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AleSmith IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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:
1,294
Ratings:
3,994
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
15.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,294 | Ratings: 3,994
Photo of xhcadamx
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold with a HUGE creamy head and a metric shit ton of lacing

S - a din of hops. Mainly piney but a bit of citrus fruit come through as well

T - just like the aroma. Piney as ever and just enough malt to back the bitterness

M - God I love bottled conditioned beers. So soft so elegant

D - I could drink this forever.

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Photo of bminor7
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second 22oz from Half Time. The first I had probably over a year ago. This bottle is a bit older so the hops are faded somewhat, and it has carbonated much more since.

Looks good...cloudy light brown. good stiff head.

light citrus/floral hop odor. was much stronger when fresh.

taste is quality...robust hops, with a touch of darkness. light on the palate, but the hop bitterness is strong.

mouthfeel suffers from the increased carbonation.

strong, flavorful, drinkability is reasonable. but a palate wrecker.

a famous IPA that is very good if you can get it fresh.

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

Nice copper color, good head retention. Pours two fingers and retains it well. Bottle conditioned so it has a nice creamy carbonation. Great hop aroma, very citrusy. Taste is very nice and smooth with that characteristic bite. Textbook example of an American IPA executed very well.

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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 MrNuggets
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in colour. Off white, almost tan head. Thick and creamy. Hops, Hops and more hops on the nose. Hops explode onto my tongue. This hop rollercoaster quickly pulls in to superb balance. I let the yeast into the second classful and I would say it added welcome flavors to the brew. My first Alesmith, I am impressed.

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

I've had it on draft only but will taste it in a bottle when I see it to see if there is any difference. As long it is on draft at the local pub, I'm having one.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden amber color that was slightly cloudy and a deep white head. Head lasted most of the beer with a good amount of lacing. The smell was all hops, a very strong floral aroma with hints a citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was really good, a cross between a local IPA (Sequoia Brewing) and Stone's IPA. Very good flavor, nice hoppy flavor right up front, slightly sweet maltiness, and a very sharp bitter back end. Mounthfeel was great, very smooth, nice thickness, and CO2 was perfect.

A very good IPA, that should be a standard for any one wanting to try a high quality IPA. Give it a try!

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a pale yellow with golden highlights and is crowned by a fluffy, sumptuous white head that ascends slightly above the glass without spilling out. Lacing is above average as the head quickly bubbles away.

Aroma-West coast hops abound, with plenty of zesty, citric aromas of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit and fresh pine right at the end.

Taste-An utter explosion of citric hops bursts onto the palette like little bombs of juice all over the tongue, a sugarcookie-like thin blanket of malt provides something of a base mid palette for the hops to continue their attack. The finish is a bitter-sweet sticky and resiny.

Mouthfeel-The feel is utterly perfect, super plush and feathery; fills the mouth while being smoothe as silk.

Overall/Drinkability-Great, just great; perfect IPA, and one I wish I had regular access to.

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Photo of thomda11
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot of good things about Alesmith. As a recent Maryland transplant in California, I was very much eager to try any beer from this brewery. The beer poured a yellowish-amber hybrid with a good head--even if it dissipated relatively quickly. The aroma was a lot maltier than I expected with a distinct resinous hop note. The taste is sublime. The strong hopiness hits the palate first, but it is married with the malt to the point that it becomes one indistinguishable flavor--a very, very good thing. The balance of this IPA is impressive and has become a serious challenger to DFH 90 min for favorite IPA. I feel like I need to run out and get a 4-pack of DFH to compare immediately.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours very nicely with a clean puffy head, that retains quite well, accompanied by some sticky bubble clusters on the side of the glass. the body is fresh motor oil in color (amber/orange), and is pockmarked with a foamy top that has both large and small bubbles.
smells like melted peach candy, pine trees in the wind, and has a very pleasant balance to it.
tastes slightly spicy, pretty muted though but its there, has a nice herbaceous quality, with some whisps of hay to it.
light on the palate and dangerously smooth!
This beer is pretty available for me, ill be visiting it again.

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

Poured from a bomber dated september 10, 2013 into an IPA glass

A - Bright golden hue, persistent fluffy white head on the beer, about 2 fingers thick Very pretty.

