavor, but definitely worth a try. (439 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic Imperial Pint glass. The bottle was dated 12/05/13. I love silk-screened labels.

Appearance - A hazy copper color. Big, lumpy head that stays around for a while. Very good stickage on the side of the glass. A fine looking IPA.

Smell - Big hop hit. Grapefruit. Slightly sour. There is a whiff of malt sweetness in the distant background.

Taste - Bitter. Hoppy. Grapefruit. Peppercorns.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter.

Overall - This is a good, but not great, IPA. The beer lacks a solid malt foundation to build upon. As a result, the beer has a bitter yet thin feel to it. It lacks the overall balance of a Sierra Nevada or Firestone IPA. I am, however, giving this beer the benefit of the doubt because it hails from San Diego. Also, the bomber bottle is very cool. (805 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (584 characters)

Photo of mjmadden
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz serving out of a bottle that pours a clean golden copper color with a healthy two fingers of off-white foam. Big citrus upfront with a bready dank hoppy finish. Taste is a very hop forward citrus blend, with malty middle, and a sweet bitterness in the finish. Over all a terrific, true to form, west coast IPA. A beer that is readily available, consistent, and time in a time out a great go to beer. (404 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a small half inch head that recedes quickly, leaving lace at the top of the glass.

The smell includes a ton of citrus, orange and grapefruits mainly, with a bit of honey malt aromas.

The taste is awesome. Lots of citrus, with a little bit of bitterness, and ends with a tiny bit of honey like sweetness. A little bit piney, decent but not overpowering bitterness.

Medium bodied, sticky resinous mouthfeel, starts dry, finishes a bit sweet. Very drinkable.

I've been passing over this one for a while now, for no particularly good reason. I'm glad I finally bit the bullet here and tried this- it was awesome. (704 characters)

Photo of goldendenizen
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful golden blonde with a slight brown hue. Respectable head and lacing.

S: I can't fault the beer for my weak nose but I only picked up some hop notes.

T: Good golly ms Molly the clear hop flavor on top of a breast malt back is so damn good.

M: perfect carbonation and not an oily alcohol sludge.

O: One of my fav west coast IPAs bc of its balance plus it's yummy hop profile. (393 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of jmac11420
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: light amber color

S: very fruity and floral

T: Unbelievably crisp and resfreshing. Super hoppy and floral IPA

M- Relatively light and oily

O- One of the best SD breweries in my opinion. The taste of a Pliny but available and inexpensive. One of my top 10 IPA's of all time (287 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean, translucent, light copper with a 2 finger near white head. Magnificent retention and lacing. I'll just say it...there just aren't many IPAs out there that look better than this one.

S- Big tropical and citrus hops on the nose. Grapefruit and mango lead the way. Some lemon as well maybe. Straight forward on the nose. Solid again.

T- Hop forward for sure. The normal IPA waves with tons of citrus that the nose identified, followed by a sweet middle that attempts to give the beer a hint of balance (and I love that it fails to get all the way there), and finished off with some lingering bitterness. Just not a lot of flaws

M- Light and somewhat slick/oily, but in part due to the impressive amount of hop oils at work here. No booziness to speak of. Crisp, bitter aftertaste.

O- Old fashioned, west coast style IPA that terrorizes the taste buds with west coast hops. Hard to find a better beer with a spicy pizza (939 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer is a brilliant, crystal clear golden color, with a fat, foamy white head. Big, floral and Cascadey aroma. Flavor is similarly bright and hoppy, with a really pleasant grapefruit/citrus taste. Very smooth in mouthfeel, like an English IPA, with a creamy, almost oily, finish. No coincidence: lace is already forming on the glass. This is a great Left Coast American IPA. Aggressive and strong, but delicious and pleasant enough to be a standard bearer for the category. (507 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very slightly hazed golden/orange color. A perfectly formed white head rises to two fingers. The rock head has excellent retention and rings of lace are left all the way down.
S: Orange rind, citrus, floral and grassy hops burst at the seems. Just enough biscuit and caramel malt to balance everything out. I love how the fruity/juicy/orange hops mingles with the malty sweet background.
T: Like the nose, and excellent balance of orange and juicy hops with the sweet caramel malts. A light bready malt character as well plays underneath everything. Though the hops pop with incredible flavor and balance.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very effervescent, crisp, but smooth at the same time. Very clean as well. Don't kid yourself, this is a big beer at over 7%. Though so enjoyable.

