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Average: 4.24 | pDev: 8.73%

Reviews: 1,368 | Ratings: 4,340

Ranked #60 American IPA and #1,114 overall.

ABV: 7.25% | Availability: Year-round

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
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Photo of Holderness
2.67/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at 112 Eatery in Minneapolis

L -- Classic IPA appearance: copper body, two fingers of dense white head, nice sticky lacing. Good stuff
S -- Grassy and earthy, maybe a hint of citrus rind coming through but not much
T -- Epitome of old school West Coast IPA. Lots of bitter earthen, grassy, and piney hops with a good amount of caramel malt sweetness
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Standard

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Photo of JohnCal
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll comment only on taste. As far as taste goes, it's quite decent, but it's hard for me to tell the difference between this and their 394 Pale Ale. I'd have to do a side-by-side taste test to tell the difference.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A highly carbonated brew with a small head. The hop forward aroma is pleasantly strong. The taste is abundantly hoppy and very delicious. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall a very fine IPA. On draft at the Lazy Dog Saloon.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is hazy and has a nice foamy head. There is a nice piney aroma to the beer with hints of tropical fruits. The beer starts with the fruits and then leads to the hop flavors. A lot of hop and fruit flavors make for a very refreshing taste. The dry hops stay on the tongue a long time and the beer is very crisp.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with white head, aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, hops, biscuits and caramel, taste is lightly sweet / medium bitter, medium body, average carbonation.

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Photo of BenDorigan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 0z. bomber pours hazy orange/gold and creates a creamy head. Reviewing this beer because I really quite liked it the 1st time I tried it. Complex hop profile leaves me wondering which strains they used. It has a balance of citrus and piney hop aroma and flavor that works well together against the malty sweetness. Smooth and complex, maybe a tad heavy in the body, but not enough to criticize. Had one a couple of weeks ago and bought another tonight. I don't always go back for more but this one stood out. Enjoying it just as much tonight. I look forward to trying Alesmith's double IPA.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another outstanding beer from a brewery I’ve grown to really trust. Nice golden-amber color with some great fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, lots of fruity zest hops and some piney hops in the background. Tastes of lots of fruit - grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, lemon, papaya, pineapple, a little mango - as well as some piney hops, vanilla, caramel, faint herbal hops and a great, well-balanced malt backbone. Nice and smooth mouthfeel, great carbonation. I will keep purchasing and trying any and all beers from AleSmith that I can find at my local stores.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange-brown that contains a slight fog. Atop is a finger of off-white foam that retains well. Aroma is citrus, dank, resin, and pine hops, with the overall focus being on the resin syrup mingling with orange. Old school malts provide a smooth, sugary backdrop. Flavor profile is a mash up of traditional hops and bready malts. Specifically, it hits hop notes of resin, pine, and citrus, with the focus being on the first. Malt wise, it's bready, and pale. Despite having the IPA moniker, the hops maintain a great balance with the malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a semi-velvety texture that lends itself more to a sippable, flavorful IPA vs. being the go-to option for a hot tailgate (maybe a late fall/early winter tailgate). Overall, great balance between hops and malts while still showing off both. The mixer board has both at 6/10 in terms of volume/intensity - great.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Laces the glass. Slightly hazy. This one is from a can. Very good balance between hops and malts but enough hoppiness to keep me in the game. Reminds me of Stone IPA but tips the scale.

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Photo of jykleo
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2017/08/03. Bought On 2018/08/03 (Wao coincidentally 1 year old! and this might be tough for hoppy products! ). 24OZ bottle.
Date on the bottle is almost impossible to find out. I could not find at the store. Anyhow, bought this and spent about 5 minutes to find out print on the bottle with magnifier.

Tried on 8/5. I did not expect a lot because of the freshness. But it was not bad at all.
Well balanced hop and molts. Nice West IPA.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Superbly balanced West Coast IPA. At first I thought it a bit malty but the medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation combined with a dry finish and lots of great citrus and piney hops coming through really won me over as it warmed. Great beer!

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Photo of BigMac59
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice cloudy honey color. Nice head and lacing.
Citrus and Pine aroma.
Taste the same as the aroma with a nice malty backbone.
Overall a nice West Coast IPA.

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Photo of mntlover
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber color clear with a fluffy off white head that laces well.

Aroma is nice west coast style, tangerine, orange, pink grapefruit, pine on touches of caramel base.

Taste is like the nose good citrus fruits with nice grapefruit rind and pine resin bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium level carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall a solid west coast style IPA.

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Photo of msink28
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer, similar to Racer 5 by Bear Republic and Union Jack by Firestone Walker. Light amber pour, floral smell.

12 ounce can. Traditional California style, sharp pine notes with a touch of bitterness at the end. It is smooth and a deceptive seven percent. Recommend highly.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can canned in October 2017.

Lightly hazed amber colored body topped by a large, creamy white head. Very good retention with a foamy film of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: Smells of tropical fruits including oranges, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple.

Flavor: follows the aroma but negligible dankness, more complexity, bready malts, and hints of honey. Some pine and grapefruit in the finish. Moderately bitter for style but leans towards bold for style overall.

