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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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Reviews: 1,331 | Ratings: 4,165
Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color, modest head disapates into a ring like half crown and with scattered lacing.
Juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit and danky aromas in the nose. A nice sniffer!
Goes down really smoothly. The gentle carbonation is just right, yet, has a crisp bite. Juicy and citrusy foundation, yet, there is a strong piny hops element, especially in the finish. The palate is dry overall, thus balancing out the juice and making its medium body quite drinkable.
This is a really nice IPA that has all the good elements but in moderation; a bold hops influence that is not overpowering, juicy but not too sweet, easy to drink but with enough body to make things interesting. Really well done!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - beautiful lacing over a good amber

S - piney, citrusy and floral notes with a good malt balance

T - follow the taste with a good bitterness but a bit off

M - good mouthfeel

O - too old (5 months old) I'd like to try this fresh because it has a lot of potential!

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, light fruits. Taste is pine, malts, some mintiness, very light bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but failed to meet my expectations.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 mL bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear gold with visible carbonation and a frothy, dense head of white foam.

Smell: Layers of citrus (lemon, orange; zest and flesh), tropical fruit, resinous hops and caramel malt to balance.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruit follow from the nose with fresh herbs (mint), hop resin and slight dankness. Just enough caramel malt for balance. Highly hopped without being aggressive or overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly oily yet still crisp and nicely carbonated.

Overall: Classic West Coast IPA - full, hoppy and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of TH28
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep golden and clear like apple juice, with a light, thick bubbled off white foam head. Aroma: Caramel maltiness followed by a strong tropical fruit, pineapple, berry, and resinous hop aroma. Taste: Rich caramel malt sweetness slowly turning to a resinous, light citrus hop bitterness that intensifies through the swallow. Well balanced malt profile against the bitterness. Mouthfeel: On the heavier side for an IPA, with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Despite the balance, a strong resinous hop bitterness stands out after the swallow. Overall: A very well balanced IPA despite the aggressive bitterness. Does a better job than some other west coast IPAs of providing a strong malt backbone that balances it out. Nothing stands out as sharp here, which speaks to the balance as shar

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Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verona Inn. I had higher hopes for this brew, and although it was definitely a solid IPA, the taste left something to be desired. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Moderate hopping throughout with mild notes of citrus and lemon zest. Good but not above and beyond

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous creamy feel on this hazy golden draft pour. Nicely carbed with generous webs of lacing. The nose and taste are similar here, loads of citrus. This is a damn good beer. Try one for yourself!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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 mcbratz1187
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA. Very long finish but not in a bitter after taste kind of way.
L - on the medium-dark orange side of the scale.
S - fruit-forward on the nose
T - every sip really coats the mouth nicely, can feel carbonation dancing on the tongue
F - as mentioned above, every mouthful is pleasant. Not terribly heavy, booze taste not terribly prevalent for 7.25%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy carbonation comes right out the bottle, a light orange appearance, head settles in the 1/4" range. Aroma is sticky grapefruit draped in pine.

Dry malt bill allows the hops to continue to envelope the palate. What was once overpowering has over a decade later really become the standard for ipas. Alcohol well hidden for being over 7%. Grassy and dry mouthfeel, very small notes of fruit, apricot, grapefruit meld with pine.

I wouldn't say this is still world class, but its definitely upper level ipa. Has some problems in that I don't believe they have 12oz bottles, its always in a bomber, which is somewhat cost prohibitive given the per/oz pricing structure for bombers.

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Photo of LF_Evan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange with a pink hue makes it look kind of peachy
S: Muted aroma, but a nose dive reveals grapefruit and fresh-cut grass
T: Piney grapefruit, not overly bitter, with a hint of candy-like sweetness at the end; otherwise no notable malt presence.
F: Packed with resins but stays surprisingly light for a fairly heavy IPA. The carbonation is persistent and keeps things moving.
O: There's a lot of punch in this IPA. It feels like a double in flavor and body (and isn't too far removed from AleSmith's DIPA for that matter). The bottle talks up the modern flavor bullet-points, but this one is a soupy West Coast classic to the core -- just big pine and citrus, no malt, executed very well.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled 5/19/16, so 2 months old.

