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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,216
Reviews:
1,340
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
776
For Trade:
12
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Photo of RichieRich1812
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Hoppy, but without the citrus notes I’ve come to expect from West Coast IPA’s. Some botanical notes, however. Very dry finish. I realize this is one of the most prized San Diego IPA's, and don't get me wrong, it's good, but I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 -51.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of daem3384
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rich92007
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,216 ratings.
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