IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Leag0002
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greenmonstah
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into wine glass

A - Pours a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head. Tiny frothy bubbles lace the glass effortlessly. Bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom, even in a glass without any great nucleation site.

S - Aromas of sweet tropical fruits -- sweetened grapefruit and pineapple primarily. Nice West Coast aroma.

T - A bit tamer than I was expecting. Tropical fruit and sweetness. Grapefruit is present and accompanied by pineapple, and a sweetened caramel malt base can be found. I'm too used to IPAs trying to be DIPAs, and this is a nice change -- it isn't overly complex and is extremely refreshing, while still presenting the intense hop flavors that only the best IPAs can. I came in expecting a Sculpin-like experience of overwhelming flavors, but this is a very different and much subtler beer. I really appreciate the restraint exhibited here.

M - All this flavor is packed into a medium body that is decidedly smooth. The fine fine bubbles tickle the tongue as the beer laces your entire mouth.

O - Overall this is a beautiful IPA that exhibits everything that an American IPA should be - hoppy, malty, easy to drink, but not overwhelming or pretentious. Pretentiousness has its place in beer, but it is a welcome escape to drink a beer like this one. This is a beer that belongs in six packs -- people should be drinking this on a regular basis. I don't think is the special occasion beer that the bomber format often suggests, and that is exactly why I love it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my top IPAs. Extremely well balanced, intense hop character and wondefully drinkable. Pours a hazy, copper orange colour, with a gorgeous white head. Strong piney, citrus, fruity aroma. Rich, complex taste - fruit, maltiness, slight alcohol. It makes your mouth water. Extremely fresh.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of trygelski1
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Brew is about 2 months old per date on bottle. Had to make its way across the country to the Pittsburgh market as AleSmith just became available about 2 weeks ago in this market.

Look: Pours a nice golden color with about an inch of head with lacing present.

Smell: Citrus, pine, hops, grapefruit.

Taste: Hoppy deliciousness along with grapefruit and citrus notes.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is my first brew from AleSmith and it is a very solid IPA! Finally able to get their beers in the Pittsburgh market. Can't wait to try some other brews especially the Speedway Stout!

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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cfalls
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The date was inscrutable, so I can't be sure my bottle was fresh.

Foamy head that sticks around, clear copper color.

Smells like grapefruit, stone fruit, hint of dank. Typical west coast.

Very hoppy, almost DIPA level. Bitter, pine, some malt sweetness. Not a lot of citrus or tropical flavors. Short smooth finish -- no lingering bitterness. I like that the malts take a back seat.

Oily with moderate carbonation. Substantial, but not harsh.

I would get this again.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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