AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
4,218
Reviews:
1,340
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
776
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,218 |  Reviews: 1,340
Photo of EricTKole
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 twelvsies
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer as part of a sweet package of West Coast IPAs from raoulduke37, thanks! Pours a nice orange amber color, relatively clear, with pretty good head and lacing. The nose is the most distinct pineapple aroma I've ever got from a beer. IPAs often give off vague fruity type aromas, but this one is very obviously pineapple to me. Wow. Bits of citrus and piney hops combine with the fruity pineapple to give this beer a robust, flavorful hop profile, backed by a nice sweet vanilla type malt bill. Pretty hearty, yet maintains a relatively lively mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Wonder why we hardly ever get this beer out East while most of Alesmith's other offerings do come in... no matter, I still manage to have some in my fridge. Definitely a(nother) great west coast IPA. Textbook.

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Photo of thebooyakid
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtaylord
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shy5
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kjbober
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yeroc
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urbancaver
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lisa for rocking my world! Oh, and for sending me this beer.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. A bit of white head that doesn't disappear. Decent lacing on the glass. Smells pretty solid. light citrus, pine, lots of nice hops. A very solid nose that comes across equally nice on the tongue. Light sweet malts on the background. Overall a fairly thick mouthfeel. Very solid overall. Thanks!!

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Photo of bryantan
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fellatamas182
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A:orange/amber with 2 finger white head, good lacing
S: grapefruit, citrus, pine with slight malt
T: similar to smell with grapefruit and pine, quite hop forward
M: smooth, easy to drink solid feel
O: great balanced IPA one that when you open you just want to smell and make it last as long as you can. Looking forward to more from this brewery! Highly recommend.

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Photo of CTBeerPope
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz to Avery pint glass

Pours nice golden color with a nice 2 finger head. Serious lacing.

Very fruity hop presence in the nose. Very clean smelling. Great west coast aroma.

This is very balanced and really good tasting. It has that west coast tropical hop flavor I love and long for. It's not crazy bitter but there are a ton of hops used in an amazing way.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter but suits the beer well

This is a great IPA! Wish I had more access to this beer!

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Photo of AsaDunk
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mewanderinghome
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. Note that I'm going to do something perhaps a little different and compare each beer I review to a "control" beer of the same type that I am very familiar with, and which I drink at the same time. In this case of American IPAs, my control is Bell's Two Hearted.

Poured from 22oz bomber into standard pint glass. No date on bottle, but purchased within the last 2 weeks (normally I'd sample sooner, but I got a cold right after buying Alesmith).

A: Compared to Two Hearted, Alesmith IPA is almost identical in color (ever so slightly more red). Significantly cloudier. Significantly less carbonation and head.

S: Significantly sweeter, less 'sharp,' citrusy-floral smell than Two Hearted.

T: Overall, these are very similar tasting AIPAs. Alesmith is more complex than Two Hearted (and by complex I mean a taste that changes in character from initial taste to aftertaste). The initial taste is creamier, with a very 'round' feel, which then manages to finish with a hoppier, 'tighter,' more dry aftertaste. Fewer initial floral notes and with less initial 'bite' than Two Hearted, which finishes slightly less dry.

F: 'Rounder,' more full.

D: They're both very drinkable to me. Both damn fine beers. Alesmith may be more "drinkable" due to the changing character of its flavors--it's complexity--that help keep it from getting 'boring' or monotonous (which would frankly be a crime of a description to apply to either beer).

P (Price): This is a category I feel is important. At my local store, the 22oz bomber of Alesmith is $4.99, while a 12oz single of Two Hearted is $1.79. 23 cents per ounce vs. 15.

Overall: Two Hearted is still my favorite due to more 'flavor' (more floral, citrusy, slightly wetter, sweeter, less puckering aftertaste), but I would be very happy to discover Alesmith on tap at any bar where Two Hearted isn't (aren't we dreaming now ;)

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Photo of Cold_1
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kflorence
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, amber in color with a very, very small amount of head (even when poured aggressively). A bit of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be low.

S: This has to be one of the best smelling IPA's ever. Tons of grapefruit and orange citrus with a bit of sweet malts in the background. A bit of floralness.

T: Taste follows the nose. Tons of potent hops, mostly grapefruit, but also a bit of pine. There's also some orange citrus and maybe a twist of lemon. The malts are very sweet and subtle, lingering in the background but adding a bit of balance.

M: This is a pretty light-bodied IPA with a thin, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Looking at other reviews, I'm wondering if my bottle may have gone a bit flat sitting on the shelf.

O: Overall, this is everything I wanted from this IPA after trying out their extra pale ale. It's basically a more hoppy, flavorful version of that brew, focusing mainly on the grapefruit and citrus notes. I have been on a bit of a grapefruit hop binge lately and this one totally satisfied. Alesmith continues to impress and I look forward to trying out their other brews. Cheers!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold colored beer with a huge white head that resembled whipped cream. Very sticky, lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, floral, and sweet malt. The taste was more pine than grapefruit, but both were well-represented. Still a good malt presence. A very nice, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of warmbier804
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

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

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,218 ratings.
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