AleSmith Brewing Company Reviews




Banksiz
3.9
AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394
West Coast nose, flowery, tending to piney-resinous. A nutty maltiness as it warms up. Malty body with a bit more sweetness than most pale ales. Texture is slick and slightly oily. Bitter finish with no harshness. Pack a lot of flavor and body into a 6% beer. The body and slight sweetness make it an interesting variation on the West Coast pale ale style.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

koleminer20
4
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
On draft at Cultivate. The pour is a medium black with a couple spots of garnet shining through. There is a light tan head that falls to a ring, leaving some decent lace behind. The aroma is really good. The coffee is huge. Bright, bitter, roasty coffee with a slightly relaxed chocolate and just a hint of booziness. The flavor is even better. The coffee and chocolate balance so well with a light roasted malt and a lingeringly bitter finish. The mouth feel is a touch light with a lovely carbonation and a roasted chocolate and coffee that I just love. There is a hint of bitterness on the back end that ties this all together. Solid beer.
Friday, January 20, 2017

koleminer20
4
AleSmith Decadence 2005 - Barrel Aged
From notes. Enjoyed at a bottle share at Sean’s on December 29. 750 mL bottle. 2010 vintage. The pour is a nice dark copper color with a light caramel tan colored head that falls down quickly without any lace. The aroma is definitely oxidized up front, but it’s great once you get behind it. There is a gorgeous dark fruit and caramel malt complexity. Light barrel, a hint of vanilla, and a sweet breadiness from the malt. This is past its prime, but damn. The flavor is much of the same. The dark fruits and caramel malts balance excellently. The breadiness and the barrel really add in a nice vanilla and a depth that I like. The mouth feel is a touch light with a lower level of carbonation than it needs. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and malty with a light bourbon and fruitiness. It’s a damn good beer still.
Friday, January 20, 2017

ThreeCats
3.5
AleSmith IPA
Hazy honey color with a nice white head. Aroma nice, spicy, flowery, grassy. Taste full, spicy, hoppy, flowery, nicely balanced. Hoppy without being that bitter, nice fruity but dry finish. Very nice ipa
Friday, January 20, 2017

gallaghermurph
4.1
AleSmith Speedway Stout
Pours a blackout curtain black, with a creamy nut-brown head that shows its thickness in thatbit supports itself. Aroma of coffee (obvious), molasses, brown sugar, maybe even a little dark leather. Mouthfeel is immediately creamy and even a bit chewy with small bubbles. Taste is exceedingly complex, with brandied cherries, sweet carmelized sugar with almost vegetal undertones. This is all on top of a powerful baseline of coffee, somewhat bitter steak char. There’s a lighter aftertaste than I’d expect which is almost of banana and grass. On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, this thing is yuuuuge.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

SinH4
3.9
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine
Tap. Dark amber color with tan ring. Aroma is caramel and toffee, slight pine hops. Taste is toffee, caramel, bready, raisins and pines. Sirupy mouthfeel without being too intense. Amazing Amber.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

koleminer20
3
AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394
12 oz bottle. The pour is a darker orange with hardly any light passage. There is a creamy thick off white head and s pretty solid lace as into falls down. The aroma is surprisingly malty. There is a light fruitiness to it, but it’s mostly sweet malts. Must be an older bottle. The flavor is a little fruity and mostly malty. It’s got a hint of bitterness on the finish, and I kind of like that. It’s just very light and malty at the present moment. The mouth feel is pretty thick for a pale. It’s creamy and softly carbonated. The aftertaste is sweet malt mixed with a tropical fruit of some sort. This isn’t good.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Itzjerm
4.1
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
A perfect creaminess. With no milk sugars impressive. Nose is chocolate. Taste is smooth very similar to Vietnamese coffee. Maybe closer to chocolate milk. Head that lingers. Nice thick mouthfeel of course at this abv it should. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, January 19, 2017

