AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,222
Reviews:
1,340
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
777
For Trade:
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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a nice frothy white head. Laced nicely down the glass and the head lasted through the glass. Very good looking beer. Aroma is strong with the citrus and grapefruit hops which smell excellant. I love the taste of this beer, the hops are nicely done a lot of the citrus and grapefruit flavors and not extremely bitter. This is right up there with the best IPA's I have ever tried. I would buy this frequently if I could. Very drinkable, enjoying the bomber myself today watching some football.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden pour, clear. Fluffy white head slowly receding to a messy lace.
Nice hop and malt balance in the smell, with fragrant caramel biscuit and sweet tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, faint lychee, candied grapefruit, a bit of pine too. Really nice.
Taste takes you on a really cool trip. Starts rather sweet, with caramel maltiness up front and honey glazed citrus (tangerine, orange, faint grapefruit). A grainy crackery note shows up, and the fruitiness develops too, with peach and nice tropical notes, the pulpy kind, like mango, papaya, faint maracuja. Nice and "oily". Pine and hop resin towards the end, a generous bitterness to complement the nice fruitiness.
Tropical notes still linger in the aftertaste, lots of pine, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness sharing the palate with clinging hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky.
An awesome IPA, not too rough, not too sweet, with a really diverse flavor profile. It's so tasty you'd wish you had more.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice carbonation in the glass. Crystal clear, bright orange gold body. Nice fluffy white head with great retention and lace.

S - Bright citrus fruit with a kick of mango and fresh woody hops.

T - Green plant stem and grapefruit bitterness. Kaffir lime center with a light bready backdrop. Dry back end with a somewhat dusty hop character.

M - Bubbly, dry, medium/light frame.

O - A solid IPA with a few endearing imperfect edges.

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of pillowy mauve/sand colored head. Out of this world lacing (white patches are stuck all over my pint glass) & great head retention, slight hazing at the end, from the yeast, waste not want not!

S: Bready & citric hop notes in healthy amounts

T: Grapefruit & lemon hops along with breadyness up front. A touch of honey malt gets past all the grapefruit & lemon, plus a bit of peppery hops& a bit of sting from either alcohol or all that grapefruit hoppyness. Finishes with puckery hoppyness, just a touch of breadyness & a whisper of malt sweetness. 11 out 10 hopheads will love this

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & damn fine balance, enough hops to hold the hop assault off for a while! Maybe a bit too hot

Drinks pretty good, I can really see why this brewery is so highly regarded, based on previous old numb skull experience & now this.

Props to rye726 for letting me split a liqourama order with him. Between the abv & the grapefruit profile, I doubt I could stay on this all night, but wouldn't mind giving it a shot!

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps a little too carbonated. It starts by overflowing the bottle when opened. The pour is minimally 2/3 head to start. Forms a solid dome of foam. Leaves extensive, decorative lace all over the glass. The liquid itself is hazy with a light gold color.

Interestingly, the initial pour gives off a pleasant pale ale malt aroma. Letting the beer settle results in a strong floral (pine) hop smell.

A smooth, high-hopped beer. While it is spicy and bitter, there is a solid malt base, almost buttery. Still, this is a story of the hop. The swallow and the aftertaste is biting, like fresh ground pepper. The alcohol is well-hidden and the body is neutral for the style. A deceptively easy beer to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.75 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Coppery body in a hue, mostly clear with a full-sized flush of plush, off-white foam crowning the brew. Lovely lacing on the descent.

Smell: Citrusy - fruity, zestful and juicy with a backing of pine needless atop some slender pale maltiness and light touch of orange blossom honey.

Taste: Pale malts with a little honeyed sweetness. Fresh, chin-running citrus juices and a playful fruitiness is cut by a vein of resinous pine. Moderate bitterness. A little touch of honey dew and mint. Near dry and lightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. A beer that moves with ease, really.

Overall: With hundreds of reviews already on the record for this beer, it probably isn't going to change anyone's mind, but I really liked it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Cloudy amber/orange color with a white head. Nice retention with spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Some citrus fruits, orange and pineapple. A little bit of grass and pine with a caramel malt as well.

