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Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Double IPADouble IPA
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Double IPADouble IPA
BEER INFO

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

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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#2,486
Reviews:
971
Ratings:
1,970
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a snifter at Hamilton’s Tavern in San Diego, Calif. Two fingers of head when I got it. Color was hazy orange. Thick white head with good retention throughout the pour.

Smelled citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and a bit of lemon or lime. Some sweet floral notes as well.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, only with more spices. Citrus hops - grapefruit and lemon going 1-2. Spicy bitter finish, couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter long ending finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Definitely a good beer. I think I need to try it again as this was after two darker beers. Definitely want to try it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jooler
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very bitter initial taste with a tarty backbone. After warming up to it, it is a great ipa. It is also pretty oily

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly foggy nectarine with honey colored edges. My usual pour produced a surprisingly large cap. As it settles, I can appreciate its magnificence. The firmly creamy foam is pale gold in color, with a cobbled upper surface that maintains contact with the pint glass in multiple spots. When the sticky foam bridges break, they leave a beautiful array of lace. What's not to love?

The nose is a hophead's dream come true. I remember wishing the Winter release had less caramel malt and more pale malt. Summer has granted my wish (kudos to the brewery for giving us two versions of the same great beer). Beautifully pungent American hops fill the atmosphere with sweetened pineapple, white grapefruit, candied orange peel and Scotch pine. I'm actually beginning to drool.

YuleSmith Summer is one of the most delicous, drinkable DIPAs that I've ever had. The only thing keeping the Winter release from perfection was, again, the use of a hefty amount of caramel malt. Which, by the way, turns it into an Imperial red ale (just ask the brewers). Both versions are great, but I slightly prefer this one.

I'm not sure how old the bottle is (it's definitely from *this* summer), but I expected a shade more hoppiness. Don't get me wrong, it's a tongue abuser par excellence, it just isn't as 'in your face' as I remember the Winter version being. When the brewery calls it balanced, they aren't that far off the mark.

The prodigious malt backbone contributes very little flavor. I'm reminded of sugar cookies and honey-like malts, though they're in the background. The foreground is occupied by wave upon wave of sunshine bright, C-hop deliciousness. Again, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, (and now) lemon fill every nook and cranny on every last taste bud. A minimal alcohol presence is easily ignored.

The mouthfeel isn't the perfection that the other version was, but then a lot of time has passed and a lot of beer has been consumed in the interim. It's midway between medium and full (for the style) and is a fraction too carbonated to be considered ideal. Time is beginning to soften things up very nicely.

AleSmith is a permanent member of my 'top 10 American craft breweries of all-time' on the strength of IPA, Speedway Stout and both versions of YuleSmith. Not that the rest aren't worthy, but those four are four of the finest ales that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Bottom line: I can count on one hand the number of DIPAs that are better than YuleSmith Summer.

Reviewed sometime during the summer of 2008. I don't recall the exact date since there weren't separate entries at that time for YuleSmith Summer and YuleSmith Winter.

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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 Illmaticzx
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little cloudy, bright gold, thin head
S pineapple juice peach juice and piney hops smells sweet and tropical, smells good
T sweet malt, pineapple tropical a little malt forward, piney grapefruit a little alc backbone
M medium
O a smidge too malty sweet to be perfect for my pallette but its a very good dipa

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint; Summer 09 version

Pours a pretty deep red amber with a huge, fluffy ecru cap. Head sticks around forever and leaves loads of spider web lacing all over my glass. A large amount of yeast is suspended in my glass.

Huge aroma of resiny pine, grapefruit, and pineapples wallop the olfactory's off the bat. The malt bill is earthy and sweet; mainly sweet, sticky, caramel.

Gooey pine resin and hop oil coat the mouth right off the bat with a rush of earthy, slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt that fills the void briefly before a bitter punch really assaults the palate. A larger bitterness would have been more welcome. Everything is in pretty good balance up to the bitterness, hence why I wanted a little more on the back end.

