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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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2,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 2627
Reviews: 1119
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%

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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Photo of Brandywine


3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear orange amber with a fingers worth of white head. Big bubbles.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, peach, guava, honey, sweet citrus like a candied orange. Subtle pine. Huge sweet tropical fruit notes. Smells amazing.

Taste: Lemon, resinous notes. Intense citrus. Grapefruit. The tropical fruits that were screaming on the nose are very subtle on the tongue. The bitterness from the hops is balanced nicely by a solid malt backbone. Tropical fruits come out more as it warms up. There's notes of mango.

Mouthfeel: Medium with light carbonation.

Overall: This really failed to live up to the nose, which was fantastic. Overall I found the taste too citrus forward given its lack of complexity. Still good but disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 06:10:06 | More by Brandywine
Photo of FacistCannonBall


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good beer at a very reasonable rate. I like the amber color and the good sized head produced in the glass. Remnants of the yeast from the bottle conditioning is left in the bottle and some falls into the glass. This beer is hoppy without overdoing it. It is definitely a beer that will go well with food and not be overly filling. I didn't find this to be quite as bitter or floral as other IPA's that I've had, but I don't mean that as a criticism. This beer is definitely approachable and friendly.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 00:22:00 | More by FacistCannonBall
Photo of TeddyBG


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Smutty pint glass.

A: Cloudy burnt orange. off-white head with OK lacing.

S: Sweet Grapefruit! As it warms up you can catch a little bit of the malt.

T: Great balance on this one. Fresh upfront grapefruit and pine with a good caramalt? middle and then a good hop bitterness on the finish that is just right.

M: Quite good. Juicy, not too thick and the hops know when to quit after they have done their job. The bottle conditioning really makes this feel a lot lighter then it really is.

D: Certainly a great drinking beer, but the ABV is on the upside and you can feel this one towards the end.

Another terrific West Coast IPA. Have to put this one right up their with Green Flash. Right now I am kicking myself for only purchasing one of these when I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 22:32:55 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of JoshuaJ


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a an attractive hazy, golden color. Lots of yeast floating toward the bottom--love that.

Aroma is actually faint. A lot fainter than I thought it'd be. After some agitation, I'm mostly picking up citrusy hops and the biscuity malt backbone.

Tastes...underwhelming. Actually, I should clarify by saying that I was prepared to be blown away. From what a lot of BA's say, this is second only to Pliny the Elder. Putting the hyperbole aside, it's a very well balanced brew. I like my IPA's to be a bit hoppier, but the grapefruity hops pair up very well with the biscuity malts. In fact, I'd say they match each other pretty perfectly. No overwhelming hop bite here.

Drinkibility is good. I actually plowed through the bomber I had. Not my favorite IPA, but it's very well crafted. I'd love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:00:43 | More by JoshuaJ
Photo of Penguin3200


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my trustee Mark for this one. Poured out of a bomber into a pint mug. Nice copper orange color, clear, and good lacing and legs. Tiny bubbles percolate in this beauty and give off a nice aroma of pine, orange blossoms, and citrus.

Taste is very nice an balanced between hops, malt, citrus, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is just velvety with this beer and what I like best.

Overall another great west coast ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:22:20 | More by Penguin3200
Photo of lifebeer

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. pours a dirty straw color, has chill haze, about 2 fingers of cream-colored head, head-top forms marshmallow honeycomb, 3D tendrils from top of sticky head reaching up to top of glass (not lacing)

s. not much here, a subtle sweet and average grapefruit hop aroma

t. not as aggressive as other SoCal IPAs, subtle grapefruit until the swallow, tart grapefruit peel and alcohol

m. a medium feel, subtly creamy

d. above-average drinkability, with hops not taking over the tongue with time like other similar IPAs

not the most distinctive IPA, but relatively drinkable, probably wouldn't buy again

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 03:07:43 | More by lifebeer
Photo of tripelhops


3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. The aroma was not overwheliming, faint citrus and a hint of pine I picked up. The color was a nice golden-orange, typical of this style. It's plenty bitter, with the lead taste of sweet caramel malt. The carbonation seems decent and teh small tan head stays around a while. I'd like to know if my bottle was fresh consider some of the ratings on this, as my rating would be a solid IPA, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:28:22 | More by tripelhops
Photo of MikeyMikee

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at fridge temperature, into a tulip.

