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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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Reviews: 1,310 | Ratings: 4,071
Photo of prototypic
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden brown color. One finger head which left a little lacing down the mug.

Smell: Very rich grapefruit smell with a nice hop aroma blended in. Some other citrus flavors are present, but grapefruit is what I pick up most. Hops are strong, but definitely not overwhelming.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Nice, strong hop bitterness. You can taste the pine. Definitely some grapefruit sweetness in there. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Really good IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabililty: This is a very smooth IPA. I could drink quite a bit of this. It's just so damn good and so easy to drink. Overall, it's my favorite IPA on the market and I highly recommend it to all.

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

Pours a ruby copper color and produces a fat three finger head with some good lacing left behind.

Nice expected hop smell with a surprising and enjoyable strong citrus aromas that follow.

Taste of hops with a pineapple and orange citrus mix. Its piney and has a good sweetness.

This beer has one of the best mouthfeel to it. Very velvet like, after the pour swig the remains in the bottle for a yeast shot.

This beer really impressed me from start to finish and will become a regular of mine. If you like this try Stone Brewery's Ruination IPA a liquid poem to the glory of the hop.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper or burnt orange color with a frothy cream colored one and a half finger head. Nice fluffy marshmellow like retention on top. Thick sticky lacing forms down the sides of the glass.
S: Citrus fruit aromas of grapefruit with a slight pine aroma that's hard to detect. An excellent hopped IPA.
T/M: Interesting hop profile. Spicy right from the start with hints of pine needles or spruce tips. Slight hints of grapefruit flavors peak in and out, but the hops are dominated by a strong spiciness. Caramel malt profile hides nervously behind the hops. Stinging hop bitterness lasts well into the finish with a prickly and spicy aftertaste that hints at the malt profile.
D: A very nice IPA from the west coast. Definitely one that needs to be had if you can find it. Glad I got the chance to try this offering.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now for an IPA this is a very good "west coast" IPA. (let see how many people I piss of with that one) The is a very deep gold beer with a white fluffy head that makes it almost to pretty to drink. Almost that is. On the first waft of the aroma I get a lot of that trade mark West side citrusy hop aromas. Bu there is more to this beer than just that. As I delve deeper there-in lies alot of things going on here. There is a slight toasty caramel flavor to it. But as it warms up it turns to a bready flavor that blends the malt sweetness together with the hops. Very pleasant. The aromas transfer nicely to make up the body of the beer. Bready, caramelly sweet. Nice blend, very well balanced. there also seems to be some passion fruit to it that comes out. Very nice. The mouth feel is very true to the style. Light and slick. But not a bad slick, dries out on the end, leaves your mouth knowing you had a good beer in there. Overall a very good IPA. I will definitely look for this again.

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

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this fine IPA my way. Poured into a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy, golden copper color with a huge three fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass with each sip. Smells of sweet malt and tropical fruit such as mango. Tastes of pineapple, tangerine, yeasty bread and alcohol. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. My bomber was empty in a short time. I'm glad I have another to savor in the future and will try to procure this again. Recommended.

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Photo of granite
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A---It poured a golden copper with a huge white head.

S---Fresh, floral, west coast hops and some wheat in the background.

T---Saltine cracker, grassy hop flavor and smooth bitterness. It finished warm with a little unfermented wort and oxidized aftertaste.

M---Medium-full bodied.

D---An average IPA in my opinion. I'm happy I got a chance to try it but it did not live up to the hype.

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

Held onto this for my 50th review and many thanks to Tim for the trade.

Poured into AleSmith pint glass just for the occassion. Poured the deepest amber color and almost brownish. Large off-whit head laces the glass well ans really sustains even though the rising bead isn't overwhelming. Smells of orange peel and floral hops jump out with a toasted malt smell also. Resiny hop taste that follows the nose too. Malts almost taste darker to me like between toasted and roasty. Medium bodied and decent carbonatiare on in mouthfeel that isn't overdone. Bitterness in mouthfeel is really felt on rear sides of tongue. Drinkability is very good eventhough availability is not for me. Alcohol is decently masked for the strength. Will try for more bottles of this in the future.

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Photo of peabody
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really beautifully clear amber/orange with lots of off white suds. Three fingers and it almost came out of the pint glass.
Lacing is already showing up.
Smell is so fruity/ orange and pineapple and grapefruit. This is the best smelling IPA out there. No alcohol is present here.
Taste is very warming. The alcohol is here but is balanced with the hops. The flavor changes from warm/sweet to fruity then to a bitter that excites the back of the tounge.
There is not much carbonation in the mouth but the mellowness of the entire concoction makes this a great feeling brew to have in the mouth.
I would love to drink a lot of these so I am rating it high on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fresh bottle so I expected a ton of over the to hops. Well, it delivered in a very pleasant way. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold/copper with a quickly rising head that leaves chunks of sticky lacing. Just as an IPA should.
Smell is very mellow for a fresh IPA, citrus and piny hops with a mild sweetness.
Taste is sublime, the hops are the dominant note, but not at all in a super bitter, overpowering way. Citrus, pine, grass, flowers are all present. Perfectly carbonated, not too bubbly, spot on.
Sticky and chewy and super drinkable. Can't wait till summer to down a few of these on a hot afternoon.
I've been leaning toward stouts and barleywines lately. This one could bring me back to the hoppy side again.

