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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 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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Photo of Digimaika2
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Mostly clear amber colour with a tall and very creamy and puffy head that is stark white. Outstanding retention that slowly forms a crater shape.

(4.0) S: Bold damp pine, tart grapefruit, lemon zest, and buttered bread. Textbook for the style with clearly defined aromas that are big and robust. Earthy/mossy. Noticeable dryness.

(4.0) T: Pine, citrus elements, slightly nutty, and a rich bready backbone. There is a sweet fruity finish to this that resembles cotton candy and/or watermelon – very good whatever it may be. Equal amounts of bitterness and dryness both in generous portions. This leans to the maltier side with that big bready taste presenting itself more as this warms.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a mild carbonation. Slick and oily with quite a clean texture for the most part.

(4.0) D: This is a great IPA and textbook for the style across the board.

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Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: 1+ finger of off white head thats alive with carbonation. Hazy, golden raisin pour. Seems about a shade darker than most IPAs. Head dies down to about a 1/4inch for most of the drink.

S: Citrus Hops, grapefruit and orange standing out. Kind of oily fruits. Little bit of floral hoppiness mixed in. As it warms further you can get a hint of the malty sweetness.

T/M: Citrus hops pop out right away. Hops are kept at a moderate level. Malts nearly equal the hops with their sweetness. Not overly sweet but there. Malts not adding much bready or graininess. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Very complex IPA that drinks easily. There are other cheaper and readily available IPAs in the area so I probably won't get this again unless I'm further out west. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Hazy reddish orange with a thick frothy sticky head. Big messy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet grapefruit and tangerine.
T- Sweet citrus fruits. Grapefruit and lemon with an equal dose of tangerine and peach. A mild dose of vanilla caramel malt.
M- A good balance of sweet, bitter, and tart.

Overall- Very good, albeit fruity as hell!

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Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - three fingers of thick rich and frothy white foam with tan accents. second half pour pushed it to a big pillowy mound growing from the center of the glass. the beer is light gold, clear with a good bit of bubbling.

S - big nose of citrusy sweet hops with hints of grass, mint, honey, soap, and grain.

T - big bright citrus hops, nothing bitter until the initial punch wears off. very little malt to balance.

M - insanely creamy and thick, complimented nicely by a slightly large amount of carbonation. works well.

D - not the best, but a pretty solid west coast IPA with a east coast touch.

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Photo of Prager62
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a trip to Illinois for the Alesmith rollout. At $7.99 a bomber, I took the bait. The bottle date is not discernible due to smudging, pouring it into a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours an almost clear gold color with a finger of rapidly diminishing white foam.

Smell- Onion forward with some pine and mild perfume.

Taste- Pine up front with a bit of onion in the back, followed by some malt flavor.

Feel- Very dry with a bitter finish.

Overall- A good beer but nothing earth shattering. Worth a shot for the price.

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Photo of polygman
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear golden color. Amazing head with constant bubbles, almost too much carbonation. Huge off white rockey head, sits in globs on top of the beer.

Smells like a typical IPA, grapefruity and piney. Although not as strong as some IPAs, maybe it wasnt as fresh.

Taste starts off very tropical fruity, finishes with a definite bitter presence but a lingering sweetness is there.

Quite heavy on the carbonation, a little to light for an IPA for me.

As this beer warmed and carbonation mellowed it became a perfect velvety texture and is silky/oily on the tongue. Wonderfull, a really solid IPA. A great pick when looking for a solid IPA.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/18/11
*From notes

-- Russ, you old Welsh so-and-so. Thanks for the hook up geez! --

A: Upon the initial pour, it's a pale, brilliant golden. But as I get further and further into the pour, I notice quite a bit of sediment, clouding the beer. A loose two finger head and quality lacing follow a standard pour.

S: A tropical bomb. Pineapple, mango, you know, all that good West Coast IPA love climbs right into the nose.

T: An easy drinking IPA. Slightly piney and really citrusy, yet it's laid back and approachable.

M: Nice. Not the biggest AIPA put on the face of the earth, but well put together none the less.

O: AleSmith's IPA is a solid AIPA. Is it in my top ten AIPA's? No, and I think it's a bit overrated, though that doesn't take away from the beer in any way. This is a beer I'd like to have at arm's reach, as I could easily put a few of these back. But seeing as I'm currently in DC, I guess I'll have to reach for something else in the meantime.

Thumbs up. Easily recommended.

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Photo of bastu
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this one!

Pours a touch darker than golden, nice 1 finger head with good lacing.

Smells of citrus hops.

Taste follows the nose with just enough caramel malt backbone to call it balanced. Moderate bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is good for a 7.25% IPA.

