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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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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Photo of silenius
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in AZ when Gusler took me to AJ's. We can't get this here in Chicago normally.

Wow. This is one hell of a beer!

Appearance is a clear deep orangish brown with a thin head that dissapates quickly. There was some lacing.

Initial smell is generic citrus, white grapefruit, peaches and a hint of orange. With some warming, a caramel and toffee smell emerges.

Taste is exceptional to say the least. Very well balanced. It is hard to imagine a beer this hoppy that also is balanced by malt, but this does it well. Caramel, canned peach sweetness, and hoppy goodness. The aftertaste is a nice bitterness that makes me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy as the carbonation explodes from the beer when it hits my tongue. This makes the beer feel thick, almost like a stout. Very appealing.

This is a very drinkable beer. Burps are pure hops! The alcohol gets to you after 22oz. so one is prudent, but the desire for more and more is a great temptation. This beer is very, very drinikable.

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Photo of boralyl
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - From a bomber to my tulip it produces a huge billowy white head that sticks around for a long time. When it finally recedes, it leaves some excellent lacing. The beer is a light golden color with subtle orange hues.

S - This beer gives off a very pungent tropical smell. There is passion fruit, pineapple and orange present.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation that prickles the tongue. Despite the carbonation there is still a creamy feeling as well.

T - There is some bready malt up front that is followed by a complex variety of flavors from the hops. Every time I take a sip I notice another subtle flavor. In no particular order there is lemon, pineapple, orange, woody pine and grapefruit. It has a nice long bitterness and the flavors linger around in your mouth. There is a light alcohol warming as it goes down.

This is an amazing beer, it's got a ton of flavors tantalizing your taste buds and urging you to take another sip. Alesmith did an excellent job on this one, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Photo of Mryup
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Edition

A: A semi-transparent cloudy honey color with a substantial off-white head that holds its own.

S: WOW! HOPS! And lots of them. Very citrusy and piney. My god am I excited.

T: The smell carries right on over to the taste. This beer is jam-packed with hops. Interestingly enough, I can't put my finger on any particular hop except perhaps cascade hops. The taste becomes bitter yet not too dry at the end with the malt coming through. This much hops may be hazardous to your health. The alcohol is disguised quite nicely.

M: Brilliant!! The mouthfeel is substantial with the CO2 nicely balanced. The hoppy overload prevents the dryness from sapping the body of the beer. Even though many different and strong flavors present themselves, the body of the beer stays consistent throughout.

D: I want to attack this beer full throttle but I just can't. The hops and alcohol prevent that. In between a sipper and a chugger. For what it is, very drinkable.

Ale Smith comes through again with a world class beer. Maybe they should put this on the shelves in winter too because I am drinking a Christmas tree (at least that's what it tastes like)!

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2006 version poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

Pour left a fluffy off-white two finger head. The liquid beneath is a slightly hazy amber-orange-brown color. Wonderful aroma of grapefruit and pine with a mild sweet caramel behind. The taste is amazing. Huge, bright hops take over with just the right amount of malt sweetness for balance. This beer has that mouthwatering flavor that all hopheads crave. Medium bodied with a slick feel make this a very drinkable beverage. I have a slight preference for this winter version over the summer for its increased malt flavors and added balance, although both are superb. This is one of the very best DIPAs out there and I highly recommend it to all.

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Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden with a good, retentive head.

Smells like chewy bread dough and pine needle hos. Lots of biscuity yeast, very nice. The scent jumps out at you like an icepick to the forehead.

Tastes very much like it smells, very firm, and with much more pine up front. Big blast of hops like tree sap, getting a bit floral, and then lauching into sweet and sour yeast dough, getting chewy, and then a finish of rich, bitter hops.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top class DIPA. This is very well balanced with a floral, spicy hop profile that is really pronounced, very noticeable. Makes this one that I will remember, and wish I bought more of despite the $10 price tag for a bomber. The malt stickiness/slight sweetness pairs so well with the hops in this. I really enjoyed this beer and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my endless quest to enlighten the normally dry beer culture of Indiana I am always seeking people to do my dirty work. "Going to California? Oh, interesting. Do you think you could bring back ___ and ___? Great. Sure, you can carry them on the plane." This time those unlucky souls were my folks, who graciously brought back some unavailable-in-Indiana brews.

