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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
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: 1,235 | Hads: 3,676
Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The date was inscrutable, so I can't be sure my bottle was fresh.

Foamy head that sticks around, clear copper color.

Smells like grapefruit, stone fruit, hint of dank. Typical west coast.

Very hoppy, almost DIPA level. Bitter, pine, some malt sweetness. Not a lot of citrus or tropical flavors. Short smooth finish -- no lingering bitterness. I like that the malts take a back seat.

Oily with moderate carbonation. Substantial, but not harsh.

I would get this again.

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Photo of kaips1
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a fresh bomber from cavax as an extra, thanks man, i split this with my gf

this is the second time ive had this beer and i feel fair to review it this time, this beer poured slowly was quite the foamy head gusher, lots of head with even the slowest pour, when i got the glass filled it had about a 2in frothy head. the beer itself is a solid cloudy dark amberish orange, it looks good. now on to my favorite part of this beer, the nose on this is all citrus and fruity. i get some grapefruit some pineapple some orange and some hop juice, not grassy. the flavors were kinda toned down from the nose but still tasty. the mouthfeel is very solid and a little heavier than some may expect. the carbonation isnt as jumpy as i was expecting, i guess it lost some of the zest in the beginning. overall this is a very good beer and i hear its pretty cheap in cali, you guys are so lucky, drinkability is very high, i could drink this all day and like i do stone. get some alesmith ipa its worth it.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed 1/23/10, courtesy of mikeyjk. After inspection of the beautiful, simply designed bottle, no freshness date or code could be found.

Poured into a Duvel Parra tulip

A: Pours a bright, translucent yellow. It's not a complete fog of haze, but it's not brilliantly clear like a Founders Harvest Ale. A nice, fluffy white head clings to the mouth of the tulip. I get some very pretty lacing on the way down, bonus points!

S: This one is straight forward pine and resin, a change from all the blast-of-tropical fruit IPAs I've been drinking lately. There is a mild hint of grapefruit rind. The beer is pretty cold now, so it's either that or the fact that it's brewed with pretty light malts that I'm not getting a sweet/caramel aroma like I do with a lot of beers in this style.

T: Bitter hops and pine come back from the aroma to meet in the flavor. Perhaps this isn't the absolute freshest bottle, as there is a bit of a lack of citrus to be found. However, maybe that's the nature of the beer, I'll have to read more reviews. Non-intrusive malt carries the beer to the slightest creamy sweetness in the finish.

F: Crisp, tingly, and bitter upon hitting my tongue. Fills the mouth with a pretty smooth, creamy texture, and dries on the finish without smacking my palate around too much.

D: This is incredibly drinkable for 7.25% ABV. If it was available locally, I'd buy fresh a couple more times. If it was available locally and in six packs, I'd buy it a lot more.

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Photo of carolinared
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Formed a nice creamy head in pint bitters glass, kept lacing and head to the bottom. Seemed to get better as the glass emptied, aroma not great from the start but much better with some warming. Mouthfeel and aftertaste the winner for me, not too much carbination. Overall a wonderful IPA that could, for my taste, also be a session beer. Definitely wanted another after the first!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy orange sunrise color. 2 finger white fluffy head that retains.

Aroma yields fresh squeezed orange juice, a slight burnt sugar/ carmel aroma, mild grapefruit rind, and a slight grassy/earthy hoppy note.

Taste starts with a nice crisp carbonation kiss. This is followed by tons of citrus and a big slam of bitterness. The sip is finished with a mild heat of alcohol.

I couldn't locate the bottled on date, but I can tell this isn't super fresh. The citrus is present, however it is obviously not as present as it once was. It is good, but not as fantastic as I thought. I would pair this with a nice spicy gumbo. It gets a 90.5/100

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Photo of garthwaite
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle provided courtesy of drewbage - many thanks! In the glass this is amber with a long lasting tan head. Relatively subdued, but extremely pleasant aroma of citrus & spicy hops - a nice blend between grapefruit & pepper in the hop aroma with some sweetness in the background. Hop resins aplenty in the mouth as this one continues on the same path as the nose indicated building on a sweet toasted caramel malt base with a blend of piney, floral, & citrusy hops. Moderately bitter & very well balanced. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth creaminess in the mouth. A well-balanced & well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a light golden yellow, with slight copper hues and a creamy, lacy white head

grapefruit dominates the nose, with sturdy pine, resiny, floral, and slight lemony hops

hoppy, first piney, then slight citrus with both lemon and grapefruit, but more lemon. floral notes on the finish with a spicy and dry finish

smooth, crisp, hoppy yet balanced, with a lot of good flavors mixing around, with a light yet solid malty backbone; just enough to provide balance yet not cloud the hops. relatively light bodied but very long on the finish

its got all the hop flavors that I look for in an IPA. Solid hops with a plethora of hoppy flavors that last end coat the palate. smooth, big, balanced, delicious, with a light enough body that makes it go down way to easy.