A very wet, resiny, and oily mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter. There is a decent amount of heat that lingers amongst the bitterness.

Considering how well-balanced this is and a do-able 8.8% abv, I would have to rate this pretty high. However, I was not in love with how balanced this was.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from South Bay Liquor. Decanted from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden color with a two-finger head that fizzles away to a thin, but creamy layer. Aroma has big notes of citrus and pine, with slight, biscuity malts underneath. Taste starts with a big piny note, fades into biscuity malts, and then to grapefruit. Nice. Mouthfeel is right in the middle, and is pretty much perfect. Awesome. Definitely drinkable. Overall, pretty excellent.

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Photo of CHickman
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Summer Holiday version bottled on 6/4/13. Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of little bubbles, fading very slowly leaving and forming canyons as it sinks, then leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down; solid looking IPA.

Smells like pineapple, mango and orange from a few inches away and just assaults your nose with citrus hops; the smell is a wonderful combo of citrus fruit like lemon, pineapple, mango, orange and all things citrus hops, as well as strong piney hops, mild spices, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt and more fruity sweetness – it’s astonishing how fresh and fruity this smells since it was bottled over 6 months ago. Hop heaven, and almost unbelievably great smelling.

The flavor is as good or maybe better than the smell with a combo of citrus fruit like pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, and maybe something crazy like starfruit or papaya since it’s so fruity, so then of course you have fresh citrus hops, strong piney hops, caramel, grains, brown sugar, floral hops, graham cracker, tea leaf, herbs, wet grass and very mild spices that are offset by the malt backbone. The malt comes through but lets the fresh, juicy citrus flavor dominate and dazzle with complexity as the resinous hop juice seems to be wrung from the cone and into the bottle. I expected a good beer when I picked this bomber up and it blew me away, far exceeding my expectations and becoming a top 10 beer IMO.

Mouthfeel is near perfection for a DIPA with this ABV; mild ABV burn, mild bitterness, a medium chewy body with light carbonation and an overall hop sweetness that is kept in check by a nice malt backing that has fine accents to make it a perfectly balanced and easy drinking IPA.

Very few flaws here as the bitterness and aftertaste are enjoyable, while the balance and combination of flavor elements keeps it interesting and delicious at the same time. This bomber cost $10 and was worth every penny tenfold; a world class beer that I highly recommend and will seek out as often as possible. I’m going to buy another bottle(s) of this ASAP as it was a great beer and great drinking experience. This beer kicks ass, go drink some.

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Photo of TheBierBoutique
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HippieDave56
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmo1030
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ruby hued coper with a thick creamy tan head that stick around for the long haul.
citrusy floral hoppiness, orange rind, cut grass. toasted caramel, caramelized sugar. a hint of alcohol in there somewhere. yeasty, with a nice rich bready aroma as well.
the taste is drenched in hops, but no overwhelming biterness. powerfully hoppy like ruination, but without the overpowering bitterness. tons of great flavor, great amount of bitterness. sweet and citrusy not overly so though with other floral fruity flavors in it too, rounding out the hop side of the equation. the malts hang in there with the hops with caramel and rich hearty breadiness. excellent, excellent balance for such a hoppy beer. a nice spicy quality from the alcohol or hops adds a nice complexity
lighter side of full bodied with delicate effervescent carbonation that creates the most fantastic creamy quality that coupled with the piney quality at the finish, creates a near perfect double IPA experience.
drinkability is amazing, the booze is present in the flavor but only adds. the incredible taste coupled with the perfect mouthfeel makes you wants to drink a bomber or four. absolutely top notch. i will be gettig more if/when i see it. an excellent double IPA.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2009 Version

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Santa Monica. I have been looking for this for a while now.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant deep golden color with about an inch of fluffy white head that is dissipating quite slowly and leaving some incredible, chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell - This beer smells extremely good. A strong hop and citrusy smell dominates followed by a bit of malt sweetness. I have smelled many IPA/DIPA's and this smells somewhat similar to PtE (at least that is what I'm getting).