Color is quite festive and seems to scream 'xmas' red. Distinct and sturdy head eventually collapses to a taut 1" skim, with amazing lace ring action.

Nose guessed it...hoppy! Hoppy in a great way; caramel pine synergy, dank herbs, dark fruits, and a powderiness. Green hop flashes throughout.

Taste reminds me a touch of Bear Republic's Racer 5 when fresh. Cushy, pillowy malt base is the first thing I notice (and appreciate). From this base springs forth myriad amazing hop-flavors; tea, dank herbs, citrus, and pine blasts.

Best. Double IPA drinkability. Ever. This bomber went down so damned fast my wife thought I spilled it. Lip-smacking hop quotient gets stronger and more addictive the further you get through. Truly like the i2pa version of a down comforter. No annoying bitterness or shocking IBU, just a hellaciously drinkable (and festive) DIPA that I could drink year round.

I'm very impressed with my first AleSmith brew.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hoppy aroma (kind of SNCA like but more fresh) Some malt backbone. No fermentation aromas. very clean and hoppy in the spice-type of hops, not citrussy or wood.

Somewhere between deep gold and amber. Perfectly clear with a big head that fades to a solid layer of delicate foam. Very active rising carbonation but bubbles are very fine (like good champagne.)

Very hoppy start. There's enough malt to sweeten it out in mid palate and the aftertaste is all west coast hops. Not overly bitter but tons of hop flavor especially in the aftertaste. Again, spicey varieties with a touch of citrus. But with each sip I notice more of the malt play, base and crystal I think. It's a hop monster to be sure, but there's great malt balance too.

Not quite full but way beyond medium body. Creamy and the carbonation is like it looks, delicate and plays around in your mouth.

For a beer this big, it goes down very easy. The big hops are just enough to hied the strength but the fact that something this hoppy has so much malt profile gives it away.

Yumm!!! IMO this is the best of all of Alesmith products. Some are partial to Speedway Stout but year-in year-out this is one of the best SoCal holiday beers.

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Photo of DrJay
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow/gold colour with a generous white cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing - spotty and streaky, with rings marking each sip, super sticky - it doesn't get much better than this for a big IPA. Intense hop aroma - grapefruit and pine dominate, citrus zest - plus a rich maltiness that provides more of a toasty and biscuity character than a straight-up caramel sweetness. Nice. Powerful bitterness, reigned in by considerable malt presence, a great balance of citrusy hops and toasted malt sweetness. Mild caramel and pine, some alcohol towards the end. Creamy texture with very smooth carbonation, warming alcohol, full bodied, slight astringent dryness that actually balances some of the sweetness. Truly an exceptional beer. Alesmith really are masters of the brewing arts. I could drink this non-stop, all day, every day, liver willing. Delicious.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 bomber - Gorgeous cloudy glowing caramel amber color with a monsterious two inch head that grew fast from the pour to a thick, billowy, lumpyness of dark ivory color, faded down very slowly to one big lump of cookie dough. A solid thick wave of foam always present during the entire glass worth; lace all over in webby sheets.

Aroma is deep dark citrus and nice juicy piney-woodish sense with very nice caramel and biscuit dough backing. Notes of chocolate, nuts and light spice, kinda like the smell of a Mrs. Fields cookie store and a candy store all at once.

Taste is subtle complex layers of malts lending lots of smooth sweet caramal with a touch of chocolate, very soft and bready, light airy buttery biscuit feel lending a bit of chewyness. Hops appear about midway with excellent balance, handled very nicely with dark citrus and pine thats kinda juicy but easy all at once, quite amazing with a nice soft approach as well. Finishes with awesome clean, soft bitterness and drying.

Medium body feel; smooth and lightly creamy/buttery with just the right amount of carb. grab that fuzzes the tongue and soothes the throat. The alcohol is masked very well, but as it warms it makes a bit of an appearance in smell and taste.

One hell of an excellent IPA, soft and subtle in its character with just enough zaz to wake you up and notice that its worth every f*ckin' sip, gulp, and ahhh...

Big Ol' thanks to Gusler for the bottle!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bright orange pour, with a monster of a head. Three plus fingers of foam sit atop. Head retention is outstanding, and there's some very nice lacing left on the glass.

