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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: 1,309 | Ratings: 4,069
Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have passed this beer up sooooo many times just hoping I will one day find a fresh bottle to enjoy. Finally the time has come and I am severely impressed by this ipa ! I honestly can not think of a much better example of the style . . . This may be my new standard for an American ipa. Along with the likes of Racer 5, Two Hearted, Columbus and Anti-Hero. Alesmith ipa is beautiful in appearance. Aromas are floral and tropical. Feel is smooth and creamy with substance. Taste is hoppy but not over the top so much it will burn you up after a couple. Overall, possibly the perfect example.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well, I may come back and change this, but as of this minute, I can't think of an AIPA that does this better. Hoppy, but not really one dimensional.

It's beautiful in the glass. Dark yellow with a little fizz. The aroma is strong and grassy - a bag of weed.

The taste is bitter, pungent and more bitter and more pungent. There are lots of different hops tastes presenting themselves in concert more than in balance. There is malt and booze, but they are more like the vehicle for an essence than the main attraction.

The aftertaste is a sublime bitterness with a hint of sweet malts.

This bottle is about 6o days old - perfect.

Obviously, this great, great AIPA is highly recommended as a wonderful example of the style, and certainly one of the best.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt, citrus hops, orange family citrus, grapefruit and lemon rind, lightly floral and estery. Flavor is neutral malt, citrus hops with a little pine, orange and tangerine, with more intense citrus rind hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice citrus forward IPA. The malt has very little flavor of its own, but does a great job of supporting the hop flavors, which get more intense and interesting in the finish. Some really nice fruit esters and citrus rind flavors develop and linger. Even to my jaded wet and dry-hopped palate in this best of IPA seasons, this stood out for pleasant flavor. The finish is very nicely balanced in hop bitterness and herbal flavors. Well done.

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Photo of Spikester
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Paid $2.19 for the two month old 12 ounce bottle. Hazy golden orange color with almost four fingers of white long lasting head. Very good amount of lace.
Smell was fruit and biscuit malt.
Taste is tropical fruit mango pink grapefruit light hop oil with a lightly sweet malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is moderately bitter and dry from the resinous hop oils.
Overall one of those tasty beers that are like a junior DIPA. Very easy drinking West Coast IPA. Lots of flavor for the style. Now that I can get six packs of this fine beer I will be enjoying it more often.

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Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 10/18/15 so less than a month old. Poured a nice golden oramge color with a thick white head that dissolved fairly quickly. Nice hop aroma in the nose some citrus and nice piney resin. The taste is smooth with nice citrus flavors and a nice sharp finish. Mouth feel is pleasant and pleasing. Nice west coast IPA which I was glad to find in this format in a great VT beer store.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright gold with good clarity. 2 finger cream colored head which dissipated to a small layer a foam. Fine lacing lingers.

Tropical/citrus aroma. Mango, orange, lemon, and peach. Grapefruit and pine. Biscuit-y, doughy hops.

Big grapefruit on the first sip. Orange, lemon, and lime. Biscuit-y malt. Pine throughout but underneath the other flavors.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Smooth bitterness(is that a thing?). Flavors linger, citrus transitioning to pine.

Really nicely done IPA. Big flavors with a bitter bite but still very smooth.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1/2 growler that I filled the previous night at Kettles and Grains in Leesburg. Great semi-cloudy dark copper in color with sustaining white head. A more earthy/piney aroma. A nice hop bitter taste but not overpowering and only a slight aftertaste. Pretty good overall IPA.

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Photo of MacPhergus
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice light color, near white foam hung just right. Aroma and taste as advertised, citrus and pine with a little tropical fruit. Body slightly on the light side.

