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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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, thanks to doktorzee for once again schleppin' this back across the 49th parallel for yours truly.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves some random chunks of unfamiliar continental lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of zingy grapefruit and blood orange pith, a somewhat musty tropical fruit cocktail (pineapple and underripe mango most prominent), resinous wet pine needles, bready, kind of crackery caramel malt, and a further floral, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more aged grapefruit, navel orange, guava, pithy pineapple, and warmed lemon fruitiness, a peppy coniferous pine astringency, restrained, but hardly quarter-giving grainy, caramel-tinged pale malt, a light white pepper spiciness (I know!), and further leafy, pleasantly perfumed hops.

The bubbles are generally well rendered - soft, but supportive at the same rate, the body an agreeable medium weight, if just a bit on the light side, and mostly smooth, the lingering hop essences hard to totally dispel. It finishes mostly dry, the acerbic hops really holding it over the game, but outmatched malt.

One tasty mother of a west-coast Yankee IPA, hoppy as all get-out, with damned-near every fruit native between the Gold Coast and the PACNW represented. This is not meant to omit the commendable 'balance' achieved here by the plucky malt, as without it, the drinkability would surely suffer. Highly worthy, and genuinely deserving of the hype, this one is.

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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, beautiful copper amber color with a huge yellow-white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy floral and pine hop smells, grapefruit, tropical, mango, papaya, pineapple

T: floral and pine with less fruit than expected, quite bitter, grapefruit, lemon, tart and bitter yet refreshing

M: medium bodied, alcohol well hidden, crisp finish, higher carbonation

O: an excellent IPA with a terriffic nose, flavors are presented smoothly which keeps this beer refreshing, thanks to Candi for hauling this one back from Cali

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,191 ratings.
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