IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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IPAIPA
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:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,870
Reviews:
1,367
Ratings:
4,338
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
Wants:
528
Gots:
817
Trade:
10
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,367 | Ratings: 4,338
Photo of craigbelly
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

American hops front and center . 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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, canned on 05/22/2017.... poured into a nonic)

L: rather clear, amber-colored liquid, slight yellowish tinge around the edges... beautiful, fluffy pad of off-white foam, silky sheen

S: orange and lemon flesh, perhaps some hints of taffy and menthol... bit of spice in the back... really, the prominent aroma is that of a hyper-dense, (orange) citrus candy/syrup... hint of buttery sandwich cracker (if that makes sense, like that peanut butter variety)... essence of phenolic booze, just a nip

T: densely-layered hop flavors - spicy citrus, fresh grass, tea-like leafiness... mildly earthy and pungent, bitter aftertaste at first; later, some dried yeast and black pepper creep up, all the while maintaining a buzzing bitter green tea note... the malt, despite being pushed to the back by the surging hops, does exhibit a strong enough presence with a prominent crumbly cracker and mildly nutty quality

F: dry and level in the middle, while the top of the palate is lightly aflame with the collective phenols and booze heat and the chest warm and slightly reddened... the back end dryness makes this easy to knock back... body takes on a silkier viscosity as it warms - but don't let it sit too long

O: what stands out is the bold hop and malt flavors (almost balanced) and its charged, spicy/warm/bitter finish with a more clipped back end than expected... the taste isn't all that unique, but it's forceful and enlivens the senses

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this IPA very much...it had nice citrus thru-out with a nice hops punch. with a nice off-white foam and with lite amber color. As for the nose... it is odd how the nose does not match the taste. The nose is smooth and sweet florals, but mouth is a little more on the edge...that is probably the no. 1 reason I enjoyed this beer. A must try for that reason if for nothing else. Fun beer thru and thru !!!

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice see through orange/copper look to this brew with a nice white head. Strong grapefruit and citrus notes with some malts on the edge. Very citric in flavor with a caramel malt backing that goes very well with this particular beer (caramel malt not my favorite for an IPA) I was really surprised how much I like the flavor of this one. Medium in mouthfeel and carbonation with some bitterness.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Smells of sweet tropical fruits, citrus, hops, and malts. Tastes of hops, tropical fruits, mild pine, and some sweet malt. Medium-heavy in body and medium in carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall it's a very tasty IPA with a great body.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops are front and center in this classic from AleSmith. It pours a clear copper with a decent foamy white head and spotty lacing. The aroma is strongly floral and fresh, with rose and juicy tangerine, grapefruit, pine, and honey sweetness. It wafts things juicy and enticing. The taste is sharply and unexpectedly bitter. Within the bitterness remains tangerine, grapefruit, pine, orange, peach, and flowers. While I enjoyed the floral nature of the aroma, flowers in the mouth are not as pleasant as flowers on the nose. It's like comparing the smell of roses to drinking rose water. But there are a lot of other more positive things going on. The bitterness mellows as it warms and the juicy tangerine reasserts itself along with some honey and sweet bready malt, like a brioche. Then the sweetness recedes as the hops are noticed yet again, this time rounder and more mellow, the juiciness still prominent. Finishes a bit dry and bitter, but not as much as I expected. Overall at first I was enticed, then confused, then I enjoyed it tremendously, then a bit confused again, and on balance I think it was a bit busy but I would certainly revisit it.

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Photo of solisbrewmaster
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter. It has a golden orange color. The smell is hoppy: tropical, citric, little fruity.
The taste is fruity and citric, little piney. It is smooth of hops with a bitter aftertaste, but not very bitter.
It has a medium body, and is not very resiny. Still tastes very hoppy.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly cloudy amber appearance with slight white head. Aroma is a caramel hoppy herb that is very pleasant. Taste is also a caramel herb with a Boucher of hops

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Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep orange in body with big off-white head that stays. Aroma of tangerines, grapefruit, pine, grass. Tastes of tangerine, grapefruit, grass, pine, tropical fruits. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent light-medium gold. Off-white head - some lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma is citrusy fruits and I can't help but notice some green apple. Taste is citrusy, piney and fruity. Medium bodied with slightly less than average carbonation - but very crisp and a semi-dry finish. Overall, this is a tasty brew that's refreshing and easy to drink. A more than solid IPA that I will be having more of.

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Photo of kitch
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz can, canned on 5th October 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy, light copper orange colour with a nice two finger off white head with good retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Tropical pineapple and apricot with citrus orange, pine and sweet biscuit malt.

Taste: Citrusy and bitter orange peel, mandarin and grapefruit followed by sweet-ish pineapple, biscuit malt and pine. The finish has a nice long resinous bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry-ish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A wonderfully tasty and balanced West Coast IPA. Also loving the cans!

