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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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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 mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

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

I was very pleased by the suggestion FooFaa had of tasting this great IPA. Shared with tenderbranson69, ffejherb, brewslut and me. I was most appreciative to have a taste of this, thanks FooFaa.

A - A light golden like lemon meringue w/ light amber highlights and thick frothy inch of creamy bone white cap, a generous lace clings to the glass.

S- A sweet floral aroma w/ fresh squeezed tangerine and grapefruit greets my nostrils en force. The hops in this just pop with vibrant odors that wake up the senses

M - The feel is the most tantalizing component of this for me, with resiny and sweet, but mild acidity from the hops and gentle malt textures adding depth. The body is a bit above medium w/ a smooth carbonation spreading the hoppy juiciness over my taste buds

T - Crisp juicy acidic hoppy magic - the flavors present a unified flavor w/ fresh sweet vegetal hop notes embraced by a grapefruit balance of bitter and sweet. The grapefruit flavor is as if you had just removed the fruit from the skin rind and a bitter orange note accents the citrus hops so well that the malt is not in focus, but certainly in the peripheral. A gentle alcohol flavor makes all the fresh blend of grapefruit, tangerine, mango and lemon interesting and adds a great dimension

D - A fantastic IPA, one of the best I have had for sure, a truly exemplary drinking experience from a top-notch American IPA -it's pretty awesome!
re-review 4/25/10
A - 4 S- 4.5 M -5 T -4.5 D 4.5
I picked this bottle up at Julio's -
A -Slightly hazy w/ an overabundace of foam -1 22oz filled 4 glasses to the top and had to wait to pour the rest in. The color is tangerine w/ a butterscotch glow and lace sticks and looks like solar flares -the bead is tight

S - lots of tropical notes w/ mango, tangerine and pineapple coming to mind w/ subtle herbal nose and smell of sweet grass and mild slight spiced odor w/ light alcohol aroma

M - Sweet, grassy and moderately bitter texture w/ mild carbonation after the foam settled w/ hint of astringency and spice. The ale feels tangy juicy and resinous w/ light tannic finish

T - A grassy flavor on entry w/ gentle pineapple tanginess and mango juicy taste. The hop flavor has very subtle grapefruity acidity w/ a sharp herbal lemony tinge in the middle that drops off slightly w/ citrus rind tastes lingering. The malt flavor is mild only adding sweetness slightly to the citrusy tropical hop flavors the finish is semibitter and dry

D - A very good drinking IPA, one of the best w/ intense hop flavor and balanced acidity and bitterness w/ a bit of a pain to pour foaming into four glasses but the quality of the beer is hard to beat, a really great example of the style

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Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden pour, clear. Fluffy white head slowly receding to a messy lace.
Nice hop and malt balance in the smell, with fragrant caramel biscuit and sweet tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, faint lychee, candied grapefruit, a bit of pine too. Really nice.
Taste takes you on a really cool trip. Starts rather sweet, with caramel maltiness up front and honey glazed citrus (tangerine, orange, faint grapefruit). A grainy crackery note shows up, and the fruitiness develops too, with peach and nice tropical notes, the pulpy kind, like mango, papaya, faint maracuja. Nice and "oily". Pine and hop resin towards the end, a generous bitterness to complement the nice fruitiness.
Tropical notes still linger in the aftertaste, lots of pine, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness sharing the palate with clinging hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky.
An awesome IPA, not too rough, not too sweet, with a really diverse flavor profile. It's so tasty you'd wish you had more.

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

A: Golden in color with a slight haze to it, tons of foam on this one (seems to happen a lot with the AleSmith brews).

S: Pine and grapefruit from the hops, not much malt on the nose.

T: Much like you would expect, lots of citrus and a great piney bitterness. Hardly any malt in the taste, either.

M: Great crispness to this beer, fairly light on the body.

D: A wonderful IPA from AleSmith, good balance (despite that fact that you don't necessarily taste the malt), and great bitterness.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze with 4+ fingers of pillowy mauve/sand colored head. Out of this world lacing (white patches are stuck all over my pint glass) & great head retention, slight hazing at the end, from the yeast, waste not want not!