Hazy orange-yellow body with foamy white 1/2 inch head which persists leaving good lacing.

Aroma is of fruit, seemingly both citrus and non-citrus.

Sweet fruity taste with the hop bite coming through at the finish. very pleasing. Hops seem a little muted, but the balance works well, at least for my palate.

mouth is around medium, finish as noted above.

All in all a solid tasty well balanced IPA.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very clean IPA. A good example of the type. Pours amber with a thin white head. Decent lacing. Mouthfeel is good for an IPA. Smell is herbal and pleasant. If all IPA's were this good, I would probably have a drinking problem.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Has a grapefruit aroma with a good piney hop. There is a hint of caramel. Not as fresh as I would like it but still good. Nice juicy taste with grapefruit and a good transition to a piney hop. There is a mild lemon tartness at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Good beer and easily drinkable. Just not a big fan of the lemon with any IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A highly amazing offering.

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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 OmahaKF
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell is orange citrus (almost orange cream soda-like), pine, and sweet malt. Taste is citrus, fairly strong pine, orange pith bitterness, and a moderate maltiness. Couldn't make out the date on the bottle, but I think this is a few months old. Will re-evaluate if I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, IPA glass.

Light golden orange color with a modest half-finger white cap. Slight haze. Fatty ring and drape lacing.

Hops are well covered: smells of pine, candied citrus; orange and lemon, faint alcohol, some floral.

Malty and more tropical flavor than the nose indicates. Some sticky pine.

Clean and smooth. Medium sticky body. lingering hops with some bite.

This one was a couple of months old and there may have been some hop fade. It held up but I'll make sure it's fresh next time.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Over the past few months I've been rather dissapointed with some of the classic ipas and some of the newer ones I have tried as well. Started to think my love of ipas wad fading. Then I tried this finally avaiable in michigan. Wow, this is like hopslam at its best mixed with deschutes fresh squeezed. It's bitter nut light at the same time. Has a very lemongrass taste to it. By far the best ipa I have had in quite awhile. Well worth the high rating. This dosent disappoint.

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Photo of SIP-or-CHUG
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well it made the journey to Texas. Bottled on 5/09/16. I would love to get my hands on a fresher bottle, but as it is this is a very fine West Coast IPA. Don't think AleSmith has been available in TX long, but will definitely try again.

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Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Light copper hue with what you'd call a standard head, about two fingers of foam. Nice, if unspectacular lacing. Smells floral and citrusy. Orange, grapefruit, and maybe a hint of pineapple come through. Hints of tea with honey.

Clean, bitter flavor that's mostly dry, though not bone-dry. The 7.25% ABV is very well hidden. The usual citrus-pith IPA flavors are there, as is just a hint of pine. Classic C-hops are very much in charge here. Texture is smooth and oily, standard fare for an IPA, though just a bit too prickly in terms of the carbonation. This is pretty much the epitome of a great, C-hop, West coast IPA.

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Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh My! Welcome to Texas Speedway! If this IPA is any indication of what's to come from you guys, consider me your newest customer.

This one has a lovely light orange hue and a wonderful off white head...great lacing throughout as well.

Getting all kinds of citrus in the scent...lemon, grapefruit, tangerine.

Very good balance here with the citrusy and piney hops and malt. Finishes refreshingly crisp.

A top notch IPA now matter how you slice it. I will revisit fo sho.

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Photo of TripleSun
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Alesmith and it's a hitter! Very clean tasting IPA. Bitterness is there but feels more toned down. Flavors match with each other to form a nice cirtus ipa. pine in the nose and other flavors mixed in that are harder to notice. Nice light orange color mixed with a slight head that dissipates in a moderate amount of time.

Overall a very good beer and even though it is over 7% it sure doesn't feel like it.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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 beergoot
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden body; lots of fine, slow rising carbonation; thick, fluffy, sculpted head. Citrus and floral hop nose. Mild malt backbone carrying a fine hop bitterness and lightly fruity flavors; some alcohol presence.. Medium-light body; sharp and dry.

This is an excellent west coast-styled IPA, bringing on great aromas and a bold, strong hop presence.

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