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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

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

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Reviews: 1,310 | Ratings: 4,074
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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this fine IPA my way. Poured into a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy, golden copper color with a huge three fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass with each sip. Smells of sweet malt and tropical fruit such as mango. Tastes of pineapple, tangerine, yeasty bread and alcohol. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. My bomber was empty in a short time. I'm glad I have another to savor in the future and will try to procure this again. Recommended.

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

-Bought a 22oz bomber at Papago Brewing Company b-ack in September for $4.41.

This is a golden orange brew that poured a deliciously thick head that is leaving quite a trail behind in my glass. Nose is classic ipa, of citrus and hops. Taste is very good, a seamless blend of malt and citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is very full for this style and is very lively on my pallet. Overall drinkability is great, I highly recommend this brew! Scores are all 4.5.

Re-review on 9-16-11. Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in mid-August for $4.99.

Beer pours an amber orange with a solid white head that has retained well - 4.5.

Nose is floral hops that became more prevelant as it warmed. - 4.0

Taste is very well balanced, pale and caramel malts blend well with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. - 4.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated - both refreshing and satisfying at the same time. - 4.0

Overall this is a solid beer that was probably better then most in its class when first sampled 6 years ago. It is not quite as tasty as offerings recently sampled from other breweries - 4.0. Definitely still recommend this brew if you get a chance.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into three pint glasses to be shared among friends. The color was dark-orange, cloudy, and had a pillowy white head. The smell was a little citrus and kinda hard to define. The taste was a little fruity but no one flavor dominated. A very good IPA and the alcohol was well hidden. I'd probably buy this on the regular if I could.

2nd bottle consumed may have been a little fresher. Notes of orange were in the aroma and pine needles and candy were in the flavor. Yummy stuff.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker, flat gold in color. Pours with a rocky, slightly yellow-tinted head that leaves a large amount of lacing. Good retention.

S: Rather aromatic, but also very simplistic. Mostly citrus and pine with a bit of sweet malt.

T: Lots of grapefruit, but only a moderate bitterness. Some pine as well with a slight residual sweetness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Feels clean.

D: A very well made, balanced IPA. And while I would classify this as a "session" beer, it is very approachable and fits well to style. Easy drinking for any IPA fan.

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

Pretty darn good beer at a very reasonable rate. I like the amber color and the good sized head produced in the glass. Remnants of the yeast from the bottle conditioning is left in the bottle and some falls into the glass. This beer is hoppy without overdoing it. It is definitely a beer that will go well with food and not be overly filling. I didn't find this to be quite as bitter or floral as other IPA's that I've had, but I don't mean that as a criticism. This beer is definitely approachable and friendly.

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

Bomber to glass, ah yeah...

Deep golden orange, frothy white head, great lacing. This is one nice looking beerski.

For smell, I'm gonna say scents of oranges, bread, and hops. Great smell.

Creamy goodness. Hops are not overpowering (which wouldn't bother me) but there at the end. Drinkable? Believe it!

I won't beat a dead horse. This is obviously a winner, though personally, I would give a slight edge to Stone IPA because it bites back a little more. What some people call balanced, I call short on hops, but whadda I know?

Overall: an absolutely great friggin' beer

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

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/9/11.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with fluffy whitish head that leaves some nice lacing around glass.

S: Sweet hops both citrus and other fruit with a hint of pine, some pale malt lingering beneath the hops.

T: Some hop bitterness from start to finish with a nice dose of fruity hops. Some sweet malt comes through towards the finish. Each sip leaves a nice lingering taste of hops.

M: Really crisp light-medium body with moderate-high carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, not world class in my opinion but good and drinkable none the less.

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Photo of newk340
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin off-white foam head, a translucent golden bronze.

S: hops! very fresh, can almost taste the bitterness.

T: not as hoppy as the smell would suggest, but a blast of lemon first hits the taste buds along with grapefruit and other citrusy goodness.

MF/D: very fine bubbles that do not underscore the taste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Autumn orange has a fair clarity revealing a strong and steady carbonation that rises like micro-beads on a string. The head towers at over 2 inches high, has a dull eggshell white coating with a rocky marshmellow structure that showed a lenghty amount of pause and retention and was mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink. Heavy thick foam band lacing encompasses the vessel for lace while upon further inspection some yeasty goodiness of micro sized particles can be witnessed suspended about.