If this were available here I would buy it on a regular basis.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of Alesmith brews, but they are notorious for being one of the best craft brewers in the world. Here is the review of their IPA:

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color. Head is very frothy and foamy. Leaves significant lacing all down the side of the glass.

S: Smells very fruity. Lots of citrus, maybe a touch of apple and bready malts.

T: Big citrus hop attack upfront. Lots of lemon, lime, and very floral. The malt is right behind it as it brings bready note. Some honey sweetness in there as well. A tad bitter with a dry finish. Not the best IPA around, but one of the better West Coast IPAs. Tastes a lot like Stone IPA and Racer 5, but this is a little better overall.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nice and creamy head adds to the mouthfeel. It is dry and juicy at the same time, if that makes any sense. Very good overall.

D: Goes down very smoothly and tastes very good. Not as complex or characteristic as many Double IPAs out there, but this one is pretty solid and somewhat refreshing.

Everything is there, and this is a very solid IPA. Not my favorite tasting IPA as I prefer a stronger hop presence and more complexity. I do prefer this to a lot of West Coast IPAs like Stone and Bear Republic. This beer might not knock your socks off, but it is well crafted and very nice. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Bluestar
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber dated september 10, 2013 into an IPA glass

A - Bright golden hue, persistent fluffy white head on the beer, about 2 fingers thick Very pretty.

S - Grapefruit, Citrus, Something tropical, a little piney, and a sweet caramel note at the end for good measure

T - Starts out like the smell, finishes with a nice strong bitterness like an IPA should. Barely notice the alcohol - in fact I couldn't tell you it was over 7% without reading the specs.

M - A little undercarbonated for my taste. I like my IPA's to prick the tongue, and this one didn't quite do it for me. A very smooth mouthfeel

O - Very drinkable, very good IPA. Glad the guy at the bottle shop recommended I take one home while I was visiting in California. Would definitely recommend and drink again at the $6 price point, if I had regular access to the beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours light gold with a reasonable head. The aromas are primarily grapefruit, orange, and mango. The flavor is extremely balanced. The citrus hop presence leads, balanced by a slightly sweet malt flavor, finishing with a brisk pine note. This is a great IPA, balanced, powerful, and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a hazy yellow with a creamy head that leaves tons of residual lacing. This is a very distinctive looking beer.

S. Very different from any other IPA at the tasting - herbal with honey. Off-putting to a few of the tasters, but interesting to me.

T. Very malt forward with nice honey flavor.

M. Medium body with a medium level of carbonation that works well for the beer.

D. Very unique beer - quite good.

Overall this ranked as my second highest IPA of the night (below Jai Alai). I've always passed this by before, but I'll be picking it up again when I'm looking for an interesting IPA.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with a huge frothy head and excellent lacing.

Smells of citrusy hops, nice and pungent.

Tastes very piney-citrusy in the front through the middle and sharp tail off in the back, with a hint of bitter dry aftertaste.

High carbonation makes this very bubbly on my tongue, texture is nice, doesn't show it's booze too much.

This is a standard IPA. Since I love IPA, it's a good beer, but just like it's name, it's a very straightforward beer. Nothing special, just good quality and taste. If I had anything negative to say, it's that it's a very one note kind of beer, but it plays that note well, which saves it.


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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in AleSmith's simple, bold silkscreened style in a dark brown 22oz. bottle. No freshness date that I could find.

Beer poured a nice rich amber with a luxurious, building, frothy cream colored head that absolutely refused to fade away. It left thick, creamy lacing along the glass, tiny bubbles that defied gravity and simply didn't break. I really couldn't ask much more from an IPA's appearance.. The second glass filled an even bigger, more cheerful head. Noticeable brewer's yeast floaties, but I had to have the whole bottle!

Smell was good, woodsy and spicy with crisp tones.

Taste equally good; The hops flood the palate with crisp, spicy, bitter flavors that are balanced very well by the sweetness of the malt. I'm not a hop head, but appreciate this style of beer and think that this is an extremely well-rounded, full-bodied example of an IPA. The 7.25 alcohol content doesn't make an appearance in flavors, instead by way of cheerful warmth. I've run into a few IPAs that are simply too spicy and astringent; This one is full and smooth on the palate.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip. Big thanks again to mfavoino (Matt) for sending this my way.

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind sticky sheets of lace.

S: Pale malt sweetness, dried grass, little bursts of citrus fruit and a little pine on the back end as well.

T: More piney bitterness than the nose, but the same pale malt sweetness comes through. Grassy and little less citrus as well.

M: Light bodied with a nice, medium carbonation level with a sweet malt finish.

O: A little maltier than I would have liked, but this was easily drinkable and the flavors blended nicely together.

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