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Photo of delta490
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a faintly cloudy orangey-gold with a nice thick off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves smudges of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is all hops but not overwhelmingly so. Nor is it harsh or acrid. It has nice fruit and pine notes. The taste is a delicious amalgamation of those hops plus just enough malt to balance it out. It has a nice full mouthfeel, with a little carbonation and a nice bitter bite on the finish.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Bright orange with a creamy cap of white foam that sits atop the beer nicely. Lots of carbonation bubbles with a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is mainly pine hop aromas with a toasty/nuttiness from the malt.

T: Decent flavors of crisp pine with some faint citrus. There is a good amount of what seems like caramel malts giving the beer a toasty/nuttiness that stands up fairly well to the hop flavors. There is good balance between the malt and hops but there is still a good amount of bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth but also dry and pretty bitter on the finish.

O: Overall I thought this was an OK beer but nothing remarkable. However take this review with a grain of salt because I couldn't find a date on the bottle, which leads me to question the freshness of this beer. It seemed like the hop aromas and flavors weren't as strong as they should have been. It also seemed like the malt was as pronounced as the hops, instead of the malt being the backbone for massive hop flavors. If I find a bottle that is definitely fresh I will edit my review accordingly.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. The date is smeared but I'm pretty sure it says Bottled On 08/30/15.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma brings to mind grapefruit. Somewhat sweet malt backing.

T- Solid hop character with a somewhat assertive bitterness but the moderate malt sweetness provides good balance. Tangy, slightly sweet. Alcohol is decently masked.

M- Pretty sharp hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Solid example of the style. Though there may be better ones on the market these days, it's obvious this was a pioneer for its time when first conceived.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this brew. It was the first legit west coast IPA I got my hands on in the Midwest. Never disappoints, great balance, taste, and smell.

Outside of Pliny, this and Apline Duet would be my top choices for 'last beer on earth'.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - Nice honey/golden color, slight haze (maybe a chill haze)
Smell - Candied orange, floral, sweet malts
Taste - Follows the nose (unfortunately). Florally/sweet malts, orange

Overall - Purchased a $10.00 bomber w/ no bottled date from a decent bottle shop in Philly. Don't know how fresh it was but this beer was disappointing to me none-the-less. Floral, bitter, sweet malts.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 9/12/15 poured into snifter
Nice frothy white head. Beer is a slightly dark sahe of orange

Citrus aroma , grapefruit

Taste follows close to smell. Sweetness juicy fruit but a good balance with a bitter hop bite on the finish

Medium body perfect carb

Awesome IPA. Love to see AleSmith in Chicagoland. I heard this is is coming in 6ers and if so then you can count on me buying this several times a year.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden honey color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Citrus and tropical fruits start things off, followed by hints of pine and some maltiness. Quite pungent and hop-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice citrus notes and flows into hints of tropical fruits and pine. Malt backs things up before finishing with some resinous hops and moderate bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A classic California IPA with all the focus on hops. Nicely drinkable and not over the top with the abv. Definitely a must try if you're into west coast IPAs

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler, poured (many times) into a small snifter. Pours a copper tone with a finger of white to off-white head. Grapefruit and pine on the nose. Definite pine on the palate, giving way to citrus fruits. Dry hops lead but progress to a hint of malt sweetness. Overall, a very complex IPA. It seems to have a little of every style - not a juicy citrus-filled IPA, but the taste is no doubt there - not a resinous beer, but the pine is unmistakeable - not dry-hopped to hell, but the crisp hops are prominent - not sugary sweet, but the malt lingers on the aftertaste. An excellent defense of the premise that IPAs don't always have to be bigger and more over the top, they too can be subtle and complex.

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Photo of dd43
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an unbelievably good west coast IPA, one of the best I've had from that region. It ranks up there with sculpin, Pliny, and anything from green flash. So happy there is CT distro for AleSmith now.

Pours beautifully, deep honey orange in color with a tight, resilient off white head. Fairly hazy from the bottle conditioning.

Big time citrus aroma, grapefruit first and a really nice pineapple/mango sweetness as well. Floral notes from the hop bill, and a big hit of bitter pine resin on the front of the palate. This is followed by a wonderful malt sweetness, some caramel and more pineapple on the mid palate.

