AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
1,322 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,322
Ratings:
4,111
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
515
Gots:
739
For Trade:
11
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,322 | Ratings: 4,111
Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. honey orange in color with three finger head. Head calmed down to one finger that lasted. beautiful color that is cloudy, but you can see through. Lacing on glass is consistent.

s. The aroma of this beer is the big seller to me. It is pitch perfect. Hoppy, pine, grapefruit, slight malt. Wow - impressive on the nose.

t. Malt steals the show for me. There is some pine and there is some hops, but the amount of malt seems to be out of balance for an IPA.

m. Very good. Light carbonation but solid.

o. My scores average out to a 4 - not sure but I will go there. If you are an IPA purist - heavy on the hops taste - you may not like this as much as others. It is an outstanding beer overall.

 697 characters

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy honey yellow color. Bright white half finger head that was quite slow in dying down. Left thick soap like lacing on the sides of the glass. On swirling got two finger head. Lots of small bubbles in the head and very well put together.

S-- Candied orange, candied grapefruit, passion fruit, and pineapple. Really nice smell and a larger candied grapefruit smell once it warms up.

T-- Bitter grapefruit taste with touches of bitter orange. Not a lot of pine though. Mostly about fruit and more fruit. Slightly pungent tasting.

M-- Medium carbonation and nearly heavy feel. Lots of pungent, bitter grapefruit and bitter grapefruit and just touches of syrupy Carmel malt. Mouth is more about bitter fruits as the nose is more about crisp fruits. Like the differences in this.

O-- Solid and more solid. IPA's make me miss the beer scene in the US most. A beer you can have 2 of and seriously enjoy it.

 952 characters

Photo of FlyingBull
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer from cask at Small Bar in SD. I liked it much better than in bottle, and even regular tap.

A - Very fine carbonation as a cask beer. Slightly cloudy (cask beer!), hazy orange gold body. It had a very fluffy white head with great retention and lace. When first poured, it looked like it was on nitro, the carbonation was so fine and took so long to settle.

S - Nice, bright citrus aroma followed by piney fresh woody hops.

T - It had a very strong grapefruit bitterness, and piney notes at the front, followed by a style appropriate bitterness, and a nice lingering piney hop aftertaste.

M - As a cask pour, it had very fine and nice conbonation.

O - On cask, it is a very nice and solid IPA that can hold it's own to Pliney and others. (Like many of this style, I DO wish it were lower in alcohol though.)

 830 characters

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while on vaca in San Diego.

Vibrant amber/orange pour with a frothy two finger head protruding up - thick bubbles leave behind little lacing, it's as if this head wanted to stick with its liquid counterpart as only small splotches of lace remain on the sides of my glass. Smells is piny, resinous, slightly citrusy and the faintest hint of minty spice all forged together to produce an entirely new hop combo I haven't experienced until now - also some sweet notes coming through from both hops and malt. The taste isn't as impressive as the aroma but it is up there, bitter piny hops follow by mellow caramel malt leave an oily sticky feeling on the palate - refreshing crisp and highly drinkable IPA with good carbonation as the bubbles still rise relentlessly from the bottom of my pint glass. As I stare at my score of all 4s I ponder why it says "good" by each category - this beer is better than good, it's fantastic.

Cheers!!

 949 characters

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear golden colour. Moderately sized white head, dissipates quickly but not completely. Some lace.

Pine resin in the nose, as well as citrus. Mainly grapefruit.

Taste is hoppy. Citrus focused, grapefruit and orange, with a bunch of sticky pine as well. Caramel malt provides a backbone but the focus of this beer is the hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, oily.

Overall, a good IPA. In my view, not the standout that its scores suggest. Without a freshness date, I guess it is possible that this bottle is a bit old and would be better fresher- though it tastes fine to me.

 598 characters

Photo of TripleSun
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Alesmith and it's a hitter! Very clean tasting IPA. Bitterness is there but feels more toned down. Flavors match with each other to form a nice cirtus ipa. pine in the nose and other flavors mixed in that are harder to notice. Nice light orange color mixed with a slight head that dissipates in a moderate amount of time.

Overall a very good beer and even though it is over 7% it sure doesn't feel like it.

 418 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium gold/orange color with a super thin head and sticky, soapy-like lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

A - Oranges, grapefruit, papaya, and pine. This beer smells hop forward and the malt plays very minimal in the nose. This is also very cold right now so I'll let it warm up to room temp to see if and how it changes.

T - Definitely follows the nose with a little bit of oranges buried beneath predominantly pine and grapefruit bitterness that stays on top and out front throughout. There's a crackery caramel malt in there as well but it's buried way down there. The bitterness and fruit sweetness is moderate, but not intense.

M - Medium body with sharp prickly carbonation that quickly mellows out and finishes with a piney grapefruit finish.

O - A very nice IPA, I can't believe I've been in the game this long and have always overlooked this beer for some reason, well worth seeking out. Purchased a bomber a few days ago and it's left me with wanting to go back for more. Like I mentioned, the hop intensity is moderate, but a little faded, however, it's still very good. I will revisit my review when I come across a fresher bottle because I can tell this beer has some very good potential.

 1,218 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

 458 characters

Photo of beermeplz
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber dated 1/27/15.

A rather well balanced IPA...not exactly what I expected from a SD brewery but pleasant nonetheless (although I certainly don't object to hop bombs!). The bready maltiness actually dominates on both the nose and tongue for me. The fruity and bitter elements from the hops are there but pretty subtle when compared to a lot of other west coast IPAs. This is a real quality brew, but, considering the cost, I'm not sure I'll come back to it anytime soon....a couple more bucks will get me a sixer of some other great stuff.

 551 characters

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick, cloudy orange with a big head that went down slowly.

Smell - Sharp, piney hops with a light malt balance.

Taste - The malt comes out more in the taste. It's almost like a bread flavor. The hops dominate, although they taste more complex than I picked up at the nose.

Mouthfeel - There's some good, foamy carbonation to this medium-bodied IPA.

Drinkability - This one is very smooth, almost light. The 7.25 ABV is unnoticable. If you like your IPAs smooth and even (as opposed to hairy and over-the-top) give this one a shot if you can find it.

 567 characters

Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap it has a fantastic one finger white head that leaves some sticky lacing. A hint of cloudy golden color.

Smell is well balanced with a tropical fruit slightly pine hop note with some slight cereal grain and caramel sweetness. Mostly the hops shine through, but do so very nicely.

Tastes of grape fruity herbal slightly piney hops with some great caramel malts. Well balanced and highly drinkable. Each sip is better than the last.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly sticky. Somewhat viscous. Medium carbonation keeps this one drinkable.

Overall, this ones a fantastic west coast ipa. Well balanced, interesting, and tasty.

 629 characters

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA. Nothing too incredible, but very well done. Very flavorful and well balanced without too much bitterness. It wasn't as juicy as I like, but very good nonetheless.

 179 characters

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden with a big white white head. Aroma is resinous, citrus and its rind, pine, and a slight hit of some bread. Flavor follows suit, finishing nice and dry. Decent amount of bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a nice IPA. Glad to see it here in Colorado, will drink again when I see it on tap.

 323 characters

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clean looking yellow color, the head was pretty good here and left behind a strong lacing. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some tropical fruit aromas and a little pine. The malts are also on the nose a little bit. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I enjoyed the pine and citrus flavors that the hops had in there. I feel that the mouthfeel was pretty good, a little on the light side. Overall this ipa was rather refreshing and it maintained a good flavor and aroma the whole time. This beer was a good one to try, glad I did.

 562 characters

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-28 in Lititz, PA at the Bull's Head.

A - Mildly hazy sunset orange with a 1-finger, pillowy white head and moderate lacing.

S - Some pineapple, pine and vegetal hop buds. Light malt. Not as aromatic as when I had it from the bottle.

T - Pine, hop forward, light caramel malt, citrus flesh and red grapefruit juice. The pine and grapefruit hang in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth, moderately, resinous and prickly.

O - Not as powerful in the aroma or taste departments as I remember it from a fresh bottle. Who knows, perhaps my senses have been despoiled by a year of (IPA) living dangerously. For example, Fat Head's Head Hunter is stronger (and better) in the taste and aroma departments. I enjoyed it this time around but wasn't blown away. You'll have this.

 829 characters

Photo of ddarden
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass. The initial pour lead to an explosion of foam that would not settle. You could almost cut it off with a knife. The beer itself is a cloudy copper with a head that will not quit and leaves a massive trail of lacing as it slowly recedes. The over-carbonation almost detracts from the beer because I can not get a good pour.

The smell is mostly hops: pine and more pine with hint of grapefruit. This is a fine smelling IPA. You can smell the pale malts underneath the hops. The taste is a smack of upfront hops and ends with an astringent bitter end. The malts do balance this out, but is more about the pine hops than anything else. Good long bitter aftertaste as well.

The mouth feel is medium and coats the mouth with hop oil. The over-carbonation comes back in a negative way for me in the mouth feel. Overall, this is a very good IPA, but to me it has a bit of harshness to it. I am not sure if it is the rush of carbonation or the bitterness. I would definitely drink this regularly if it were available to me, but it is not in my top 5 IPAs.

 1,090 characters

Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from jlindros (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature (12/20/09).

A: Pours a huge billowing head from a very gentle pour that fills half of the glass. The beer itself is light golden straw. Great retention, actually too good.

S: Nice scent of citrus, tropical and bitter hops combined with a subtle biscuity malt. The aroma is far less pungent than expected.

T: Pale malts seem to hit the palate first along with some oxidation. Some bitter hops containing light citrus notes are apparent as well. Not nearly what I was expecting, nice but a little to subtle.

M: lighter-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 7% abv. A little lighter than I was expecting.

D: Quite drinkable, once the huge head subsides, but not quite as flavorful as I had hoped for. Certainly goes down quickly.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment, but overall it was a pretty decent American IPA, but it certainly did not live up to the hype. Perhaps this was just a bad bottle, or maybe the hype was too much for me. In the future I'll grab another bottle and compare. Thanks again Jared! Worth a Look.

 1,205 characters

Photo of LittleDon
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

Golden, but with a slight amber hue. Below average head retention but lots of lace. Slight haze. Earthy-citrus aroma. Flavor is similar, with very bitter middle to finish. Some alcohol is noticeable in the middle. Medium to heavy body. Tasted alongside the X. The IPA is richer, more bitter, and was a bit softer on the carbonation. It laced some of the complexity of the X. Both are very good, however.

 459 characters

Photo of KingSlender
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one good IPA. When you first crack open the bottle the hoppy citrus smell almost overwhelms you. Ahhh the sniffing salts of brewing perfection. The pour comes out smooth as silk and the head sits a top the deep golden liquid like freshly picked cotton. After the first sip you can taste exactly what this beer is known for, the magnificent hop bite. As the beer warms (if it lasts that long) an orange-like tang comes to front of the mouth. The aftertaste is very bitter and tart.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a quarter-cut slice of hot pepper beef.

 575 characters

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well made, old-school IPA. No tropical fruit bomb here. Instead I found a nice balance of citrus rind, pine, grassy bitterness, and cookie dough sweetness. Very easy drinking for the abv, hope to have this one again.

 227 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a really citrusy ipa. pours mostly clear copper color with a big tall delicate looking white lacey head that leaves trails after each sip. the nose is all grapefruit, bittersweet. the malt profile is rather unremarkable in both smell and taste, which is okay for me in this one, because it does what it has to while allowing a very unique and attention commanding hop bouquet to shine. again grapefruit is the main taste note, but there also something else acidic in here, maybe lemon, maybe pomelo. i really love the finish of this, which is as fruity as it is bitter, refreshing but dry, and with an alcohol content that cannot be tasted in the slightest. the feel is equally exuberant, with robust carbonation that tickles the tongue on every sip. body is medium to fuller, but the bubbles make it seem lighter than that, and a bomber of this is a joy to drink, wish i had two!

 880 characters

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle and understated - almost too understated. Pours a hazy golden with a slight head. The aroma is lovely and clean, with a strong lemon, like a great lemony cleanser. The flavor is clean, smooth, malty and deeply lemony, with a woody bitterness and a crisp lemon bitterness on the finish. There is a little carmelly malt in there, but the story is largely lemon. The mouthfeel is very slick with a tingly bitterness on the front of the mouth, which is unusual. The high abv is very well balanced.

 500 characters

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

A= The beer pours a nice looking light amber orange color with a small finger of head on it that holds nice retention and lacing on it. Maybe a little light in color.

S= Fruity smelling. I've been drinking a ton of Furious lately and this is soooo much fruitier. Mango and pineapple come through mostly with less of a "bitter" hop profile. Not much pine but there is a little ripe grapefruit in it.

T= The taste is again in the fruity hop category. Tastes candy like actually. Totally different spectrum than most bitter bombs I've had lately. This isn't nearly as bitter as most IPAs. Great mango and grapefruit flavor. Actually tastes a lot like biting into a nice ripe grapefruit.

M= This is the biggest problem for this beer. The mouth is super thin. The thinnest mouth I've ever had on an IPA.

D= The thin mouth makes me go for sips more often and the flavor doesn't linger long... Great flavor on this one no doubt. A tasty brew indeed. Worth seeking out and is on a totally different end of the spectrum from a bitter bomb so I would prolly buy this regularly if it were avalible to me.

 1,097 characters

Photo of soulgrowl
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tawny, clear orange with mesmerizing bubbles, which sneak up to form a big, foamy hump. The color of the head is kind of similar to flan... and it jiggles like flan, too.

Smell: An interesting salad of hops. Carrots on top of grapefruit with a pine needle garnish and a shake of powdered sugar. There is something in here that smells amazing, and I can't put my finger on it... I think it's the same thing I can't put my finger on in Old Rasputin. Perhaps some kind of hops? There seems to be a lot going on here.

Taste: Toasty malts and white grape juice underscore a very fruity, very bitter, hop character that reallly takes over mid-sip and will not relinquish its throne on your palate. Yum.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy. Could be better, but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a mighty fine beer, not quite sessionable due to the slightly higher ABV, but definitely goes down easy. Recommended.

 916 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith IPA poured into DFH Signature glass. No bottling date is present on the glass.

A: This one pours a cloudy orange amber. Half finger head that dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing in the glass. Good carbonation rolling off bottle of the glass.

S: Hmm, this smells different from last time trying. Might have lost freshness. Getting some fruity hops but the carmel malts come in a bit more than expected. Breadiness is evident.

T: Nice bitter bite on the tip of tongue. Rich malt smooths it out in the middle of the mouth. Nice rich close, which is very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied.

O: a very solid offering from AleSmith. First IPA from them. I want to try another that might be a little fresher.

 706 characters

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,111 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe