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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alesmith- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Hazy reddish orange with a thick frothy sticky head. Big messy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet grapefruit and tangerine.
T- Sweet citrus fruits. Grapefruit and lemon with an equal dose of tangerine and peach. A mild dose of vanilla caramel malt.
M- A good balance of sweet, bitter, and tart.

Overall- Very good, albeit fruity as hell!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas of citrusy/ grapefruity hops. As well as in the taste, big grapefrutiy hops. A full bodied, bitter mouthfeel, with a clean, small hop presence in the aftertaste. Big hops all aroung, and a clean aftertaste, probably of the better IPAs I have ever had.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an intensely cloudy harvest apple cider color with tiny suspended particles and a huge stiff pale yellow head. Serious 3D lacing in it's wake. The smell is really nice. Intense as well as complex. Signature piny grapefruit hoppiness with a hugely sweet malty counterpart. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is lighter than anticipated. Full flavored, the hoppy grapefruit taste goes a long way and leaves a similar after taste. At 7% ABV, this one is quite drinkable.

Reviewed Jan 08, 2009
this one...clear and a much lighter color with less lacing. good smell but less intense. same with the flavor...much less after taste.

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Photo of HoustonTX
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA

Very beautiful pour, amazing colored body - A very hazy amber infused orange. Very solid and toned 1/2 inch head.

Lovely and refined aromatics. A glistening amount of fresh citric hops. I can smell Challenger for sure. With a light floral finish. Perfection, and pure bliss. The aroma is by far one of the most solid ones from any IPA to date, 5 on this for sure.

Now lets get on to the taste. The good stuff ya know? Begins clean and gives several twists soon after, which turn out to be quite a story. A massive amount of huge flavorful hopping. Notes of grass, buckets full of grapefruit, and some lemon zest. While being backed by plenty of earthy malt. Everything is crisp, and directly on point. The overall spectrum is amazing, and you will not be disappointed.

This is an amazing concoction. This is something I wake up in the morning, and first think about. It's just that damn good. Alesmith seizes to impress, and with another top-notch beer - they secure their spot.

My favorite IPA ever, and I recommended getting your hands on this as soon as possible, with what ever means necessary.

Thanks a bunch to Ryan for the chance to sample this beauty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, lots of yeast left in the bottle. Pours a orange, light amber. Lots of head, 2 cm at a time, white to slightly off white, long lasting. Aroma is sweet and strong with citrus, hint of pine. Initial taste is mostly overwhelmed by the sweetness, turning citrusy, then very dry from all the hops. There might be other components in there, but honestly when you dump that much hop-action in there, forget it. Aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. Light to medium body, very light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and drinkable. For the price I'd prefer something else, but maybe worth another drink down the line.

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Photo of gwood
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured to pint glass...

Massive off white head came billowing to the top of my glass. As and when the head saw fit, a light cloudy copper accented with dark yellow showed itself.

The nose is spiced with pepper, citrus, and slight pine. Hops jump up right off the bat, the middle is well balanced with some pronounced malt signatures, and the beer finishes as it should with more sour grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is really quite fantastic, there is a velvetly smooth texure to this beer, finishes with some creamy rosins. Highly drinkable IPA that is near the top of my short list for IPAs currently.

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

12oz bottle received via trade recently.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, ALL foam. We're talking some serious wait time for bubble fade. Super bubbly head fades slowly, with large puffy lace chunks over the cloudy golden amber brew. Aroma is pine and grapefruit hops. Taste is moderately sweet maltiness upfront, with plenty of hops on the tail end, but nothing overpowering, which is cool. Mouthfeel is somewhat bubbly, but still smooth, and drinking is nice. Wish this was more accessible around here.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a big fluffy white head that settles down some and leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S - wonderful aroma, citrus hoppiness with a faint malty backbone.

T - delicious brew, citrus hop bite starts it off, malt in the middle, then bitter hops on the finish.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation, nice bite.

D - very good, easy drinking IPA.

