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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Reviews: 1,310 | Ratings: 4,072
Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Not much Head. Nice lacing. Nose of citrus, not too orangy. Slightly, ever so slight astringent. Nice west coast bitter, sweet, citrusy hoppy. A little more subtle than some. Very nice.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber with orange tint with good clarity. Lacing all over the glass after each sip.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, piney, resin.

T - Aggressively hopped - citrus, grapefruit, and piney take center stage. Harsh feel - leaves the palate completely wrecked.

O - This is an in your face, west coast IPA - just a bit to aggressive for my taste as it completely destroyed my palate.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Alesmith's IPA last week for $2,19 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer on tap last month and I thought it was pretty good and I'm interested to see how the bottled version is, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks decent, it has a pretty simple look to it and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that takes a little more of a brighter orange hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very good looking IPA, i have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a big fruity aroma being the first to show up with lots of citrus fruits sticking out the most, but there's also some tropical fruits, green hops, and a little bit of a coconut aroma in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready, lightly grainy, pale malt and light caramel malt like aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a very nice aroma, the balances is good and the hop profile is very nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time the green hops show up just a little more than they did in the aroma. Up next comes a light amount of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which imparts all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's the bready, pale malts and light caramel malt like flavors that stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice hoppy and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's got great balance and I enjoy the hop profile.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a great example of the style, it had pretty much all the things that I look for in an IPA and it stood out a little from a lot of the other IPA's. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer is the balance and hop profile, those are the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, every aspect is good and there isn't anything that sticks out as not being good. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty and well balanced IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned out to be pretty much as good as it was on tap and I don't really have any complaints. It made for a good first impression for the brewery and I hope to try more of their beers, it's a very nice example of an American IPA. Great job guys, this is one tasty IPA, keep it up.

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Photo of DannyBigs
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When reviewing, it's always best to keep in mind the style of the beer.

AleSmith IPA is a single IPA, at a little over 7%.

That being said, I think this is the perfect single IPA, west coast style. The color is a beautiful gold, slightly hazy. Smell and taste are on point FOR THE STYLE (I find similarities with the smell of Pure Hoppiness by Alpine). Nice bitter taste, but not at all overwhelming. In my opinion, one of the best examples of the style. And now they come in dope cans, so fresh. I could crush a ton of these.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color, modest head disapates into a ring like half crown and with scattered lacing.
Juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit and danky aromas in the nose. A nice sniffer!
Goes down really smoothly. The gentle carbonation is just right, yet, has a crisp bite. Juicy and citrusy foundation, yet, there is a strong piny hops element, especially in the finish. The palate is dry overall, thus balancing out the juice and making its medium body quite drinkable.
This is a really nice IPA that has all the good elements but in moderation; a bold hops influence that is not overpowering, juicy but not too sweet, easy to drink but with enough body to make things interesting. Really well done!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - beautiful lacing over a good amber

S - piney, citrusy and floral notes with a good malt balance

T - follow the taste with a good bitterness but a bit off

M - good mouthfeel

O - too old (5 months old) I'd like to try this fresh because it has a lot of potential!

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, light fruits. Taste is pine, malts, some mintiness, very light bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but failed to meet my expectations.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 mL bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear gold with visible carbonation and a frothy, dense head of white foam.

Smell: Layers of citrus (lemon, orange; zest and flesh), tropical fruit, resinous hops and caramel malt to balance.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruit follow from the nose with fresh herbs (mint), hop resin and slight dankness. Just enough caramel malt for balance. Highly hopped without being aggressive or overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly oily yet still crisp and nicely carbonated.

Overall: Classic West Coast IPA - full, hoppy and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of TH28
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep golden and clear like apple juice, with a light, thick bubbled off white foam head. Aroma: Caramel maltiness followed by a strong tropical fruit, pineapple, berry, and resinous hop aroma. Taste: Rich caramel malt sweetness slowly turning to a resinous, light citrus hop bitterness that intensifies through the swallow. Well balanced malt profile against the bitterness. Mouthfeel: On the heavier side for an IPA, with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Despite the balance, a strong resinous hop bitterness stands out after the swallow. Overall: A very well balanced IPA despite the aggressive bitterness. Does a better job than some other west coast IPAs of providing a strong malt backbone that balances it out. Nothing stands out as sharp here, which speaks to the balance as shar

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Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verona Inn. I had higher hopes for this brew, and although it was definitely a solid IPA, the taste left something to be desired. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Moderate hopping throughout with mild notes of citrus and lemon zest. Good but not above and beyond

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous creamy feel on this hazy golden draft pour. Nicely carbed with generous webs of lacing. The nose and taste are similar here, loads of citrus. This is a damn good beer. Try one for yourself!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Golden yellow with one finger head. Nice hoppy aroma to the nose with fruits. Mild fruit on front and balanced hops on back. Medium bodied and easy on the palate.

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Photo of mcbratz1187
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA. Very long finish but not in a bitter after taste kind of way.
L - on the medium-dark orange side of the scale.
S - fruit-forward on the nose
T - every sip really coats the mouth nicely, can feel carbonation dancing on the tongue
F - as mentioned above, every mouthful is pleasant. Not terribly heavy, booze taste not terribly prevalent for 7.25%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy carbonation comes right out the bottle, a light orange appearance, head settles in the 1/4" range. Aroma is sticky grapefruit draped in pine.

Dry malt bill allows the hops to continue to envelope the palate. What was once overpowering has over a decade later really become the standard for ipas. Alcohol well hidden for being over 7%. Grassy and dry mouthfeel, very small notes of fruit, apricot, grapefruit meld with pine.

I wouldn't say this is still world class, but its definitely upper level ipa. Has some problems in that I don't believe they have 12oz bottles, its always in a bomber, which is somewhat cost prohibitive given the per/oz pricing structure for bombers.

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Photo of LF_Evan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange with a pink hue makes it look kind of peachy
S: Muted aroma, but a nose dive reveals grapefruit and fresh-cut grass
T: Piney grapefruit, not overly bitter, with a hint of candy-like sweetness at the end; otherwise no notable malt presence.
F: Packed with resins but stays surprisingly light for a fairly heavy IPA. The carbonation is persistent and keeps things moving.
O: There's a lot of punch in this IPA. It feels like a double in flavor and body (and isn't too far removed from AleSmith's DIPA for that matter). The bottle talks up the modern flavor bullet-points, but this one is a soupy West Coast classic to the core -- just big pine and citrus, no malt, executed very well.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled 5/19/16, so 2 months old.

Hazy orange-yellow body with foamy white 1/2 inch head which persists leaving good lacing.

Aroma is of fruit, seemingly both citrus and non-citrus.

Sweet fruity taste with the hop bite coming through at the finish. very pleasing. Hops seem a little muted, but the balance works well, at least for my palate.

mouth is around medium, finish as noted above.

All in all a solid tasty well balanced IPA.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very clean IPA. A good example of the type. Pours amber with a thin white head. Decent lacing. Mouthfeel is good for an IPA. Smell is herbal and pleasant. If all IPA's were this good, I would probably have a drinking problem.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Has a grapefruit aroma with a good piney hop. There is a hint of caramel. Not as fresh as I would like it but still good. Nice juicy taste with grapefruit and a good transition to a piney hop. There is a mild lemon tartness at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Good beer and easily drinkable. Just not a big fan of the lemon with any IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of Henefield
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was super psyched to get this beer, based in the high ratings. Didn't love it. Great look of light Amber. Good lace on the glass. Skunky smell. I don't get any fruit notes in the taste. Disappointed, but maybe it's just me.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell is orange citrus (almost orange cream soda-like), pine, and sweet malt. Taste is citrus, fairly strong pine, orange pith bitterness, and a moderate maltiness. Couldn't make out the date on the bottle, but I think this is a few months old. Will re-evaluate if I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, IPA glass.

Light golden orange color with a modest half-finger white cap. Slight haze. Fatty ring and drape lacing.

Hops are well covered: smells of pine, candied citrus; orange and lemon, faint alcohol, some floral.

Malty and more tropical flavor than the nose indicates. Some sticky pine.

Clean and smooth. Medium sticky body. lingering hops with some bite.

This one was a couple of months old and there may have been some hop fade. It held up but I'll make sure it's fresh next time.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Over the past few months I've been rather dissapointed with some of the classic ipas and some of the newer ones I have tried as well. Started to think my love of ipas wad fading. Then I tried this finally avaiable in michigan. Wow, this is like hopslam at its best mixed with deschutes fresh squeezed. It's bitter nut light at the same time. Has a very lemongrass taste to it. By far the best ipa I have had in quite awhile. Well worth the high rating. This dosent disappoint.

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Photo of SIP-or-CHUG
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well it made the journey to Texas. Bottled on 5/09/16. I would love to get my hands on a fresher bottle, but as it is this is a very fine West Coast IPA. Don't think AleSmith has been available in TX long, but will definitely try again.

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Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Light copper hue with what you'd call a standard head, about two fingers of foam. Nice, if unspectacular lacing. Smells floral and citrusy. Orange, grapefruit, and maybe a hint of pineapple come through. Hints of tea with honey.

Clean, bitter flavor that's mostly dry, though not bone-dry. The 7.25% ABV is very well hidden. The usual citrus-pith IPA flavors are there, as is just a hint of pine. Classic C-hops are very much in charge here. Texture is smooth and oily, standard fare for an IPA, though just a bit too prickly in terms of the carbonation. This is pretty much the epitome of a great, C-hop, West coast IPA.

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