YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours light amber orange with thin white head. Floral aroma of hops, very nice! (Not too overwhelming or weak) Flavor begins with a nice and smooth citrus profile and then finishes with an intense kick of hops. Finishes dry with a smooth and medium weight body. This double IPA is really lacking in roasty flavor. Kind of suprising, but nice. A great beer for a hop-head in Southern California during summer!
09-11-2008 00:11:20 | More by chrisafari
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Updated. Fresh (er) bottle received from CA... This is much better. Comments below clearly speak to older bottle.. (not my issue, it was on the shelf)
Scores updated (lace is unreal)
I like sitting to review a beer like this, because I really don't know what to expect.
Pours from the bomber with a finger of beige head with rather large bubbles. The head shows some decent retention and later there are perfect rings of lacing. Very nice. The beer itself is a bit darker than I had anticipated. A deep/dark amber with some reddish tones. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.
The nose has some ripe pineapple, pine and a sense of the alcohol. Also you can sense there is an assertive malt backbone. You definitely get some notes from the toasted malts.
Flavor is a very nice and yet also a bit boozy. My beer fridge is at 46 degrees, so I'm not thinking this is being served too cold. Let's see what develops. There is a strong and fruity nature to this that I like. A touch chalky as well. Definitely drinks like a DPA, which is good news as it's listed as one.. Big hop lingering bitterness with pine notes.
Mouth feel is a bit sticky and just shy of syrup like. A touch dry and chalky.
I'd have to say that this is my least favorite of the Alesmith products. It's good, but I just don't think it's great.
12-28-2008 19:43:11 | More by Reagan1984
YuleSmith (Summer) from AleSmith Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.