AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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 akttr
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Davihaw
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of redsoxfan73
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of DirtyHippie
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Samaurer23
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Jpepe08
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of M_chav
3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zsaevre
3.04/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of pjeagles
3.06/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been waiting for this beer for a couple of years, so maybe that is why I have rated it so low.
I could have gotten this beer through a trade or the net, but my rule is: I have to travel to a place where the beer is sold. I take many road trips and getting the beers I have been waiting to try makes the trip that much more special. I know a lot of you out there feel the same way.
With that being said, this beer was a serious letdown. I guess I was expecting more of a "West Coast IPA" when I tried it, and it never delivered. The smell was neutral. The initial taste was almost burnt malt with a hop bitterness I could only find after I assured myself it MUST be in there somewhere!
There is no malice intended in this review at all. I seriously wanted to love this beer, but I ended up being disappointed. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but stack it up against other IPAs in a BLIND tasting and I'd bet the reviews are way lower.

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Photo of mattyb85
3.09/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of farnold
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Philousa
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Pacific Beach Tap Room 12/28/11.

Sits an clear golden orange with a half finger head. Very thin, consistent lacing spread across the far side of the glass. Flowery nectar hops, citrus, and a bit of grass bitterness. Biscuity pale malt comes through clear. Very wet hop flavor. Potent grassy ivy, very bitter. Floral characteristics have disappeared completely. Coppery bitterness lingers with the hop oil. Medium body, pretty acidic, and medium finish.

This is bordering on too acidic for me. I might enjoy this one a few beers into the evening, but with a fresh palate it's too harsh. It's too aggressive on the tongue, lashing you for not bowing to it's hoppy glory. I love hoppy IPAs, but this is just a bit too far. It's very harsh, which isn't a bad thing, it's just not my thing. Color and aroma are very good, the flavor just lacks IMHO. Maybe their other beers have raised the bar too much for me though.

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Photo of Bieniek30
3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SierraStonePoint
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Henefield
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was super psyched to get this beer, based in the high ratings. Didn't love it. Great look of light Amber. Good lace on the glass. Skunky smell. I don't get any fruit notes in the taste. Disappointed, but maybe it's just me.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.16/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok so it is always hard for me to find a fresh bottle of this. I have bought maybe 5 bottles and none were fresh enough IMO to review so now I'm giving up and reviewing what I can get. If this stuff is not comin off the shelves fast enough to be decently fresh then it tells me something as well.

Pours a clear golden color with huge foamy head. It looks like there is a ton of carbonation. Great lacing

Aroma is typical American hops with citrus and pine. Smells ok but not a strong aroma.

Taste is more bitter hops than flavor hops. Not as great as some other IPA's I have had and I think should deserve a spot in the top 100 more than this beer.

Mouthfeel is like champaign carb. Way too much.

Overall it's a good beer and I never see it on tap at the usuall places and if I ever do get some fresh I will re review but it's not worth trading for or purposefully seeking out.

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Photo of claspada
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow/orange. Very bright and glowing. Nice Duffy white soapy head with spotty lacing.
Aromas are quite dank and resinous; kind of a "hippie" smell if you get my gist. West coast cat pee, a ton of pine needles and bitter grapefruit.
The tastes begin with slight pale malt sweetness but is immediately overpowered with bitter dank resinous hops. Heavy pine and cat pee and bitter grapefruit once again. Kinda one dementional and boring. It's good but not amazing.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is sticky and resinous and bitter. Hops linger on the palate too much for my liking.
Overall this was not stellar in my opinion. Maybe I just don't like regular IPAs anymore, especially onesnthis bitter. I'm guessing they. Used Chinook in this beer which is a hop I detest because of it's high cat pee centric flavors. I will not be revisiting this one anytime soon.

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