S - Grapefruit, Citrus, Something tropical, a little piney, and a sweet caramel note at the end for good measure

T - Starts out like the smell, finishes with a nice strong bitterness like an IPA should. Barely notice the alcohol - in fact I couldn't tell you it was over 7% without reading the specs.

M - A little undercarbonated for my taste. I like my IPA's to prick the tongue, and this one didn't quite do it for me. A very smooth mouthfeel

O - Very drinkable, very good IPA. Glad the guy at the bottle shop recommended I take one home while I was visiting in California. Would definitely recommend and drink again at the $6 price point, if I had regular access to the beer.

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Photo of twilight
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful light orange color with very nice eventual lacing. The beer is sligtly hazy, but that adds to the appeal. Being a homebrewer, I loathe crystal clear beers. They just seem unnatural.

Earthy spice aroma and some peaches in the nose. The taste is lots of earth and pine with some citrus, but mostly this great sharp herbal hop taste, like biting into a nice piece of wood but without that oaky taste. At some point I could also swear I tasted chocolate malt or some kind of dark roasty malt, but I've since learned that they use "honey malt" in this one. Hop character is very agressive, but malt balance is very clean, leaving very little sweetness in the mouth. Mouthfeel is excellent and flavor makes drinkability a no-brainer. Quaff this one heartily. Oh, and if anyone you know is visiting from San Diego, have them grab you a bomber or two of this one. I have to thank my beloved mom for hand-carrying this one over!

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

A- Nice golden color, snowcapped ivory-white head, sticky icky lacing that is pretty thick. Great IPA appearance.

S- Piny hops, a bit of grapefruit. Pine resin is pretty potent.

T- Very slight hop taste that lingers long after the taste.

M- Great mouth and bitterness from the hops but not the best.

D- Ranks right up there with my favs from Alesmith.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- clear golden, nice white head, good lacing

Aroma- Very dense tropical hops, grapefruit, mango, pine, slight malt backbone

Flavor- A little more pine here, and less tropical, firm bitterness throughout but drinks easy, maybe a slight alcohol warmth, very nice

Mouthfeel- Medium, good carbonation

Overall- First AleSmith beer and I'm impressed Bottled a little over a month ago. Bitter, tropical juicy, and piney. More than solid IPA.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alesmith IPA

Pours slightly hazy golden color with very minimal bubbles. Chunky two finger off whit head

Aromas of sticky pine citrus and sweet tropical fruit.

Bunch of hop bitterness throughout with some citrus rind bitterness. Waiting for the fruit notes but never quite make it on the palate. There's something missing. Too hop forward, there's just not a sweet note in it.

Overall- it's okay. I got it in a trade. If I saw it on a shelf I wouldn't buy it.
Just waiting for that extra something at the end that doesn't happen.

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

22oz bottle purchased for $5.69 on 5-16-8 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a very quick rising head that displays great retention while leaving behind thick splotches of lacing.

The aroma features orange zest, pineapple, pine needles, spicy cannabis and light alcohol. Just an overall very bright hop presence.

The taste is top notch as far as IPA's go. All my favorite hop characteristics can be found in abundance here. Bitterness is dialed in perfectly.

Overall, this might be my favorite IPA.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/17/2008 Shared bomber

Golden Orange color with a white head. Nice head retention. Amora is malt...floral and citrus hops with a hint of piney.

Crisp...clean tasting. Seems also "pure". The hop assault is well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well hidden.

This one really deserves the ratings. Outstanding beer experience.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle to new belgium globe. Thanks to andrew for this one.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden straw yellow with hints of orange throughout. Totally clear when held up to light. Poured with a 2 finger fluffy white head that lasts and lasts. Leaves an awesome layered lacing down the glass.

Smell - Wonderful fruity and citrus aromas. Tons of grapefruit, orange and other fruity scents. Notes of floral hops also come through and meet a bit of grassyness. A bit of pine but hard to find. A faint whiff of some bready malt.

Taste - Just like it smells, tons of citrus in the taste. Lots of wonderful grapefruit, the floralness comes through also meeting a tiny bit of spice and a wonderful sticky bitterness. The pine can be found on the tongue as indicated by the nose, what a lovely IPA. The bready malts are there if you search hard enough and a bit of caramel sweetness can be found.

Mouthfeel - This ones carbonation is right where it needs to be. It maybe feels a bit thin for the style, the bitterness bites the tongue very nicely and it has a definite stickyness to it. Not as sticky as some though.

