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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,330
Ratings:
4,149
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,330 | Ratings: 4,149
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this fine IPA my way. Poured into a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy, golden copper color with a huge three fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass with each sip. Smells of sweet malt and tropical fruit such as mango. Tastes of pineapple, tangerine, yeasty bread and alcohol. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. My bomber was empty in a short time. I'm glad I have another to savor in the future and will try to procure this again. Recommended.

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

-Bought a 22oz bomber at Papago Brewing Company b-ack in September for $4.41.

This is a golden orange brew that poured a deliciously thick head that is leaving quite a trail behind in my glass. Nose is classic ipa, of citrus and hops. Taste is very good, a seamless blend of malt and citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is very full for this style and is very lively on my pallet. Overall drinkability is great, I highly recommend this brew! Scores are all 4.5.

Re-review on 9-16-11. Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in mid-August for $4.99.

Beer pours an amber orange with a solid white head that has retained well - 4.5.

Nose is floral hops that became more prevelant as it warmed. - 4.0

Taste is very well balanced, pale and caramel malts blend well with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. - 4.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated - both refreshing and satisfying at the same time. - 4.0

Overall this is a solid beer that was probably better then most in its class when first sampled 6 years ago. It is not quite as tasty as offerings recently sampled from other breweries - 4.0. Definitely still recommend this brew if you get a chance.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into three pint glasses to be shared among friends. The color was dark-orange, cloudy, and had a pillowy white head. The smell was a little citrus and kinda hard to define. The taste was a little fruity but no one flavor dominated. A very good IPA and the alcohol was well hidden. I'd probably buy this on the regular if I could.

2nd bottle consumed may have been a little fresher. Notes of orange were in the aroma and pine needles and candy were in the flavor. Yummy stuff.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker, flat gold in color. Pours with a rocky, slightly yellow-tinted head that leaves a large amount of lacing. Good retention.

S: Rather aromatic, but also very simplistic. Mostly citrus and pine with a bit of sweet malt.

T: Lots of grapefruit, but only a moderate bitterness. Some pine as well with a slight residual sweetness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Feels clean.

D: A very well made, balanced IPA. And while I would classify this as a "session" beer, it is very approachable and fits well to style. Easy drinking for any IPA fan.

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

Pretty darn good beer at a very reasonable rate. I like the amber color and the good sized head produced in the glass. Remnants of the yeast from the bottle conditioning is left in the bottle and some falls into the glass. This beer is hoppy without overdoing it. It is definitely a beer that will go well with food and not be overly filling. I didn't find this to be quite as bitter or floral as other IPA's that I've had, but I don't mean that as a criticism. This beer is definitely approachable and friendly.

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

Bomber to glass, ah yeah...

Deep golden orange, frothy white head, great lacing. This is one nice looking beerski.

For smell, I'm gonna say scents of oranges, bread, and hops. Great smell.

Creamy goodness. Hops are not overpowering (which wouldn't bother me) but there at the end. Drinkable? Believe it!

I won't beat a dead horse. This is obviously a winner, though personally, I would give a slight edge to Stone IPA because it bites back a little more. What some people call balanced, I call short on hops, but whadda I know?

Overall: an absolutely great friggin' beer

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

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/9/11.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with fluffy whitish head that leaves some nice lacing around glass.

S: Sweet hops both citrus and other fruit with a hint of pine, some pale malt lingering beneath the hops.

T: Some hop bitterness from start to finish with a nice dose of fruity hops. Some sweet malt comes through towards the finish. Each sip leaves a nice lingering taste of hops.

M: Really crisp light-medium body with moderate-high carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, not world class in my opinion but good and drinkable none the less.

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Photo of newk340
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin off-white foam head, a translucent golden bronze.

S: hops! very fresh, can almost taste the bitterness.

T: not as hoppy as the smell would suggest, but a blast of lemon first hits the taste buds along with grapefruit and other citrusy goodness.

MF/D: very fine bubbles that do not underscore the taste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Autumn orange has a fair clarity revealing a strong and steady carbonation that rises like micro-beads on a string. The head towers at over 2 inches high, has a dull eggshell white coating with a rocky marshmellow structure that showed a lenghty amount of pause and retention and was mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink. Heavy thick foam band lacing encompasses the vessel for lace while upon further inspection some yeasty goodiness of micro sized particles can be witnessed suspended about.

