AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,918
Reviews:
956
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
Wants:
267
Gots:
151
For Trade:
2
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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 Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoa, someone tell Celebration Ale they've got competition (quality wise, not cost/quality wise, as this Yulesmith is expensive).

Pours a craggy orange. Doesn't look like a holiday beer for the most part. Aroma, whoa, this might be the piniest aroma I've ever experienced in a beer. Maybe one of the best smelling beers ever.

Taste, come to flavor country. The perfect mix of holiday, pine, citrus hoppiness. But seems to derive much of this through dry hopping v. boil, as the bitterness stays very well in check.

Can just drink and drink this bad boy. Bring the cost down, this could be a frequent favorite, instead of an only one 22oz a year purchase.

EDIT: Had a stale one of these, a little too pricey to not have some guaranteed age dating on this one. No bottle dates suck.

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Photo of ojclark
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2/8/08. Floral hop aroma with some citric and piney notes. Some sweetness and crystal maltiness in nose as well. Yeasty, with very slight burnt rubber autolysis odor. Faint whiff of alcohol. Poured with a huge tan head with very long retention (bottle may have referemented and sat on yeast too long). Copper/amber color, silight haze. Abundant, very fine, carbonation coming up from bottom of glass. Flavor: nice blend of bitterness, malt (medium crystal malts and sweetness), piney hops, and alcohol. Similar aftertaste. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body. Medium-full carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth in finish.

I think this bottle was not well-kept. Despite that, it held up really well and still tasted excellent. Will rerate next year with a fresher bottle and I'm sure my score will go up.

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Photo of BKotch
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scootny
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2008 version. Into the tulip tumbler and a huge, and I do mean huge head takes over half the glass. It sits like shaving cream atop a dark copper amber fluid with a touch of haze and gentle carbonation visible. After many minutes it fades and leaves a smaller pile of foam protecting the integrity of the brew. Sticky globs of lacing on my glass betray the huge amount of hops that must be in here.

Smell confirms the hop bomb. Sweet pine and a splash of citrus. A caramel infused dark, sugary, molasses and cake.

Taste is a big malt sweetness swimming under a mountain of hoppy goodness. The hops attack your taste buds and flood the sinuses. Then the malt backbone punches back with a fruity mix of pineapple and toffee. Grapefruit counterpunches and closes out. Finish is bitter and lingeringly hoppy affair with sweet rolls and alcohol.

Moutfeel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation cuts through and froths the mouth and and cleans the throat. It also dries and quenches the back of the mouth and throat. Nice.

Drinkability is quite nice. You can go through a few of these, as I finished the bomber after a meal. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the pleasure of drinking this one allows you to forget the hi abv.

A good Holiday IPA. The piney hops and sweet malt go well with the sights, smells, and tastes of the season.

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Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle a deep copper color, very clear topped by a thick egg-white head. Nice sheet of lace is left on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The nose has nice grapefruit citrus punch up front that is balanced by caramel on the finish. The taste is balanced too. More of the grapefruit tempered by orange followed by light caramel and a hint of fig. This is not just a hop bomb, it shows a nice balance. There is a little spice on the finish. Maybe spruce and pepper. Very nice. Slick mouth feel. Lots of alcohol, but still a good drinkability.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden orange, mild haze, with an abundant white head akin to whipped egg whites. The carbonation is VERY active in this one.

Smell -- Picking up citrus and tropical fruit notes. There's a little bit of resin in the nose, not pronounced. Caramel malts also present.

Taste -- Up front is pine resin hop bitterness with apricot, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Following up are some dry and husky malt notes as well as a moderate amount of caramel and cane juice sweetness that makes those fruity hop notes really stand out. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation, nearly spot-on.

Drinkability -- Wow, this was a welcomed surprise. Everything was just really nice. Great fruity notes from the hops, but not enough to be overpowering, as with the bitterness. The malt bill brought in just enough sweetness to make the fruity notes in the hops *pop* without getting anywhere near cloying. Well thought, well executed, just good on all counts.

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Photo of Wildman
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that acted like a float as it slowly subsided, coating the glass with lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, caramel and quite a bit of pine. The flavor is of malt, hops, citrus, caramel and pine. The body is a touch creamy and the finish is sweet and slightly astrigent, but not to the level of say Runiation. A fine holiday beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of three IPAs I had for the day (preceded by Alpine Duet and Pliny the Elder). Cloudy, dark golden with a filmy head that had nice texture to it. Some noticeable sugar aroma which I can't pin down is present with the hops. Strange start. I get an almost tomato/tabasco (w/o the heat) upper palate taste which goes away after I've had a few bites to eat. Can't figure out where this came from except, maybe, the alcohol. Bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Except for the tomato sensation (which was more strange than unpleasant) worthy of a second.

