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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: 4,071
Photo of macster
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderully well balanced IPA. Pours an amber-orange color under a dense, but thin, whipsy white head.

Aroma of course is dominated by the hops with tons of freshly sliced grapefruit and orange, along with some faint notes of honey, pine, lemon and yeast rolls.

Pleasing full palate; smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spritz.

Although this is a typical west coast hop monster, the semi-sweet malt profile comes through nicely in the flavor department balancing impeccably with the big, bitter hop notes. Finish is long, dry, bitter, clean and crisp. Very easy goin' down.

In summary, simply one of the best American IPA,s out there

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Photo of ABCJiugui
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shaped pint glass

A- Light amber, clear first on, some yeast wisps when pouring later in the bottle, 2 finger head, good retention to 1mm cap, constant blotchy lacing.

S- piney, citric, floral american hopping, not much else, but a nice, typical american ipa hop aroma.

T- piney resinous, aggressive, just short of being overpowering, strong bittering finish that lasts along while, but not harsh- very pleasant and expected. Malty sweetness is quick- I would have liked a touch more, medium in nature, but quickly moved into hops. Finishes dry, but not too much so.

M- small carbonation, medium light body, not astringent, nice going down, and altho there is hop bitterness, not tongue strippingly so.

A nice american IPA- I may have preferred a slight more aggressive hop AND malt profile, but that's kinda overkill I suppose for the style. The long bittering, but not overpowering, hop finish is really enjoyable, and definitely highlights the flavors present.

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

Deep golden/copper in color this poured a big head of small bubbles that stayed tight. The nose was filled with grapefruit followed by some piney hops and a bit of caramel coated malt balls. In the mouth these flavors continued into a balanced midpalate of medium density. The finish showed off the bitterness though through the midpalate it was well-balanced with sweet malt.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, pours pale straw yellow, hazy, crazy carbonated, huge white foamy head, lacing nicely.

Aroma of american hops, floral and citrusy fresh hops, husky american 2 row.

Flavor is bang of hops, a light malt backbone and a palate cleasing carbonation that makes it difficult to discern any complex undertones that might be present. As it warms up, the hop profile seems alot more interesting.

A little to carbonated for my taste, and I'd recommendend not to serve this one to cold.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for this one...

What I came away with from this was an impression of perfect balance. Very fruity, juicy hop character was bolstered by a light and tasty pale malt base. Sweet orange/grapefruit/citrus was dominant, aroma of dusty malt and lightly spicy yeast also.

It had a deep golden amber color, and laced a little bit in the pint glass. Bitterness was at a manageable level, not over the top, just right. A little bit drying in the aftertaste.

Shared the 22 oz., but could easily enjoy one or two at a time. That will be a personal goal of mine, an afternoon with Alesmith IPA...

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

Pours a golden/orange, slightly hazy. Nice slightly off white fluffy head. Yeast floating in brew [beer slightly shaken prior to pouring].

Aroma is wonderful. Quite strong hops, sweet, flowery, orange. Nice.

Taste is hops, floral, ctirus, malts. Slightly sweet. This is just wonderful stuff. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very dry, nicely cleansing. Somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is a very impressive brew. Very, very drinkable. Nicely balanced and tremendous flavor.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden/amber body with a huge fluffy off-white head.. great retention... thick lacing... inviting!

S: Mix of grapefruit/lemon citrus hops.. soft foresty pine hops... dash of sweet malt

T: Mirrors the nose... slightly bolder blast of grapefruit and lemon bitter hops... piney comes in towards the end... nice lingering piney bitterness...

M: Smooth transitions between the different hop characteristics... as above the finish is lingering but crisp... nice!

D: One of the best IPAs out there ... great work alesmith!

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Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

great great great ipa. being an east coast native, i expected this one to be overly hopped and unbalanced, following the stereotype of west coast ipa. boy, was i wrong. georgeous dark golden color with a frothy white head that wouldn't go away. nose and taste exhibited extremely well balanced hop profile riding on a nice malt backbone with just enough bitter in the finish. medium full body that just begged to be enjoyed again and again and again. these guys make me want to give up and move as close as possible to the alesmith brewery so i can do nothing but be an alesmith lab rat. much respect to the alesmith team.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer!!!! One of my favorite IPA's. The appearance was a very gold/copper color and clean for the most part. The smell was very hoppy, sooo good!!! The taste was also extremely awesome, leaving me with a citrus like taste. Mouthfeel was also very clean. Easy to drink...I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear coppery gold, with a massive four-inch head of foamy white.
Lacework smears the glass throughout the duration. Ripped curtains, dots, and shredded ropes make for a grand appearance.
Aromatics are floral, citrus-ladel, and plenty hoppy.
Tangerine, melon, mangoe, grapefruit pith, spruce dew, and a hint of cracked coriander.
Quite aromatic, but not incredibly pungent.
The mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and tacky.
Tropical fruit, snappy hop resins, and juicy lupulin burst onto the pallet.
Bitterness is firm, drying, and smooth.
Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing, and the malt base is quite light.
Finishes with lingering citrus fruit, an earthy spruce note, and drying powdered grapefruit.

