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 brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of falloutsnow
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Wally's Wine and Spirits, Los Angeles, CA
Date: None listed
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small, dense bubbles. This fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer throughout the drinking session, leaving substantial lacing while doing so. Body is golden orange in color, transparent, with plenty of active carbonation.

Aroma of peaches, lemon rind, grapefruit rind, apricots, with a mix of malts as well. Pleasant, upfront, and substantial, this is enjoyable and worth repeat exposure.

Tasting opens with darker-than-pale malt flavors that quickly transitions to pine resin and grapefruit bitterness. Mid-palate continues malt body, combined with grapefruit bitterness, citrus-like fruit, and pine resin. Nice flash of tart bitterness in back of palate, leading to a lingering bitterness in close, with hints of apricot, peach, and grapefruit.

Beer is medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to foam this up pleasantly on the palate, leading to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry.

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Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Photo of DNICE555
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to pick up a bomber of this one at table in vine on my Northampton trip with zapps and larsonstyle... last two left!

A - A hazy yellowish orange with an impressive white head.

S - Wow, lemony twang, fresh hops, and some fruit. I think it took me longer to inhale this beer than it did to drink it.

T - Big hops with a citrus burst along with a slight warming in the finish. Pine in the background and a minor malt presence to help balance out this delicious hoppy treat.

M - Full bodied ipa which is smooth as butter.

D - This is an ipa right here. This ipa isn't on the JV team, it's on Varsity, and it's starting quarterback. Beast of an ipa at an abv where you can have more than a tulip of it. Very well done.

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Photo of brycevolk
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Nice golden color, with a nice head of whitish foam, that holds quite weel, eventually dropping to an ever lasting collar.
Aroma is quite fruity, fresh feeling, floral almost like a well kept garden; the aroma is above and beyond most for the style, and it also brings some subtle caramel maltiness.
Medium body, fine carbonation that adds to the experience.
Well balanced flavor, with a good dose of caramel maltiness, followed by a nice fruity hoppiness, with less grapefruit than the average, which is a great thing in my opinion.
Solid bitterness, but no alcohol appearances; it is as good as Dreadnaught, with a little less alcohol, and not even a double IPA. Impressive.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 1.6 pint bottle.

A: Very nice copper color, nice thick complexion, not a lot of head on this beer. Minimal lacing. Its a bit standard, nothing really head turning about this one.

S: Smells really nice, lots of hops and a fair amount of citrus make the bulk of the nose with some nice malts at the end balancing it out. Very inviting.

T: High quality here. Very nice hop flavors, but also a fair amount of malts give this a nice grainy flavor but the subtle citrus, pine and spice flavors keep this from being too heavy on the bread. Quite bitter, exactly what I'm looking for.

M: Nice full weight, not to dry and not too watery. Very smooth finish and drinkable.

O: Very good showing, certainly backs up their awards and its reputation. I can see myself stocking the fridge with this on a regular basis.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with pollox87, thanks man! I've had it before, but never reviewed it.

A: Beer pours a clear, light yellowish-orange

S: I'm getting a very nice hops aroma in the smell with hints of citrus; it's a nice aroma, but I'm not blown away like I am with some IPA smells.

T: Ah yes, now I'm starting to remember this beer. Very unique flavor, it's a fairly grassy hop flavor that's pretty bitter without a lot of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and perfect for this type of beer.

O: I wonder if this one might be a little past its prime. I'm not getting nearly the citrus aroma or fresh hops flavor that I recall the first time I had this beer. The malt definitely comes through a lot in the flavor, and the hops are more subdued. It's still a good IPA, but I remember it being great, and this one didn't quite rise to that level.

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Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lisa for rocking my world! Oh, and for sending me this beer.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. A bit of white head that doesn't disappear. Decent lacing on the glass. Smells pretty solid. light citrus, pine, lots of nice hops. A very solid nose that comes across equally nice on the tongue. Light sweet malts on the background. Overall a fairly thick mouthfeel. Very solid overall. Thanks!!

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Photo of DCon
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a 1 pt., 6 fl. oz. bottle of this in a trade w/ Cduckett. Poured from the Easy Labeled bottle w/ White Lettering into a 11.5 Snifter Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle but am sure it was fresh from this review!

Aroma- Tons of hop and a nutty character that is only seen in the baddest of bad IPA's. Enjoyed coming back to this aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that is frothy with good retention. Has a deep copper colored body with a semi-hazy body. Leaves good lacing behind.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This probably isn't the freshest bottle. Brought back from AZ by my parents. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a beautiful caramel color with a 2" off-white head. Tributaries of lacing spread across the glass.

S- caramel, earthy and spicy hops.

T- quick caramel sweetness followed immediately by pine bitterness. The earthy hops are there as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Oily with a dry finish.

O- hope I am right about the freshness because this is just an ok ipa to me. Hops seem faded.

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

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

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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