djd07
3.9
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Velvet Echo
On tap at Mostra Anniversary. Pours black with small tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is roast, vanilla, dark chocolate. Thick, chewy, roast, boozy, very nice.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Achel
3.8
AleSmith Speedway Stout
Almost black body with medium size light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee with notes of alcohol. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, medium sweet, hops, medium bitter, little liquorice with notes of alcohol.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

djd07
4.3
AleSmith Pappy Van Speedwinkle
On tap at Mostra Anniversary. Pours black with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, roast, chocolate. Thick body, strong barrel character, roast, wood, vanilla, smooth, really enjoyed this.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pallleon
3.8
AleSmith IPA
Kíváncsian vártam az egyik top IPA sör megkóstolását. Nem kellett benne csalódnom. Nagyon finom ital. Ízre hozza az IPA-k összes védjegyét. Ugyanakkor nem kaptam meg azt a lehengerlő élményt, amit a helyezése alapján vártam tőle. Mindenesetre ajánlom.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

DeliriumT
4
AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Pours almost black with little to no head. Aroma of rich toffee, caramel, toast and treacle. Very faint hints of Christmas fruit, raisin and rum. The flavour is an impressively rich toffee explosion. This is seriously good beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, January 19, 2017

beer_queue
4.7
AleSmith Speedway Stout
Pours thick with a big, billowing dark brown head; plenty of lace around the glass, and it’s pitch black in color of course. Complex nose of dark chocolates, buttery/creamy malts, lightly spiced, bitter honey, brown sugar, and of course a lot of bold, dark-roast coffee. The taste is just as complex as the nose. It arrives with bright, acidic coffee with a little bit of spice and hops before transitioning into a smooth, creamy malty middle. It finishes very nicely with plenty of bold coffee notes, brown sugar, and some alcohol. The warming of alcohol is present throughout the palate but is especially noticeable in the finish. Once warm, the coffee notes stand out the most and followed by some more sweetness and alcohol. Smooth, heavy body; low carbonation; finishes warm, long; dry as hell. Beautiful coffee imperial stout!! The strength is where it should be, and the complexity rewards in layers.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kita
3.9
AleSmith Lil Devil
Bottle, 0.33l. Pours cloudy deep golden color with thin quickly diminishing off-white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of yeast, coriander, dried fruit, biscuit, toasted malt and cherry liqueur. Taste starts light to medium sweet grainy and a bit papery, following is yeasty, citrussy, herbal and mild medicinal, mouthfeel is mild spicy, while finish is mild bitter. Medium body, slick texture and average to lively carbonation in palate. Feels tastier than majority of original Belgian ales...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

jsquire
4.2
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
Dark beer with a creamy beige head. Big Coffee nose with chocolate notes. This is a big, rich beer with great coffee flavor, rich chocolate, roasted grains, dark fruit and a long coffee beans bitterness. Really nice coffee beer.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

sloshgator
2.8
AleSmith Grand Cru
AleSmith Grand Cru seems a bit overrated. Reddish translucent pour with zero head. Some malt aroma. Taste is flat with some sweet caramel balanced by some maltiness and booziness. Not very complex. Either I got a bad bottle or Grand Cru’s gold wrapper is fooling people.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

rederic
4.1
AleSmith Double Red IPA
2015 vintage, 22oz bottle, slight hazy amber-red hue, with a big frothy fluffy beige head, with a good herbal floral citrus, piney, leafy hoppy, candied citrus peel nose, with a toffee, mild toasted, caramel, biscuity, pale malty, faint lemon marmalade accent, and a subtle breadcrumb, toasted pie crust, faint zesty lime rind note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice candied lemon peel, toasted, caramelized, biscuity malty, faint lemon marmalade, flowery leafy, piney, grassy, citrus hoppy character, with some zesty grapefruit rind, toffee, cedar, pine resin, mint leaf, yeasty flavours, leading towards a malty, candied citrus peel, a lingering citrus, piney, leafy hop bitter finish.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