T: Smell is a bit stronger than the flavor. The oranges return and some pine/grass. The caramel comes through and balances things out.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Has a slightly bitter finish. Drinks nicely, with the only drawback was the slightly muted flavor. Good but not amazing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Classic, silk-screened white lettering on a dark brown 'bomber' bottle. This is my first AleSmith beer and I'm expecting great things.

Slightly hazed, orangish peach that should become significantly more clouded on subsequent pours as the yeast find their way into the glass. The head is light toffee in color and is stiff, sticky and pitting. There's plenty of lace already and the cap has just begun to recede. Ultimately, the glass is coated with a huge amount of thick, chunky lace in rings and sheets.

The aroma is 'hop heaven'. Loads of citrusy hops are atomizing themselves purely for my olfactroy enjoyment and I couldn't be happier. Clouds of orange peel and grapefruit peel essence--along with fresh pine--fill the room. I can't imagine that this aroma could be improved upon.

The flavor is, in a word... fabulous. Massive quantities of citric hops must have been used in the brewing and it shows. In fact, AleSmith IPA strikes me as a 'tweener', a beer that occupies that fuzzy zone between the IPA and DIPA styles in terms of flavor, hoppiness and ABV. The initial impression is of a solid wall of juicy hops rolling across the tongue, followed by a glimmer of toasted malt that tries vainly, but ultimately in vain, to stand up to the resinous hop attack.

That's not to say that the flavor profile is overbalanced toward the hops, just that they're clearly in charge and both parties know it. The malt provides the sweet, cake-like underpinnings that allow the hops to run rampant and assault the tastebuds with some (minor) degree of restraint. A balancing act par excellence. I think it's pretty apparent by now that I truly love this beer, but let's continue.

The finish is a never-ending sweetsticky symphony of hops; again, tempered by the ever-present, but never intrusive, toasty caramel malt. The body is big, but not huge. This is no Dreadnaught, but I can't think of an IPA that has a creamier, silkier, smoother, bigger body. The alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. It's only evident in a slight warming (in my stomach and in my soul) as the bomber disappears.

Quality, quality, quality. AleSmith IPA is neck-and-neck with my favorite IPA/DIPAs so that any differences in score are trivial at best. It isn't available in this state, but it is available on-line so that I have a ready supply if I so choose. And believe me, I choose in a big way. If you love IPAs and haven't yet had AleSmith's inspired version, it's worth whatever effort and expense that is required.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of duceswild
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith is really starting to make its presence known here in southcentral PA and between the more manageable 12-fl. oz. bottles and their beautifully colored painted labels, I am very happy to see them! This was a very recent score at The Fridge.

From the bottle: "It's pretty awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA."; "The beer's citrus and pine notes pair well with fresh, aromatic herbs, citrus-based dressings, and Asian-inspired flavors. IPA's refreshing bitterness and dry finish also help temper the heat of spicy foods and contrast the tanginess of farmhouse cheddars and spicy blues."

Despite it being less than a month than its bottling date, I could see some lees on the kick/punt. Thusly, I Pop!ped the cap and held a very gentle pour. Once accomplished, a swirl in the glass raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with button brightness & so the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas got off of my couch in the living room and came into the kitchen at Chez Woody for a taste. They arrived early this afternoon for a day of AIPAs & televised hockey and are staying overnight for tomorrow's games. We have watched the Pens lose to the 'Ning; Wisco Wimmen lose to the Lady Gophers; the CHI/MN Alumni game and we still have a college & an NHL game upcoming tonight. Nose was like putting my snout into a baggie of weed! Goldang, but this was REALLY fresh! It was minty, resinous, just mouth-watering. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more citrusy than minty, very much of grapefruit, but that was fine by me. This was a really pleasant AIPA and very easy to drink as evidenced by how quickly I drank through it. The finish was bitter, certainly, and dry, but at what I would consider the right point. I have had some AIPAs recently that were just over the top. Now, if they would just see fit to put this beer in a CAN ...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleased by the suggestion FooFaa had of tasting this great IPA. Shared with tenderbranson69, ffejherb, brewslut and me. I was most appreciative to have a taste of this, thanks FooFaa.

A - A light golden like lemon meringue w/ light amber highlights and thick frothy inch of creamy bone white cap, a generous lace clings to the glass.

