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 brother_kenneth
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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

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

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Yancey82
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Gemini6
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lots and lots of soapy foam that never really goes away. There is tons of lacing. The beer is a totally clear, light gold.

S- Lots of orange juiciness. There is also a bit of pine and a touch of caramel.

T- Starts out loaded with oranges and pineapples. Towards the finish it breaks into an orange rind type of bitterness mixed with lots of pine.

M- Lighter body. Very crisp and refreshing. Semi Dry

D- Very drinkable. Finishing a whole bomber would be no problem. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
No born on date (a big pet peeve of mine, especially when it comes to IPAs)

A big thanks to baybum for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow with 3 fingers width of dense sea foam white head, which takes a long time to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Leaves lots of layered, cobweb lacing on the glass.  

S: Tons of citrus followed by pine, then sweet malts.   I get tones of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.  It's a big aroma, and very nice.  

T: Citrus up front, then tons of piney and resiny bitterness on the backend.  There is an earthy/grassy character, citrus in the form of some orange and lots of grapefruit, along with some lemon zest.  The bitterness here is impressive, in fact its one of the most bitter IPAs I've had, but there are multiple components to the bitterness including piney, grapefruit and citrus peel elements. The malts are buried deep in this beer and are barely noticeable.  This is a hop bomb and I love it.

M/D: A pretty big carbonation but still smooth.  On the fuller side of medium bodied with a big drying finish.  Very good drinkability, and a well masked ABV,which is pretty high for the style.  

O: This beer is a winner for me, no doubt.  It has a great hop profile and an impressive bitterness.  There are some great IPAs out there, and this is one of them.  Up there with my favorites, although the title still belongs to Sculpin in my book.  Definitely worth seeking this one out.

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Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clean, translucent, light copper with a 2 finger near white head. Magnificent retention and lacing. I'll just say it...there just aren't many IPAs out there that look better than this one.

S- Big tropical and citrus hops on the nose. Grapefruit and mango lead the way. Some lemon as well maybe. Straight forward on the nose. Solid again.

T- Hop forward for sure. The normal IPA waves with tons of citrus that the nose identified, followed by a sweet middle that attempts to give the beer a hint of balance (and I love that it fails to get all the way there), and finished off with some lingering bitterness. Just not a lot of flaws

M- Light and somewhat slick/oily, but in part due to the impressive amount of hop oils at work here. No booziness to speak of. Crisp, bitter aftertaste.

O- Old fashioned, west coast style IPA that terrorizes the taste buds with west coast hops. Hard to find a better beer with a spicy pizza

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Photo of dgherm
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Oxymoron
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Why are the letters so big? Pours a mostly hazy golden amber color with a light burnt orange hue throughout. A good pour leaves a soft white head. Good retention but did not last through the tasting. Limited lacing.

The nose has a nice west coast style hop aroma. To start there is a mostly grapefruit aroma mixed with a nice citrus and minor pine backing. Some non-distinct malt aromas with hints of husky and sugary notes. Some minor yeast notes but mostly clean.

The taste is a bit more balance than the nose indicates. A good balance between bitterness and finishing hops as well. The finish backs off on the grapefruit and blends more of a citrus and orange flavor. Some astringency in the finish but ok. The malt comes out with more of a grainy and biscuit/bready flavor. Has enough there to support the hops

The body is a bit sweet for style. Some astringency from the hops. The carbonation is a bit much but adds complexity to the bitterness. Overall a good example of a west cost IPA.

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Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Ultimate
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of jwinship83
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness dating brought back from san diego and drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden colored body with a massive fluffy white head that just wont lie down. small bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top.

S- the main attraction here is hops. good. lots of pine and grapefruit. a small amount of sweet caramel malt comes through.

T- the taste is more balanced than the smell. the sweet caramel malt comes through stronger than i could smell. the bitter hops are still strong. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit.

M- too light and almost watery. a nice bitter aftertaste. the carbonation is too high. the low point for this beer.

D- glad to have tried this one. a good west coast style IPA that due to the pour mouthfeel gets lost in a sea of similar beers for me. still worth a try.

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Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of soupyman10
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs.

A near explosion on the first attempt, and then a pour of a light amber-copper color with a beautiful fluffy two-to three fingers of head and tons of busy rising bubbles through the crystal clear brew. Head sticks around and eventually leaves a ton of sticky lacing when it drains.

Nose is nice - lots of busy fruit aromas. Citrus, apricot, orange, maybe some light cherries. Mixed nicely with malt - toffee and caramel with a touch of cookies. Some sourness shows up as the beer warms. Light pepper. Really nice, unique, interesting aromas that come through nicely, especially as the beer warms up.

Flavor is likewise - delicious and unique. Standard fruity hops up front htat transition to a malty sourness in the middle of the beer. Light caramel. A more biting hop presence on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. Funky cookies. Starfruit and apples maybe. A hoppy beer, but also complex and interesting.

Body is medium, fine, with solid medium carbonation - lets the flavors shine.

Really delicious, unique IPA. Would try it again if I could find it around here (I can't).

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Photo of sposter4
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle about a month old. Piney with mild citrus. Very crisp finish. Overall a great drinkable ipa

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of falloutsnow
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Wally's Wine and Spirits, Los Angeles, CA
Date: None listed
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small, dense bubbles. This fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer throughout the drinking session, leaving substantial lacing while doing so. Body is golden orange in color, transparent, with plenty of active carbonation.

Aroma of peaches, lemon rind, grapefruit rind, apricots, with a mix of malts as well. Pleasant, upfront, and substantial, this is enjoyable and worth repeat exposure.

Tasting opens with darker-than-pale malt flavors that quickly transitions to pine resin and grapefruit bitterness. Mid-palate continues malt body, combined with grapefruit bitterness, citrus-like fruit, and pine resin. Nice flash of tart bitterness in back of palate, leading to a lingering bitterness in close, with hints of apricot, peach, and grapefruit.

Beer is medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to foam this up pleasantly on the palate, leading to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry.

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Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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