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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

2,957 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,957
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 414
Gots: 251 | FT: 8
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 smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps a little too carbonated. It starts by overflowing the bottle when opened. The pour is minimally 2/3 head to start. Forms a solid dome of foam. Leaves extensive, decorative lace all over the glass. The liquid itself is hazy with a light gold color.

Interestingly, the initial pour gives off a pleasant pale ale malt aroma. Letting the beer settle results in a strong floral (pine) hop smell.

A smooth, high-hopped beer. While it is spicy and bitter, there is a solid malt base, almost buttery. Still, this is a story of the hop. The swallow and the aftertaste is biting, like fresh ground pepper. The alcohol is well-hidden and the body is neutral for the style. A deceptively easy beer to drink.

smcolw, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Tan head, carbonation is medium. The beer itself is a hazy amber color. The aroma definitely tells you that this beer is going to focus on the hops, I get notes of apricot and a pungent hoppiness. The apricot is the strongest aroma component, I like it. The apricot translates to the taste of the beer, it adds a bit of a fruity backdrop that interacts with the fruitiness from the ale yeast. A nice hop bit in the finish, followed by a clinging bitterness as a reminder of the beer that was just on my tongue. This is a nice IPA, not as extreme as some but I really like the flavor and aroma that is packed into this beer.

Gueuzedude, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber, procured at the BevMo in Cypress, CA,

A: Pours a dark, murky amber, excellent head, though, very creamy and fluffy, leaves excellent lacing in a pint glass.

S: As expected, fragrant hops, with lots of pine and citrus.

T: Upfront, the problem I have with this beer is its alcohol content, the alcohol is too robust for this style, it felt like I was drinking a 10-11% beer instead of 7%, other than that, it's standard IPA, very citrusy, and hoppy.

M: Chewy, resiny, and warming.

D: Drinkability is lowered due to the high alcohol effect. Not a bad beer, I've had this beer several times and it just hasn't impressed me. Which is weird since I've loved the other offerings from Alesmith that I have had, most notably Yulesmith (Both Summer and Winter), and Speedway. The first couple of times that I had had it were bad batches, with almost no carbonation, so I discounted my opinion, and would try again. I've had it about 3 other times since then, including the review beer, and aside from the appearance, it just doesn't do it for me. Go figure, though I recommend, however, that any IPA fan try it, if they can get it, it is certainly well made, just not for me.

Halcyondays, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

beernads, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a nice hop presence are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast spiciness, grapefruit, lemon zest, hint of orange, pine, and a hearty bitterness make up a well balanced IPA. A hint of alcohol is present too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Very long bitter aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer is very easy to drink and is just a great quality beer you don't want to put down.

Gavage, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/02/05- Received fro BA member RKhaze.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden amber colored elixer. Forms a very nice 1 inch thick and creamy sparkling white head. Good lacing as well.

Smell- Greeted by a huge scent of many different kinds of hops. The first one that caught me was the big sweet cotton candy scent. Then the light fruit scented ones came followed by the pine tree scent.

Taste- Not the hop bomb expected after the scent, but more of a very nicely balanced IPA. Mostly pine flavored hops, not the sweet ones I smelled at first. Then a nice soft malt backbone. Just enough to be noticed and to add to the mix of hops.

Mouthfeel- Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability- A definite top level IPA. One I would readily buy often if it was easily available here. Definite must try for anyone who loves IPA's.

GClarkage, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. Cost was 5.49 USD in Orange County, California. No best before date, but this one is at least three weeks old (based on date of purchase). I know it'd be better fresh, but I do what I can. Paired with microwaved pizza (I'm a uni student!). Four weeks old.

*I've also gotten this at Trader Joe's for $4.99.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of light but nice cream lacing, fair thickness, and good retention - especially for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a transparent copper-gold. It's a bit generic, but appealing nonetheless.

Sm: Pleasantly enticingly hoppy, but I worry it will be too bitter (as many IPAs tend to be). A mild strength aroma. Nice rounded floral hop character. Some zest grapefruit citrus. Pale malts. A clean aroma of mild to moderate strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Unfortunately, it does flirt with soapy notes.

T: A pleasant hoppy body, without hardly any bitterness on the finish or climax. It's hard to believe. A brewer that understands an IPA is about balance, not hop quantity? Imagine that! It's very well done, with near perfect balance of hops over an unobtrusive pale malt foundation. I really like this IPA. It's simple, but damned refreshing. That said, it does approach soapiness. Light pine. Very clean. No real subtlety here.

