IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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IPAIPA
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4.23/5
Exceptional
4,278 Ratings
IPAIPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#922
Reviews:
1,355
Ratings:
4,278
pDev:
8.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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523
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Ratings: 4,278 |  Reviews: 1,355
Photo of theteleman
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of cwsattgast
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found a rare stash of this brew at a local market tonight in a 22 oz bottle. Poured into an ale glass when I got home.

A. Beautiful. Cloudy amber with a big thick head that had an almost meringue-like quality. Lots of thick lacing.

S. Nice balance of pine and citrus.

T. Plenty of hops, but the bitterness was consigned to the background.

M. Moderate carbonation, very balanced and pleasing.

D. Yeah. I could drink this all night. Hides its 7.25% ABV very well.

I'd put this in my top 5 favorite IPAs without question. I wish it wasn't so hard to get in Portland.

Serving type: 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of MacStinson
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of walshclimb
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear amber with thick (really thick) frothy head that is amazingly long lived. It looked like there was almost a fresh dollup of foam as I finished my slowly sipped glasss - exceptional.

Very fragrant floral aroma with a hint of rose and citrus. Nice. Not overblown. Not trying to outdo the brewery down the road - exceptional.

Perfectly balanced moderately bitter, very floral hops with a solid but not sweet malt base. Tastes and feels lighter than the 7% ABV. I truly think this is the best IPA I have had - exceptional.

Mouthfeel is basically perfect. Smooth, not syruppy, nicely carbonated but not fizzy. Exceptional

Please let me know if you find a more drinkable, better tasting IPA. I don't mean DIPA, but IPA. I think this is exactly what they should be. Nicely hopped, high alcohol content, and well balanced. Exceptional.

Why did I only buy one bottle?!? This beer almost makes me think I should knock a 1/2 point off some of the others I have reviewed. Awesome.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of ipafool
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of brandonasplundh
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jeezie
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Justindemino
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of paulys55
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One month after bottled on date. Pretty good. Pretty pretty pretty good.

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Photo of Jeysun23
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 22 while out at the brewery the Sunday before Labor Day. Have been itching to open this one, particularly after trying a sample in the tasting room.

Pours a clear dark gold with very nice two finger white head. Smells of mostly piney hops with a sweet malt backbone. Tastes of a supercharge full of hops. Again with the pine, but with some peppery spice, a little citrus as well. Has a delicate floral taste that resonates theoughout. Tastes bitter but not over the top. A great even-keeled, refreshing IPA. This matches my favorite of all time. Sets the standard for an IPA. Go get some!

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: Bomber into a shaker pint like God intended.

Pours a honey-amber coloration. Smell is slightly citrusy, well hopped, along with some pine-y and citrus zesty scents. Taste reflects the smell, light citrus flavors along with some great hop punch that aren't overpowering. Very much a West coast IPA. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than normal for an IPA (treading on DIPA territory) but it is well carbonated, it compliments the bigger hop and zest flavors well.

Would buy again and again.

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Photo of Calvarro
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best ipas i've ever had. Tropical, pines it has everything!!!

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Photo of jonny86jonny
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Malymalz
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Quartierij
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,278 ratings