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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,185
Reviews:
1,332
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
521
Gots:
759
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 4,185 |  Reviews: 1,332
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 -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AleSan
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of cgrunin
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for a hoppy beer, this one's for you! Smells of grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops. Taste is very hoppy with a medium lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Classic mildly hazed orange amber hue with very good dense head formation of creamy foam comprising of vast small effervescence that won't really die down with exceptional strength of retention, it just a little bit collapses to a thick layer of eternal foamy crown and yields plenty of refined lacing ring, patch and spot all along the way.

The aromas are all that I could imagine from great IPA, well hopped, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, tropical fruit, lime, pine, resin, floral, and with very good malt in the support with its sweet, biscuit, and slight caramel, very well mellow and inviting aroma overall.

The taste is well-rounded and very balance between malt and hop. Malt plays in the supporting role with its caramelized sweetness and breadiness while hop leads forefront with its rich fruitiness of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lime, tropical fruit, and pine needle. The middle to finish is wrapped up by persistent resiny bitterness from hop that is quite lasting for long in the aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its good crispness and lively carbonation generated refreshing feel through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This brew is that the American IPA is all about. It is perfectly balance and possesses all the characters which must be visible. This one couldn't be missed.

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Photo of Timtac
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This is a well made, old-school IPA. No tropical fruit bomb here. Instead I found a nice balance of citrus rind, pine, grassy bitterness, and cookie dough sweetness. Very easy drinking for the abv, hope to have this one again.

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

Photo of nebula1999
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus, malt, pine, and a little caramel.

T: Tasted of a lot of citrus ingredients (grapefruit, in particular), a light malt presence, a bunch of grassy hops, some mild caramel notes, and also a hint of pine resin. The main problem here are the grassy hops. They kind of through everything out of balance. Nonetheless, all the other ingredients are pretty solid.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a hoppy, sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer doesn't quite rise above its flaws, but it is worth trying Drinkable.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this beer. From a can dated 11/11/16. Color is typicallight amber IPA. Aroma is hoppy, pine, a little breadand I think a little of the metallic can. It was a nice tasting , drinkable IPA, just not "West Coast" hoppy enough for me.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boblemo
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffmck09
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitburger
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beagleyx2
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haybeerman
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbigcat
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: November 27, 2016... OCCASION: Christmas decorating, almost complete... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... pours a swirling storm of bubbles, spinning through a translucent, light amber body that supports a thick, creamy, pillowing white head--a perfect picture... orange, grapefruit, melon, tangerine, resin and pine weigh in with an earthiness that suggests a dankness... the malts are bread-like and mellowing... this ale sips efficiently, if not smoothly, in belying its 7.2% ABV... front to back, a full ticket, with the teeth experiencing an initial hit, while the throat holds fast to a lasting, subtle sweetness... creamy and medium-bodied.... in other words, how is this an IPA at 7.2%? the tangerine is most notable, with the grapefruit and orange lending to a hop-forward experience, one that rewards as a sippable, powerful IPA... the undergirding malts match its dry finish encouraged by its hops... I have waited a long time for Alesmith to reach the East Coast, and here it is, in all its glory... incredibly balanced, setting the standard for the IPA not wanting to be a hop bomb...

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Photo of titletownusa
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just found this in a six pack at my local store, So much better than buying the 22 oz Bomber Bottles. This is my favorite IPA Beer. A must try for any IPA Beer Lover.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark golden with lasting clingy bone head. So balanced with malty backbone thought-out, evenly distributing a healthy dose of pine and citrus.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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