Logical Choice
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,367
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,868
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
209
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AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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SCORE
91
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Logical ChoiceLogical Choice
Notes: We've finally teamed up with our friends at Pizza Port Brewing Co., one of our favorite breweries in San Diego. When deciding what to make, we figured something excessively hoppy was the logical choice, and so this collaboration brew was born. This triple IPA is an intensely hoppy and bitter San Diego-style IPA. The light malt character and light body allow aggressive notes of pine, mango and citrus fruits to overtake the palate, while a dry finish allows it to remain crisp and refreshing. Make the Logical Choice and enjoy this beer immediately, much like the brewers did leaving work to enjoy it in sunny San Diego. Cheers!
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Clear gold bubbly body with two fingers of white foam. Pine, mango, orange, grapefruit, caramel malt, floral hop aromas. Taste is a more resinous version of the nose while staying bright, light, and even a little pithy in the finish. Feel is bright, light, wet than dry through the sip, clean for a triple ipa, and has decent hop character. Solid all around, would recommend for early summer

Apr 13, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that I want to get sidetracked here, but a beer like this makes me realize why Pliny the Younger is so good. Anyway...

Looks pretty standard like my prom date in a lacy thang with pumps - not bad. Aroma is fairly West Coast, but with strong honey like the Cheerio Bee after taking a bong rip. Taste is pretty standard, but then it hits you with a pretty good burn like OJ speeding away in da Bronco.

Meh.

Mar 17, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a tulip. No canning date printed on the can.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam atop. This is a really good looking beer.

Smell: sweetish malt aroma with some dank and piney hop notes. It smells smooth and nicely-composed, though it's not especially intense.

Taste: rich and thickly malty and sweet; hops are resinous, piney, earthy, and dank. It's got a bit of an autumnal character going on. Again, it's good, but perhaps a bit on the earthy side for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and actually a good level of creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is pretty easy drinking for 10%; bitterness is relatively low compared to the sweetness (though it's still plenty bitter), so it's quite drinkable.

Mar 12, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single can from Trader Joe’s in San Diego.
Pours a clear orange to copper colour with short lived creamy near white head.
Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, strongly hoppy, pine.
Taste starts with burst of sweet caramel malt but covered quickly by pine, resinous hops, grapefruit, milder notes of orange and hint of mango - crisp sharp hop bitterness balances the malt sweetness.
Full mouthfeel - clean crisp lingering bitterness, a bit of warmth but not excessively boozy - deliciously drinkable but definitely a west coast triple IPA.

Mar 11, 2020
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BeanBump from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid 4

This beer is super well balanced and hides its 10% ABV incredibly well. It would be easy to crush an entire four pack and not realize you're buzzed until you try to stand up. Crisp, refreshing and a solid offering from two SD juggernauts (as you'd expect).

Feb 27, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell, with flavors of caramel malts standing out in front of strong notes of orange citrus and hints of pine and mango. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of crispness.
O: This Imperial IPA is quite drinkable for a beer that is 10% abv as it manages to hide nearly all of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Dec 12, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Initial impression from a can:

Hides its ABV dazzlingly well, but it's not exceptional otherwise. Hop profile is fine. Has enough malt backbone to keep it relatively balanced even if it does finish a bit warm. Floral and vaguely fruity, but not horribly expressive or pungent hopwise.

Hoped for better from these guys...usually love 'em.

C / AVERAGE

***
08/02/18 tried another can from the pack:

Sticky, resinous, fruity, warm...hop profile is far from impressive.

Wouldn't know it was 10% drinking it casually, but aside from that, there's not a lot to praise here.

Low C / AVERAGE

Jul 29, 2018
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. One finger head with clumpy lacing. Clear amber appearance. Strong grapefruit and resin flavor that lasts. Overall good beer.

Jul 08, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy pale yellow in color with a small white head.

S: Big pine resin with cloying tropical fruits.

T: Dank and resinous with juicy, juicy tropical fruits.. A touch cloying, but damn. A bit of booze in the finish.

M: Medium thick but the moderate carbonation seems to lighten it a bit.

O: Certainly an assertive brew.. tasty, strong, and interesting.

Jun 27, 2018
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6/6/18 - On tap at TRIA in Philly during PBW. Served in signature T tecu stemmed glass. Dark golden copper with head that dissipates, but come right back with a swirl. Subtle aroma yields a nice smooth and hoppy taste. Not so bitter. Get some.

