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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Photo of bifrost17
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick/wide ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a huge aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops - this beer smells very inviting and delicious. Subtle hints of caramel and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness followed by strong grapefruit/citrus hops. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with wonderful hop aromas and flavors without a lot of bitterness. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well-hidden. Great beer that I could enjoy over and over again. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but it's in one of the new 22oz bottles, so hopefully pretty fresh. My experience prior had been that this is sooo good on tap but often disappointing in the (undated) bottles. Tulip glass.

A: Dark golden with a finger and a half of gorgeous head, superb clarity, and speckles of lacing all over and a thick ring of remaining head.

S: Explosion of citrus, flowers, and delicious caramel.

T: Caramel forward and lots of orange notes, complemented by mild floral and tangerine, mild to moderate bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tad more than ideal for me, but not overwhelming. Very dry.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, fluffy and creamy texture.

O: An excellent, well crafted ale. I'm a pretty big fan of ales, and this is up there as far as ales go.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- A very hazy golden orange color with a one finger off white head.

S- Grapefruit and grapefruit. There is also a slight hint of pine and some lemon. The malt backbone is sugary sweet.

T- A slight sweetness up front followed by a heavy bitter bite. The hop profile in this beer is more so grapefruit than anything I have ever tried. The is pineapple, pinecones and some mango in there as well. The malts in this beer really help the hop flavors come to life, its a sweet IPA and there is also some breaddy notes.

M- This is a bitter beer, no doubt about it. It also has a silky smooth feel. This is a nice sized beer and the bottle conditioning really helps give it volume.

O- This is pretty darn good IPA, I was hoping to be blown away but it didn't quite take me there. I think its mostly to do with the age of my bottle, as it has has no date and the hops taste older. Will have again

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

Alesmith has finally made its way to Albany. I got a bomber at Westmere, then another at Olivers - I think I paid $6.99 for each one.

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy tangerine/orangey-amber with a small white head on top. Modest splotches of lace after each sip.

S: Some bread-doughy malt underneath, along with a nice waft of juicy, citrusy, grapefruity hops.

T: Caramel malt and toffee sweetness provide malt foundation, but this is more about the hops (appropriately so). Some apricot reminds me of Sculpin IPA. There's also some tropical fruit and citrusy grapefruit. It finishes with a smack of bitter hops that really linger on the palate. Touch of spiciness. Alcohol heat is felt at the finish, as well as in the belly.

M: Smooth - maybe too smooth, as the carbonation is light and makes this one feel a little bit flat. It could use some carbonation "bite" that seems to be lacking. Call it lighter side of medium in heft.

O: Excellent. Like a cross between Sculpin IPA and Stone IPA, though maybe not quite as good as either of them. But close.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a delightful light blonde/gold with a one-finger head. Yadda yadda on that. Brighter than other examples. I like 'em PALE.

Big WC-style hop kick here with lots of citrus in the nose. Not terribly hoppy but you'll notice it.

Citrus notes, especially grapefruit, make their presence known here. The malt is buttery too. Very nice. Balanced too, unlike another WC staple.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt make up the root of the mouthfeel. Again, balance is the key here.

Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light orange hue with a light haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with a nice lace. Attractive.

Smell: nice aroma of piney, citrusy hops with a bit of grapefruit character. A sweet undertone of malt is also detectable; I like it.

Taste: nice and hoppy all the way through, with a surprisingly smooth and balanced finish; the bitterness matches the sweetness well. Hop character is resiny and citrusy; a good combination. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decently creamy texture for the style. It works for me.

Overall: quite a good beer, although it doesn't jump out and grab me like the reviews suggested it might. That said, it is highly drinkable for a big IPA like this, and is extremely well balanced. Perhaps overrated in my opinion, but still delicious and wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; no freshness dating, but this is brand-new in my area and I picked it up two, maybe three days after it landed. So, I’m assuming it’s fresh as shit.

Appearance (4.0): A straight pour yields three solid fingers of off-white head, fine foam with fat bubbles near the top, slowly bubbling away; the body is a crystal-clear, honey-orange color. Lacing mostly surrounds the glass, thick in some places and scattered but sudsy in others.