Feel: medium-full body; medium carbonation; Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a high quality West Coast IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Near perfect IPA. I’m liking the California style. Soft, smooth mellow hoppiness, slippery body, creamy mouthfeel. Light amber with small silky head. Soft citrus. pine nose, taste is more pine, but not astringent. Goes down smooth, with some lingering bitterness. Wonderful!

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Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Better than the sum of its parts.
a) pours a hazy, pale golden yellow body, with 2 fingers of thick off-white head. Laces and lasts nicely.
s) Abundant grapefruit and orange rind with pine, forest floor, on a bed of white cracker and caramel malt. Floral hops.
t) Fruit - orange, guava, pineapple, lemon - abundant with a white peppery astringency. Floral and perfumy hops.
f) The juicy, fresh, well carbonated feel refreshes and thrills.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 11/22/17.

Comes in a clear, dark gold/light amber color. Topped by a big tight white head, very good retention; a foamy film always remains, leaving sheets of lacing.

Smells of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, caramel, toffee, pine needle, pine cone, pine sap, wood/bark, and maybe a bit of pineapple. Very old-school West Coast IPA in a good way, and very fragrant.

Blood orange, pink grapefruit, and honey hit the palate right away. A bit of caramel and brown bread, but the malt comes across mostly like honey and mead. Faint pineapple and mango notes as well, followed by tons of earth and pine on the back end, and a big piney finish. Moderately bitter, balancing the malt well with some lingering pine and citrus and bitterness.

Feels medium-plus bodied, well-carbonated, smooth and flows easily across the palate. Finishes slightly sweet but with a massive piney hop bitterness to balance it out, leaving the mouth dry with lingering piney hop oils.

Overall, this is quintessential high quality West Coast IPA. Traditional, and yet still fantastic by today's standards. A magnificent IPA.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks nice enough - golden with a slight uniform haze & offwhite fluffy head which fades moderately quickly. Aroma of hops - Sculpinesque citrus & pine with a definite malt backbone. First taste brings a lot of flavour, nowhere near the sweet citrus levels of the new East Coast IPAs, but a solid smooth hit of citrus, pine & smooth bready caramel malts all at once. Fades with a slight astringent bitterness. There really are a lot of different tastes which come through with each sip, both in the areas of hop & malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, full and fluffy-carbonated, somewhat marshmallowy to borrow a term. Taste is not as similar to Sculpin as the aroma suggests but it is still a nice example of a classic West Coast IPA

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Photo of DNorm
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 5 weeks old.

(A) Deep gold, with two-finger whitish head. Superior lacing.

(S) Complex citrus aroma, tropical fruit, floral notes, and caramel malt.

(T) Big tropical fruit (pineapple/orange/grapefruit/mango) with sweet caramel malt. Not as “piney” as most west coast-style IPAs. The fruitiness and prominent malt backbone make it exceptionally well balanced. Very smooth finish and not overly dry.

(M) Medium bodied with exceptional velvety carbonation. I believe AleSmith did away with bottle conditioning a few years ago on this one.

(D) Very drinkable and hides the >7% ABV very well.

It is so well balanced and perfectly carbonated that it allows you to fully enjoy the hop bitterness. Although it gets overshadowed by other west coast-style IPAs, it is very unique and quite possibly my favorite.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single returned to Canada from San Diego trip. Dated August 2017 so not super fresh...
Pours a fairly clear golden orange with one finger whitish head. Aroma is subdued - primarily citrus - orange, grapefruit. Taste is very pleasant citrus with some caramel sweetness, followed by a resinous piney bitterness that lingers on an astringent finish.
Smooth and well balanced - nice.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz can with a canned-on date of May 2017. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label describes it as a classic American IPA.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. A deep, hazy amber hue with good carbonation and fine suspended sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, grapefruit, citrus, peel, mild tropical fruit, caramel malt, ale yeast and stewed hops. Excellent - super hoppy.

T: Tastes of seriously resinous hops with notes of pine, dank weed, grapefruit, citrus, peel, subtle tropical fruit, stewed hops, caramel malt and ale yeast. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Quite astringent; hop oils strip the palate. Aftertaste of bitter pine resin, weed, citrus peel, caramel malt and yeast.

O: Good stuff - a classic pine-laden IPA from the US. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are stuffed with resinous, citrussy hops underpinned by caramel malt. Nice body. Goes down a treat; worth seeking out if you love hops.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden in color with thick head and glue like lacing. Nose is very hop forward with nice citrus and resin notes. The taste is outstanding, full on hoppy goodness with a sweet citrus mix, some floral, and grapefruit dryness. Very clean and super easy to drink beer, fantastic.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-murky dark orange wood color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some light lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a nice level piney sweetness playing with a some floral to bittersweet hoppy zest. Light white pepper particles and a clever little citrus bite on the back end play with the overall balance.
The flavor was moderately floral sweet bringing in the hoppy zest, white pepper and citrus pretty nice. Aftertaste was zesty hopped with a stiff piney-ness coming in for a quaint balance.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Nice zesty mobility along my tongue without anything distracting. Zesty to bitter piney and floral finish.
Overall, very nicely done AIPA well worthy of having again.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz Bomber. I can now buy this in Canada.
Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick white head and tons of sticky lacing.
Nice hoppy nose a real nice IPA that is all i need to say after over 1300 reviews.

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