Golden appearance with a frothy, sticky looking white head that has a great retention. Leaves a really nice lacing on the glass as well.

The smell is fantastic.. BIG, citrus and floral hoppiness with a resiny feel to it. As time goes on I think I'm getting some pine as well. Ultimate hop aroma. Maybe a slight bready pale malt in there but definitely a resiny, hop dominant nose.

Floral hops dominate the taste. Juicy, fruity flavors make their way through with orange and grapfruit dominating. Minor, bready pale malt makes its way through and adds to the complexity but in no way balances it, which is just fine. This beer is perfect as is, perfect hop flavor.

Smooth and silky body with a really sharp bitterness. It's not as resiny as the smell implyed but it leaves a dry bitterness at the end and the bitterness lingers and almost stings the back of your tounge. Although the bitterness lingers, it is still a crisp and clean beer.

This is an unbelievable beer. The epitome of what an IPA should be, pure hoppiness with very little malt interference.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:58:09 | More by MikeyMikee
Photo of aknight


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden orangish color with just enough head which quickly dissipates. The smell has a faint citrusy scent, not overpowering but pleasant. There is a nice hops bitterness on first taste but the bitterness doesn't linger as there is the perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. This is as balanced of an IPA as I've ever tasted while managing to be not boring. I could drink this beer all day long. It certainly does not taste like a 7.25% beer, it drinks like a much more sessioanble beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:06:57 | More by aknight
Photo of jizfiasco

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice cali local thanks xraided81. Rapid pour into a snifter yields no head but a decent light amber color. Smells like a pale ale with cascade hops and bread. Taste follows with some peppery cracker malts, beautiful medium hop bitterness, a tad bit of sourness and a faint smokes meat presence. Finishing very clean with some citrus in the after taste. Mouthfeel is great light weight crisp and clean. Overall a good solid IPA but overrated.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 18:17:07 | More by jizfiasco
Photo of lostbearbrew


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, thanks go out to the west coast trading connections on this one...wow, folks, nice work. I've had this around for a few weeks, and it finally was time to go for it.

a Smoky Copper with a fat ole light tan head. Sticky and clinging lace...

Citrus, pine and straw rush forward, with a really wonderous mix of aromas amongst them. Seems grapefruit and orange really have the market on the olfactory here.

Taste is almost like a double, but without the thick coating tendency. Lower alc % and flavor, as well. The malt in here holds the hops up and supports them as the flagship flavors, but you don't miss the sweet caramelly malt in the middle. The finish on this hangs in your mouth next to forever.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, but not perfect - maybe it is the fence sitting between single and double that makes me feel that way, but something seems a little off for the IPA style.

I'd drink these all day, and get used to the slightly off mouthfeel....lol!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 17:24:05 | More by lostbearbrew
Photo of ABCJiugui


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shaped pint glass

A- Light amber, clear first on, some yeast wisps when pouring later in the bottle, 2 finger head, good retention to 1mm cap, constant blotchy lacing.

S- piney, citric, floral american hopping, not much else, but a nice, typical american ipa hop aroma.

T- piney resinous, aggressive, just short of being overpowering, strong bittering finish that lasts along while, but not harsh- very pleasant and expected. Malty sweetness is quick- I would have liked a touch more, medium in nature, but quickly moved into hops. Finishes dry, but not too much so.

M- small carbonation, medium light body, not astringent, nice going down, and altho there is hop bitterness, not tongue strippingly so.

A nice american IPA- I may have preferred a slight more aggressive hop AND malt profile, but that's kinda overkill I suppose for the style. The long bittering, but not overpowering, hop finish is really enjoyable, and definitely highlights the flavors present.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 02:56:38 | More by ABCJiugui
Photo of FreightTrain


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice, somewhat hazy (not that I mind) dark/blood orange with a large semi-rocky white head. The head deserves its own sentence: its lush, small bubbles pile on top of the beer and never leave, amazing head retention all the way till the end, leaving behind plenty of lacing. Very impressive.

