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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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1,303
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4,032
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
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Photo of 33nickadams
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hophead247 for this extra!
Transparent golden amber color and about a half a finger head. Large bubbles float to the top. I smell piney and citrus hops. I also pick up the sweetness from the malt. The piney bitterness seems to be well-balanced with the malt backbone. The bitterness lingers after the sip. I can appreciate that though. Mouthfeel is rather light and effervescent. A great extra, I'm glad that I got to try it. I beginning to pick up a difference between midwest IPAs and West Coast IPAs. It's all good!

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

The Beers of California

#2

Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy golden sunshine in a cup with an effervescent white head which leaves behind minimal traces.

S: The subdued nose is of earth, pine needles, and flowers. Also some beautiful grapefruit citrus.

T: Pine and flowers up front. Then comes a wallop of the grapefruit laced with apricot, plums, and even golden raisins. All this greatness is buoyed by bready, slightly caramel sweet maltiness. A classic IPA spicy finish which builds as the beer settles.

M: Medium bodied with a prickling carbonation which complements the hop bitterness. Good linger and minimal lacing.

O: Not as widely distributed as Racer 5 or Stone IPA. A great California IPA on par with the likes of Sculpin. It you're not from California and you happen to stumble upon this brew at your local shop don't hesitate to give it a try.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into my Bruery Snifter.

Appearance: Dark Gold with standard white head. Head retained throughout drinking with nice lacing afterwards. Looks great.

Smell: Orange and grapefruit. Sweet malt background with lemony pine.

Taste: Malt is more pronounced than I thought it would be for a West Coaster, and this isn't a bad thing. The pronounced toffee almost adds a musty, earthier taste and mouthfeel. Standard pine and resin; grapefruit and slight tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and drinkable. Could put back a few of these even with the + 7% abv.

Overall: Awesome take on the West Coast style. Not a hop bomb by any means, and this just adds to the drinkability. I wish I had more than just this bomber. Will gladly revisit.

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright orangish-yellow with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing. Quite effervescent. Seems to glow under the evening's light. Beautifully refractive!

S - Wiffs of grapefruit, floral hops, yeast and crystal malts. Surprisingly mild for such a renowned beer.

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Tastes of grapefruit, honey, pine and yeast. All flavors are mild and work very well together.

M - Somewhat dry and light on the palate leaving me wanting another sip before I even set the glass back down.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer and tastes like a lower ABV beer than it really is.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear light orange-amber. One finger thick white head with big bubbles.

Almost entirely citrus hops nose along with pine. Oranges and lemon, some grapefruit, caramel malt in the background.

A little bit of citrus hops up front, with a caramel malt middle. It's quickly taken over by resiny piney hops and oils. These bitter hop oils build up nicely, and are rounded out with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Fullbodied and pretty thick for an IPA. Mild carbonation but good.

Good, well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark golden color with a nice head and great lacing.
S: Resiny and juicy smelling grapefruit,orange and some pineapple
T: Incredible complex rich resiny citrus and
Pine and maple and even a hint of smoke
M: Full creamy body.
O: A classic SD IPA and still one of the bests

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Photo of kaips1
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a fresh bomber from cavax as an extra, thanks man, i split this with my gf

this is the second time ive had this beer and i feel fair to review it this time, this beer poured slowly was quite the foamy head gusher, lots of head with even the slowest pour, when i got the glass filled it had about a 2in frothy head. the beer itself is a solid cloudy dark amberish orange, it looks good. now on to my favorite part of this beer, the nose on this is all citrus and fruity. i get some grapefruit some pineapple some orange and some hop juice, not grassy. the flavors were kinda toned down from the nose but still tasty. the mouthfeel is very solid and a little heavier than some may expect. the carbonation isnt as jumpy as i was expecting, i guess it lost some of the zest in the beginning. overall this is a very good beer and i hear its pretty cheap in cali, you guys are so lucky, drinkability is very high, i could drink this all day and like i do stone. get some alesmith ipa its worth it.

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Photo of vishneda
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great complexity of flavors for an IPA, with lots of citrus and fruit notes accompanied by hop-appropriate herbal and spice notes. The aroma is fantastic and fresh even out of this older bottle. This beer is definitely one that lives up to the hype. It's a bit harder to find and a bit more expensive than I would like but I think it rests in the top 5% of the crowded IPA landscape and thus the elite pricing is deserved.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed 1/23/10, courtesy of mikeyjk. After inspection of the beautiful, simply designed bottle, no freshness date or code could be found.

