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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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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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Photo of kitch
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz can, canned on 5th October 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy, light copper orange colour with a nice two finger off white head with good retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Tropical pineapple and apricot with citrus orange, pine and sweet biscuit malt.

Taste: Citrusy and bitter orange peel, mandarin and grapefruit followed by sweet-ish pineapple, biscuit malt and pine. The finish has a nice long resinous bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry-ish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A wonderfully tasty and balanced West Coast IPA. Also loving the cans!

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Photo of nick_perry
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy, but without the citrus notes I’ve come to expect from West Coast IPA’s. Some botanical notes, however. Very dry finish. I realize this is one of the most prized San Diego IPA's, and don't get me wrong, it's good, but I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one, it rates highly in the great pantheon of West Coast IPAs and I can still appreciate a decent American IPA (even if I do get bored of them at times). So what do I know about AleSmith? Very little... they’re another San Diego brewer, so expecting a real piney/citrus walloping from this fine brown glass bomber. They’ve been around since 1995 so that makes them one of the forefathers of the modern American craft beer revolution (not unlike fellow San Diegan Stone which has been around since 1996)... it’s amazing how long craft beer has been around in the states and how as late as 2005 it was impossible to find anything remotely craft in Australia, we really have come a long way, cheers beerethren!

Poured from a 650ml US bomber bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hella cloudy [Hell yeah!] Gamboge body with a nice firm 2 centimetre cream-coloured head. Great head retention in a 7.25% ABV brew! Sanskrit lacing on in the side of the glass like all the great American IPAs that spring to mind (Founders, Deschutes, Victory, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, et al.), yep this is going to be a corker! 9/10.

S: Worryingly malty straight up with a caramel/biscuit nose - I’ve recently had major hop fade in the last few US IPAs I’ve reviewed so I’m pretty wary of that happening now. Absolutely no dating on the bottle either, so no idea how old this one is. Piney/grapefruit notes struggle to overcome the malt base, not off to a good start here. 7/10.

T: Dry cracker and piney hops from the off mingle with an earthy overtone, caramel and biscuit malts come in but thankfully don’t dominate the palate... but the big question is: Hop fade? A bit of that, nothing outrageous like the last 2 IPAs (though they were East Coast which adds an extra month to the container ships). I imagine the tropical notes described on the label suffered with the sea voyage most. Finishes with an assertively astringent woody/piney hop bitterness. Unabashedly West Coast IPA right here! (reminds me of Ballast Point Big Eye actually). 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a soft but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: Pretty decent example of a San Diegan IPA, not quite as good as the Stone stuff (they’re definitely more out there as a brewer, and hence why I like them). However a solid American IPA for sure. It doesn’t rewrite the rule book on IPA, but it also doesn’t disappoint in any way. 9/10.

Food match: Get it India! Curry that is.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid west coast IPA, nice subtle hop taste great citrus smell. Perfect go to beer. Will always go back to this one. Alesmith always makes some tasty beers

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Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper and hazy, almost no carbonation and 2 fingers of creamy, beige head.

Caramel, creme brulee, citrus, orange candy, big grapefruit and pith.

One sip and now I know why. All the talk, I mean. Great depths of complexity for an IPA, unparalleled in complexity in my opinion, and this is from a bottle that is likely quite old. I get purple bubblegum, lilacs, citrus and grapefruit peel, lemon here, zest there. Creme brulee, and battery acid, grapefruit juice and biscuit. So many layers and different on each sip. Lemon blossoms.

Moderate body, smooth and sticky, moderate carbonation.

This is an amazing brew. Wow. So glad I got it at the new bar in town, overpriced as I thought, so worth being able to try it. Drinking this one in Chiang Mai, Feb 8th, 2017.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great introduction to what a west coast IPA should be. Malt backbone but it's way overpowered by the citrus, good grapefruit, mango, delicious.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden color, one to two finger white head, excellent lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits, mango.

T: Hoppy, tropical fruits, mango. Superb!

F: Super smooth and silky. Amazing mouthfeel.

O: A world-class IPA, no doubt. Would happily drink on any occassion :)

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Nice gold, mildly hazy with fairly low visible carbonation. Forms only a minimal white head - more of a ring of foam.

S: Tropical fruits (especially pineapple), sweet citrus and melons. A pleasant floral and fruit aroma with a touch of dank. The lightest of biscuity sweet malts. Interesting, and while not drastically different, it is a different approach than a lot of other IPAs.

T: Citrus - orange and tangelo. Pineapple and lychee tropical fruit; lesser flavors of dankness and melon. Mildly sweet biscuity malts but no distinct caramel or toffee. Moderately bitter in the hang with more tropical fruits. The fruit flavors last throughout the whole sip.

M: Medium body for style, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden. This has a reasonable amount of small bubble carbonation - it ended up a lot less flat than it looked.

O: I thought this was really enjoyable, especially for a widely distributed IPA. I believe this was a limited-time thing for distribution in Florida - if this were regularly on the shelves, I’d definitely grab them intermittently as something different. And that something different is saying something these days for IPAs.

