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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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1,327
Ratings:
4,127
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,327 | Ratings: 4,127
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 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 JoeySchlitz
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/16/09 review from my notes.

A: Pours a rich golden yellow with a 2" off white custard head. Thick and creamy topping on a great looking glass of beer.

S: A rich citrus, piney hop aroma is released when you open the bottle and once in the glass that's all you can smell. Sweet grapefruit - fantastic smell.

T: Unfortunately the smell seems more powerful than the taste which seems a bit on the light side. There is a bit too much bitter at the end for my taste.

M: Also a bit lighter than expected but has great carbonation for the style.

O: Overall this is a good IPA but not the best. PtE has this beat on all accounts and for Alesmith I think that I prefer a fresh Winter Yulesmith - not sure why this one is rated higher?

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Photo of PSanger
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding color and nice complex smell. Smelled a bit of alcohol which is surprising considering its 7%. Would absolutely recommend this beer. Cheers.

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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 AleSan
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle... drank last summer, two months after bottled... not much to stay, almost perfect... Hazy golden color with persistent big white head... aromas: orange, pine, fruity, apricot and malt as sweet biscuits... Taste: citrus shades, resinous, grass, hops, strong balance, fruity-bitterness , probably something spicy... long, bitterness, balanced finish

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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 jphipps83
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this brew. It was the first legit west coast IPA I got my hands on in the Midwest. Never disappoints, great balance, taste, and smell.

Outside of Pliny, this and Apline Duet would be my top choices for 'last beer on earth'.

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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 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 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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Photo of wyllder
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off: Big thanks go out to drewbage for the chance to sample this.

Alesmith pours a clear (cloudy as you get to the bottom of the 22oz bottle) medium amber with a 1/2 inch ivory head. Head recedes and leaves a good sticky lacing on the glass as you go.

Citrus hops greet the nose, piney grapefruit & apricot with a candied edge to the scent.

Front of the palate is a tart grapefruit bitterness. The midsip introduces just the faintest hint of caramel malt. Aftertaste is a piney bitterness, just begging you to come back for more.

Mouthfeel is a tad resinous, keeping it out of the top digits.

This dances painfully close to leaving a bad, overly bitter, aftertaste, but never gets there and instead is imminently drinkable.

This is beautiful. Very much worthy of its reputation. One of the very best IPA's I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

Wyll-

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time trying this, 22 ounce bomber

A: Gold, nice frothy head, tons of lacing, looks on par for the style.

S: Pine bomb. All I smell is overwhelming pine and a little sweetness at the close.

T: This is one of the driest beers out there. Puckering dryness, pine tree flavor, sort of like licking a tree. Not very balanced, some sweetness at the close. Not much of a citrus or fruit presence.

M:The dryness is a bit overwhelming , I find it distracting . The water tastes very clean, but too dry for my taste

O: Have to admit I was underwhelmed with this and a bit disappointed stylistically. It's clearly a well crafted beer, but too one dimensionally hoppy and dry for my taste. I prefer Stone or Green Flash for a San Diego IPA fix.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle
1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

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