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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #60
ABV:
7.25%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,281
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
Reviews:
1,378
Ratings:
4,370
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AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  525
Gots
  817
SCORE
94
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bright gold with a thick white cap that falls away quickly leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine. Flavor follows the nose, sweet citrus up front with a nice hope bite in the finish. Feel is light bodied, adequately carbonated. Overall a very nice beer.

Mar 23, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Reviewed from memory, but have have had several times. Have not seen in seen in a while, not sure that it is still distributed in MA? A fine brew.

Mar 20, 2021
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macpapi from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After more than a decade, finally getting around to reviewing this one. Purchased in a 16 oz. can from John's Marketplace SW PDX.

Look: It's kind of straw-like in appearance. Almost see-through. Reminds me of a sunny San Diego day without any marine layer.

Smell is a mix of citrus (grapefruit) and piney resins. A bit of malt, the tiniest bit, is also there.

Taste: Bitter hops and added citrus bitter/sweetness. Some piney notes as well. There is malt to fill out the flavor.

Feel: Comparatively thin in the mouth. Not bad, but the malt backbone that I really like in my substantial brews isn't terribly notable.

Overall: I'd drink this almost any time. There are definitely more developed IPAs and double IPAs out there these days, but this is a classic that's still eminently enjoyable.

Mar 13, 2021
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight up west coast classic.
Clear golden with a white soapy head, citrus pith on the nose, great clean piney flavor all wrapped up in a wonderfully crisp package. Excellent stuff and a standard bearer for the style

Feb 16, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich golden color with about a finger of head. You can smell the wonderful, herbal hops and some malt as well. The taste is, well, glorious: bitter herbal hops, citrus, some malt, dry and crisp. If you don’t like this you don’t like IPA’s. Pretty much perfect in all aspects and I’ll continue to buy when my bottle shop gets them in, cheers!

Feb 07, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.25%. Golden colour, only slightly hazy. Large white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, notes of pine, caramel and grapefruit. Lovely and well balanced hoppy flavour, pine needles and grapefruit again, not extreme - just very well made.

Dec 12, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let it begin with a pint can poured into a clear glass liter mug. Now, there's something to look at. The ale is a cloudy but bright amber with a bit of white head and lacing. It smells like hops and some more hops and not much more. The taste is dry and hoppy, but not overly bitter. The balance with a malt backbone missing in the aroma, is there for the mouth and provides a wonderful taste and mouthfeel sensation. A remarkably good IPA.

Nov 20, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, but somewhat oily golden color. Thick 3 - 4 finger head collapses leaving just about. 1/2 inch layer of velvety foam on top of the beer. Beautiful lacing is left on the glass as its consumed.

The aroma is not as "massive and bursting" as the can would imply - rather I get some mild, even somewhat muted notes of pine, pine needles, grapefruit, and a touch of tangerine. Really hits that hallmark of the WCIPA in that its incredibly hop forward on the aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pine, dried pine needles, sap, with almost a woody quality to it. Lighter notes of tangerine, grapefruit and citrus rind do come through, but with great deference to the pine notes. Almost no malt character to this one at all. There is a slight sweetness to this, reminiscent of a candied orange rind.

Feel is light, slick and a tad bit oily. Bright prickly carbonation frames the mouthfeel. Somewhat drier on the finish.

Overall, this is a really nice WCIPA. I would definitely drink this one again if it keeps showing up in IL fresh.

Aug 08, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rating from notes. Consumed November 2013. "Tangerine, pine needle, and resiny hop flavours. Some biscuit and caramel to balance. Orange zest, lychee, and grapefruit linger on the palate. A mind-blowing WC IPA."

Jan 26, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

2.67/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at 112 Eatery in Minneapolis

L -- Classic IPA appearance: copper body, two fingers of dense white head, nice sticky lacing. Good stuff
S -- Grassy and earthy, maybe a hint of citrus rind coming through but not much
T -- Epitome of old school West Coast IPA. Lots of bitter earthen, grassy, and piney hops with a good amount of caramel malt sweetness
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Standard

Jun 30, 2019
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JohnCal from California

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll comment only on taste. As far as taste goes, it's quite decent, but it's hard for me to tell the difference between this and their 394 Pale Ale. I'd have to do a side-by-side taste test to tell the difference.

May 07, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A highly carbonated brew with a small head. The hop forward aroma is pleasantly strong. The taste is abundantly hoppy and very delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall a very fine IPA. On draft at the Lazy Dog Saloon.

Apr 28, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is hazy and has a nice foamy head. There is a nice piney aroma to the beer with hints of tropical fruits. The beer starts with the fruits and then leads to the hop flavors. A lot of hop and fruit flavors make for a very refreshing taste. The dry hops stay on the tongue a long time and the beer is very crisp.

