AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA
BA SCORE
93.3%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 4,232 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#853
Reviews:
1,342
Ratings:
4,232
Liked:
3,949
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
8.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
518
Gots:
781
Trade:
11
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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
2.08/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of daem3384
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rich92007
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one, it rates highly in the great pantheon of West Coast IPAs and I can still appreciate a decent American IPA (even if I do get bored of them at times). So what do I know about AleSmith? Very little... they’re another San Diego brewer, so expecting a real piney/citrus walloping from this fine brown glass bomber. They’ve been around since 1995 so that makes them one of the forefathers of the modern American craft beer revolution (not unlike fellow San Diegan Stone which has been around since 1996)... it’s amazing how long craft beer has been around in the states and how as late as 2005 it was impossible to find anything remotely craft in Australia, we really have come a long way, cheers beerethren!

Poured from a 650ml US bomber bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hella cloudy [Hell yeah!] Gamboge body with a nice firm 2 centimetre cream-coloured head. Great head retention in a 7.25% ABV brew! Sanskrit lacing on in the side of the glass like all the great American IPAs that spring to mind (Founders, Deschutes, Victory, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, et al.), yep this is going to be a corker! 9/10.

S: Worryingly malty straight up with a caramel/biscuit nose - I’ve recently had major hop fade in the last few US IPAs I’ve reviewed so I’m pretty wary of that happening now. Absolutely no dating on the bottle either, so no idea how old this one is. Piney/grapefruit notes struggle to overcome the malt base, not off to a good start here. 7/10.

T: Dry cracker and piney hops from the off mingle with an earthy overtone, caramel and biscuit malts come in but thankfully don’t dominate the palate... but the big question is: Hop fade? A bit of that, nothing outrageous like the last 2 IPAs (though they were East Coast which adds an extra month to the container ships). I imagine the tropical notes described on the label suffered with the sea voyage most. Finishes with an assertively astringent woody/piney hop bitterness. Unabashedly West Coast IPA right here! (reminds me of Ballast Point Big Eye actually). 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a soft but dense carbonation. 7/10.

D: Pretty decent example of a San Diegan IPA, not quite as good as the Stone stuff (they’re definitely more out there as a brewer, and hence why I like them). However a solid American IPA for sure. It doesn’t rewrite the rule book on IPA, but it also doesn’t disappoint in any way. 9/10.

Food match: Get it India! Curry that is.

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

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

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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 -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of qcghost
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrancisM12
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjmj51
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zshaft
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AleSan
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
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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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 4,232 ratings
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