Taste - Wow, this tastes as good as it smells. I get an immediate rush of hops/piney taste which subsides to a slightly sweet (if you can even call it that) malty taste (in other words, it is not sweet/malty like say 90min) which makes the whole experience pleasant because the drink is not just pure bitter hops. Finishes with a great prickle to the tongue. Each sip I take of this the more I like this drink.

Mouthfeel - A very creamy, smooth, and silky texture. Moderate carbonation that as stated, prickles the tongue making this a beer that feels and tastes great.

Drinkability - Pretty damn drinkable. I'm sitting here trying not to quaff this. I wish I had this more readily available because this is definitely an alternative to a PtE when I am wanting to switch it up but have a DIPA. I really do feel this is one of the better DIPA's because it is so well balanced. 90 min is too sweet, Hop-15 is too bitter...but this is just great. I am thoroughly enjoying this beer right now. I will seek this out again for sure.

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

Golden with good clarity and a creamy head. Balanced pine and citrus in both aroma and taste. A bit of sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness in the finish. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of mrsp1107
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jealmanzar
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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

All 4.5's for this gem. The AleSmith IPA is a truly remarkable beer, so you can trust that they know what they're doing with this seasonal brew. I first tasted YuleSmith at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest in December 2004. It was one of my favorite double IPA's at the fest (along with Pizza Port's Lou P. Lin). That was enough to promote a trip to the AleSmith brewery the following week to buy several bombers of this classy brew.

The malt taste of this big beer is an excellent compliment to the hops. One thing we've noticed is that they (AleSmith) seem to vary the recipe and bottling slightly with each release, or at least it seems that way when we taste the different bottlings of the ones we have cellered from purchases we've made in San Diego. And each one is a great experience.

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Photo of makeitavintage
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of callmemickey
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2009

A: Pale amber body... hefty egg-shell white head. lasts for days. dense lacing left behind throughout

S: Blast of dense piney hops with some underlying grapefruit bitterness. light caramel malt.

T: Massive piney and grapefruit hop bitterness. fresh and profound. lively. nice malty, caramel base.

M: Smooth. Good carbonation levels. Refreshingly bitter.

D: A real treat. I look forward to both the summer and winter yulesmiths each year.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bronzey clear gold with tight nearly white head. sticky lace.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and vanilla over a light malt aroma.

T - Miexed bread and fruit with lots of bitter hops. Flower buds, tropical fruit, pine sap, crisp citrus, and some woodsy herbal notes. Green pine makes a secondary appearance on the finish with whit pepperiness.

M - Moderate-full, perfect for the style with coating creaminess. Sparkling carbonation and quite astringent..

D - Super enjoyable with well integrated alcohol. Full bodied and rich, about as much as could be accepted for a "summer" brew.

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Photo of marikoangel
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a bell glass at Amsterdam in San Francisco, it pours a hazy caramel orange with nice carbonation and about a quarter inch of white head that dissipated quickly leaving very spotty lacing.

S: The nose on this one is very floral with great notes of citrus tucked in there. Kinda like grapefruit and maybe some orange. It has a great hop nose with notes of pine and a really nice caramel malts backbone to hold those hops up. There is also a good sweetness in there, almost with a touch of booziness.

T: The flavors are really nice and hoppy. Strong notes of pine, grapefruit rind, and floral hops. It is very hoppy and that definitely comes out more in the flavors than it did in the nose. Resinous hop bitter that really sticks around. The malts are caramel and a bit sweet with touches of honey. Its light and easy drinking still under all of that.

M&O: This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with light carbonation. There is a smooth feeling to it. Overall it is a really nice beer, very well done and very drinkable, although I can feel the alcohol. I definitely would recommend this to hoppy loving drinkers.

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Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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