trapped
3.7
AleSmith Double Red IPA
Draught @ Taproom No 307. Cloudy copper red with sizable creamy beige head, citrus aroma, low carbonation, bitter malty taste with alcohol undertones, smooth body, long bitter finish. The alcohol bite is quite pronounced.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Benzai
4.2
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian
Bottle @ home shared with Countbeer. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown to dark brown colored head that diminishes somewhat quick. Aroma is malts, chocolate, some vanilla and more chocolate. Taste malts, again loads of milk chocolate and some vanilla, subtle coconut hints and a nice bitter finish. Thick syrupy texture, soft mouthfeel. Very nice, much better than expected since I usually dislike coconut, but this is lovely.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dogbrick
4.1
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
On draught at Bob’s Bar. Jet black pour with a thin beige head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of espresso, fudge and roast malt. The finish is roasty with a vanilla coffee and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Countbeer
4.2
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian
Bottle: Thanks Rene: Served in a Duvel glass: Black beer. Small brown head. Nose of marzipan, caramel, fudge, chocolate cookies, sweet roast, cookies, cotton candy, light ginger bread... Quite sweet and hardly any coffee but very nice! Flavours of fudge, cacoa, caramel, chocolate, light alc warmth/burn, roast, bread, light coffee, cream, some bitters, light coffee beans and some mocha... Aftertaste has more bitters but still not as overwhelming in many other Imperial Stouts. There’s some caramel, chocolate, grass, toast and light coffee... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Not so much coffee as expected. Quite some subtle dark sweet tints. Nice!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ogonczyk
4.5
AleSmith Old Numbskull
Sweet aroma of ripe exotic fruits with some resin notes on the decent caramel background. Full bodied but not very sweet, slightly warming, soft carbonation with silky finish. Hops and malts symphony!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

maekchu
3.8
AleSmith Nut Brown English-Style Ale (Bottle and Draft)
Bottle from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). Light coffee, cocoa, and nutty candy bar. Deep brown color, with mahogany on the edges, very pretty. Cocoa, ripe dark fruit, toffee, and piney hop. Light-medium body, very smooth. Delicious stuff, Very nice nose, too. A dull style tricked out in finery.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

phaleslu
4.2
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mexican
750 ml bottle via local trade. Pours a dark, opaque coffee brown with a finger of tan head that settles into a lasting ring. The tequila barrels add a nice subtle booze here, but also a nice dryness to the proceedings. Notes of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, subtle cinnamon spice, charred oak, and earth. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth, roasty, boozy mouthfeel with a hint of chocolate and coffee grittiness. I guess that’s the Mexican hot chocolate part of the description. Either way, this is excellent out of the gate and gets better as it warms. Nice variant.
Monday, January 16, 2017

JaBier
3.9
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
On tap at Studio 35 before a the Dude-A-Thon on 1/15/17. Black pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma of malt, rich chocolate and roasty coffee. Malt and booze flavor with chocolate before a roasty coffee finish.
Monday, January 16, 2017

ajnepple
4.1
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
On tap at Hops & Pie. Black appearance with a light brown head and light lacing. Aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light earth and a hint of alcohol. Similar flavor, adding hints of molasses and licorice with a lingering, bittersweet, roasted coffee finish. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel. A touch boozy, but mostly hidden. Another nice variant in the Speedway series.
Monday, January 16, 2017

cheap
1.6
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
So, I finally get a chance to taste a speedway, even of it is mokasida. Attractive impy stout aroma. Big black oily appearance. Smooth volatile mouth coating initial impressions. Overwhelming my RB friends. Alky impressions from the start. Can’t find anything in this but a big bitter warming imperial stout style. Is that a benefit? Kick you in the face with a warming alky sensations all over the place. Hey, I made a rhyme! WTF?
Monday, January 16, 2017

