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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,030 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,030
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 412
Gots: 267 | 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 VaTechHopHead
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange, very clear, with tons of carbonation bubbles. Huge thick white head with amazing lacing...some of the best lacing I've seen in a beer

S - All hops but not too over-kill and there is a nice balance from the malts. Mostly Earth-y tones

T - The hop flavor is on the fruit/sweet side at first but then shift to acidic as it warms on the palate and the aftertaste

M/D - Has a medium body for an IPA with very high carbonation which makes it rough on the palate, but a very drinkable beer which shouldn't be drank too quickly.

A very good IPA, nothing eye-popping, but definitely above average.

VaTechHopHead, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

AndyEdgar, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of bootdown21
4/5  rDev -5.9%

bootdown21, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of karst
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to OstrungT for the bomber! I have protected this for several months and broke it out last night to share with a fellow homebrewer.

Pours slightly hazed peach/orange with a persistant creamy head. Aroma as dominate and pleasing as your going to find. Hop candy! On a par with 3F's Dreadnaught. Flavor is huge pine and citrus hops perfectly balanced by a massive and complex malt base that offers no turn offs. Alcohol is well hidden and offsets the sweet malts to offer drying as the bitterness lingers. I can't think of a way to improve this and expect the haze was a simple matter of a rough ride before the pour.

karst, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

xdefeatsy, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of dubdrop
4.25/5  rDev 0%

dubdrop, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev -5.9%

mikefuski17, May 04, 2014
Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from jlindros (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature (12/20/09).

A: Pours a huge billowing head from a very gentle pour that fills half of the glass. The beer itself is light golden straw. Great retention, actually too good.

S: Nice scent of citrus, tropical and bitter hops combined with a subtle biscuity malt. The aroma is far less pungent than expected.

T: Pale malts seem to hit the palate first along with some oxidation. Some bitter hops containing light citrus notes are apparent as well. Not nearly what I was expecting, nice but a little to subtle.

M: lighter-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 7% abv. A little lighter than I was expecting.

D: Quite drinkable, once the huge head subsides, but not quite as flavorful as I had hoped for. Certainly goes down quickly.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment, but overall it was a pretty decent American IPA, but it certainly did not live up to the hype. Perhaps this was just a bad bottle, or maybe the hype was too much for me. In the future I'll grab another bottle and compare. Thanks again Jared! Worth a Look.

Lunch, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a DFH signature glass. I assume this is pretty fresh as the Alesmith IPA bottles just started showing up on shelves here in PA. No date code that I could find.

A: A medium golden orange color with a big two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Massive citrus hops dominate the nose, some slight earthy and herbal notes and some hefty caramel malt.

T: Pucker up! Bitter and prickly right from the start. Huge citrus notes of pineapple, tangerine, pineapple and lemon zest mix with some herbal qualities. The hops get overtaken by the huge toffee and caramel malt flavor that dominates the middle of this beer. Finally the huge bitter pine and citrus laden finish pounds your mouth and lingers on forever.

M: Full, prickly, oily, no alcohol detected and lasting flavors. Nice almost perfect mouthfeel.

O: A great IPA that is best consumed fresh. I was never a huge Alesmith fan, but this IPA is terrific. It actually had more malt than I expected, but it works perfectly with the huge hops. Nice.

I'm glad this IPA has made it to PA. I'm not the hugest Alesmith fan as I thought their Yulesmith and Speedway were too sweet, but this beer is great. Kudos.

Kadonny, May 14, 2012
Photo of juicebox
5/5  rDev +17.6%

juicebox, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mecmd, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Artjsantos, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Hopheadhiker
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Hopheadhiker, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; no freshness dating, but this is brand-new in my area and I picked it up two, maybe three days after it landed. So, I’m assuming it’s fresh as shit.

Appearance (4.0): A straight pour yields three solid fingers of off-white head, fine foam with fat bubbles near the top, slowly bubbling away; the body is a crystal-clear, honey-orange color. Lacing mostly surrounds the glass, thick in some places and scattered but sudsy in others.

Smell (4.5): Beautiful, beautiful citrus fruit with a floral character, like blooming flowers with fresh-cut pineapple. PASSIONFRUIT. That’s what I smell! There’s a nice, resinous, somewhat spicy hop character underneath, too, but it’s nowhere close to the strength of that fruit juice smell. The malt character is wrapped up in that sweet citrus and you have to look for it, but it’s a biscuity, white bread tone. Dig that floral-citrus hop character.

