AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,185
Reviews:
1,332
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
521
Gots:
759
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 4,185 |  Reviews: 1,332
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and very bitter fresh bottle thanks to xlperro. While very good IPA, its not significantly superior to many other good American IPAs I have had. Full mouthfeel with citrus and dough. Somewhat overcarbonated that with bitterness and pine and tad grassiness, set off my mouth. Good accompanyment to dinner however.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark honey amber color with a thick white and attractive head. Light fresh fruity hop nose. Nice bitter hop/grapefruit flavors with short fruit undertones. Short and a bit thin in the mouth, on flavor and in the finish. Nice but it "comes and goes" very quickly and is not as satisfying as it initially promises.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

a really citrusy ipa. pours mostly clear copper color with a big tall delicate looking white lacey head that leaves trails after each sip. the nose is all grapefruit, bittersweet. the malt profile is rather unremarkable in both smell and taste, which is okay for me in this one, because it does what it has to while allowing a very unique and attention commanding hop bouquet to shine. again grapefruit is the main taste note, but there also something else acidic in here, maybe lemon, maybe pomelo. i really love the finish of this, which is as fruity as it is bitter, refreshing but dry, and with an alcohol content that cannot be tasted in the slightest. the feel is equally exuberant, with robust carbonation that tickles the tongue on every sip. body is medium to fuller, but the bubbles make it seem lighter than that, and a bomber of this is a joy to drink, wish i had two!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this one a couple times now just to make sure that I didn't agree with all these glowing reviews. So the beer poured a golden yellow color that was very clear and had a decent amount of white head. That head dissipated within a minute or so. Looks like a very refreshing beer in the pint glass.

The smell was also nice, as it was loaded with citrusy hops. The grapfruit smell really came out here. The only catch is that it was overpowered by the hops. There was no malt or anything else to be smelled here.

The same goes for the flavor. The hop portion was very nice and clean. The fruity flavors shown through but again, there was nothing else to the beer. Also, the bitterness was on the extreme end of the spectrum. Again, refreshing and pleasant but not very complex.

The body was thin and carbonated which goes along with what I've been saying. It was drinkable but in the sense that you have one while your watching football or grilling in the back yard.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clean looking yellow color, the head was pretty good here and left behind a strong lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some tropical fruit aromas and a little pine. The malts are also on the nose a little bit. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I enjoyed the pine and citrus flavors that the hops had in there. I feel that the mouthfeel was pretty good, a little on the light side. Overall this ipa was rather refreshing and it maintained a good flavor and aroma the whole time. This beer was a good one to try, glad I did.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that settled down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced—even though it is dominated by citrusy flavors in the taste, there is only a light to moderate amount of bitterness because the underlying malts prevent the hops from being overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste is well balanced and the bitterness is not overpowering.

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

Thanks again to Kmpitz2 for sharing. Looks IPAish with a copper-orange hue and a little haze. Has incredible head retention. Smells very citrusy and pine-ey with an almost balanced barley malt base, allowing the hops to dominate the nose. Flavors are sweet of malt and hop flavored all at once. The hop flavor shows more of a citrus (grapefruit, oranges, lemon rinds) with the pine-ey, grass-ey flavors showing more in the back of the throat and a little more subtle in strength. All hop flavors and aromas swirl around a solid, but not overbearing, malt base. Very smooth and silky to the mouth. A joy to drink. I can see why it's one of BA's top beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, thanks to doktorzee for once again schleppin' this back across the 49th parallel for yours truly.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves some random chunks of unfamiliar continental lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of zingy grapefruit and blood orange pith, a somewhat musty tropical fruit cocktail (pineapple and underripe mango most prominent), resinous wet pine needles, bready, kind of crackery caramel malt, and a further floral, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more aged grapefruit, navel orange, guava, pithy pineapple, and warmed lemon fruitiness, a peppy coniferous pine astringency, restrained, but hardly quarter-giving grainy, caramel-tinged pale malt, a light white pepper spiciness (I know!), and further leafy, pleasantly perfumed hops.

The bubbles are generally well rendered - soft, but supportive at the same rate, the body an agreeable medium weight, if just a bit on the light side, and mostly smooth, the lingering hop essences hard to totally dispel. It finishes mostly dry, the acerbic hops really holding it over the game, but outmatched malt.

One tasty mother of a west-coast Yankee IPA, hoppy as all get-out, with damned-near every fruit native between the Gold Coast and the PACNW represented. This is not meant to omit the commendable 'balance' achieved here by the plucky malt, as without it, the drinkability would surely suffer. Highly worthy, and genuinely deserving of the hype, this one is.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. Cost was 5.49 USD in Orange County, California. No best before date, but this one is at least three weeks old (based on date of purchase). I know it'd be better fresh, but I do what I can. Paired with microwaved pizza (I'm a uni student!). Four weeks old.

*I've also gotten this at Trader Joe's for $4.99.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of light but nice cream lacing, fair thickness, and good retention - especially for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a transparent copper-gold. It's a bit generic, but appealing nonetheless.

Sm: Pleasantly enticingly hoppy, but I worry it will be too bitter (as many IPAs tend to be). A mild strength aroma. Nice rounded floral hop character. Some zest grapefruit citrus. Pale malts. A clean aroma of mild to moderate strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Unfortunately, it does flirt with soapy notes.

T: A pleasant hoppy body, without hardly any bitterness on the finish or climax. It's hard to believe. A brewer that understands an IPA is about balance, not hop quantity? Imagine that! It's very well done, with near perfect balance of hops over an unobtrusive pale malt foundation. I really like this IPA. It's simple, but damned refreshing. That said, it does approach soapiness. Light pine. Very clean. No real subtlety here.

Mf: Amazingly, delightfully smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body near perfectly. Very well executed. Good thickness and body. Refreshing. Good presence on the palate. Soft.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable, especially for the style. The alcohol never comes through in spite of being of above average quantity. It's a lovely IPA. Price point is great as well. I'd get this again. *In fact I have, since. Another quality brew from Alesmith.

Pairs well with food (especially spicy food).

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a nice head that persists well and leaves rings of lacing

Smell: Resinous, orange and pine hops waft upwards along with a caramel malt undertone

Taste: Starts with a piney hop flavor complemented by a balancing malt base; after the swallow, the hops jump out in front, and while the finish has some residual sweetness and floral character, this is really all about those piney hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick and velvety; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very tasty; great example of a West Coast IPA

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for this one...

What I came away with from this was an impression of perfect balance. Very fruity, juicy hop character was bolstered by a light and tasty pale malt base. Sweet orange/grapefruit/citrus was dominant, aroma of dusty malt and lightly spicy yeast also.

It had a deep golden amber color, and laced a little bit in the pint glass. Bitterness was at a manageable level, not over the top, just right. A little bit drying in the aftertaste.

Shared the 22 oz., but could easily enjoy one or two at a time. That will be a personal goal of mine, an afternoon with Alesmith IPA...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. I’m not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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