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Photo of velo343
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep gold/orange with a monstrous white, fluffy head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hops! Citrus, pine. Very fresh.

Taste - Just as you'd guess from the smell--fresh, vibrant hops. Very citrusy, with apricot, grapefruit flavors. A slight alcohol flavor and light sweetness. A fairly thin body that is very dry.

I've been wanting to try this for a while and finally got my hands on it. I wasn't disappointed. A fantastic IPA that is among the best, with glowing, fresh hops. Can't wait to try the Alesmith Speedway Stout.

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

Appearance: Pours a vibrant orange/golden with a chill haze, nice rocky off white head, sticky, looks delicious.

Smell: Loads of enticing hoppiness, an apple like malt sweetness, big hops, grassy, floral, sweet?

Taste: Alcohol goes to your head immediately, followed by huge hop oils, hops continue through the whole sip, hints of sweet bready malt, finishes dry, leaving a nice herbal hoppiness in the mouth. Juicy.

Mouthfeel: Spectacular, lots of craftsmanship here, creamy, fizzy, full bodied and smooth, no complaints.

Drinkability: One of my favorite IPA's without a doubt, very drinkable and refreshing, the hops are huge but mix with the rest of the beer like a great food + beer combo. Balanced.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky burnt orange to copper color, nice and cloudy with a good sized off white light tan head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit with a little lemony tanginess, tangerine and a little trpoical mango aroma there as well. Citrusy hoppiness comes thru well in the taste with a soft candy like malty sweetness behind balancing it. A hint of warming alcohol becomes evident as the beer approaches room temp. Light to medium in body with a bite of alcohol and hoppiness in the finish, a delayed dryness on the tongue. Good solid IPA, may not be the best I've had but definitely a fine example.

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Photo of Enola
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained via Double Trouble BIF.

This beer is a nice orange with a thick white head. There is some lacing. The smell is sweet and citrusy. The taste is bitter and sweet. A good ipa. The mouthfeel is smooth and the abv is not evident at all. The drinkability is good as I am finishing the bomber with ease. I may try to obtain more of this in the future.

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

Nice! Awesome IPA

---Side note Peter Zien is the best! My first couple of bottles were flat, and Peter came through with replacements! ---and worth the wait!

Nice amber orange color, full white head, sticky lace down the sides.
Aroma of nice citrus hoppy wonderousness!

This in the top level of IPA's. I need to try more Alesmith beers!


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

This beer poured a slight cloudy amber color and formed a very nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of hops, citrus and a hint of pepper. The body was fairly light and finish was a bit astrigent, yet sweet. A great beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alesmith IPA pours a very slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Smell is very fruity with a lot of citrus, orange, grapefruit, as well as a slight piney aroma. The taste is more sweet citrus, lots of orange flavor with a hint of bitter grapefruit. The sweet maltiness kicks in just enough to balence the solid hop bitterness. This beer is so balenced, it hides its strength very well. I brought this bottle back from CA, hopefully it makes its way out the the East Coast soon.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy and cloudy orange leafy color with a dense head of off white foam. Minor notes of lacing. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation.

S: Very fruity. Tons of hops blend with an array of sweet citrus notes and a hint of pine sap. Nice.

T: High levels of hops and bitterness tower above the reserved notes of grapefruit, citrusy orange and pine. Mild malt character is present, but plays only a small role on the palate.

M: Light. Mild thoughts of hop oils and density, but for the most part, easy and crisp.

D: Not bad. I'd have another.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Shout out to McAllister and Pixel for the Ohio hook up :^)

A: Clear dark golden color with russet overtones. Three finger head that recedes to skim and ring that leaves sheets of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Like someone threw grapefruit and pinecones in a blender. A sweet malt aroma is banging around in there, too.

T: Wonderful grapefruit flavors dominate as do resinous pine sap flavors. There is a bread-like malt quality to the flavor profile as well. The finish alternates between pine-y hops, bready malt, and sweet citrus.

M: Creamy and lush. The hops add a drying quality to the mouthfeel, but the malt thickens things up considerably.

D: What a superb and balanced AIPA this is. This could easily give any of Stone's IPA's a run for their money. It's big and refreshing and so good it's scary. Here's to hoping that someday they distribute their beer in IL, IN, MI, or WI.