Deliciously hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe even some green apple, and pine, with a light hint of sweet malt.

Flavor follows the aroma. Loads and loads of tasty hops. There's practically no trace of alcohol. This one isn't full of caramel malt sweetness like the Winter version, and it's even more drinkable.

Medium-full body. Carbonation level is perfect, as this one is smooth, smooth, smooth. Unbelievably easy drinker.

Note: After going back to look at my YuleSmith Winter review, I see the score is exactly the same in each category. Wow, can't beat that.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a murky amber with a good fizzy off white head. Lasts fairly well and has better than average lacing. The aroma is a wonderful mix of malts and hops. Has good chocolate, carmel malts and nice pine and grapefruit hops. The real pleasure is when it hits your mouth. Has a great carbonation with a medium body. Wonderful flavors for both the malt and hops. An excellent durationand an even better ending, no strong aftertaste but just enough to keep you hoping you don’t run out. Finish has the perfect amount of bitterness. This is IMHO the best beer I have had. The great people at Ale Smith must distribute east immediately.

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app: dark caramel color, 1 inch of off white head.

smell/taste: deep sweet caramel; hop bite in the finish; sweet bread, banana nut, cinnamon notes. incredible sticky sweetness beautifully balanced with the hops. a treat for the palate.

mouthfeel: smooth, velvety, carbonation was just right

drinkabilty: very good for the style

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Photo of ncvbc
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer '07 courtesy of Zorro...big thanks!

Possibly my favorite DIPA thus far...shit, definitely. There are a few that compare but even less that stand up to this magnificent creation.

The pour produces an enormous head of suds. Kind of foamy and unattractive, however. Good and steady carbonation. A deep dark amber in color.

Smell was amazing. The freshest citrus hops imaginable. A pssst! type of opening of the cap which led to an assault of the nasal senses. Grapefruit, orange, just tons of juicy citrus hops abound. Georgia Peach...yum!

Taste is awesome. It doesn't flaunt the hop presence of a Ruination to me but still represents with authority. A bold and citrus hop character with incredible malt character to make this perfect. They don't battle one another for supremacy although the hops are obviously the winner here. What a perfect combination.

Mouthfeel. Medium. Good and somewhat tingly carbonation. Doesn't meet others but great either way. Near perfect.

Drinkability? Are you serious? One of the best in its class. It doesn't need ownership, it owns.

1/15/08 - Big thanks to tayner for a few bottles of this (winter version)!

Pours a gorgeous looking deep amber reddish color. Slightly hazy. Steady and persistent carbonation that actually creates more head after the initial pour. Light lacing down the glass, too. Smell is fresh candied citrus fruits. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit. More sugared and definitely more of a malt backbone. Taste is much of the same and done to perfection. A hoppy Imperial Red is what this winter version is and it lives up to that. Great hops, again sugared and lightly sweet. Caramel malt backbone. Some brown sugar in there. Crisp and somewhat bitter mouthfeel, near full. Not quite as dry a finish as the summer version. I really don't know which I like better. This one is damn good either way.

Same final score but: 4.5, 4.5, 5, 4.5, 5 instead.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 2007

Pours a deep amber with a thick, frothy head that just won't quit. Nose is caramelly, malty sweet, with strong citrus and a touch of pine. Flavour starts with sweet malts, with hints of tangerine, orange & plum. Definite hoppy bitter kick, but not till the end, and a fairly short, sweet finish. medium to full bodied, but so drinkable it's dangerous.

it should be noted that this review is a 3-month aged bottle, so much of the review is in comparison to a totally fresh bottle. If my memory serves me well, the hop kick has subsided a bit, making for a much more balanced brew. I'm new to the whole aging thing, so it might just be all in my head (it seems to me like 3 months isn't a very long time when it comes to aging), but this has gone from one very tasty brew to one of my all-time favorites.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I've never met an AleSmith i didn't like!

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Photo of Dmann
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


What a top notch brew! I had this one on tap at O'Briens and it was my first experience with YuleSmith. The color was a medium red with a nice head that left good lace. The smell was all about hops and spice, very inviting. The flavor was that of a hopped out barleywine more than a Double IPA. The big malt backbone anchored the brew while the bitter hops and the dose of spices kept the beer from being too sweet. Great balance and the aging must have factored in as well. Great stuff!