Poured into a Duvel Parra tulip

A: Pours a bright, translucent yellow. It's not a complete fog of haze, but it's not brilliantly clear like a Founders Harvest Ale. A nice, fluffy white head clings to the mouth of the tulip. I get some very pretty lacing on the way down, bonus points!

S: This one is straight forward pine and resin, a change from all the blast-of-tropical fruit IPAs I've been drinking lately. There is a mild hint of grapefruit rind. The beer is pretty cold now, so it's either that or the fact that it's brewed with pretty light malts that I'm not getting a sweet/caramel aroma like I do with a lot of beers in this style.

T: Bitter hops and pine come back from the aroma to meet in the flavor. Perhaps this isn't the absolute freshest bottle, as there is a bit of a lack of citrus to be found. However, maybe that's the nature of the beer, I'll have to read more reviews. Non-intrusive malt carries the beer to the slightest creamy sweetness in the finish.

F: Crisp, tingly, and bitter upon hitting my tongue. Fills the mouth with a pretty smooth, creamy texture, and dries on the finish without smacking my palate around too much.

D: This is incredibly drinkable for 7.25% ABV. If it was available locally, I'd buy fresh a couple more times. If it was available locally and in six packs, I'd buy it a lot more.

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Photo of carolinared
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Formed a nice creamy head in pint bitters glass, kept lacing and head to the bottom. Seemed to get better as the glass emptied, aroma not great from the start but much better with some warming. Mouthfeel and aftertaste the winner for me, not too much carbination. Overall a wonderful IPA that could, for my taste, also be a session beer. Definitely wanted another after the first!

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Photo of garthwaite
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle provided courtesy of drewbage - many thanks! In the glass this is amber with a long lasting tan head. Relatively subdued, but extremely pleasant aroma of citrus & spicy hops - a nice blend between grapefruit & pepper in the hop aroma with some sweetness in the background. Hop resins aplenty in the mouth as this one continues on the same path as the nose indicated building on a sweet toasted caramel malt base with a blend of piney, floral, & citrusy hops. Moderately bitter & very well balanced. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth creaminess in the mouth. A well-balanced & well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a light golden yellow, with slight copper hues and a creamy, lacy white head

grapefruit dominates the nose, with sturdy pine, resiny, floral, and slight lemony hops

hoppy, first piney, then slight citrus with both lemon and grapefruit, but more lemon. floral notes on the finish with a spicy and dry finish

smooth, crisp, hoppy yet balanced, with a lot of good flavors mixing around, with a light yet solid malty backbone; just enough to provide balance yet not cloud the hops. relatively light bodied but very long on the finish

its got all the hop flavors that I look for in an IPA. Solid hops with a plethora of hoppy flavors that last end coat the palate. smooth, big, balanced, delicious, with a light enough body that makes it go down way to easy.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Light vibrant orange color. A huge froathy head
S: Right away those grapefruit hops start pounbding out with just a touch of sweetness as well.
T: Whoa, there are those grapefruits again. Those over power, but there is a nice little touch of candy sweetness as well.
M:Sharp fizz on the back going down. Otherwise a round full feeling
D: Awesome. I am a huge fan of Alesmith.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good off white frothy head. Good lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy spruce with hints of leaves and molasses. Just about the perfect carbonation that a beer could be. Very smooth with a slight oily texture. Has a great duration with an excellent aftertaste. This has great blending. A wonderful IPA. It makes me want to move to California so I can get more of it. The only negative to this beer is that I can’t get it easily in Pennsylvania. Just awesome.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(bottle, 22oz) Good at first, but one dimensional. Has a nice hempy/dank taste at first but that is all I tasted throughout. Kinda leaves you looking for something else at the end. (2/8/15)

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Photo of ssteakley
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent smell, right off I had my hopes up but the first taste was a bit over the top. I had to settle into this fine beer. Full bodied and then some....This is a slow drinking beer, just slow down and enjoy each taste, relax and let it happen. Perfect for a cold night and a good fire.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a Sam Adams custom.

A: Color is a burnt orange to light amber, and the pour produces an off-white, yellowish craggy head at 2 fingers with good retention and a sticky lace.

S: Light toasty malt, some graham cracker. The hop embellishments are on the resiny and citrusy side with subtle tropical fruit like pineapple and mangoes, maybe even a little peach.

T: A lot going here: The malt base light and toasty, bready, a slight hint of sweetness like graham crackers. Then there is a gentle hop bitterness that creeps in but is then upstaged by a middle act from the malt...tropical fruit and some creaminess. But then the finish leaves a pleasant hop bitterness on the palate with remaining traces of the complex malt.

