AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,189
Hads: 3,429
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 457
Gots: 417 | FT: 9
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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: 1,189 | Hads: 3,429
Photo of gwood
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured to pint glass...

Massive off white head came billowing to the top of my glass. As and when the head saw fit, a light cloudy copper accented with dark yellow showed itself.

The nose is spiced with pepper, citrus, and slight pine. Hops jump up right off the bat, the middle is well balanced with some pronounced malt signatures, and the beer finishes as it should with more sour grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is really quite fantastic, there is a velvetly smooth texure to this beer, finishes with some creamy rosins. Highly drinkable IPA that is near the top of my short list for IPAs currently. (610 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at City Beer Store in San Fran. Pretty amber pour with a large and vibrant white head. Vivid orange and grapefruit nose with perhaps a hint of other fruits as well. Nice orange and malt biscuit flavor, extremely well-balanced and very tasty. (258 characters)

Photo of Penguin3200
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (422 characters)

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

A- gorgeous color, poured into tulip from a deuce deuce.

S- Smell is spot on awesome, rich malty aroma with tons of spice, vanilla and chai tea notes.

T- less fruit and more malt from this guy all the way around, more like a dipa with a strong alcohol finish

M- Sticky and sugary far from clean, not very well ballanced

O- overall a great big bold ipa which hits my palate more like a dipa or imperial. The aroma is outstanding but followed by a belly warming alcohol feel.

At $4.99 this is decent brew but one that is reserved for the dipa/malt lover imo. (562 characters)

Photo of bkett01
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a billowing two finger eggshell white head that demonstrates good retention. Appears a crystal clear golden amber that is clearly well filtered. Very inviting looking beer becomes even more appealing upon first whiff. Strong floral hop aroma stands out over a detectable toasty malt.

Tastes of floral/citrus hops with a smooth alcohol touch at through the finish. A light malt is present in the background, balancing out this amazing IPA (borderline double). While the alchol is present at 7.75%, it adds to the complexity of the taste positively. This is a great beer, and would surely be a regular choice of mine if it were available, but I'll settle for just this one and thank germaniac for getting it to me.

Outstanding IPA, highly recommended! (768 characters)

Photo of ddarden
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass. The initial pour lead to an explosion of foam that would not settle. You could almost cut it off with a knife. The beer itself is a cloudy copper with a head that will not quit and leaves a massive trail of lacing as it slowly recedes. The over-carbonation almost detracts from the beer because I can not get a good pour.

The smell is mostly hops: pine and more pine with hint of grapefruit. This is a fine smelling IPA. You can smell the pale malts underneath the hops. The taste is a smack of upfront hops and ends with an astringent bitter end. The malts do balance this out, but is more about the pine hops than anything else. Good long bitter aftertaste as well.

The mouth feel is medium and coats the mouth with hop oil. The over-carbonation comes back in a negative way for me in the mouth feel. Overall, this is a very good IPA, but to me it has a bit of harshness to it. I am not sure if it is the rush of carbonation or the bitterness. I would definitely drink this regularly if it were available to me, but it is not in my top 5 IPAs. (1,090 characters)

Photo of jeffstinson
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wasn't expecting what this beer delivered. Should have expected it coming from Alesmith. Citrus notes, great hop bitterness, and solid body make this an exceptional IPA. (176 characters)

Photo of yas
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The color is slightly darker than gold with a lasting, noticeable head. Looks very pretty.
Smell: I wouldn't mind suffocating to death with this scent. The smell is simply amazing. Sweet grapefruit, mangoes, pineapple, and other sweet, tropical flavors. It'll make you eager for the taste.
Taste: Follows the nose. Sweet front, with a slight bitter ending.
mouthfeel: medium body. I guess what you expect from an IPA.
Overall: This is one of the best IPAs I've tasted to date. This IPA is a must try to anyone. Whether you're a seasoned, veteran beer connoissuer, or a beginning, new beer drinker. This selection won't be a considered a waste. (658 characters)