Mf: Amazingly, delightfully smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body near perfectly. Very well executed. Good thickness and body. Refreshing. Good presence on the palate. Soft.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable, especially for the style. The alcohol never comes through in spite of being of above average quantity. It's a lovely IPA. Price point is great as well. I'd get this again. *In fact I have, since. Another quality brew from Alesmith.

Pairs well with food (especially spicy food).

B-

kojevergas, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

oriolesfan4, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy golden orange color with golden yellowish hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy 2.5 finger head with excellent retention, only very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with streaks of soapy lacing.

Very earthy hop aroma with a prominent citrus fruit character, subtle pine and faint malt backbone. Lots of lemon peel, mango and grapefruit in the nose as well as some biscuit Graham crackery malt.

Clean crisp medium body that is very hop forward with a good balance of sweet citrus and dry pine notes. Pretty bitter and dry at first but with a nice amount of lemon and orange peel, mango and grapefruit and a subtle Graham cracker malt backbone that doesn't interfere with the glorious hoppiness. Lingering dry finish. Delicious dank, oily chewy hopbomb! Highly recommended!

corby112, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with sckressler...
Appears a dark amber with a luscious white chunky head. Huge chunky lacing.
Smell is of perfumy and citrus hops with pine resin whopping my nose.
Taste is of huge hops with a caramel biscuit malt punch that makes you come back for more.
Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly burning with hops but well balanced throughout. Medium bodied brew.
Drinkability is really good here too. Just a touch taken off from the mild hops burn that lingers.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Hazed honey amber color with a large fluffy, light bubbly white head that leaves sticky clumps of lacing but a little lacking in retention
S: Rich smell of alcohol, pine and citrus hops and caramel malty background. Not many words needed to describe it but near perfect balance for an IPA.
T: Very nice balance of rich malt body with biting hop presence. Active carbonation with a medium body and a lingering slightly sweet citrus hop taste. Body of the beer is a very strong caramel malt taste with piney and citrus hops that assert themselves immediately, though not a "hop bomb", at least to me. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Alcohol begins to assert itself as the bottle goes finishes. An excellent IPA, though I still prefer Two Hearted. My feelings for this beer don't seem to exactly mesh with some of the other recent reviews, as far as hop presence and body go, so next time I'm in CA I'd love to try this fresh as this bottle came from Akron, OH and well, Ohio is Ohio (hey, it's the start of college football, I can be antagonistic if I want)

yourefragile, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at City Beer Store in San Francisco, and carefully transported back to Sydney to drink with some beer-loving friends.

Burnished yellow-gold with a phenomenally thick and boisterous head of white foam. Lacing is sticky, funky and crazy, leaving insane patterns down the inside of the glass. Looks very tasty indeed.

Oh, such a nose - just luscious with huge quantities of the very finest American hops. Lots of tropical fruits, passionfruit, resin and sweetness. It genuinely is an absolutely classic American IPA nose. To my mind, you can't get better than this. I would believe that this is the absolute archetype of the American IPA nose.

Very nice palate, lots of resinous hops, but with a very noticeable sweet fruit character pulling its way through as well. On the back palater, there's a quite English grittiness, not just the sharp and clean American hop character. It's somewhere nicely between an IPA and a double IPA - it doesn't have the body and the heaviness of a DIPA, but it's too full and hoppy for a straight American IPA. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, once again, just short of the full and heavy character of an Imperial.

A sharp, but extremely well balanced IPA. Oh, how I love this style, and how the Americans do it. Every time I sample a beer like this, I'm taken back to a wonderful Californian summer. No matter what else the yanks do, they do brew a few fucking awesome beers.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, tropical fruits and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are nice and bright, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Awesome stuff.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit and some light sweetness. This one is very fresh and tastes exceptional. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with lots of hoppy flavors and moderate carbonation. Very nice feel to this one with plenty of hop bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

O - My first time having this one on-tap and I really enjoyed it. From the bottle it was just decent but this one was much better. I will get my fill while I can for sure.

orangesol, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for crazynelson for the trade.

