IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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: 4,271 |  Reviews: 1,354
Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Light shade of orange-amber with a white head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are the predominate aromas.

Taste: Complex grapefruit and citrus flavor with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had and held up to some of the other bigger IPAs at our tasting.

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Photo of Jballn
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of TriageStat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jsf14
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buffs9
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. No date, so not sure how old this beer is.

A very fruity IPA, which is what I dig.

It pours a deep amber and is cloudy. Good amount of head w/ some larger than usual bubbles. Lots of citrus hops in the nose. This may be older than it should be as taste isn't as fruity or crisp as the nose. Still very crisp w/ a bit of booze on the end

The flavors have some spice. A decent rind flavor. Nice bitter hop grapefruit.

Not a super strong IPA, but solid flavor and good mouthfeel. It's drinkability is easy and this IPA could be consumed on a regular basis. Thought I'd enjoy it more, but again, it could be a bit less than fresh.

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Photo of alkemy
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a couple fingers of thick and creamy white head after a fairly rambunctious pour. Great hops presence in the nose. It's a mixture of faint pine with floral and fruity notes. There's citrus, but also a bit of mango. You can even smell some caramel malt. The malt is actually pretty abundant in the taste. I don't want to sound as if it's too much; it's just really well balanced. The hops were also pretty balanced. There's a pine, citrus, and floral note, but one doesn't really overpower the other. I really like that it had a hint of stickiness in the feel and carbonation was just right. No real alcohol presence. This is a really good IPA but may be a hair overpriced for what it is.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with a huge frothy head and excellent lacing.

Smells of citrusy hops, nice and pungent.

Tastes very piney-citrusy in the front through the middle and sharp tail off in the back, with a hint of bitter dry aftertaste.

High carbonation makes this very bubbly on my tongue, texture is nice, doesn't show it's booze too much.

This is a standard IPA. Since I love IPA, it's a good beer, but just like it's name, it's a very straightforward beer. Nothing special, just good quality and taste. If I had anything negative to say, it's that it's a very one note kind of beer, but it plays that note well, which saves it.


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Photo of Stephenjtorres
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of genog
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As tpd975 I have supplied him with Alesmith for a few trades. And tonight the dealer dipped into his own stash.
Pours in my pint glass a rich foamy white, white head that I can imagine is not going away anytime soon. copper golden color.
Smell is a slight floral, hoppy aroma.
Taste is very high on the hops. Very little malt balance, but yet this beer is not overpowering.
Carbonation is high and very enjoyable.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this guy as a treat for myself. Basically, I'm amped.

Appearance - Just about perfect. It pours nice with a thin, fluffy inch head that begins disappearing in a couple moments. Really excellent carbonation here, tons of little bubbles sneaking their way up the glass. Beautiful amber, golden color as well.

Smell - Hops, sweet hops. A real grapefruit hint here, almost like a fresca. A little yeast as well, but mostly sweet hoppiness.

Taste - It comes with the hops, no joke about that. Pretty sweet up front followed by the hoppy bitterness. The hop definitely sits on the tongue. A little bit of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, with little bubbles that sort of dissipate instead of bursting.

Drinkability - Pretty good considering the hoppiness. Still, not the sort of bev you're packing away.

Overall this is a really excellent beer. Up there with the WIPEOUT IPA in my estimation (one of my all-time favs). More or less what an IPA should be.

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Photo of roodie
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jvodom
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Rideguy64
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of cfadams17
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Brutus627
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

decent beer, I got it on a whim and was happy with the results.

pours with a really thick white head. Sticky stuff that clings to the glass from start to finish.

the aroma is not so noticable, theres are some flowery citrus notes and maby some sugary caramel ones as well.

disticntly hoppy but not over the top. aggresive taste that attacks the tounge right away, and lasts for a while.

I feel this beer all over my mouth and its a pleasure to drink.

very drinkable for its 7.2 abv, some alcohal is detected but like I said its fun to drink.

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Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friday was the first time I've seen AleSmith IPA here in Pennsylvania so I was eager to give it a try.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my CBS snifter. The back of the bottle tells the story of the beer as well as providing serving instructions.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear, bright burnt orange. Tiny bubbles of carbonation creates a little more than a finger if white head. Moderate sticky lacing.

Smell: Enormous citrus hops notes. Before I even poured the beer, I was enjoying the aroma. Loads of grapefruit and mango notes. Decent caramel malt notes as well but the hops are the star.

Taste: Sip starts off with a bitter punch in the mouth. It's aggressive but not over the top. The citrus notes from the smell are present in the taste. There are also some piney hops taste as well. The top hops flavors play off each very well. There is some malt backbone but not much. It provides just enough balance. The finish is very, very dry. On the whole, this is one delicious IPA. Complex and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very sticky and resinous. Tight, prickly carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth but not much.

Overall: Hopefully, we'll see more AleSmith IPA here in Philly. Huge citrus notes with just enough balance to make this one a great IPA.

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Photo of pest
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of SenorHops
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of absoluthamm
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilerup
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stoneman78
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Off-white, creamy head with a hazy orange hue. Great retention and lacing throughout.

S- Nose is mostly of big citrus aromas (orange, grapefruit, lemon); subtle maltiness.

T- Wow! Sweet hoppiness up front followed by subtle caramel maltiness; the finish is long and citrusy, but not overly bitter; very nice balance, this taste is as close to a prototypical IPA as you can get.

M- Smooth and refreshing, light to medium body, light carbonation, creamy texture

D- Impressive drinkability characterized by smooth, citrusy taste and pleasingly bitter finish.

I was turned onto craft beer by the Stone line of ales while living in Arizona, but I think that Alesmith IPA has quickly become one of my personal favorites and my top-ranked IPA. I have dreamt about the smooth citrus hops (no joke), and am very pleased to have moved so close to the Alesmith brewery here in San Diego. Any fan of west coast IPAs would be remiss in not trying this amazingly balanced and refreshing ale.

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IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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