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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: 3,669
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 479
Gots: 504 | 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: 3,669
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From yesterday.

Ah yes, one of the archetypal west coast IPAs is now available to me. I get lots of zippy grapefruit on the nose, alongside hints of pine and caramel. Letting it open up...now I'm getting tons of Cascade-esque floral notes. As much as I enjoy IPAs, many of them don't seem complex to me. Not this one, though! The flavor profile brings a lot of floral hoppiness...as well as a healthy bitterness. It finishes with some grapefruit rind. A touch of caramel malt balances things out some. It's a bit sweet in terms of feel, and that's perfect - it helps quell some of the sharpness present in some California IPAs (Stone IPA springs instantly to mind). This needs to be in six-packs, right now. Still, it's right up there with Sculpin as far as I'm concerned.

3.95/5: An impressive representation of the west-coast IPA archetype

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Photo of qchic
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich honey color with an impressive head that lingers. Serious lacing on the glass! The aroma is typical of my favorite balanced IPAs with citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is so satisfying, with ample bitterness, hop spiciness, tangerine, mango, and lots of pine. Malt balances it out, but the citrus rides out the finish. This is one I could happily drink tons of, if only I had consistent access.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I find that I've said in a lot of my reviews "this is exactly what you'd expect". I'm not often wrong about what I expect, so that makes me think I'm probably pretty smart.

I expected a West Coast IPA. I got exactly that. Golden in color, with very fine patches suspended in the beer. Thick head and wet lacing.

Nose is all hops. Citrus and pine mix here. Taste of course follows, with a pleasant lingering of resinous hops.

Not overly bitter, not overly cloying, not overly anything - but that's a good thing here. Really just a spot on representation of the style.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No time to review properly, but I'll do my best without the usual protocol.

Looks brilliant - clear copper & solid retention/lacing. Nose is solid, very deep malty notes against a really deep, pungent hop character. The palate is the same, perfectly balanced & finishing bitter. Feel is average/above-average to style, nice carb & not absurdly heavy or thin. I like this brew quite a lot overall.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, clear, gorgeous white pillowy head - about 2" into an IPA glass.

Nose is a bit more subdued than expected - typical west coast IPA mix of pine and citrus. Malt shows up, a ouch more and sweeter than expected.

Flavor is fantastic. A hop profile comes across similar to Pliny or other quintessential west coast style IPAs. Honestly the best I can say here is it is the most similar thing to Pliny the Elder I've had. Malt does come forward a bit more than expected.

Feel is right on, bright, light, nice body but clean. Finishes bitter and not too sweet - hops linger more than the malt.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours light gold with a reasonable head. The aromas are primarily grapefruit, orange, and mango. The flavor is extremely balanced. The citrus hop presence leads, balanced by a slightly sweet malt flavor, finishing with a brisk pine note. This is a great IPA, balanced, powerful, and enjoyable.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this bomber after randomly searching AleSmith on the BeerAdvocate app while in store, turned out they make some highly rated beers! good luck find for me

pours a great head with an amber hue, good looking in the glass

the smell is fantastic, an orange/citric aroma that wafted towards me. i love when beers do that.

this has a dank citric hop taste to it, it's not as "lively" or as full of citrus life as other IPAs. i don't know how to describe it, maybe it's a more dry taste?

the feel is similar to taste in that it is different than other IPAs i've had due to it's unique palate. it seems drier and more subdued yet it is still delicious. it is not a very carbonated and lively beer, at least the bottle i bought. goes down smooth but has a creamy "flat" taste/finish

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Photo of Taybeh
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber, bottled 7/10/2015 into a GI tulip
pours a big foamy 3 finger off-white head on top of a fairly clear gold-apricot, leaving good lacing. Nose is beautifully put together -- gentle sweet orange citrus, apricot, ripe and sweet papya, some grassiness, definite caramel, and a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with a little more resin pairing up with some tropical hops at the end than one might guess from the nose...the caramalt is also bigger. Superb balance. Mouthful is the best thing about this: perfect carb, perfectly smooth with zero burn, nice and hoppy/lively with a little bite but also kind of creamy. Substantial body and full flavors but drinks ridiculously easy. Fairly dry at the end.

