AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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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Reviews: 1,331 | Ratings: 4,165
Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for a hoppy beer, this one's for you! Smells of grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops. Taste is very hoppy with a medium lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Classic mildly hazed orange amber hue with very good dense head formation of creamy foam comprising of vast small effervescence that won't really die down with exceptional strength of retention, it just a little bit collapses to a thick layer of eternal foamy crown and yields plenty of refined lacing ring, patch and spot all along the way.

The aromas are all that I could imagine from great IPA, well hopped, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, tropical fruit, lime, pine, resin, floral, and with very good malt in the support with its sweet, biscuit, and slight caramel, very well mellow and inviting aroma overall.

The taste is well-rounded and very balance between malt and hop. Malt plays in the supporting role with its caramelized sweetness and breadiness while hop leads forefront with its rich fruitiness of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lime, tropical fruit, and pine needle. The middle to finish is wrapped up by persistent resiny bitterness from hop that is quite lasting for long in the aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its good crispness and lively carbonation generated refreshing feel through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This brew is that the American IPA is all about. It is perfectly balance and possesses all the characters which must be visible. This one couldn't be missed.

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

This is a well made, old-school IPA. No tropical fruit bomb here. Instead I found a nice balance of citrus rind, pine, grassy bitterness, and cookie dough sweetness. Very easy drinking for the abv, hope to have this one again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus, malt, pine, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of a lot of citrus ingredients (grapefruit, in particular), a light malt presence, a bunch of grassy hops, some mild caramel notes, and also a hint of pine resin. The main problem here are the grassy hops. They kind of through everything out of balance. Nonetheless, all the other ingredients are pretty solid.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a hoppy, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer doesn't quite rise above its flaws, but it is worth trying Drinkable.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this beer. From a can dated 11/11/16. Color is typicallight amber IPA. Aroma is hoppy, pine, a little breadand I think a little of the metallic can. It was a nice tasting , drinkable IPA, just not "West Coast" hoppy enough for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: November 27, 2016... OCCASION: Christmas decorating, almost complete... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... pours a swirling storm of bubbles, spinning through a translucent, light amber body that supports a thick, creamy, pillowing white head--a perfect picture... orange, grapefruit, melon, tangerine, resin and pine weigh in with an earthiness that suggests a dankness... the malts are bread-like and mellowing... this ale sips efficiently, if not smoothly, in belying its 7.2% ABV... front to back, a full ticket, with the teeth experiencing an initial hit, while the throat holds fast to a lasting, subtle sweetness... creamy and medium-bodied.... in other words, how is this an IPA at 7.2%? the tangerine is most notable, with the grapefruit and orange lending to a hop-forward experience, one that rewards as a sippable, powerful IPA... the undergirding malts match its dry finish encouraged by its hops... I have waited a long time for Alesmith to reach the East Coast, and here it is, in all its glory... incredibly balanced, setting the standard for the IPA not wanting to be a hop bomb...

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Photo of titletownusa
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just found this in a six pack at my local store, So much better than buying the 22 oz Bomber Bottles. This is my favorite IPA Beer. A must try for any IPA Beer Lover.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark golden with lasting clingy bone head. So balanced with malty backbone thought-out, evenly distributing a healthy dose of pine and citrus.

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Photo of Hopresin19
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz Bottle into tulip Glass,Appearance,Beautiful hazy Apricot color,2fingers of creamy dense head,Nose is pine,grapefruit,with a bready malt,Taste is Fantastic!,exactly like the nose,with a nice lasting Hop Bite.Overall this is a Stellar west coast Classic that should be savored and enjoyed...Cheers!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. canned on 08/29/16

Pours clear amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh pineapple, grapefruits, papaya, mango, guava, orange citrus, dark toffee caramel malts, with resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like resinous pine sap, dark toffee caramel malts, with dank bitter floral earthy herbal grass, some pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, mango, guava, and orange citrus peel. Feels medium bodied, creamy and full with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy orange body with short lived white head. Aroma: sweet but very hoppy, some citrus & bitter orange peel. I didn't think I was going to like this but I was wrong, it is not overly hoppy & bitter. The taste is sweet, salty & a little bitter with grapefruit & tangerine & pine. Maybe a little to salty. Pretty good.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Not much Head. Nice lacing. Nose of citrus, not too orangy. Slightly, ever so slight astringent. Nice west coast bitter, sweet, citrusy hoppy. A little more subtle than some. Very nice.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber with orange tint with good clarity. Lacing all over the glass after each sip.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, piney, resin.

T - Aggressively hopped - citrus, grapefruit, and piney take center stage. Harsh feel - leaves the palate completely wrecked.

