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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
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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
Reviews:
1,315
Ratings:
4,091
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,315 | Ratings: 4,091
Photo of 0110x011
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark orange color. Thick, rocky, pillowy white head lasts and lasts. Sticky lacing everywhere. One of the prettiest heads I've ever seen. In fact, the haze is the only thng keeping this from being a perfect 5 looker.

S - Incredible hop bouquet. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grass, mint, and everything else hop wonderful. Some caramel sweetness and toasted grain aromas are in there, but this is pure hop poetry.

T - All flavors coalece much more effectively on the palate. Tropical fruit and caramel on the front end, with some biscuit and bread towards the middle. The citrus, pine and grass come on the back end, with a solid bitter bite. Finish is on the dry side.

M - Medium body. Soft, medium carbonation. Nice and bright.

D - This is a beer that never lasts long enough. I could drink it every day.

In my opinion, this is the king of California single IPAs. I have yet to try the famous Masala Mama, but for right now, this one is unmatched.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, lots of yeast left in the bottle. Pours a orange, light amber. Lots of head, 2 cm at a time, white to slightly off white, long lasting. Aroma is sweet and strong with citrus, hint of pine. Initial taste is mostly overwhelmed by the sweetness, turning citrusy, then very dry from all the hops. There might be other components in there, but honestly when you dump that much hop-action in there, forget it. Aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and drinkable. For the price I'd prefer something else, but maybe worth another drink down the line.

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Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear gold into a pint glass (my Onion “I enjoy drinking beer” one). A fine white one-finger head lingers, and as it slowly withdraws it leaves fabulous sheets of lacing.

Smell: One whiff tells you what you’re in for: a classic American IPA. Grapefruit and pine combine nicely, and I’m advised by my better half that there’s something else in there – kelp? I smiled and nodded to preserve domestic tranquility, but I confess that I didn’t get the kelp.

Taste: Classic, and the nose projects exactly what follows in the mouth. Grapefruit (along with some other citrus) and piney hopes are the story. There’s a bready malt backbone hiding behind all the hops, and although it does not dominate the flavors – far from it – it provides excellent balance. An extraordinarily well-balanced IPA, which is a refreshing change in pace from the h(op)-bombs that have resulted from the hops arms race.

Mouthfeel: Very light in the mouth, which was somewhat unexpected. It finishes smooth and clean.

Drinkability: High. This is a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Combine, price, complexity, availability..for me in CA... drinkability, goes with lots of food, subtle, and so aromatically complex this is a near perfect brew. One of the 1st craft beers to start my path down the real beers being brewed journey. Forgot about this beer and dismissed it for a year or 2, just rediscovered it again recently and have always kept at least 1 in the fridge ready at all times. Stunning!

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Photo of thomda11
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot of good things about Alesmith. As a recent Maryland transplant in California, I was very much eager to try any beer from this brewery. The beer poured a yellowish-amber hybrid with a good head--even if it dissipated relatively quickly. The aroma was a lot maltier than I expected with a distinct resinous hop note. The taste is sublime. The strong hopiness hits the palate first, but it is married with the malt to the point that it becomes one indistinguishable flavor--a very, very good thing. The balance of this IPA is impressive and has become a serious challenger to DFH 90 min for favorite IPA. I feel like I need to run out and get a 4-pack of DFH to compare immediately.

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

Poured into the bottle a hazy dark orange (with visible yeast)--even almost brown. Pretty dark and cloudy for an IPA. Head was thin and very short lived. Aroma was very nice: spicy and hoppy. The taste was very good, with a more complex malt profile than is normal for IPAs, I think. Many IPAs seem a bit one-dimensional to me. This one was very balanced. Certainly, fans of strong hops will be happy with it, but that's not all there is to this brew. Perhaps it was the salty food I was eating with it, but this beer seemed rather sweet--more so than any IPA I have tried previously. By no means is that a complaint, however. This was a very good beer. I paired it with a variety of rich, salty, fried appetizers and it was definitely up to the task--cutting through the other flavors and holding its own.

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Photo of Chambic
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02.06.10 at City Beer

A: clear yellow, with a fluffy head

S: exactly the a good IPA should smell, all pine-y and musky with fresh, bright citrus

T: even though it tastes the way it smells, there might be something missing, like that hoppy kick I love; or something slightly off, like the level of sweetness

M: nothing spectacular to call out, just medium-bodied, with the right amount of carbonation

D: it's pretty good, but definitely not the first IPA I'd reach for, though it's a solid choice when there's nothing else

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

Damn Gina, i think this is my favorite IPA. I drink it regularly but just recently having it again and though i'd review it.

A tangerine honey color slightly, slightly turbid, fills my glass with a good finger of ivory colored foamy lacing. The aromas are quite crisp and very aromatic with a wall of orange blossoms and fragrant citrus... as if someone just peeled a pink grapefruit and sprinkled it all around.
The flavors hit the classic IPA on the money... actually i should say, this IPA sets the standard. True mountain pine and ripe citrus peels mingle like they're at happy hour. A true melding of delicious flavor with light toast bread mixed in. As you quaff this treat, you know you are drinking an IPA and one that isnt subtle nor pretends to be anything else. Actually, the taste screams West Coast IPA.
Very nicely carbonated and rather clean and oh so easy to drink. My fridge will always have several bottles of this!!! Yours should too!

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Photo of gyllstromk
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a thick, frothy, stable head. Aroma is light fruit, citrus, pine, and earthy notes. Flavor brings a bit of a sticky, resiny hop flavor. The hops are slightly overdone, which compromises smoothness, leaving a bit of an astringent aftertaste. Though a tasty beer, this aspect does detract from drinkability.

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Photo of RunDWP
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been popped in the mouth with a bunch of hops, and I like it!

A piney, resin, and slightly floral hops dominated my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a sturdy, off-white head with plenty of sheeting action on the glass. Hardly any detectable malt, but a whole bunch of piney and slightly floral hop goodness. Almost mouth puckering, but the hops blend had a certain smoothness which was required to make the bitterness level, which was off the scale, palatable. Nice creamy mouthfeel to the brew. Something this bitter can't really rate high in the drinkability catagory, and the last couple warm mouthfull were a little difficult to choke down.

Would you believe I found this bottle in a 7-11 in Carlsbad right off of Interstate-5? I couldn't believe it either when I saw the bottle sitting in the fridge.

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Photo of cleeze
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brought this along with some other west coast goodies home for me when visiting friends in San Diego. And thanks to the fellow B.A that helped her pick this out at the shop.

Poured a a cloudy dark goldish color with a great white foamy head with killer lacing to go along with it.

Smells of resiny piney goodness mixed with lots of citrus hops.

Citrus hops right up front. again a little piney on the tongue. Very pleasant. Well balanced with the malts.

Very drinkable. I wish we had it here in Maine.

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Photo of mobud
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Tulip

A- caramel color with 1/2 inch head. clings to the glass and leaves an oily lacing going down the sides.

S- Floral citrus explodes in the nose. Very fresh and inviting.

T- Level hops flavor inspite of the nose. Strong hoppy taste, but an even malt base holds it all together.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- Very nice. Got this beer on my last trip to SD and wish that I could have it more often. The beer has a good rep and it is easy to see why.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this today at the local liquor store, trying out all the IPAs I can get my hands on. Poured into a pint glass of two servings.

Appearance: Nice, golden amber color with about three fingers of head. Looks pretty average, with the lacing about standard as well, but color and head looking healthy.

Smell: Very citrus-y, with floral hops and light apple. Gave a nice aroma, with even hop and malt available immediately.

Taste: I wish the taste was a little more like the nose. The hops are present in citrus-y and even form with the hops, but the taste isn't as big as I was hoping from the nose. In comparison to other IPAs I've had recently (like Stone or Green Flash) it's just a little light in the complexity department. That's not to say it's not tasty, just a little less than the aforementioned beers.

Mouthfeel: Here, it's on par with just about everything I've had. Resiny, with a smooth yet crispy finish yields a nice texture post-swallow.

Drinkability: Pretty solid. I drank the bomber without really thinking about the amount and it was gone pretty quickly. Could drink again, but for a more complex flavor, I'd go for Green Flash or Stone's IPAs.

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Photo of germaniac
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all, a great beer from Alesmith. Dark copper in color, with a manageable pillow of head that leaves it's snail trail down the sides of my glass. Very sweet and crisp smelling, some nice citrus notes to be found. Hop flavor is quickly bitter, but not in an overpowering, face puckering way. Just a quick kick to the taste buds before sliding into malty sweet territory. Drinks like a dream. This may just be the best bottled IPA in San Diego county.

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

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange/golden with a chill haze, nice rocky off white head, sticky, looks delicious.

Smell: Loads of enticing hoppiness, an apple like malt sweetness, big hops, grassy, floral, sweet?

Taste: Alcohol goes to your head immediately, followed by huge hop oils, hops continue through the whole sip, hints of sweet bready malt, finishes dry, leaving a nice herbal hoppiness in the mouth. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Spectacular, lots of craftsmanship here, creamy, fizzy, full bodied and smooth, no complaints.

Drinkability: One of my favorite IPA's without a doubt, very drinkable and refreshing, the hops are huge but mix with the rest of the beer like a great food + beer combo. Balanced.

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

Bottle about 2 months old.

