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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,014 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,014
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 411
Gots: 266 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Dogzbone, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JMUbrewz, Sep 03, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "IPA" in huge block letters, so as not to confuse this beer with any other style. There appears to be some yellow ink from where a date stamp used to be, but it is no longer legible. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a light orange, tangerine-colored body with a slight element of haze, likely from the aggressive pour. Atop the body sits a lush two-finger head dirty white head with a smattering of larger bubbles that begin to burst, leaving pockmarks. Retention is moderate, and as it fades, it leaves sheets of sticky lacing that show residue long after most of the lacing fades.

Smell - Wonderfully fruity and hop-licious, with elements of fresh greens and faint pine resin bringing a balance to the citrusy goodness. Still very clean and crisp, in spite of carrying all those wonderful aroma profiles.

Taste - Delivers on the fruity promise of the aroma. Orange, grapefruit and some pineapple, with a nice bitterness and contrast from the malty foundation. Some mild alcoholic esters as well as brighter herbal grassy elements.

Mouthfeel - Juicy and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and a body that is just barely on the light side of medium.

Overall, a stellar and balanced example of the style. The near-imperial level of alcohol doesn't even really make itself known with the rest of the bright and enticing flavor profiles leading the show. I could see this being a good hot summer day IPA, in spite of the strength. I'm looking forward to trying more from AleSmith.

LambicPentameter, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ChrisL24481, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mecmd, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

gator79, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Zaximus, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of brureview
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date: 5/30.

Poured in a pint glass the color is light copper- a lighter color than most IPAs.

The aroma: malt, and light grapefruit rind. Perhaps a fresher bottle would yield
more fruit in the aroma.

Mouth feel: hoppy and pungent.

Taste: citrus rind and malty.

Finish- perhaps the most pronounced element of the beer- very hoppy, pungent bitterness,
and spice. A spice forward IPA.

Overall- a solid IPA. Not as "San Diego" style as Lagunitas and Port Brewing.
Pungent, yes. But this beer lacks the concentrated grapefruit of the latter breweries's IPAs.

Perhaps a fresher beer would bring out the overwhelming grapefruit taste of San Diego IPAs, and many American IPAs. I would like to try a fresher bottle for comparison. Less grapefruit is probably a result of the Alesmith brewing style and not freshness.

brureview, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mavbrew, Aug 30, 2013
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Troville1990, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,014 ratings.