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YuleSmith (Summer) - AleSmith Brewing Company

YuleSmith (Summer)YuleSmith (Summer)

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pDev: 10.17%


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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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Summer 2010 YuleSmith. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges), with some pine hops and sweet malt noticable too. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel) and floral hops, peppery spice, and some peaches and bready malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, a bit slick, and has high carbonation. I thought it was easy enough to drink. This is definitely a brew for the hopheads out there! I'd certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:13:16 | More by bluejacket74
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ZAP

Minnesota

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

A highly anticipated forray into the world of Alesmith and my expectations are met..

Pours a burnt orange..big frothy white head...great fruity nose..big on the citrus fruits...grapefruits, oranges, pinneaples, but also a very strong "peach" aroma..smells sweet....body is creamy and smooth....medium to full..the 'peach" fruitiness is evident on the taste as is a much stronger bitterness than the nose foreshadowed..tobbacco, cannibus...and finishes with a raw rough piney bitterness....not to say this is overly bitter...it almost feels as if there is candy sugar added..It is uniquely sweet (as in sweet fruits) at the start and then the hops jump up and smack you in the mouth nicely..

Lived up to my expectations...the bittrness really emerges as you sip on this and it warms...blows away Stone in the hop bite category but I enjoy the stone brews a tich more...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 05:20:12 | More by ZAP
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Summer 2008 edition, into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear copper with a pretty two-finger off-white head that's frothy and has great retention and as I drink, it leaves some lace.

S: Tons of pine with some citrus. There's orange and tangerine with a little floral character, beautifully expressed. Bitterness seems reserved with a lot of aromatic hop character. Very minor malt presence. Excellent stuff. If I'm not wrong, this is dry hopped with centennial?

T: Starts off intensely bitter with lots of pine and a hint of honey and orange. Bright and vibrant, there's a lot of flavor as well, with pine needles, ripe oranges and a noticeably floral character as well. Malt sweetness? Who needs that! There's barely enough to balance out the bitterness. The finish is bitter and pretty dry, almost too bitter for my liking. Long and flavorful.

M: Pretty darned good. Great carbonation, nice dry finish with a good amount of bitterness in there with a mildly resiny feel.

D: This one's going down quick and easy! While not the best hoppy beer from Alesmith (that would be the IPA), this is one I look forward to drinking two bottles of every year.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:46:05 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

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

Review reflects the 2007 Summer Yulesmith courtesy of Jeager poured into my trusty Terrapin snifter. Enjoyed on 7-3-08.

A: This one pours a hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that lingers forever leaving big globs of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: The aroma is big on citrus hops up front with grapefruit and oranges but also a noticeable pine hop scent as well. There is a faint caramel malt scent as well but the hops are the star in this one.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma with a huge citrus hop kick up front, mainly grapefruit. This gives way temporarily to a more bready malt backbone before the pine hops kick in and give a nice bitter finish that lingers for a while.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky with hop oils. It just coats the mouth with hoppy goodness.

D: This is an extremely drinkable DIPA and is another great offering from AleSmith who rarely, if ever, disappoint. Probably a top 5 DIPA in my book.

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2008 Winter bomber poured into a tulip. Enjoyed on 12-16-08.

First off, this is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. It pours a deep, clear copper with a huge creamy head that lingers as a cap for the duration. Sheets of lacing coat the glass from top to bottom. Beautiful.

The aroma has tons of pine resin up front with hints of grass and citrus as well. The malts aren't messing around either with lots of caramel sweetness underneath the dominant pine hops.

The taste has lots of complexity with a very strong caramel malt base with tons of hops on top. There is a citrus hop kick up front but with a lot of pine hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky with sweetness and pine hop resin and has lots of carbonation that tickles the palate.

This is another great beer from AleSmith and very, very drinkable. I'd rate the Winter Alesmith a half point lower on taste than the Summer but otherwise they're both damn fine.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 23:05:36 | More by gford217
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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a huge, long lasting white head and nice carbonation. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is aromatic hops and citrus balanced by a nice malt base and interesting fruit backbone not often notable in big IPAs. I like this quite a bit. Nice job

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 19:39:01 | More by LiquidAmber
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yulesmith - **Xmas 2004** Release > 2 Years Old

Presentation: A 22 fl.oz. brown glass Bomber with a very festive looking red and green screen printed body. Listed as just “Yule-Smith Holiday Ale”, the “O” in Holiday previous years had the actual year printed on the bottle. Strength is listed as 8.5%.