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Photo of pjeagles
3.06/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been waiting for this beer for a couple of years, so maybe that is why I have rated it so low.
I could have gotten this beer through a trade or the net, but my rule is: I have to travel to a place where the beer is sold. I take many road trips and getting the beers I have been waiting to try makes the trip that much more special. I know a lot of you out there feel the same way.
With that being said, this beer was a serious letdown. I guess I was expecting more of a "West Coast IPA" when I tried it, and it never delivered. The smell was neutral. The initial taste was almost burnt malt with a hop bitterness I could only find after I assured myself it MUST be in there somewhere!
There is no malice intended in this review at all. I seriously wanted to love this beer, but I ended up being disappointed. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but stack it up against other IPAs in a BLIND tasting and I'd bet the reviews are way lower.

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

22 oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, deep honey like color. Extremely dense white head pours two fingers thick and slowly dissolves into a sticky clinging lace that crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Big citrus smells: Lemon, tangerines and peaches. Caramel or toffee. Huge floral presense.

T: First sip reveals citrus with a pleasent bitter hop bite. Pine resin is followed by the perfect balance of caramel malts. Very earthy and a floral like finish.

M: Delicate and silky smooth. Ample carbination. Slight oil or resin like finish.

D:Outstanding drinkability! Perfectly balanced and scary good! Alcohol is wel hidden. A hop head's brew indeed!

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

A- light shade of copper w/ a just off white, thick, forthy, amazingly huge (seriously no matter how i poured it), root beer float like head. retent was beyond believable (almost painful) thin lacing, and settles (eventually) to 1/4" ring.

S- citrus and freaking malty, sweet bread like, rich and crisp w/ hints of caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts. strong nose

T- citrus, spicy, some raw hop oils can be preceived, but lots of malts flavor like toasted, caramel, choclate, and nutty. i do not believe that all hops were american, nice touch. alocohol can be sensed at times (more so when warm obviously)

M- good medium body, dry at finish, this one is a palate bruiser. carbonation tickle, some coarseness

D- very enjoyable and very complex, really a work of art. awesome balance, not a sessionable brew, highly recommended, leaves you tasting hops for a while. i wish the alcohol was more hidden though

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Copper colored brew with cayenne highlights. Lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass which is surprising. Head is friggin monumental. Just thick. light beige and creamy towering over the top of the glass. As the beer drops, a mountain of suds remains in the center of the glass. The retention COULD NOT BE BETTER. Unparalleled.

S: Strawberry taffy, pink grapefruit, pine cone and some watermelon.

T: Begins sweet, fruity and floral. It really tastes like they add some sugar to this to liven it up. Honey suckle, candied tangerine and pear add the fruity component with caramel apple following these flavors. Bitterness arrives with a combo of 75% pinecone 25% grapefruit rind which adds an earthy component to balance the already sweet and fruity personality. As it warms the beer finishes with splash of alcohol across the tongue as well as lingering bitterness and pine freshness.

M: Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the *perfect* carbonation.

D: So superb. I'm seriously ready for Alesmith to make another double IPA as well as Yulesmith, guaranteed instant classic. Peter might as well change his name to Midas. My favorite every day IPA by far.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a brilliant, slightly cloudy golden orange topped by an inch of creamy bright white head. Excellent creamy lacing gets left all around the glass. Understated aroma of piney hops, with a whiff of grapefruit and some light sweet malt. Palate is damn near perfect - nice, citrusy hops meld with a tasty light and caramel malt profile. Finish is dry, lightly fruity, and sweet. Mouthfeel is wonderful - not too thick or syrupy, especially for such a strong beer. Dry finish is very nice. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Matthew
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, screen printed silvery gray letters proudly displaying IPA.
Pours into my pint glass golden copper orange with a good inch of white bubbly soapy head that just wont go away. Incredible retention with some sticky lacing around the glass. A picture perfect looking beer.
Malty sweet hops dominate the aroma in this beer. Big resiny fresh and crisp citrus hops that consist mainly of orange, and a little bit of grapefruit and pine come before a nice whiff of sweet candy like maltiness and a tiny tinge of alcohol.
A smack of those oily crisp hops comes first followed by a somewhat big malty sweetness that has some caramel and candy like sweetness. The initial hoppy character is dominated by earthy piney tones and the citrus character that is prevalent in the nose. This is one hell of a tasty IPA.
The nice refreshing hop bite leaves behind lasting flavor in my mouth after each sip.
Nice medium bodied feel with good carbonation.
Even though this is a big beer, its so damned tasty that I cant not want to have 10 more. Easy to knock back too many of these.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into Delirium Tremens tulip

A - Cloudy sunset orange with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't stick around too long. Lacing is fairly moderate.

S - Incredibly fruity and flowery, incredible scent that is almost chewy. Full and strong and ideal. Nice and sugary and unlike any other IPA I've had.

T - Hoppy and sweet (assumably from the prominent malt backbone). Nice and sugary with an incredible balance and never cloying or overly bitter.

M - Mild carbonation that is very smooth with a chewy mouthfeel and a slightly bittering aftertaste (but much less than many IPAs).

D - Perhaps the best IPA I've ever had (which is saying alot considering I heart this style). I will plan on acquiring as much of this as possible in the future.

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