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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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Reviews: 1,204
Hads: 3,508
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: 1,204 | Hads: 3,508
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
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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)

Photo of klcallahan13
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden color with a medium-head that diminishes quickly to a thin ring and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops. Citrus smells, grapefruit, caramel malts, pine.

Taste: Cracker/caramel malt up front, light body then finishes crisp with the hop bitterness coming through at the end with a grapefruit rind taste accompanied by a piney aftertaste. This really does a number on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Light body and crisp at the end.

Overall: Great. Fits the style, very similar to a lot of other IPAs I have had. I love the bitterness at the end and love the citrus hop flavors you get out of it. All comes together really well. (672 characters)

Photo of Bluestar
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber dated september 10, 2013 into an IPA glass

A - Bright golden hue, persistent fluffy white head on the beer, about 2 fingers thick Very pretty.

S - Grapefruit, Citrus, Something tropical, a little piney, and a sweet caramel note at the end for good measure

T - Starts out like the smell, finishes with a nice strong bitterness like an IPA should. Barely notice the alcohol - in fact I couldn't tell you it was over 7% without reading the specs.

M - A little undercarbonated for my taste. I like my IPA's to prick the tongue, and this one didn't quite do it for me. A very smooth mouthfeel

O - Very drinkable, very good IPA. Glad the guy at the bottle shop recommended I take one home while I was visiting in California. Would definitely recommend and drink again at the $6 price point, if I had regular access to the beer. (849 characters)

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

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold color, 1 finger of soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of orange in the aroma, a mind biscuit malt , some minor floral notes, orange being the big thing here.
T - Just as the aroma would suggest, huge orange flavors, some other citrus zest, but nowhere near the amount of orange, followed by a big biscuity and slightly caramel malt base, some dry floral notes, and nice grassy bitterness on the end.
M - Bigger on the feel, but not too much, and the bold flavors fade fast, still leaves with a nice orange aftertaste.
O - By far the most "orange" beer I've tasted, good IPA, good balance, lots of flavor, especially if you love orange. (694 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Date difficult to discern... Appears to be 9/30. Consumed on 11/10.

A - Golden amber with heavy carbonation. Gentle pour yielded one finer of off-white head. Left heavy lacing on side of glass.

S - Tropical notes including kiwi, papaya, and melon, plus black tea, but smells somewhat like soap suds.

T - Bitter black tea is dominant and not entirely pleasant. Melon/citrus flavors underwhelming. Papaya and lime. Bitter/sour lemon black tea finish.

M - Lightly bodied and highly carbonated. Unremarkable.

O - Highly disappointed. Bland bitter black tea was a heavy detractor. I did not enjoy and will not try again. (668 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from Alesmith. I had a bottle on 10/24 that was bottled on 10/2. Very fresh.

It pours a dark copper, very transparent and not murky at all. It tasted extremely refreshing. The bitterness was perfectly blended with some sweet citrusy notes. It smells as good as it tastes, too. This is easily one of the more "complete" IPAs that I have had. I don't have a single complaint about it. I think it is very well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys IPAs and DIPAs (495 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber slightly hazy with a tawny foamy head that persists until glass is empty and leaves thick lacing. Super attractive, unbelievable lacing.

Smells of tangerines, pine resin and caramel malt.

Taste is citrus fruit like tangelos and tangerines, light pine resin, light tropical notes, mildly bitter overall with a definite malt backbone here that is bready-caramelly in character. Finish seems a little more bitter along with grapefruit and orange rind flavors. Yet once again a smooth creamy malt keeps it in check.

Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice level of carbonation. Very nicely crafted body/beer here.

Overall is very drinkable and tasty IPA, thirst quenching. (691 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled October 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces three fingers of eggshell-colored head with good (four-plus minutes) retention. Lacing is also impressive with chunky rings on the glass. The beer is sort-of mundane beneath, however, with an orange-golden hue and some fine carbonation visible in the liquid.

S-The smell is juicy with suggestions of peach, orange citrus zest, mango, hints of herbs, and a toasted bready malt. Bitterness is medium. A nice and inviting aroma.

T-The taste loses much of the juicy fruit in favor of a somewhat harsh and medicinal alcoholic note. The hops are vegetal, herbal, earthy, and possess only a trace of the fruit I got on the nose. The malts are more prevalent, too, but I wouldn't call this one balanced. The finish is long, drying, and earthy.

M-The feel is medium heft with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slightly dank feel, but it doesn't ever get oily.

O-While this brew impresses with looks and smell, the taste was a letdown. It is somewhat harsh and disjointed. It is as if the beer has an identity crisis between being a juicy, west-coast IPA and a bitter, pine-forward English IPA. The West Coast style emerges on the nose, but neither style comes out on the palate. I don't know where all the delicious fruit that I smell went when I drank this beer, but I miss it. (1,384 characters)

Photo of J-Prost
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion FAR SUPERIOR TO PLINY.

Ale Smith is hands down my favorite IPA though I've only had it bottled. Way easier as a daily drinker than Pliny and has those floral citrus notes right in the head that we all love and then...nothing. No lingering sensations, no major bite at the back. It's all in the front and it's damn good. (334 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured three fingers of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
The aroma is a basket full of mango, orange, lemon, honey and pine needles.
The taste is a sharp pine bitterness to start, a dry lemon bitter in the middle and finishes with the mildest touch of honey sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Excellent aroma and flavor profile. (362 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.