S: The aroma was sweet upfront, with some fresh oranges, a hint of tropical juice, and some fresh juicy citrus. Small hint of lime and speciality grains backing with a moderate level of awareness.

T: Flavor was sweet upfront much like the nose from the ample supply of speciality grains. Sweet, toasty mixing with some citrus juices, warm toast, and semi-dry grapefruit. Theres a hint of tropical juices as with the nose, some fresh juicy citrus hops, and a good deal of malt depth. Spicy hints, some spruce and pine, floral notes with a noticeable amount of toffee-butterscotch sweetness coming late in the game.

M: Mouthful was creamy with a nice depth of maltiness, Average rate of carbonation, malty, with some toffee/caramel off the tongue.

O: Overall a solid IPA, spicy, sweet, toasty, very well balanced with the hops and malt making for an incredibly easy consumption rate. Some tropical and fresh citrus juiciness, nice presentation visually. Definite worthy.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear orange amber with a fingers worth of white head. Big bubbles.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, peach, guava, honey, sweet citrus like a candied orange. Subtle pine. Huge sweet tropical fruit notes. Smells amazing.

Taste: Lemon, resinous notes. Intense citrus. Grapefruit. The tropical fruits that were screaming on the nose are very subtle on the tongue. The bitterness from the hops is balanced nicely by a solid malt backbone. Tropical fruits come out more as it warms up. There's notes of mango.

Mouthfeel: Medium with light carbonation.

Overall: This really failed to live up to the nose, which was fantastic. Overall I found the taste too citrus forward given its lack of complexity. Still good but disappointing.

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Photo of gameface23
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours transparent orange until you get towards the bottom of the bomber and swirl the yeast into the beer. After that, it is a little more cloudy and has visible chunks of white yeast floating in it. The head is pretty large and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hop oils.

T: Bitter hops and slight caramel malt presence.

M: A bit thin, but still decent.

D: This is a tongue burner of an IPA. It's true to style and flavorful. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of VonThinker
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review on this Xanadu of a beer site!!

22 Oz brown bottle, 7.25 % ABV, a fine Xmas gift from my bro

A : Pours a fairly clear, copper-amber, decent head of about 1 finger with off-white tone

S : Citrus is there, and pine prevails, perhaps also a mild honey scent

T : The hop bite is there but quickly develops into a crisp, citrusy-pine blend. Finishes a bit dry but lingers pleasantly on the back third of the tongue. The last half of the bottle transforms into a more earthy type taste as well

M : Medium body, light carbonation, not overpowering. Somewhat oily feel lingers a bit but the fine taste prevails

O: A fine IPA that I would definitely seek out again, reminiscent of Lake Placid UBU but far less of a potent feel

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Photo of Anthony1
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super bubbly head fades slowly, with large puffy lace chunks over the cloudy golden amber brew. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is moderately sweet maltiness upfront, with plenty of hops on the tail end, but nothing overpowering, which is cool. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly, but still smooth, and drinking is nice.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid west coast IPA, nice subtle hop taste great citrus smell. Perfect go to beer. Will always go back to this one. Alesmith always makes some tasty beers

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours medium amber with one finger of bubbly head.
Smells dank with some breadiness.
Taste inline with aromas, but rather one note IMO.
Mouthfeel was inviting and very good.
Overall, this was an ok IPA. I was expecting a lot more based on brewery and rep. Dankness was enjoyable and good, but rather one note and somewhat flat in taste profile.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with pollox87, thanks man! I've had it before, but never reviewed it.

A: Beer pours a clear, light yellowish-orange

S: I'm getting a very nice hops aroma in the smell with hints of citrus; it's a nice aroma, but I'm not blown away like I am with some IPA smells.

T: Ah yes, now I'm starting to remember this beer. Very unique flavor, it's a fairly grassy hop flavor that's pretty bitter without a lot of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and perfect for this type of beer.

O: I wonder if this one might be a little past its prime. I'm not getting nearly the citrus aroma or fresh hops flavor that I recall the first time I had this beer. The malt definitely comes through a lot in the flavor, and the hops are more subdued. It's still a good IPA, but I remember it being great, and this one didn't quite rise to that level.

