IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 TCJ0100
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Better than the sum of its parts.
a) pours a hazy, pale golden yellow body, with 2 fingers of thick off-white head. Laces and lasts nicely.
s) Abundant grapefruit and orange rind with pine, forest floor, on a bed of white cracker and caramel malt. Floral hops.
t) Fruit - orange, guava, pineapple, lemon - abundant with a white peppery astringency. Floral and perfumy hops.
f) The juicy, fresh, well carbonated feel refreshes and thrills.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12/11/14; into a pint glass (per the recommendation on the bottle).
Appearance - golden, clear and bubbly with a thick, fluffy white head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - mouth watering grapefruit and tangerine; very dank, very powerful!
Taste - hop bomb with delicious citrus fruit flavors!
Feel - very bitter but not over the top due to the fruity sweetness!
Overall - superb IPA; if you're a fan of the style, then you'll love this beer!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Wally's Wine and Spirits, Los Angeles, CA
Date: None listed
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small, dense bubbles. This fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer throughout the drinking session, leaving substantial lacing while doing so. Body is golden orange in color, transparent, with plenty of active carbonation.

Aroma of peaches, lemon rind, grapefruit rind, apricots, with a mix of malts as well. Pleasant, upfront, and substantial, this is enjoyable and worth repeat exposure.

Tasting opens with darker-than-pale malt flavors that quickly transitions to pine resin and grapefruit bitterness. Mid-palate continues malt body, combined with grapefruit bitterness, citrus-like fruit, and pine resin. Nice flash of tart bitterness in back of palate, leading to a lingering bitterness in close, with hints of apricot, peach, and grapefruit.

Beer is medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to foam this up pleasantly on the palate, leading to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA here. Not even Alesmith's best, to give you an idea how great they are. Big amounts of carbonation gush to the top after a pour.

Sticky resinous hops cover the palate. Great grapefruit, my mouth is puckered. Fair amount of pine and non grapefruit citrus compliment the beer. Still, puckering.

Another example of what is probably considered an "extreme" IPA but those anywhere but the West Coast. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of rack0flamb
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbowers56
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty hard to get a good head out of this one for some reason. However it does stick around. A slightly hazy golden colour.

Total fruit bomb. I get oranges, apricot, grapefruit and amarillo (yeah, the hop, pretty sure its in here by the smell of this).

Pretty damn nice. Less juicy fruit than in the nose, but still good. Plenty of zesty citrus hops, a little pine, some grassiness and also some apricot maybe. Sweetness is there for a bit in the form of some bready/caramel flavours, but really gets overpowered by bitterness at the end. Some slight alcohol warmth, perhaps too.

Full but still light in the mouth. Man, West Coast IPA's are the f-ing bomb. Like all the ones ive had so far, unrealistically drinkable.

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Photo of bashiba
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color with a big sticky white head with great lacing.

The smell is fantastic with a big citrusy and very fresh hop smell.

Has a very bold hop flavor with big shots of juniper, mint, and citrus with a mild toasted grain undertones.

The mouthfeel is very zippy with lots of carbonation and a light bit of oilyness and stickyness.

Easy to drink, very nice IPA with great fresh hop charachteristics.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Alesmith's IPA last week for $2,19 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer on tap last month and I thought it was pretty good and I'm interested to see how the bottled version is, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks decent, it has a pretty simple look to it and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that takes a little more of a brighter orange hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very good looking IPA, i have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a big fruity aroma being the first to show up with lots of citrus fruits sticking out the most, but there's also some tropical fruits, green hops, and a little bit of a coconut aroma in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready, lightly grainy, pale malt and light caramel malt like aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a very nice aroma, the balances is good and the hop profile is very nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time the green hops show up just a little more than they did in the aroma. Up next comes a light amount of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which imparts all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's the bready, pale malts and light caramel malt like flavors that stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice hoppy and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's got great balance and I enjoy the hop profile.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a great example of the style, it had pretty much all the things that I look for in an IPA and it stood out a little from a lot of the other IPA's. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer is the balance and hop profile, those are the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, every aspect is good and there isn't anything that sticks out as not being good. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty and well balanced IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned out to be pretty much as good as it was on tap and I don't really have any complaints. It made for a good first impression for the brewery and I hope to try more of their beers, it's a very nice example of an American IPA. Great job guys, this is one tasty IPA, keep it up.

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Photo of Jae61
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ghrymm
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz Bomber. I can now buy this in Canada.
Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick white head and tons of sticky lacing.
Nice hoppy nose a real nice IPA that is all i need to say after over 1300 reviews.

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Photo of sjrider
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed 01/03/13.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with big 2 fingers of white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell: big citrus nose, oranges, oranges, and more oranges. some grapefruit notes. tropical fruits and floral notes. bready and sweet malts.

Taste: Also sorts of oranges! A hint of grapefruits and tropical fruits, mango, papaya. A touch of pine on the back end. Malt backbone is fortifying without getting in the way of the hops. Good balance and nice complexity with the citrisy hop profile! Mild to moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. This beer is so bright, fresh, and clean. It drink effortlessly smooth.

Overall: This is a crazy good regular offering from Alesmith! Love the fact the the hops are bo big without being overly bitter. It drinks so easily, I could see people knocking down a bomber of this beer themselves without a problem.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhxHorn
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is an IPA. Pours a deep gold color, with a one finger head and lacing all the way down. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, hops, yum. Tastes of citrus and hops, but not as overwhelming as a strong IIPA like Ruination. A bit more bitterness than citrus, not exactly the ratio I'd prefer. A pretty strong amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. This goes down easy. First rate!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber slightly hazy with a tawny foamy head that persists until glass is empty and leaves thick lacing. Super attractive, unbelievable lacing.

Smells of tangerines, pine resin and caramel malt.

Taste is citrus fruit like tangelos and tangerines, light pine resin, light tropical notes, mildly bitter overall with a definite malt backbone here that is bready-caramelly in character. Finish seems a little more bitter along with grapefruit and orange rind flavors. Yet once again a smooth creamy malt keeps it in check.

Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice level of carbonation. Very nicely crafted body/beer here.

Overall is very drinkable and tasty IPA, thirst quenching.

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Photo of -steve-
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Citrus notes as soon as the cap comes off. Grapefruit with hint of pine. Complex hops that is just the right tartness.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Terp96
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goldendenizen
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful golden blonde with a slight brown hue. Respectable head and lacing.

S: I can't fault the beer for my weak nose but I only picked up some hop notes.

T: Good golly ms Molly the clear hop flavor on top of a breast malt back is so damn good.

M: perfect carbonation and not an oily alcohol sludge.

O: One of my fav west coast IPAs bc of its balance plus it's yummy hop profile.

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Photo of bamadog
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Kels - keeping the top 100 streak alive. Review is from notes. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a juicy coppery/ lemony/yellow with some apricot highlights; body is cloudy; comes with a short one finger head that is off-white with little retention but leaves a nice sticky looking web of lacing trailing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot going on here - super honey/malty sweetness combines with a juicy and bitter citrusy orange peel - I almost feel like I could bite into this and pulp would shoot down the back of my throat.

Taste: Really quite a bit like the smell - bitterness is really up front and it slightly overwhelms the citrus flavors; the malty sweetness compliments but says more in teh back; aftertaste is like lemon or orange peel bitter with some lingering sugary sweetness and reminds me a bit of Lemonheads.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a tad watery; a nice mild carbonation and a solid sticky resin is left specifically on the roof of the mouth.

Driniability: Quite high - it's a great tasting IPA, but the price is a bit high. Alesmith really has yet to let me down.

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Photo of MTone8788
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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