Both AleSmith and Toppling Goliath have started distributing in MN in the past week or two... The Beer God clearly loves MN.

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

Serving type: Bomber into a shaker pint like God intended.

Pours a honey-amber coloration. Smell is slightly citrusy, well hopped, along with some pine-y and citrus zesty scents. Taste reflects the smell, light citrus flavors along with some great hop punch that aren't overpowering. Very much a West coast IPA. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than normal for an IPA (treading on DIPA territory) but it is well carbonated, it compliments the bigger hop and zest flavors well.

Would buy again and again.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Rich gold with very nice, stark white head and great lacing.

Smell: Hop oils, citrus and pine. Very West Coast.

Taste: The hop oils drive the taste as well. There are elements of grapefruit, orange, pine and spiciness from the hops, but more than anything it simply tastes like hops. The malts are there, but don't distract. Finish is pretty bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is quite oily. Very dry finish.

Overall: Prototypical West Coast IPA. Very well done, but doesn't stand out from many of the other well-executed West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad IPA, definitely worth the whopping $6.99 price tag.
Pour - dark gold with a nice head
Smell - Big mix of fruits and hops
Taste - Nothing super spectacular here. Citrusy with an ending of hops, great for the cost
Overall - Easily drinkable, thicker than other IPAs I've had, but not bad

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear deep golden copper color with lot of lively visible carbonation. An inch and a half of white foamy head rests atop the brew and retains incredibly well. Leaves behind tons of beautiful lacing.

S: Big aromas of wet grass, citrus, and tropical fruits initially, grapefruit, orange, and apricot are the most prevailant. Then some caramel, sweet malt notes, and subtle hints of vanilla. At the end aromas of green tea, and dank resinous dry pine hops come out.

T: Sweet malts, pine like hops, and green tea like flavors initially. In the middle you find some grapefruit, lemongrass, and orange peel. Finishes with grassy resinous hops that leave a pleasant bitter/sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium in body and carbonation. Incredibly smooth with a slick dry finish.

O: This is one of the best balanced IPA's I've had. The hop to malt ratio is excellent as it provides a refreshing experience. In the world of hop bombs we live in (and don't get me wrong I love me some hops) this one stands out for it's subtle complexity. I really enjoyed this brew, I bought a bunch of AleSmith as we just now got distribution to our store. I had been hearing some great things about them for years and this was my first of their brews. I have to say they have immediately impressed me and made me look even more forward too the brews I have waiting for me. I highly recommend this and at the reasonable price it is I will defiantly be re-visiting soon as I feel this is one that will grow on me even more.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPA that I have ever had. I'm not saying the BEST. I am not trying to have THAT conversation. There are MANY MANY IPAs I have NOT had. There are many I have had that YOU may think are better. I repeat: This is the best IPA that I have ever had. Too bad AleSmith isn't in MD.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Nice golden-orange, not a great head (pale tan) on my pour. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Very nice...Citrusy, huge dose of hops.

Taste - A hop sensation as would be expected from the hop schedule. I'm getting a hint of tangerine and almost a piney flavor.

Feel - Medium body. A good chew.

Overall - A very good IPA. Given the choice, I'd probably choose this over Sculpin.

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Photo of hophugger
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, golden-orange color with a magnificent 4 finger+ head and spotty lacing. Aromas of fresh squeezed orange are abundant, and also some hints of grapefruit, light pineapple and hops. Taste is so balanced with tastes of orange juice, light citrus peel and hoppy bitterness. Finish is, once again, very balanced, crisp and has a great feel of hop bite at the end...