Nose is floral and citrusy, all hops. Could be a little more fragrant, but nice.

Taste is smooth with distinct hoppiness up front and a more pronounced bite in the back of the mouth. There must be Cascade hops in there. A very nice bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is lush and velvety, coats the tongue and hits the back of the mouth full on. The bottle conditioning is apparent here.

In terms of drinkability, at 7.25% this delicious and exceptionally well-made beer is not something you could knock back all night, but that's clearly not the idea. This is an excellent beer to be enjoyed with some spicy Thai food or sipped on its own by those who cherish well-crafted IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 23:56:36 | More by FreightTrain
Photo of AVDeuph


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber acquired from LongBeachHopHead via trade...thanks!

A: Very nice pour. This beer is a translucent dark copper-orange color with some dark red/brown undertones. A big fluffy white head topped off the impression.

S: Not overly aromatic, but what's there is grapefruit/orange hops. It is a lighter, refreshing IPA aroma.

T: I get the impression that this beer was made with a many different hop varieties, as the taste is not as easy to pin down as the aroma was. Clean tasting and essentially unadulterated hops.

M: Medium boby and carbonation, cleans the palate and leaves a lasting bitterness in the back.

D: Very drinkable, especially with food. I imagine this would go well with just about any food (right now it is but a sad plate of chicken nuggets and texas toast...but at least the texas toast was made from scratch haha).

A very good, straightforward IPA. An excellent mouthfeel and crisp hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:08:59 | More by AVDeuph
Photo of schinebd


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Semi-clear amber-orange. Gets extra points for decent lacing and excellent head retention.

Smell - typical IPA fare - Fruity and piny.

Taste - Definitely elevates itself from other IPAs in this category. Not a palette puncher right away. Up front its a very balanced beer. Once swallowed, though, the hop flavor rises from the tongue and the mouth is filled with citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, smooth and crisp. Be prepared to have your tongue sheathed in a hop cloak after each sip. For me, this is nice.

Drinkability - Goes down very easy. I could drink these all day/night. Very refreshing and quenching, too.

Certainly a top-tier IPA. Deserving of all of its praise. A much better beer warm than cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 22:59:22 | More by schinebd
Photo of Rampage1


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figured it was time to put a review up of one of my ol standby ipa's I drink as long as its fresh.

Appearance: Has a nice hazy,orange color to it. Pure white,fluffy cap to it.

Smell: Smell mostly is of oranges and a light citrus,tropical smell to it. Has a nice little biscuit smell in the background that lets you know there is some malt to this.

Taste: This is one of my standby's for the reason of how easy it is to drink. Nice amount of bitterness followed by a some malt to balance it out. Definitely has enough malt in it where its not super bitter like one of its local counter parts--Stone ipa.

Mouthfeel: Nice thin mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The bottle conditioning always seems to keep the right amount of carbonation to this beer-- never strays from this.

Overall: This is a classic IPA and one of my favorite local ipa's from good old Cali. Cali will always be king of the IPA and my eyes. I used to think the midwest put out great IPA's but aside from my favorite brewery -Three Floyds I think Cali has it all over everywhere else in the US in spades when it comes to ipa's. When its hot out this beer goes down like water. Perfect balance to it. When you get this beer fresh its awesome!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 20:22:18 | More by Rampage1
Photo of biggied


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.

S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.

T- Very slight hop taste that lingers long after the taste.

M- Great mouth and bitterness from the hops but not the best.

