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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

3,203 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 424
Gots: 324 | 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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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a darker golden color with 2+ fingers of white head with great retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a little bit of sweet fruit too.

t - Tastes strongly of cirusy hops and fruits. Stays a little smooth for a moment and than has a major bitter bite to it as it goes down. Also a little bit of pine, but mostly citrus. Very nice IPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a great IPA. Lots of hops, citrus, and bitterness to it and a very enjoyable IPA. Alcohol is not noticable. Would highly reccomend and would love to try again.

Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden color, with a thick white frothy pale head. The hops are intense with a beautiful floral component. The flavor of carapils and pale malts nearly offsets the hop bitterness, but instead creates a foundation for a truely great flavor. I wish that I could create the high alpha acid aroma that this brewer has perfected in this bottle. It's awesome. It goes down so damn smooth. This is near perfect as an IPA is concerned. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass IPA. It's got malt complexity. It's got hop character. This is a highly drinkable beer period.

Photo of jwc215
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger -

22 oz. bomber -

Pours hazed orangeish deep gold with a thick foamy white head that sits beautifully atop the beer. Great head retention. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is divine - and powerful - earthy, piney/resiny, slightly herbal with lemon zest and citrus - wow - what a hop-lover's dream of an aroma...I happily smelled the empty bottle awhile after it was finished...

The taste was hoppy - piney, earthy, citric, resiny with a caramelish/toffeish- malty background. Well-balanced for the style while allowing the hops, which were present, but with bitterness well-balanced, to come through well. Alcohol very well-covered with just a glimpse in the long finish.

Full-bodied, yet silky smooth.

Wonderful aroma with a hoppy, yet complex and balanced taste and oh so smooth...This is one of the best IPA's I've had, if not the best! Awesome hop profile and usage.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
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-

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a huge white head. The aroma is strong citrus and pine hops. The flavor is more of the same, without the bitterness you sometimes get in West Coast IPAs. Even without the bitterness, there is tons of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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)

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, floral, herbal, pine, pineapple, citrus rind, earth, grass, caramel, bread, and other light tropical fruitiness. Fantastic well balanced aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, herbal, orange peel, pine, lemon, grass, earth, floral, citrus rind, pineapple, caramel, bread, and slight pine resin spiciness. Good sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grass, herbal, pine, floral, caramel, bread and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance of bitterness and sweetness; with tons of hop flavor complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly sticky and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is excellent masked, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Overall this is an incredible IPA as expected. Fantastic hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. I wish this was more easily available back in Ohio.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review goes out to my buddy Mason - BitterPachyderm - as he was very consistent on me getting it logged! Cheers buddy!

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 2.5 fingers of very slight tan head. Color is a hazed dull golden copper. The head is very full and has some good retention leaving some lace rings and splattered lace. The color isn't very appealing for an IPA.

From the smell, it seem as this beer is pretty fresh (Got it straight from Cali). A ton of floral and pine hops mixed with a lot of citrus-lemon and grapefruit. A really nice mix. There is also some orange peel.

Taste: A ton of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon. Some orange peel, a little alcohol, tons of floral hops here, a little pine flavor, and last, the typical bready malts. Almost got a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter. At first it made me gag a little which was very weird and I didn't like that. Medium bodied and a medium level of carbonation. Ends with a citrus/somewhat dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer. So far one of the better west coast ipas I have had. A really good price on this great beer.

Edit: I decided to put the yeast on the bottle of the bottle into my last pour to see if it would change the flavor and the only think it did was make the flavor a touch more bready/yeasty. Not much of an affect.

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,203 ratings.