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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 240
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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scootny

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2008 version. Into the tulip tumbler and a huge, and I do mean huge head takes over half the glass. It sits like shaving cream atop a dark copper amber fluid with a touch of haze and gentle carbonation visible. After many minutes it fades and leaves a smaller pile of foam protecting the integrity of the brew. Sticky globs of lacing on my glass betray the huge amount of hops that must be in here.

Smell confirms the hop bomb. Sweet pine and a splash of citrus. A caramel infused dark, sugary, molasses and cake.

Taste is a big malt sweetness swimming under a mountain of hoppy goodness. The hops attack your taste buds and flood the sinuses. Then the malt backbone punches back with a fruity mix of pineapple and toffee. Grapefruit counterpunches and closes out. Finish is bitter and lingeringly hoppy affair with sweet rolls and alcohol.

Moutfeel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation cuts through and froths the mouth and and cleans the throat. It also dries and quenches the back of the mouth and throat. Nice.

Drinkability is quite nice. You can go through a few of these, as I finished the bomber after a meal. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the pleasure of drinking this one allows you to forget the hi abv.

A good Holiday IPA. The piney hops and sweet malt go well with the sights, smells, and tastes of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 03:35:16 | More by scootny
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Smell - Nice upfront citric, piney, grapefruit hops. Orange, some lemon, mild malt backbone. Sweet added sugars, along with some spices like coriander, lemon peel.

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YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.