Photo of Packforever1976
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beauty in trade from Jeager.
Poured into my Surly pint glass. Pours a light amber, with a gorgeous head that has amazing retention. Smells very nice...malty sweetness, but can definately pick up the hops in there. Tastes delicious...very nice IPA. I usually like my IPAs more hoppy, but this is very good. Has a nice, sticky lacing as well. A very nice offering from Alesmith. I can't wait to get my hands on their other offerings! (441 characters)

Photo of FreightTrain
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (982 characters)

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

A - Good lacing and head retention on this. Typical golden color for standard IPA's.
S - Citrus hop smell with some fruits.
T/M/D - Because the carbonation was higher it made a nice lighter mouthfeel and bring out all the fruity/citrus flavors from the hops; however, the drinkability was thicker because of the amount of sugary malts used. Overall it is a very good IPA, but still not my favorite because it wasn't as crisp as I'd like. (438 characters)

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this beer after reading the reviews...finally was able to find a bomber at my local BevMo.

It poured beautifully into a pint glass-- a nice, creamy, foamy head that left lace on the glass as I drank.

The first sip...yum. Not overwhelmingly hopped; about the most perfectly hopped IPA I've ever had. Very smooth on the palate, a slightly grassy taste, followed by a slight aftertaste of hoppy bitterness. This beer almost tastes like it is nitro delivered-- very, very smooth.

A very drinkable IPA-- one I will revisit again! Alesmith should bottle this in 12 oz, six packs. I would make it my "session" IPA if so! (648 characters)

Photo of Reed415
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy mango orange with a full off white head

S - Tons of hops, Pine, Citrus in the nose

T - Hops flavor dominate, ending with some mild malt, slightly bitter

M - Medium Bodied, Mild carbonation

D - The deeper I get in this beer the more I like it. It gets better as it warms up. Excellent Beer. (320 characters)

Photo of muldersha
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 22oz brown glass bomber purchased from the cooler at Beermongers in SE Portland. Bottling date appeared to have rubbed off, unfortunately.

Pours a hazy bright orange colored body with a brilliant, creamy, off-white head. Impeccable lacing throughout. A solid head nearly stuck it out for the duration. Very sexy looking beer.

Aromas of candy floss, vanilla creme, candied orange peel, grass, cardamom, citrus oil, pineapple, dill, and dandelion seem somewhat muddled and confused.

Very sweet initially, full-bodied, mildly oily in texture, Sunkist orange soda and corn syrup candy in the mid-palate, and a soft wave of honey, hops, and herbal bitterness on the finish.

This showed terribly right out the gate. However, it seemed to improve over time. I did carry it almost a mile, by foot, just a half-day before opening it. Not sure if that generated the more awkward initial aromas and flavors. Ultimately, not my cup of tea. But admittedly, a well-constructed brew. This feels somewhat dated though. Like a West-Coast IPA of the mid-to-early-aughts. Very boozy, syrupy, and nondescript. (1,118 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful crystal clear light gold color with nice head, decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma had a nice earthy piney feel. Flavor followed with nice bittering but I would like a little more malt to the balance. (216 characters)

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

I used to go back and forth between AleSmith, Marin and Racer 5 (Bear Republic) in deciding on my favorite bottled IPA. Now I'm convinced this is the best on the planet. I will gladly drive the 30 miles to purchase this product and have it in my refrigerator to entertain friends who appreciate a great IPA. AleSmith has the perfect balance of hops (especially hops), fruitiness, and malt character to make this the most sought after IPA around. (445 characters)

Photo of krunchie
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden liquid with a fluffy white head. Good head retention. And WOW, I've never seen so many small bubbles, looks delish!

S: Oooh. Piney, resiny, earthy hop aroma. Grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon and lime. Little malt in the nose, if any at all

T: First off, I got a hot flavor. Similar to hot alcohol, but not exactly. Might be the hop bitterness playing tricks on my taste buds. It sort of made me go "whooaah!" when I took my first sip. Anyhoo, got american hop bitterness, very subtle malt character, more of that resiny hop stuff and more grapefruit. Pretty nice, but not very balanced imho.
I love IPAs, but to make a good IPA you still have to take malt character and balance into consideration. Many brewers seem to forget about this because of the "it's all about the hops, dude!"-mentality.