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Photo of smithj4
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to MrTopher for this one...

This one pours a fairly hazy pale golden with some of the most active lively carbonation I've ever seen in a brew of this style... This ones heads up like fast and stays there.... Gotta be more careful with the next pour on this... Loads of things going in inside of the glass....quite a treat to watch this one go...

A quite balanced aroma of citrusy hops and a fairly assertive malt bill here...the malt shines quite brightly here but in no way undermines what those West Coast hops are doing either.... This one smells intriguing.. Curious to see how balanced the taste is...

Strong citrusy hops right out of the gate that are chased around the room by a terrifically tasty and unique maltiness that surprises me... This is truly very balanced and delicious... I like the malt they are using here.. Its assertive without being overwhelming...

A very nice brew that would be a staple during the summer if it was available here... Like this one a lot...

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Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 hoppymeal
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 06 version. Pours a cloudy burnt orange in color with a massive cream head that laces the glass as it slowly recedes. Nice tangerine citrus hop aroma, sweet tart candy smell, malts show some sticky sweetness in the aroma as well. Taste also shows citrus hop flavor along witha grainy sweetness and nicely balanced bitterness. Some alcohol is evident in the finish as well, but complimentary to the size of this beer, not overpowering at all. Malt content exhibits a pleasant mouthfeel, not overly syrupy sweet but just the right amount of swetness to accentuate the slightly peppery and fairly dry warming finish. One of those beers where there is no problem with 22 ounces.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hay color, hazy but not completely like those east coast ipa/dipa's. Picking up slight tropical notes on the smell, but they're quite muted. Bold bitterness but well rounded with the sweetness of malt. I definitely recommend for dipa fans. Cheers

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Photo of bambam2517
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber to the pint, served cold at 40F. Scored a bottle thats been on the shelf for 8months, so bearing that in mind...

A - Caught me off-guard, its very cloudy with a strong off-white froth. Straw-gold in color. The froth ring stays around and really leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass. arbonation is tight and lasting too, thought this would blow up during the pour, but it came out nicely. Looks more like a top-notch Belgian quad than a IIPA to me.

S - Sweet breads, warm spices, something fruity I can't think of a way to describe. Really complementary to the taste and very unique.

T - Malty and grassy at the same time. Some hop character on the back end but the malt is the star for sure. Taste that fruit ester as well, maybe its mango-like? Still cant quite place it.

M - Great. It has 3 distinct characters to me. Its initially very creamy, then settles down and really lets the flavors shine, and lastly quickly dissipates leaving almost no aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well-hidden, just warms the face and belly as I go through the bottle.

O - This is my first AleSmith offering and it holds up to everything I've heard. I really enjoyed this one, really unique.

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Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper/orangey color with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Nice lacing as well.

S - Big tropical fruit nose... Pineapple, orange rind and mango. Lots of hoppiness. Good malt backbone to bring it all together.

T - For such a citrus bomb of a nose, it's all piney goodness on the taste. Sweet, bready malts with a nice hop bite. Seems like the citrus comes back for a faint visit at the end. Very well put together.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Very smooth body with a wet finish.

O - Very balanced DIPA here. Just enough malts and hops that don't overpower the palette, IMO.

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Photo of Yesdog
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of msumike89
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brbrocc
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rcjennings
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JKasten988
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > SA Sensory Pint
A - Cloudy gold orange with two and a half fingers of thick dense off-white foamy head with some really thick lacing.
S - Really nice aroma, passionfruit, papaya, orange, a little banana, then there's some grassy dankness, hop resin.
T - Bold hop profile, sweet candy like malt come in mid way with some candied fruit, lots of big sticky dank hop flavor, sweet orange and tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, lime, pine, some dark earthy hop undertones in the end, slight alcohol taste lingering.
M - Big feel to this beer, some alcohol burn along with a huge piney bitterness. Chewy and sticky.
O - Really good IPA, a bit too overbearing in some areas, but worth having for sure.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter almost clear on initial pour, glowing orange (SRM 8-10). Cascading gold builds a one-half inch, creamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing. Crystal clear after the chill haze reveals occasional columns of carbonation.

Aroma is strong orange peel with grapefruit. General hop aromas and dried grass in the background.

Quite bitter upon entry, just short of enamel peeling and lingers through to the finish. Middle has pine resin and grapefruit with a hint of sweetness and earthiness. The finish is very dry. This IIPA stands up to some warming but is best at proper temperature.

A full body with soft texture and light, prickly carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, but residual sugar was a surprise.

YuleSmith Summer is not quite the refreshing beverage one expects for the season, but is still quite enjoyable while sitting in the shade on a hot, late-summer afternoon.

Too bad the neighbor’s air conditioner is so loud and ALWAYS running :-). I enjoyed the entire bottle while reading philosophy.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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