AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
BA SCORE
91.6%
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4.19 w/ 1,945 Ratings
AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,133
Reviews:
964
Ratings:
1,945
Liked:
1,781
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
9.79%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
267
Gots:
154
Trade:
2
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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better beers I have had in a while. The beer has a very nice aroma and a taste that follows the aroma and keeps one very satisfied. An above average beer definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of claminat420
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*taken from notes
12oz bottled on May 9 2017 2558 poured heavily into my hotel's clear plastic cup.

Appearance- hazy golden/ straw color with a frothy white head. leaves good amount of lacing.

Aroma- oranges and tangerines.

Flavor- like the smell but with some caramel notes to add depth. bitterness to some could be kinda sharp. abv is well hidden. really dry finish.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. good carbonation

Drinkability- easily drinkable for any hophead.

Overall- the orange and tangerine hop notes are the main thing in this beer. if you like ipa's and orange flavored things this is a must try for you. there is some sort of spiciness coming from this brew. don't know if it's from the hops or carbonation. as it warms pine notes start to come through. really solid.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Little disappointed in this one, but I'm willing to give it another try.

Poured darker than expected, a dark amber nearing a light brown ale color. Would've gone closer to 3 or under but the beer is fairly clear and the head is impressively lasting and lacing.

Nose seems to have orange zest and some classic pith and pine. It's not very strong on this pour.

Taste starts pretty clean, and there's a light toasted whole grain and honey opening. A nice orange comes next, but as that hits, a subtle piney bitterness wells up from the bottom of the taste. It takes a while to displace the opening notes, but does eventually hold the back. There seems to be a slight oxidation in there, which could be mis-handling, though it's a respected beer bar.

This pour reminded me a little of 90 Minute, though it's pine sap bitterness is a bit stronger than I recall the comparison beer. Really want to get a known relatively fresh version for a revisit.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh yeah, it's a bottle, but one that I could hardly resist. I mean, c'mon, a summer seasonal DIPA?!? From San Dog? Yeah, I'll take that hit.

From the bottle: "Limited Edition Seasonal"; "ale brewed with an abundance of hops"; "Every year, we anxiously await the sunny season to unleash AleSmith Double IPA, originally known as 'AleSmith Summer YuleSmith'. Its flavor imparts orange, grapefruit, and tangerine hop notes with earthy, spicy, and resinous pine undertones. A sturdy malt backbone balances out a profound hop bitterness to create a refreshingly assertive and vibrant beer that offers a bold expression of fresh American hops. This IPA's citrusy aroma pairs well with many Mexican and Thai dishes, while its bitterness complements the sweetness of rich pork dishes like BLTs or spare ribs. Brawny, intensely flavored cheeses like Danish blues and aged Cheddars are also effective foils to the aggressive flavor profile of this Imperial IPA."; "Drink Fresh in a Pint or Tulip at 45 - 50 [deg.]"

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour as I am wont to do. Even this gentility produced three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a sweet citrusy fruitiness of orange & tangerine & my mouth began to water. I thought more strongly of Orange Marmalade than anything else. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big in its presence, but not as full as some that I have had in the style. The taste was primarily citrus, mostly orange & tangerine with a light grapefruit bitterness, followed by a minty, cooling wash of pine. OMFG! How did they pull this off? No matter. It was quite tasty and I will have to look for it every summer. In the interim, it finished with a cool, minty dryness that lingered well past the swallow.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yup, this sure is a great DAIPA. It has it all going on.

It is quite impressive in the glass. Yellow with nice fine foam. Tons of lacing. The aroma is full, hoppy, slightly floral. Excellent smell. A dab behind each ear seems in order.

The taste is syrupy and hoppy. A lovely mess with a thick, lingering aftertaste. This double IPA deserves all the accolades.

Very highly recommended.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamSteve
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Orny18
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treb0R
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding, especially when fresh. Aromas of citrus and pine. Flavors of grapefruit, lime, caramel, pineapple (older batch)... Newer batches are more citrusy.

I don't like the deep toastiness of one of the grains used in the grist here. Otherwise, it's mainly basic 2-row.

Super dry, translucent and high in carbonation. Two or three of these are nice and quenching, yet tasty on a hot Summer day. Buy even when not fresh, though $16.99 a sixer is a bit ridiculous.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mscott58
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is citrus and malt, followed by resin and pine needles, finishing with a sharp bitterness over biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky; carbonation is medium as well. Alcohol is well hidden, although warming is evident throughout. Very flavorful and refreshing, although by no means a session beer. Another excellent offering from AleSmith!

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Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Touch under two fingers of eggshell white foam, nice even surface with very good retention, sinewy spider web of lacing with moderate stickiness. Bronze to copper color, clear and bright, a few loose streams of lazy bubbles, attractive depth of hue. Heavy duty stickiness in the nose, pine, resin, wet pink and white grapefruit pith, leafy buds, peach, nectarine to papaya fruit scents with minimal dankness until the final dissolve, unabashedly displays power without ostentation. Full-bodied, sets its skeleton broadly so the flesh is not overly compact and there is a mild creaminess from the carbonation. Increases the level of fresh grassiness and pine to pepper, the bitterness is proportionate to the cocoa malts and smattering of honey. Tangerine to white grapefruit here, gives up sweetness before turning tart. Not a hop bomb by any stretch and given its aggressiveness finds a balance. Attractive fullness in the nectarine, pineapple, apricot to melon fruit flavors, sappy traction extends presence. Not the typical over the top style which may disappoint some. Plus drinkability if you have tolerance for dryness.

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 1,945 ratings
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