AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,201
Reviews:
1,339
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
770
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 4,201 |  Reviews: 1,339
Photo of FilumDee
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid west coast IPA, nice subtle hop taste great citrus smell. Perfect go to beer. Will always go back to this one. Alesmith always makes some tasty beers

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Photo of duvel1979
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper and hazy, almost no carbonation and 2 fingers of creamy, beige head.

Caramel, creme brulee, citrus, orange candy, big grapefruit and pith.

One sip and now I know why. All the talk, I mean. Great depths of complexity for an IPA, unparalleled in complexity in my opinion, and this is from a bottle that is likely quite old. I get purple bubblegum, lilacs, citrus and grapefruit peel, lemon here, zest there. Creme brulee, and battery acid, grapefruit juice and biscuit. So many layers and different on each sip. Lemon blossoms.

Moderate body, smooth and sticky, moderate carbonation.

This is an amazing brew. Wow. So glad I got it at the new bar in town, overpriced as I thought, so worth being able to try it. Drinking this one in Chiang Mai, Feb 8th, 2017.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of qcghost
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great introduction to what a west coast IPA should be. Malt backbone but it's way overpowered by the citrus, good grapefruit, mango, delicious.

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Photo of chladun
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrancisM12
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden color, one to two finger white head, excellent lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits, mango.

T: Hoppy, tropical fruits, mango. Superb!

F: Super smooth and silky. Amazing mouthfeel.

O: A world-class IPA, no doubt. Would happily drink on any occassion :)

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Photo of neil2me
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjmj51
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zshaft
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Nice gold, mildly hazy with fairly low visible carbonation. Forms only a minimal white head - more of a ring of foam.

S: Tropical fruits (especially pineapple), sweet citrus and melons. A pleasant floral and fruit aroma with a touch of dank. The lightest of biscuity sweet malts. Interesting, and while not drastically different, it is a different approach than a lot of other IPAs.

T: Citrus - orange and tangelo. Pineapple and lychee tropical fruit; lesser flavors of dankness and melon. Mildly sweet biscuity malts but no distinct caramel or toffee. Moderately bitter in the hang with more tropical fruits. The fruit flavors last throughout the whole sip.

M: Medium body for style, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden. This has a reasonable amount of small bubble carbonation - it ended up a lot less flat than it looked.

O: I thought this was really enjoyable, especially for a widely distributed IPA. I believe this was a limited-time thing for distribution in Florida - if this were regularly on the shelves, I’d definitely grab them intermittently as something different. And that something different is saying something these days for IPAs.

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Photo of Quigmann
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AleSan
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle... drank last summer, two months after bottled... not much to stay, almost perfect... Hazy golden color with persistent big white head... aromas: orange, pine, fruity, apricot and malt as sweet biscuits... Taste: citrus shades, resinous, grass, hops, strong balance, fruity-bitterness , probably something spicy... long, bitterness, balanced finish

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Photo of cgrunin
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for a hoppy beer, this one's for you! Smells of grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops. Taste is very hoppy with a medium lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Classic mildly hazed orange amber hue with very good dense head formation of creamy foam comprising of vast small effervescence that won't really die down with exceptional strength of retention, it just a little bit collapses to a thick layer of eternal foamy crown and yields plenty of refined lacing ring, patch and spot all along the way.

The aromas are all that I could imagine from great IPA, well hopped, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, tropical fruit, lime, pine, resin, floral, and with very good malt in the support with its sweet, biscuit, and slight caramel, very well mellow and inviting aroma overall.

The taste is well-rounded and very balance between malt and hop. Malt plays in the supporting role with its caramelized sweetness and breadiness while hop leads forefront with its rich fruitiness of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lime, tropical fruit, and pine needle. The middle to finish is wrapped up by persistent resiny bitterness from hop that is quite lasting for long in the aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its good crispness and lively carbonation generated refreshing feel through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This brew is that the American IPA is all about. It is perfectly balance and possesses all the characters which must be visible. This one couldn't be missed.

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Photo of Timtac
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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