IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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22 oz. bomber bottle with no fancy pants label silk screened label. This bottle simply has "IPA" in big bold white letters smack dab in the middle of the label. If you miss that, you can also catch "IPA" on the neck of the bottle. At the bottom below the big ass "IPA" in small print is the ABV% and the address of the brewery. The back of the bottle is also silk screened but with 4 paragraphs that talk about all the awards this beer won, description of the beer, ingredients, and the proper serving temperature. Below the paragraphs is a white rectangle with the Government warning and the barcode in it. A best before date or a vintage year would have been nice, but of course that was the only piece of information missing from the bottle. Thanks AleSmith!

Appearance: The back of the bottle suggested that I pour this beer into an AleSmith pint glass, but I don't have one of those so a DFH pint glass will have to do. This is one of those extremely murky IPAs where you can't even see a brief silhouette of your fingers on the other side of the glass. From a short distance away, this beer appears to be a dark amber, but when I held it up into the light, I found out that it changed color and it was a more of a golden lemon meringue color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head of foam. Despite the head of foam not being all that big, this head of foam had heart. This head of foam stuck with the beer until the last drop was gone. When this head of foam did recede it left behind clingy white blots and streaks of lace all around the glass. If by looking at this beer you think its not a great IPA appearance, then please get your eyes checked.

Smell: The very first aroma that came shooting up my nose was the strong scent of pine. It didn't smell like a pine forest at dawn, but it smelled stronger than just one Christmas tree. Behind all of the pine was some bitter citrus hops, a touch of bitter and tart grapefruit, and splash of tart lemon. I could tell this was a fresh bottle because of the rich fresh scent of citrus hops and citrus fruits. Swirling this beer around is a must! The aroma won't unleash any more hops, but it will awaken the grapefruit. I liked how the aroma wasn't overly bitter in the nose, but yet it was packing in quite a few citrus fruits and more than enough pine. It was a pleasure to smell every time I put my nose to the glass.

Taste: This was a very bitter IPA, but yet it wasn't an overly bitter beer. Do you know what I mean by that? The bitter citrus hops will invade your mouth, slap your taste buds around quite a bit, but they won't knock you down on your ass and kick you on the ground while you lay there helplessly. That should help! Not only was the taste strong with bitter citrus hops, but it also liked the pine as well. It wasn't like chewing on a hand full of pine needles, but enough to get you excited. After the pine, in comes some tart grapefruit and tart lemons. The taste wasn't done just yet. After all of that, in rolls a subtle taste of toasted malts. How that broke through the hops and pine is beyond me. Then out of nowhere, in come the pine to cover up the malts with its strong pine blanket to say "you didn't just taste that." Overall, it's just a well balanced hoppy IPA. There's no denying it.

Mouthfeel: For a 7.25% ABV IPA...Did I just say 7.25% ABV? It's hard to believe that. With an ABV% of that, it should a medium bodied beer, but it wasn't. This was clearly a full bodied IPA! It was a full bodied IPA with enough carbonation to keep your attention and a mild hoppy aftertaste. The aftertaste was the only downside to this beer. It felt that it should have been stronger, but I guess they used most of their hoppy energy in the initial taste. The aftertaste rolled in with bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a pinch of toasted malts. When the taste hit the malts, that's when the aftertaste calmed down. Damn you malts!

Drinkability: AleSmith did another excellent job brewing a hoppy IPA that was well balanced at the same time. I don't think many breweries can say that. Like every AleSmith beer, it's not cheap! If you're able to find it, you're going to have to open your wallet wide. And like every AleSmith beer, you'll be glad in the long run that you spent that money on such a great beer. Big thanks to the state of Ohio for carrying such a great IPA!

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22oz bomb bottle poured into Great Dane Pub & Brewing imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted
A - Clear amber/orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates to an even thinner ring around the edges.
S - A nice mix of caramel sweetness and a hint of hops, with a suggestion of alcohol in there as well.
T - In a word, fantastic. Great, great beer. Dull hoppiness hits first, a bit hard to discern. Then the great mid-palate comes in, with just a perfect level of caramel sweetness, which blends perfectly with a mango/orange-lemon rind bitterness. My favorite part of this beer is at the end; while your tongue is drying out from the earthy hoppiness, there's still a lingering background of sweetness, barely perceptible, that stays for quite a while. The urge to have another sip of beer is put off by this lingering flavor, as it is so pleasant.
M - Low carbonation and tiny bubbles lend a smooth mouthfeel.
D - Awesome, despite fairly high ABV, don't taste it all. Beer is so delicious that it could get you in trouble.
Very surprised by this one; had it in the fridge for a bit, trying others before it. Was hard to get and now gotta figure out how to get more! Great stuff - get this beer!

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