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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,315
Ratings:
4,091
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
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728
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Reviews: 1,315 | Ratings: 4,091
Photo of winomark
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliant meduim copper with a small light tan head. Lots of bubbles, with a clingy head.

Aroma: Hop spice and citrus from a foot away! Some malt giving balance.

Taste: Hoppy gooness and malt very well balanced. Hops grab hold of a nice, lingering finish. Malt really helps with the body.

Mouthfeel: Very flavorful, but somewhat light. Slightly heavy and sweet on the finish, which is pleasantly bitter.

Drinkability: A super brew from Alesmith. Would love to add this one to my regular selections. Try this one whenever you can.

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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 JerzDevl2000
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this beer up recently at the Whole foods on Columbus Circle in New York, having never had this before. I loved their Speedway Stout and after seeing how highly-rated it was on here, I was exciting for find this in a smaller size given how their other offerings were found in bombers. While not the best IPA that I've had, I can see why people enjoy this so much given how recessed the alcohol was and how wonderful the flavor and mouthfeel were.This was a bit strong but never felt or tasted it and it was hard not to drink quickly, in addition!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a deep golden hue, fluffy head, and somewhat cloudy appearance to it. The foam took a while to settle and was present until the end in the form of a fair amount of lacing left in layers on the side of my pint glass. Lots of citrus, pine, and pineapple in the nose with even more in the taste as well. The bready malt gave this good balance as the hop bitterness never dominated or "burned" too much and the sticky, sappy nature of this shone through wonderfully. While not juicy, this wasn't dry either as this beer struck a nice balance all-around.

While strong, this wasn't overpowering and was easy to enjoy from the get-go. I could see why people liked this so much and this was a solid offering to review on here. With so many IPA's out there, there are better and tastier examples to find but it would be hard to go wrong with this one. Another winner from AleSmith that was worth going to another state to obtain!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow edging orange, very clean, and crisp and airy foam.

Very tropical, melon, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, caramel, and candied malt aromas.

This smells wonderful, but the flavor doesn't come across the same way. Still tropical mainly citrus, melon, and tangy pineapple-like flavors but seem subdued compared to the aroma. Supported by a caramel sweet malt backbone.

Medium-bodied, medium-carbonation, crisp, tropical, sweet.

Overall, this is another Alesmith brew that did not meet the hype for me. Good, but not incredible. There is such a large variety of IPAs that I can purchase locally that blow it out of the water hands down. Worth sampling, but a trip to Wisconsin for Alesmith is only worth it for Speedway Stout and Wee Heavy.

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Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice American IPA with a prodigious head that was immense. The head never quit, and unless you pour the beer ultra slowly fully tipped, you will have to wait out the foamy thick billowing head from this beer. The beer is a bit cloudy with some fine particulates floating about. I will review this beer with more contemplation at a later time, but for now, the beer has the orange burst of an American IPA. It is not as grapefruity or acerbic or estery and oily from the hop. The hop quality seemed a bit dry and leafy but the nice orange burst was a treat. This review will continue at a later time.

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Photo of briman
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber, with a big fluffy off-white head. Outstanding head retention...actually, it never completely went away. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is piney hops, but leaning more towards orange and tangerine citrus elements.

Taste is hoppy. Little bit of malt upfront, not really sweet & just enough to balance things out, but the taste is mostly citrus hops. Finishes with the typical grapefruit rind bitterness, though, it seems a little milder than I expected. Does linger for a bit, but not as long as some other examples.

Medium-full body, moderately carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. The milder than expected finish makes this a pretty smooth IPA, and I can see having quite a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a slight IPA binge, I'd say this beer is not what I expected from the Alesmith hype. While tasty, the Pizza Port Swami's I had earlier was much better. I've had homebrews this good (which IS A GOOD THING!), but I feel it's like any other IPA out there. A bit sweet, not as dry as some and definitely not as hoppy as some others (doesn't taste or smell dry-hopped). While a great beer, it feels less pacific coast IPA and more east coast/british in style. Balanced though. Definitely a good beer. The head is creame and it stays around.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip with no bottling date.

pours a crisp darker copper color with a 2 inch foamy , lasting white head. Big piney hoppiness on this beer, very nice aroma. The taste starts off with a rush of bitterness followed by the taste of pine with a tad of grapefruit. Not a lot of malt presence, this one definitely favors the hops. finishes with a lingering bitterness that stays with you for a bit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. 7.25% is apparent, too. Nice warming quality.

Overall just a solid hop forward IPA. This is more traditional for the style, and it is done very well. If youre in the mood for a solid IPA, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque orange pour with a big, loose, white head. Bright citrus aroma with some floralness to it and hints of melon and honey. Loads of grapefruit, mango and melon flavor with a sweet toffee malt body. The mouthfeel is medium, sticky and loaded with cleasnsing carbonation.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Has a grapefruit aroma with a good piney hop. There is a hint of caramel. Not as fresh as I would like it but still good. Nice juicy taste with grapefruit and a good transition to a piney hop. There is a mild lemon tartness at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Good beer and easily drinkable. Just not a big fan of the lemon with any IPA.

