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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,234 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,234
Hads: 3,673
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 479
Gots: 505 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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: 1,234 | Hads: 3,673
Photo of vishneda
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great complexity of flavors for an IPA, with lots of citrus and fruit notes accompanied by hop-appropriate herbal and spice notes. The aroma is fantastic and fresh even out of this older bottle. This beer is definitely one that lives up to the hype. It's a bit harder to find and a bit more expensive than I would like but I think it rests in the top 5% of the crowded IPA landscape and thus the elite pricing is deserved.

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Photo of bitterbartender
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute perfect example of an America IPA. Beautiful aromatics and flavors of tropical fruit followed by bright citrus and piney bitterness. Great lacing in a pint glass. It finishes with a welcome bitterness that lingers pleasantly on the palate. This is the IPA that most IPA's want to be when they grow up.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy and piney hops, alcohol, caramel and bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Excellent brew.

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Photo of thomda11
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot of good things about Alesmith. As a recent Maryland transplant in California, I was very much eager to try any beer from this brewery. The beer poured a yellowish-amber hybrid with a good head--even if it dissipated relatively quickly. The aroma was a lot maltier than I expected with a distinct resinous hop note. The taste is sublime. The strong hopiness hits the palate first, but it is married with the malt to the point that it becomes one indistinguishable flavor--a very, very good thing. The balance of this IPA is impressive and has become a serious challenger to DFH 90 min for favorite IPA. I feel like I need to run out and get a 4-pack of DFH to compare immediately.

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Photo of hoppyhour
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- gorgeous color, poured into tulip from a deuce deuce.

S- Smell is spot on awesome, rich malty aroma with tons of spice, vanilla and chai tea notes.

T- less fruit and more malt from this guy all the way around, more like a dipa with a strong alcohol finish

M- Sticky and sugary far from clean, not very well ballanced

O- overall a great big bold ipa which hits my palate more like a dipa or imperial. The aroma is outstanding but followed by a belly warming alcohol feel.

At $4.99 this is decent brew but one that is reserved for the dipa/malt lover imo.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow edging orange, very clean, and crisp and airy foam.

Very tropical, melon, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, caramel, and candied malt aromas.

This smells wonderful, but the flavor doesn't come across the same way. Still tropical mainly citrus, melon, and tangy pineapple-like flavors but seem subdued compared to the aroma. Supported by a caramel sweet malt backbone.

Medium-bodied, medium-carbonation, crisp, tropical, sweet.

Overall, this is another Alesmith brew that did not meet the hype for me. Good, but not incredible. There is such a large variety of IPAs that I can purchase locally that blow it out of the water hands down. Worth sampling, but a trip to Wisconsin for Alesmith is only worth it for Speedway Stout and Wee Heavy.

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Photo of slackattack
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium dark amber, nice head, nice lacing. Nose is big, lots of pronounced hops and malt. Starts pine and grapefruit, ends up with a nice malty background. Very well balanced with hop bitterness backed up by just the right amount of sweet, toasty, caramel malt. Mouthfeel is good, medium to full bodied for an IPA. Overall I'm a fan. Enjoyed this offering more than their DIPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz, bottled on 02/05/14
L - bright amber with a frothy ivory head, excellent retention and lacing
S - huge waft of pine, grapefruit, orange pith, toasted grain, and sweet caramel fills the room
T - huge bitterness with a heavy malt backbone: bread crust, caramel, toasted grain, grapefruit and orange pith, some tropical notes, herbal, bold pine, earth
F - medium body, a bit resinous, finishes dry with lingering pine and citrus zest
O - one of my favorite American IPA's. It's been too long since I had this last, and I'm already craving another!

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ultra-clear orange with a very nice slab of thick, lumpy foam on top. Aromas of tangerine, lemon, and peach alongside pine and light toast. Floral hops and black pepper notes intertwine with the fruit. Classic IPA grapefruit and slight bitter pine resin, lingering citrus oils, floral and slightly leafy, with some fruity, peachy dankness. Medium bodied, crisp, with a tidy bitterness. This was a very enjoyable, classic West Coast IPA that I'm glad to see on the shelves in NC.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours medium amber with one finger of bubbly head.
Smells dank with some breadiness.
Taste inline with aromas, but rather one note IMO.
Mouthfeel was inviting and very good.
Overall, this was an ok IPA. I was expecting a lot more based on brewery and rep. Dankness was enjoyable and good, but rather one note and somewhat flat in taste profile.