Apr 25, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with white head, aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, hops, biscuits and caramel, taste is lightly sweet / medium bitter, medium body, average carbonation.

Feb 23, 2019
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BenDorigan from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 0z. bomber pours hazy orange/gold and creates a creamy head. Complex hop profile in the delicious, enticing aroma leaves me wondering which strains they used. Spice, citrus, and pine shine in both aroma and flavor, and work well to salvage an overplayed malty sweetness that gives the brew a heavier mouthfeel, and stickier lips than I prefer. Had one a couple of weeks ago and bought another tonight. I don't always go back for more but this one stood out. It's a little heavier and sweeter than I prefer, but far superior to a lot of the uber-fruity IPAs out there these days. I'm quite enjoying it in spite of my nitpicking critique. I look forward to trying Alesmith's double IPA.

Jan 14, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another outstanding beer from a brewery I’ve grown to really trust. Nice golden-amber color with some great fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, lots of fruity zest hops and some piney hops in the background. Tastes of lots of fruit - grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, lemon, papaya, pineapple, a little mango - as well as some piney hops, vanilla, caramel, faint herbal hops and a great, well-balanced malt backbone. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, great carbonation. I will keep purchasing and trying any and all beers from AleSmith that I can find at my local stores.

Oct 23, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange-brown that contains a slight fog. Atop is a finger of off-white foam that retains well. Aroma is citrus, dank, resin, and pine hops, with the overall focus being on the resin syrup mingling with orange. Old school malts provide a smooth, sugary backdrop. Flavor profile is a mash up of traditional hops and bready malts. Specifically, it hits hop notes of resin, pine, and citrus, with the focus being on the first. Malt wise, it's bready, and pale. Despite having the IPA moniker, the hops maintain a great balance with the malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a semi-velvety texture that lends itself more to a sippable, flavorful IPA vs. being the go-to option for a hot tailgate (maybe a late fall/early winter tailgate). Overall, great balance between hops and malts while still showing off both. The mixer board has both at 6/10 in terms of volume/intensity - great.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Sep 14, 2018
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jhtipton from Spain

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Laces the glass. Slightly hazy. This one is from a can. Very good balance between hops and malts but enough hoppiness to keep me in the game. Reminds me of Stone IPA but tips the scale.

Aug 20, 2018
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jykleo from New York

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2017/08/03. Bought On 2018/08/03 (Wao coincidentally 1 year old! and this might be tough for hoppy products! ). 24OZ bottle.
Date on the bottle is almost impossible to find out. I could not find at the store. Anyhow, bought this and spent about 5 minutes to find out print on the bottle with magnifier.

Tried on 8/5. I did not expect a lot because of the freshness. But it was not bad at all.
Well balanced hop and molts. Nice West IPA.

Aug 03, 2018
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AleManDan from California

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Superbly balanced West Coast IPA. At first I thought it a bit malty but the medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation combined with a dry finish and lots of great citrus and piney hops coming through really won me over as it warmed. Great beer!

Jul 17, 2018
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BigMac59 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice cloudy honey color. Nice head and lacing.
Citrus and Pine aroma.
Taste the same as the aroma with a nice malty backbone.
Overall a nice West Coast IPA.

Jul 15, 2018
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/22/21

From a 16oz can marked 0K25BL2 (whatever that means...) into a tulip.

Pours a fairly murky orangish brown with about one finger of white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of pine, resin, sweet floral and light pineapple and citrus.

Taste is dominated by bitter pine. Slight sweetness on the back end of the sip. Maybe a bit of citrus peel in there.

Full-bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Nice dry bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

I remember liking this beer more the first time I had it (even though I did raise the rating on the 2nd go round). It's still a classic west coast IPA with decent malt character.

Jun 02, 2018
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber color clear with a fluffy off white head that laces well.

Aroma is nice west coast style, tangerine, orange, pink grapefruit, pine on touches of caramel base.

Taste is like the nose good citrus fruits with nice grapefruit rind and pine resin bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium level carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall a solid west coast style IPA.

Apr 26, 2018
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msink28 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer, similar to Racer 5 by Bear Republic and Union Jack by Firestone Walker. Light amber pour, floral smell.

12 ounce can. Traditional California style, sharp pine notes with a touch of bitterness at the end. It is smooth and a deceptive seven percent. Recommend highly.

Apr 09, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can canned in October 2017.

Lightly hazed amber colored body topped by a large, creamy white head. Very good retention with a foamy film of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: Smells of tropical fruits including oranges, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple.

Flavor: follows the aroma but negligible dankness, more complexity, bready malts, and hints of honey. Some pine and grapefruit in the finish. Moderately bitter for style but leans towards bold for style overall.

Feel: medium-full body; medium carbonation; Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a high quality West Coast IPA.

Apr 04, 2018
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 4370 ratings