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AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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4.27
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Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled 5/19/16, so 2 months old.

Hazy orange-yellow body with foamy white 1/2 inch head which persists leaving good lacing.

Aroma is of fruit, seemingly both citrus and non-citrus.

Sweet fruity taste with the hop bite coming through at the finish. very pleasing. Hops seem a little muted, but the balance works well, at least for my palate.

mouth is around medium, finish as noted above.

All in all a solid tasty well balanced IPA.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very clean IPA. A good example of the type. Pours amber with a thin white head. Decent lacing. Mouthfeel is good for an IPA. Smell is herbal and pleasant. If all IPA's were this good, I would probably have a drinking problem.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Has a grapefruit aroma with a good piney hop. There is a hint of caramel. Not as fresh as I would like it but still good. Nice juicy taste with grapefruit and a good transition to a piney hop. There is a mild lemon tartness at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Good beer and easily drinkable. Just not a big fan of the lemon with any IPA.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of Henefield
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was super psyched to get this beer, based in the high ratings. Didn't love it. Great look of light Amber. Good lace on the glass. Skunky smell. I don't get any fruit notes in the taste. Disappointed, but maybe it's just me.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell is orange citrus (almost orange cream soda-like), pine, and sweet malt. Taste is citrus, fairly strong pine, orange pith bitterness, and a moderate maltiness. Couldn't make out the date on the bottle, but I think this is a few months old. Will re-evaluate if I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, IPA glass.

Light golden orange color with a modest half-finger white cap. Slight haze. Fatty ring and drape lacing.

Hops are well covered: smells of pine, candied citrus; orange and lemon, faint alcohol, some floral.

Malty and more tropical flavor than the nose indicates. Some sticky pine.

Clean and smooth. Medium sticky body. lingering hops with some bite.

This one was a couple of months old and there may have been some hop fade. It held up but I'll make sure it's fresh next time.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Over the past few months I've been rather dissapointed with some of the classic ipas and some of the newer ones I have tried as well. Started to think my love of ipas wad fading. Then I tried this finally avaiable in michigan. Wow, this is like hopslam at its best mixed with deschutes fresh squeezed. It's bitter nut light at the same time. Has a very lemongrass taste to it. By far the best ipa I have had in quite awhile. Well worth the high rating. This dosent disappoint.

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Photo of SIP-or-CHUG
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well it made the journey to Texas. Bottled on 5/09/16. I would love to get my hands on a fresher bottle, but as it is this is a very fine West Coast IPA. Don't think AleSmith has been available in TX long, but will definitely try again.

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Photo of gr0g
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Light copper hue with what you'd call a standard head, about two fingers of foam. Nice, if unspectacular lacing. Smells floral and citrusy. Orange, grapefruit, and maybe a hint of pineapple come through. Hints of tea with honey.

Clean, bitter flavor that's mostly dry, though not bone-dry. The 7.25% ABV is very well hidden. The usual citrus-pith IPA flavors are there, as is just a hint of pine. Classic C-hops are very much in charge here. Texture is smooth and oily, standard fare for an IPA, though just a bit too prickly in terms of the carbonation. This is pretty much the epitome of a great, C-hop, West coast IPA.

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Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh My! Welcome to Texas Speedway! If this IPA is any indication of what's to come from you guys, consider me your newest customer.

This one has a lovely light orange hue and a wonderful off white head...great lacing throughout as well.

Getting all kinds of citrus in the scent...lemon, grapefruit, tangerine.

Very good balance here with the citrusy and piney hops and malt. Finishes refreshingly crisp.

A top notch IPA now matter how you slice it. I will revisit fo sho.

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

My first Alesmith and it's a hitter! Very clean tasting IPA. Bitterness is there but feels more toned down. Flavors match with each other to form a nice cirtus ipa. pine in the nose and other flavors mixed in that are harder to notice. Nice light orange color mixed with a slight head that dissipates in a moderate amount of time.

Overall a very good beer and even though it is over 7% it sure doesn't feel like it.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is another one I had just assumed I had reviewed before. Pours a beautiful cloudygolden with an orange tint. Big, gorgeous, lasting white head with billowing sticky lace. Nose is piney and citrus with a nice hint of malt balance.

Tight in taste and mouthfeel, almost too neat and tidy if there is such a thing. Hops are obviously the mainstay, repped by pine resin, grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes as well as a hint of booze. The finish is almost comically clean. There is definitely too much carbonation but everything seems so measured and disciplined I get the idea it's intentional.

This, as its name suggests, is a work of gifted engineering, if not of supreme artistry. Ridiculously well crafted, this is to be lauded for its clockwork precision, even if it is not precisely to my personal taste.

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden body; lots of fine, slow rising carbonation; thick, fluffy, sculpted head. Citrus and floral hop nose. Mild malt backbone carrying a fine hop bitterness and lightly fruity flavors; some alcohol presence.. Medium-light body; sharp and dry.