S- A sweet floral aroma w/ fresh squeezed tangerine and grapefruit greets my nostrils en force. The hops in this just pop with vibrant odors that wake up the senses

M - The feel is the most tantalizing component of this for me, with resiny and sweet, but mild acidity from the hops and gentle malt textures adding depth. The body is a bit above medium w/ a smooth carbonation spreading the hoppy juiciness over my taste buds

T - Crisp juicy acidic hoppy magic - the flavors present a unified flavor w/ fresh sweet vegetal hop notes embraced by a grapefruit balance of bitter and sweet. The grapefruit flavor is as if you had just removed the fruit from the skin rind and a bitter orange note accents the citrus hops so well that the malt is not in focus, but certainly in the peripheral. A gentle alcohol flavor makes all the fresh blend of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and lemon interesting and adds a great dimension

D - A fantastic IPA, one of the best I have had for sure, a truly exemplary drinking experience from a top-notch American IPA -it's pretty awesome!
re-review 4/25/10
A - 4 S- 4.5 M -5 T -4.5 D 4.5
I picked this bottle up at Julio's -
A -Slightly hazy w/ an overabundace of foam -1 22oz filled 4 glasses to the top and had to wait to pour the rest in. The color is tangerine w/ a butterscotch glow and lace sticks and looks like solar flares -the bead is tight

S - lots of tropical notes w/ mango, tangerine and pineapple coming to mind w/ subtle herbal nose and smell of sweet grass and mild slight spiced odor w/ light alcohol aroma

M - Sweet, grassy and moderately bitter texture w/ mild carbonation after the foam settled w/ hint of astringency and spice. The ale feels tangy juicy and resinous w/ light tannic finish

T - A grassy flavor on entry w/ gentle pineapple tanginess and mango juicy taste. The hop flavor has very subtle grapefruity acidity w/ a sharp herbal lemony tinge in the middle that drops off slightly w/ citrus rind tastes lingering. The malt flavor is mild only adding sweetness slightly to the citrusy tropical hop flavors the finish is semibitter and dry

D - A very good drinking IPA, one of the best w/ intense hop flavor and balanced acidity and bitterness w/ a bit of a pain to pour foaming into four glasses but the quality of the beer is hard to beat, a really great example of the style

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a darker golden color with 2+ fingers of white head with great retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a little bit of sweet fruit too.

t - Tastes strongly of cirusy hops and fruits. Stays a little smooth for a moment and than has a major bitter bite to it as it goes down. Also a little bit of pine, but mostly citrus. Very nice IPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a great IPA. Lots of hops, citrus, and bitterness to it and a very enjoyable IPA. Alcohol is not noticable. Would highly reccomend and would love to try again.

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color with a great white head. When it finally dissipates, a solid coat of foam rests atop the body.

Smell - Citrus hops galore, followed by a hint of piney hops. Oh so delicious tasting. Doesn't smell grassy and doesn't smell sweet. How do they do it?

Taste - Nothing but citrus and fruit hop flavors. Grapefruit and mango flavors, with some pine for bittnerness. Just enough sweetness comes through from the distance to balance it out. There is some bitterness to the finish, but it's a good clean IPA finish.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body and carbonation. Could use just a bit more body, I guess, but for something categorized as a single IPA, I cannot complain.

Overall - This is just magnificent. Seek this out. And to those of you who have access to this, send me more!

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

A: Golden in color with a slight haze to it, tons of foam on this one (seems to happen a lot with the AleSmith brews).

S: Pine and grapefruit from the hops, not much malt on the nose.

T: Much like you would expect, lots of citrus and a great piney bitterness. Hardly any malt in the taste, either.

M: Great crispness to this beer, fairly light on the body.

D: A wonderful IPA from AleSmith, good balance (despite that fact that you don't necessarily taste the malt), and great bitterness.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, tropical fruits and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are nice and bright, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Awesome stuff.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit and some light sweetness. This one is very fresh and tastes exceptional. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with lots of hoppy flavors and moderate carbonation. Very nice feel to this one with plenty of hop bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

O - My first time having this one on-tap and I really enjoyed it. From the bottle it was just decent but this one was much better. I will get my fill while I can for sure.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,222 ratings.
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