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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: 1,323 | Ratings: 4,115
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mason jar: color is copper, a little hazy looking, head is off white, mostly fine bubbles with some lacing along the glass.

Smell is probably the best aspect of the beer: solid hop aromas from grapefruit to pine to floral, well balanced and nice blend - nothing out of whack or overdone just very enticing.

Taste is a little sweet with the malt coming through after the sweetness; hops are more floral/earthy in the taste - its a heavier/sweeter ipa without a distinct malt flavor for me.

Mouthfeel is bitter, carbonation low - lingering qualities are light on the tongue.

Overall, solid IPA - but not earth shattering to me - the heavier sweetness is not in balance with other components of the beer - either way still good with a great aroma.

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Photo of gtermi
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ive been waiting for years to try this beer and now Texas finally has it! The beer pours a nice darker golden body with a thicker white head. The smell is off sweet malt and tropical hops. The flavor has a much stronger malt feel than expected, but super delicious with a tropical hop flavor. The beer goes down easy with a bit of tingle all across the tongue. Overall this is an amazing IPA and super balanced. Very delicious

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Photo of agreenman19
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - crystal clear orangey amber. Fluffy, lively head with good retention. Seems foamy.

S - strong notes of grapefruit, stringent malt, and a deep pine freshness.

T - getting a tangy bitterness up front that dissolves into a hollow pineyness. Seems to lack a strong malt backbone. All hops, all citrus. Seems to hover on the upfront punch and tries to ride that for the entirety of the beerxperience. Leaves me craving more.

F - I spent like 5 minutes texting and doing other shit, continually coming back to this page, staring at it, writing nothing, then switching away. The feel is okay. Not bad, but nothing stands out. Works well with the beer.

O - good example of the west coast style IPA. Unfortunately that's all it is. I would bring this to a "Hey you've never had an IPA before so let's start with the basics" tasting.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A nice golden amber with an inch of off-white head, neat lines of bubbles rise through the beer, beautiful lacing, and the head hangs around for much of the adventure.
Smell: Citrus and pine, a hint of malt, quite earthy. Just makes you want a taste.
Taste: Grapefruit bitterness, resinous pine, a sturdy malt backbone that has a hint of residual sugar, lingering bitterness.
Feel: Medium to heavy body compared to some similar IPA's which lends itself well to this beer, good carbonation.
Overall: A very drinkable IPA, good nose and flavors, interesting mouthfeel, and that lingering bitterness completes it.

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Photo of Eli2814
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottling date 11/27/15 drink date 1/29/16
I gotta say, even for the significant age of this ipa, it's certainly my favorite.
It was a bit hazy, amber/gold. About a fingers worth of head. A good looking beet for sure.
Slight citrus not on the nose, but pine is definitely more at the forefront along with the malts.
The taste is similar and spectacular. It has a great deal of piney bitterness, but iy is SO well balanced by the malt, not too overwhelming, but definitely not too sweet.
It felt like a craft soda, small bubbles for a silky mouthfeel. It was damn- near chuggable.
Overall, it speaks well of the west coast style. It's sure to satisfy.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review sample was bottled 11/30/15*

A- Dark orange body out of the light. But in the light, the body color is a nice honey, yellow color. It is on the hazy side, but I do not notice any sediment in the beer. The head is 2 finger, frothy, and bright-white in color. Head died to a nice 1 finger in size. It is leaving some very nice lacing. Great looking west coast style IPA> But as of lately, I'm really fond of the New England "hazy" IPA/Pale Ale look.

S- Lots of pineapple and sweet bready malts. I also get the typical grapefruits in there as well. I detect some caramel notes as well. Light notes of pine and leather. Pretty standard west coast IPA, but good.

T- This is how a good west coast IPA should taste. It's fairly balanced between the hop notes and the malty taste. I notice that compared to New England style IPAs that this has a darker, caramel malt, kind of taste. Upfront I get the pineapple and grapefruit notes. Light pine notes and some oily, resinous notes. Slightly dank towards the end, but I'd say Alesmith IPA finishes fairly clean. It's not overly dry.

F- The body is medium in feel. It's crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing. This doesn't quite drink like citrus juice in the way some New England style IPAs do, but I'd say the drinkability is quite high on this.

Overall this is a great tasting west coast IPA. It's not too bitter at all. And it's not super, super dank. I can't stand an IPA or Imperial IPA that is way too hoppy and dank. It's almost undrinkable to me. This is really well balanced between the malts and hops. I tend to like the IPA's that are on the citrus juice side of the mouthfeel, but this a great IPA I would never hesitate to drink when I'm in the mood for this style.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured this into an ipa glass and it poured amber color with a nice white lacing that sticks to the glass. the smell is of grapefruit and pine. this brew has a bite, the taste is bitter like orange peel and pine. the feel is crisp and the dry finish is similar to tanons on the tongue. overall this is a refreshing ipa, it is not the best but its good.

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Photo of erikcx
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Honey colr, slight haze. Minimal head with just a touch of lacing. Hops and bread/caramel on the nose. Strong grapefruit hoppiness on the first taste, then the malt makes a comeback with the finish. Classic IPA; delicious!

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma - citrus, pine, floral, cracker malt. Below average intensity for the style.

Taste - grapefruit, orange with a medium bitter, semi-dry piney finish.

Overall - a classic IPA that was awesome 10 years ago. It's a little better than middle of the road today. Overpriced and over rated. Still nice to drink, though.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/30/15

Pours honey golden color with off white, frothy head which dissipates quickly to a sparse top layer. Large bubbled collar. Very small particles in suspension.

Nose is tropical fruits with grapefruit and ample bread, cracker. As it warms, the malts overtake the fruity hops in the nose.

Taste is hop bite of grapefruit with hints of orange and lemon. Bold cracker malt in tandem with the hop acidity. Strong bitterness on the back of the palate and tongue but allows some sweetness through. Similar to the aroma, the malts come into balance with the hops as it warms up and the palate adjusts to the initial citrus bite.

Wouldn't say it is clean or crisp as the bitterness lingers quite a bit, but it's on the lighter side in the feel. A touch sticky.

This one has been around a while and finally brought myself to get some now that it's available in 6pk 12oz bottles. Very solid with all the right characteristics of citrus, bitterness, and bready malt. It's a true classic with a great showcase of how malts can compliment rather than detriment a hoppy IPA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with finger white head, great retention, soapy lace. Bready aroma with piney hops. Taste is a very nice balance of toasted bread malt with bitter piney and grapefruit peel hops. Clean crisp finish with medium slightly oily mouthfeel.

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