Appearance: Deep cloudy murky body has a fresh from the Canal dredged look about it. Clouded deep amber with some ruddy orange which clears a little when rested in the Mug. The head – WOW – THE HEAD!!!! It is immense and soon becomes craggy and rocky, with flecks of different colors on its surface, fuck me, it just reminds me of that massive slug like rock-eating pizza from episode 26 of Star Trek “The Devil in the Dark”, when the crew of the Enterprise investigate the being that is killing miners on Janus VI. That was “Horta”, the alien that had a 50,000 year gestation period. Well, hey, I have that very alien thing sat on top of my 2 year old Alesmith Yulesmith right here in my Apartment. A Hortaean head…..yep, a new term is borne. Average conditioning levels with a lively nature. Superb lacing, nothing short of refined Belgium lacing mixed in with a crude and craggy Hortaean ring like ensemble.

Nose: Deep bread, fresh wholemeal dough, fermenting Pale Ales, yeast and a soft caramel toffee finish. It has a striking age about it, the hops have caramelized into a chewy mélange of ripe dough and yeasty spices, yet the pine is still hiding in the background, its there, faded from its youth but it really adds a mature stature to this aged IPA.

Taste: Toasted malts, thick digestive biscuits, spiced caramel, Devon toffee candies and a strange sugared plum depth in the middle. Sweet leathered malts are ripe in the finish with a faded pin needle hoppy trait at the death. Lingering ending rises with some liquorice and anise. It’s old, but in a nice way, could this be a MILF beer?!?!

Mouthfeel: Infused with age this 2004-Xmas Yulesmith has transformed into a Legato brew. Solid feel, defined malts that have grasped the fresh hops and subsumed them. The rich malt consistency has a chewing toffee texture that promotes maturity and a muscular presence.

Drinkability: I dearly ♥ Yulesmith, for me it is by far the best brew from Alesmith hands down! And it is my firm assertion that Yulesmith should be partaken fresh, but that said, I keep a few bottles stillaged away just out of interest. The malt bill eventually takes control after two years, though not in a bad way. An interesting experiment but the Yulesmith is always better fresh me thinks.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 10:03:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle (winter version) into a rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium brown with a very light tan head that has no head, retention or lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with a muted maltiness.

The taste is very interesting, but not sure if that's a good thing. There is lots of hoppiness here but there is something else to, that just brings a weirdness to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:20:08 | More by jrallen34
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dgilks

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden colour with a creamy and thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Good head retention.

Non-sweet malty aroma with a line of citrussy hop running through it. Simple but effective.

Slightly sweet malt with a moderately-high bitter edge on the back end. Lots of cohumulone. Some earthy, citrussy hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid IIPA. Lots of hoppy flavour and an appropriate malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 07:45:21 | More by dgilks
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear burnt honey with a durable cream-hued froth.
Sinus clearing, rusted iron-impaled pink grapefruits slathered in bong water and Christmas tree goo.
Begins with a delectable toasted caramel maltiness that goes on to hint at almond, before turning grainier and more rye-like. It's a relatively simply maltiness, but one the works extremely well and balances the weighty hop load. It grows towards toasted honey (just as the color suggested) as it warms. I love the malts here, even though the headliner is hops.
The hops come crashing in, as expecting, all aggressive and pissed off.
Rusted tin and mint.
Joint ash (or pipe scrapings) and ruby red grapefruits.
Spruce juice and pine pitch.
Roses and meat cleavers.
The body is unfaultable with is draping weight given reprise by a steady unobtrusive bead.
A Double IPA is meant to be loud, and this is, but it also shows a restraint and finesse that many of its peers overlook. For every yin here, there is also a yang.
This is grandiose without being psychotic.

Maybe just slightly manic.

A hearty thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 06:15:11 | More by cokes
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blackie

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Release

appearance: The 1.5" fluffy eggshell white head gradually recedes to leave behind a thin ring and a nice cap of carbonation that lingers for awhile. The beer is a hazy, golden amber in color.

smell: Sticky sweet hops all over the place with big, floral notes of tropicals (especially grapefruit, passionfruit, and kiwi) and evergreen boughs and pine sap. An ever so slight, practically perfect amount of ethanol is noticeable. Just behind, in almost perfect balance for a DIPA, are sweet malty notes of caramel and toffee. A touch of earty grain husk.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the upper side of the medium range, and smooth. The body is a heavy medium.

taste: HUGE American hop flavor of pine and tropical fruits that gradually turn more evergreen after the swallow, as the bitterness creeps in. There's a big caramel malt backbone, bringing with it a big sweetness, to hold up the considerable hop flavor. The finish is dry, with a nice bitterness cleaning up the sugary malts and lingering for quite awhile with piney flavors. Love how the highly sweet malt blends with the resinous hop flavor and bitterness...a DIPA can't get much better than this.

drinkability: The ethanol seems to be pretty well hidden. Plenty drinkable for a DIPA.

