AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
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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
Ratings:
4,185
Reviews:
1,332
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,185 |  Reviews: 1,332
Photo of sleuthdog
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade with ElijahCraig
Poured into tulip

Appearance: This IPA has the typical look for the style. A cloudy, hazy golden orange with a finger to two fingers head. Head was a rather bright white that dissipated very quickly and left noticeable lacing on the glass. Carbonation is evident rising up the beer.

Smell: Citrus hops with tons of orange and some pine. Floral hops are there too but to a lesser extent. The nose is very clean and not very aromatic. Is this fresh?

Taste: An enjoyable hop bite at first, although mild with a somewhat sweet malty backbone mid palate. Finish is clean with a pine hop bitterness. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel: This a standout point to this beer with a light, smooth, refreshing feel and a perfect amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and inviting on this one. It just begs to take another sip.

Overall: Although I seem to gravitate towards the DIPA's as a style preference, this one holds its own! So damn refreshing and easy to drink I'd love to sip this on a hot summer day here in Chicago but it definitely wouldn't hold out until next summer so this was a must have now and I'm glad I got to try this. Very well done!

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith IPA

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber brew, with a full finger of off white head. Head settled to dusting. Nice lacing...

S) Pleasantly piney, bit of grapefruit, and tropical fruit sweetness that becomes more pronounced with a little warmth. Quite nice...

T) Follows the nose nicely... Good balance with the malt, but the bitterness from the hops definitely shines.

M) Medium bodied... Mild carbonation, with plenty of sticky piney coating. Crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish. Nice aftertaste....

O) This is a very good IPA... Glad to have AleSmith in Wisconsin. This one will definitely find it's way into my refrigerator again in the near future.

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Photo of nodder
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ALC82
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silverblaze540
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 1 inch creamy head that holds for at least a minute. Cloudy orange color with active bubbles.

S - Sweet fruits. Citruses notes (e.g., tangerine). A bit of a pine forest smell, but it's subtle.

T - Medium bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is not strong in the initial sip, but holds for at least 30 seconds after. Some hints of fruits and malts at the front. End is a bit piney.

M - Mouth coating with medium body. Minimal carbonation burn.

O - The taste is different than most IPAs. Bitterness is there though. Nice look, nice smell, nice thickness, and the taste is pretty decent.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a pale orange yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Nice citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, herbal, and piney hops with caramel and bready malts to finish things out.

Taste: The hops are juicy smooth rolling right off your tongue and you have a nice malt base to even things out. Got tastier as it warmed and this beer grew on me with every sip too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: A hard find here in the Boston area. No bottle dating and hard to know how long it has sat on the shelves. Either way, I'd have to say the beer was somewhat fresh and the hops held up nice. I'll go back to the same store and get another bottle.

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Photo of sfprint
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy Brown/yellow/orange in color. Although medium sized bubbles are rushing to the top like I've never seen before, the head is relatively small.

S: Wow, extremely strong. I smelled it before I even tried to smell it. Sweet and orangy for an IPA, but for me this is heaven. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. This is amazing! And canned pineapple! Or pineapple sherbet, with a metalic (aluminium, i dont know why since it's a bottle!) edge.

T: Bitter, like IPA's are. Almost disappointingly average. Or maybe I'm just used to good IPA's. I wish the flavors in the smell were reflected in the taste. The alcohol percentage is noticeable however, not overt. It is good, but not definitely not outstanding. Oh wait, there is barely a hint of pineapple in there.

M: Not too mouth drying for the alcohol content, subtle carbonation.

D: A very drinkable IPA. A nice beer with an extra kick.

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Photo of rjp217
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of colforbin73
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very well made, straight forward IPA. the appearance and mouthfeel are nothing out of this world, but the taste is fantastic -- and if it was cheap and readily available i would drink this all the time.

pours a nice amber/orange with adequate carbonation, but little to no head and no frothy-ness.

but the smell is EXCELLENT! fresh, fresh smell of grapefruit, fresh tree-fruit and pine -- a slight touch of yeast and spice as well. the taste follows suit -- this is an upper-echelon IPA -- and it sets itself apart ever-so-slightly from the other San Diego beer -- more oily, (less dry) -- a deep malt profile making the perfect sweet base for the flowery hop display on top.

every HOP HEAD and IPA drinker needs to try this one! Excellent.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitzy01
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice golden amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit and orange peel with a light amount of floral hops.

T - Just like the smell with a good amount of grapefruit and orange peel. Nice bitter hop finish is balanced out with some malty sweetness.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Good creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very good citrusy IPA. Easy drinking and highly recommended.

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Photo of shopk
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MississippiInNJ
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JISurfer
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgmirelli
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

had this alongside the Sierra Nevada Wet Hops Ale, both distinguished in their own right. This was the proper mouthful, had length and a great finish. Would definitely drink another!

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kendollkaff
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DPCJR
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopflyer
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/30/15

Pours honey golden color with off white, frothy head which dissipates quickly to a sparse top layer. Large bubbled collar. Very small particles in suspension.

Nose is tropical fruits with grapefruit and ample bread, cracker. As it warms, the malts overtake the fruity hops in the nose.

Taste is hop bite of grapefruit with hints of orange and lemon. Bold cracker malt in tandem with the hop acidity. Strong bitterness on the back of the palate and tongue but allows some sweetness through. Similar to the aroma, the malts come into balance with the hops as it warms up and the palate adjusts to the initial citrus bite.

Wouldn't say it is clean or crisp as the bitterness lingers quite a bit, but it's on the lighter side in the feel. A touch sticky.

This one has been around a while and finally brought myself to get some now that it's available in 6pk 12oz bottles. Very solid with all the right characteristics of citrus, bitterness, and bready malt. It's a true classic with a great showcase of how malts can compliment rather than detriment a hoppy IPA.

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Photo of stadmo1
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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