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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: 1,331 | Ratings: 4,166
Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden/cloudy color with a frothy white head.

S - The aroma was definitely hoppy! Grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes were apparent.

T - Bitter. Some grapefruit was perceptible, but it was bitter at the beginning and finished bitter as well - but it somehow works.

M - Medium and holds up well.

D - Excellent for a bold hoppy IPA.

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Photo of ArogantBastard26
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a strong yet inviting IPA! On the bottle they say IPA stands for "It's Pretty Awsome" and I fully agree. This IPA has a consistent orangish gold hue throughout the beer. This beer has a strong, fresh citrus-like aroma that gives you a hint of what you will be getting into.
The taste begins with a fresh, strong, hoppy, blast, but when the end is near it is cut with almost a lemon/lime cooling effect that nullifies the any bitter after-taste.

This beer is powerful and strong yet very refreshing and easy to drink. I recomend this beer to any IPA lover.

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Photo of FreightTrain
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice, somewhat hazy (not that I mind) dark/blood orange with a large semi-rocky white head. The head deserves its own sentence: its lush, small bubbles pile on top of the beer and never leave, amazing head retention all the way till the end, leaving behind plenty of lacing. Very impressive.

Nose is floral and citrusy, all hops. Could be a little more fragrant, but nice.

Taste is smooth with distinct hoppiness up front and a more pronounced bite in the back of the mouth. There must be Cascade hops in there. A very nice bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is lush and velvety, coats the tongue and hits the back of the mouth full on. The bottle conditioning is apparent here.

In terms of drinkability, at 7.25% this delicious and exceptionally well-made beer is not something you could knock back all night, but that's clearly not the idea. This is an excellent beer to be enjoyed with some spicy Thai food or sipped on its own by those who cherish well-crafted IPAs.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from lagadeer.

Beautiful hazy orange with massive, thick off white head that never goes away and laces wonderfully down the glass.

Smells like hop nirvana. Big punch of juicy hops followed by resiny pine. This is as close to perfect as an IPA can be. I wish I smelled this good. A compliment of malt does waff through on the second or third takes.

Taste is what unbelivalbe. Juicy hops are the front followed by the piney resin. The malts fill out the bill leaving nothing more to want. Feel is very good and leaves a nice aftertaste on the palate.

I can't pick a favorite IPA, it's like picking a favorite kid, but for today this is it. I know I am gushing over this, but it is that good. I would love more of this beer. If I were out west this would be a fridge staple.

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

Pours a really deep golden with a fluffy white head. Nose is heavy on pine with a malty backbone. Taste is very good, not quite stone, though. Pretty smooth and refreshing. I little overbittered perhaps, but still a nice and piney/sweet IPA. Top notch!

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from Stubone in trade. Thank you.

This IPA pours a cloudy copper color with a bit of spent yeast floating in my glass topped off with a full three fingers worth of slightly off-white head. This beer left ribbons of lacing around the walls of my pint glass. As a hop-head I love smelling this beer. The hops are very fresh and vibrant with strong scents of citrus fruit and pine underpinned by a subtle soft earthiness as well, and I personally think one of the best American IPA noses you will find. The flavor profile first brings on the rush from all of those hops with flavors of orange rind, pineapple, sticky pine needles, and ripe grapefruit, but as the beer warms a bit I get more of the sweet caramel base to round everything out. I do get a bit of alcohol in the flavor as well, but that is fairly muted compared to the hops and malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth going down with no astringency and the alcohol that was present in the flavor was gone in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is superb on this beer and even at 7.75% I would have multiple offerings of this beer.

Anyone else want to trade for some of this? Just let me know. This beer was fantastic.

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Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a recent package as an extra from 0110x011. This will officially be my 2nd AleSmith brew. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a nice hay yellowish orange with terrific clarity and a giant two finger bright white head. The cap and collar never seem to recede to anything smaller than a half finger and more lacing is left than I knew was possible. I can count every drink I've taken from the rings left down the side of the glass. Beautiful!
Smell- From opening the bottle I was bombarded with a raw piney blast of hops. Full of citrus goodness that reeks of pineapple, mango and pithy grapefruit. Even hints of freshly sliced green apple waft in the background. Very feint brown sugar sweetness is detectable once the brew warms a bit. Very earthy and nice with subtle hints of alcohol every now and again.
Taste- Starts with a brash bitter kick to the mouth. Citrus is clearly the culprit that like the nose is full of pineapple and grapefruit. Orange and lemon zest add a bit more of that rabid hop bite before a nice flux of malty goodness steps in to balance things out a bit. Warm and lightly sweet the caramel malt is in the perfect position of helping to keep the hops at bay but still allowing them to be the focal point. Seems to get a bit sweeter as it warms and I actually like it a bit more. Semi bready, semi sweet, mostly bitter this is a damn tasty IPA.
Mouthfeel- Slick and oily with a medium crisp body and light zesty carbonation that is ultra fine. A slight bit of warming toward the finish.
Drinkability- The other night (a week ago actually) I had a Sculpin IPA and although it was decent, I was expecting a lot more. Turns out what I was expecting was AleSmith IPA. This is a terrific beer that although I wouldn't describe as balanced, it's not over the top and has that terrifically fruity hoppiness that I enjoy. Big thanks to Matt for his generosity!