Acquired in a trade with thaichile. Labelled as 8.5% ABV.

Winter Release: Review deleted when limited to one per serving type

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 03:50:16 | More by blackie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Golden color, mostly clear, thin white head.

I've been eyeing this beer for a long time, looking forward to trying it. When I saw it on tap I jumped at it. Unfortunately I tried it alongside Pliny the Elder. This simply can't compare. It's good, and might have been really good if I had nothing else to compare it with. But the Pliny rocks and this was mediocre in comparison.

Too bad, the Horny Devil is extremely good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2005 23:38:45 | More by TurdFurgison
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. My quest for a 2011 bottle of this has finally paid off. I accidentally drank two 2010s that were well over a year old and didn't particularly like them.

Appearance - Super hazy bright orange body with a nice white head. You can't see through it at all. Retention is good but the lacing is better. Looks like Sunny D with a head.

Smell - Very hoppy smell. Bright lemon flavors and some pine. Super citrusy, though. It's so lemony it verges on smelling like Pine-Sol, though. The combination of lemon, pine, and a bit of alcohol just combines to remind me of lemon floor cleaner. In the 2010 bottle, this was far more prominent.

Taste - The sweetness is far more prevalent in the taste, but it's still very much about the hops. The same flavors come through, but the sweetness puts off the chemical element. I have to say, the sweetness is too much. Hardly any bitterness at all in the finish. Nice, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel - It could be lighter. That's me being nitpicky, but it's just a bit heavier than I like. Even for 8.5%, there's a lot of unfermented sugars in this. Not cloying, just not as dry as I'd like it.

Overall - So much better fresh than aged (duh). The old one was pretty bad. Much more chemical flavors came through. This one reminds me of Hellhound. Perhaps that's an unfair comparison, since this is nowhere near a DFH malt bill, but still, it reminded me of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:21:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy light orange body with a gorgeous 2" head of soft, creamy ecru foam. Fabulous retention and plenty of lace make this a great looking DIPA - it would get a 5 if the body were a little clearer and brighter.

S: Stunning, heavenly aroma: juicy grapefruit hops are front and center, complemented with resinous herbal notes and just enough caramel malt to let you know you're dealing with a double. Only the faintest hint of alcohol is present - not bad for 8.5%. The hops smell so fresh and vibrant I can hardly believe it was brewed for the 4th of July. I really can't think of what more I'd want from the aroma of this beer - it's right up there with my favorites of the style, and is decidedly better than the Dreadnaught I had last week.

T: Quite good here as well, although the malts assert themselves much more than in the aroma, and the alcohol really creeps in on the finish. Maybe the couple months on it are starting to show themselves, but I'm a bit let down after the divine aroma. Still, the initial shot of grapefruit flavor is extremely enjoyable.

M: Rather non-descript medium body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Not bad, but not great.

D: Perhaps I started expecting too much after initially inhaling this one, but the rather astringent, boozy finish is keeping me from wholeheartedly rushing through the bomber. While hardly a difficult DIPA to drink, it doesn't compare well in this category to Dreadnaught of (especially) the fresh Gandhi-Bot I had this past weekend, even though both of those are stronger.

Notes: The more I think about it, the more this beer reminds me of Hopslam with a couple months on it - still an absolutely incredible aroma, but the hops just don't quite stand up to the malt and alcohol anymore. I bet I would have scored this one an A+ just over a month ago, but right now it's nowhere close. Still, a great beer and one I feel lucky to have gotten to try.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:19:13 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured aggressively to get a huge, off-white, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy head that slowly subsides and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, orange amber with a few slow bubble trails. Aroma is hugely hop, citrus, malt, oak, vanilla, resin. Flavor's pretty much like nose with the citrus/hop on top with bittersweetness right under followed by those other things. Body is full with hop points and slightly soft carbonation. Finish is like flavor giving way to resin, very long, and has some alcoholic warmth. Well crafted beer, but too much hop for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:43:24 | More by drpimento
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alesmith - Yulesmith 2003 Edition - Served at Cellar Temperature. This liquid is a dark red colour, that approcahes maroon in shading. The head is big and white, but does not last too long. However, this beer shows off some incredible, thick, white lacing, and a little skim of a head that lasts for the entire glass. The head is also easily brought back with some gentle swirling. Aromas are all heavy hops, super, duper deep balanced malts, and spices of some sort. The taste is a lovely blend of heavy hopping and lovely, deep malting. The mouthfeel is very thick but not at all cloying or "too much". The drinkability at cask serving temperature is absolutely unbelievably good! This stuff produces lovely, malty hop burps and I could easily drink this brew all night long. This is some damn-fine classic stuff!

