Beer Review: Alesmith - IPA

  • ABV: 7.25%, Style: IPA
  • Brewed in San Diego, CA, USA
  • Best before - come on Alesmith, put some dates on your bottles.
  • Served: 660ml bottle poured into a BrewDog tulip
  • http://alesmith.com/

Alesmith - IPA

This beer comes with the heavy suggestion of value that is a 100% score on RateBeer. I’m not really sure how any subjective opinion can add up to 100%, especially as there’s a 2 out of 5 review on the first page. Either way, it adds a weight of judgement which preceeds this review.

I’ve actually had this beer before in a bro bar in San Francisco, however, it was so under-hopped that I can only assume that the bottle had been sat on the shelf for ages. The barman didn’t know what it was when I asked for it, which wasn’t a good sign.

This bottle was part of my local BrewDog bar’s latest delivery of beer so I hope this one one has a little more life in it. Despite staring at the bottle for ages, I could find no bottling date or best before date.

Look: Pale orange, hazy beer. Off-white foam head, about two fingers deep. Consistent lacing throughout.

Aroma: Smells fantastic. Grapefruit, pineapple and pine from the hops and toffee from the malt.

Taste: Starts badly, it’s a little thin, a bit herbal and sharply fruity. However, then there is an amazing bitter grapefruit finish with enough malt present to make it quite lovely. A total palate ruiner.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, medium carbonation. Generally it feels light bodied. Despite the reasonably high AVB, it seems thin.

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Overall: Scent and finish are brilliant on this beer. It doesn’t hit top marks for me because of the thin body and indistinct first taste. Still a great, big IPA but I think I’d take Racer 5 over this if I had the choice of the two. Lovely beer. 4/5

- 9th December 2012, Sustainable Alcoholic

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