IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Ale Smith is hands down my favorite IPA though I've only had it bottled. Way easier as a daily drinker than Pliny and has those floral citrus notes right in the head that we all love and then...nothing. No lingering sensations, no major bite at the back. It's all in the front and it's damn good.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer of all time. I've never gotten round to reviewing it, but here goes. I may not feel this is 5 across the board anymore, if I look at it critically, but my rating stays.

Pours a clear orange, with soft white foam. Leaves quite a bit of lacing.

The smell is the quintessential west coast IPA. Crisp and citrusy, with oodles of piney resin.

The taste, oh well, the taste. Quite bitter and piney upfront, the back is tempered by loads of citrus. Just perfectly balanced, and the taste lingers in your mouth for ages.

Medium bodied, oily, perfect carbonation.

Well, lives up to my nostalgia, even after having many, many world class IPAs since having this last time. If I could ony drink one beer for the rest of my life, this is it.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA

Very beautiful pour, amazing colored body - A very hazy amber infused orange. Very solid and toned 1/2 inch head.

Lovely and refined aromatics. A glistening amount of fresh citric hops. I can smell Challenger for sure. With a light floral finish. Perfection, and pure bliss. The aroma is by far one of the most solid ones from any IPA to date, 5 on this for sure.

Now lets get on to the taste. The good stuff ya know? Begins clean and gives several twists soon after, which turn out to be quite a story. A massive amount of huge flavorful hopping. Notes of grass, buckets full of grapefruit, and some lemon zest. While being backed by plenty of earthy malt. Everything is crisp, and directly on point. The overall spectrum is amazing, and you will not be disappointed.

This is an amazing concoction. This is something I wake up in the morning, and first think about. It's just that damn good. Alesmith seizes to impress, and with another top-notch beer - they secure their spot.

My favorite IPA ever, and I recommended getting your hands on this as soon as possible, with what ever means necessary.

Thanks a bunch to Ryan for the chance to sample this beauty.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect west coast IPA, citrus, pine, tropical, malt, does not get any better than is, Outstanding!!!

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute perfect example of an America IPA. Beautiful aromatics and flavors of tropical fruit followed by bright citrus and piney bitterness. Great lacing in a pint glass. It finishes with a welcome bitterness that lingers pleasantly on the palate. This is the IPA that most IPA's want to be when they grow up.

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