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a copper orange with thick slightly off white head that leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass.

S: More citrus hops seem to be in the forefront with piney hops in the background. Grapefruit and earthy tones are also detected.

T: The piney hops rush up in the taste of this beer and create a very calm bitterness. The fruity flavors give this beer some sweetness, while the hops make it more powerful throughout. It's an odd teetering between an AIPA and IIPA. Very interesting and deep taste that makes me think about one of those styles with every sip.

F: Medium body, with not a large amount of carbonation.

D: A fine drink from AleSmith. The dynamic taste made this drink disappear faster and faster from my glass. A very good IPA overall and would definitely have again.

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Photo of Foxman
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy and amply carbonated honey golden amber. A full finger of pithy off-white head sustains ably. Paisley lacing op-arts the inside of the glass.

In the aroma fruity sweet toasted pale malt is softly bussed by a gracious tingle of floral hops as well as muted citrus. Pine and alcohol flit about at the periphery.

Upon sipping, toasted malt is quite sweet with caramel and juicy berry. Just before it's crisped, the sweetness is briefly cotton candy. The hops then assert proportionately with creamy mandarin orange, dry grapefruit, and sappy pine. The alcohol is quite temperate. Baked dough and a measure of residual sugar are crisped by a finish that builds gradually to a just-so bitterness. It's an artful, balanced blending of enticing elements.

Medium bodied, it has a feathery, rounded effect on the palate, flowing like spicy cream, and it dries to a clean glow.

The individual components speak to great quality, but it's the seemingly effortless balance it achieves that steps out and wows the senses. It doesn't strive for complexity but rather for blissful blending. The ABV is a non-issue despite a buzz of warmth, because this drinks dreamily as a matter of course. This one will never spend much time in my DBF. I get it, I drink it, I love it. Talk about a simple equation.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz growler from bgthang.
Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a light amber / dark golden color. 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma: floral hops , some citrus.
Taste: well balanced, not much hop bite .
Mouthfeel: good
Drinkability: very good.
A very nice IPA. not my favorite but on my short list. I would buy more of this if readily available.

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Photo of jakon
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased for $5.69 on 5-16-8 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a very quick rising head that displays great retention while leaving behind thick splotches of lacing.

The aroma features orange zest, pineapple, pine needles, spicy cannabis and light alcohol. Just an overall very bright hop presence.

The taste is top notch as far as IPA's go. All my favorite hop characteristics can be found in abundance here. Bitterness is dialed in perfectly.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA.

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

From a great-looking bomber pours a great-looking beer. This is a really pretty IPA. Very clear, copper color. It has a precious metal look to it. Excellent creamy, foamy head. Lots of lacing. The previous reviewer called this beer velvety, which I agree with. The persistent head adds to that.

Upon uncapping, aromas immediately streamed out before even pouring. This is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away. Really nice aromatic hops. I notice mandarins, nectarine, pine resin... all very sweet and nectar-like. Normally I'd want more malt smells to come through, but I'm perfectly happy smelling this hop flower.

Taste is excellent. Here the malts show themselves, but not after a first rush of the sweet, aromatic hops. They move aside and mingle with the substantial, caramel and bready malts. Appropriate but in-control bittering hops round out the long finish. Wow, I'm really enjoying this beer, and it's not just because I had a long day.

Mouthfeel is so creamy, smooth and velvety. Perfect for this beer, in my opinion.

This is such a good, well rounded IPA. Highly recommended. I need to try more AleSmith beers now.

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish gold with 2 fingers of just the slightest off-white head. The retention is fantastic, with at least a good 1/2 finger of creamy foam left behind with produces big sticky hop lacing. The aroma is ahhh...West Coast awesomeness right up my nose! Fresh pine, grapefruits, spice, and sweet backing malts.

The taste is more of the same. Biting (but not overly so) resinous hop bitterness and zesty citrus that is backed by a solid backbone of bready caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and velvety feel down the throat.

This is a great representation of what San Diego has to offer. A delicious flavor profile mixed with one fantastic drinkable package. I would love for this to be my go to IPA. Great stuff!

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

A - Pours a nice tan color with a slight chill-haze. Head is white and about one finger but doesn't last. lacing is merely okay.

S - Hops at the front but not overpowering. Citrus and slight cat pee (not necessarily a bad thing).

T - As with the aroma the hops are the story here. Grapefruit and orange peel followed by a nice bitterness. The finish lingers on.

M - Medium bodied but the carbonation takes it. Small bubbles tingle on the tongue and add to the experience.

D - Very quafable. If only this was available locally!

All in all a fine example of the American IPA. Certainly not a session beer but easy to drink.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to t0rin0 for this one...

Clear amber in color, huge, thick white head. Leaves tons of lacing. Great retention.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops-grapefruit, orange. Some light caramelly malts. Hint of spice.

Taste- exactly what I like in an IPA! Bitter, citrus hops, earthy, sweet malts. Creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through a little as it warms, but it is a light, very welcome presence.