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Photo of nick_perry
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy, but without the citrus notes I’ve come to expect from West Coast IPA’s. Some botanical notes, however. Very dry finish. I realize this is one of the most prized San Diego IPA's, and don't get me wrong, it's good, but I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one, it rates highly in the great pantheon of West Coast IPAs and I can still appreciate a decent American IPA (even if I do get bored of them at times). So what do I know about AleSmith? Very little... they’re another San Diego brewer, so expecting a real piney/citrus walloping from this fine brown glass bomber. They’ve been around since 1995 so that makes them one of the forefathers of the modern American craft beer revolution (not unlike fellow San Diegan Stone which has been around since 1996)... it’s amazing how long craft beer has been around in the states and how as late as 2005 it was impossible to find anything remotely craft in Australia, we really have come a long way, cheers beerethren!

Poured from a 650ml US bomber bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hella cloudy [Hell yeah!] Gamboge body with a nice firm 2 centimetre cream-coloured head. Great head retention in a 7.25% ABV brew! Sanskrit lacing on in the side of the glass like all the great American IPAs that spring to mind (Founders, Deschutes, Victory, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, et al.), yep this is going to be a corker! 9/10.

S: Worryingly malty straight up with a caramel/biscuit nose - I’ve recently had major hop fade in the last few US IPAs I’ve reviewed so I’m pretty wary of that happening now. Absolutely no dating on the bottle either, so no idea how old this one is. Piney/grapefruit notes struggle to overcome the malt base, not off to a good start here. 7/10.

T: Dry cracker and piney hops from the off mingle with an earthy overtone, caramel and biscuit malts come in but thankfully don’t dominate the palate... but the big question is: Hop fade? A bit of that, nothing outrageous like the last 2 IPAs (though they were East Coast which adds an extra month to the container ships). I imagine the tropical notes described on the label suffered with the sea voyage most. Finishes with an assertively astringent woody/piney hop bitterness. Unabashedly West Coast IPA right here! (reminds me of Ballast Point Big Eye actually). 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a soft but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: Pretty decent example of a San Diegan IPA, not quite as good as the Stone stuff (they’re definitely more out there as a brewer, and hence why I like them). However a solid American IPA for sure. It doesn’t rewrite the rule book on IPA, but it also doesn’t disappoint in any way. 9/10.

Food match: Get it India! Curry that is.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid west coast IPA, nice subtle hop taste great citrus smell. Perfect go to beer. Will always go back to this one. Alesmith always makes some tasty beers

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Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper and hazy, almost no carbonation and 2 fingers of creamy, beige head.

Caramel, creme brulee, citrus, orange candy, big grapefruit and pith.

One sip and now I know why. All the talk, I mean. Great depths of complexity for an IPA, unparalleled in complexity in my opinion, and this is from a bottle that is likely quite old. I get purple bubblegum, lilacs, citrus and grapefruit peel, lemon here, zest there. Creme brulee, and battery acid, grapefruit juice and biscuit. So many layers and different on each sip. Lemon blossoms.

Moderate body, smooth and sticky, moderate carbonation.

This is an amazing brew. Wow. So glad I got it at the new bar in town, overpriced as I thought, so worth being able to try it. Drinking this one in Chiang Mai, Feb 8th, 2017.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great introduction to what a west coast IPA should be. Malt backbone but it's way overpowered by the citrus, good grapefruit, mango, delicious.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden color, one to two finger white head, excellent lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits, mango.

T: Hoppy, tropical fruits, mango. Superb!

F: Super smooth and silky. Amazing mouthfeel.

O: A world-class IPA, no doubt. Would happily drink on any occassion :)

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Nice gold, mildly hazy with fairly low visible carbonation. Forms only a minimal white head - more of a ring of foam.

S: Tropical fruits (especially pineapple), sweet citrus and melons. A pleasant floral and fruit aroma with a touch of dank. The lightest of biscuity sweet malts. Interesting, and while not drastically different, it is a different approach than a lot of other IPAs.

T: Citrus - orange and tangelo. Pineapple and lychee tropical fruit; lesser flavors of dankness and melon. Mildly sweet biscuity malts but no distinct caramel or toffee. Moderately bitter in the hang with more tropical fruits. The fruit flavors last throughout the whole sip.

M: Medium body for style, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden. This has a reasonable amount of small bubble carbonation - it ended up a lot less flat than it looked.

O: I thought this was really enjoyable, especially for a widely distributed IPA. I believe this was a limited-time thing for distribution in Florida - if this were regularly on the shelves, I’d definitely grab them intermittently as something different. And that something different is saying something these days for IPAs.

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Photo of AleSan
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle... drank last summer, two months after bottled... not much to stay, almost perfect... Hazy golden color with persistent big white head... aromas: orange, pine, fruity, apricot and malt as sweet biscuits... Taste: citrus shades, resinous, grass, hops, strong balance, fruity-bitterness , probably something spicy... long, bitterness, balanced finish

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +2.6%
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 -5.4%
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 -7.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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 +4%
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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IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,338 ratings