M: Very light carbonation, medium-light body and a tightly woven texture.

O: This is one of the most unique but well-balanced IPAs that I have had. Relatively incredible. I would pair this with any sweet-spicy dish with pineapple, like pineapple-chicken skewers or other Hawaiian fair.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

That's it, San Diego IPA needs its own style category! After familiarizing myself with stone's ipas, then ballast point's, and now alesmith's as they finally make their way in to northern Virginia; I've come to fully appreciate what this style is after:

Copper colored, fluffy khaki head, caramel on the nose, candied citrus and slight dank oniony flavors.

As far as ipas go? I prefer mine hazy, bright yellow with a big fluffy head of pure white, dominated by BRIGHT citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a BONE DRY finish, AKA northeastern IPAs, which should also have their own style category.

This beer is pretty on point for the San Diego style description, so I'm rating it that way.

A- Clear copper with a fluffy, khaki head that leaves oodles of beautiful lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, candied orange, apricots. This is my least favorite part of this beer.

T- sweet citrus with a bit more apricot. some nice, subtle melon notes. Grapefruit pulp. A little sulfurous onion note, some resin in the background. Sweet pale malt flavors shine a bit as well, with freshly cut grass and a tiny spritz of lemon.

M- Delightfully medium bodied, tongue coating flavors, sweet, lasting finish, perfect for the style.

IN CONCLUSION, this is a pretty damn good San Diego IPA. Glad it found its way to NoVa.

AleSmith!

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Photo of tburkhart
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a very nice layer of head sitting on top. Nice lacing as well.

Smells of both hops and malts. Possibly Saaz Hops. Not 100% sure on that one.

Taste was slightly nutty, with some hops. I would expect more hops out of any IPA. They just weren't there for me.

Very solid mouth feel.

I could drink a bottle or two of this on occasion, not something I would drink night in and night out.

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

A: 3 fingers of head on top of a beautiful, copper-colored beer. Barely hazy with bubbles sneaking to the top.

S: Pine and citrus. Hops! Malt is there too, but who cares. Check out these beautiful hops!

T/M: Well balanced with sweet malt and piney hops. A little hop-heavy, but good. I love hops. Syrupy and nice. Clean hoppy finish that yearns for another sip.

D: This is a "prince"ly IPA. Not quite imperial but more than a normal IPA. 1 1/2? Drinks well for a 1.5, a little heavy for a single. I love it, but couldn't drink too many. I feel like I could session some IPAs, but not this guy. I could drink this every night though.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass...

A-Pours a slight hazy deep orange with a 2 finger white head that dissipates to little or nothing, lots of carbonation bubbles...

S-Sweet grapefruit floral notes, some hoppy malts and some orange zest, smell refreshing and good...

T-Very dry from front to finish. smooth and balanced but very subtle on any certain flavors...has a decent fruity grapefruit and orange juice taste,an Ok mid malt and dry hops finish, taste like alcoholic orange juice

M-Medium body, medium carbonation, orange malt and dry bitterness

O-Average IPA in my opinion, lacking that certain umph...would drink again if offered but would rather grab a pliny for the price...

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

had this alongside the Sierra Nevada Wet Hops Ale, both distinguished in their own right. This was the proper mouthful, had length and a great finish. Would definitely drink another!

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light golden color

Aroma: west coast hops, citrusy, grapefruit.

Taste: super delicious hops really come through. love this beer

Mouthfeel: medium body nice carbonation

love this beer. I wish I could get it year round out here. Alesmith does good beers and this one gets high marks form me.
cheers

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Photo of KidDoc
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful crystal clear light gold color with nice head, decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma had a nice earthy piney feel. Flavor followed with nice bittering but I would like a little more malt to the balance.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty hard to get a good head out of this one for some reason. However it does stick around. A slightly hazy golden colour.

Total fruit bomb. I get oranges, apricot, grapefruit and amarillo (yeah, the hop, pretty sure its in here by the smell of this).

Pretty damn nice. Less juicy fruit than in the nose, but still good. Plenty of zesty citrus hops, a little pine, some grassiness and also some apricot maybe. Sweetness is there for a bit in the form of some bready/caramel flavours, but really gets overpowered by bitterness at the end. Some slight alcohol warmth, perhaps too.

Full but still light in the mouth. Man, West Coast IPA's are the f-ing bomb. Like all the ones ive had so far, unrealistically drinkable.

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