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Photo of cueball52
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a nice robust head. The head settles to a nice frothy coating that lingers to the end.
It has a piny, grassy, citrus hop aroma.
The taste shows a nice balance of malt and hops with a very full mouth-feel. Smooth and creamy.
Nice, slightly burnt malt aftertaste.
Very drinkable and nicely done.

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Photo of garuda
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

IPA Day 2012

A - Clear gold, white cap that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Heavy on the pine hops with some grapefruit, backed up by a caramel, slightly bready malt base. Finishes slightly abrasive with resinous hops.

M - Something's a little off here. Medium to light in body, but feels overcarbonated with an inconsistent mouthfeel/smoothness.

O - Taste and smell are good, but the mouthfeel felt off kind of took away from the quality.

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Photo of adamette
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $8.99 a few weeks ago into my Fat Heads Brewery rastal branded pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A 6 inch head...seriously, this is one of the most massive heads that I have seen on a beer, kind of reminds me of the head that appeared when I first poured a Duvel. Body is a nice light caramel, translucent and right on with the style. 4.0

S Mixture of grapefruit hoppiness, some sweet malt and some earthy, grains which came in waves and in that order. I got several good smells of it while I waited for the head to dissipate. As far as getting my interest, this is a great smelling beer. 4.5

T The hoppy aromas certainly carried over into the taste and the earthy grains were there as well but not the nice, caramel sweetness that I gave a wave of in the smell. This is a good tasting IPA but I would have appreciated a return to a bit of that sweetness that I perceived to the nose. Aftertaste is a lingering hop bitterness with a touch of sweetness on the lips. 4.0

M Thick, syrupy but not to an extreme. This big (7.25% ABV), bittersweet beer has a feel to match. 4.0

D One and done for me and this will be my only beer tonight. 3.5

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Photo of infi
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy and translucent orange-red color with an enormous fluffy off-white head. Seriously, mountainous peaks of bubbles are created and found everywhere in the glass - quite amazing. Amazing lacing, thick residues of these bubbles are left on the interior of the glass as you drink. Smell is essentially textbook IPA, with multitudes of piney and earthy hops and hints of malt throughout. Lots of citrus cutting through as well. There's a weird presence of this funkiness that I'm not quite accustomed to, especially in IPAs, which lead to its deduction in score.

Taste is straight up clean and full of hoppy goodness. Citrus presence is very fine and the bitterness levels aren't too high or overpowering. Not much to say, except it's pretty much what you would expect in a traditional IPA. Very nice and enjoyable overall. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and fairly carbonated. No complaints here. The drinkability is great - exceptionally easy to drink for the night. Keep to yourself or share with a friend, you can't go wrong with either choice. Excellent Cali IPA from Alesmith.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

**02/27/2016
22oz bomber to pint glass.
Bottled 2/25/15.

Appearance: Yellow-orange color, closer to orange, not quite see through, decent white head.

Aroma is a good mix of citrus, pine and hops. Mostly hops.

Taste: fruity, hoppy, very mellow ipa, almost malty. Pine is faint, which is nice. Touch of Grapefruit, lemon, cedar?.

Feel: not as lively as i wpuld expect, though maybe that is due to the 1 year age.

Really nice IPA. One my favorites.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a very clean golden pour with a nice 2 fingers of white fluffy head. perfect amount of lacing

S - very aromatic earth tones, slight bitterness, slight citrus, honey

T - sweet earthy flavor, nice blend of malt an bittering hops, floral taste

M - smooth with a sweet finish - making me want more!

O - very nice ipa all around with a modest abv% makes this one a perfect GO TO.. if only it were actually distributed here :(

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

Poured into an English pint, light amber, slight dry hop haze with a billowing white head that lasted the entire time I was drinking this beer. I’m getting all facets of hop aroma here. Citurs, spice, earth, and flowers are all in line. Some nice honey aroma works its way through to represent the malt. Again a quality blend of hop flavor takes over as I drink also. Stong bitterness is sure to get your attention. Very resinous, and stinky from the lips to the tonsils. Reminds me of a wannabe Racer 5. Almost as good, but falls just short.

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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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Cloudy amber/orange color with a white head. Nice retention with spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Some citrus fruits, orange and pineapple. A little bit of grass and pine with a caramel malt as well.

T: Smell is a bit stronger than the flavor. The oranges return and some pine/grass. The caramel comes through and balances things out.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Has a slightly bitter finish. Drinks nicely, with the only drawback was the slightly muted flavor. Good but not amazing.

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