Excellent example of an IPA, I finished the bomber and still could've had more.

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Photo of Goliath
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge foamy off-white head. Great retention and plenty of lace.

Aroma is delicious. A nice hoppy nose showing big citrus notes, pine, and a little spiciness.

The taste is a bit of a let down. It's alcoholy, and a bitter hoppiness exists but is missing the familiar hop profiles I've come to expect and love. The beer does grow on you. Citrus starts to come through with a great bitterness. I'm really disappointed, and starting to wonder if this was sitting on the shelf too long because I can't see why this is a top 100 brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Relatively high alcohol limits consumption as well as subpar flavors.

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

seaoflament hooked me up with this one as a bonus in a recent trade. huge thanks carlos!

22oz bottle. sampled may 2/08.

pours deep orange, nearly red in the center, with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops fairly quick to a fine layer on top and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. bit of alcohol. slightly powdery hops. big bread and cracker malts. touch of orange and tangerine.

mmmm, taste is excellent. solid hoppy punch up front - grapefruit mostly, and a bit of pine. fades into a bit of alcohol, then the big bread and cracker malt. finishes with a solid medium bitterness level. bit of tangerine. light caramel sweetness. slightly floral hops too, but never getting perfumey.

mouthfeel is excellent. just below medium carbonation level. great medium body. slightly drying hop presence.

drinkability is great. this is one top notch ipa - and that's saying a lot with the number out there. perfectly balanced. great malt depth. interesting hop presence. it'd be drinking this all the time were it available locally.

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Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to 0110x011 for sending this incredible brew in a recent trade.

Pours into my Duvel tulip a gorgeous glowing golden color with a huge, fluffy, frothy, white head that seems to last forever...

Big, citrusy grapefruit/orangey aroma wafts out of the glass and bombards me with a sweet hoppy smell that is very reminiscent of Hopslam.. This is an IPA? Sure don't look or smell like it...

Wow... I'm completely unprepared for this blast of sweet, hoppy, citrusy, juicy goodness... Its just ridiculous... Its the perfect IPA...loaded with a West Coast hoppiness and balanced by a sweet maltiness... Man, this is great..

Scary, scary drinkable... I can't get enough and before I know it, this is almost gone...

Ok, I'll admit it... This blows every other IPA away in my book.. My previous favorites just don't have what this one does.. Unfortunately, unless Alesmith decides to start distribution to Tn, I won't be having this one again anytime soon. And that's just sad...

Best IPA in the world or at least the best that I've ever had..

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Photo of SaucyA
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Frothy, cream white head, with lots of carbonation feeding it. Beautiful clear orange body, in my Short's 20 oz. pint glass. It looks good! Lacing.

S - Abundant floral hops, not so much malt. A great west coast nose.

T - So tasty! Well-balanced hop/malt interaction, with a nice bitter bite at the finish. It's a clean and really well put-together AIPA, almost bordering on a DIPA in terms of both taste and smell.

M - Thicker and oily, with medium/high carbonation to help ease it down.

D - This is a little high in ABV, and the hops are pretty intense, yet it goes down easy and is a pleasure to consume.

Notes: Huge thanks to urwatuh8 for including this in a recent trade as an extra. I've been on an IPA kick lately and this one really hit the spot. If it were available to me I'd pick this up a lot.

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Photo of pheggeseth
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden yellow with a huge rocky white head, tons of lacing, not much carbonation

S: floral and fruity hops up front, slight caramel and berries in the middle

T: oaky wood up front with floral notes again, some fruit in the middle with some piney sweetness, it all tapers off a little more quickly than I would like

M: crisp, maybe a little low on carbonation, ever so slightly thin?

D: a very unique IPA in my opinion, strong and complex, but still totally drinkable

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of tayner poured into a pint glass. Thanks Dana!

A: Pours a clear, bright golden with a beautiful thick fluffy head that hangs around for ages. Fantastic lacing and a great looking IPA all the way around.

S: Big citrus and piny hops in the nose with a pleasant malt aroma in the background. Strong lemon and grapefruit smells on top of the fragrant pine.

T: Initial bitterness of the piny hop blast almost immediately gives way to the citrus, with lemon zest, oranges, and grapefruits dominating. Very subtle malt background throughout before the pine hop bitterness reenters the fray in the lingering aftertaste. Pretty aggressive but well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with enough carbonation and bitterness to zing the tongue nicely. Despite the zing, the overall mouthfeel is actually very smooth.

D: One of the more drinkable IPAs out there and a solid example of a West Coast IPA. This is about as big as you can get without getting into DIPA territory. Another great beer from the folks at AleSmith who rarely disappoint.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a almost off-white head. Aromas of citrus and melons and a little sweet malt. Tastes like tangerine and cantaloupe with a little children's chewable aspirin. Full body. Flowery, fruity hops overall. Finishes with some bitter hop. Totally pushes the IPA into Imperial IPA territory, but it's all relative I suppose. Big Ups to Tim Drhuhggs and his sister for making this beer happen for me. Totally worthy.

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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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