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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

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rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%


Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lots of hops with a nice malty backbone on this one. It is released twice yearly; once in the Summer and once in the late Fall / early Winter. Winter bottles have green & red ink, Summer is blue & red. There is a variation in the malt bill for each version.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-24-2002)
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SLeffler27

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter almost clear on initial pour, glowing orange (SRM 8-10). Cascading gold builds a one-half inch, creamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing. Crystal clear after the chill haze reveals occasional columns of carbonation.

Aroma is strong orange peel with grapefruit. General hop aromas and dried grass in the background.

Quite bitter upon entry, just short of enamel peeling and lingers through to the finish. Middle has pine resin and grapefruit with a hint of sweetness and earthiness. The finish is very dry. This IIPA stands up to some warming but is best at proper temperature.

A full body with soft texture and light, prickly carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, but residual sugar was a surprise.

YuleSmith Summer is not quite the refreshing beverage one expects for the season, but is still quite enjoyable while sitting in the shade on a hot, late-summer afternoon.

Too bad the neighbor’s air conditioner is so loud and ALWAYS running :-). I enjoyed the entire bottle while reading philosophy.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:24:02 | More by SLeffler27
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CHickman

New York

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Summer Holiday version bottled on 6/4/13. Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of little bubbles, fading very slowly leaving and forming canyons as it sinks, then leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down; solid looking IPA.

Smells like pineapple, mango and orange from a few inches away and just assaults your nose with citrus hops; the smell is a wonderful combo of citrus fruit like lemon, pineapple, mango, orange and all things citrus hops, as well as strong piney hops, mild spices, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt and more fruity sweetness – it’s astonishing how fresh and fruity this smells since it was bottled over 6 months ago. Hop heaven, and almost unbelievably great smelling.

The flavor is as good or maybe better than the smell with a combo of citrus fruit like pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, and maybe something crazy like starfruit or papaya since it’s so fruity, so then of course you have fresh citrus hops, strong piney hops, caramel, grains, brown sugar, floral hops, graham cracker, tea leaf, herbs, wet grass and very mild spices that are offset by the malt backbone. The malt comes through but lets the fresh, juicy citrus flavor dominate and dazzle with complexity as the resinous hop juice seems to be wrung from the cone and into the bottle. I expected a good beer when I picked this bomber up and it blew me away, far exceeding my expectations and becoming a top 10 beer IMO.

Mouthfeel is near perfection for a DIPA with this ABV; mild ABV burn, mild bitterness, a medium chewy body with light carbonation and an overall hop sweetness that is kept in check by a nice malt backing that has fine accents to make it a perfectly balanced and easy drinking IPA.

Very few flaws here as the bitterness and aftertaste are enjoyable, while the balance and combination of flavor elements keeps it interesting and delicious at the same time. This bomber cost $10 and was worth every penny tenfold; a world class beer that I highly recommend and will seek out as often as possible. I’m going to buy another bottle(s) of this ASAP as it was a great beer and great drinking experience. This beer kicks ass, go drink some.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:55:22 | More by CHickman
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/4/13, so this has some age on it which probably did not serve the hops p[articularly well. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with a monster offwhite yead which receded slowly to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild citrus and pine resin.

t: Citrus and pine hops over a light malt base. Tastier than average hops, bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: A good strong summer DIPA. The hops may be muted since this bottle is exactly six months old, but tastewise it still qualifies as a double. Exceptionally tasty and refreshing. I actually like this better than the new Victory DirtWolf DIPA, and it's about on a par with Double Dose, which we may or may not ever see again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 06:01:56 | More by scotorum
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brurevu

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from my tasting notes: Yulesmith hits all the right IPA notes with a good strong hop aroma and flavor with a nice malt backbone and a hint of vanilla that gave it a slightly sweet finish. It was a well-balanced beer that was velvety smooth with a rich complex flavor. It was highly drinkable despite the high alcohol content and one that I wish I could get regularly, but unfortunately it’s not available in Texas. There is not much else to say about the Yulesmith other than it was amazing!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 22:12:51 | More by brurevu
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Brenden

