AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 3,442
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
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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: 1,192 | Hads: 3,442
Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I originally had a bottle of this a few weeks ago, but it was flat and unsuitable for drinking or reviewing; I unfortunately had to pour it out. I've given this brew another chance to show me what it's got, so let get on to the beer:

The beer is a hazy orange color with a nce foamy head. In the smell, there's a big hop aroma, with sweet notes mixed in, with a fructose/syrupy scent to it. The taste is incredible: not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops for everyone. Silky smooth, with a fruity taste to balance out the beer, weaved with piney notes and a passionfruit flavor. It finishes bitter on the palate with a semi-tart puckering. The alcohol is almost undetectable, which at 7.25%, is something of an accomplishment, and easy to drink for such a big brew.

Notes: Whoa! Very well balanced (by west coast standards), with plenty of sweet and bitter flavors to offer. They may be less famous than Stone among San Diego brewers, but this offering is exceptional. (976 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Off-white, creamy head with a hazy orange hue. Great retention and lacing throughout.

S- Nose is mostly of big citrus aromas (orange, grapefruit, lemon); subtle maltiness.

T- Wow! Sweet hoppiness up front followed by subtle caramel maltiness; the finish is long and citrusy, but not overly bitter; very nice balance, this taste is as close to a prototypical IPA as you can get.

M- Smooth and refreshing, light to medium body, light carbonation, creamy texture

D- Impressive drinkability characterized by smooth, citrusy taste and pleasingly bitter finish.

I was turned onto craft beer by the Stone line of ales while living in Arizona, but I think that Alesmith IPA has quickly become one of my personal favorites and my top-ranked IPA. I have dreamt about the smooth citrus hops (no joke), and am very pleased to have moved so close to the Alesmith brewery here in San Diego. Any fan of west coast IPAs would be remiss in not trying this amazingly balanced and refreshing ale. (996 characters)

Photo of isaac
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. to pint glass.

pours an almost crystal clear, golden-amber body eith two-fingered, slow to sink and rocky, off-white head, after the sinking of which, slow, fine lacing appears down the glass. the nose is surpsingly subtle, with only faint hints of what's to come - pine, citrus, a vague hint of sunflowers, and caramel malts. taste is much the same, but bigger, bolder, very well balanced, and quite refreshing. mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp on the tongue, smooth in the swallow. it's a bit astringent at first, but that fades as the beer warms. i could have this all night - very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

paired well with my attempts at homemade japanese food. (690 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first bottle from my Bday 07.0 booty of beer. This one courtesy of IntriqKen, thanks!

I opened this early, because the bottle smelled a bit, and had a bit of beer on it. I was a little worried about leakage... But when I opened it? Pop! Good... No problem with this one.

Beer pours a bright cloudy gold color with a huge head.

Aromas are floral, citrus like, and a bit sweet.

Flavors are bright and crisp. There is a very bitter citrus/grapefruit like quality to this one up front. The beer settles in with sharp hops flavors and a bit of sourness. Finish is slightly creamy, sweet, and malty. This is a tasty, balanced, and well made IPA.

Mouthfeel is excellent. This is a well rounded beer.

Drinkability is way up there. Yet another well crafted beer from San Diego... quite enjoyable. (810 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into three pint glasses to be shared among friends. The color was dark-orange, cloudy, and had a pillowy white head. The smell was a little citrus and kinda hard to define. The taste was a little fruity but no one flavor dominated. A very good IPA and the alcohol was well hidden. I'd probably buy this on the regular if I could.

2nd bottle consumed may have been a little fresher. Notes of orange were in the aroma and pine needles and candy were in the flavor. Yummy stuff. (504 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden hazy copper w/ a thick, creamy off-white head. Dissipates into a fluffy layer.
S - Definitely on the piney side. Hops, light malt, summer fruits.
T - So refreshing. Not overly hoppy at all and I love that. The amount of malt is more than usual for an IPA, so I would say this is close to a Double IPA. An awesome ripe fruity sweetness. The hops create such a great finish, which isn't too dry and also has some fruit to it.
M - Again, refreshing and smooth. Great palate presence.
D - Amazingly drinkable. One of my favorite IPA's to date. The balance is the reason I attribute it to an DIPA. The almost perfect balance of ingredients is something I'm going to have to get used to from AleSmith. (710 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this fine ale.

a - burnt orange color, a bit of haze, big off-white head with good retention and great lacing, lots of bubbles - almost soda-like

s - big citrusy hop aroma, orange, pineapple, some pine, sweet, slight maltiness

t - big sweetness up front with lots of caramel and maltiness, pretty surprising judging from the smell, hops hit on the tail of this one with an intense bitterness that lasts through the long finish, notes of orange and grapefruit, tinge of alcohol at the end as well

m - medium-bodied, ample carbonation, moderately dry finish

d - somewhat drinkable, the sweetness and bitterness limits somewhat, definitely not a session beer

Very good beer overall, but not the top notch IPA I expected. Much more like a DIPA to me. Different from other SoCal IPAs I've tried. The intense sweetness was a little too much for me. That said, my expectations were artificially high and I'd certainly like to have this available to me regularly. (1,000 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden brown color. One finger head which left a little lacing down the mug.

Smell: Very rich grapefruit smell with a nice hop aroma blended in. Some other citrus flavors are present, but grapefruit is what I pick up most. Hops are strong, but definitely not overwhelming.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Nice, strong hop bitterness. You can taste the pine. Definitely some grapefruit sweetness in there. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Really good IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabililty: This is a very smooth IPA. I could drink quite a bit of this. It's just so damn good and so easy to drink. Overall, it's my favorite IPA on the market and I highly recommend it to all. (694 characters)

Photo of ruinationation
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby copper color and produces a fat three finger head with some good lacing left behind.

Nice expected hop smell with a surprising and enjoyable strong citrus aromas that follow.

Taste of hops with a pineapple and orange citrus mix. Its piney and has a good sweetness.

This beer has one of the best mouthfeel to it. Very velvet like, after the pour swig the remains in the bottle for a yeast shot.

This beer really impressed me from start to finish and will become a regular of mine. If you like this try Stone Brewery's Ruination IPA a liquid poem to the glory of the hop. (595 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper or burnt orange color with a frothy cream colored one and a half finger head. Nice fluffy marshmellow like retention on top. Thick sticky lacing forms down the sides of the glass.
S: Citrus fruit aromas of grapefruit with a slight pine aroma that's hard to detect. An excellent hopped IPA.
T/M: Interesting hop profile. Spicy right from the start with hints of pine needles or spruce tips. Slight hints of grapefruit flavors peak in and out, but the hops are dominated by a strong spiciness. Caramel malt profile hides nervously behind the hops. Stinging hop bitterness lasts well into the finish with a prickly and spicy aftertaste that hints at the malt profile.
D: A very nice IPA from the west coast. Definitely one that needs to be had if you can find it. Glad I got the chance to try this offering. (831 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now for an IPA this is a very good "west coast" IPA. (let see how many people I piss of with that one) The is a very deep gold beer with a white fluffy head that makes it almost to pretty to drink. Almost that is. On the first waft of the aroma I get a lot of that trade mark West side citrusy hop aromas. Bu there is more to this beer than just that. As I delve deeper there-in lies alot of things going on here. There is a slight toasty caramel flavor to it. But as it warms up it turns to a bready flavor that blends the malt sweetness together with the hops. Very pleasant. The aromas transfer nicely to make up the body of the beer. Bready, caramelly sweet. Nice blend, very well balanced. there also seems to be some passion fruit to it that comes out. Very nice. The mouth feel is very true to the style. Light and slick. But not a bad slick, dries out on the end, leaves your mouth knowing you had a good beer in there. Overall a very good IPA. I will definitely look for this again. (991 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this fine IPA my way. Poured into a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy, golden copper color with a huge three fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass with each sip. Smells of sweet malt and tropical fruit such as mango. Tastes of pineapple, tangerine, yeasty bread and alcohol. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. My bomber was empty in a short time. I'm glad I have another to savor in the future and will try to procure this again. Recommended. (527 characters)

Photo of granite
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A---It poured a golden copper with a huge white head.

S---Fresh, floral, west coast hops and some wheat in the background.

T---Saltine cracker, grassy hop flavor and smooth bitterness. It finished warm with a little unfermented wort and oxidized aftertaste.

M---Medium-full bodied.

D---An average IPA in my opinion. I'm happy I got a chance to try it but it did not live up to the hype. (432 characters)

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

Held onto this for my 50th review and many thanks to Tim for the trade.

Poured into AleSmith pint glass just for the occassion. Poured the deepest amber color and almost brownish. Large off-whit head laces the glass well ans really sustains even though the rising bead isn't overwhelming. Smells of orange peel and floral hops jump out with a toasted malt smell also. Resiny hop taste that follows the nose too. Malts almost taste darker to me like between toasted and roasty. Medium bodied and decent carbonatiare on in mouthfeel that isn't overdone. Bitterness in mouthfeel is really felt on rear sides of tongue. Drinkability is very good eventhough availability is not for me. Alcohol is decently masked for the strength. Will try for more bottles of this in the future. (777 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really beautifully clear amber/orange with lots of off white suds. Three fingers and it almost came out of the pint glass.
Lacing is already showing up.
Smell is so fruity/ orange and pineapple and grapefruit. This is the best smelling IPA out there. No alcohol is present here.
Taste is very warming. The alcohol is here but is balanced with the hops. The flavor changes from warm/sweet to fruity then to a bitter that excites the back of the tounge.
There is not much carbonation in the mouth but the mellowness of the entire concoction makes this a great feeling brew to have in the mouth.
I would love to drink a lot of these so I am rating it high on the drinkability scale. (697 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fresh bottle so I expected a ton of over the to hops. Well, it delivered in a very pleasant way. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold/copper with a quickly rising head that leaves chunks of sticky lacing. Just as an IPA should.
Smell is very mellow for a fresh IPA, citrus and piny hops with a mild sweetness.
Taste is sublime, the hops are the dominant note, but not at all in a super bitter, overpowering way. Citrus, pine, grass, flowers are all present. Perfectly carbonated, not too bubbly, spot on.
Sticky and chewy and super drinkable. Can't wait till summer to down a few of these on a hot afternoon.
I've been leaning toward stouts and barleywines lately. This one could bring me back to the hoppy side again. (733 characters)

