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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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1,235 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,235
Hads: 3,676
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 477
Gots: 506 | FT: 10
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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: 1,235 | Hads: 3,676
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) A treat for this East coaster to try this fine brew on tap for my first Alesmith IPA experience. This one pours a typical medium shade of almond amber, with a fairly dull tan head and leaving splattered lacing upon a gentle swirl. the excitement starts with the crisp hoppy nose and the resiny hops that carry this brew across the tongue and taste buds. Fine AIPA. smooth, clean and pleasantly hoppy. Haven't had anything from Alesmith yet that was not top notch.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AP: Great bubbly poor. This beer just begs for a group of enthusiastic IPA drinkers. Nice off white head with good retention. Lots of bubbles with a little lacing.

SM: Piny/citrusy hops present on the nose. A slight hint of caramel hops. The aroma hints at the taste explosion.

T: Ok, I've tried alot of beer, but this one is INCREDIBLE. The first 5 I've ever given on taste, this ale had it all. I was expecting a full hop experience, and this didn't disappoint. It starts with some slightly herbish hops on the nose, and finishes to an awesome citrusy, almost, dare I say it, cannabis-like hoppy taste. The malt is present enough to balance out the hops. All in all, as close to perfection as I've tasted.

M: Bubbles persisted, but were tempered by the slight heat of the alcohol. The finish begs for another taste.

D: An incredibly easy drinking IPA. Alesmith really outdid themselves this time.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pushing the limits of fermentation, hop injecting, and the term 'ipa,' alesmith offers a big version of everyone's favorite pseudo-american bitter beer.

mine pours a rich orange highlighted by reds and yellow shades. the beer is by no means clear, it possesses a hazy veil of gravity in its meaty center. the head takes a couple seconds to form but does so in a thick, creamy fashion. soon it's a half-moon of thin bubbles and ipa pond scum. lace cascades peppered with small signs of carbonation, the ring around the surface holds tight. looks like a damn serious ipa. wish the head was a bit better.

*sniff* mmmm! pure hop citrusification, backed by a nice fruity sweet blast of floral energy. deep in the nose dwell some milled cereal grains, mango and peach essences. this beer promises flavor, succulence, and a good full body with its near-perfect nose. i could smell this beer all day, but i dont want it to get too warm.

oh yeah that's the fucking bomb. at once, the beer presents a perfumey array of super fresh sticky-bud hop cones that bleed a sharp, enjoyable bitterness that doesn't wear out its welcome. the plant matter flavors amplify with warmth, and serve to hide the overzealous alcohol flavors that would also be popping up.. were it not for the extremely enjoyable, overwhelming flavor circus here. in my cheeks, i can taste a nectar which can only be described as grapefruit rind essence and burnt segments of sugar-brushed pie crust. the beer produces lupulin-laced burps that are a welcome reminder of the elixir in which i have just indulged. a varitable spring forest of green hop & pine flavors, alesmith ipa is a true bastion for the style's west coast genre.

a little thinner than i expected, and that lets it go down a bit easier than it should. too thin to assume the proper savouring speed. the drinkability is through the roof, though, as long as you're a serious hophead. although, why else would you be sitting here reading my review, or writing your own?

go get yourself some of this right now.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generous Clickpush for the trade!

Body is a luscious dirty golden color topped by a pristine white inch thick head. Decent amount of lacing is left behind after each sip. Nose is kind of unimpressive. I get some brief pine halted almost instantly by lots of caramel malt. What gives? Taste is dominated by citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Sadly none of these reach out and grab the dominant role. Malt is also very heavy, bordering something of an amber. It tastes good but honestly you probably have an IPA brewed in your backyard that does this as well. Mouth is smooth and nice. This is a good IPA I could drink a lot of .... however, it isn't too remarkable. I can't put my finger on what it is but something is missing.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bomber of AleSmith IPA from a trade with Boolshot. The ale is chilled and served in a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale is an auburn color, close to orange with a thick three finger head that laces extensively.

S: A citrusy hop aroma wafts out of the goblet.

T: The ale has a grapefruit hop flavor that slowly fades into a ginger-like flavor that is subtle and fruity.

M: The ginger aftertaste and strong hops are quite good, giving the palate a wide array of sensations during the bottle.

D: The ale is quite good. Even with the almost 8% abv, this beer is hoppy, vibrant and delicious. Thanks to Boolshot for an excellent trade.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color, small off-white head, excellent glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Profound pine tar aroma, with lesser sweet malt notes.

Taste: Opens with a strong pine tar note and lesser grapefruit rind, the hops carry thoughout, and intensify at the finish. Beneath it all there is a sweet current of malt, which is nonetheless quite subdued.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, full, very pleasant, soft on the palate, with little carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, slightly over-the-top IPA, well worth a try.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One way to drinking the BA top 10 IPA I can immediately see why this one is high up on the list. Appearance is a cloudy golden honey color with a white head. Smell gets a 5, the incredible piney hops want me to eat this beer rather than drink it. Taste is hoppy sweet but smooth with a great malt finish. Mouthfeel is light with some oil resin present which makes this one drinkable IPA. Kick ass beer and cannot express my gratitude to westsidethreat for getting me this one in a trade.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber thanks to BeerRun13 and NC Lotto BIF.
Pours the color of a sunset with a pillowy pale yellow colored head. I've never seen a head that looked quite like this. The head retains until the glass is nearly empty.
Oh man this smells gooood! Sweet hops, sweet hops!! Floral, piney and citrus.
Taste takes your mouth through the whole gamut of IPA flavors. Starts off very sweet. Almost too sweet for an IPA, but I likey. Then a floral like hoppiness starts to creep in. The hoppiness slowly continues to increase until it leaves your tastebuds screaming with a very bitter citrus flavor at the finish. Then the hops linger for a while to make sure you don't forget their flavor or their presence. WOW!
Mouthfeel is good. Nice combination of sticky, oily, and creamy
This is a drinkable beer. Due to the hops and higher abv it's not a session beer for me though.
This is a most excellent IPA. I give it my very highest recommendation. This is one you should do what ever you have to do to obtain and try it.

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Photo of germaniac
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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.
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.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Solomon420
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of bignick
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.


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Photo of kdmorse
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of briman
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of instrumentality
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.