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:
4,218
Reviews:
1,340
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
776
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 4,218 |  Reviews: 1,340
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a huge foamy head with standard retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite powerful and dominate. Taste is also overpowered by citrus hops with a metallic aftertaste. There is some caramel malt that is discernable though very faint. I’m not sure I see why this is rated so highly. Overall, this beer is one-dimensional and not properly balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with golden highlights. It had a fluffy, white, two-finger head of foam that left sticky, patches of foam.

S - Big citrus aroma with hints of pine and burnt toast maltiness. Great IPA aroma!

T - Hops bring a piney bitterness with a strong dose of citrus. It has a nice sweet caramel backbone that balances out the potent hop bite.

M - This IPA is crisp, sharp and finishes nice and dry. A medium bodied ale that packs a punch.

D - This is a really good American IPA. I'm really glad I was able to finally try this.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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

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

Appearance: Amber-colored, cloudy and thick, small bits of sediment floating around. Great head retention; again, it's very thick and leaves clumps of foam all over the walls of the glass.

Smell: Very balanced between malt and hops. Sweet grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Taste: Fruity, both tropical and citrus; rich, bready malts. It becomes dry toward the finish with piney, oily hops that lead to a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Remarkably balanced, this isn't an over-the-top IPA at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit oily on the palate. Bottle conditioning provides a smooth, mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: Incredibly easy to drink thanks to its perfectly balanced flavor and texture.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal astringent hop flavors lingering after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane IPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review goes out to my buddy Mason - BitterPachyderm - as he was very consistent on me getting it logged! Cheers buddy!

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 2.5 fingers of very slight tan head. Color is a hazed dull golden copper. The head is very full and has some good retention leaving some lace rings and splattered lace. The color isn't very appealing for an IPA.

From the smell, it seem as this beer is pretty fresh (Got it straight from Cali). A ton of floral and pine hops mixed with a lot of citrus-lemon and grapefruit. A really nice mix. There is also some orange peel.

Taste: A ton of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon. Some orange peel, a little alcohol, tons of floral hops here, a little pine flavor, and last, the typical bready malts. Almost got a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter. At first it made me gag a little which was very weird and I didn't like that. Medium bodied and a medium level of carbonation. Ends with a citrus/somewhat dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer. So far one of the better west coast ipas I have had. A really good price on this great beer.

Edit: I decided to put the yeast on the bottle of the bottle into my last pour to see if it would change the flavor and the only think it did was make the flavor a touch more bready/yeasty. Not much of an affect.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

A slightly hazy amber body reveals golden highlights beneath a densely creamy head of ivory foam. The retention is good and it holds well before dropping to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Wide rings and thin splashes of lace add to its appearance. The nose delivers bright piney, floral, and subtly citrusy hops atop a caramel-accented maltiness. The body is medium and its very fine, natural carbonation caresses the tongue before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers a brilliant balance of rich, sweet caramelish malt; subtle yeasty fruitiness; piney and citrusy hops; and a solid bitterness. It's alcohol never makes an appearance on the palate; and it finishes quite dry with it's bitterness lingering long after it's maltiness has subsided. Overall, an exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable west coast IPA.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A: Medium copper with a large, foamy white head and loads of lacing. Loads of carbonation visible in the glass--I got an amazing carbonation tornado after the pour was complete.

S: Highly floral and citrusy in the hop department.

T: Floral and citrus, with a little bit of pine.

M: Medium-bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Very little alcohol presence.

D: Delicious IPA. Reminds me very much of Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably not super fresh, but should still be pretty good. For some reason, the guys from Alesmith and the guys from their Massachusetts distribution company had a fall out, and now Alesmith is disappearing from the shelves. Found another store with a couple bottles left recently so I grabbed the IPA. Too bad. The real people who lose out are the awesome beer drinkers like me. But, here goes the IPA review. Poured into my big oversized DFH snifter, as usual for big IPA.

A: Pours with nice 1 finger frothy head leaving lots of big bubbles. A pretty clear pale amber orange color can't really mask the large number of bubbles floating to the top and the chunks of sediment that probably accumulated over the time this sat at the store.

