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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,129 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 422
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1.6 pint bottle.

A: Very nice copper color, nice thick complexion, not a lot of head on this beer. Minimal lacing. Its a bit standard, nothing really head turning about this one.

S: Smells really nice, lots of hops and a fair amount of citrus make the bulk of the nose with some nice malts at the end balancing it out. Very inviting.

T: High quality here. Very nice hop flavors, but also a fair amount of malts give this a nice grainy flavor but the subtle citrus, pine and spice flavors keep this from being too heavy on the bread. Quite bitter, exactly what I'm looking for.

M: Nice full weight, not to dry and not too watery. Very smooth finish and drinkable.

O: Very good showing, certainly backs up their awards and its reputation. I can see myself stocking the fridge with this on a regular basis.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pretty cloudy copper color. little carbonation as a few disident bubbles make a break for the surface. thick frothy off-white head slowly fades from 1/2 to 1/4 inch.

aroma not as strong as i was expecting. very nice though, with a mostly floral nose. some pine and malty sweetness too.

very full flavored. packed with malt, hops, and just enough bitterness. i guess i must have been expecting a double ipa or something, but as an ipa, this is good stuff.
ok, letting this sit here to make sure its not too cold or something, but, maybe im missing something. i like it, but just feel like its missing something. too smooth, too balanced. i dont know. maybe its me.
yeah, thats it. there has to be something wrong with me right? i mean, this is a damn fine beer. one of the best in the world. and im crying in it because i cant like it more. oh well. boo-hoo. i'll get over it.

obviously a seriously smooth mouthfeel. bottle conditioned baby, thats where its at.

very easy to put back, but knowing there are a few other ipas i enjoy more, i feel like i could do better with something else. a fine beer, but not exceptional.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, really fizzy, bright yellow pour with a nice thick head and great lacing. The nose is typical, big West Coast IPA with tons of citrus and subtle floral notes. The taste is also dominated by citrus with oranges and peaches at the forefront. Perfect balance with enough malty sweetness to complement the grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel suffers a bit for me because of the high carbonation. Nice crisp, dry finish. The great balance makes this beer incredibly drinkable. A great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of klewis
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to IntriqKen and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for this one. What a great way to end a season of beer betting.

A: Pours a light golden with a moderate frothy head. Great head sustain and lacing that covers the glass.

S: Huge smell that can be detected from literally several feet away. Lots of hops - mostly grassy and piney, but some citrus notes as well.

T: Big multi-layered hop flavor with equal parts of floral, grassy, and citric flavors. Despite the massive hop taste, it is surprisingly well-balanced with a very nice caramel malt character. The bitterness is there but is subdued and timid, a quality that makes the flavors in this one shine. Excellent.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and a bit dry.

D: A fantastic IPA. If this beer existed in a cheaper, less alcoholic form, I doubt I would drink much else.

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HopDerek
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a copper color with a deep, thick white foamy head made of tiny bubbles, some yeast floatations. Great lacing left behind. Smell is loaded with hops, mostly pine but with some grassy notes. Taste is loaded with flavors of citrus, but not overhopped. Medium in body and nicely carbonated. Definitely one of the most wonderful IPAs that has ever touched my lips and tongue, I only wish it was easier to obtain in my region.

Obtained from Julio's Liquors in Massachusetts.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy honey yellow color. Bright white half finger head that was quite slow in dying down. Left thick soap like lacing on the sides of the glass. On swirling got two finger head. Lots of small bubbles in the head and very well put together.

S-- Candied orange, candied grapefruit, passion fruit, and pineapple. Really nice smell and a larger candied grapefruit smell once it warms up.

T-- Bitter grapefruit taste with touches of bitter orange. Not a lot of pine though. Mostly about fruit and more fruit. Slightly pungent tasting.

M-- Medium carbonation and nearly heavy feel. Lots of pungent, bitter grapefruit and bitter grapefruit and just touches of syrupy Carmel malt. Mouth is more about bitter fruits as the nose is more about crisp fruits. Like the differences in this.

O-- Solid and more solid. IPA's make me miss the beer scene in the US most. A beer you can have 2 of and seriously enjoy it.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jtrockchalk for giving me this out of the blue. This beer has been pretty elusive for me. I've had the pleasure of drinking most of the major American IPA's but this one has eluded me for over 2 years.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a tawny orange with just a little bit of ruby highlights when held up to the light. This beer creates a big 3 inch head that leaves some really sticky lacing tight lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very similar to any good west coast American IPA. Hops, hops and citrusy hops. The nose starts out with bright orange, a little lemon, and finished with just a bit of bitter white grapefruit rind. There is also just a light, mild, malty sweetness that lingers in the nostril at the tail of the aroma. The flavor is very similar but Grapefruit really is the dominant flavor. Rind bitterness, orange and just a bit of medical bitterness. I'm actually surprised with how much malt comes through. There is definitely a bit of a backbone to the hops. The mouthfeel is light leaving a great citrusy residue lingering on the palate. This really is a great brew. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,129 ratings.