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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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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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Photo of Hallu
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith IPA is a classic West Coast IPA. Very herbal, piny, bitter. But I don't like most West Coast IPA. I don't think Stone IPA is exceptionnal for example. But this one... It's just so fresh and clean, it's very elegant yet powerful, precise. There's hardly any fruitiness in it, but it's got the freshness of fruity IPAs though. It's a perfect palate cleanser for spicy food, and to me the best West Coast IPA there is.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fluffy thick large bubbled rocky head. Thick lacing coats the glass. Rough orange color makes my eyes light up. Tiny bubbles of carbonation are constantly rising with some bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass.

Very fruity citrusy nose (lemons, oranges). There's a lot more alcohol in the nose of this one than I expected. There's some toasty delight hiding behind the hops and booze.

Easy sweet toasty malt flavor before the hops jump into the mix and deliver fruity floral tastes that turn grassy and then piney and dry up in the finish. There's a hint of warm alcohol after swallowing.

This is a pretty good IPA. Many thanks to Zorro for this one.

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Photo of SebD
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow-orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, mango, piney hops and burnt caramel malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, grapefruit, mango (very tropical), some piney hops and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Honey colored with a thick white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S - Yes! Grapefruit, pineapple, and not sure what kind of hops it is but reminds me of Amarillo.

T - Not quite as much citrus as I was expecting. Starts of with a bitter tingle that perfectly blends hops and malts into a clean, smooth after taste.

M - Very crisp and carbonated. Drinks pretty light for an IPA.

O - A great example of an IPA that is bitter, but knows exactly where to draw the line.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jerz for the hook-up

A - Pours a copper-amber hue, fairly translucent, and with a generous amount of rocky off-white head, leaving lace boulders clinging to the glass.

S - The epitome of a West Coast IPA; fresh citrusy hop aroma yields to piney and herbal notes. Malt is lightly toasted, but subdued overall.

T - The taste is pungently hoppy; huge impressions of grapefruit and orange rind are in-your-face, along with notes of sappy pine, fresh cut lumber, and cannabis. Subtly sweet and toasty malt is underlying, but it is not assertive. Huge bitter citrus finish. Great stuff.

M - IPA. Good.

D - This just world-class, along the lines of Sculpin IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Just Outstanding IPA; I want more. Now.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent smell, right off I had my hopes up but the first taste was a bit over the top. I had to settle into this fine beer. Full bodied and then some....This is a slow drinking beer, just slow down and enjoy each taste, relax and let it happen. Perfect for a cold night and a good fire.

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Photo of Edruil
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Ruination 10th anniv. pint glass

Appearance: Lovely golden yellow / light amber coloration, slightly (but only slightly) opaque. Perfectly smooth off-white to tan head with some of the best retention I've seen on an IPA, and great lacing. This is a great looking beer

Smell: Interestingly different! Rather than the typical San Diego citrus-bomb IPA, I find strong notes of tropical fruit, pine, and spice. Grapefruit is big. Typical orange and lemon rind take a backseat for a change - what a concept!

Taste: Really great, follows the nose. Malt sweetness up front and throughout brings out caramel, candy sweetness and lovely smooth breadiness, but the hops quickly steal the show, bringing out the notes of tropical and citrus fruit (grapefruit in particular), pine, spice, resin, grass. Surprisingly sweet and malty, in perfect balance to the hops. The hops demand more attention but not by much - a perfectly balanced brew, maybe a little too balanced for an IPA!

Mouthfeel: Maybe my favorite part of this beer. The bottle advertises a bottle-conditioning that leaves the beer a "lush, velvety texture," and I find this beer lives up to the promise! A medium body with some of the most perfect carbonation I've had in a beer. It really does caress the tongue. The finish is long, pleasantly dry, and slightly bitter but interestingly sweet as well. The first 5 I've ever given a beer on feel.

Overall: Really enjoyed this IPA. It's more mellow than a Stone IPA or Ballast Point Sculpin, but you fellow hop heads take note that mellower does not mean poorer! The strong malt sweetness and the velvety-smooth carbonation, combined with the pleasantly bitter hop profile make for one hell of a balanced beer. I'll be coming back to this time and time again, I can tell already. Quite possibly my favorite single IPA so far

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Nice golden-orange, not a great head (pale tan) on my pour. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Very nice...Citrusy, huge dose of hops.