This is an excellent west coast-styled IPA, bringing on great aromas and a bold, strong hop presence.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Copper colored, almost transparent. Poured a thick head that more or less dissipates. Leavea touch of lace.
S: Pine, citrus, grapefruit, floral. Nice
T: Good, toasty and bitter
F: Smooth, has a bit of a bite but not bad. Pretty full
O: Good beer, somewhat standard for the style, nothing that will blow you away.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Orange copper that pours with a finger+ of white head.

S: Pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit.

T: Follows nose with some sweetness to it to balance out the sticky pine bitterness.

F: Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky on the tongue.

O: This might be the best national distributed ipa in the country. Very nice.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Dylan.

A: Clear amber/orange with off-white one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Tropical fruits meet piney resin with caramel tossed in for balance. Grapefruit, mango and pine.

T: Holy crap, this is smooth and so well balanced. Grapefruit and tropical fruits mix it up with caramel, honey and low bitterness.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: What Alesmith did for the stout (Speedway), they knock it out of the park with this IPA. High class drinking.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear amber with a residual white head that leaves lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, caramel, and dankness.

Taste: Yellow grapefruit, lemon, white peach, pineapple, onion, weed, cracker malt, and pine needles. Lingering grapefruit and pine bitterness.

Feel: Medium bodied, sticky from hop oils, medium carbonated with a bone dry finish.

Overall: An interesting take on the typical West Coast IPA style. Typical in some ways but strangely complex. Tasty.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very tasty, malt forward IPA. Beautiful orange/amber color. Slightly cloudy. Very nice, creamy white head with substantial lacing. The smell is malt, bread, yeast, & honey. The hops flavor is earthy, herbal, and pine, and the malt is up front. A resinous mouthfeel with a pleasant hops aftertaste. A very good beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very finely put together West Coast IPA. Pours copper with a burnt orange look to it - nice lingering head and lacing. Bitter citrus hops and pine combine in a slightly resiny, sweet finished ale that brings a juiciness to the equation. Slightly sticky in mouthfeel - bit of a tongue coater. Overall, a great example of this style.

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Photo of jpro
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2015, so a bit aged... 12oz poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass - slightly hazed orange with a white head of fizzy foam; no retention; no lace. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit pith and citrus rind; some light floral notes, too. Taste is orange / citrus rind with very light caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is medium. Overall, I think this one’s time in a bottle has weakened its punch. Kind of reminds me of Smuttynose IPA for some reason... Old Alesmith IPA = fresh Smuttynose IPA? Weird... But that is what this beer reminds me of. Will try for a fresher bottle next time.

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Photo of awayne56
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/30/15, so a bit old. Let's see how it goes.
L: Sunset orange, very hazy as a craft IPA should be. Bubbly off-white head that dissipate slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. When the head has dissipated, thereis a chunk of buubly foam in the middle of the glass
S: Complex citrus
T: Bright citrusy hops up front with bready malt that tastes slightly of apricot. Finish is orange peel and pine.
F: Nice coating but not syrupy. Good carbonation.
O: I'd love to try a fresher bottle. At 4 months old, this beer was fantastic! Very interesting interplay between the hops and malts. All the citrus sweetness you want with a slightly bitter, grassy, piney finish balanced well with a veneer of malt sweetness.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty distinct orange color for an IPA, with a moderate off white head.

Sticky Hawaiian fruits come to mind on the nose, such as papaya and lychee. Also some sticky mango and pineapple.

Overall bright tropical and citrus notes from the aroma carries over well onto the palate with some mild bitterness to make this an outstanding regular IPA.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze, golden yellow color. More like yellow / orange to be exact. light fluffy OFFWHITE colored head and dissipates rather quickly

Aroma: Typical west coast grapefruit and citrus notes followed by a gentle but firm herbal and piney character. Not too many resiny dank qualities. Mild papaya and citrus blend. As it warms I do get a touch of malt / bread aromas.

Taste: even hop bitterness is balanced out by the citrus and fruit characters. There are some biscuit-like characters but not much. finishes crisp, clean and dry. But a nice bitterness lingers in the middle and back of the palate. PRetty grassy and piney now that I dig into more.

Mouthfeel: Pretty Medium mouthfeel for an IPA with this ABV. (7.25%)

Overral: I have always thought this is a well crafted, balanced and highly drinkable beer. Not crazy explosive on the fruit or hop bite but that also makes it a smooth and refreshing beer. Carbonation is also spot on on this 2 month old bottle. (02/05/16)

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is pretty honey amber with fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Nose is fresh baked bread, coriander, grapefruit zest, butter toffee.

Taste is buttery, with Spanish almond, steady even hops, fresh grass, blood Orange.

Mouthfeel is full with plenty of carbonation and some oil slickness.

Overall, incredibly fresh, full-bodied IPA.

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