D- Ranks right up there with my favs from Alesmith.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 03:22:19 | More by biggied
Photo of rgrace99


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Very little head, maybe my glass was a little dirty. Appearance was a dark orange - almost opaque with lots of small bubbles common to a bottle-conditioned beer.
Aroma was a strong piney, citrusy hop attack. Taste was more of the same with the hops very up front and just a little of the malty sweetness coming through. Mouthfeel was good. Finish was very dry. Another excellent offering from Alesmith, very easy to put back but with the high ABV, I was feeling it by the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 15:43:20 | More by rgrace99
Photo of avaulteriam


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep golden with a fluffy white head. Nose is heavy on pine with a malty backbone. Taste is very good, not quite stone, though. Pretty smooth and refreshing. I little overbittered perhaps, but still a nice and piney/sweet IPA. Top notch!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:39:14 | More by avaulteriam
Photo of rringler


4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, dark amber, with very fine particulates in suspension. About a finger's worth of off-white head, that sticks around pretty well and leaves good lacing.

S: Strong malts, though there some floral/grassy smells in there too.

T: You can taste the herbal/spicy hops from the beginning, and they continue all the way through the taste. Starts kind of malty sweet but finishes with a moderate amount of bitter hops. No boozy taste from the 7.25% abv.

M: A little lighter than some other IPAs. Good to good+ carbonation, and a little quicker due to the lighter body.

O: A pleasant surprise. I'll be honest; I passed on this one a few times because of the very plain bottle labeling, but the contents are excellent. Another great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 21:09:03 | More by rringler
Photo of GotWad629


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing.

This is a citrus bomb with hints of grapefruit, pine, and even some vanilla.

The taste matches the smell. There is a well rounded hop presence of citrus with a nice malt backbone. Hop resin lingers on the tongue. It is beautifully balanced.

The carbonation is perfect. It helps to cut some of that lingering bitterness keeping it very smooth.

This is possibly the best IPA I've ever had. A perfect amount of citrus and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:34:31 | More by GotWad629
Photo of Abra


4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a decent lacy white head.
Aroma is distinctly grapefruit and pine with a hint of woodsy hops and slight malt.

Taste is smooth and crisp, very floral/citrus/resin hoppiness with the slightest whisper of a malt undertone that evens it out in the middle but lets the bitterness take over again for the finish.

Quite a bit of lacing in the glass.
A very nice IPA...not enough to convert me to an IPA fan though. (Pliny the Elder anyone??)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:02:49 | More by Abra
Photo of chargerfanjess


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blasts out of the growler spilling hops flavors and white foamy suds The body is a dirty dark yellow color with tons of bubbles ripping through this thing. Hop flavor everywhere! Nose is standard hop bliss, lots of freshness and some sweet caramel ta boot. Taste is where it kicks up. Very dry, even. I am big fan of having hops in my mouth I soon find out. Some notes of citrus fruit, a very subtle maltiness, VERY subtle though it is there. So much hops and dryness it even begs for more. has a very bitter finish and leaves the mouth craving another.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2006 22:34:42 | More by chargerfanjess
Photo of trpng0bily

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a:light clear orange turning to yellow at the edges, with serious frothy white head and tons of lace

s: hops - citrus, spice, and sticky refreshing pine, with caramel sweetness and bread coming through as the beer warms

t: talk about layered! light spice and fresh pine sit at the edges of citrus that starts out understated but unfolds into a huge burst of flavor, followed by a bitter finish that relentlessly builds momentum, lingering to an astonishing degree

m: fairly heavy carbonation, but the kicker in this department is a mild creaminess that I was not expecting from such a light looking and crisp IPA

d: seriously? goes down like water

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 00:10:46 | More by trpng0bily
Photo of somestranger


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1pt 6 fl. oz (65cl) bottle at a "Systembolaget"-store in Stockholm, Sweden.

The bottle was well chilled, approximately 45F (7-8C). The contents were poured directly into two pint glasses which created a big white foam that was loaded with fruity and hoppy tunes, just as promised by the brewery.

After smelling the ale your expectations are huge, and the taste that builds up in your mouth does not let you down. There are lots of small small bubbles created by the bottle conditioned yeast that makes that sweet tickling feeling for your taste buds.

If you're into American styled IPA this is a great one for you, and getting a big bottle is an extra plus (yes it's even possible to share this bottle)!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 13:59:13 | More by somestranger
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