Appears a dark amber with a white head and lacing. There's a pungent aroma of citrus punch. The flavor has a slightly soapy (not in a bad way) orange rind and grapefruit that quickly turns into a ripping hop bitterness with dirty pepper and light floral perfume. The aftertaste is long and big with more of the biting rind. Basically, they've crammed the flavor, and to an extent, the feel of a DIPA in an IPA. The bitterness is a little dialed back by comparison, but this is a full, delicious beer.

tempest, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Poured a nice golden color with a big white foamy head and light lacing

S: Nose was moderate. Smelled of citrus, floral accents and wonderful fresh hops.

T: Taste was citrus with a floral blast backed with some light caramel malt
finished with a bite of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

O: Revisited this after three years and I am downgrading. My palate is much more refined after the plethora of brews I have consumed. Whole not bad, still not the staple IPA for me. However, it is one clean beer!

barleywinefiend, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several samples of this tasty brew at the Bluezapalooza beer fest @ Mammoth Mtn, in the Sierra, reviewed from notes (yeah I was that guy at the fest taking notes.) A treat for this East coaster to try this fine brew on tap for my first Alesmith IPA experience. This one pours a typical medium shade of almond amber, with a fairly dull tan head and leaving splattered lacing upon a gentle swirl. the excitement starts with the crisp hoppy nose and the resiny hops that carry this brew across the tongue and taste buds. Fine AIPA. smooth, clean and pleasantly hoppy. Haven't had anything from Alesmith yet that was not top notch.

Billolick, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick/wide ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a huge aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops - this beer smells very inviting and delicious. Subtle hints of caramel and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness followed by strong grapefruit/citrus hops. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with wonderful hop aromas and flavors without a lot of bitterness. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well-hidden. Great beer that I could enjoy over and over again. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

dbrauneis, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great West Coast IPA. Pours a dark golden orange with a healthy tight head and some decent lacing. Aromas of citrus and spicy hops. Great grapefruit presence in the nose. The taste is beautifully balanced with nice citrusy hops and spicy notes and a long grapeffruit bitterness in the finish. Subtle malt underpins it all. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Just an all around pleasure to drink. This would be a staple if it were available in my area.

Georgiabeer, Dec 06, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

drewone, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bomber of AleSmith IPA from a trade with Boolshot. The ale is chilled and served in a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale is an auburn color, close to orange with a thick three finger head that laces extensively.

S: A citrusy hop aroma wafts out of the goblet.

T: The ale has a grapefruit hop flavor that slowly fades into a ginger-like flavor that is subtle and fruity.

M: The ginger aftertaste and strong hops are quite good, giving the palate a wide array of sensations during the bottle.

D: The ale is quite good. Even with the almost 8% abv, this beer is hoppy, vibrant and delicious. Thanks to Boolshot for an excellent trade.

akorsak, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm aged copper crystal clear body with a super thick head of creamy light tan foam that last and last. It forms nice rings of sticky foam after each sip.

S- Fresh green hops had notes of oranges, flower blossoms and pungent bitterness. This is the kind of hops smell that makes me want to sniff and sniff this beer, but I think a few sips is required.

T- The big juicy pungent flavor of citrus hops makes me pucker and thirst for more at the same time. There is a nice taste of fresh sweet caramel malt that enhances the hops flavor. The hops flavor at the finish is green with a mint freshness without the mint flavor. A note of dry toasted malt and hops hangs on after the finish. As this beer warms there is a very light note of biscuit that enhances the toasted malt flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture at the finish.

D- Wow this beer has a great hops flavor with a wonderful support of sweet and dry toasted malt. The hops are big, juicy and complex yet the malt is big and helps balance the hops nicely. This is great as a session beer but I see the surprising 7.25% ABV could be dangerous.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I originally had a bottle of this a few weeks ago, but it was flat and unsuitable for drinking or reviewing; I unfortunately had to pour it out. I've given this brew another chance to show me what it's got, so let get on to the beer:

The beer is a hazy orange color with a nce foamy head. In the smell, there's a big hop aroma, with sweet notes mixed in, with a fructose/syrupy scent to it. The taste is incredible: not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops for everyone. Silky smooth, with a fruity taste to balance out the beer, weaved with piney notes and a passionfruit flavor. It finishes bitter on the palate with a semi-tart puckering. The alcohol is almost undetectable, which at 7.25%, is something of an accomplishment, and easy to drink for such a big brew.

Notes: Whoa! Very well balanced (by west coast standards), with plenty of sweet and bitter flavors to offer. They may be less famous than Stone among San Diego brewers, but this offering is exceptional.

DoubleJ, Mar 26, 2007
AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,957 ratings.