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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: 1,310 | Ratings: 4,074
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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Photo of silverblaze540
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 1 inch creamy head that holds for at least a minute. Cloudy orange color with active bubbles.

S - Sweet fruits. Citruses notes (e.g., tangerine). A bit of a pine forest smell, but it's subtle.

T - Medium bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is not strong in the initial sip, but holds for at least 30 seconds after. Some hints of fruits and malts at the front. End is a bit piney.

M - Mouth coating with medium body. Minimal carbonation burn.

O - The taste is different than most IPAs. Bitterness is there though. Nice look, nice smell, nice thickness, and the taste is pretty decent.

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Photo of Jbagel1
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ive been told by a few people that I need to try Ale Smith brewing out. So I'm finally getting around to having one. Now this bottle is a little old (12/10/15) but i think it hasn't lost anything, ill need to compare it to a freshly bottled one. Its got a nice orange haze color to it. Its got that really nice orange haze craft beer look. It has a light smell of tropical hops, light pine taste. many flavors in this beer, hard to nail down. This beer has a nice mellow feel to it, something all IPA drinkers like.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange-gold color with a substantial head and great lacing.
S: Resiny, citrus hop notes abound.
T: Initial taste offers a lot of bitterness and piney hop flavor. This also offers a very solid malt backbone which offsets the dryness, though it finishes bitter like it started.
M: Lot of body, creamy mouthfeel. More of a sipping than a quaffing beer.
O: Decent IPA, though it doesn't stand out in my mind over many other similar ones.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to pint glass.
Bottled 2/25/15.

Appearance: Yellow-orange color, closer to orange, not quite see through, decent white head.

Aroma is a good mix of citrus, pine and hops. Mostly hops.

Taste: fruity, hoppy, very mellow ipa, almost malty. Pine is faint, which is nice. Touch of Grapefruit, lemon, cedar?.

Feel: not as lively as i wpuld expect, though maybe that is due to the 1 year age.

Really nice IPA. One my favorites.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with white head. Citrus, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, with some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very juicy. Medium bodied. Finishes with tropical fruit and pine.

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Photo of PSanger
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding color and nice complex smell. Smelled a bit of alcohol which is surprising considering its 7%. Would absolutely recommend this beer. Cheers.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 1/20/16. Pours a light orange, with a 3 finger sticky white that has some of the longest retention I have ever seen for an IPA and just coats the glass with lace as it finally settles into a quarter inch of white foamy bubbles.

Smell is apricot, lemon, pine, tangerine, and a huge blast of grapefruit.

Taste follows loads of pine, tropical fruits, and bitter grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, lots of life, a little dry for sure, and for a fan of aggressive IPAS excellent drinkability.

Overall this was a surprise that it doesn't get more hype, absolutely one of the best I have had and I have many.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good IPA. This is a hoppy IPA, and the malt character isn't very big. I get some citrus, big pineapple and grapefruit. Very strong aroma, and the balance of bitterness and sweetness works well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith is really starting to make its presence known here in southcentral PA and between the more manageable 12-fl. oz. bottles and their beautifully colored painted labels, I am very happy to see them! This was a very recent score at The Fridge.

From the bottle: "It's pretty awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. 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."; "The beer's citrus and pine notes pair well with fresh, aromatic herbs, citrus-based dressings, and Asian-inspired flavors. IPA's refreshing bitterness and dry finish also help temper the heat of spicy foods and contrast the tanginess of farmhouse cheddars and spicy blues."

Despite it being less than a month than its bottling date, I could see some lees on the kick/punt. Thusly, I Pop!ped the cap and held a very gentle pour. Once accomplished, a swirl in the glass raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with button brightness & so the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas got off of my couch in the living room and came into the kitchen at Chez Woody for a taste. They arrived early this afternoon for a day of AIPAs & televised hockey and are staying overnight for tomorrow's games. We have watched the Pens lose to the 'Ning; Wisco Wimmen lose to the Lady Gophers; the CHI/MN Alumni game and we still have a college & an NHL game upcoming tonight. Nose was like putting my snout into a baggie of weed! Goldang, but this was REALLY fresh! It was minty, resinous, just mouth-watering. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more citrusy than minty, very much of grapefruit, but that was fine by me. This was a really pleasant AIPA and very easy to drink as evidenced by how quickly I drank through it. The finish was bitter, certainly, and dry, but at what I would consider the right point. I have had some AIPAs recently that were just over the top. Now, if they would just see fit to put this beer in a CAN ...

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear golden Amber color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely

S- smells of resinous pine, with undertones of citrus and floral hop, along with bready sweet malt

T- taste follows the nose with resinous pine leading, followed by some notes of citrus, floral hop & some grassy notes. Underlying bready malt provides some balance

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy on the finish

O- a solid classic IPA that is loaded with piney and citrus hops, but well balanced

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