N: The gentle hops are hard to smell.... who the hell am I kidding, I could smell the awesome hop goodness as I cracked this thing, and even more as I poured it. A nice pale malt aroma barely makes its way through all the awesome piney hop aromas. Some light citrus hops also pierce through taking some aromatic hops and slight sticky hop oil. And that about does it, lots of interesting hops and very light malts, and I believe the taste follows through on this formula, the so called west coast IPA.

T: Taste hits instantly with some piney hops, not overbearing, then adds a big kick of bitterness. Some nice malts never show their face through the hops and all you get from this is hops and bitterness. Some juicy fruit hop tastes really take over the center of this beer with some grapefruit and other tropical citrus tastes round off the hops tastes, but lighter than the initial hop goodness. The slightly sweet malty taste breaks the surface but then hides again.

M: Pretty thick surprisingly, with a huuuge carbonation. It takes over your mouth with a big frothy feel and bubbles that expand almost too much. The spicey hop taste almost burns the tongue, and yes I'm talking about hops. There are also some hop oils layering the thickness of the beer.

F: Finishes crazy bitter, as I expected. Some hop tropical goodness and pine linger for a few minutes. It finishes pretty dry and really rips the cells apart with its awesome hop goodness. The looong bitter finish and hop taste don't really leave your mouth and stick around for while to remind you about 5 minutes later that you drank an awesome IPA.

Final thoughts: For a West Coast IPA this is really the definition. It has a really strong piney and citrus hop presence and hop oils etc, without even hinting at the slightly malt base. Slightly sweet taste to start but very dry to finish. It seems to go overboard on the carbonation too. I'm surprised how well it made the time on the shelf as it still has its great hop tastes, aromas, bitterness, and hasn't malted or sweetened and many beers like this would. It also has a lot of sediment that came from extra bottle conditioning over time, I assume, and probably left behind the ridiculous carbonation. I've had some better IPAs before, both WC and EC, but this one is still a good fallback if you can get it. Would like to see it show up here again with a nice freshness, damn distribution follies!

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to garagekegger for sharing his bomber with me,poured a slightly hazy light amber with a nice one finger head,aromas of course are intensly hoppy very piney and citrusy.This is a bold tasting IPA very resiny and piney along with lemon rind but there is a firm somewhat nutty malt backbone that is very noticable.A damn fine IPA loaded with flavor damn I want more!

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

Acquired from rayjay courtesy of the BA Secret Santa 2007, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is nicely blended and contains hops, citrus fruits and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness up front. Then a strong burst of floral hops comes in a takes control, but the sweetness remains complimentary in the background. The malt character is on the light side for the style but it works quite well for this particular beer. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good kick, very good representation of style. This is a very good beer to drink over the course of an evening. I could see myself polishing off a 2-3 bombers of this beer and enjoying them the whole time.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick/wide ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a huge aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops - this beer smells very inviting and delicious. Subtle hints of caramel and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness followed by strong grapefruit/citrus hops. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with wonderful hop aromas and flavors without a lot of bitterness. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well-hidden. Great beer that I could enjoy over and over again. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish gold with 2 fingers of just the slightest off-white head. The retention is fantastic, with at least a good 1/2 finger of creamy foam left behind with produces big sticky hop lacing. The aroma is ahhh...West Coast awesomeness right up my nose! Fresh pine, grapefruits, spice, and sweet backing malts.

The taste is more of the same. Biting (but not overly so) resinous hop bitterness and zesty citrus that is backed by a solid backbone of bready caramel malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and velvety feel down the throat.

This is a great representation of what San Diego has to offer. A delicious flavor profile mixed with one fantastic drinkable package. I would love for this to be my go to IPA. Great stuff!

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

Pours a clear pale copper with a 1/2-inch white head which leaves spotty lace. Citrus fruits dominate the nose while slightly sweet and bready malts make the dry and bitter hoppy flavor last even longer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark golden color with creamy, off-white head. Aroma has a nice perfume, floral and citrusy. Taste starts really balanced with some clean malts, citrusy hops, a bit of pine resin and finishes with medium hop bitterness and lingering grapefruit and a touch of white grapes. Medium body with nice carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel. It's a really good IPA overall, classic west coast and well brewed.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 4,218 ratings.
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