M/D: Medium body, good drinkability. I like the many small bubbles, they are more gentle on the tongue.

A nice AIPA, but it's not the fifth best in the world...and 99 SEK (~$13) for a 22oz bottle here in sweden? Thats just rediculous (1,059 characters)

Photo of Anaz
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Masses of fluffy white head over an orange and amber elixir that is just a bit hazy. Would have given it a 4.5, but 0.5 deducted for chunkies in the glass.

Bright grapefruit, meyer lemon, and satsuma citrus with a dank, piney resinous aromas underneath. Yes, there is malt in the aroma, but it's letting the hops do their own thing and keeping it's dry, biscuit aromas in the background where they belong.

This is why I love being a Californian. Citrus for days with grass and pine spicing things up, all carried along by sweet, clean malt flavors. It leaps out of the glass, and wraps it's love around your tongue. The bitterness is bracing, not overwhelming. Just delicious.

The mouthfeel is a full, slightly syrupy, but not cloyingly so, just enough to resolve the bitterness. There is a faint alcohol heat that hits you in the chest, but not in the mouth, which is a gentlemanly thing for an IPA to do.

This is a massively flavorful beer, that is meant to be savored, but it doesn't make me want another after I'm done. It's very satisfying, a hell of a beer for the price. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Brandywine
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (745 characters)

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

Simply one of the best out there. I am fortunate enough to visit San Diego on a weekly basis, making a trip to the AleSmith brewery a must at least once a month. This past weekend, I went with a growler of IPA. I'll admit, I'm preferential to the Anvil ESB, but I'll be damned if AleSmith doesn't put out one of the best IPAs in the world. Everything is supremely balanced, just a great beer all around. Everything about this beer screams hops, but it seems to complement just about any food pairing or situation I can throw at it. I wish I could find this in 6 packs, as it would replace Stone IPA on my permanent shelf in a flash.

Highly recommended, easy to find on the west coast, a bit harder elsewhere it seems. (720 characters)

Photo of Ranbot
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Docer. For whatever reason this beer lingered my basement a little longer than I would have wanted for an IPA, but it was still a great beer.

A - Unfiltered golden yellow. It almost looks like a hefeweizen. When you look close you can see little specks of green hops floating in the matrix...nice!

S - I get mostly pine and herbs on the nose, with some sweet bread

T - Nice citrus hops rounded out with touch of pine to the edges and back of the tongue. Light pine lingers after swallowing, but not unpleasantly so. Sweet pale malts provide just enough malt backbone to support the hops. I'm not detecting any alcohol beneath the hops.

M - Mouthfeel is really good and refreshing. It might be just the slightest bit syrupy, but that's a very minor "complaint."

D - Drinkability is very high. The sweet citrus begs me to drink more, however there is plenty of flavor lingering into the after taste that one could sit and slowly sip one these for a very long time. The alcohol is almost undetectable.

Great beer. If you're familiar with Bell's Two Hearted (which I love) you'll find a lot of similarities, except that the Ale Smith is unfiltered. (1,178 characters)

Photo of oceanman
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale orange, bubbles steadily rising, very healthy head.

Smells of pine cone, orange peel, ginger, grains.

Orange on front end, then bitterness hits hard on mid-palate with clean but rewarding finish. Bitterness is a bit one-dimensional.

Big carbonation for an IPA, but not obtrusive. This is very light and bouncy for such a flavorful brew. Bitterness builds steadily, but in a pleasant, warming way. A unique IPA. (439 characters)

Photo of Abra
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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??) (462 characters)

Photo of Mjoepp
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, white foam white average sized bubbles.

S: Citric fruits. Spices I can't exactly name.

T: As the smell with a nice bitternes to it.

O: Quite expensive and hyped among my friends and by other reviewers. Quite dissapointed honestly, but wouldn't mind drinking again. (279 characters)

Photo of BillH200174
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine, a bit of earthiness and some faint citrus notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sweet carmel, earthiness and pine with a lingering moderatly bitter finish. A very drinkable and well balanced IPA (280 characters)

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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