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty, somehow shining with a vibrant brightness despite a certain muddled quality. It does have a beautiful head, yellow-tinted billowing froth that sits solidly over a finger tall, nearly two, and that full height for a good length of the session. Otherwise, it barely drops to under a finger, that leaving behind a thick ring and some chunking behind it.
The aroma offers a rich bouquet that speaks to this beer's heavy hopping and the skill of the brewer in achieving balance with it. This is West Coast all the way, with all kinds of resinous pine and juicy citrus, some perfume and grass to round it out offset and complemented by rich malts, bready and doughy with lots of caramel to cut through the bitterness. Some fusel notes cut in here and there, and it's all that mars this beer at all.
The taste is much the same, altogether delicious, with some tropical fruits in the bitterness in addition to some rind and zest. It's a big, hoppy beer that doesn't take the hops to the point of astringency or chalkiness but shows delicacy and skill in balance. The alcohol comes into play, no question, but it eases up on the harshness.
The fusel alcohol does play a small role in the feel of this beer, which maintains a full body, thick and rich but still pretty crisp and plenty bright. What surprises me is the smoothness of this beer considering the alcoholic sting and the heft, but it works very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 22:59:04 | More by Brenden
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass, we're pushing freshness here pretty hard but so it goes.

Quite a bit of hue to this beer, Deep orange and murky brown with some lemon yellow edges and quite opaque. Very thick three to four finger head and off white with lots of clumping lacing and creamed thickness.

Sweet nose, not so much hop forward as to probably be expected at this point, but some real nice tropical juice notes, and light toasty brown sugar. Some herbal green tea like action to match as well.

Juicy leafy tea body, with some light airy sugary brown malt action finish on the first sip. Slow aromatics of tea and mellow bitterness lingers on the aftertaste. Good balance between toasty sweetness and lingering bitter. A bit oily as well.

Even at it's non freshest this beer still delivers quite well.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:39:13 | More by smakawhat
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. Bottle dated 06/04/13.

Appearance: Clear amber colored body with medium bubbles throughout. Head comes off thick with a hard pour with a off-white base. Looks promising.

Smell: Heavy hops, but light sometimes. Wish it was a notch more potent.

Taste: Raw pineyness, it's bitter like grapefruit and heavy hops. It's not quite the malt bomb but still very easy to love.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, very sticky. If you never had a DIPA you wouldn't be able to appreciate how smooth this gem is.

Overall: I was lucky enough to pick up the last bottle at the Beverage Barn here in East Meadow, Long Island. I had the winter version earlier this year and the summer is just as good if not better. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:44:29 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance behind the hops and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Hop flavors are extremely smooth and non-astringent here. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA style! Big complexity of citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:32:01 | More by superspak
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JohnG190

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with huge fluffy head that really sticks around. Nice lacing once the head faded a bit. Aroma is all about pine. Bitter hops and pine hit the tongue first followed by grapefruit and a hint of spice. Nice malt backbone balances the strong hop presence nicely. Finishes bitter. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, textbook Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:17:15 | More by JohnG190
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with a friend,
A - tangerine with a slight haze; tall, fluffy, off-white head, incredible retention leaving lacing as it fades
S - nice pleasant aroma with floral hops, citrus and pine
T - bold flavors, bitter citrus: grapefruit and lemon; pine, caramel, nutty/spicy, yeast, more bitter than balanced, but still acceptable for the west coast style DIPA
M - fuller body, nice carbonation, finishes pungently bitter, yet fairly clean
O -' another exceptional beer from Alesmith, I'll be looking forward to it next year again! So glad they are now available in some parts of Illinois. Much easier than ordering it from California.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 21:50:35 | More by barnzy78
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flagmantho

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden-yellow hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head pours several fingers of creamy ivory foam which dissipates slowly leaving a chunky lace on the glass. Quite beautiful indeed.

