Alesmith IPA

Posted on 15. Oct, 2008 by in Beer Reviews

Found: South Bay Drugs
Price: Around 6 dollars a bottle
Website: http://www.alesmith.com/
What the company says: Deep golden to light amber color, and a nice off-white head, with good retention when properly served. Starts off with pleasantly strong hop flavors, balanced by a firm malt backdrop, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness.

What I say:Another great beer from the state of California.  This time it’s an IPA (yes another IPA) from Alesmith Brewing.  I first heard of Alesmith, when I heard about their Speedway Stout.  I’ll get to that brew one day but as always my love for everything IPA has taken over.  As you can see there is nothing fancy with this bottle, this must mean they rely on the quality of their brew than any fancy marketing stuff or fancy labels.  If this is the case, they are right.  They don’t need anything extra here, this beer stands by itself. 

The Look: This one pours a light orange color, from the picture it looks like it’s almost glowing.  Huge fluffy head that doesn’t go anywhere.  Huge lacing on the glass as you drink.

What the nose thought: Smells fantastic.  Caramel malt sits up front. Citrus and grapefruit notes are big in this one but mix well with the malt.  Well balanced.  A small but noticeable smell of alcohol sits in the background.

And the tastebuds?:This is one of the more enjoyable IPAs I’ve had in a while.  It’s not extreme but it’s not wimpy.  It’s huge on grapefruit and citrus taste while balancing almost perfect with the caramel malt.  Like with the smell, the alcohol is there but it doesn’t get in the way.  Just a good beer to sit down with and watch tv and when you’re done with that bottle, pick up another.  It’s just a joy to drink.  I honestly wonder how long it took them to get it just perfect because it almost is perfect.

The feel: Clean and creamy.  A slight burn from the alcohol will hit your throat. 

Ending notes: Like I said above this one is just plain awesome because it doesn’t kick your ass.  It’s just fantastic to just drink and chill out and when you’re done pop open another one.  It’s just that much of an enjoyable IPA to drink.  Hopefully more Alesmith reviews coming soon.  I hope they can top this one but I don’t know.

Rating: A

4 Responses to “Alesmith IPA”

  1. Matt 15 October 2008 at 5:55 pm #

    I love this beer. I can’t get it in Indiana, but they do in Ohio, and I buy it by the case when I go. Alesmith does no wrong in my book, and I’ve yet to have a beer from them I wasn’t a fan of, now if I could get get ahold of some of their barrel aged stuff I would be a happy man.

  2. Steve 15 October 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    This beer is schizophrenic with me. I started off not liking it, then liked it, then now don’t like it. I think it’s got a tad too much residual sweetness in it for me that meshes really weirdly with the hops. But that picture sure makes it look delicious…

  3. Dave 16 October 2008 at 10:02 am #

    I’ve never heard a beer called schizo =) But I can defintely understand. It’s happen to me in the past. Good thing is, I won’t be having this beer for a while since I need to order it from CA. It will leave a good impression on me =)

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