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AleSmith / Pizza Port - Logical ChoiceAleSmith / Pizza Port - Logical Choice

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date but assumed fairly fresh (a month or two)

A: A clear gold pour with an enormous frothy light tan head. Awesome head retention and huge, thick walls of lacing.

S: Very sweet and juicy tropical aroma. Huge mango it tangerine? Citrusy too.

T: Oh yeah, huge hop flavor. Sweet mango and nondescript tropical fruits and citrus. Got some pine in there too, a spicy resinous character building in the middle. Lots of caramel sweetness joining it as well. Almost has a candied-fruit sweetness, especially in the finish. Pine really stands strong in the finish and aftertaste after all the sweetness and fruitiness has been swept away.

M: Fairly heavy and bitter with a syrupy sweet backing.

O: Very interesting TIPA. Lots of great hop flavors but it's got that very harsh west coast style to it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamFuel
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep gold beer brimming with what I'll call dank fruit resin... Tropically fruity on the nose and immediately on the tongue, but then this shellac of dank resin crept over my tongue as the bitterness sank in... Mild sweetness, smooth, but with a little tack and coat... Medium-weight, modest carbonation - started off with a full head, slimmed to a thin cap that lasted until the end and trailed lace down the glass. Trace of the 10% abv is apparent, but I didn't consider that a detraction. Big beer but drinks lean - the taut bitterness is key. For my tastes, this beer was great. Coulda bought more than one, now I wish I had. May very well merit a return trip to the store of purchase... 6/23/17 canning...

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Photo of pubscout
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of hman43
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass canned on 6/08/17

A: soapy small white head that settles to a film on the body. Looks like it laces the glass well.
Body is a light amber burnished hold with excellent clarity.

S: loads of pineapple and resin has that candied Hop presence that triple IPAs can get. Still has some nice lingering fruit though. Smells sticky and sweet.

T: it's starts out like it's going to be a fruit juice bomb of sweet citrus then switches gears and goes almost like it will be searingly resins bit it lets up in the end and finishes actually fairly smooth. The alcohol is light but smooth for 10%.

M: light to medium bodied fairly smooth.

O: this beer almost starts to think oh yes I'm getting my Ruinten or old Hoptimum before they changed the recipe, but this beer isn't near as bitter or resins. It finishes more balanced and smoother.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is classic west coast style with lots of piney, resiny hops and malt sweetness in the background. Taste starts with malt sweetness and resiny hops, a bit grassy with some grapefruit pith flavor on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a well made beer, quite drinkable for the high ABV.

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Photo of Tarheel219
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prototypic
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ananddullabh
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VRH
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 191 ratings