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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

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1,937
Reviews:
961
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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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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Photo of samtrillo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from lou91, opened in honor of the bears beating the hated panthers

appearance: deep murky copper , lovely off white/beige head forms with some lacing...certainly looks the part, tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle

smell: floral hops...oily and fresh hop profile, definite acohol on the nose, biscuity smelling, thick caramel malts

taste: intense and powerful...very bitter floral and oily hops complimented by a strong malt backbon, biscuitesque, alcohol immediately present, caramel, juicy and citrusy...complex and quite tasty

mouthfeel: medium-full body, hop bitterness, alcohol burn, juicy hops and thick malts

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kroggdawg for bringing this one (the Red and Blue) back from the coast. It's beautiful with big American hops, making it seem like an appropriate 4th of July beer (too bad it's winter now). There's a sweet malt background that provides a wonderful balance and backbone.

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Photo of tboom29
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a Winter '06 beer.

It poured a very appetizing amber that was slightly opaque. Fluffy frothy head sat on top, one of my favorite things on a beer.

The nose was very citrusy and spicy, and really entices you to drink the beer.

You definitely will notice the hops, because there are a lot. I thought it was nicely balanced though. Slight carmel from the malt. Mellow, but quite full bodied with a full mouthfeel. There is a slight acidic flavor. I also noticed a spicy notes, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. Some orange as well.

Overall a really great, full flavored IPA. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2007 release, purchased fresh from the brewery.

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with small clusters of tiny rising bubbles and a sticky eggshell-colored head.

Smell: Fresh hops with a strong grapefruit character. Malts are very much present, though slightly overpowered by the fruity hop aroma.

Taste: Malty at first, bready and grainy, with a fruity sweetness that settles into an intensely hoppy finish that consumes your entire tongue. The hops are of the citric variety; lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel. Very rounded and complex, with no astringency or noticable alcohol. Bittering hops are more prominent than I'd like, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly oily. Crisp but soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Not as drinkable to me as some of the other quintessential DIPAs (Pliny the Elder and Pure Hoppiness come to mind), but it's still wonderful stuff and a staple in my fridge every time it comes out.

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Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I always feel a little lucky to get one of these, given the geographic distance. It purs a nice, somewhat orange-tinged, cloudy gold into a goblet. Citrus, mostly citrus in the nose. A big one-finger head leaves significant lacing as it drops.

Smell: A punch in the nose by classic big American hops: pine and citrus. I wonder if “big American hops” could become shorthand. In any event, it doesn’t put me off from this beer.

Taste: The bigness described above continues in the mouth, as you would expect, and the hops continue their good work. It’s big and American aggressive, but it’s not crazy if you have any interest in hoppy beers; in fact, it’s fairly balanced compared to some offerings.

Mouthfeel: Sort of middle of the road. Obviously it’s a big ABV, but aside from the hoppiness it’s not terribly “hot”, so the uninformed drinker needs to take very careful care.

Drinkability: It’s a huge IPA, and I know some people [salute] drink them day in and day out, before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I think the rest of us probably need to recognize that a bomber of this caliber will significantly affect afternoon productivity.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy honey color with a big, chunky head. White wall lacing left by mashed 'tater retention.

Aroma is straight hop candy: citrus hops with floral and soft pine edges combined with sweet Twinkie malt.

Taste is more sweet hop candy. Citrus hops are balanced by sweet Twinkie malt. Balanced for a DIPA. There's enough booze floatin' around in there that I'm glad this aged for 3 months but I feel like I missed out on some on the hops in all their glory. A conundrum. Smooth, full mouthfeel.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to large snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very pale yellow orange, very transparent, but with lots of floaters, pourn with a 2 and a half finger white FROTHY head that leaves an amazing lacing.

Smell - Smells of grapefruit, other citrus, maybe a hint of orange. Very grassy with hints of pine, these are the secondary smells. On the end the sweet malts can be smelled.

Taste - Nice citrusy bitterness right up front, lots of grapefruit and pine in the taste. This is a very dry and bitter beer, I can only imagine what it was like last summer. Not extremely complex but just tastes great. Hints of the sweet malt sneaking up on the end, standard caramel, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Feels good for the style. Not too heavy and not too light. Has a nice smooth and dry finish despite all the bitter tongue biting. Nice carbonation all the way through.