Great IPA, and probably in my top ten for the style. To have a screaming fresh pitcher would be bliss.

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light copper color, with a good sized white head that stuck around for a while and left a good coating on the glass. The smell was caramel, apricots and flowery hops. The taste was caramel balanced by a wonderful flowery, citrusy hop flavor balancing it out wonderfully. This is one of my favorite IPAs, if not my favorite. A beer I would highly recommend.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, half of which is poured into my Duvel tulip. Thanks, bennetj17

A: I decanted this to leave the yeast in the bottle for the second pour. As a result, this one's crystal clear, light caramel-amber with a giant frothy head that leaves lacing on the glass. The laser-etched D at the bottom of the glass gives a steady stream of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Superb balance between the pine hops and the crystal malt. There's a definite astringency to the aroma. Floral and orange notes but tons of pine here.

T: The body on this one is a little thinner than the color would suggest but the focus of this one is the hops. They really do shine through. Starts off with caramel malt-sweetness but progresses to a biting hop bitterness. The finish is all pine hops. Delicious.

M: Silky smooth and slick on the tongue. As I said, this is all about hops here - the malt is present, well balanced but not assertive.

D: Excellent. I'd never be able to tell this one had any alcohol in it. I'd drink it all night long.

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Photo of JDV
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Fordest for the bottle and my 400th rating.
Amber pour with a huge white meringue like sticky and lasting head. Smell is sweet fruity hops at first, with some citrusy notes and then hops turn more earthy. Taste is a quite sharp hoppy bitterness and flavor. Some light sweetness, but I personally would like to see just a touch more to balance out the big hops. After pouring the end of the bomber, it clouds up and is a nice hazy amber, and the body seemed to thicken up a bit. The alcohol is well hidden, and although this isn't one of my top 2 or 3 favorite IPAs it's still quite good, strong in hop flavor, and one worth trying.

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Photo of Atron67
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to olibeer22 for the trade!

A- poured a golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that stayed for a long ass time and left basically a sheet of lace.

S- huge hoppy piney grassy scents. pretty delicious,

T- has a strong hoppiness throughout, with a heavy dose of citrus and pines, leaves the mouth very cleanly, very good

M- pretty decent body, not thick, pretty light for a 7.6%'er but still a solid thick body.

D- sweet times

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can you say, it is a very nice, floral beer. Not balanced, but maybe unintended to be that way. Great looking beer and is very sticky on the nose. Hops dominate the beer, and unsure, but I would say it's pushing or over 100 IBU's. A little rough on the edges going down, very sharp hoppy bitterness. A very good brew, but there are others out there, as good, if not better, that are not $9 a bomber. Good to try to say I had it once, but I'll stick with Stone.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber for enjoyment courtesy of Wasatch.

Pours a cloudy orange amber. Mounds of cream colored head are fed by tiny streams of tight carbonation.

Nose is full of beautiful rich caramelly malt scents and fragrant hops. Notes of juicy grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and soft pine. Bready with syrupy sweet floral scents.

Taste is smooth and full. Plenty of nutty caramel malt balances well with juicy pineapple, citrus, and peach. Nice round bitterness at the finish with a breadiness and yeast flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

Feel is quite full for an IPA, smooth and rich with some oil/astringent feels. Full smooth carbonation is well balanced with the body. Moderately clean finish.

A very full IPA, well balanced in flavor and feel. Overall character leaves me satisfied without needing to drink a lot more, although, I definitely could drink this a lot.

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Photo of mully
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to rayjay for this beer

a-- thick fine bubbled head leaves a fine lace down to a thinly retained head murky gold apricot color

s-- sugary apricots, hint of citrus brightness a light caramel undertone

t-- full/grainy meaty hops balanced biterness - citrus comes in later slight apricot damn good beer

m-- fine carbonation well attenuated not overly sweet

d-- not over the top -- well balanced and refined.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hi Time Liquors.