Taste (4.0): A little more plain on the palate than I was expecting . . . still plenty bitter, though. In fact, the bitterness is almost all borderline-astringent pith, like chewing on grapefruit peels. I’d love to get more fruit out of this, but the hop flavor itself is more resin than fruit. It finishes bitter (go figure), with an almost medicinal mixture of pith and just a hint of alcohol heat, which I wasn’t expecting. Does not detract, though. Turns slightly fruitier as it warms, but the palate is really dominated by pith bitterness above all else. The malt character is plain and crackery, not a bad complement—helps the hop profile shine.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Nice mouthfeel: subdued carbonation, but it foams actively to create a really smooth feel, and it finishes dry as a damn bone. Strikes a nice balance: bitter enough that it can be challenging for some folks, but dry and smooth enough that it’s just asking for you to take more.

Overall (4.0): Thank god. It has been a long time since I’ve smelled a REALLY fresh hop bomb, and I’ve been missing it. It also looks and feels quite nice, but I found the flavor profile to be bit one-note. The malt is what it is, plain and dry, and the hops are mostly bitter and not as much flavor, which I was really looking for after the nose. It does what it does very well, but I was hoping for something more dynamic in the hop character. Still, very well-done.

fmccormi, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boolshot sent me this bomber in a trade...Thanks!

Pours a nice, clear copper with an inch or so of head. Smells of grapefruit and floral scents with some doughy malt as well. The taste balanced well with hops being the main act after the malty opening. Mostly citrus and floral flavors from the hops and some sweet bread at the beginning from the malts. Nice, bubbly mouthfeel. Bitter,dry finish but not much hint of the abv with this one.

Imstillthegman, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +17.6%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Mikexw, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color topped by a thick, fluffy off-white head that lasted for days. Tons of bright citrus in the nose. Tangerine and mandarin orange dominate the aroma. Wonderful drape of lace on the side of the glass as I pause to drink. Mouth wakening bitterness. There is a lot of grapefruit in the front of the flavor. Mild caramel and just a hint of Jolly Rancher orange candy on the finish. Loads of Chinook hop in this beer. The bitterness is pronounced, but not harsh. The mouth feel is lick, mildly oily. Great drinkability as the alcohol is well hidden.

carln26, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Risser09
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008?

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with lots of bubbles flowing to the surface. The head rises to an inch with an ivory hue. Decent retention and some lace remains behind.

Smell: Powerful citrus aroma has lots of sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon and no off-putting mineral aromas. Very enticing and fresh.

Taste: Not as bitter and hoppy as I expected from this beer. A pale malt flavor is apparent and then bittering hops take over. It has a smooth bitterness of citrus with an herbal quality that arrives later on. A floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bitter, medium body, slight sweetness and a finish of alcohol. As it warms, the beer becomes more apparently floral all around. It's a very pleasant and not cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. As I'm finding with the West Coast IPAs, they aren't cloyingly bitter. A nicely balanced beer that is very drinkable at a price tag of $4.79. Worth finding and consuming. Pronto!

Risser09, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

unclekeith, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Denzo, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Prefer Alesmith

Like everything they do, this is fantastic. Big creamy white head. Bubbles, cloudy amber with yellow highlights.

Malts smell with citrus notes. Hoppy Hop notes.

Perfect balance of smooth malts and citrus hops, piney overtones as well. Like a hop and malt party on your tongue.

Bitter, but not resiny aftertaste. This one flirts with a DIPA aftertaste.

This beer rocks that bitch up and down the coast.

Murchmac, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of jackndan
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith IPA: thank you BA for letting me learn about such fine beers, like Alesmith IPA in a 22 oz bomber. It pours a very nice looking tan, and is quite hazy, which of course is only natural for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is quite thick and long lasting, and is a tiny bit off white.

The aroma is very pleasant, extremely hoppy, with floral notes.

The taste is terrific, perfect for your friendly neighborhood hophead. Not really a traditional IPA as the hop profile is a little too huge, but on the other hand, it is not a double IPA hop bomb either. There is some balance between some bready malt, and the hops. The dominant flavor is citrus/grapefruit notes produced by the hops.

Extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Light bodied and tasty. Nice.

jackndan, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -5.9%

sunofneurot, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of wolf_switzer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

wolf_switzer, Aug 19, 2013
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 3,030 ratings.