AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
BA SCORE
93.3%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 4,230 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#848
Reviews:
1,342
Ratings:
4,230
Liked:
3,947
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
8.75%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
781
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,230 |  Reviews: 1,342
Photo of Trio2shine
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Room Service - San Francisco, CA - bomber poured into a glass

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

Photo of beer2day
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold color with little active carbonation. Faint head to start and nothing to retain. No lace. Not much going on except the color.

Strong pine nose. Strong esters. Nice.

Big pine hit with lots of resin to the hops. Faint sweetness in there somewhere, but the hop resin really clobbers it. Arid finish with a well rounded hop bite.

Body wants to be creamy, but not quite there. Lighter syrup with a touch of cream. Oils from all of that hop resin.

Great west coast IPA.

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

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

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

Pours a surprisingly pale orange, bubbles steadily rising, very healthy head.

Smells of pine cone, orange peel, ginger, grains.

Orange on front end, then bitterness hits hard on mid-palate with clean but rewarding finish. Bitterness is a bit one-dimensional.

Big carbonation for an IPA, but not obtrusive. This is very light and bouncy for such a flavorful brew. Bitterness builds steadily, but in a pleasant, warming way. A unique IPA.

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

Photo of Duffman79
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bought a bomber of this from City Swiggers, even though there was an Elysian tasting going on.
This poured a shady straw color with a dense head. It oddly smelt like honeydew meets malt. It was't what h was expecting but it was extremely pleasing. The taste had citrus hop characteristics with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Kind of bitter on the aftertaste though. The carbonation tingles on your tongue.

A very classic example of a West Coast IPA with hops as the star.

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Photo of Lorihall1
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass from the bomber, but the poor pint glass couldn't handle all the effervescence and massive head this beer offers. There's a huge amount of carbonation, resulting in a head overflow and a round, derby-like shape that juts out above the glass. The beer is light copper in color with almost complete transparency. A real beaut.

I get lots of citrus on the nose, then piney, hoppy, resinousness. There's a good amount of sweet, vanilla-heavy malt present too. I can tell this beer is going to be good. Now let's drink.

Wow, this is surprisingly smooth and understated for an IPA. Granted, I picked this up in Tucson and it's already got about 3 months of age on it, so some of the hop flavor has probably dissipated, but this beer seems to be on the mellow end of the IPA spectrum. There's plenty of bitterness there still, particularly at the finish, and the medium-body is accentuated by a spicy hop bite. As far as flavor from the hops, I'm getting more piney hops than citrus, although at the finish I get some grapefruit peel.

I find this beer to my quite tasty and easy to drink, although I'll be the first to acknowledge I need to try a fresher version. Still, I think it says something about this beer that it can be so tasty, aromatic, and enjoyable after three months.

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Photo of VABA
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spikester
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Paid $2.19 for the two month old 12 ounce bottle. Hazy golden orange color with almost four fingers of white long lasting head. Very good amount of lace.
Smell was fruit and biscuit malt.
Taste is tropical fruit mango pink grapefruit light hop oil with a lightly sweet malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is moderately bitter and dry from the resinous hop oils.
Overall one of those tasty beers that are like a junior DIPA. Very easy drinking West Coast IPA. Lots of flavor for the style. Now that I can get six packs of this fine beer I will be enjoying it more often.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cheld
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of proctah
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsanford
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Christmas gift from THECPJ, cheers Shane! Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a glowing light copper with a fluffy white head that refuses to dissipate. Chunky lacing is left on the side of the glass, and little islands can be found on the surface. Very pretty, just what I look for in a quality IPA.
S - The aroma of sticky, fresh hops assaults your sense as soon as the cap is removed. Grapefruit, pine resin, orange peel and honey with a solid caramel malt backbone. This is right up my alley, I love hop profiles like this.
T - Grapefruit and pine resin initially dominate, followed by sweetness from the caramel malt. Finish is fairly bitter, and lasts on the palate for some time. Slightly let down by the flavor, the nose promised so much, but for a "regular" IPA there's a good amount of flavor.
M - Medium-bodied with moderate, crisp carbonation. Body is slightly watery, but it doesn't detract from the beer too much.
D - Great drinkability, I'm having no issues with this bomber. Surprised by the +7% ABV, I'm not detecting it at all.

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Photo of aknalley
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of velosuds
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating apparent. Purchased at John's Market for $5.99.

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are very fragrant. Grapefruit and pine resin come to mind.

T-Grapefruit and resinous piney hops are aggressive and balanced by a biscuity malt backbone that doesn't get in the way. Another fine West Coast style IPA.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-This is a very fine IPA, but not one I will likely buy often due to price and lack of availability. Unfortunately, it is similar to many other fine IPAs that are more affordable and available. This is to say, AleSmith IPA doesn't rise to the level of Russian River's Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, which I do go out of the way for.

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Photo of PackenGreen
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markhobbs1
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rampage1
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figured it was time to put a review up of one of my ol standby ipa's I drink as long as its fresh.

Appearance: Has a nice hazy,orange color to it. Pure white,fluffy cap to it.

Smell: Smell mostly is of oranges and a light citrus,tropical smell to it. Has a nice little biscuit smell in the background that lets you know there is some malt to this.

Taste: This is one of my standby's for the reason of how easy it is to drink. Nice amount of bitterness followed by a some malt to balance it out. Definitely has enough malt in it where its not super bitter like one of its local counter parts--Stone ipa.

Mouthfeel: Nice thin mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. The bottle conditioning always seems to keep the right amount of carbonation to this beer-- never strays from this.

Overall: This is a classic IPA and one of my favorite local ipa's from good old Cali. Cali will always be king of the IPA and my eyes. I used to think the midwest put out great IPA's but aside from my favorite brewery -Three Floyds I think Cali has it all over everywhere else in the US in spades when it comes to ipa's. When its hot out this beer goes down like water. Perfect balance to it. When you get this beer fresh its awesome!

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 4,230 ratings
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