S: Bready & citric hop notes in healthy amounts

T: Grapefruit & lemon hops along with breadyness up front. A touch of honey malt gets past all the grapefruit & lemon, plus a bit of peppery hops& a bit of sting from either alcohol or all that grapefruit hoppyness. Finishes with puckery hoppyness, just a touch of breadyness & a whisper of malt sweetness. 11 out 10 hopheads will love this

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & damn fine balance, enough hops to hold the hop assault off for a while! Maybe a bit too hot

Drinks pretty good, I can really see why this brewery is so highly regarded, based on previous old numb skull experience & now this.

Props to rye726 for letting me split a liqourama order with him. Between the abv & the grapefruit profile, I doubt I could stay on this all night, but wouldn't mind giving it a shot!

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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 orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, tropical fruits and some light caramel sweetness. The hops are nice and bright, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Awesome stuff.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of mango, grapefruit and some light sweetness. This one is very fresh and tastes exceptional. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Smooth body with lots of hoppy flavors and moderate carbonation. Very nice feel to this one with plenty of hop bitterness, lingering long after the finish.

O - My first time having this one on-tap and I really enjoyed it. From the bottle it was just decent but this one was much better. I will get my fill while I can for sure.

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

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Cloudy amber/orange color with a white head. Nice retention with spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Some citrus fruits, orange and pineapple. A little bit of grass and pine with a caramel malt as well.

T: Smell is a bit stronger than the flavor. The oranges return and some pine/grass. The caramel comes through and balances things out.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Has a slightly bitter finish. Drinks nicely, with the only drawback was the slightly muted flavor. Good but not amazing.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps a little too carbonated. It starts by overflowing the bottle when opened. The pour is minimally 2/3 head to start. Forms a solid dome of foam. Leaves extensive, decorative lace all over the glass. The liquid itself is hazy with a light gold color.

Interestingly, the initial pour gives off a pleasant pale ale malt aroma. Letting the beer settle results in a strong floral (pine) hop smell.

A smooth, high-hopped beer. While it is spicy and bitter, there is a solid malt base, almost buttery. Still, this is a story of the hop. The swallow and the aftertaste is biting, like fresh ground pepper. The alcohol is well-hidden and the body is neutral for the style. A deceptively easy beer to drink.

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Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a nice frothy white head. Laced nicely down the glass and the head lasted through the glass. Very good looking beer. Aroma is strong with the citrus and grapefruit hops which smell excellant. I love the taste of this beer, the hops are nicely done a lot of the citrus and grapefruit flavors and not extremely bitter. This is right up there with the best IPA's I have ever tried. I would buy this frequently if I could. Very drinkable, enjoying the bomber myself today watching some football.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a darker golden color with 2+ fingers of white head with great retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of citrus and piney hops. Maybe a little bit of sweet fruit too.

t - Tastes strongly of cirusy hops and fruits. Stays a little smooth for a moment and than has a major bitter bite to it as it goes down. Also a little bit of pine, but mostly citrus. Very nice IPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a great IPA. Lots of hops, citrus, and bitterness to it and a very enjoyable IPA. Alcohol is not noticable. Would highly reccomend and would love to try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper orange amber tone with a large thicket of cream colored head lacing is thick and even beautiful appearance says you know you want some just take a sip. Aroma: Wants you get a sniff of this hypnotizing beer your ready for more and more piney hops earthy tones and floral scents that send you into a hop frenzy best of all very well balanced brew with a ton of malt exposure as well caramel malts layer on their effect to the overall scent. Taste: Simply amazing splendid blend of flavor the caramel malts give a butterscotch like sweetness blending only the ripest grapefruit citrus hops and floral nosed earthy tasting hops with the pine cone finish setting it off feels so nice going down this is my favorite IPA on the market I have tasted which says volumes about the quality of this product. Mouhtfeel: Medium to full in body excellent oily resined texture full of hop juices nice carbonation sends tickles to the back of the throat, awesome. Drinkability: As complex as this IPA stands it adds to the craving I have for each bottle to reach my lips pure sweet mixture of hoppy liquid equals a balanced uncannied by any other IPA I have sampled this one takes the cake on the realm of the master IPA.

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

Finally, a fresh bottle of Alesmith IPA. I've been wanting to sit down with a bomber of this for years.