I am not a hop head at all, though this is really well made. Incredible balance, but at the same time amazing hop flavor. Highly recommended. (934 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours by extremely clear, bright amber with thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is grassy, floral, and dank hops, biscuit and cereal malts, pine resin, and light citrus fruit. Flavor is a great balance of dry malt base, grassy and pine hops, light citrus esters, and faint caramel sweetness; dry finish with just a touch of bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation.

Not sure that is was a fresh bottle. Will re-review when I can get a fresh bottle. (453 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- clear golden, nice white head, good lacing

Aroma- Very dense tropical hops, grapefruit, mango, pine, slight malt backbone

Flavor- A little more pine here, and less tropical, firm bitterness throughout but drinks easy, maybe a slight alcohol warmth, very nice

Mouthfeel- Medium, good carbonation

Overall- First AleSmith beer and I'm impressed Bottled a little over a month ago. Bitter, tropical juicy, and piney. More than solid IPA. (467 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are times when Raul has said that he was "feelin' it"...but this time, Raul is feelin' it! I mean, hot diggity damn! Me and a desert island, my peeps, me and an endless supply of AleSmith IPA and a desert island...

Glorious tropical notes, wonderful hop bitterness like an Elizabeth Taylor divorce hearing...

I might have to Amelia Earhart myself to find AleSmith Island.

Yep! (395 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,960 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice golden amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit and orange peel with a light amount of floral hops.

T - Just like the smell with a good amount of grapefruit and orange peel. Nice bitter hop finish is balanced out with some malty sweetness.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Good creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very good citrusy IPA. Easy drinking and highly recommended. (436 characters)

Photo of bsonk
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith IPA is a great beer, very piney and citrusy with a nice substantial malt to it too. Great head retention, great taste, cool orange-amber color, a very stylish and tasty beverage. A worthwhile beverage any day of the week. However, a 22 of it is $6 compared to $5 for Gigantic Brewery's IPA just down the road, which I much prefer due to notes of orange rather than a mad Pine-Sol aroma, so I've got to give it a 4/5 due to my being a local beer snob. (459 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes: Another fantastic beer I brought back from my San Diego vacation. Alesmith’s IPA is bottle conditioned which poured a hazy golden copper with a great fruity aroma. What a great hoppy beer flavor without being too extreme. It has some malt in the background to give it a good balance and keeping it easy to drink. I hope it makes its way to Texas soon, as I need another one! (399 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/15/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with great clarity and transparency; fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very tropical. Lots of pineapple and mango. There are subtle hints of caramel malts. The flavors are very sharp and crisp. More sweet fruits. More mango. Lots of peach too. Some pines needles. There's a nice sweetness and it has a subtle malt backbone, but the hops still shine. The hop bitterness isn't overwhelming. Lots of hop flavor. Finishes clean and dry. Mouthfeel is outstanding. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation. It's just so smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's fun and easy to drink.

This is one of those IPAs that would be considered "out of this world" years ago. It still hangs in 2013. They just stick to the basics, which really works. This is a great IPA. Overall, it's simply hitting on all cylinders. It's nothing over the top, just well crafted and a nice example of a west-coast IPA. Recommended. (1,017 characters)

Photo of jlazerus
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The head was phenomenal on the first pour (tulip glass): full, tight, lacy. Excellent and rare aroma of pure piny hops, reminded me of Pliny the Elder. Absolutely first rate. I was surprised by the lack of carbonation thereafter. This is a fantastic IPA that I have wanted to taste for a long time, and finally got the chance after my local store stocked it. The mouthfeel and aftertaste scored lower for me because I expect carbonation, & the bitters at the back of my tongue seemed *just* a little slimy. But these are minor issues for a fantastic drink. And, my opinion is just that. (586 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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