Final Note: I think this is a pretty close to perfect beer.

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Photo of BillyB
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For such a big IPA I was impressed with the drinkability of this one. Not just the alcohol content but also the amount of hops.

Poured a burnt golden color with a thick off-white head.

Very complex hop aromas, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and some spice.

Taste is a meld of citrus,floral and piney bitterness with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

Slick mouth coating syrupy mouthfeel but then finishes a bit dry. A very interesting IPA.

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Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: 1+ finger of off white head thats alive with carbonation. Hazy, golden raisin pour. Seems about a shade darker than most IPAs. Head dies down to about a 1/4inch for most of the drink.

S: Citrus Hops, grapefruit and orange standing out. Kind of oily fruits. Little bit of floral hoppiness mixed in. As it warms further you can get a hint of the malty sweetness.

T/M: Citrus hops pop out right away. Hops are kept at a moderate level. Malts nearly equal the hops with their sweetness. Not overly sweet but there. Malts not adding much bready or graininess. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Very complex IPA that drinks easily. There are other cheaper and readily available IPAs in the area so I probably won't get this again unless I'm further out west. Good nonetheless.

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

Thanks to IntriqKen and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for this one. What a great way to end a season of beer betting.

A: Pours a light golden with a moderate frothy head. Great head sustain and lacing that covers the glass.

S: Huge smell that can be detected from literally several feet away. Lots of hops - mostly grassy and piney, but some citrus notes as well.

T: Big multi-layered hop flavor with equal parts of floral, grassy, and citric flavors. Despite the massive hop taste, it is surprisingly well-balanced with a very nice caramel malt character. The bitterness is there but is subdued and timid, a quality that makes the flavors in this one shine. Excellent.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and a bit dry.

D: A fantastic IPA. If this beer existed in a cheaper, less alcoholic form, I doubt I would drink much else.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale cloudy light amber body with big fluffy white head that retains 3 fingers very well. While sipping head only fades to one finger and maintains that through all 22oz. Lots of lacing is left behind in the glass. Perfect appearance for an IPA. I love the look of a fine bottle conditioned ale.

S- Ahh. A fresh bouquet of hops hits the nose first. A good balance of floral, piny, citrus, and earthy. Subtle caramel malt backbone.

T- Mostly citrus and some piny hops upfront with a subtle caramel malt backbone. Citrus hops fade for the finish and piny and floral hops take over for a refreshing hop flavor kick. What lingers is a hop spiciness and sweet caramel malt. The whole flavor from start to finish has a bitter overtone. Lingering bitterness is medium.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Oily, smooth, and creamy. The hops and bottle conditioned yeast do their job well here.

D- This is a great IPA. Drinkable and good all around. Something I will have again. ABV is undetectable in this brew. Though the bitterness is definitely present it is kept in balance with the hop flavor-which is what this IPA is all about. I look forward to trying other offerings from AleSmith.

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Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this back to back with the pale ale, and wow was this a contrast in style.

Huge hop bite, mostly grapefruit citrus but definitely some orange and exotics mixed in as well ... but mostly grapefruit. The flavor is explosive. Some malty sweetness to round it out. Pours with a nice two/three inch head and has a beautiful amber/orange sheen to it.

One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of illidurit
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewery. The first pour is great, and the pint just as delicious as it is straight from the tap. This beer kept well over the 2 days it lasted, perhaps a little better than the growler of Speedway kept. The malt was a little understated for the last pour but that signature delicious tropical smell and quintessential hop smack were alive and well.

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Photo of cameraman
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden color with touches of amber along the sides of the glass, with a two inch off white colored head sits atop. A strong floral, earthy, and citrusy scent overwhelms the nose, then a slight mild scentof malt comes through. The taste starts with citrus and grassy flavors encircles the palate from front to back, surrounding a mild malty flavor in the middle. The mouthfeel is slightly heavy at the front the front, then thins out at the back. This beer is a hopheads delight, strong hoppy aroma and flavor, though more malt in the flavor and a more even mouthfeel would make this more drinkable.

