AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #75
Ranked #2,290
4.23 | pDev: 8.75%
Mar 16, 2022
Jul 29, 2002
Notes: One of the all-time highest rated IPAs on RateBeer, AleSmith IPA is back for our 25th Anniversary and better than ever. Bursting with massive hop aromas of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits from huge additions of Columbus and Citra, this classic IPA is perfectly balanced by a healthy malt backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.

40 IBU
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4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 16, 2022
4.4 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Mar 10, 2022
3.75 by ryand14 from Michigan on Feb 13, 2022
4.19 by peachy-tay from California on Feb 05, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by TBoneJones from Texas

Looks hazy and copper-like with a creamy head.
Nose is sweet malts with hints of sweet pineapple and pine.
Taste is a flavorful ipa with grapefruit sweetness balanced by butter earthy pine, and notes that are somewhat mineral-like though too, but the longer I sip it’s almost like a medicinal (iced) tea flavor note.
Feels creamy and full-bodied, slight stickiness at the end.
I can see why this is a well-liked IPA. Glad to try it after not trying it so long, for no reason whatsoever.

Nov 21, 2021
4.25 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

damn-near freakin perfect specimen of the OG West Coast IPA

pours a deep hazy orange-near-amber body with a rocky cream colored frothy foam head that has high retention and leaves behind thick slathers of sudsy lacing as it settles to a rocky murky island cap with thick defined halo

aroma is rich, dense, earthy, and slightly sweet. pine, citrus, malt. the magic og combo

taste follows the nose; supremely balanced, with a slightly bitter finish

mouthfeel is midlevel carbonation and medium bodied; runs smooth with pillowy carbonation and finishes dry and lowkey pine bitterness

this is the current placeholder for the OG West Coast IPA done with supreme balance in the love triangle of pine, citrus, and malt. seriously damn-near perfect.

Nov 16, 2021
4.23 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Sep 28, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

-the amber can pour holds a slight haze and hosts a 2 cm foam cap.
The aroma is spruce like with a hint of citrus.
The flavor is of pine and grapefruit with low to moderate hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel is crisp.
This is a welcome break from sweet, tangy, NE style IPAs.

Aug 07, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBrewsClues from California

The Alesmith IPA pours with a nice golden amber color. It has a nice, smooth mouthfeel with lots of citrus - mostly grapefruit - flavors, piney overtones, and a modest bitter finish. I'm not sure I rate it as high as others have, but still solid.

Aug 05, 2021
4.35 by TXRobbo from Texas on Jul 24, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by blazerkor from Nevada

Smells fresh with a scent of both citrus and pine.  I really don't get anything else.

The taste is refreshing with slight citrus and bitterness.  I really don't get any malty flavors.

It's extremely light and has medium carbonation.  The finish is bitter with just a slight sweetness peeking through.

Overall it's a really solid IPA, not too strong but still good. I give it a 4.7 out of 6.

Jun 16, 2021
4.24 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Apr 23, 2021
3 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewme from Massachusetts

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
4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Mar 18, 2021
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 15, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by macpapi from Oregon

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
3.72 by gefinley from California on Feb 25, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

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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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

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
4.17 by dubnation from Kansas on Jan 27, 2021
4.25 by avisong from Virginia on Jan 01, 2021
4.25 by 10Crumra from Texas on Dec 20, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

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
4.28 by dielzubro from Texas on Dec 01, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
3.99 by FrankCastle from California on Oct 18, 2020
4.03 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 09, 2020
4.21 by BaconFingers from Washington on Aug 26, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

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
4.25 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois on Jun 25, 2020
4.25 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 15, 2020
4.25 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 1961 from Wisconsin

Had this IPA on tap in Minneapolis . What a great IPA !

Feb 15, 2020
4.11 by Lanas from Greece on Feb 01, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by cratez from Canada (ON)

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
4.04 by Seal4676 from Michigan on Dec 30, 2019
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