A: Pours a near translucent amber. Small, frothy banana cream-colored head sits atop a mass of tiny bubbles which leave horizontal lacing legs on the glass.

S: Sweet grapefruit citrus on the initial chilled pour with hints of fresh red ripe fruits in the background and maybe some pineapple. As it warms a bit, aromas of pine resin surface. Overall a sweet citrusy smell.

T: Predominately sweet bready malts up front, some citrus and then a a fragrant, almost pungent cross between floral and pine bitters on the finish. Lingering bitterness.

M: Good body...a bit slick and oily, moderate carbonation, tingly bubbles on the tongue.

D: Lots of bitterness going on here, but a really nice IPA. Drinkability is fairly good, though I'm not sure you'd want to pound these back one after another. This has nothing on Pliny's smoothness IMHO, which has a tad higher ABV.

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

Poured out of the bottle and it looks like beer. Its been filtered and looks like any normal beer but one things stands out. The head retention. The fact that it does not look like it is going away says that this is going to be a sticky beer with tons of hop oils in the flavor. Lacing galore all over my glass. Am I wrong? the smell is no different. I get tons of sweet hop juice. Citrus hits the nose strong and it appears there is this sweet malt character as well. Amazing for such a filtered beer to have such a sweet citrus like smell. I know it sounds weird but most of the filtered IPAs I have had are bitter instead of smelling fruit like. Now for the taste. Not as much citrus in the flavor as I thought but its there and there is a hint of bitterness but overall, this is one tasty easy to drink IPA. For a standard IPA, its pretty darn tasty. Nothing mind blowing but this has hops in the west coast tradition. Lost of the m but when it comes to bitterness, it takes a back seat when the malts come in to mellow it out. So for the flavor I would say I get that citrusy earthy flavors most IPAs are known by. I was more intrigued by the smell though. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel for this beer does it justice. Its full bodied. Sticky and carbonated just right. Overall this is a great IPA for people that are not looking for a bitter hop bomb but for one that is looking for some nuances. Well done. Easy to drink and worth the 6 bucks I paid. Is it the best ever? No but for a standard IPA there will be very few this good. Try this out.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a reddish amber color with some sediment in the glass has a cream colored head that retained and laced well

S- nice clean citric hop aroma

T- a little bit of malt sweetness for a second at first then followed by a nice citrusy hop bitterness

M- medium body with good carbonation

D- could definitely have a couple of these, would love to try this on tap sometime

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold with a HUGE creamy head and a metric shit ton of lacing

S - a din of hops. Mainly piney but a bit of citrus fruit come through as well

T - just like the aroma. Piney as ever and just enough malt to back the bitterness

M - God I love bottled conditioned beers. So soft so elegant

D - I could drink this forever.

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Photo of bminor7
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second 22oz from Half Time. The first I had probably over a year ago. This bottle is a bit older so the hops are faded somewhat, and it has carbonated much more since.

Looks good...cloudy light brown. good stiff head.

light citrus/floral hop odor. was much stronger when fresh.

taste is quality...robust hops, with a touch of darkness. light on the palate, but the hop bitterness is strong.

mouthfeel suffers from the increased carbonation.

strong, flavorful, drinkability is reasonable. but a palate wrecker.

a famous IPA that is very good if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color, good head retention. Pours two fingers and retains it well. Bottle conditioned so it has a nice creamy carbonation. Great hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is very nice and smooth with that characteristic bite. Textbook example of an American IPA executed very well.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revised after getting a much fresher bottle. This stuffs an awesome west coast IPA.

Very clean filtered look. Aroma of grapefruit and touch of dank tropical fruit. Taste is very similar to nose but with up front floral hops and touch of pine to round it out. Bitter but balanced malt finish too. I would def buy this again, especially at only $5.99 a bomber.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in colour. Off white, almost tan head. Thick and creamy. Hops, Hops and more hops on the nose. Hops explode onto my tongue. This hop rollercoaster quickly pulls in to superb balance. I let the yeast into the second classful and I would say it added welcome flavors to the brew. My first Alesmith, I am impressed.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had it on draft only but will taste it in a bottle when I see it to see if there is any difference. As long it is on draft at the local pub, I'm having one.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden amber color that was slightly cloudy and a deep white head. Head lasted most of the beer with a good amount of lacing. The smell was all hops, a very strong floral aroma with hints a citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was really good, a cross between a local IPA (Sequoia Brewing) and Stone's IPA. Very good flavor, nice hoppy flavor right up front, slightly sweet maltiness, and a very sharp bitter back end. Mounthfeel was great, very smooth, nice thickness, and CO2 was perfect.

A very good IPA, that should be a standard for any one wanting to try a high quality IPA. Give it a try!

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