Taste - A hop sensation as would be expected from the hop schedule. I'm getting a hint of tangerine and almost a piney flavor.

Feel - Medium body. A good chew.

Overall - A very good IPA. Given the choice, I'd choose this over Sculpin.

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Photo of isaac
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. to pint glass.

pours an almost crystal clear, golden-amber body eith two-fingered, slow to sink and rocky, off-white head, after the sinking of which, slow, fine lacing appears down the glass. the nose is surpsingly subtle, with only faint hints of what's to come - pine, citrus, a vague hint of sunflowers, and caramel malts. taste is much the same, but bigger, bolder, very well balanced, and quite refreshing. mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp on the tongue, smooth in the swallow. it's a bit astringent at first, but that fades as the beer warms. i could have this all night - very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

paired well with my attempts at homemade japanese food.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at 5th Street Deli in Dayton, Ohio. No bottling date. Looks like a ton of tightly packed sediment at bottom with a not uncommon amount floating throughout. 22oz bottle poured into oversized tulip.

A- Pours a polished pale to deep gold with a frothy, large-bubbled head. The white head recedes at a medium speed down to a solid layer of froth. Sticky lacing from both the receding head and the lowering of the beer level in the glass. Looks very actively carbonated: a never ending dime sized vortex of bubbles stream from the etching on the bottom. The second pour gave a much more billowy head with greater retention.

S- Grapefruit, pine needles, and hard candy emanate from the mouth of the glass. I don't even need to get that close, six inches and I can get a good idea of what this will taste like. The aroma has a bitterness to it, complemented by a slight warning of alcohol.

T- The bitterness hits you at the front, middle, and end. I don't get that from a lot of IPAs. It isn't overwhelming at any point, but is always there. Once again, grapefruit, pine needles, and supported by a malt backbone similar to hard candy. The sweetness of the candy flavor stays with you alongside the bitterness, while the grapefruit and pine needles take a back seat in the finish. An exceptional example of a dry, bitter, west coast IPA; this one probably isn't even that fresh...

M- Pretty dry and highly carbonated, yet has a stickiness to it. Mouthfeel accentuates the bitterness and hop flavor.

D- The dryness and high carbonation make this 7.25%'er dangerously drinkable.

I wish AleSmith used a bottling date so I could know how fresh this is. Very good as is, but am I missing out on an even better beer?

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I originally had a bottle of this a few weeks ago, but it was flat and unsuitable for drinking or reviewing; I unfortunately had to pour it out. I've given this brew another chance to show me what it's got, so let get on to the beer:

The beer is a hazy orange color with a nce foamy head. In the smell, there's a big hop aroma, with sweet notes mixed in, with a fructose/syrupy scent to it. The taste is incredible: not over the top bitter, but plenty of hops for everyone. Silky smooth, with a fruity taste to balance out the beer, weaved with piney notes and a passionfruit flavor. It finishes bitter on the palate with a semi-tart puckering. The alcohol is almost undetectable, which at 7.25%, is something of an accomplishment, and easy to drink for such a big brew.

Notes: Whoa! Very well balanced (by west coast standards), with plenty of sweet and bitter flavors to offer. They may be less famous than Stone among San Diego brewers, but this offering is exceptional.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an energetic bright hue of amber, lively frothy white head that hangs around to chat. Sticky, soapy lacing is left in the aftermath of this head-gasm.

Big resiny pine in the nose to kick things off. Then comes the citrus explosion, aggressive sugar-coated grapefruit, orange peel and plant material. Smells like I am walking through a citrus grove

Tastes like a mouth full of grapefruit juice with a pine cone floating in it. The pine plays a supporting role to the gripping citric twinge that molests your taste buds. Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit followed by a nice full malt backbone rich with toffee and fresh cut grass. Finishes sticky and just bitter enough to destroy any hint of the 7.25% ABV.

Tiny, tiny bubbles and lots of them dance over your tongue leaving this brew feeling somewhat full bodied and round on the finish.

