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613. AleSmith Brewing IPA

AleSmith IPARateBeer 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
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.25% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
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.

378. AleSmith Brewing Company X

AleSmith XI am always on the look out for new beer and on a recent trip to Vermont I stopped at the Hunger Mountain Coop which has a great beer selection. Unfortunately they had no Heady Topper or Lawson’s Finest Liquids but they did have some beer from AleSmith and others. AleSmith is a brewery based in California that does not distribute to Maine so when I saw this beer and their Speedway Stout I decided to grab both.

This is an American Pale Ale or as they describe it an Extra Pale Ale. The beer pours a clear pale orange with a solid white head. Some hops come through in the aroma but overall not much happening; a little citrus and maybe some grapefruit.

Taste is good but not great, mild citrus balanced well with some sweet malts. Nothing outstanding but certainly drinkable and quite refreshing. Overall this is a quality beer but when I think of Maine Beer Company Mo and Hill Farmstead Edward this one just doesn’t stack up. 
Pros:
Very drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 100
Rating: 
Brewers Website: AleSmith Brewing Company
Brewers Description: AleSmith X is our refreshing Extra Pale Ale. Pale Yellow color, bright white head. Aroma of fresh hops with notes of citrus and pine.