Drinkability - One bomber will be plenty of me, this is a hell of a beer and one I could see buying every summer if I lived in their distro area. Nice for a summer day I am sure.

My first from alesmith.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Blue and Red, July 2006 release. Thanks to dogfooddog for the opportunity to try it.

Definitely among the most unique of DIPA's I've tried, but whether that is a good or bad thing, I haven't quite decided. Tastes like hop infused chocolate.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy, amber bronze color. Light carbonation, but with a nice rocky, retentive head.

The smell is where I first began to think, "IIPA? WTF?" It almost smells like chocolate, but it looks like an ordinary IIPA. Did they actually use chocolate malt in this, or infuse it with chocolate even? I would think that with the amount of chocolate I get out of this, it can't be coming from chocolate malt alone, especially considering how pale it appears. Aside from that, it smells like strong spicy and piney hops.

The taste is very milky, like rich chocolatey ovaltine. Sweet up front with a significant bitterness in the finish. Good hops flavor. Fades nicely from sweet malt to cloying bitterness. Very interesting, that's for sure.

The body is thick and milky. Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lingering bitter, chocolate finish. Interesting. Not sure how much of it I could drink. Probably not as much as a more "regular" DIPA. I'm very interested in trying the X-Mas release now, that's for sure.

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Photo of Cascadia
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2006 version from the Market of Choice in Eugene.

Nice clear ruby red/amber brown color. Good half inch head of creamy tan goodness sits nicely on tap. Smells big on hops with a little malt/carmel aroma at the end. Smell like its going to be a big one. Tastes of hops at first, followed by a bit of spice and ending with a nice malty carmel taste.

I was supprised at how complex this one is. Alesmith does good things. Yummy. Nice mouthfeel, creamy and smooth with just enough sweet notes to make it warming after the first few sips. This is a really good beer, anytime of year. Doesn't need to be cellared away, drink this one now.

Damn, Alesmith continues to create high-quality brews. Tip of the hat, boys.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.

A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.

N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!

T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.

F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.

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Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version.

Thanks to JoeySchlitz for dropping this off in Denver for me. IPAs don't get much closer to perfect than this. Pours an appealing golden body with poofy white head. Lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom of my glass. Smell is fresh pine and citrus hop notes balanced against some nice malt. Pine sol fresh flavor with slices of grape fruit mixed in. But unlike lesser IPAs, this is nicely balanced with an abundance of malt, making all the hops quite tolerable. Medium body with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation prevents this from being a syrupy hoppy mess. Overall, one of the better IPAs I've had.

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Photo of bosco7
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Winter 2006.

Amber in color with a luscious light brown/yellow head.

Smells of Christmasy spices (reminds me of eggnog) and biscuit malt.

Sweet. Lots of holiday spices upfront, followed by plenty of hops and a wallop of big caramel malt flavors.

This is full-bodied and probably should be shared amongst friends.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone brewery today.

The beer pours a copper brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty good, and I get some nice hoppy citrus, pine and sweet malt. There is some fruity aromas from the intermix of hops and malt. On the palate this beer is very complex, with some nice flavors of citrus, cherry and pine. Although there is a fair amount of sweet malt on the mid palate, the beer finishes with a considerably hoppy, drying bite. This beer really grew on me the more I drank of it, yet another impressive effort from AleSmith. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and, for the most part, the abv. is pretty well disguised. You can tell the beer's abv. is fairly high, but it's not at all obtrusive or intrusive, and ultimatley I was pretty impressed by it. While I wasn't wowed by it, this is yet another excellent effort from Alesmith.

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Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Vintage*

A- Pours a nice 2 finger head with nice lacing. Body is only a touch cloudy.

S- Nice pineapple, pine, caramel, slight raisin component. Very balanced.

T- Starts out rather dry. Notes of green apple skin, peach, pine and pineapple. Finishes quite dry.

M- Low carbonation is nice and I enjoyed the dryness.

D- Nice beer. I wouldn't dream of sessioning it, but would love to have it again.

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