It's been a long time since I last had any of the Alesmith brews:

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Btw, great head retention and there's plenty of nice lacing!

The smell is lots of grapefruit and just a bit of malt hiding in the background.

The taste is beautifully hoppy...grapefruit and some floral notes tickle my taste buds but there's a good level of malty sweetness that stops this from becoming too bitter. Nice medium to fullish mouthfeel here and the carbonation is medium as well. Easy sipping and such a good thirst quencher, man this is a top notch IPA indeed....and..
I notice a touch of grass in the finish and the aftertaste is fairly long but definitely pleasing. Also, despite it being 7.25%abv, I having *no* problem in making the contents of this 22oz bottle disappear. ;^)

For shame on me for not getting some for such a long time. It's truly worth the effort to get it *any* way you can because this IPA, imo, is a world class example of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose is citrus, perfume and pine. It's nothing crazy, but is is extremely well balanced. Flavor is almost unnecessary to elaborate on. Nice pine levels with a tangy fruit tone. I mean this really just can't go anywhere else. Just frickin' smooth. Slightly noticeable tone of alcohol kicks it down just ever so slightly when it's at the wrong temperature. Just has to be chilled ever so properly. Leaves a nice burn in my chest as I sip. Consider it more of a warm fuzzy feeling. Feel has a very good liquid touch and the carbonation is nice as well. This is an IPA and a masterful piece of work that should be sought out by all. Truly amazing.

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Photo of tprokop7
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recently picked up at Julios. Joe told me it was one I had to try, and I've been impressed with the rest that Alesmith makes, so it seemed like a good call. Poured into a pint at 50F.

A - Beautiful clear golden color, with nice thick head.

S - The smell is dominated by citrusy hops. Especially lemon peel and grapefruit.

T - Starts off just a bit sweet, but the flavor is quickly dominated by the hoppy bitterness. You don't taste the citrus quite as much as I expected from the smell, but the aftertaste is the same as the aftertaste orange peel leaves in your mouth.

M - Smooth, with medium carbonation. No complaints.

D - This really is a great beer, I see no reason why I couldn't keep drinking it. It's a nice, strong, balanced IPA.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/17/2008 Shared bomber

Golden Orange color with a white head. Nice head retention. Amora is malt...floral and citrus hops with a hint of piney.

Crisp...clean tasting. Seems also "pure". The hop assault is well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden.

This one really deserves the ratings. Outstanding beer experience.

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Photo of srroos
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured golden orange with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma is citrus and piney hops with some malty sweetness.

Taste is primarily hoppy and intense like an Imperial IPA, but with a malty sweetness that is often overpowered in other beers like this. Not quite an Imperial IPA, but more intense than most IPAs. Very well balanced in this regard.

Medium bodied with a bitter but sweet aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more. An excellent and well balanced brew, which will be a staple for me from now on.

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Photo of ojclark
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Floral hop aroma with lots of malt and rich crystal malt notes. Golden/orange color with lasting rocky off-white head. Floral/citric hops are main flavor component with good malt balance and slight daicetyl detectable. Creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky finish with a lingering bitter/hoppy aftertaste. Excellent.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this one a couple times now just to make sure that I didn't agree with all these glowing reviews. So the beer poured a golden yellow color that was very clear and had a decent amount of white head. That head dissipated within a minute or so. Looks like a very refreshing beer in the pint glass.

The smell was also nice, as it was loaded with citrusy hops. The grapfruit smell really came out here. The only catch is that it was overpowered by the hops. There was no malt or anything else to be smelled here.

The same goes for the flavor. The hop portion was very nice and clean. The fruity flavors shown through but again, there was nothing else to the beer. Also, the bitterness was on the extreme end of the spectrum. Again, refreshing and pleasant but not very complex.

The body was thin and carbonated which goes along with what I've been saying. It was drinkable but in the sense that you have one while your watching football or grilling in the back yard.

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Photo of boogles
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the closest to beer perfection I've ever come, the first 5.0 I've ever given. I can't imagine liking a beer better than this. Plenty of everything good, but not too much of anything. Everything about it is exceptional without being overdone. That it is so well composed is more shocking than any over hopped giant, in my opinion. Then again, I am most fond of IPAs that press toward the edge, but I find most imperials to be too much--not too much to handle, but for me too bitter to taste.

I did not like the AleSmith Speedway Stout, although I respected it. I was worried that this would be similar. It was similarly interesting, but unsimilarly approachable. This beer wins.

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