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Photo of BWED
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of carolinared
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Formed a nice creamy head in pint bitters glass, kept lacing and head to the bottom. Seemed to get better as the glass emptied, aroma not great from the start but much better with some warming. Mouthfeel and aftertaste the winner for me, not too much carbination. Overall a wonderful IPA that could, for my taste, also be a session beer. Definitely wanted another after the first!

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Photo of FFreak
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into willi glass. This is one awesome IPA. A golden orange with just a very slight haze and an ample white head that sticks around and leaves nice lace on the glass. Big hoppy aroma...pine, resin, citrus and some tropical fruit. Tastes amazing..crisp and refreshing with.nicely balanced hops and malty sweetness. A perfect example of a west coast IPA. This one is now very close to the top of my list.

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Photo of FLima
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a very thick head with good retention and leaving good laces.
Delicious citrusy aroma with notes of fresh oranges, grapefruit, honey, resin, mint, a hint of dark fruits and pineapple.
Bitter and refreshing citrusy flavor with earthy and floral notes, American yeast, spices, pine, grapefruit, caramel and toasted malts, lemon and green grapes. Quite dry with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium towards full body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7.25% abv is superbly well hidden.
Outstanding West Coast IPA, definitely one of the best IPA around. Bold but also very clean, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink, but sure it is not boring for hopheads. It is going towards a DIPA once it warms up. Highly recommendable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber hued with incredible clarity. Easily a inch thick of tightly woven white head. Brussels lacing. Incredibly enticing aroma of piney hops. On the front of the palate I get bitter piney hops. I get biscuity malt and then a more subtle pine like hop fade. The mouth is surprisingly light and smooth.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head. Smell is citrusy and piney with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Tropical fruit comes through a bit more as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is what you'd expect from an IPA. Overall this is a great west coast IPA. I kinda wish Alesmith sold 12oz bottles though. I'd imagine Alesmith would be much more popular if they did.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 1/6/14. Pours clear light copper with a big frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit and dank piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with tropical fruits and a lot of dank resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a very solid IPA.

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Photo of Abra
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a decent lacy white head.
Aroma is distinctly grapefruit and pine with a hint of woodsy hops and slight malt.

Taste is smooth and crisp, very floral/citrus/resin hoppiness with the slightest whisper of a malt undertone that evens it out in the middle but lets the bitterness take over again for the finish.

Quite a bit of lacing in the glass.
A very nice IPA...not enough to convert me to an IPA fan though. (Pliny the Elder anyone??)

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with a frothy white head. Top notch retention. There was a decent amount of remaining head even as I finished the glass. Heavy lacing.

Heavily aromatic. Mostly orange and pine. Pineapple and grapefruit.

Same flavors. Juicy citrus and resinous pine. Both are vibrant.

Fresh and clean mouthfeel. Moderately bitter.

It's such a fantastic IPA. Aromas and flavors are clean and pronounced, plus it's a real looker.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass from the bomber, but the poor pint glass couldn't handle all the effervescence and massive head this beer offers. There's a huge amount of carbonation, resulting in a head overflow and a round, derby-like shape that juts out above the glass. The beer is light copper in color with almost complete transparency. A real beaut.

I get lots of citrus on the nose, then piney, hoppy, resinousness. There's a good amount of sweet, vanilla-heavy malt present too. I can tell this beer is going to be good. Now let's drink.

Wow, this is surprisingly smooth and understated for an IPA. Granted, I picked this up in Tucson and it's already got about 3 months of age on it, so some of the hop flavor has probably dissipated, but this beer seems to be on the mellow end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of bitterness there still, particularly at the finish, and the medium-body is accentuated by a spicy hop bite. As far as flavor from the hops, I'm getting more piney hops than citrus, although at the finish I get some grapefruit peel.

I find this beer to my quite tasty and easy to drink, although I'll be the first to acknowledge I need to try a fresher version. Still, I think it says something about this beer that it can be so tasty, aromatic, and enjoyable after three months.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BreweryRun
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Fellatamas182
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.


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Photo of JayCheG
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.