The beer is hazy and light orange in color, with a half inch of head that leaves some sticky lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma brings grapefruit, pine, sweet candied fruit, and malt. The scent is a notch above the flavor, gaining in intensity as the beer gradually warms.

The flavor is hop forward, but definitely brings a healthy dose of malt along for the ride. I believe this is what many brewers try to achieve when brewing "balanced" IPAs. Sweetness is present throughout, with some sticky pine resin clinging to the palate. Of course, personal preference plays a role in my rating, but I would like to see the malt bill toned down a bit, giving way to the grapefruit and other citrus flavors. This brew is a little too sweet for my liking, though I certainly don't find it cloying.

The feel is sticky and sweet, with a noticeable pine presence throughout. Alcohol presence is there, though subtle and unobtrusive. The body is medium, with a light bitterness in the finish. Unfortunately, the hop bitterness is somewhat cancelled out by the malty sweetness.

Overall, a good brew and worth a try. Not in the same league as the Alpine Nelson I had last night. Still, tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith is really starting to make its presence known here in southcentral PA and between the more manageable 12-fl. oz. bottles and their beautifully colored painted labels, I am very happy to see them! This was a very recent score at The Fridge.

From the bottle: "It's pretty awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA."; "The beer's citrus and pine notes pair well with fresh, aromatic herbs, citrus-based dressings, and Asian-inspired flavors. IPA's refreshing bitterness and dry finish also help temper the heat of spicy foods and contrast the tanginess of farmhouse cheddars and spicy blues."

Despite it being less than a month than its bottling date, I could see some lees on the kick/punt. Thusly, I Pop!ped the cap and held a very gentle pour. Once accomplished, a swirl in the glass raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with button brightness & so the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas got off of my couch in the living room and came into the kitchen at Chez Woody for a taste. They arrived early this afternoon for a day of AIPAs & televised hockey and are staying overnight for tomorrow's games. We have watched the Pens lose to the 'Ning; Wisco Wimmen lose to the Lady Gophers; the CHI/MN Alumni game and we still have a college & an NHL game upcoming tonight. Nose was like putting my snout into a baggie of weed! Goldang, but this was REALLY fresh! It was minty, resinous, just mouth-watering. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more citrusy than minty, very much of grapefruit, but that was fine by me. This was a really pleasant AIPA and very easy to drink as evidenced by how quickly I drank through it. The finish was bitter, certainly, and dry, but at what I would consider the right point. I have had some AIPAs recently that were just over the top. Now, if they would just see fit to put this beer in a CAN ...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a nice creme head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose is citrus, perfume and pine. It's nothing crazy, but is is extremely well balanced. Flavor is almost unnecessary to elaborate on. Nice pine levels with a tangy fruit tone. I mean this really just can't go anywhere else. Just frickin' smooth. Slightly noticeable tone of alcohol kicks it down just ever so slightly when it's at the wrong temperature. Just has to be chilled ever so properly. Leaves a nice burn in my chest as I sip. Consider it more of a warm fuzzy feeling. Feel has a very good liquid touch and the carbonation is nice as well. This is an IPA and a masterful piece of work that should be sought out by all. Truly amazing.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color with a great white head. When it finally dissipates, a solid coat of foam rests atop the body.

Smell - Citrus hops galore, followed by a hint of piney hops. Oh so delicious tasting. Doesn't smell grassy and doesn't smell sweet. How do they do it?

Taste - Nothing but citrus and fruit hop flavors. Grapefruit and mango flavors, with some pine for bittnerness. Just enough sweetness comes through from the distance to balance it out. There is some bitterness to the finish, but it's a good clean IPA finish.

Mouthfeel - Nearly perfect body and carbonation. Could use just a bit more body, I guess, but for something categorized as a single IPA, I cannot complain.

Overall - This is just magnificent. Seek this out. And to those of you who have access to this, send me more!

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Photo of jwc215
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger -

22 oz. bomber -

Pours hazed orangeish deep gold with a thick foamy white head that sits beautifully atop the beer. Great head retention. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is divine - and powerful - earthy, piney/resiny, slightly herbal with lemon zest and citrus - wow - what a hop-lover's dream of an aroma...I happily smelled the empty bottle awhile after it was finished...