Jun 06, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 32 oz Growler from Kings Beer & Wine earlier today for $8.00.

Beer poured golden with a solid white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose is citrus and floral hops.

Taste is very well balanced. There is a nice combination or grapefruit, gooseberry, and pine over an ample malt base. Finish is a touch of rind and pine.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing for a 10% abv brew.

Overall this is an impressive old school ipa. I am very impressed with the attention to the flavor balance and feel. Recommended!

May 26, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - bright yellow, cloudy, and no clarity. Gorgeous IPA

S - equally bitter and juicy.

T - well balanced, not a typical bitter WC IPA. Delicious

F - light bodied and medium carbonation

O - the colab of 2 of my fav breweries does not disappoint!

May 16, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Logical Choice, a TIPA collab between the outstanding Pizza Port and Alesmith Breweries out in San Diego, is a hophead’s and IPA lover’s dream come true. Pine and citrus dominate on nose and palate, with a nice touch of mango. The can claims it has a dry finish, and, to an extent, that’s true. But there’s also a very distinctive malt/ nut note that comes through for me. Not a juice-bomb, and just very slightly hazy, don’t expect a NEIPA-like experience. But expect an excellent one, especially with that 10% registering on the Richter Scale. If it weren’t for that, this would make an excellent summer session beer. But sometimes Sessions can be overdone. ( No disrespect intended to the current AG.) Beautiful work here, @pizzaportbrewingco and @alesmithbrewing ! I’d get this again in a heartbeat!

May 12, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours clear golden with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderately low.

Smell: It has strong aromas of tropical fruits to include pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe. There are hints of berries in the background.

Taste: The flavors are full of pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe with some berries and bread in the background. There are also some floral elements.

Feel: It is moderately heavy with a bit of slickness to it. There is some pleasant alcohol warming with a bit of harshness with bitterness in the finish.

Overall, it is a complex hoppy beer with plenty of tropical elements and a strong bitter bite in the end.

May 12, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a see-through orange-gold body with large frothy head and lace. Solid west coast aroma of floral citric and earthy hops with hints of malty goodness. Smooth, buttery, oily, resin, earthy and dry with floral notes; touch of caramel/bread malt sweetness and finishes dry and acidic with a touch of booze.

May 09, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey amber with a decent white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is mango and citrus. The flavor is sweet ripe mango and lemon/lime. There is a touch of pine as well but the bitterness is subdued. The feel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Great beer overall, the 10% ABV is hidden.

May 02, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber orange with a finger plus of white head that sticks around for a bit.
Smells of citrus and pine. A bit of sweet malt coming through as well
Taste follows, grapefruit, piney, pithy, with a sweet malt backbone.
Medium bodied.
Overall a tasty West Coast IPA that I was happy to find in GA.

May 02, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a nice two finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, light stone fruit and hint of dankness. Nice to smell a West Coast profile again. Flavor is caramel malt, resinous piney and citrus hops, pine, orange, lemon and a little light tropical fruit. Finishes with a nice resinous pine and citrus finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. A classic traditional West Coast style IPA with bold flavor and a quite pleasant hop bill leaning towards pine, but with good citrus and lighter tropical and stone fruit notes. There is no doubt about it, this is my preference for IPA styles. It's great to taste it again. I'm probably scoring this a bit too high due to experiencing a homecoming high.

May 01, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Market of Choice.

A clear amber with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is pungent with pine bitterness, some grapefruit present. A little bit of honey is present as well. The palate opens bitter with pine and grapefruit, candied orange, a little melon and peach. Mildly sweet and moderately hot, this beer is a little boozy. Bitter and mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is medium in body and moderately carbonated. Decent.

Apr 29, 2018
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours something between amber and orange, crystal clear. About a finger of white head, with bubbles of varying sizes. The head retention is quite weak, as expected for the style. Minimal lacing left on the glass, as expected for the style. There are also bubbles flowing up throughout the whole glass. Also, alcohol legs for days.

Smell: Fairly subdued. It smell like your typical shelf TIPA — bitter citrus notes, and just a bit of the floral stuff, maybe a bit of passion fruit.

