AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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 derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of LambicKing
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent gold formed an enormous white bottle-conditioned head, which receded slowly, requiring repeated pours to fill and refill the glass, and leaving lots of heavy lacing and surface foam.

s: Mild grapefruit.

t: An excellent malt-hop balance as a medium-strength IPA. Very drinkable, I finished more than half the bottle before I even realized it.

m: Light to moderate, smooth and refreshing.

o: My comment under taste says it all. Not the most distinctive IPA I have had, but a really fine one. Not sure it's worth $8 per 22 ounces compared to a few others like SN Torpedo or Hoptimum or FW Union Jack, but it's definitely worth trying and enjoying, and sure to please most IPA lovers.

BTW since the bottling date had apparently been worn off the bottle shoulder, I could not say how old this was.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Modernrickk
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hendry
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the moment you pop the top on AleSmith IPA, you get the sense from the nose, even from the bottle, that this has potential for enjoyment. The pour was relatively average with a two finger head that disappeared pretty quickly but did leave nice lacing.

Not really clear-as-a-bell, nor is it truly cloudy off-orange either.The nose is hop forward with notes of grapefruit,tangerine,pineapple and a nice balance of malt presence: carbonation is right on the money.

Flavors are that of a well crafted West Coast IPA: the grapefruit/pineapple/tangerine that are in the nose are also what hit your palate with an exceptionally well balanced malty caramel smack to it,very little alcohol presence and a terrific aftertaste that is on the dry side and invites you back for another sip. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium and bottom line is that this IPA stands out head and shoulders amongst others in the same price range or even higher.

The ratings are high on this nicely crafted IPA, and they deserve every bit of it. Don't let the plain Jane packaging on this bomber turn you off: make this one next on your list to buy if you really enjoy not just tropical fruit hoppiness, but an exceptionally well balanced Ale. Two thumbs way up.

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Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a very clean golden pour with a nice 2 fingers of white fluffy head. perfect amount of lacing

S - very aromatic earth tones, slight bitterness, slight citrus, honey

T - sweet earthy flavor, nice blend of malt an bittering hops, floral taste

M - smooth with a sweet finish - making me want more!

O - very nice ipa all around with a modest abv% makes this one a perfect GO TO.. if only it were actually distributed here :(

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

This beer pours light gold with a reasonable head. The aromas are primarily grapefruit, orange, and mango. The flavor is extremely balanced. The citrus hop presence leads, balanced by a slightly sweet malt flavor, finishing with a brisk pine note. This is a great IPA, balanced, powerful, and enjoyable.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of HarmonMW
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of msumike89
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Rihup
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of SveNss0N
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 brewskifan55
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Dylan.

A: Clear amber/orange with off-white one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Tropical fruits meet piney resin with caramel tossed in for balance. Grapefruit, mango and pine.

T: Holy crap, this is smooth and so well balanced. Grapefruit and tropical fruits mix it up with caramel, honey and low bitterness.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: What Alesmith did for the stout (Speedway), they knock it out of the park with this IPA. High class drinking.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orange/gold. Head is bright-white, rocky, and creamy. Drops to a thin ring. Some spotty sheeting on the glass. Carbonation is lively. Nice glowing depth of color.

Smell: Oranges and biscuit dough. Huge floral hit and some lingering pine and grapefruit rind. Big juicy aromas. Malts are big enough to help balance the big hop nose. Pithy with a lingering oily bitterness. Very slick and smooth. Faintly sweet and tropical.

Taste: Sticky, oily orange and pine. So very juicy. Like a punched up shot of grapefruit/orange juice soaked with pine needles. Incredibly floral with a lingering sweet mango-like flavor. Bready malts round everything out and make for a rather delightful drinking experience. Bigger pine hit than the nose. Lingering resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body. Carbonation is moderate and works well with the big fruit flavors. Very easy to drink time and again.

Overall: This beer is downright amazing once it warms up a bit. Loads of depth and a good balance to keep the tongue happy. A firm notch for Alesmith. Falls off pretty quickly, but fresh it's a force.

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

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,222 ratings.
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