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AleSmith Brewing Company

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From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #72
ABV:
7.25%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,272
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 8.75%
Reviews:
1,385
Ratings:
3,002
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 05, 2022
Added:
Jul 29, 2002
Wants:
  524
Gots:
  818
SCORE
94
Outstanding
IPAIPA
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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Rated: 4.1 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by JTuomi from Finland

Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Beecham from California

Jun 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Mar 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by peachy-tay from California

Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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

overall:
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
-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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Reviewed by TheBrewsClues from California

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by TXRobbo from Texas

Jul 24, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
 
 
Rated: 4.24 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Apr 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 15, 2021
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Reviewed by macpapi from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.72 by gefinley from California

Feb 25, 2021
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.23/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.17 by dubnation from Kansas

Jan 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by avisong from Virginia

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by 10Crumra from Texas

Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.28 by dielzubro from Texas

Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by FrankCastle from California

Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by BaconFingers from Washington

Aug 26, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois

Jun 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
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Rated by 1961 from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this IPA on tap in Minneapolis . What a great IPA !
Feb 15, 2020
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