Taste: At 120 ibu, this beer is very bitter, and this is the first thing you notice. Bitterness dominates everything from start to finish. There is some malt-induced sweetness in the middle, but it gets completely overtaken by the bitterness. Not sure that I can pick out any distinct fruit flavors, except for some grapefruit. Alcohol is hidden very well — I couldn't tell in a million years that this thing is 10% abv. Alcohol is slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

Feel: Full bodied, but generally very standard for the style. Carbonation is about medium overall, and medium in style. The beer

Overall: A very enjoyable TIPA. This is a great representation of what a West Coast TIPA should be. It ain't Pliny, but for a can I just picked off the shelf for $2, it'll sure do.

Apr 14, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.68 (because of 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: March 28, 2018
Consumed: March 29, 2018
Reviewed as: American Triple / Imperial IPA
Misc.: No canned on date

Picked this up with five others at Bine & Vine to get the 10 percent off, and a 6-pack of Firestone Lager. Had seen this out in stores for a couple of weeks and knew I wanted to pick one up. I mean AleSmith and Pizza Port? How good is that? Can description read, “We've finally teamed up with our friends at Pizza Port Brewing Co., one of our favorite breweries in San Diego. When deciding what to make, we figured something excessively hoppy was the logical choice, and so this collaboration brew was born. This triple IPA is an intensely hoppy and bitter San Diego-style India Pale Ale. The light malt character and light body allow aggressive notes of pine, mango and citrus fruits to overtake the palate, while a dry finish allows it to remain crisp and refreshing. Make the Logical Choice and enjoy this beer immediately, much like the brewers did leaving work to enjoy it in sunny San Diego. Cheers!” No idea of the hops going in, but seemed like a Logical Choice for my 2,000th official review on Beer Advocate.

Poured a clear gold color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky off-white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass at different speeds. Outstanding uneven foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled a lot of different flavors, making me think there were a lot of hops in it. Picked out bubblegum, Mosaic, nectarine, peach, floral, pine, dank resin, papaya, Simcoe, Citra, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit and candied sugary notes. From the can I got nectarine, passion fruit, papaya and bubblegum. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted almost as good as the nose. In order got bubblegum, Mosaic, papaya, viney berry, passion fruit, spicy Simcoe, mango, bitter tangerine rind, pine, dank resin, grapefruit and Citra. If I had to guess other hops I’d say good guesses would be Amarillo, Chinook, Ekuanot and Warrior. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

I liked this one overall, but not quite as good as I thought it was going to be. Still outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

Apr 11, 2018
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HalfFull from California

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a large wine glass. Pours a fairly clear deep straw/light golden with a nice cap of white foam. Touch of haze settles out and offers moderate retention.

Aroma of citrus and some tropical fruit, bit of hop/peppery spice notes. Just a faint smack of pine. Smells a lot like the 'new' Swami's with a boost. Faint hint of onion/shallot with warming, and citrus segues from orange to lemon. Enticing perhaps, but surely not 'intensely hoppy'. Taste is light on the malts, with spice and citrus notes. Bit oily in a sense but the ABV is fairly well cloaked by the residual malt.

Finish is citric and rich but not that bitter. All good but again not quite what it says on the can. Finish is slight hop/bitter/spice well cloaked in residuals. The bigger question is why this review page, with no ads or videos, still seems to need 20 percent of my processor on a continuous basis? Time to cut and paste.

Note: Canned 3/8/18

Apr 08, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Im not sure if i just had a bad glass of this or what, but all i got out of this was malt, lots and lots of malt..so much so that i barely could finish half my glass..not at all what i was expecting, after seeing soild reviews here and on untappd..i get that this is listed as a triple ipa, and most triples tens to lean on the malty side, but this was insane

Mar 15, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint a clear medium golden with a billowing full one finger white head that has great lasting power.Aromas of pine,sugary ripe fruit, and an awkward celery wich isn't bad just different.Dryer and more resin-like than the new style,it is citric but not 'juicy' so much,much more bitter in the finish wich is a nice change up from everything now.Somewhat sweet but not very sweet for the style,that I like.Old school left coast keepin it real here.

Oct 25, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange with fine, soft foam.

Smell is powerful with a bucket load of piney resin and plenty of citrus.

Taste is massively hoppy and bitter. Piney resin and grapefruit combine for a long, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, and quite sticky.

Overall, this is way more balanced than it should be. Pizza Port and Aesmith making a triple IPA? I expected something that would just murderize my taste buds, but this is actuallly very drinkable and balanced, and tasty as hell.

Oct 09, 2017
Logical Choice from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 209 ratings