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AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
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4.23/5
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4,241 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#868
Reviews:
1,343
Ratings:
4,241
pDev:
8.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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521
Gots:
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Ratings: 4,241 |  Reviews: 1,343
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 4,241 ratings
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