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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

After a slight IPA binge, I'd say this beer is not what I expected from the Alesmith hype. While tasty, the Pizza Port Swami's I had earlier was much better. I've had homebrews this good (which IS A GOOD THING!), but I feel it's like any other IPA out there. A bit sweet, not as dry as some and definitely not as hoppy as some others (doesn't taste or smell dry-hopped). While a great beer, it feels less pacific coast IPA and more east coast/british in style. Balanced though. Definitely a good beer. The head is creame and it stays around.

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

bomber into a tulip with no bottling date.

pours a crisp darker copper color with a 2 inch foamy , lasting white head. Big piney hoppiness on this beer, very nice aroma. The taste starts off with a rush of bitterness followed by the taste of pine with a tad of grapefruit. Not a lot of malt presence, this one definitely favors the hops. finishes with a lingering bitterness that stays with you for a bit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. 7.25% is apparent, too. Nice warming quality.

Overall just a solid hop forward IPA. This is more traditional for the style, and it is done very well. If youre in the mood for a solid IPA, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque orange pour with a big, loose, white head. Bright citrus aroma with some floralness to it and hints of melon and honey. Loads of grapefruit, mango and melon flavor with a sweet toffee malt body. The mouthfeel is medium, sticky and loaded with cleasnsing carbonation.

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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 Soonami
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alesmith IPA is a very solid IPA from California that isn't available on the east coast afaik, but I managed to get some in a trade. My first comment was that this beer was a bit too sweet for an IPA and although it didn't make it undrinkable, but does take away from how I like this beer. It has a beautiful hazy orange color with just a light glazing of foam that easily dissipates. The aroma is strongly piney with a bit of fruity sweet note. The beer has great bitterness and hop qualities, that are resinous, pineapple, almost lychee like in it's tropical character. I really enjoyed this beer but just wish that it wasn't so sweet.

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Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter golden and a good frothy head with good retention but a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Big citrus and grapefruit, with some good earthiness. Good all around. Nothing transcendent.

Taste: Good balanced with earthy rind-like grapefruit and herbal bitterness. Big finish, a bit of candied grapefruit. Lots of lemon and orange there also, but lacking the good plus bomber-ness.

Mouthfeel: Big and frothy and nice, but it's still medium-bodied, and creamy as all hell. The best thing about this beer for sure.

Drinkability: To me it's not the heralded beer folks say it is. I get this all around, honestly. That said, it's great, and I liked it all around.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and very bitter fresh bottle thanks to xlperro. While very good IPA, its not significantly superior to many other good American IPAs I have had. Full mouthfeel with citrus and dough. Somewhat overcarbonated that with bitterness and pine and tad grassiness, set off my mouth. Good accompanyment to dinner however.

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Three finger's worth of eggshell colored head that is fluffy and delicate with a slightly rocky top... Pretty impressive retention... The color is a vibrant amber with a faint glow... A limited amount of slightly sluggish carbonation... Loads of sticky lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - An interesting mix of hoppiness... Mostly citrus (oranges and tropical fruit) with some earthiness and a kiss a piney notes... While the hops are at the forefront, there is a malt base the while slightly less than equal is still fairly strong... Graham crackers... Some bread crust notes... A hint of caramel... Even some faint golden raisin sweetness...

T - A fairly mellow earth hoppiness dominates throughout... The malt base is more pronounced on the palette and is loaded with crackers, bread crust, and some faint hints of caramel and toffee... There is also a very very faint spiciness that lingers beneath the surface...

M - Light to medium bodied... Light to moderate carbonation... A bit of juiciness... The finish turns increasingly dry and slightly chalky...

D - A formidable American IPA that deserves it's spot at the table with the other big boys in the category... Not my personal favorite, but there are many exceptional characteristics of this Alesmith offering...

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Photo of spicelab
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Copper-orange, mostly clear with an absurdly large white head that retreats slowly leaving okay lacing. On swirling get an immediate head resurgence with good retention.

Bitter rind, orange, pineapple and mildly spicy, floral hops. Candied, boiled sweet notes marry well with the floral character. Hint of cleaning product.

Fresh grapefruit, earthy pine and orange rind overtake the tropical fruit character in the nose, but only just. Plenty of mango, melons and guava. The malts are unobtrusive and serve merely to sharpen the hop flavours.

Relatively chewy and full, with moderate whole-of-palate bitterness and terrific length.

Very, very drinkable and hard to fault, although personally I'd prefer a little more tropical hops and a stronger malt presence - admittedly the latter probably make me a heretic.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this fine ale.

a - burnt orange color, a bit of haze, big off-white head with good retention and great lacing, lots of bubbles - almost soda-like

s - big citrusy hop aroma, orange, pineapple, some pine, sweet, slight maltiness

t - big sweetness up front with lots of caramel and maltiness, pretty surprising judging from the smell, hops hit on the tail of this one with an intense bitterness that lasts through the long finish, notes of orange and grapefruit, tinge of alcohol at the end as well

m - medium-bodied, ample carbonation, moderately dry finish

d - somewhat drinkable, the sweetness and bitterness limits somewhat, definitely not a session beer

Very good beer overall, but not the top notch IPA I expected. Much more like a DIPA to me. Different from other SoCal IPAs I've tried. The intense sweetness was a little too much for me. That said, my expectations were artificially high and I'd certainly like to have this available to me regularly.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pored from a bomber, the first half was a mostly clear golden orange, the second a cloudy light amber due to the yeast sediment. creamy white head and lacing. honeyed citrus and floral in the first pour, bready, yeasty, and spicy in the latter pour. sweet doughy bready malts are washed out by the big but not harsh hop grapefruity bitterness. a bit of pepper and spice on the end, esp in the second pour. medium bodied. first half is prickly and frothy, second half is chewy. long drying bitter finish. a good example of a west coast ipa.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jtrockchalk for giving me this out of the blue. This beer has been pretty elusive for me. I've had the pleasure of drinking most of the major American IPA's but this one has eluded me for over 2 years.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a tawny orange with just a little bit of ruby highlights when held up to the light. This beer creates a big 3 inch head that leaves some really sticky lacing tight lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very similar to any good west coast American IPA. Hops, hops and citrusy hops. The nose starts out with bright orange, a little lemon, and finished with just a bit of bitter white grapefruit rind. There is also just a light, mild, malty sweetness that lingers in the nostril at the tail of the aroma. The flavor is very similar but Grapefruit really is the dominant flavor. Rind bitterness, orange and just a bit of medical bitterness. I'm actually surprised with how much malt comes through. There is definitely a bit of a backbone to the hops. The mouthfeel is light leaving a great citrusy residue lingering on the palate. This really is a great brew. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a almost off-white head. Aromas of citrus and melons and a little sweet malt. Tastes like tangerine and cantaloupe with a little children's chewable aspirin. Full body. Flowery, fruity hops overall. Finishes with some bitter hop. Totally pushes the IPA into Imperial IPA territory, but it's all relative I suppose. Big Ups to Tim Drhuhggs and his sister for making this beer happen for me. Totally worthy.

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Photo of cavedave
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

An almost white, two finger head relaxes to a thick cap that lasts, and leaves some crankin' lace arms hugging the inside of the mini snifter.

Despite purposely choosing my aroma capturer snifter, this has but a light/medium aroma, but a good'un. Neutral sweet, slightest grain, and varieties of sweet citrus mingling with some grassy floral. Nice.

Fourteen ounces (or so) in and I have a handle on what makes this so fucking delicious. It is the littlest bit of lemony, Sorachi Ace-like flavor that is behind a clean mix of grainy sweet and citrus hop complexity. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and the lemon, this touches all the bases. This would be a higher taste grade if it finished a bit cleaner and more bitter. It gets some piney dry going, but could be epic with more.

Mouthfeel this beer's best feature. Low carb.,very viscous, pretty fucking clean for it, and a finish just short of amazing. Quite refreshing and interesting.

Too bad for this beer so many great, I say again GREAT, IPA made in this country now, or this would be the best IPA ever. As it is the list is right, at least ten even more excellent. A must try for lovers of this style!

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a soapy antique white head. The head is rather stubborn, which contributes to the sustained attractiveness of the beer. Sticky suds lace the glass as the beer is being drunk. The bouquet consists of pine, grass and lemon zest, with occasional notes of burning peat. It has a soft, wet mouthfeel that yields to a gentle carbonation scrub. A lot of pine flavor from start to finish. Less prominent grapefruit flavor, but the bitterness unique to grapefruit is present. It is well-balanced by the grain, and, thankfully, not overpowered by it. The pleasant mouthfeel rounds out the experience. Nothing to get terribly excited about, but a good IPA.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, poured into a tulip.

A: Dark yellow, almost copper color. Pour dropped a vigorous 3 finger head that left nice lace.

A: Pretty typical of a west coast ipa. Big citrus and grassy hops with a small malt profile.

T: This one may have been just a little past it's prime. The hops were still forward, but a little too much of the malt profile came through. Grapefruit and lemon mostly, with the 2-row backing it up. Finishes dry with a little kick.

M: Agressive carbonation, medium body. Sharp, but not overly so.

O: Again, I thought this may be just a touch past it's prime, but all in all still a very fine ipa. Would really like to get a crack at this fresh. Skal.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No time to review properly, but I'll do my best without the usual protocol.

Looks brilliant - clear copper & solid retention/lacing. Nose is solid, very deep malty notes against a really deep, pungent hop character. The palate is the same, perfectly balanced & finishing bitter. Feel is average/above-average to style, nice carb & not absurdly heavy or thin. I like this brew quite a lot overall.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to raoulduke37 for the trade!

