AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
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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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Ratings: 4,230 |  Reviews: 1,342
Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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 Stum-pub
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertColianni
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jwinship83
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness dating brought back from san diego and drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden colored body with a massive fluffy white head that just wont lie down. small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top.

S- the main attraction here is hops. good. lots of pine and grapefruit. a small amount of sweet caramel malt comes through.

T- the taste is more balanced than the smell. the sweet caramel malt comes through stronger than i could smell. the bitter hops are still strong. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit.

M- too light and almost watery. a nice bitter aftertaste. the carbonation is too high. the low point for this beer.

D- glad to have tried this one. a good west coast style IPA that due to the pour mouthfeel gets lost in a sea of similar beers for me. still worth a try.

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Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dave1999
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs.

A near explosion on the first attempt, and then a pour of a light amber-copper color with a beautiful fluffy two-to three fingers of head and tons of busy rising bubbles through the crystal clear brew. Head sticks around and eventually leaves a ton of sticky lacing when it drains.

Nose is nice - lots of busy fruit aromas. Citrus, apricot, orange, maybe some light cherries. Mixed nicely with malt - toffee and caramel with a touch of cookies. Some sourness shows up as the beer warms. Light pepper. Really nice, unique, interesting aromas that come through nicely, especially as the beer warms up.

Flavor is likewise - delicious and unique. Standard fruity hops up front htat transition to a malty sourness in the middle of the beer. Light caramel. A more biting hop presence on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. Funky cookies. Starfruit and apples maybe. A hoppy beer, but also complex and interesting.

Body is medium, fine, with solid medium carbonation - lets the flavors shine.

Really delicious, unique IPA. Would try it again if I could find it around here (I can't).

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AleSmith Brewing Company - AleSmith IPA - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

First off, don't be fooled by the simplicity of the branding here, this brew is one of those brews that everyone should try.

Look - Pours golden with an amber hue and a slight foamy head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing. Filtered with moderate carbonation.

Smell - Sweet with grapefruit and resinous hops, very appetizing.

Taste - Smooth, almost creamy with a great integration between the malt and piney hops. Slightly bitter at the end, just right.

Mouthfeel - Wow, this is insanely drinkable and rests ever so gently on the palette. Alcohol content is nowhere to be seen and that is a highlight.

Overall - One of the best overall brews I have ever had. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of this brew and highly recommend it.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a honey like shade with a minute head.
S: huge amounts of sweet citrus on the nose with a slight underpinning of pine, smells of grapefruit as well
T: taste starts off citrusy with some sweet caramel undertones, toward the back end there is some pine with a hint of sweetness, spicy on the swallow with lingering soft bitterness
M: smooth and silky from bottle conditioning, a bit prickly but not overly so
O: I remember it more fondly at the brewery, but still a well done beer

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Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brandonld23
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DNICE555
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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 brdc
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -5.4%

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 4,230 ratings
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