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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Nice golden color with a solid head for an IPA

Hops stand out in this beer and it has a nice dry and bitter aftertaste

Taste really started to come out towards the ned when the beer warmed

Would definitely have again

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden color, with a thick white frothy pale head. The hops are intense with a beautiful floral component. The flavor of carapils and pale malts nearly offsets the hop bitterness, but instead creates a foundation for a truely great flavor. I wish that I could create the high alpha acid aroma that this brewer has perfected in this bottle. It's awesome. It goes down so damn smooth. This is near perfect as an IPA is concerned. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass IPA. It's got malt complexity. It's got hop character. This is a highly drinkable beer period.

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Photo of bradford
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at BevMo San Luis Obispo
Looked good. Light orange with a big white frothy head that stayed longer than anticipated. Carbonation present throughout with lots of bubbles
Smelled good. Citrusy piney hops
Tasted good, Plenty of malt to accompany the heavy amount of hops
Mouthfeel was abit lacking for me. With the smell and taste, I expected a heavy feeliing to go along with it. But I was SLIGHTLY let down. Very slightly.
Drinkability wasn't super high as this was quite filling. A very good beer, but I thought it would be more.
Very good, recommended

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Photo of Raymond69
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into Orval chalice. Nice slightly cloudy golden color. Rocky head with some lacing.

This beer has floral/citrus bouquet . Some caramel sweetness.

Taste is predominantly hoppy with citrusy notes, a nice malty backbone. A slight touch of alcohol comes through, in a pleasant bourbony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

Overall I can see myself knocking back a few of these.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug from a fresh growler filled over the weekend.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark bronze color -- clear with a nice slightly off-white head, eventually turning to a film and lacing the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of piney hops with an underlying sap-like semi-sweetness.

Taste: An interestingly balanced IPA with more noticable sweetness than you'd typically expect. But no worries -- there's still plenty of bitter piney hop flavors too. Very tasty, but a bit less crisp than I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Generally quite smooth, yet with a tad bit of grainyness at the finish. Moderate levels of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really nice and easy to consume.

Nice having it from a growler; it's a very enjoyable beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side a bit too much (taste-wise), but nevertheless a nice offering from AleSmith. I prefer their Summer YuleSmith Double IPA, but this will have to do during the rest of the year.

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Photo of cueball52
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a nice robust head. The head settles to a nice frothy coating that lingers to the end.
It has a piny, grassy, citrus hop aroma.
The taste shows a nice balance of malt and hops with a very full mouth-feel. Smooth and creamy.
Nice, slightly burnt malt aftertaste.
Very drinkable and nicely done.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass. Hazy, orange with chunky three finger head and moderate lacing.

Sweet hops jump out: orange, pineapple, with a dash of spice. Not much low end to this one in the malt department.

If you are looking for a bitter, west coast IPA look no further. The bitter-tart flavor lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel leaves a pucker finish, pretty light.

Pretty easy to put down. Decent IPA but not overly impressed.

**edit - after letting the beer warm a bit - much better**

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Photo of kernalklink
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a damn fine IPA. Poured darker amber with a great billowing sticky head. Settled down and the aromas were flowing- great earthy hops and cool, almost roasted malts. The complex flavors were abundant and very satisfying- big, in your face hop bitterness with a lot of piney, but not resinous flavor. Malts were surprisingly well represented and gave the brew a nice smooth sweetness and kept the hops at bay. The finish was the best part by far- huge hop flavor without the IBU explosion and lasting bitterness. Reminds me of a more refined Brooklyn IPA, and very well done- highly recommended.

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

Pours a cloudy copper with a gynormous frothy head that lasts forever. Laces throughout the entire beer and looks delicious. Smells are abundant. Hoppy but not a slap in the face. Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, rind, pine. Tastes exactly as it smells, exquisite and complex, all covered in hops. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with low carbonation. A session beer for sure. Love how this is an obvious IPA but is so complex and different at the same time. A classic.

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