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

L: Light vibrant orange color. A huge froathy head
S: Right away those grapefruit hops start pounbding out with just a touch of sweetness as well.
T: Whoa, there are those grapefruits again. Those over power, but there is a nice little touch of candy sweetness as well.
M:Sharp fizz on the back going down. Otherwise a round full feeling
D: Awesome. I am a huge fan of Alesmith.

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Photo of vishneda
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great complexity of flavors for an IPA, with lots of citrus and fruit notes accompanied by hop-appropriate herbal and spice notes. The aroma is fantastic and fresh even out of this older bottle. This beer is definitely one that lives up to the hype. It's a bit harder to find and a bit more expensive than I would like but I think it rests in the top 5% of the crowded IPA landscape and thus the elite pricing is deserved.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good off white frothy head. Good lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy spruce with hints of leaves and molasses. Just about the perfect carbonation that a beer could be. Very smooth with a slight oily texture. Has a great duration with an excellent aftertaste. This has great blending. A wonderful IPA. It makes me want to move to California so I can get more of it. The only negative to this beer is that I can’t get it easily in Pennsylvania. Just awesome.

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

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Color is a burnt orange to light amber, and the pour produces an off-white, yellowish craggy head at 2 fingers with good retention and a sticky lace.

S: Light toasty malt, some graham cracker. The hop embellishments are on the resiny and citrusy side with subtle tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes, maybe even a little peach.

T: A lot going here: The malt base light and toasty, bready, a slight hint of sweetness like graham crackers. Then there is a gentle hop bitterness that creeps in but is then upstaged by a middle act from the malt...tropical fruit and some creaminess. But then the finish leaves a pleasant hop bitterness on the palate with remaining traces of the complex malt.

M: Very light carbonation, medium-light body and a tightly woven texture.

O: This is one of the most unique but well-balanced IPAs that I have had. Relatively incredible. I would pair this with any sweet-spicy dish with pineapple, like pineapple-chicken skewers or other Hawaiian fair.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a very nice layer of head sitting on top. Nice lacing as well.

Smells of both hops and malts. Possibly Saaz Hops. Not 100% sure on that one.

Taste was slightly nutty, with some hops. I would expect more hops out of any IPA. They just weren't there for me.

Very solid mouth feel.

I could drink a bottle or two of this on occasion, not something I would drink night in and night out.

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

Excellent smell, right off I had my hopes up but the first taste was a bit over the top. I had to settle into this fine beer. Full bodied and then some....This is a slow drinking beer, just slow down and enjoy each taste, relax and let it happen. Perfect for a cold night and a good fire.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light golden color

Aroma: west coast hops, citrusy, grapefruit.

Taste: super delicious hops really come through. love this beer

Mouthfeel: medium body nice carbonation

love this beer. I wish I could get it year round out here. Alesmith does good beers and this one gets high marks form me.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Palate destroying, citrus-y goodness. This IPA defines west coast.

I know it is craft beer heresy to say this, but given the option of Alesmith IPA, Blind Pig, or Sculpin, I am going Alesmtih. This is the perfect IPA, in my opinion. Love this beer.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty hard to get a good head out of this one for some reason. However it does stick around. A slightly hazy golden colour.

Total fruit bomb. I get oranges, apricot, grapefruit and amarillo (yeah, the hop, pretty sure its in here by the smell of this).

Pretty damn nice. Less juicy fruit than in the nose, but still good. Plenty of zesty citrus hops, a little pine, some grassiness and also some apricot maybe. Sweetness is there for a bit in the form of some bready/caramel flavours, but really gets overpowered by bitterness at the end. Some slight alcohol warmth, perhaps too.

Full but still light in the mouth. Man, West Coast IPA's are the f-ing bomb. Like all the ones ive had so far, unrealistically drinkable.

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Photo of wyllder
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off: Big thanks go out to drewbage for the chance to sample this.

Alesmith pours a clear (cloudy as you get to the bottom of the 22oz bottle) medium amber with a 1/2 inch ivory head. Head recedes and leaves a good sticky lacing on the glass as you go.

Citrus hops greet the nose, piney grapefruit & apricot with a candied edge to the scent.

Front of the palate is a tart grapefruit bitterness. The midsip introduces just the faintest hint of caramel malt. Aftertaste is a piney bitterness, just begging you to come back for more.

Mouthfeel is a tad resinous, keeping it out of the top digits.

This dances painfully close to leaving a bad, overly bitter, aftertaste, but never gets there and instead is imminently drinkable.

This is beautiful. Very much worthy of its reputation. One of the very best IPA's I've ever had the pleasure of trying.


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Photo of Avantyawn
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time trying this, 22 ounce bomber

A: Gold, nice frothy head, tons of lacing, looks on par for the style.

S: Pine bomb. All I smell is overwhelming pine and a little sweetness at the close.

T: This is one of the driest beers out there. Puckering dryness, pine tree flavor, sort of like licking a tree. Not very balanced, some sweetness at the close. Not much of a citrus or fruit presence.

M:The dryness is a bit overwhelming , I find it distracting . The water tastes very clean, but too dry for my taste

O: Have to admit I was underwhelmed with this and a bit disappointed stylistically. It's clearly a well crafted beer, but too one dimensionally hoppy and dry for my taste. I prefer Stone or Green Flash for a San Diego IPA fix.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle
1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

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Photo of bradford
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at BevMo San Luis Obispo
Looked good. Light orange with a big white frothy head that stayed longer than anticipated. Carbonation present throughout with lots of bubbles
Smelled good. Citrusy piney hops
Tasted good, Plenty of malt to accompany the heavy amount of hops
Mouthfeel was abit lacking for me. With the smell and taste, I expected a heavy feeliing to go along with it. But I was SLIGHTLY let down. Very slightly.
Drinkability wasn't super high as this was quite filling. A very good beer, but I thought it would be more.
Very good, recommended

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer is clear and a bright, golden orange color with noticeable active carbonation and almost 3 fingers of pillowy white dense foam. Unbelieveable head retention with fine, foamy lacing that clings all the way down the glass.

S: Floral and big citrus scents up front, followed by a doughy malt base. Crisp, clean and balanced.

T: Initial sip is bitter up front, with a malt sweetness that comes through on the finish. The malt is a bit more forward than the smell would indicate, and I'm struggling to find some of that nice grapefruit smell in the flavor. The floral and citrus are there, but the dominant hop flavor is the bitterness. Overall nice balance as some yeastiness cuts through the bitterness. ABV becomes noticeable as the beer warms. Finish lingers on the palate for awhile.

M: Well carbonated, but smooth and creamy rather than fizzy and bubbly. Bottle-conditioning definitely helps this beer. Medium-bodied overall.

D/O: Definitely not a session beer, and higher on the ABV scale than most IPAs, but definitely balanced, drinkable and tasty. 22 oz. servings and a bit more ooomph per bottle would probably limit me to one or two per evening before I switched it up.

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

22oz Bomber from Liquor Wherehouse for $4.19 into AB tulip (pictured above).

A: Light crystal clear amber with nice tight 2 finger head even though I poured soft!

S: MMM. This is the best smelling beer I'ver reviewed so far. Hops and malts really come thorugh. Some grape fruit and lemon peel.

T: OMG! this is what ipa's are all about! If your lookin for balance you've found it. world class beer here.

M: Bottle conditioning really does wonders. It's a shame more brewers havent embraced this method(stone,moylans,marin,etc.) it really does so much more for a bottled beer as opposed to co2.

D: This is top notch for an aipa. So if thats your style I'm sure you have plenty in the fridge like I do! Cheers Alesmith (how do I join the cult?)

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Photo of sarahspat
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of frothy, fat-rising foam, which takes its time settling down. Liquid is darker pale, edging toward orange.

The nose is hoppy: piney, earthy, grapefruit and pear. The taste is more of the same with a definite roasted character to the finish.
Medium thick mouthfeel with abundant carbonation. There is a bit of an alcohol presence on the palate, but it's not strong enough to adversely affect the drinkability too much.

This is a solid IPA, but it's not necessarily one of my faves.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to t0rin0 for this one...

Clear amber in color, huge, thick white head. Leaves tons of lacing. Great retention.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops-grapefruit, orange. Some light caramelly malts. Hint of spice.

Taste- exactly what I like in an IPA! Bitter, citrus hops, earthy, sweet malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through a little as it warms, but it is a light, very welcome presence.

Excellent example of an IPA, I finished the bomber and still could've had more.

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