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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 921
Hads: 1,760
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 260
Gots: 109 | FT: 3
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California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-24-2002

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big beer. Very hoppy and lots of alcohol and some spices such as nutmeg and cinammon in there. Maybe I'm not such a big fan of double IPA's or more likely they are as a group overrated by the hopheads. Well malted to take the edge off the bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Summer 2012 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some grassy/hay hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the summer edition, I'm assuming from this past summer. I'll start by saying that I really think these 2 beers (Summer and Winter) should have different pages. According to the bottle the winter is a Red Ale at 8.8% abv like the description here indicates but this summer is the Double IPA at 8.5%. Well anyway, I got this at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora Ca. It came in a nice looking 22oz bottle that has a very accurate description on the back about the flavor of this beer.

It poured a very nice copper color with a nice sized white foam head with a considerable amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The only reason I didn't rate the appearance higher is that even after a few days of sitting in the fridge there was a lot of yeast swimming around the bottle and consequently my glass.

It smells more like an IPA than a Double IPA which means there is little or no malt presence in the aroma. Regardless, it smelled as if it had been dry hopped or possibly whole flower hops as its a very fresh smelling and intense hop aroma. Can't pick out exactly what hops though. Very nice overall. On to the taste: this is a relatively bitter DIPA. Not too bitter overall if your into american barleywines and IPAs but a bit unexpected for a california DIPA. The description on the back says "...the first sip explodes with hop flavor that leads to a balanced finish of malt and hop." They hit it on the head with that one. The sweetness of the malt really smooths out the hoppiness. Good flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and thick, nice for something this strong. I'm a bit confused by the fact that this is a "summer" beer. Very drinkable, little to no alcohol burn. Just not sure I'd have it with a burger and hotdog at my 4th of July bbq.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly, leaving some patches on the surface, a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of citrusy hops and then transitions to flavors of pine resin hops, the latter of which linger into the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of tropical fruits are also perceptible in the initial taste along with bits of the underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a fairly aggressive IPA that has a good amount of hop aromas and flavors but isn't that bitter or sticky.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled on may first, and while people say these must be consumed real fresh, this certainly doesnt seem to have deteriorated in the slightest. in fact, its a big and juicy as ever, dripping with tangerine hops and radiant pale orange malt. tall white head on it too, looks just beautiful in the glass, erupting with the bright citrus hop profile, as oily a any west coast example of the style, but with an attention to detail uncommon to these beers. its flavor is layers of tropical and citrusy hops. oranges and orange mellon are dominant, but more tart and even close to acrid kumquat type fruits are present in the alpha acid makeup of this hop bill. i dig that hard, all this fruit, very little bitter. still real true to style though, with a robust grain bill that gives a fleshy middle to it, and a very clean finishing ale yeast that has cleaned up most of the sugar required to get this thing up over 8% abv. carbonation is popping off like champagne, and the dryer finish to a real oily hoppy beer is welcomed and foreign to me. age hasn't hurt this a bit. i think i like it better than the winter edition, although its been awhile now...

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2009 Version

Pours a golden color that is slightly hazy and has a good white head. The aroma consists of some floral hops that ride behind a bunch of fruity citrus hops. The taste is quite hoppy, but not nearly as much as I would have expected from the nose--everything is well integrated, it just needs to be taken up a notch or two. The body is medium with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall, but not quite as good as some of AleSmith's other offerings.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a really nice looking yellowish copper color with a thick looking white head on it. The lacing was very good on this beer. The smell was so hoppy, I loved the aroma on this brew. There wasn't too much else besides some pine and citrus gushing out on the nose. The taste of the beer was very good too, All the hop qualities from the nose transfered nicely to the tongue. The mouthfeel wasn't heavy but around medium. The feel also left ya with a dry mouth which makes you need the next sip. Overall a really nice IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Version:

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a rocky white heat that leaves chunks of lacing

Smell: Fruity aromatics, with caramel mixing with the grapefruit

Taste: Opens with a sweet caramel base that adds a citrus and earthy element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy flavors build in bitterness and provide a long-lasting, bitter but candy sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: Very nicely balanced; the citrus makes this clearly a hot weather version vs the barleywine character in thw winter version

Winter Version:

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a massive, big bubbled beige head that drapes the pint glass with sheets of lacing

Smell: Huge caramel malt and piney hop aroma; the alcohol is well-disguised, but with this aroma, you can tell it's there

Taste: Assaults the palate with a blast of piney bitterness with a strong caramel malt presence underneath; after the swallow, the sweet flavors build and balance the pine into a long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation; alcohol warms the gullet on the way down; close to a barleywine, in fact

Drinkability: Just fantastic with all the elements I seek in a DIPA; compared to the summer version, this one has more depth and complexity

Thanks, ppoitras, for the opportunity to taste these side by side

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undoubtedly a great IPA. The beer is bursting with hop juiciness, flavor, and aroma. Grapefruit, orange zest, lemon-grass, and pineapple are all over the map and put the thumbprints on all aspects of the beer. In case it missed you, this is an opidome of West Coast beers. Soft, delicate, caramel malts give a modest backdrop to the hops with a very well attenuated character that gives creaminess but not boldness. Fruit esters do much the same with a complimentary assist to the hops.

