RateBeer recently released its list of top breweries in the World and AleSmith was this years number one. I have no idea what goes into producing the list but there is no doubt AleSmith makes some excellent beer. It just happens that I picked up a bottle of their IPA on a recent trip to Mass so I decided to open it.
This beer pours a great orange color with a thick off white head. Lots of fresh hops in the aroma with a bit of everything; citrus, pine, pineapple, grapefruit. Very appealing beer. AleSmith’s IPA tastes similar to the smell with a solid amount of hops but all of this is extremely well balanced. This is not a huge in your face IPA with massive amount of hops but it is what a single IPA should be; crisp, clean, balanced and extremely drinkable. Would love to visit the brewery and try some truly fresh beer but in the meantime I will enjoy the bottles I come across on my visits to Mass or Vermont.
Pros: Extremely well balanced
Alcohol Content: 7.25% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: AleSmith
Brewers Description: 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.