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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Reviews: 1,367 | Ratings: 4,338
Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is hops, juicy, grapefruity and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. But this is a hopfest of a beer: piney and resiny, citrusy and grapefruity, floral and spicy. Hoppy without being too bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Hides the 7.25% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those beers that has been on my wish list for quite a while. 22oz bomber with a very straightforward, silkscreened label.
Pours honey gold in color with a massive rocky eggshell colored head. Retention is solid, settling in at about 1/2 inch.
Resinous pine aroma along with citrus notes and a sweet malt back. Oh, I'm going to like this.
The taste doesn't disappoint. Sharp hop bite starts things out and coats my whole mouth. This is not a one dimensional brew though as the sweetness of the malts come into play to lend some balance. Pouring the rest of the bottle with the dregs makes for a much milder 2nd glass, but no less tasty. Finishes strong, dry & well balanced. Nice smooth body make for a highly drinkable beer. If I were to ever move to the west coast, this would easily become part of my regular rotation. Thanks to EyeChartBrew for this excellent offering from AleSmith. Cheers!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA. Great balance. Despite a significant hop presence, not bitter or dry. Alesmith is a wonderful ale. The smell and flavor are outstanding. Citrus leaps out of the bottle, both in smell and in flavor. Pours a deep golden color, large foamy head - good retention and plenty of lacing. I would strongly recommend this to any fan of micro IPA's. I've had stronger tasting IPA's, but this one hits it just right.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled 19 July 2002. Alesmith's IPA is hazy golden colored with a creamy white head. It has a nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish. Once again, Alesmith has produced a very good brew. Alesmith's IPA has the taste & quality that's right up there w/ the best of them

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have ever had. This beer poured a nice dark peach-y colour with a nice creamy, white head. The aromas were of fresh, citrus-y hops and some lucious background malts. The taste was a wonderful explosion of hop bitterness, citrus undert-tones, and a wonderful peach-y hop/malt flavor. The mouthfeel was very creamy and the drinkability was insanely good for an IPA of this size!

A huge thanks to EyeChartBrew for this sample!


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Photo of BierReise
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding IPA! The freshness of this ale knocked me off my feet as if I were drinking it at the brewery right out of the tank. A beautiful coppery color body and a beige colored head looked beautiful resting in my glass. The aroma of a piney hoppiness hit my nose as soon as I raised my glass. And the flavor was unbelievable. I can only remember one other time I had such an outstandig ale and that was in a brewpub in Boston many years ago. Wow I can't wait to have another!!!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bit of the "treasure chest" sent from Gusler! This IPA has a bright, golden color, somewhat darker, by a smidge, than a good pils, with a slight haziness to it. Head was pro-friggin'-digious!!! If you've been to Hawaii and seen the black, folding type lava....well, this is an off-white version...big and creamy and folding over itself in a huge mound of tight bubbles. Unreal! Lacing, too, is A-1, as I nearly have to scrape it off the sides!!!

The nose is a combo of a toasty maltiness and a citric, piney hop aroma. Not at all like the grapefruity Bear Racer 5 I just enjoyed, but distinct and pleasing nonetheless!

A medium body and mildly carbonated brew pass quite smoothly over the tongue.

The flavor, like the aroma, has a touch of a crackery, toasty maltiness. The predominant flavor, though, is a hop profile with a hint of grapefruit but more of a lemony slant. There is, too, a subtle spiciness present lingering in the background. A reeaaalll nice IPA!!

Thnx to "The Man" from Arizona for my first Alesmith!! Prosit!!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of MJR
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber with copper edges. Clarity is quite good, with lots of little bubbles from the carbonation. It's light tan head is around an inch thick and fades a bit in the middle, leaving huge clumps. Adding the yeast sediment darkens the brew considerably and leaves large chunks in the bottom of my glass. Phenomenol lacing of the glass... It just looks...perfect!

Smell: Hoppy as all hell with a huge fruitiness. The one fruit that stands out the most to me is apricots...the aroma just screams apricots! There's a touch of malt underneath that is both mildly sweet and bready. Hint of vanilla... Great aroma!

Taste: Full flavored with tons of hop goodness! There's a nice malt background, but this one is all about the hops. Lots of pine, citrus, and fruit flavors meld together perfectly in one of the best IPA's I've ever encountered. There's a touch of an alcohol taste, but it stays in the background where it belongs. Adding the yeast sediment adds another dimension to the already great flavor. Starts bitter, finishes bitter...I love it!

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a soft mouthfeel that thickens towards the bottom of the bottle. The yeast yields a creamier, more rounded feel on the palate. Gotta love that bottle-conditioning!

Drinkability: I could drink this one all night, despite it's higher strength.

Words don't do it justice. If you haven't tried this one, get ahold of some right now. Somehow, the flavor profile is laidback and huge at the same time. Well done Alesmith!

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Photo of wofat
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a light, fluffy head. Tremendous hop (fruity) aroma. This beer is beautifully, lightly malted with a huge hop flavor that keeps going. As a complete hophead, I really enjoy the complex hopping of this beer. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel is crisp and quite appropriate for an IPA. Although this beer is not quite balanced (malt to hops) enough for a non-hophead to drink all night, if your into the hops you'll want more than just one of these. A truly flavorfull beer!