But all is not perfect- the alcohols take on a paint-thinning character that sometimes blend in well with the hops and disguise as bitterness, but other times give the impression of nail polish remover. Somewhat fusal in character, this hurts the mouthfeel and drinkability. Shame, because this beer is nearly flawless otherwise.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with huge white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of deep citrus hops with a strong presence of semi-sweet malt. Taste is totally dominated by the mix of citrus hops and strong caramel malt. Body is just above average and carbonation is medium. Alcohol is well hidden. While this is not a bad beer, I feel that it is a bit too one-dimensional and would probably have been happier drinking their regular IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2007 release, purchased fresh from the brewery.

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with small clusters of tiny rising bubbles and a sticky eggshell-colored head.

Smell: Fresh hops with a strong grapefruit character. Malts are very much present, though slightly overpowered by the fruity hop aroma.

Taste: Malty at first, bready and grainy, with a fruity sweetness that settles into an intensely hoppy finish that consumes your entire tongue. The hops are of the citric variety; lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel. Very rounded and complex, with no astringency or noticable alcohol. Bittering hops are more prominent than I'd like, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly oily. Crisp but soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Not as drinkable to me as some of the other quintessential DIPAs (Pliny the Elder and Pure Hoppiness come to mind), but it's still wonderful stuff and a staple in my fridge every time it comes out.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly foggy nectarine with honey colored edges. My usual pour produced a surprisingly large cap. As it settles, I can appreciate its magnificence. The firmly creamy foam is pale gold in color, with a cobbled upper surface that maintains contact with the pint glass in multiple spots. When the sticky foam bridges break, they leave a beautiful array of lace. What's not to love?

The nose is a hophead's dream come true. I remember wishing the Winter release had less caramel malt and more pale malt. Summer has granted my wish (kudos to the brewery for giving us two versions of the same great beer). Beautifully pungent American hops fill the atmosphere with sweetened pineapple, white grapefruit, candied orange peel and Scotch pine. I'm actually beginning to drool.

YuleSmith Summer is one of the most delicous, drinkable DIPAs that I've ever had. The only thing keeping the Winter release from perfection was, again, the use of a hefty amount of caramel malt. Which, by the way, turns it into an Imperial red ale (just ask the brewers). Both versions are great, but I slightly prefer this one.

I'm not sure how old the bottle is (it's definitely from *this* summer), but I expected a shade more hoppiness. Don't get me wrong, it's a tongue abuser par excellence, it just isn't as 'in your face' as I remember the Winter version being. When the brewery calls it balanced, they aren't that far off the mark.

The prodigious malt backbone contributes very little flavor. I'm reminded of sugar cookies and honey-like malts, though they're in the background. The foreground is occupied by wave upon wave of sunshine bright, C-hop deliciousness. Again, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, (and now) lemon fill every nook and cranny on every last taste bud. A minimal alcohol presence is easily ignored.

The mouthfeel isn't the perfection that the other version was, but then a lot of time has passed and a lot of beer has been consumed in the interim. It's midway between medium and full (for the style) and is a fraction too carbonated to be considered ideal. Time is beginning to soften things up very nicely.

AleSmith is a permanent member of my 'top 10 American craft breweries of all-time' on the strength of IPA, Speedway Stout and both versions of YuleSmith. Not that the rest aren't worthy, but those four are four of the finest ales that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Bottom line: I can count on one hand the number of DIPAs that are better than YuleSmith Summer.

Reviewed sometime during the summer of 2008. I don't recall the exact date since there weren't separate entries at that time for YuleSmith Summer and YuleSmith Winter.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus, and bubblegum. A toasty aroma in the background, too.

T - It tasted of strong pine flavors with spicy bitterness. Good toasty malt backbone with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. I'm glad I finally got to try one.