Smell: herbal and citrusy hop aroma; surprisingly light and refreshing-smelling. Despite the huge ABV, the malt is not heavy or cloying or anything, something I really like. There's almost a lemon or grains of paradise aroma here, too, but it's very subtle. I like it.

Taste: citrusy and refreshing right up front; the malt comes in later with a nice earthiness and sweetness. Bitterness is strong, and there's a bit of an astringent acidity here, but I think it complements the citrusy hops very well. A very well-composed beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess, especially for a DIPA.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot, although drinking a lot of it would be a bit of a task. While I like the refreshing qualities of the lemon/grains-of-paradise flavors, I feel like these add a little harshness that impact drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:07:48 | More by flagmantho
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass

A-pours a nice, haze free golden orange hue with a frothy stable head that lingers, very inviting

S- dank, grassy earthy hops upfront with a grapefruit citrus finish, nice hop profile

T- Not as diverse as the nose, little more grapefruit, little less grass and dank, finishes with a dry bready malt touch, no sign of the 8.5% abv

M- crisp, dry, thirst quenching

O- Very drinkable, nice hop profile, good west coast IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 16:56:36 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We crack the top and pour a brew of shining golden yellows. It holds a creamy three finger head of egg white colored bubbles that billows out of the glass. This retains very nicely, leaving cratered cheesecloth lacing sticking around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted whatsoever, and carbonation appears to be lazy. The nose is fruity and sweet, with clean notes of honey, bubblegum esters, crisp pale malts, floral, citric, and nectary hop oils, light boozy stings, sprigs of vanilla, tangerine flesh and rind, lavender, tannins, lemon rind, plastic chemicals, black pepper spiciness, and pine cones with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring offers brightly fresh West coast hop bitters, but in general is surprisingly heavy and syrupy. As we sip, the taste opens with pale and caramel malts, poppy seed, fusel booze, strawberry jam, biting phenolic clove, fresh lemon tea tannins, light biscuity butters, and bitterly piney, soapy, and nectary sweet hops. The middle pushes to the peak with bitter herbal hops, green twig, sap resins, phenolic plastics, peach syrups, basement mustiness, mineral water, aspirin chemicals, pale and light corny malts, and alcohol. The end washes with boozy bite, green grass and oily hop resins, honeysuckle florals, toasty pale malt bitterness, light rye, and straw grassiness, brown grain sours, malted milk ball candies, moss and musk, mint tea, and creamy lactic sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of pencil shavings and lead, pale and chalky malts, raw powdered barley, fusel booze, aluminum foil, light toffee sweetness, burnt wheat bread crust, bitterly grassy, soapy, resiny, and floral hops, eucalyptus, and gravel. The body is to the thick side, while carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is full, giving hearty slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled and thickly coated, dripping into decent astringency puck, with little dryness otherwise. The mouth is actually left a bit airy and icy, as if brushed by menthol. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is more of a sipper for the style.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma and its appearance. At first whiff you get a beautiful balance between the clean, crisp malt profile and the hops, which remain sweet, fresh, and quite juicy throughout. This certainly makes the beer enticing to this point. Upon the sip, however, the taste muddles, giving darker malts that you would expect, and all the hop bitterness without any of that sweet aromatic fruitiness to balance. With warmth the boozes becomes overly accentuated in both the nose and the mouth, further muddying the waters and taking away further from any balance there is to be had. The feel is otherwise nicely contributory in its thick creaminess, but this is not enough to overcome the gaps in flavor. Perhaps we are just lost to the heavy West coastedness that this beer exudes, but if big, boozy, bitter, and syrupy DIPAs are your thing, it’s worth a sip or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:53:45 | More by TheBrewo
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SteveTheDog

California

2.25/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's not often I pour out of beer but I was very unimpressed with this one. It really didn't have much smell to speak of. There were some weak hops And citrus trickling out of the top of the mug. The taste was actually terrible. It was the first time in recent memory that I actually made a bitter beer face. I don't know if I just got a bad bottle or what because I see it ranked so highly but I was thoroughly unimpressed and won't be taking another chance on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:55:34 | More by SteveTheDog
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper/orangey color with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Nice lacing as well.