This is a BIG IPA in my opinion, DIPA? This one is a beast among men and drinkable to boot. Out-fucking-standing.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Pours an amber body with a large off-white head with good retention and some webby lacing. Smells strongly of hops with hints of grapefruit and orange with a bit a sweetnenss. Taste is right on with the smell, pretty hoppy with lots of citrus and a nice malt backbone. Very solid beer for a great price. Wish we got it in MN

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Orange gold in color with a hazy body. Head is a hard looking off white layer with a lot of stick to the sides of the glass. Lacing is some of the best i've seen in an ipa, as it just oozes all down the side. If this beer was in playboy, it would be the centerfold.

Smell - Citrusy with quaffs of orange and grapefruit. Actually a little more sweet and malty, and not the bitter piny hops I was seeking out.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Handfulls of citrus hops give it the perfect amount of bitterness. Not crushing, but almost teasing the tongue with soft little footprints of hoppy goodness. A toasted sweet malt lends a wonderful flavor to the already full taste. What a fantastic job has been done here to balance the two! This will truly be a standard bearer for all IPA's. Mouthfeel is full and flavorful without being over done. It remains lite, smooth, and creamy with a caramel sweetness that's the cupids arrow to my heart. I love this son of a bitch!

Drinkability - As usual Alesmith shows everyone how it's done. This is THE Aerican IPA! Don't bother seeking others, just submit to its power.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance is clear golden orange in color with a nice two inch off-white head that is held up by lots of cascading carbonation bubbles. After five minutes in the glass it's still only down to one inch with big thick meringue-like chunks in the center. Eventually it comes down and leaves a shit load of lace.

Aroma is very citrusy with some piney and floral notes with a baking bread doughy quality to it.

Taste starts off nice and hoppy, still dominated by citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. Midway through the bready quality comes out with some caramel malt sweetness then the hops return for the finish to leave a nice hoppy but not very bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a wonderful soft, smooth quality to it.

This IPA is far and out one of the best that I have ever tasted. So far the only thing that beats this out for me is the Vishnu's Vice IPA from Flossmoor Station. It makes me sad that that was a one-off batch but I am happy that this gem is regular production. Oh wait I'm even more saddened now that I remember I can't get this around here. AleSmith please find your way to Indiana.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/17/2008 Shared bomber

Golden Orange color with a white head. Nice head retention. Amora is malt...floral and citrus hops with a hint of piney.

Crisp...clean tasting. Seems also "pure". The hop assault is well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden.

This one really deserves the ratings. Outstanding beer experience.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pushing the limits of fermentation, hop injecting, and the term 'ipa,' alesmith offers a big version of everyone's favorite pseudo-american bitter beer.

mine pours a rich orange highlighted by reds and yellow shades. the beer is by no means clear, it possesses a hazy veil of gravity in its meaty center. the head takes a couple seconds to form but does so in a thick, creamy fashion. soon it's a half-moon of thin bubbles and ipa pond scum. lace cascades peppered with small signs of carbonation, the ring around the surface holds tight. looks like a damn serious ipa. wish the head was a bit better.

*sniff* mmmm! pure hop citrusification, backed by a nice fruity sweet blast of floral energy. deep in the nose dwell some milled cereal grains, mango and peach essences. this beer promises flavor, succulence, and a good full body with its near-perfect nose. i could smell this beer all day, but i dont want it to get too warm.

oh yeah that's the fucking bomb. at once, the beer presents a perfumey array of super fresh sticky-bud hop cones that bleed a sharp, enjoyable bitterness that doesn't wear out its welcome. the plant matter flavors amplify with warmth, and serve to hide the overzealous alcohol flavors that would also be popping up.. were it not for the extremely enjoyable, overwhelming flavor circus here. in my cheeks, i can taste a nectar which can only be described as grapefruit rind essence and burnt segments of sugar-brushed pie crust. the beer produces lupulin-laced burps that are a welcome reminder of the elixir in which i have just indulged. a varitable spring forest of green hop & pine flavors, alesmith ipa is a true bastion for the style's west coast genre.

a little thinner than i expected, and that lets it go down a bit easier than it should. too thin to assume the proper savouring speed. the drinkability is through the roof, though, as long as you're a serious hophead. although, why else would you be sitting here reading my review, or writing your own?

go get yourself some of this right now.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden copper with a big, densly packed, creamy off white head topping a plethora of carbonation bubbles. Left good lace. Big
fresh floral/citrus hop aroma. Almost a perfume like nuance. Sweet malt and some fruit show up as well.
Lots of hop flavors. Starts out with floral, citrus and pine resin and finishes with a pungent spicy/peppery, intense hop bitterness. There was a decent sweet malt and light fruit backbone in the middle, but ultimately, this was all about the hops.
Medium bodied with a smooth, full and slightly oily mouthfeel. The carbonation was surprisingly soft and added some creaminess to the mouthfeel.
The creamy soft mouthfeel and good job of hiding the alcohol make this a supremely drinkable offering.
This seemed to be on the verge being an Imperial IPA. Went great with the pastami and swiss on light rye from the local Italian deli.