Francis.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 23:08:45 | More by francisweizen
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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

212th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A more orangy yellow IPA with a two finger head on a more aggresive pour. Great lacing down the glass. A very sticky beer.

Smell- Lush inviting citrus aromas. A touch of hops but more towards a citrus whiff.

Taste- This is a much more smooth drinking DIPA. Has an all around sweet taste with the fruits and some sugary dessert flavors.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. The hops are very smooth and its an opulent drinking brew.

Drink- I'll say it again, took me a while to have some Alesmith. I'm glad that wait is over.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:02:14 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

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

This one came courtesy of my man Sudsdog. This is last years Christmas edition red and green baby.

A: Same as the summer edition nice copper orange color with a big frothy bubbly head made up of lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Lots of sweet malt coming right at you in the nose. The hops are there though and they let you know it. Tons of floral aromas with hints of pine sap. Very nice.

T: Tastes as good as the summer variety but the hops are a bit more subtle. The malt balance is wonderful and the sweet malt teams perfectly with the bitterness of the piney hops. I really like this one.

M: Nice and thick coats the mouth and the stomach what more could you want.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. This one is just as good as the summer edition which I loved. I will be searching out some of this one when it is released this year to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year. All hail AleSmith.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 20:02:19 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, Yulesmith Summer. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt and some citrusy hops. Flavor is also quite malty with citrus and a dry finish. Very refreshing on a hot summer day. A touch heavy but that's really my only complaint. Nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:46:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lush, syrupy aroma of honeydew-strawberry accented by a light flourish of hop flowers. This is my third Alesmith ale in three days and each of these has yielded a mountainous four-finger head. Yulesmith is infused with fine suspended particulate though it is otherwise clear amber. The abundant maltiness evident in the aroma makes a swift appearance on the palate before submerging beneath a strident, peppery bitterness.

This is a celebratious, full-bodied ale, no matter what time of year the brewery chooses to release it. My advice is to be very deliberate in allowing this one to warm to at least 55 degrees. The flavor is too hearty to conceal with cool temps. There were moments when I felt the fruity maltiness and searing bitterness struggling to reconcile as a surprisingly strong EtOH presence attempted to intervene. The bitterness teetered towards harshness at times but in the end this is still a very drinkable ale. Taste-wise I might compare it to a barleywine though with greater CO2 and less alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 19:51:20 | More by RedDiamond
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing. Winter vintage served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured orange with a half inch, tight, off-white head; some yeast particles evident in solution. Sheets of lacing revealed as the brew receded. Nose was grapefuit and floral hops. Taste follows nose, but some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lightly effervescent, but also somewhat creamy in texture at the same time. A solid DIPA. Abv is well-hidden and brew is style consistent, but my prefernce for DIPAs tends towards the sweeter side of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:32:35 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dipping into my Hi-Times booty from my Thanksgiving California beer raid...

Very excited to try this holiday ale. Pours a very rich, mostly-clear amber with dark orange highlights and a creamy, whipped light tan head.

Very nice. Lacing is excellent too.
Smells mmm....brown sugar and gooey caramel malts drizzled over a freshly-cut spruce bough. Big, juicy, resiny, piney hop aroma. Yes indeed.

The hops hold off up front and let the big, caramel-maple syrupy malts take over. Sweet, but not too sweet. Ahh, the hops come in to balance mid-palalte anyways. Numbing, resiny bitterness starts small but builds in a hurry. Coniferous sap, herbal, spicy, and bitter all the way into the long, novocaine finish. Hints of sugary butterscotch malts linger and poke through as well. Big-bodied, and a big, mouth-coating feel. Creamy to just chewy enough. One of my favorite double IPAs. Wish I would have bought more than two bottles of this!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 02:43:51 | More by alexgash
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottles.

(Summer Version) Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine, caramel, citrus, and some melons. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, caramel, melons, and lightly spicy. Nice balance. Light alcohol in the finish.

(Winter Versin) Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges) and some malts. Starts out sweet and ends in a nice hoppy bite (but not over the edge). Well balanced. Some pine.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 22:07:33 | More by hopdog
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GClarkage

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/06/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2005 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a 3/4 inch solid nice white head. Lacing is very patchy and nice.

Smell- Lots of hops as expected. Pine and grapefruit as is the norm in most qulaity DIPA's. Maybe even some melon scents? Not much malt to sniff.

Taste- Pretty tasty. Heavy doses of pine sap and fresh squeezed grapefruit domintate the pallete. The sweeter caramel malt does come into play to make it a pretty decent balanced brew. The hops are king here though.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level and bitter mouthfeel.

Drinkability- No sign of ABV when drinking this...could be dangerous. Pretty yummy brew. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 21:18:54 | More by GClarkage
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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

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