Poured from a bomber into a big, curvy "beer" glass. A nice deep, translucent orangey gold color, starting with two fingers of big, foamy head & settling to a thin coating. Lacing in strands around the glass, exciting tiny, fast bubbly action.

Beautiful hop smell: floral, grass, the smell of spring basically. A little bit of bread & cracker smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming, a smooth & even hop character.

The lovely hop character is forward in the taste, but again not overwhelming or destructive to the tastebuds. I have to say that the smell promises a little more than the flavor delivers, but there's really no room to complain. There is a certain rich taste I can't quite put my finger on, like a stinky cheese or something.

The mouthfeel is active, spicy from the hops, jumpy from the bubbles. I'm gonna finish the bomber, but I can feel the moderately high ABV creepin' up on me already & would say that'll have to do it. I like that this is a full IPA that doesn't wreck my palate, with some good good hops going on.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating evident on the bottle. Poured a translucent, golden-copper with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid skim of a cap. Some sheets and strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Great nose - sweet grapefruit and tropical fruit esters. Taste is a muted version of the nose with some malt character in the mix and a slightly piny/medicinal character that comes out at the back (I'm thinking this may be an older bottle). Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild carbonation and a slightly watery consistency. Not a bad IPA at all; however, I think this was a bottle that was past it's prime. That being said, I think it has held up remarkably well, despite the diminished hops character.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Mostly clear amber colour with a tall and very creamy and puffy head that is stark white. Outstanding retention that slowly forms a crater shape.

(4.0) S: Bold damp pine, tart grapefruit, lemon zest, and buttered bread. Textbook for the style with clearly defined aromas that are big and robust. Earthy/mossy. Noticeable dryness.

(4.0) T: Pine, citrus elements, slightly nutty, and a rich bready backbone. There is a sweet fruity finish to this that resembles cotton candy and/or watermelon – very good whatever it may be. Equal amounts of bitterness and dryness both in generous portions. This leans to the maltier side with that big bready taste presenting itself more as this warms.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Slick and oily with quite a clean texture for the most part.

(4.0) D: This is a great IPA and textbook for the style across the board.

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Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: 1+ finger of off white head thats alive with carbonation. Hazy, golden raisin pour. Seems about a shade darker than most IPAs. Head dies down to about a 1/4inch for most of the drink.

S: Citrus Hops, grapefruit and orange standing out. Kind of oily fruits. Little bit of floral hoppiness mixed in. As it warms further you can get a hint of the malty sweetness.

T/M: Citrus hops pop out right away. Hops are kept at a moderate level. Malts nearly equal the hops with their sweetness. Not overly sweet but there. Malts not adding much bready or graininess. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Very complex IPA that drinks easily. There are other cheaper and readily available IPAs in the area so I probably won't get this again unless I'm further out west. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Hazy reddish orange with a thick frothy sticky head. Big messy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet grapefruit and tangerine.
T- Sweet citrus fruits. Grapefruit and lemon with an equal dose of tangerine and peach. A mild dose of vanilla caramel malt.
M- A good balance of sweet, bitter, and tart.

Overall- Very good, albeit fruity as hell!

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Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - three fingers of thick rich and frothy white foam with tan accents. second half pour pushed it to a big pillowy mound growing from the center of the glass. the beer is light gold, clear with a good bit of bubbling.

S - big nose of citrusy sweet hops with hints of grass, mint, honey, soap, and grain.

T - big bright citrus hops, nothing bitter until the initial punch wears off. very little malt to balance.

M - insanely creamy and thick, complimented nicely by a slightly large amount of carbonation. works well.

D - not the best, but a pretty solid west coast IPA with a east coast touch.

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Photo of Prager62
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a trip to Illinois for the Alesmith rollout. At $7.99 a bomber, I took the bait. The bottle date is not discernible due to smudging, pouring it into a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours an almost clear gold color with a finger of rapidly diminishing white foam.

Smell- Onion forward with some pine and mild perfume.

Taste- Pine up front with a bit of onion in the back, followed by some malt flavor.

Feel- Very dry with a bitter finish.

Overall- A good beer but nothing earth shattering. Worth a shot for the price.

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Photo of polygman
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear golden color. Amazing head with constant bubbles, almost too much carbonation. Huge off white rockey head, sits in globs on top of the beer.

Smells like a typical IPA, grapefruity and piney. Although not as strong as some IPAs, maybe it wasnt as fresh.

Taste starts off very tropical fruity, finishes with a definite bitter presence but a lingering sweetness is there.

Quite heavy on the carbonation, a little to light for an IPA for me.

As this beer warmed and carbonation mellowed it became a perfect velvety texture and is silky/oily on the tongue. Wonderfull, a really solid IPA. A great pick when looking for a solid IPA.

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