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Photo of hyuga
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden-orange hued brew topped with a massive head that stays quite well. Impressive. The aroma is of ultra-piney hops with an underlying sweetness of malt and a little vanilla. Again, impressive. Oh, the taste! What perfection! Very hoppy with the piney and bitter hops, but so malty smooth at the same time! Sweet cereal-with-sugar type maltiness, and vanilla once again. Malty smoothness is mostly in front, the hoppiness shows up best in the middle, and in the finish it goes back to the malt. Hops are a little leafy and resiny in the aftertaste, quite pleasant. Wow, I've been waiting for a very long time to sample AleSmith's beers, and it was well worth the wait. This is one of the very best IPAs out there. If it's available to you, get it! If it's not in your area, try the AleSmith site. Mmm... can't wait to get more!

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Photo of zerk
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly chill hazed copper, with a huge pillowy white head. The persistent head leaves rings of lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is resiny, with grapefruit and pine dominating. Flavor is not at all what I was expecting based off of the aroma... begins with a clean malty sweetness, that quickly gives way to a hefty dose of grapefruit, then finishes with a spicy herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is rough and oily, with a medium body. I think this one could use a little more malt balance, but nonetheless, it's a good IPA.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sunset orange in color, mostly clear, with a big two-finger head that leaves a massive amount of lace down the glass. Very fresh, citric hop aroma. The flavor is undergirded by a very lightly sweet malt, with both caramel and biscuit-like flavors. The hops in this beer are incredible. Citric and piney, they are at once aggressive and understated. Just perfectly well-integrated into the beer. Exceptionally well-balanced, with a medium body, a luxuriously silky texture, and a dry finish. Bravo!

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Photo of Murph
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking deep golden/light copper color with a perfect looking 1/2" sticky white head that slowly sinks but never falls below a thick meringue-ish film that completely coats the inside of the glass. Big piney hoppiness is all over the aroma in this one. Almost resiny/hoppy aromas make me want to tip this glass up as soon as possible. Initial tingly hoppiness hits the tongue before a quick biscuity malt burst that drowns all else out for a moment. The creamy biscuity malt becomes more and more apparent as the brew gets warmer. Excellently balanced brew with a great piney and citrusy hoppy flavors through the finish with some light, just right, lingering bitterness. Smooth with a great crispness. The medium bodied smoothness really comes out once the brew hits about 60° or so. Absolutely excellent brew, I could drink this stuff all day and probably will do so if I ever get out to their brewpub. A huge thanks to the LongBeachBum for sending this sample along.

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Photo of Gusler
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2002: The pour a somewhat murky deep amber to burnished copper color with a bright white monster of a head that as it depletes, leaves a thick and clinging sheet of fine lace. Quite floral with a crisp lemon like tone that also is slightly sweet, also nice malt tones, a complex and pleasing nose to be sure. Could that be actual hops floating around in suspension? Ambrosial front with lots of malt and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is devilishly hopped, satanically carbonated and dry as Hell’s kitchen. This is an "IPA Lovers IPA", and not meant for the "Palate Challenged". Trust me on this one if your a "Hop Head", this is a must try, the hops just keeps coming back and back.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus-pine aroma, man this is one for the hopheads, amber-yellow color with alot of yeast floating around, very hoppy yet balanced as well, man this is one hell of an IPA, so for I really like this brewery.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought 3 Bottles of Alesmith Beers this morning (when I see a range I don’t know, I always buy the lot – I don’t want to miss anything!). I got them from the same Store where I get my Stone Beers and the guy at the Counter “highly recommended” this. I’m really glad he did, because judging by the plain Bottle – I would have never gotten round to trying this I think. It comes in a very unassuming simple looking Brown 1 Pt 6 fl.oz. tall thin Bottle. And it just says simply Alesmith IPA on the body and just IPA on the neck in white transfer. The IPA letters on the body being at least 10 times bigger than the Alesmith name. I like the idea that the beer is more important than the Brewery-Kind of works for me. A mighty 7.25% ABV, so not really an afternoon beer, but shit, I couldn’t wait to try this. Pours with a huge foamy frothy head that reminded of bubble bath when I was a child! Laces the sides well with a map of the Universe. Nasal passages are assaulted by the Hop Special Forces, Hop Oils, and a pungent freshly harvested hoppy smell that reminded me of the square in Poperinge, Belgium during the Hop Festival. The very fresh hop harvest odour is gorgeous, Hopheads will love this. The beer itself was a hazy Golden color, the carbonation died down to reveal just a handful of bubble-lines that slowly and graciously rose vertically to the surface. This beer ROCKS!!. It is incredibly Hoppy at first, but not bitter, that comes later in a slowly lingering bitter finish. The delay of the bitterness cleverly gives you time to appreciate the Hops.
Another Cracker from San Diego;
.....are Alesmith and Stone BROTHERS I WONDER !!!
As the back of the Bottle says;
I Prefer Alesmith
Its Pretty Awesome.
Self deprecatingly understated - The Audi of IPA’s.
NOTE to Self:- STOP Judging Beers by the Bottle Design!!!!!!!

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Photo of aracauna
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer can't get top honors in appearance. While the cloudy amber body is excellent, the head is slow to form and fades rather quickly. For the style, I've come to expect big, lasting heads. The thin bitter hops are truly balanced by the nice big biscuity malt. Some IPAs have a complex hop flavor where they're more than just bitter, but the profile on this one leans more towards the bitter with subtle piney and malty citric notes. The pine gets stronger as the beer warms. I also picked up a nice organge fruit flavor as well that made this a pretty good beer.

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