The taste was hoppy - piney, earthy, citric, resiny with a caramelish/toffeish- malty background. Well-balanced for the style while allowing the hops, which were present, but with bitterness well-balanced, to come through well. Alcohol very well-covered with just a glimpse in the long finish.

Full-bodied, yet silky smooth.

Wonderful aroma with a hoppy, yet complex and balanced taste and oh so smooth...This is one of the best IPA's I've had, if not the best! Awesome hop profile and usage.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks again for the opportunity.
Pours a couple of shades darker than lager with a 4 inch thick bubbly white head that persists forever. Loads of citrus and pine fill my nostrils, slightly spicy/earthy as well. Taste is mostly pine and citrus maybe some bread or caramel if I strain really really hard, but this one really is all about the hops. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is sticky/resinous, body is medium. I'm torn, I really wanted to love this one, but I just don't. I find it over carbonated, one dimensional and a little boring. Maybe one day I can revisit this one on tap.

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

Lovely bright reddish hue, a full, opaque orangish color, with a good, whitish head.
Aroma: lively hop component, fresh, alert and awake, buzzing with grapefruity notes, full with fruit.
Taste: mmm, buzzing with nicely fruity hops, a constant hoppy delivery on the palate, yum, yum, yum, sharp, bright, delicious, juicy...did I say "yum"??
Nicely lingering finish, fully flavored, unstoppably delcious...seriously, this is one IPA you can sit down and get familiar with.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Thanks to xhuskr for the trade.

A slightly hazy orange pale amber with nice rising carbonation really nice yellow highlights. Head is off white, two fingers and soils soapy bubblebath in appearance.

Bouquet is a classic grapefruit, and slightly sweet. Nose is a classic good Hop citrus flavor sense. Basic and solid.

Taste is piny and doesn't bring the fruit. It seems like a 180 from the nose. Dry piney palate sense. Texture hits with a mild carbonation. As the beer warms up a nice malt backbone comes out, and then citrus.

Overall a bit of a surprising ipa, good but takes some time to get use to.

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

Got this bottle from dschuster03 - probably should have opened it earlier. Served it in a regular pint glass.

A - Ridiculous creamy foam - almost too much! Takes quite a while to dissipate and leaves tons of attractive lacing. The brew itself is a golden-apricot color. There are some suspended solids floating around - didn't realize this was bottle conditioned.

S - I was worried the hop profile would have faded on this guy, as I had no idea how old the bottle was before I got it from Dave. It must have been pretty fresh, as the hops are still there. Lots of lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine, but balanced by a strong toffee malt backbone. There's a surprising hint of alcohol kick - not something I expect from a single IPA. It smells good, but not unlike a lot of other solid IPAs.

T - The taste is also nicely balanced. Good caramel malt mixed with fresh-squeezed citrus. The aforementioned alcohol smell is nowhere to be found. Initially sweet, but with a smattering of bitterness at the back of the palate. Very mild aftertaste. Again, really solid but not mind-blowing.

M - Creamy, smooth, nice balanced carbonation (I guess all the CO2 ends up in the ridiculous head?!). Good viscosity and slightly resinous mouth-coating after swallowing.

D - 22 oz? No problem...reasonable carbonation + lack of overwhelming bitterness make one drinkable IPA. Wish we got this in Illinois like they do in Ohio...

I'd love to try this on-tap or closer to the source. It's not in the same class to me as my two favorite Minneapolis IPAs, but that may be because of the freshness factor. I wish Alesmith (and Stone for that matter) would date their bottles.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice carbonation in the glass. Crystal clear, bright orange gold body. Nice fluffy white head with great retention and lace.

S - Bright citrus fruit with a kick of mango and fresh woody hops.

T - Green plant stem and grapefruit bitterness. Kaffir lime center with a light bready backdrop. Dry back end with a somewhat dusty hop character.

M - Bubbly, dry, medium/light frame.

O - A solid IPA with a few endearing imperfect edges.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep copper color, with a light, filmy head. There are aromas of heavy hops, with very green/pine notes. The beer has a heavy hop-forward, front tongue flavor, which is extremely well balanced with sweet, citrus flavor. The beer is round and robust, yet crisp in mouth and with aftertaste. Sweet and robust on the aftertaste, with a crisp, light finish. This beer could be trouble, because it is so tasty, and so easy to drink. Fantastic beer!

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AleSmith IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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