Foxbush
2.3
AleSmith Lil Devil
12 oz bottle from Growlers to Go, Short Pump, VA The ale poured an almost clear light amber color with small head that quickly disappeared. No l;acing. The aroma of coriander, spicy malts and orange zest. I was hopeful this version of a BPA would have more hops. The flavor was yeasty with more coriander and sweet malts. This is just not my ale type.
Monday, January 16, 2017

klm1
4.3
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
[email protected] fox ale house: pours black, opaque, with creamy brown head. Intense aroma of roasted grain, dark malts, coffee, dark fruits...flavor: intense dark malts flavors with notes of cofee, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, emroasted grain, roasted coffee beans, supported with gentle note of cocoa & blueberries. Fi ish is dry, slightly astringent (roasted+blueberries). Body is full, texture soft, carbonation is moderate.
Monday, January 16, 2017

aleigator
3.4
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
Yields a coal black color with a huge, creamy dark brown head. Smells of sweet cold brew coffee, lots of milk chocolate and just a little hint of roast. Molasses and spicy licorice mingle into this foundation, producing a milk chocolate powder aroma. Has a thinner, velvet mouthfeel, with flavors ranging from sweet to dry, without a lot of nuances in between, tied together by a lower carbonation. Tastes of rock sugar and hot chocolate, molasses, surprisingly thin on the palate, with a slowly evolving coffee dryness. Once the coffee takes over, this begins to taste interesting, bringing flavors of dried herbs, earth, wood bark and sugared espresso beans to the palate, pungent and harmonious. Finishes bitter, bready and rustic, with its initial silkness. If it wasn’t for the thin mouthfeel, with just a little more complexity to it, the beer could become mighty fine. As it stands, there is quite a bit unused potential to be found in here.
Monday, January 16, 2017

pushkinwow
3.7
AleSmith Private Stock Ale
Bottle opened up at the 2016 Ottawa Year-end Gathering.Red copper with beige head. Dark and rich roasted toffee mixed with some dark pit fruits, brown sugar, star anise, some prune and brown sugar, moderate+ body and mild carbonation. Boozy throughout and warming, sweet.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

pushkinwow
4.1
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Rye Barrel Aged
Bottle opened up at the 2016 Ottawa Year-end Gathering. Dark mahogany with a beige head. Sweet and boozy with brown sugar and vanilla, burnt toffee, rye, oak, some raison and prune, mild+ carbonation and full body, smooth and boozy, vanilla and brown sugar continue throughout.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

GRM
3.9
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kona Coffee
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on June 23 2016; eye: black, opaque, ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: vanilla, coffee, roasted barley, slight burnt barley, malt; mouth: vanilla, coffee, roasted barley, slight burnt barley, malt, finale in coffee with presence of vanilla, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly syrupy texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, 13,0 %, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 23 juin 2016; śil : noire, opaque, anneau de mousse brune, trčs légčre dentelle; nez : vanille, café, orge torréfiée, trčs léger orge brűlée, malt; bouche : vanille, café, orge torréfiée, trčs léger orge brűlée, malt, finale en café avec présence de vanille, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légčrement sirupeuse; en résumé : bien
Sunday, January 15, 2017

scotchzombie
4
AleSmith Double Red IPA
Pours deep and hazy reddish brown with a fat foamy tan head. Wet legs. Aroma is sweet citrus and rye. Taste is caramel, mild citrus, and bitter hops over a rye grain backbone. Bitter lingers. Super tasty. Great balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, January 15, 2017

RRistow12
4.5
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
Tasted from draft. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is robust coffee and some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet with mild bitter finish. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, January 14, 2017

motradiv
4.9
AleSmith IPA
Flott aroma og smak. Rikelig med amerikansk humle. Rett og slett en meget bra india pale ale, en av de bedre.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gerbeer
3.3
AleSmith Tart Lil Devil
On tap. Pours amber with light head. Aromas of lemons, dark fruity phenols and earthy yeast. Flavors of lemon wax, more phenols, wheat and dried banana.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