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Photo of oberon
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this treasure a few times in the past and thanks to my new Buffalo BA buddy Orfeu I have a bomber to myself.Poured a deep hazed burnt orange/peach with a creamy 2 finger head that stays for the whole way down with a brillinat ring showing thru and globs of lace left as I drank more.Honestly what can be said about great it smells deep resiny piney hop with notes of apricot and lemon pith in my mind there is not a beer out there that has such a complex hop profile,a big sweet brown sugar elemant show thru as well.The malt must be really packed in this brew to keep at least close to balanced because there is just such massive amount of hop flavors,apricot shows thru with a touch of overipe pineapple and then the oily,resiny character come thru with a hefty sweet malt base showing thru making it almost sticky.Has a great creamy mouthfeel texture it just glides down in near perfection,this maybe the standard American DIPA with its huge hoppiness and big sweet malt backbone just unbeliavable.

This was the summer release not the more recent fall/winter release.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber - new batch.

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a one-inch white head which leaves rings and spots.

N: Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, some tropical fruits. Very floral with some dankness and faint sweet malts.

T: Citrus and pine with mild bready malts for a good balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, dry, and bitter finish. Lingering pine resins.

O: Pretty classic and enjoyable. Best fresh.

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Photo of mikesgroove
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so this really does get my first perfect 5! It was the 2007 red and blue bottle. Poured a dep hazy amber with a big billowing white head that was so sticky it literally collapsed on the inside but the top and sides stayed together. Big time lace and alot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was hoptastic, hey a new word. Such a deep citric smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, with a touch of pineapple and Lemon thrown in. The taste was out of this world. Bigtime hoppy IPA. Not alot of alcohol taste, well covered up. But soo sticky with hop resin and orange and grapefruit taste. It was rediculously fresh tasting and feeling. Unreal smooth and great dry finish.
This really deserves a 5. I ha really liked the winter edition, but this was absolutly the perfect Double IPA. Not too harsh, but yet harsh. Strong but not upfrontly so. I am going to get as much as I can, and being in South Carolina that will be no easy feat. This was easily the best of the style I have ever had and I will hold all future up to it until it gets put down. Now I need to find a 5 in a Pilsner!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy pale gold/yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head.

S: Citrus hops (mostly grapefruit and some lemon) and tons of pineapple. A fruity sweetness.

T: Grapefruit twang, pineapple, a nice bitterness but it certainly doesn't stick around long.

M: Nice medium body, slick mouthfeel.

D: Great fruit character, which I wasn't expecting. A most tasty beverage.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter version.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Hardy aroma of caramel malts and succulent, juicy hop fruitiness with full notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and apricots.

Taste: Rich, thick caramel malts with an energizing jolt of sweetness. Tropical, citrusy hop flavors with a burst of bitterness to match all that malty sweetness. Finishes bittersweet, with a touch of spicy alcohol showing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Crammed with plenty of malt, hops, and booze, but it was an ease to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith 2002 ...tasted one year later. A hazy, deep amber-copper body reveals very fine bubbles rising slowly towards a huge, rocky head of ivory colored foam. The head retention is impressive, and it maintains an island of rocky foam throughout the pint. The lacing initially leaves wide, creamy rings and sheets of lace; but they eventually die down to lesser-but-still-thick rings of lace! It gives a very impressive appearance despite its cloudiness (which can be somewhat excused as it's bottle conditioned). The nose is bold and resinous with clear notes of sappy pine, grapefruit rind, flowers and grassy hops over a sweetish, bready, caramelish, and biscuity malt. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with just a mild tingle on the tongue at the outset due to its full body and exceptionally fine, moderate, and natural carbonation. The flavor, however is what's really important, and this brings the 3 already on-base home!!! Its rich, caramel-soaked malt offers enough doughy and bready sweetness to stand up to it's bold hop flavor (which reflects the aroma). It's exceptionally well-balanced, satisfying and efficient with a dry finish that leaves it surprisingly drinkable considering its bold character. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2008 Edition.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of poofy off-white head. A near ½ finger of solid creamy retention flairs up magnificently, leaving massive swathes of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a straight up West Coast Hop Bomb with piney hops, fresh citrus, an underlying beefy smelling grainy sweetness, and a tingle of heat that runs throughout.

The taste is sticky resinous hop bitterness and juicy notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango that are well balanced out by a hefty backbone of grainy malts and caramel sweetness. Nice, long lasting hop bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a slick oily feel that intermingles in with a somewhat prickly carbonation. There is definitely some alcohol beef present but it's not noticeable enough to become distracting at all.

Alesmith doesn't disappoint at all with a summer version of their Yulesmith seasonal, an easy drinking and flavor packed version of a San Diego Pale Ale. This makes me want to go hang out at the beach.

Holiday 2007 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute. I had originally bought this back in December and for the life of me, I don't know why it's taken me this long to get to it. It seems I need to clean out the ole' beer fridge more often.