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Photo of AleSan
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle... drank last summer, two months after bottled... not much to stay, almost perfect... Hazy golden color with persistent big white head... aromas: orange, pine, fruity, apricot and malt as sweet biscuits... Taste: citrus shades, resinous, grass, hops, strong balance, fruity-bitterness , probably something spicy... long, bitterness, balanced finish

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for a hoppy beer, this one's for you! Smells of grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops. Taste is very hoppy with a medium lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Classic mildly hazed orange amber hue with very good dense head formation of creamy foam comprising of vast small effervescence that won't really die down with exceptional strength of retention, it just a little bit collapses to a thick layer of eternal foamy crown and yields plenty of refined lacing ring, patch and spot all along the way.

The aromas are all that I could imagine from great IPA, well hopped, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, tropical fruit, lime, pine, resin, floral, and with very good malt in the support with its sweet, biscuit, and slight caramel, very well mellow and inviting aroma overall.

The taste is well-rounded and very balance between malt and hop. Malt plays in the supporting role with its caramelized sweetness and breadiness while hop leads forefront with its rich fruitiness of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lime, tropical fruit, and pine needle. The middle to finish is wrapped up by persistent resiny bitterness from hop that is quite lasting for long in the aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its good crispness and lively carbonation generated refreshing feel through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This brew is that the American IPA is all about. It is perfectly balance and possesses all the characters which must be visible. This one couldn't be missed.

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

This is a well made, old-school IPA. No tropical fruit bomb here. Instead I found a nice balance of citrus rind, pine, grassy bitterness, and cookie dough sweetness. Very easy drinking for the abv, hope to have this one again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus, malt, pine, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of a lot of citrus ingredients (grapefruit, in particular), a light malt presence, a bunch of grassy hops, some mild caramel notes, and also a hint of pine resin. The main problem here are the grassy hops. They kind of through everything out of balance. Nonetheless, all the other ingredients are pretty solid.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a hoppy, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer doesn't quite rise above its flaws, but it is worth trying Drinkable.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this beer. From a can dated 11/11/16. Color is typicallight amber IPA. Aroma is hoppy, pine, a little breadand I think a little of the metallic can. It was a nice tasting , drinkable IPA, just not "West Coast" hoppy enough for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: November 27, 2016... OCCASION: Christmas decorating, almost complete... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... pours a swirling storm of bubbles, spinning through a translucent, light amber body that supports a thick, creamy, pillowing white head--a perfect picture... orange, grapefruit, melon, tangerine, resin and pine weigh in with an earthiness that suggests a dankness... the malts are bread-like and mellowing... this ale sips efficiently, if not smoothly, in belying its 7.2% ABV... front to back, a full ticket, with the teeth experiencing an initial hit, while the throat holds fast to a lasting, subtle sweetness... creamy and medium-bodied.... in other words, how is this an IPA at 7.2%? the tangerine is most notable, with the grapefruit and orange lending to a hop-forward experience, one that rewards as a sippable, powerful IPA... the undergirding malts match its dry finish encouraged by its hops... I have waited a long time for Alesmith to reach the East Coast, and here it is, in all its glory... incredibly balanced, setting the standard for the IPA not wanting to be a hop bomb...

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Photo of titletownusa
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just found this in a six pack at my local store, So much better than buying the 22 oz Bomber Bottles. This is my favorite IPA Beer. A must try for any IPA Beer Lover.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark golden with lasting clingy bone head. So balanced with malty backbone thought-out, evenly distributing a healthy dose of pine and citrus.

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Photo of Hopresin19
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz Bottle into tulip Glass,Appearance,Beautiful hazy Apricot color,2fingers of creamy dense head,Nose is pine,grapefruit,with a bready malt,Taste is Fantastic!,exactly like the nose,with a nice lasting Hop Bite.Overall this is a Stellar west coast Classic that should be savored and enjoyed...Cheers!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. canned on 08/29/16

Pours clear amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh pineapple, grapefruits, papaya, mango, guava, orange citrus, dark toffee caramel malts, with resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like resinous pine sap, dark toffee caramel malts, with dank bitter floral earthy herbal grass, some pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, mango, guava, and orange citrus peel. Feels medium bodied, creamy and full with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy orange body with short lived white head. Aroma: sweet but very hoppy, some citrus & bitter orange peel. I didn't think I was going to like this but I was wrong, it is not overly hoppy & bitter. The taste is sweet, salty & a little bitter with grapefruit & tangerine & pine. Maybe a little to salty. Pretty good.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Not much Head. Nice lacing. Nose of citrus, not too orangy. Slightly, ever so slight astringent. Nice west coast bitter, sweet, citrusy hoppy. A little more subtle than some. Very nice.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber with orange tint with good clarity. Lacing all over the glass after each sip.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, piney, resin.

T - Aggressively hopped - citrus, grapefruit, and piney take center stage. Harsh feel - leaves the palate completely wrecked.

O - This is an in your face, west coast IPA - just a bit to aggressive for my taste as it completely destroyed my palate.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 DannyBigs
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When reviewing, it's always best to keep in mind the style of the beer.

AleSmith IPA is a single IPA, at a little over 7%.

That being said, I think this is the perfect single IPA, west coast style. The color is a beautiful gold, slightly hazy. Smell and taste are on point FOR THE STYLE (I find similarities with the smell of Pure Hoppiness by Alpine). Nice bitter taste, but not at all overwhelming. In my opinion, one of the best examples of the style. And now they come in dope cans, so fresh. I could crush a ton of these.

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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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