O - This is an in your face, west coast IPA - just a bit to aggressive for my taste as it completely destroyed my palate.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Alesmith's IPA last week for $2,19 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer on tap last month and I thought it was pretty good and I'm interested to see how the bottled version is, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks decent, it has a pretty simple look to it and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that takes a little more of a brighter orange hue when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very good looking IPA, i have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a big fruity aroma being the first to show up with lots of citrus fruits sticking out the most, but there's also some tropical fruits, green hops, and a little bit of a coconut aroma in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart some sweet malt, bready, lightly grainy, pale malt and light caramel malt like aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a very nice aroma, the balances is good and the hop profile is very nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time the green hops show up just a little more than they did in the aroma. Up next comes a light amount of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which imparts all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's the bready, pale malts and light caramel malt like flavors that stick out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a nice hoppy and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's got great balance and I enjoy the hop profile.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a great example of the style, it had pretty much all the things that I look for in an IPA and it stood out a little from a lot of the other IPA's. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of them. What I like the most about this beer is the balance and hop profile, those are the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, every aspect is good and there isn't anything that sticks out as not being good. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty and well balanced IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned out to be pretty much as good as it was on tap and I don't really have any complaints. It made for a good first impression for the brewery and I hope to try more of their beers, it's a very nice example of an American IPA. Great job guys, this is one tasty IPA, keep it up.

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Photo of DannyBigs
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When reviewing, it's always best to keep in mind the style of the beer.

AleSmith IPA is a single IPA, at a little over 7%.

That being said, I think this is the perfect single IPA, west coast style. The color is a beautiful gold, slightly hazy. Smell and taste are on point FOR THE STYLE (I find similarities with the smell of Pure Hoppiness by Alpine). Nice bitter taste, but not at all overwhelming. In my opinion, one of the best examples of the style. And now they come in dope cans, so fresh. I could crush a ton of these.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color, modest head disapates into a ring like half crown and with scattered lacing.
Juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit and danky aromas in the nose. A nice sniffer!
Goes down really smoothly. The gentle carbonation is just right, yet, has a crisp bite. Juicy and citrusy foundation, yet, there is a strong piny hops element, especially in the finish. The palate is dry overall, thus balancing out the juice and making its medium body quite drinkable.
This is a really nice IPA that has all the good elements but in moderation; a bold hops influence that is not overpowering, juicy but not too sweet, easy to drink but with enough body to make things interesting. Really well done!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - beautiful lacing over a good amber

S - piney, citrusy and floral notes with a good malt balance

T - follow the taste with a good bitterness but a bit off

M - good mouthfeel

O - too old (5 months old) I'd like to try this fresh because it has a lot of potential!

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, light fruits. Taste is pine, malts, some mintiness, very light bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but failed to meet my expectations.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 mL bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear gold with visible carbonation and a frothy, dense head of white foam.

Smell: Layers of citrus (lemon, orange; zest and flesh), tropical fruit, resinous hops and caramel malt to balance.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruit follow from the nose with fresh herbs (mint), hop resin and slight dankness. Just enough caramel malt for balance. Highly hopped without being aggressive or overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly oily yet still crisp and nicely carbonated.

Overall: Classic West Coast IPA - full, hoppy and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of TH28
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep golden and clear like apple juice, with a light, thick bubbled off white foam head. Aroma: Caramel maltiness followed by a strong tropical fruit, pineapple, berry, and resinous hop aroma. Taste: Rich caramel malt sweetness slowly turning to a resinous, light citrus hop bitterness that intensifies through the swallow. Well balanced malt profile against the bitterness. Mouthfeel: On the heavier side for an IPA, with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Despite the balance, a strong resinous hop bitterness stands out after the swallow. Overall: A very well balanced IPA despite the aggressive bitterness. Does a better job than some other west coast IPAs of providing a strong malt backbone that balances it out. Nothing stands out as sharp here, which speaks to the balance as shar

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Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verona Inn. I had higher hopes for this brew, and although it was definitely a solid IPA, the taste left something to be desired. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Moderate hopping throughout with mild notes of citrus and lemon zest. Good but not above and beyond

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

Tremendous creamy feel on this hazy golden draft pour. Nicely carbed with generous webs of lacing. The nose and taste are similar here, loads of citrus. This is a damn good beer. Try one for yourself!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Golden yellow with one finger head. Nice hoppy aroma to the nose with fruits. Mild fruit on front and balanced hops on back. Medium bodied and easy on the palate.

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Photo of mcbratz1187
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA. Very long finish but not in a bitter after taste kind of way.
L - on the medium-dark orange side of the scale.
S - fruit-forward on the nose
T - every sip really coats the mouth nicely, can feel carbonation dancing on the tongue
F - as mentioned above, every mouthful is pleasant. Not terribly heavy, booze taste not terribly prevalent for 7.25%.

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

Heavy carbonation comes right out the bottle, a light orange appearance, head settles in the 1/4" range. Aroma is sticky grapefruit draped in pine.

Dry malt bill allows the hops to continue to envelope the palate. What was once overpowering has over a decade later really become the standard for ipas. Alcohol well hidden for being over 7%. Grassy and dry mouthfeel, very small notes of fruit, apricot, grapefruit meld with pine.

I wouldn't say this is still world class, but its definitely upper level ipa. Has some problems in that I don't believe they have 12oz bottles, its always in a bomber, which is somewhat cost prohibitive given the per/oz pricing structure for bombers.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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