Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double IPADouble IPA
Double IPADouble IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American 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

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Reviews: 971 | Ratings: 1,972
Photo of VoodooBear
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can, served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: One finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves some good lacing. Cloudy, dark gold color.

Smell: Dank, musky hop aroma, some fresh citrus peel with faint malt and grain notes in the background.

Taste: Bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. It has more of a juicy, fruity, sweet citrus character which is nice. A faint, piney aftertaste remains.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

Overall: Nothing new or groundbreaking here, which is fine. A solid DIPA and a damn good beer.

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

L: Hazy orange with a rocky white head. Medium-plus retention. A thin film hangs out forever. Rings of lacing are left behind.

S: Huge yellow grapefruit and tangerine aromas; spraying oils, juicy flesh, and bitter pith. Some ripe mango and pineapple, honey and caramel, and massive pine sap and dankness.

T: Orange creamsicle, yellow grapefruit peel, honey, toasted white bread, overripe mango, pine resin finish. Moderately sweet, although the finish grows crisp. Moderate lingering bitterness.

F: Medium-plus, well-carbonated, smooth, creamy, and well-rounded. Finishes slightly sticky and resinous, but fairly clean for the style.

O: A superb example of West Coast Double IPA. A delicious hoppy offering.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Gold with rich white foamy head and very nice lacing.
N: Pine, hops, citrus, and soem floral tones.
T: Pine bite upfront with a lot of hops, citrus, and some light floral notes.
M: Medium
O: Great DIPA, solid flavors and very enjoyable to drink.

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

AleSmith's Double IPA is perfect for the warmer months of summer. Flavor is of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine with some resinous pine. Solid malt backbone balances out hops resulting in a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle.
A: Pours a hazy light amber with a thin white head and nice lacing.
S: A nice tropical fruit pine resin hop nose.
T: A nice hoppy Double IPA, a big bitter hit.
F: Well balanced malts to hops and good carbonation.
O: A very good Double.

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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 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 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 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 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 Zythophile
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +2.6%
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 Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 TBoneJones
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Tone
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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 beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 woodchipper
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
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 hman43
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a slightly off white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: It has stone fruit aromas that feature peach and apricot.

Taste: There are apricot, peach, caramel, and floral flavors.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with high bitterness and alcohol warming

Overall, the flavors of peach and apricot start off sweet and turn to bitter and is long lasting through the finish.

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Photo of htown_engineer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this one as an extra in a trade, poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - kind of like a burnt orange color with a slight haze, with a slight head.

Smell - very floral, sweet smell, I got like a tropical fruit scent, but can't pinpoint exactly which fruit

Taste - for me the mouth didn't follow the nose. The beginning was piney with a hint of sweet citrus but then fell right into a bitter, biting end. It kind or reminded me of sucking on the rind of an orange or grapefruit. But that's pretty typical of these types of DIPA's, so it really wasn't that surprising.

Feel - surprisingly it went down smooth, with a light carbonation.

Overall - I like my DIPA's a little less bitter to this, I'm not a huge fan of dry hopped beers. I've heard a lot of people rave about this beer and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this. I just don't know if I'd drink again, but well worth it as an extra in the trade.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of 90 minute. With that licorice taste. It's also very citrusy and a bit piney. I'd like to see this fresher but this good stuff, a classic dipa

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle picked up at the brewery, with a bottled on date of 4.16.16

L - Yellow/copper, with some clarity, 2 fingers of head and HUGE lacing left on the top of the brew and all over the glass

S - Dry hopped, citrus, tangerine

T - Insanely hoppy and well balanced, between citrus and pine. So smooth, and hidden ABV.

F - Well carbonated, medium body. oily and smooth

O - An amazingly tasty, smooth, well balanced DIPA. Alesmith rocks it

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Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,972 ratings