Drinkability - I could drink the bomber of this quite easily but I would probably stop there, it's a great beer but the market would keep me from drinking it all the time, probably along with the price. I could see it being a fairly regular treat though.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hophead247 for this extra!
Transparent golden amber color and about a half a finger head. Large bubbles float to the top. I smell piney and citrus hops. I also pick up the sweetness from the malt. The piney bitterness seems to be well-balanced with the malt backbone. The bitterness lingers after the sip. I can appreciate that though. Mouthfeel is rather light and effervescent. A great extra, I'm glad that I got to try it. I beginning to pick up a difference between midwest IPAs and West Coast IPAs. It's all good!

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

The Beers of California

#2

Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy golden sunshine in a cup with an effervescent white head which leaves behind minimal traces.

S: The subdued nose is of earth, pine needles, and flowers. Also some beautiful grapefruit citrus.

T: Pine and flowers up front. Then comes a wallop of the grapefruit laced with apricot, plums, and even golden raisins. All this greatness is buoyed by bready, slightly caramel sweet maltiness. A classic IPA spicy finish which builds as the beer settles.

M: Medium bodied with a prickling carbonation which complements the hop bitterness. Good linger and minimal lacing.

O: Not as widely distributed as Racer 5 or Stone IPA. A great California IPA on par with the likes of Sculpin. It you're not from California and you happen to stumble upon this brew at your local shop don't hesitate to give it a try.

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

Bomber into my Bruery Snifter.

Appearance: Dark Gold with standard white head. Head retained throughout drinking with nice lacing afterwards. Looks great.

Smell: Orange and grapefruit. Sweet malt background with lemony pine.

Taste: Malt is more pronounced than I thought it would be for a West Coaster, and this isn't a bad thing. The pronounced toffee almost adds a musty, earthier taste and mouthfeel. Standard pine and resin; grapefruit and slight tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and drinkable. Could put back a few of these even with the + 7% abv.

Overall: Awesome take on the West Coast style. Not a hop bomb by any means, and this just adds to the drinkability. I wish I had more than just this bomber. Will gladly revisit.

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

A - Pours a bright orangish-yellow with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing. Quite effervescent. Seems to glow under the evening's light. Beautifully refractive!

S - Wiffs of grapefruit, floral hops, yeast and crystal malts. Surprisingly mild for such a renowned beer.

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Tastes of grapefruit, honey, pine and yeast. All flavors are mild and work very well together.

M - Somewhat dry and light on the palate leaving me wanting another sip before I even set the glass back down.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer and tastes like a lower ABV beer than it really is.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear light orange-amber. One finger thick white head with big bubbles.

Almost entirely citrus hops nose along with pine. Oranges and lemon, some grapefruit, caramel malt in the background.

A little bit of citrus hops up front, with a caramel malt middle. It's quickly taken over by resiny piney hops and oils. These bitter hop oils build up nicely, and are rounded out with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Fullbodied and pretty thick for an IPA. Mild carbonation but good.

Good, well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of kaips1
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a fresh bomber from cavax as an extra, thanks man, i split this with my gf

this is the second time ive had this beer and i feel fair to review it this time, this beer poured slowly was quite the foamy head gusher, lots of head with even the slowest pour, when i got the glass filled it had about a 2in frothy head. the beer itself is a solid cloudy dark amberish orange, it looks good. now on to my favorite part of this beer, the nose on this is all citrus and fruity. i get some grapefruit some pineapple some orange and some hop juice, not grassy. the flavors were kinda toned down from the nose but still tasty. the mouthfeel is very solid and a little heavier than some may expect. the carbonation isnt as jumpy as i was expecting, i guess it lost some of the zest in the beginning. overall this is a very good beer and i hear its pretty cheap in cali, you guys are so lucky, drinkability is very high, i could drink this all day and like i do stone. get some alesmith ipa its worth it.

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

Great complexity of flavors for an IPA, with lots of citrus and fruit notes accompanied by hop-appropriate herbal and spice notes. The aroma is fantastic and fresh even out of this older bottle. This beer is definitely one that lives up to the hype. It's a bit harder to find and a bit more expensive than I would like but I think it rests in the top 5% of the crowded IPA landscape and thus the elite pricing is deserved.

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.
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