S - Big tropical fruit nose... Pineapple, orange rind and mango. Lots of hoppiness. Good malt backbone to bring it all together.

T - For such a citrus bomb of a nose, it's all piney goodness on the taste. Sweet, bready malts with a nice hop bite. Seems like the citrus comes back for a faint visit at the end. Very well put together.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Very smooth body with a wet finish.

O - Very balanced DIPA here. Just enough malts and hops that don't overpower the palette, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:37:13 | More by cvm4
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Clear copper color with a firm, pillowy white head. Bubbles drift in straight lines through the body. Looks beautiful.

N: Big pineapple and papaya nose. Mandarin orange and pine. Crystallized sugar. Some cheddar and floral elements.

T: Power hour of the bitterness. The hops are completely dominating, to the point where there’s so little sweetness it becomes astringent. However, this starts to clear as the beer gets warmer. Pine and earth and a kind of burnt tobacco.

M: Tons of alcohol and very dry. Stinging and resinous.

O: An assaulting DIPA that does not let up. So aggressive it can be tiring, but at the same time, I continue to reach for it. Then the booze hits. I think I need a break.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 15:04:21 | More by writerLJBerg
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dar482

New York

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a clear golden yellow with a quick dissipating head.

The aroma has tons of fresh hop aroma with tangerine, that Citra citrus and tropical fruit, and also some pine in the back. Some caramel sweetness as well. A very exciting and inviting aroma.

The flavor follows with a caramel malt sweetness backed with tangerine, orange with a pine and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Just a wonderfully done DIPA. Fantastic stuff. For those who like citrus and pine forward beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:30:09 | More by dar482
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013/05/21
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A classic, solid American DIPA, if not a bit standard and bringing little innovation to the style. Hop-heavy, little emphasis on malts, fairly noticeable ethanol, particularly when warm. Better somewhat cold (5-10 minutes out of refrigeration) than warm, probably due to noticeability of said ethanol. This was pretty good for the style, but at $9 per 22oz bottle, not one I'd likely revisit more than once a year.

Pours a 2cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, fairly dense and sponge-like appearance. Retention is slightly above average at roughly one and a half minutes, fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, an interesting, if sparse, pattern of thin squiggle-shapes, bubbles, and lines adorn the insides of the glass. The beer's body is a medium-dark golden orange, with light bringing out bright yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the primarily transparent body, streaming heavily from the center and along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is bright and fruity, of grapefruit, peach, mango, with slight hints of pale malt, and generic "earthiness." Spicy ethanol appears as the beer warms.

Overall, this is a strongly hoppy beer, with plenty of pine, grapefruit, and bitterness along with faint traces of tropical fruits, earthiness, and malts. Front of palate finds subdued pale malt sweetness with a bit of apple and pear fruit ester character, nearly being drowned out by oily hops that contribute a grapefruit flavor. Mid-palate of dank grapefruit, pine resin, substantial hop bitterness and subdued apple/pear esters and pale malt base. Back of palate experiences solid bitterness with tones of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and occasional mango-like fruit flavors; spiciness and ethanol itself also apparent, increasingly so as the beer warms. Aftertaste is of clean, medium intensity bitterness with grapefruit, grass, hints of pine, and ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied with substantial light, mildly effervescent carbonation that is never harshly fizzy. The result is a pleasantly light and foamy mouthfeel. Ethanol felt, primarily in nostrils, but somewhat on the throat with increasing ease as the beer warms. Closes fairly dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 04:13:31 | More by falloutsnow
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, huge head.

Smell: Big piney aroma.

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness then piney bitterness. Relatively balanced. Not too bitter. A little more citrus comes through as it warms up.