g_georgiou
3.6
AleSmith Decadence 2015
Clear amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, honey, ripe fruit, caramel. Taste is sweet and low bitter. Soft carbonation, oily texture, medium body. A bit too sweet.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Listigovers
4.5
AleSmith Old Numbskull
Brown and slight orange tinge with a very dense thin tan head. Smell is incredible, lots of resinous hop oiils and dark fruitiness, cigar, a deep caramel roast malt. Flavour is huge, tons of caramel malt sweetness, packed with hop oiliness, end of having a slight bitter aftertaste. Hops are very earthy and rich, very full bodied and warming. Incredibly decadent, wonderful beer!
Saturday, January 14, 2017

mathieuc
4
AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Port Barrel Aged
Pours a very dark brown with a partial beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of toffee, caramel and butterscotch. Not feeling the port influence but it is still really pleasing. Taste is really caramel-forward with more butterscotch. Not too boozy, really and incredibly rich. Body is pretty much full, carbonation moderate. A nice, big dessert. Another very nice malty strong ale by Alesmith, as expected! The port was really subtle but that is pretty much its only "flaw".
Saturday, January 14, 2017

ffaoe
3.3
AleSmith IPA
malty/ piney hoppy aroma. golden and lightly hazy in color with decent head. taste is hope forward with piney, resinous notes. underlying light caramel malt notes. finished clean.
Friday, January 13, 2017

commonmac
4.4
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian
Tap at Butcher and the Boar with commonshawn. Rare to see this one available in the Cities. Black in color with early but not sustained tan head and lacing. Aroma is a chocolate masterpiece with subtle, soft notes of coffee. Taste is a well balanced and so so soft and beautiful. Great combination of chocolate and coffee with a little initial bitterness offset by a welcomed sweetness. Hard to describe how well Alesmith has executed the mouthfeel of this one. Excellent effort. Really want to do a side by side with other renditions of the Speedway Stout. I think this would be in the top 3 in a lei-up.
Friday, January 13, 2017

dalekliz
4
AleSmith Olde Ale
Bottle of 2010 Decadence. Pours a deep dark brown with a small off-white head that fades. Very sweet aroma, dates, figs, brown sugar, caramel, currants. Taste is rich and sweet, dates, currants, brown sugar, a hint of hobby bitterness and sharp booze on the finish. Lingering sweet booziness. Excellent and ages wonderfully.
Friday, January 13, 2017

commonshawn
4.5
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian
Tap at Butcher and the boar with commonmac. Black with small tan head. Amazing aroma of chocolate malt, and very subtle coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, some coffee. Great body. So pleasant to drink. Delicious.
Friday, January 13, 2017

FROTHINGSLOSH
4.2
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
Sampled on draft at Piper’s this beer poured a black color with a small foamy brown head that left good lacing. The aroma was strong coffee, chocolate syrup, coconut and vanilla cream. The flavor was bitter, toasty and malty with coffee, chocolate syrup, coconut and vanilla cream. Very long finish. Alcohol well controlled. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Wonderful.
Friday, January 13, 2017

jtclockwork
4
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
Crowler - pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste of coffee, mocha biscuit, vanilla and fruity sweetness - medium body
Friday, January 13, 2017

vtafro
4.2
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
Crowler. Black pour with tan head. Coffee, sweet, roasted, chocolate and malty aromas. Flavors are dry coffee, some sweet roasted, vanilla and chocolate tones.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Minderbinder
3.7
AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Port Barrel Aged
Bottle 750ml. Pours very dark burgundy/ mahogany with medium beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, caramel, sugar. Taste is of alcohol, caramel, sweetness, acidity, discrete port features. Palate: Full bodied, soft carbonation. Overall: Good. Boozy, a tad acid.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

haddon90
4.1
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Mokasida Coffee
Draft at Heroes & Legends Bar and Grille in Lake Forrest, CA. Pours a dark black color with a thin, laced tan head. Typical Speedway aroma with a very strong coffee presence. Very smooth, strong coffee flavor. The coffee itself masks the fact that this is a 12% beer. Alesmith never ceases to disappoint. This is a solid variation of the Speedway.
Thursday, January 12, 2017