S: The aroma was sweet upfront, with some fresh oranges, a hint of tropical juice, and some fresh juicy citrus. Small hint of lime and speciality grains backing with a moderate level of awareness.

T: Flavor was sweet upfront much like the nose from the ample supply of speciality grains. Sweet, toasty mixing with some citrus juices, warm toast, and semi-dry grapefruit. Theres a hint of tropical juices as with the nose, some fresh juicy citrus hops, and a good deal of malt depth. Spicy hints, some spruce and pine, floral notes with a noticeable amount of toffee-butterscotch sweetness coming late in the game.

M: Mouthful was creamy with a nice depth of maltiness, Average rate of carbonation, malty, with some toffee/caramel off the tongue.

O: Overall a solid IPA, spicy, sweet, toasty, very well balanced with the hops and malt making for an incredibly easy consumption rate. Some tropical and fresh citrus juiciness, nice presentation visually. Definite worthy.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear orange amber with a fingers worth of white head. Big bubbles.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, peach, guava, honey, sweet citrus like a candied orange. Subtle pine. Huge sweet tropical fruit notes. Smells amazing.

Taste: Lemon, resinous notes. Intense citrus. Grapefruit. The tropical fruits that were screaming on the nose are very subtle on the tongue. The bitterness from the hops is balanced nicely by a solid malt backbone. Tropical fruits come out more as it warms up. There's notes of mango.

Mouthfeel: Medium with light carbonation.

Overall: This really failed to live up to the nose, which was fantastic. Overall I found the taste too citrus forward given its lack of complexity. Still good but disappointing.

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Photo of gameface23
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours transparent orange until you get towards the bottom of the bomber and swirl the yeast into the beer. After that, it is a little more cloudy and has visible chunks of white yeast floating in it. The head is pretty large and leaves nice lacing.

S: Hop oils.

T: Bitter hops and slight caramel malt presence.

M: A bit thin, but still decent.

D: This is a tongue burner of an IPA. It's true to style and flavorful. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of VonThinker
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review on this Xanadu of a beer site!!

22 Oz brown bottle, 7.25 % ABV, a fine Xmas gift from my bro

A : Pours a fairly clear, copper-amber, decent head of about 1 finger with off-white tone

S : Citrus is there, and pine prevails, perhaps also a mild honey scent

T : The hop bite is there but quickly develops into a crisp, citrusy-pine blend. Finishes a bit dry but lingers pleasantly on the back third of the tongue. The last half of the bottle transforms into a more earthy type taste as well

M : Medium body, light carbonation, not overpowering. Somewhat oily feel lingers a bit but the fine taste prevails

O: A fine IPA that I would definitely seek out again, reminiscent of Lake Placid UBU but far less of a potent feel

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Photo of Anthony1
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super bubbly head fades slowly, with large puffy lace chunks over the cloudy golden amber brew. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is moderately sweet maltiness upfront, with plenty of hops on the tail end, but nothing overpowering, which is cool. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly, but still smooth, and drinking is nice.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours medium amber with one finger of bubbly head.
Smells dank with some breadiness.
Taste inline with aromas, but rather one note IMO.
Mouthfeel was inviting and very good.
Overall, this was an ok IPA. I was expecting a lot more based on brewery and rep. Dankness was enjoyable and good, but rather one note and somewhat flat in taste profile.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with pollox87, thanks man! I've had it before, but never reviewed it.

A: Beer pours a clear, light yellowish-orange

S: I'm getting a very nice hops aroma in the smell with hints of citrus; it's a nice aroma, but I'm not blown away like I am with some IPA smells.

T: Ah yes, now I'm starting to remember this beer. Very unique flavor, it's a fairly grassy hop flavor that's pretty bitter without a lot of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied and perfect for this type of beer.

O: I wonder if this one might be a little past its prime. I'm not getting nearly the citrus aroma or fresh hops flavor that I recall the first time I had this beer. The malt definitely comes through a lot in the flavor, and the hops are more subdued. It's still a good IPA, but I remember it being great, and this one didn't quite rise to that level.

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