Wonderfully dry and refreshing on the finish, super crisp but just smooth enough to make your next sip something to anticipate. Serve this above fridge temperature, it's too prickly below 40 degrees.

Seek this out. Drink it fresh. You're welcome.

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Photo of Prager62
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a trip to Illinois for the Alesmith rollout. At $7.99 a bomber, I took the bait. The bottle date is not discernible due to smudging, pouring it into a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours an almost clear gold color with a finger of rapidly diminishing white foam.

Smell- Onion forward with some pine and mild perfume.

Taste- Pine up front with a bit of onion in the back, followed by some malt flavor.

Feel- Very dry with a bitter finish.

Overall- A good beer but nothing earth shattering. Worth a shot for the price.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.91/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My search for an IPA I like continues. Purchased a non-refrigerated 22 ounce bottle of this one from Whole Foods, chilled it to what I believe was a couple of degrees below 50 and poured it into a pint glass. Found the beer to be overwhelmingly hoppy. I see the beer is dry hopped. Maybe I need an IPA that's not dry hopped, if there is such a thing. Maybe it's California IPAs that I don't enjoy. I believe that's all I've tried so far. Maybe I ought to try a "session IPA". If I am anything, it is persistent. I will keep looking.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revised after getting a much fresher bottle. This stuffs an awesome west coast IPA.

Very clean filtered look. Aroma of grapefruit and touch of dank tropical fruit. Taste is very similar to nose but with up front floral hops and touch of pine to round it out. Bitter but balanced malt finish too. I would def buy this again, especially at only $5.99 a bomber.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a yellow/orange somewhat hazy but crisp color. Smell is very enjoyable with a strong punch of ?nelson? hops. Taste does not follow the nose as it's bitter but not with a lot of additional flavor. Finish is somewhat bitter and harsh. Start great and slowly gets worse making an OK beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16. Pours a translucent Amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is lots of tropical and citrus fruits. Mango, guava, pineapple and tangerine. The taste is much like the aroma. Guava, mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and some toasted malts. Bitter and fruity with a mild alcohol burn. Medium bodied. Overall, great IPA I'm glad is finally available in CT.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From yesterday.

Ah yes, one of the archetypal west coast IPAs is now available to me. I get lots of zippy grapefruit on the nose, alongside hints of pine and caramel. Letting it open up...now I'm getting tons of Cascade-esque floral notes. As much as I enjoy IPAs, many of them don't seem complex to me. Not this one, though! The flavor profile brings a lot of floral hoppiness...as well as a healthy bitterness. It finishes with some grapefruit rind. A touch of caramel malt balances things out some. It's a bit sweet in terms of feel, and that's perfect - it helps quell some of the sharpness present in some California IPAs (Stone IPA springs instantly to mind). This needs to be in six-packs, right now. Still, it's right up there with Sculpin as far as I'm concerned.

3.95/5: An impressive representation of the west-coast IPA archetype

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Photo of qchic
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich honey color with an impressive head that lingers. Serious lacing on the glass! The aroma is typical of my favorite balanced IPAs with citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is so satisfying, with ample bitterness, hop spiciness, tangerine, mango, and lots of pine. Malt balances it out, but the citrus rides out the finish. This is one I could happily drink tons of, if only I had consistent access.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I find that I've said in a lot of my reviews "this is exactly what you'd expect". I'm not often wrong about what I expect, so that makes me think I'm probably pretty smart.

I expected a West Coast IPA. I got exactly that. Golden in color, with very fine patches suspended in the beer. Thick head and wet lacing.

Nose is all hops. Citrus and pine mix here. Taste of course follows, with a pleasant lingering of resinous hops.

Not overly bitter, not overly cloying, not overly anything - but that's a good thing here. Really just a spot on representation of the style.

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