Smell (4.5): Beautiful, beautiful citrus fruit with a floral character, like blooming flowers with fresh-cut pineapple. PASSIONFRUIT. That’s what I smell! There’s a nice, resinous, somewhat spicy hop character underneath, too, but it’s nowhere close to the strength of that fruit juice smell. The malt character is wrapped up in that sweet citrus and you have to look for it, but it’s a biscuity, white bread tone. Dig that floral-citrus hop character.

Taste (4.0): A little more plain on the palate than I was expecting . . . still plenty bitter, though. In fact, the bitterness is almost all borderline-astringent pith, like chewing on grapefruit peels. I’d love to get more fruit out of this, but the hop flavor itself is more resin than fruit. It finishes bitter (go figure), with an almost medicinal mixture of pith and just a hint of alcohol heat, which I wasn’t expecting. Does not detract, though. Turns slightly fruitier as it warms, but the palate is really dominated by pith bitterness above all else. The malt character is plain and crackery, not a bad complement—helps the hop profile shine.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Nice mouthfeel: subdued carbonation, but it foams actively to create a really smooth feel, and it finishes dry as a damn bone. Strikes a nice balance: bitter enough that it can be challenging for some folks, but dry and smooth enough that it’s just asking for you to take more.

Overall (4.0): Thank god. It has been a long time since I’ve smelled a REALLY fresh hop bomb, and I’ve been missing it. It also looks and feels quite nice, but I found the flavor profile to be bit one-note. The malt is what it is, plain and dry, and the hops are mostly bitter and not as much flavor, which I was really looking for after the nose. It does what it does very well, but I was hoping for something more dynamic in the hop character. Still, very well-done.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Good Beer.

Alesmith IPA pours a hazy tangerine, with goldenrod highlights and just a little bit of visibility through the glass. A finger or so of fluffy white foam caps the brew, and there's a decent amount of head retention. Lacing doesn't quite coat the glass entirely, but it comes admirably close. The nose doesn't jump out of the glass as much as I'd like, but it is nice
There's a little bit each of caramel and bready aromas, and those are met by a floral, sweet orange peel, citrus smell. The malt backbone is pretty much perfect. Again, some bready and some caramel notes. Enough of each to be appreciable, but both still subtle enough that they should, in theory,stay out of the way of the hops. The problem here is that the hops just don't quite deliver. There's a little bit of bitterness, but not the sharp bite I've come to look forward to from an IPA. Similarly, the orange-grapefruit citrusy close is nice, but not bold enough. The body, like the malt flavors, is spot on. There's a tiny bit of sturdiness, but it still definitely falls on the dry side of the spectrum. The carbonation could stand to have a little more life to it though. I've been holding off a while on trying Alesmith IPA due to the lack of bottle dating. I finally found some on draft, and I have to say, I'm a little bit underwhelmed.

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Photo of damngoode
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of yas
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The color is slightly darker than gold with a lasting, noticeable head. Looks very pretty.
Smell: I wouldn't mind suffocating to death with this scent. The smell is simply amazing. Sweet grapefruit, mangoes, pineapple, and other sweet, tropical flavors. It'll make you eager for the taste.
Taste: Follows the nose. Sweet front, with a slight bitter ending.
mouthfeel: medium body. I guess what you expect from an IPA.
Overall: This is one of the best IPAs I've tasted to date. This IPA is a must try to anyone. Whether you're a seasoned, veteran beer connoissuer, or a beginning, new beer drinker. This selection won't be a considered a waste.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Enjoyed this beer from cask at Small Bar in SD. I liked it much better than in bottle, and even regular tap.

A - Very fine carbonation as a cask beer. Slightly cloudy (cask beer!), hazy orange gold body. It had a very fluffy white head with great retention and lace. When first poured, it looked like it was on nitro, the carbonation was so fine and took so long to settle.

S - Nice, bright citrus aroma followed by piney fresh woody hops.

T - It had a very strong grapefruit bitterness, and piney notes at the front, followed by a style appropriate bitterness, and a nice lingering piney hop aftertaste.

M - As a cask pour, it had very fine and nice conbonation.

O - On cask, it is a very nice and solid IPA that can hold it's own to Pliney and others. (Like many of this style, I DO wish it were lower in alcohol though.)

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,218 ratings.
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