Pours a clear dark amber but "Uh oh Houston. We've got a carbonation problem!" I get about 2 oz of liquid into the glass and the rest is filled with foam. After awhile, I finally get enough in there for a proper review. To its credit, the frothy off-white head retains just beautifully, with creamy wisps around the edges and big dollop right in the middle that stays there. The lace is just massive with hop stickiness that literally just coats the sides of the glass. Carbonation problems aside, this is beer is just awesome to look at! The aroma is Ahhh, that familiar West Coast magic, right up my nose! Notes of pine and spruce needles right off the bat mixed with grapefruit character and just the wonderful scent of thick, sweet, bready malts in the background. I'm also picking up accents of spices, dark fruits, and even mint. Quite the festive aroma!

The taste is more of same. That resinous hop assertiveness pops right out and wraps itself around all the other flavors. Unfortunately it seems a little more subdued than the aroma and makes me think that I did indeed wait a little too long to enjoy this. This is all nicely supported by that big, thick, blanket of bready malt that perfectly balances it out. It almost feels like a Christmas cookie back there, as much like the aroma, I'm picking up notes of cherries, various holiday spices, and that minty taste again (although they could be from the hops as well). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful creamy ride that is thick with hop oils and a bready yeast feel. That nearly 9% ABV is present but I hardly notice it, as it just adds a bigger feel and sense of warmth to the surroundings that helps cap off this Wintertime trip.

Wow, even with a little hop fade, this beer is still absolutely awesome! It's just like the other fantastic West Coast DIPAs that we know and love but with a complete twist for the Christmas holidays. Even though it's big, drinkibility was never an issue. It went down fast and I enjoyed every minute of it. Next year, I'll definitely try to get this one as soon as it comes out. In the meantime, I'll have the Summertime edition to look forward to!

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.

A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.

N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!

T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.

F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.

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Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A winey and bitter sort of DIPA. Nothing festive about it. Rather thin and extremely sharp. Malt seems to disappear into the hoppy tangle. Foam is quite decent. Aroma of pine and pollen is rather pleasant.

Hazy light amber, touch of orange. Quite a bit of sediment, I discover on pouring another glass. Some aromatics but mostly the grapefruit pith with a touch of resins. I say again, so sharp, and so light bodied. Bitter from start to finish.

From the 22 oz bottle. There must be a hundred better DIPAs, if that's what this is supposed to be.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2006 release poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very rich with hops, caramelized malt & citrus.

T: The taste brings an initial burst of hops bitterness, then the balance of caramelized malt and citrus sweetness. The hops return in the finish and linger in a mildly bitter after-taste. This is one of those beers that achieves balance by having the different flavors battle each other for dominance rather than other beers that try to achieve balance through harmony among the different flavors. While harmony can be nice, the battle is a good thing in this case, as it causes each flavor to rotate in being prevalent in a given sip.

M: Very crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: The complexity of the taste makes this one very drinkable. It’s not very filling and has a good kick. This one is well-worth drinking for a long time. I could certainly go for another bomber after polishing off the one that I had.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Hi-Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California, and served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer stemflute in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Cost was $9.99 plus tax. Reviewed live.

Expectations are high as I have a very high regard for the brewery (which I've visited), and it's aged. I know I had the winter version but I don't remember what rating I gave it (and I'm too lazy to look it up). However, I'm very skeptical of aged IPAs. Hop death seems like it would be devastating to an IPA. But hey, this is Alesmith, and I trust Hi-Time.

I normally hate the style for its usual imbalance, but if anyone can do it right (after Russian River), it's Alesmith.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a hazy nontransparent (but not opaque) yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hoppy - but sadly more on the bittering end. Some pine and citrus, but not enough to turn me on to it. A bit stale. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with citrus and slight pine. Overall, hop balances tips largely toward the bitterness end, but the citrus and pine do a decent job of evening it out. It's a bit floral. Overall, it's rather simple for Alesmith. I suspect there was a great deal of hop death. It's gone off to some extent. The finish is particularly problematic, with the bitterness emerging to unfavorable effect. Horribly balanced, both in terms of structure and flavour. It might have been built decently back when it was brewed, but now the built comes off as bad, especially in the case of the hops; even the strain could have issues. Maybe summit hops were used? I hope not.

Mf: Coarse, too thick, and decently wet. Strange for the style, and not apt. Likely suffers from the age like the flavour profile (though again, I want to emphasize this is merely an assertion). Doesn't really complement the flavours all that well.

Dr: I wouldn't get this again, but I can't emphasize enough that I suspect hop death is a factor here. I'd try it on draught just to make sure this was indeed a fluke. I do think this review is valuable for educational purposes. Hides its ABV well. Of limited quality. A disappointment from Alesmith.


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