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AleSmith IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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3,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,242
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 433
Gots: 343 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chadwicktorres
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 OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very nice golden brown. The off white, fluffy head fades very slowly, leaving thick laces. The beer is slightly cloudy.

This beer has a good grassy hop aroma. It is very floral. A little stronger than I expected. I have actually had Double IPA's with weaker aromas. It is slightly citrus like.

This beer has a piney flavor. It tastes slightly grassy. I also taste a little grapefruit. As with the aroma, this beer tastes more like a Double IPA. I am not complaining, because I enjoy a good DIPA any day.

This beer is full bodoed. It goes down smooth, leaving a grassy aftertaste. It is carbonated very well for the style.

Is this a good session beer? That is a tough question to answer. I really enjoy this beer. However, the alcohol content is a little high. Also, the flavor, while not overbearing to me, might be a bit much for some.

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The AleSmith IPA pours a clear light autumn orange with a massive pillow head and some wicked lacing. It had a good 2-3 finger head and some good retention. Very nice looking brew.

The aroma is a lovely hop smell which is euphoric. It was nice and citrusy and had a pine and grapefruit to it. You also got the malt through the nose. Solid dankness.

The taste was very good. The bitterness slapped you and then the malt balanced you out, then the bitterness came back around to put you in shape. The malts have a caramel breadiness to them.

In the mouth is was smooth with some semi chewiness in the finish. It was pretty balanced and had a little less IBU's for what I have come to expect with the American IPA. It left some bitterness on the tongue.

Overall just another reason to go and visit San Diego. It was more malty that what I am used to but an excellent performance.

Photo of NODAK
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting but lovely aroma. I'm getting some orange (tangerine from the label) as well as some grapefruit there as well. Definitely a citrus forward nose.

Clear, medium golden complexion with a great head that lasts with a rocky consistency well into the drink.

A really great menagerie of hop notes here, mainly citrus. Good tropical notes there with a heavy grapefruit presence. Pine peeking through as well in the back. The great thing is that it delivers all of this without being overbearing on the bitterness. It just has that great taste with a comfortable bitterness. Bitterness is a little resinous on the backend.

All in all this one definitely delivers and has earned its high marks. So drinkable.

Photo of KAP1356
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt., 6 fl. oz. bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a hazy golden, orange, amberish color with a huge 2.5 finger head that forms quite quickly. This might be the biggest head I've ever gotten from an IPA. Some nice sticky lacing as well.

S - Smells of mango and pineapple. Some great citrus aromas of lemon and grapefruit as well, but there is a very strong pine presence as well. A very nice malt backbone is present which mixes nicely with the strength of the hops.

T - A very sweet IPA. The taste of tropical fruits and citrus fruits are the forefront, with a piney taste as well, much like the nose. The finish is a nice malty, caramel flavor which adds nicely to the balance.

M - About average I would say. There is a good amount of carbonation, and there is a bit more stickiness than I expected from just an IPA.

D - Quite drinkable. The ABV is right where it needs to be to be a great drinking beer. It really is quite impressive for "just an IPA." It is quite tasty and could rival some DIPA's.

Photo of joecast
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 klewis
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HopDerek
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow edging orange, very clean, and crisp and airy foam.

Very tropical, melon, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, caramel, and candied malt aromas.

This smells wonderful, but the flavor doesn't come across the same way. Still tropical mainly citrus, melon, and tangy pineapple-like flavors but seem subdued compared to the aroma. Supported by a caramel sweet malt backbone.

Medium-bodied, medium-carbonation, crisp, tropical, sweet.

Overall, this is another Alesmith brew that did not meet the hype for me. Good, but not incredible. There is such a large variety of IPAs that I can purchase locally that blow it out of the water hands down. Worth sampling, but a trip to Wisconsin for Alesmith is only worth it for Speedway Stout and Wee Heavy.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean, translucent, light copper with a 2 finger near white head. Magnificent retention and lacing. I'll just say it...there just aren't many IPAs out there that look better than this one.

S- Big tropical and citrus hops on the nose. Grapefruit and mango lead the way. Some lemon as well maybe. Straight forward on the nose. Solid again.

T- Hop forward for sure. The normal IPA waves with tons of citrus that the nose identified, followed by a sweet middle that attempts to give the beer a hint of balance (and I love that it fails to get all the way there), and finished off with some lingering bitterness. Just not a lot of flaws

M- Light and somewhat slick/oily, but in part due to the impressive amount of hop oils at work here. No booziness to speak of. Crisp, bitter aftertaste.

O- Old fashioned, west coast style IPA that terrorizes the taste buds with west coast hops. Hard to find a better beer with a spicy pizza

Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NonicPanic
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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