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a slightly bronze to copper in color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left some sticky messy lacing.
The smell had a blend of sweet caramel to citrus.
The taste was basically the same with a nice side of bitterness. There's a long caramel aftertaste and a semi-dry citrusy finish.
The mouthfeel was bitter with a good amount of carbonation relating to the style appropriately - just enough.
Overall, this was a nice AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale copper with a 1/2-inch white head which leaves spotty lace. Citrus fruits dominate the nose while slightly sweet and bready malts make the dry and bitter hoppy flavor last even longer.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

That's it, San Diego IPA needs its own style category! After familiarizing myself with stone's ipas, then ballast point's, and now alesmith's as they finally make their way in to northern Virginia; I've come to fully appreciate what this style is after:

Copper colored, fluffy khaki head, caramel on the nose, candied citrus and slight dank oniony flavors.

As far as ipas go? I prefer mine hazy, bright yellow with a big fluffy head of pure white, dominated by BRIGHT citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a BONE DRY finish, AKA northeastern IPAs, which should also have their own style category.

This beer is pretty on point for the San Diego style description, so I'm rating it that way.

A- Clear copper with a fluffy, khaki head that leaves oodles of beautiful lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, candied orange, apricots. This is my least favorite part of this beer.

T- sweet citrus with a bit more apricot. some nice, subtle melon notes. Grapefruit pulp. A little sulfurous onion note, some resin in the background. Sweet pale malt flavors shine a bit as well, with freshly cut grass and a tiny spritz of lemon.

M- Delightfully medium bodied, tongue coating flavors, sweet, lasting finish, perfect for the style.

IN CONCLUSION, this is a pretty damn good San Diego IPA. Glad it found its way to NoVa.


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Photo of DerekCarruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. As good as I had hoped. Very citrusy. Feels like the other San Diego IPA's but the taste was fresh and great.

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Photo of Recliner
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice Yellow / orange color with a dense foamy head. Aromas of tangerine and grapefruit. Slight sweetness in the front, followed by citrus peel, then a lingering hop bitterness to finish. Coats your mouth like cream. A great California IPA!

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had to travel up to Philly to find this beer. And damn, was it worth the trip. What an awesome beer. Such a smooth and well balanced IPA. I will be chasing more AleSmith in the future.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very balanced with a strong finish. This beer has a beautiful smell that is accompanied by a taste that resonates with the taste buds ever so gently. This beer makes me happier than a queer in boy town.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.54/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No bottling date visible.

Clear amber, good head. Thick resins and sweeter than expected for 7%. Good carbonation. High, lingering bitterness. Thicky mouthcoating.

Sorry, this is one of those old-school IPA that falls significantly below what's currently expected in the style.

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Photo of muldersha
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 22oz brown glass bomber purchased from the cooler at Beermongers in SE Portland. Bottling date appeared to have rubbed off, unfortunately.

Pours a hazy bright orange colored body with a brilliant, creamy, off-white head. Impeccable lacing throughout. A solid head nearly stuck it out for the duration. Very sexy looking beer.

Aromas of candy floss, vanilla creme, candied orange peel, grass, cardamom, citrus oil, pineapple, dill, and dandelion seem somewhat muddled and confused.

Very sweet initially, full-bodied, mildly oily in texture, Sunkist orange soda and corn syrup candy in the mid-palate, and a soft wave of honey, hops, and herbal bitterness on the finish.

This showed terribly right out the gate. However, it seemed to improve over time. I did carry it almost a mile, by foot, just a half-day before opening it. Not sure if that generated the more awkward initial aromas and flavors. Ultimately, not my cup of tea. But admittedly, a well-constructed brew. This feels somewhat dated though. Like a West-Coast IPA of the mid-to-early-aughts. Very boozy, syrupy, and nondescript.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 02/25/15. Sampled on July 20, 2015.

It pours a slightly hazy orange-amber underneath a huge, foamy white head. Lingers and laces.

The aroma is grapefruit and tropical berries mainly but there is a definitive caramel malt presence under all of that.

The body falls into the medium to bold range. It has some texture to it and feels chewy.

Such sweetness and fruity bitterness in the taste. How about that? Really well balanced with a mild bitterness finishing things up at the end. This deserves the high marks it is getting.

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