Last weekend I was in Wisconsin for a wedding, and on my way home I stopped by a bottle shop and noticed that they now are carrying AleSmith beers. I picked up a Speedway Stout, and had it when I got home, and I also picked up their IPA, which I haven’t tried before. AleSmith IPA is an American IPA with 7.25% Alcohol By Volume.
AleSmith IPA is an amber colored beer, mildly hazy, with a pillowy cream-colored head floating atop. A pretty solid sheet of lacing remains behind as the beer is consumed.
The nose has some pale malt, but is mainly focused on floral, citrus and lightly grapefruit hop elements.
The hop presentation is more complex in the taste, with hints of floral starting, citrus and grapefruit, with some resinous and piney bitterness rounding it out. A bready pale malt provides a nice base. The mouth is fairly full bodied and actively carbonated.
San Diego is the American IPA capital in my opinion, and AleSmith IPA is another fine soldier in its legion. I think I also tried this beer when I visited their brewery last year, and I’m sure it’s a different experience that fresh, but as is this is a very nice IPA.
AleSmith IPA : B+
AleSmith IPA Specs
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz