AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as YuleSmith (Summer)

Every year we anxiously await the warmer months to unleash this Double IPA, the summer edition of our former YuleSmith seasonals. The flavor imparts orange, grapefruit, and tangerine hop notes with earthy, spicy, and resinous pine undertones. A sturdy malt backbone balances out the profound hop bitterness to create a refreshingly assertive and vibrant beer that offers an unapologetically bold expression of fresh American hops.

YEAR ROUND: No – July / August

Added by xlperro on 11-24-2002

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Photo of Zythophile
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: purchased May 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is a clear medium gold with lots of fine, white head.

Smell is slightly piney (needles and resin) and somewhat buttery. Not complex, but plenty pleasant.

This is like drinking a pine forest. Pine needles, resin, and wood chips. It has a little tea stems, too. Plus light tobacco. Pleasant malt sweetness, as well. Bitterness is definitely there, but not overpowering. I wish it was a little more complex.

Carbonation is very well integrated. Slight astringency.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this DIPA from Total Wine on 06/09/2017. No bottled date. 8.5% ABV. Clean-looking label. AleSmith hails from San Diego, CA. This DIPA is also known as AleSmith's "Summer Yulesmith."

AleSmith DIPA pours a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of white foam. Good lacing. The smell is of citrus hops. The taste starts with orange, tangerine and grapefruit, followed immediately by pine hop bitterness with a hint of tropical fruits, all against a moderate malt backbone. The alcohol taste is there, although pretty well-hidden.

This is a surprisingly awesome DIPA -- complex, well-balanced, delicious and thirst-quenching. I'll definitely be adding this DIPA to my daily rotation of weekly DIPAs. It's a definite keeper!

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Photo of Vinegar_Strokd
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber: Solid beer. Big rich balances. Maybe lacking lift. Serious malty note.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a orange (peach skin), color with a thin white foamy head atop of the beer. Thin delicate sticky lacing clings to the glass. The aroma starts off with sweet tangerines, grapefruits and peaches and slides over top of a nice caramel backbone. The flavor starts sticky with the blend of the hops to the malts, and adds a light bitter resin for balance. There’s a sly dry peachy to caramel aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light. Bitter resin shows some harshness but not too much. Overall, it’s a good West coast styled DIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Snifter. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Clear copper, finger width white head has decent retention.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pine. Nice aroma, clean and fresh.

T: Pine takes more of a role here, balanced well with citrus hop flavors, and even a herbal note.

F: Light-Medium body, good carbonation, hop residuals linger on the tongue.

O: A well rounded DIPA, really nothing wrong with this beer, just that nothing about it sticks out.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kips
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBoneJones
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of general citrus/ apricot, sweet malts and has some dank in the nose.
Tastes like a well-balanced IPA with a perfectly-sweet malt backbone and orange flavor, with a tasty hop profile of that citrus fruit. I'm reminded of Orange Julius here with this one. Clean, flavorful.
Feels medium-full, and smooth, nicely carbonated. Peppery bite at the end, a slight bit dry, but nicely so to follow the semi-sweet hop profile.
This is the same as their Yule Smith? It appears so, only in the summer for some reason. Anyhow, the shelf was empty the first few times I spotted a shelf tag for this beer. I can see why it took a couple of store visits to snag. Good stuff. If I'm feeling IPA next week, I may seek another sixer for the Super Bowl.

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Photo of Quigmann
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheOakKing
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, resin, piney hops, alcohol, earthy malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, resin, piney hops, alcohol, earthy malt, hint of pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, complex, and blend.

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Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Hazy, dense tangerine color with a slight, frothy light beige capping of relative short duration. Slight sticky foam ring lace, a hard to distinguish carbonation factor is hidden within the dense oj like nature.

S: Sweet and spicy tangerines and citrus explode upon uncapping and the pour. Sugar coated grapefruit pulp, semi-dry lemon slices, with some fresh wet pine, all of good strength and lasting appeal. Hints of sour citrus comes at the very end.

T: The flavor had tons of grapefruit and tangerine hops which were spicy and dripping wet. Sharp citrus bite, with some alcohol and pine resins followed by some citrus peel.

M: Spritzy carbonation factor provides for a lively mouthful, with a thick and creamy body and feel. Really nice consistency on the tongue.

O: Outstanding flavor, sharp carbonation and drink-ability, a flavor that bursts with wet grapefruit citrus and pine that reminds me of the first time i had the stone original pale. Well balanced, great drink-ability, alcohol glow and respectable hops. outstanding overall, case worthy.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JavierGC
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattsucks
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a slightly opaque gold, not cloudy though. Tremendous head, fades to medium lacing and surface-only layer.
Aroma is prominent alcohol as is the taste. The hops are there, but I fear my bottle is old, date is illegible, but its been in my fridge for about 3 weeks.
Not horrible, but don't know if I would buy it again, given other options.

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Photo of Johncnh
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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