IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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 Sunn
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Bottle poured into pint glass. Golden yellow with one finger head. Nice hoppy aroma to the nose with fruits. Mild fruit on front and balanced hops on back. Medium bodied and easy on the palate.

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a small half inch head that recedes quickly, leaving lace at the top of the glass.

The smell includes a ton of citrus, orange and grapefruits mainly, with a bit of honey malt aromas.

The taste is awesome. Lots of citrus, with a little bit of bitterness, and ends with a tiny bit of honey like sweetness. A little bit piney, decent but not overpowering bitterness.

Medium bodied, sticky resinous mouthfeel, starts dry, finishes a bit sweet. Very drinkable.

I've been passing over this one for a while now, for no particularly good reason. I'm glad I finally bit the bullet here and tried this- it was awesome.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got one of these for $6.50 from Halftime beverage. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A fairly clear orange yellow with a solid 1/4 inch of head that sticks around with some great lacing. Some floaties throughout so it's either a tad old or bottle conditioned.
S - Some piney hops, touch of English tea like malts, a bit of gram cracker, and more piney hops.
T - Has a solid hop presence kind of like Dogfish head's 60 minute. The hops do cling to the palate and has a sweet enough crystal malt and gram cracker like malt presence to keep it from being too bitter. A very approachable IPA.
M - Great balanced bitterness meets a light to medium body. Goes down smooth.

Overall I could see why this got such great reviews. Heck I almost drank a full glass by the end of this review. Not the cheapest IPA but a very tasty one worth trying at least once. Psyched to try the nut brown and X pale ale I got also.

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

Thanks to b0ldfacelies for this one.

This beer poured a bright glowing amber that fades as it reaches the edges of my tulip. There are tons of bubbles struggling to reach the top to support a creamy, smooth, slightly yellow head.

Smells of a dry woody pine, tart pineapple and concentrated orange juice with a slight wheat and fresh baked bread.

In the flavor, there’s a big sting upfront but this slowly fades to peaches and toasted wheat bread crusts and a dollop of white flour. This then fades back to dry pitter pines and a flowery grapefruit rind. The dynamics here are great.

Feels light and silky, but dense with a light, sluggish carbonation.

This is a remarkable beer, but I’m not sure I’d want to drink the whole bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is another one I had just assumed I had reviewed before. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with an orange tint. Big, gorgeous, lasting white head with billowing sticky lace. Nose is piney and citrus with a nice hint of malt balance.

Tight in taste and mouthfeel, almost too neat and tidy if there is such a thing. Hops are obviously the mainstay, repped by pine resin, grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes as well as a hint of booze. The finish is almost comically clean. There is definitely too much carbonation but everything seems so measured and disciplined I get the idea it's intentional.

This, as its name suggests, is a work of gifted engineering, if not of supreme artistry. Ridiculously well crafted, this is to be lauded for its clockwork precision, even if it is not precisely to my personal taste.

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

That's it, San Diego IPA needs its own style category! After familiarizing myself with stone's ipas, then ballast point's, and now alesmith's as they finally make their way in to northern Virginia; I've come to fully appreciate what this style is after:

Copper colored, fluffy khaki head, caramel on the nose, candied citrus and slight dank oniony flavors.

As far as ipas go? I prefer mine hazy, bright yellow with a big fluffy head of pure white, dominated by BRIGHT citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a BONE DRY finish, AKA northeastern IPAs, which should also have their own style category.

This beer is pretty on point for the San Diego style description, so I'm rating it that way.

A- Clear copper with a fluffy, khaki head that leaves oodles of beautiful lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, candied orange, apricots. This is my least favorite part of this beer.

T- sweet citrus with a bit more apricot. some nice, subtle melon notes. Grapefruit pulp. A little sulfurous onion note, some resin in the background. Sweet pale malt flavors shine a bit as well, with freshly cut grass and a tiny spritz of lemon.

M- Delightfully medium bodied, tongue coating flavors, sweet, lasting finish, perfect for the style.

IN CONCLUSION, this is a pretty damn good San Diego IPA. Glad it found its way to NoVa.


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

Poured with an oily white head and a dark but clear orange body.

Fresh cut lawn,piney ,some dried flowers with some spicy red pepper and baking soda smells.

Really malty,hops some in front and finish . the middle is pretty malty. Oranges and peppercorns. some lemon notes in the after taste.

Really nice dry finish is refreshing.

loved this IPA, very complex.

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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

IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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