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Photo of spointon
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an Imperial tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a pleasant amber tinted gold with a very slight haze to it. The head was thick and dense and rose a good 3/4". Solid retention with lots of clingy lace left on my glass.

S= The malt base was caramelly and sweet smelling. Hops were equal parts resiny pine and fruity citrus in the nose, with a light flowery note in there too. Pretty much pushed all my hop smelling buttons.

T= Big and hoppy yet somehow retaining a balance that is mesmerizing. Started off with a quick flash of caramel malt and light biscuit followed closely by a solid bitterness and lots of hop flavor. The pine was slightly ahead of the floral and citrus notes but all were very much present in the flavor. Finished dry with a kiss of alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied with a super crisp and tiny-bubbled carbonation.

D= Extremely tasty and super drinkable. This is a great example of an American IPA and it certainly lives up to its hype.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: A reddish-amber color with a thick 1/2 inch off-white head.

S: The hops come across in a big citrus smell, also some pine and resin.

T: The hops hit you in a big way with perfect carbonation. Lots of citrus in the hops and a bit of sweetness. A perfect amount of hops for an IPA, big but tasty and spot on. It is also very well balanced with the sweetness of the malts.

M: Very pleasant, the hops hit the tongue just right.

D: This beer hits the style right on. A great American west-coast IPA, one of the better ones that I've sampled. Very well balanced with the appropriate amount of hops with the sweetness of the malts. It's a little hard to find up here in NorCal but I would definitely be drinking it often if I could.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint from a 22oz bottle.

A - Nice straw golden color with slight orange hues and a thin .25 inch head that is white and has some dense and some medium sized bubbles. Good retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is very much a west coast grapefruit aroma with nice flowery scents. Nice grapefruit sweetness that is very inviting. Some slight honey aroma as well and a slight bready backbone.

T - Starts off a bit slow for an IPA. The bready and grainy malt is up front first which is a welcoming change and puts an interesting twist on the overall flavor profile of this beer. The malt aspect is very delicious with some fresh baked bread notes as well as some nut-like hints. Then a nice grapefruit sweetness with nice citric flavors. The hop character is very delicious and well represented with great grassy flavors.

M & D - Nice crisp and refreshing. Straight foreword but well done. Very refreshing and drinkable. Good balance and good ABV makes this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/7/15

Wow, One of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Not sure why I’ve always passed up on this one. Excellent example of what an IPA should be. Deep golden amber pour. Huge floral aroma. Very flowery beer. Sharp resin bitter taste, followed by hints of floral notes and strong fruity citrus notes.

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Photo of atbump
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful shade of hazy orange into my Delirium Tulip. Smells of an amalgamation of west coast citrus hops. A little bit of juicy tropical flavor shines through while pine and grapefruit dominate. The taste brings the aroma to full light with a biting wet hop mouthfeel and a crisp drinkable easy malt backbone. Perfectly balanced to my hophead tastes with a smell that will reel you in and keep asking for more, even when the 22oz runs dry. I wish this was made into 12oz beers but until then I will drink West Coast IPA. This beer finishes beautifully and any other standard six pack IPA will pale in comparison.

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Photo of hardy008
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a one finger, off white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has orange, grapefruit, zest, and pine.

The taste is just like the smell. Oranges, grapefruit, zest, and pine. There is also a good deal of sweet caramel malt flavor to balance the hop bitterness.

Smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. This is such an easy beer to drink. This beer is definitely one I want to buy again.

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Photo of kramerboy
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is exceptional.

a - wonderful light orange color with great carbonation bubbles and thick head.

s - great citrus hops and a faint malt

t - Wow, this one tastes like a perfect IPA to me. The hops and malts are perfectly balanced.

m - awesome. just right in my opinion

d - this one is a home run. I can get this locally and would drink it anytime I can afford to pick up a bomber.

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