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

Alesmith IPA is a very solid IPA from California that isn't available on the east coast afaik, but I managed to get some in a trade. My first comment was that this beer was a bit too sweet for an IPA and although it didn't make it undrinkable, but does take away from how I like this beer. It has a beautiful hazy orange color with just a light glazing of foam that easily dissipates. The aroma is strongly piney with a bit of fruity sweet note. The beer has great bitterness and hop qualities, that are resinous, pineapple, almost lychee like in it's tropical character. I really enjoyed this beer but just wish that it wasn't so sweet.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter golden and a good frothy head with good retention but a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Big citrus and grapefruit, with some good earthiness. Good all around. Nothing transcendent.

Taste: Good balanced with earthy rind-like grapefruit and herbal bitterness. Big finish, a bit of candied grapefruit. Lots of lemon and orange there also, but lacking the good plus bomber-ness.

Mouthfeel: Big and frothy and nice, but it's still medium-bodied, and creamy as all hell. The best thing about this beer for sure.

Drinkability: To me it's not the heralded beer folks say it is. I get this all around, honestly. That said, it's great, and I liked it all around.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and very bitter fresh bottle thanks to xlperro. While very good IPA, its not significantly superior to many other good American IPAs I have had. Full mouthfeel with citrus and dough. Somewhat overcarbonated that with bitterness and pine and tad grassiness, set off my mouth. Good accompanyment to dinner however.

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Three finger's worth of eggshell colored head that is fluffy and delicate with a slightly rocky top... Pretty impressive retention... The color is a vibrant amber with a faint glow... A limited amount of slightly sluggish carbonation... Loads of sticky lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - An interesting mix of hoppiness... Mostly citrus (oranges and tropical fruit) with some earthiness and a kiss a piney notes... While the hops are at the forefront, there is a malt base the while slightly less than equal is still fairly strong... Graham crackers... Some bread crust notes... A hint of caramel... Even some faint golden raisin sweetness...

T - A fairly mellow earth hoppiness dominates throughout... The malt base is more pronounced on the palette and is loaded with crackers, bread crust, and some faint hints of caramel and toffee... There is also a very very faint spiciness that lingers beneath the surface...

M - Light to medium bodied... Light to moderate carbonation... A bit of juiciness... The finish turns increasingly dry and slightly chalky...

D - A formidable American IPA that deserves it's spot at the table with the other big boys in the category... Not my personal favorite, but there are many exceptional characteristics of this Alesmith offering...

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

Thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Copper-orange, mostly clear with an absurdly large white head that retreats slowly leaving okay lacing. On swirling get an immediate head resurgence with good retention.

Bitter rind, orange, pineapple and mildly spicy, floral hops. Candied, boiled sweet notes marry well with the floral character. Hint of cleaning product.

Fresh grapefruit, earthy pine and orange rind overtake the tropical fruit character in the nose, but only just. Plenty of mango, melons and guava. The malts are unobtrusive and serve merely to sharpen the hop flavours.

Relatively chewy and full, with moderate whole-of-palate bitterness and terrific length.

Very, very drinkable and hard to fault, although personally I'd prefer a little more tropical hops and a stronger malt presence - admittedly the latter probably make me a heretic.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this fine ale.

a - burnt orange color, a bit of haze, big off-white head with good retention and great lacing, lots of bubbles - almost soda-like

s - big citrusy hop aroma, orange, pineapple, some pine, sweet, slight maltiness

t - big sweetness up front with lots of caramel and maltiness, pretty surprising judging from the smell, hops hit on the tail of this one with an intense bitterness that lasts through the long finish, notes of orange and grapefruit, tinge of alcohol at the end as well

m - medium-bodied, ample carbonation, moderately dry finish

d - somewhat drinkable, the sweetness and bitterness limits somewhat, definitely not a session beer

Very good beer overall, but not the top notch IPA I expected. Much more like a DIPA to me. Different from other SoCal IPAs I've tried. The intense sweetness was a little too much for me. That said, my expectations were artificially high and I'd certainly like to have this available to me regularly.

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

pored from a bomber, the first half was a mostly clear golden orange, the second a cloudy light amber due to the yeast sediment. creamy white head and lacing. honeyed citrus and floral in the first pour, bready, yeasty, and spicy in the latter pour. sweet doughy bready malts are washed out by the big but not harsh hop grapefruity bitterness. a bit of pepper and spice on the end, esp in the second pour. medium bodied. first half is prickly and frothy, second half is chewy. long drying bitter finish. a good example of a west coast ipa.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jtrockchalk for giving me this out of the blue. This beer has been pretty elusive for me. I've had the pleasure of drinking most of the major American IPA's but this one has eluded me for over 2 years.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a tawny orange with just a little bit of ruby highlights when held up to the light. This beer creates a big 3 inch head that leaves some really sticky lacing tight lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very similar to any good west coast American IPA. Hops, hops and citrusy hops. The nose starts out with bright orange, a little lemon, and finished with just a bit of bitter white grapefruit rind. There is also just a light, mild, malty sweetness that lingers in the nostril at the tail of the aroma. The flavor is very similar but Grapefruit really is the dominant flavor. Rind bitterness, orange and just a bit of medical bitterness. I'm actually surprised with how much malt comes through. There is definitely a bit of a backbone to the hops. The mouthfeel is light leaving a great citrusy residue lingering on the palate. This really is a great brew. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try it.

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

Live review.

An almost white, two finger head relaxes to a thick cap that lasts, and leaves some crankin' lace arms hugging the inside of the mini snifter.

Despite purposely choosing my aroma capturer snifter, this has but a light/medium aroma, but a good'un. Neutral sweet, slightest grain, and varieties of sweet citrus mingling with some grassy floral. Nice.

Fourteen ounces (or so) in and I have a handle on what makes this so fucking delicious. It is the littlest bit of lemony, Sorachi Ace-like flavor that is behind a clean mix of grainy sweet and citrus hop complexity. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and the lemon, this touches all the bases. This would be a higher taste grade if it finished a bit cleaner and more bitter. It gets some piney dry going, but could be epic with more.

Mouthfeel this beer's best feature. Low carb.,very viscous, pretty fucking clean for it, and a finish just short of amazing. Quite refreshing and interesting.

Too bad for this beer so many great, I say again GREAT, IPA made in this country now, or this would be the best IPA ever. As it is the list is right, at least ten even more excellent. A must try for lovers of this style!

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

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a soapy antique white head. The head is rather stubborn, which contributes to the sustained attractiveness of the beer. Sticky suds lace the glass as the beer is being drunk. The bouquet consists of pine, grass and lemon zest, with occasional notes of burning peat. It has a soft, wet mouthfeel that yields to a gentle carbonation scrub. A lot of pine flavor from start to finish. Less prominent grapefruit flavor, but the bitterness unique to grapefruit is present. It is well-balanced by the grain, and, thankfully, not overpowered by it. The pleasant mouthfeel rounds out the experience. Nothing to get terribly excited about, but a good IPA.

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

22 oz. bomber, poured into a tulip.

A: Dark yellow, almost copper color. Pour dropped a vigorous 3 finger head that left nice lace.

A: Pretty typical of a west coast ipa. Big citrus and grassy hops with a small malt profile.

T: This one may have been just a little past it's prime. The hops were still forward, but a little too much of the malt profile came through. Grapefruit and lemon mostly, with the 2-row backing it up. Finishes dry with a little kick.

M: Agressive carbonation, medium body. Sharp, but not overly so.

O: Again, I thought this may be just a touch past it's prime, but all in all still a very fine ipa. Would really like to get a crack at this fresh. Skal.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No time to review properly, but I'll do my best without the usual protocol.

Looks brilliant - clear copper & solid retention/lacing. Nose is solid, very deep malty notes against a really deep, pungent hop character. The palate is the same, perfectly balanced & finishing bitter. Feel is average/above-average to style, nice carb & not absurdly heavy or thin. I like this brew quite a lot overall.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to raoulduke37 for the trade!

Poured from a bomber into a big, curvy "beer" glass. A nice deep, translucent orangey gold color, starting with two fingers of big, foamy head & settling to a thin coating. Lacing in strands around the glass, exciting tiny, fast bubbly action.

Beautiful hop smell: floral, grass, the smell of spring basically. A little bit of bread & cracker smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming, a smooth & even hop character.

The lovely hop character is forward in the taste, but again not overwhelming or destructive to the tastebuds. I have to say that the smell promises a little more than the flavor delivers, but there's really no room to complain. There is a certain rich taste I can't quite put my finger on, like a stinky cheese or something.

The mouthfeel is active, spicy from the hops, jumpy from the bubbles. I'm gonna finish the bomber, but I can feel the moderately high ABV creepin' up on me already & would say that'll have to do it. I like that this is a full IPA that doesn't wreck my palate, with some good good hops going on.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. No freshness dating evident on the bottle. Poured a translucent, golden-copper with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid skim of a cap. Some sheets and strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Great nose - sweet grapefruit and tropical fruit esters. Taste is a muted version of the nose with some malt character in the mix and a slightly piny/medicinal character that comes out at the back (I'm thinking this may be an older bottle). Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild carbonation and a slightly watery consistency. Not a bad IPA at all; however, I think this was a bottle that was past it's prime. That being said, I think it has held up remarkably well, despite the diminished hops character.

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