Overall: Picked up a bottle in Illinois, excited to try my first Alesmith. A good DIPA, a little more balanced than I expected, I thought it would be a tongue bruiser in bitterness. But it was moderate in body and feel with a nice hoppy taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:01:04 | More by Mdog
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a translucent light gold/yellow with one full finger of pure white head. The foam doesn't last long,leaving a tiny ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is huge pine, some grapefruit, and just a touch of sweet malt. This is a super pine bomb. Nice.

T: The beer starts off sweet for a fraction of a second, and then the piney hops really shine. They hit the palate hard, coat, and slide off. As the pine fades the grapefruit takes control. The beer gets super stinging and biting in the back end. The finish is lingering citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to stinging, coating to dry, and pine to citrus. It's oily to start but finishes a little dry. Solid.

O: Nice beer. I'm a big fan of pine forward beers, and this delivers. I'm already writing this down on my to-buy beer list.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 22:39:44 | More by trxxpaxxs
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rawfish

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brassy hue with a moderate finger high, stark white head. Good retention leaving an attractive ring of lacing on the glass.

Sweet malt, slightly bready and doughy with overtones of tropical fruit and orange citrus. Overall floral with some dankness provided by the pine hops and malt.

Even balanced between bready malt with some cookie dough and a grapefruit and resiny and earthy pine hop character. The hops begin to take on some spicy notes in the middle of the drink and the bitterness is moderate but pinching. Alcohol feel is moderate.

It takes some getting used to but all Alesmith beers have this velvety soft carbonation that make the feel of their beers nearly creamy across the palate and this one is no exception. The bitterness is slightly sharp and alcohol could be more well hidden, otherwise perfect.

Seasonal big brother to Alesmith IPA, it's a well balanced treat that has some aspects that stand out in the crowd. Get it fresh and enjoy the zesty bitter burn.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 04:33:49 | More by rawfish
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McStagger

California

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah buddy! Bottled on 5/25/13.

A: Nice brassy light amber. One finger head. Appropriate khaki color. Moderate retention. Very good clarity. Not hazy like many DIPA's. Carbonation appears minimal, with tiny little bubbles making their way to the surface.

S: Hoppy, yes. Very fruity hops, with some grapefruit bitterness (rind) being pulled out. Mainly tropical fruit here. Malt plays a nearly equal role. Lot of sweet breadiness coming from the glass. Bit of baking spice and that yeasty doughiness.

T: Malt dominant taste. Round tropical fruit intermingled with zesty spiciness. Sweet, bready malts bring up the mid. Finish is moderately bitter, with the malt doing most of the talking. Aftertaste of pine needles and grapefruit peel.

T: Silky smooth. Alesmith's bottle conditioning is top notch and their beers are always pleasant on the tongue.

O: Good, but lil brother (Alesmith IPA) does it better.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 04:05:38 | More by McStagger
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Jree261

California

3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Interesting Color for an Imperial IPA. Much lighter, golden almost straw with a white foam.

S-Red fruit, grassy hops, nutty

T-Much more typical of an IPA. Hefty dark grassy flavors dominate.

M-Heavy, full body. Good finish with a hint of vanilla at the end.

O-The finish and the vanilla really bump it up away from the 'just average' category for me. Not bad, but that's definitely the stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:07:38 | More by Jree261
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Joe for sharing! Served in a mini pint taster.
Bright saturated orange, super sharp clarity. Lasting surface coverage for the rest of the glass. A halo of lace around the edges.

Caramelized malts, candied orange, firmly bitter in the finish. Smells subdued and malty though this just showed up in downstate IL. Clean with a piney bitterness, lots of caramel malt. Medium bodied, kind of heavy. Overall pretty meh, not bad but it comes off like an old DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:29:35 | More by emerge077
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear and sunny, with a bright white head dissipating to a foamy cap. Plenty lacing on the one. Big citrus and pine notes, indicative of a great west coast ipa. It's back by plenty pale malt sweetness and bready notes. Medium bitterness, with more of a citrusy finish, sweet malts, pine and resins, all pretty well balanced. Some hints of alcohol. It's full body, slighty rich and oily, creamy with good carbonation still.

Props to LSUPT!

Serving type: bottle

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