Photo of velo343
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep gold/orange with a monstrous white, fluffy head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hops! Citrus, pine. Very fresh.

Taste - Just as you'd guess from the smell--fresh, vibrant hops. Very citrusy, with apricot, grapefruit flavors. A slight alcohol flavor and light sweetness. A fairly thin body that is very dry.

I've been wanting to try this for a while and finally got my hands on it. I wasn't disappointed. A fantastic IPA that is among the best, with glowing, fresh hops. Can't wait to try the Alesmith Speedway Stout. (571 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange/golden with a chill haze, nice rocky off white head, sticky, looks delicious.

Smell: Loads of enticing hoppiness, an apple like malt sweetness, big hops, grassy, floral, sweet?

Taste: Alcohol goes to your head immediately, followed by huge hop oils, hops continue through the whole sip, hints of sweet bready malt, finishes dry, leaving a nice herbal hoppiness in the mouth. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Spectacular, lots of craftsmanship here, creamy, fizzy, full bodied and smooth, no complaints.

Drinkability: One of my favorite IPA's without a doubt, very drinkable and refreshing, the hops are huge but mix with the rest of the beer like a great food + beer combo. Balanced. (715 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky burnt orange to copper color, nice and cloudy with a good sized off white light tan head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit with a little lemony tanginess, tangerine and a little trpoical mango aroma there as well. Citrusy hoppiness comes thru well in the taste with a soft candy like malty sweetness behind balancing it. A hint of warming alcohol becomes evident as the beer approaches room temp. Light to medium in body with a bite of alcohol and hoppiness in the finish, a delayed dryness on the tongue. Good solid IPA, may not be the best I've had but definitely a fine example. (602 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained via Double Trouble BIF.

This beer is a nice orange with a thick white head. There is some lacing. The smell is sweet and citrusy. The taste is bitter and sweet. A good ipa. The mouthfeel is smooth and the abv is not evident at all. The drinkability is good as I am finishing the bomber with ease. I may try to obtain more of this in the future. (356 characters)

Photo of ReDave
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice! Awesome IPA

---Side note Peter Zien is the best! My first couple of bottles were flat, and Peter came through with replacements! ---and worth the wait!

Nice amber orange color, full white head, sticky lace down the sides.
Aroma of nice citrus hoppy wonderousness!

This in the top level of IPA's. I need to try more Alesmith beers!

Cheers! (359 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slight cloudy amber color and formed a very nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of hops, citrus and a hint of pepper. The body was fairly light and finish was a bit astrigent, yet sweet. A great beer. (365 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA pours a very slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Smell is very fruity with a lot of citrus, orange, grapefruit, as well as a slight piney aroma. The taste is more sweet citrus, lots of orange flavor with a hint of bitter grapefruit. The sweet maltiness kicks in just enough to balence the solid hop bitterness. This beer is so balenced, it hides its strength very well. I brought this bottle back from CA, hopefully it makes its way out the the East Coast soon. (483 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy and cloudy orange leafy color with a dense head of off white foam. Minor notes of lacing. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation.

S: Very fruity. Tons of hops blend with an array of sweet citrus notes and a hint of pine sap. Nice.

T: High levels of hops and bitterness tower above the reserved notes of grapefruit, citrusy orange and pine. Mild malt character is present, but plays only a small role on the palate.

M: Light. Mild thoughts of hop oils and density, but for the most part, easy and crisp.

D: Not bad. I'd have another.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample. (608 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Shout out to McAllister and Pixel for the Ohio hook up :^)

A: Clear dark golden color with russet overtones. Three finger head that recedes to skim and ring that leaves sheets of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Like someone threw grapefruit and pinecones in a blender. A sweet malt aroma is banging around in there, too.

T: Wonderful grapefruit flavors dominate as do resinous pine sap flavors. There is a bread-like malt quality to the flavor profile as well. The finish alternates between pine-y hops, bready malt, and sweet citrus.

M: Creamy and lush. The hops add a drying quality to the mouthfeel, but the malt thickens things up considerably.

D: What a superb and balanced AIPA this is. This could easily give any of Stone's IPA's a run for their money. It's big and refreshing and so good it's scary. Here's to hoping that someday they distribute their beer in IL, IN, MI, or WI. (955 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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