What a superb brew! This one definantly had more of an Double IPA flavor to it compaired to last years. The smell was more hoppy and the taste was more hoppy as well, but still retained enough balance in the malt section to make it all work. Kudos to AleSmith once again!

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Photo of ressletr
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith, my favorite beer of all time, I have tried hundreds of beers, then I found Alesmith. I used to do my own home brewing but after living just 1 mile from Alesmith stopped, why bother when the best brewed beer is within walking distance. Yulesmith, the Ipa is outstanding. This one is the Double Ipa. The smell is that of fresh flowers, the taste that of heaven, with tastes of a smooth malt followed by a hop sensation, found no where else. Every time Alesmith releases yulesmith, I absolutely go crazy for it. I usually like to buy at least 1 case of it for enjoyment. I wouldn't do this with any other beer, even Hop Rod Rye which is also very good, but nothing in comparison to Yulesmith. Peter, you guys rock. I recently gave one to a friend of mine and asked him how he liked it. He said it was the best beer he has ever had. I think it should be a crime not to be able to buy Yulesmith every month. But at least I get it two times a year. I stocked I think I am one of the last ones to buy the summer release by the case in San Diego. This beer sells out within 2 weeks of release. I talked to the lady at the counter, and she said she was surprised they still have it. If you want to try the best beer, then try a Yulesmith.

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Photo of peabody
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice clear reddish amber with two fingers of white/off white suds. Looks really nice in the tulip glass. Nice lacing too.
Smell is yeasty and fruity. Grapefruit hints with tangerine peel.
Lemony freshness. This is a great smelling beer.
Taste is citrus and sweet malt with an alcohol overtone. Caramel and alcohol combine to make the first flavor sweet and warm then the hops kick in and bring a wonderfull bitterness that stays on the tounge. I like this one a lot. Too bad it has to come from California in a Fed Ex box.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Great carbonation and the resin film stays with the tounge. Mellow excitedness.
Drinkability would be high if I could get this brew everyday. Also the 8.8%abv could be a small deterent.

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Photo of Habanero58
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first ever review of an American beer!

This was the Winter, the green and red, version of Alesmith Yulesmith. Anyway... it was love at first sip.

First up it had the rich, warming, alcoholic maltiness that I would associate with an English beer such as Fuller's Vintage Ale. That is good enough in itself but then it gets better still as I realise it also has some of the delightful uber-hoppy profile of the American IPA's I am growing to know and love, such as PtE and DFH 90 min.

Coupled together this adds up to a delightful complexity and I am really glad I have one more bottle of this to enjoy at a later date. I hope I can source more of these for the Festive season proper!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to wolfsblood for this beer I've wanted for a long time.

Poured from the bottle a hazy copper gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Beautiful aroma of rich malts and citrus hops. Big notes of pine sap, pineapple, tangerine, caramel, and some earthiness.

The taste is much like the aroma. With a big hit of piney and citrus hops along with a nice caramel maltiness. Great balance. The almost 9% is well hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a nice hit of carbonation.

I love this IIPA with it's nice mix of big hops and rich malts. So good!

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Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottles.

(Summer Version) Poured a deeper and slightly cloudy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine, caramel, citrus, and some melons. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, caramel, melons, and lightly spicy. Nice balance. Light alcohol in the finish.

(Winter Versin) Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges) and some malts. Starts out sweet and ends in a nice hoppy bite (but not over the edge). Well balanced. Some pine.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer '07 release, with fireworks on the bottle. Poured into my new Sam Adams glass, and a frothy ivory head quickly rushed up to the rim. I slowed the orangy/golden pour and she ended up with a nice 2 fingers. Aroma of a sour apple hop fruit medley. The hop nose didn't smack me in the face, as expected. I got an exceptional balance, very smooth with a tasty hop finish. Well made brew, for sure! And I am a big fan of the SA glass.

Fall 2008 release. Striking beauty in a glass...clearish chesnut amber with a frothy, creamy head. Aroma of spruce, lovely hops, & strawberry rhubarb pie. I could smell this all night.
Piney hops flavor in the first sip, with a nice sidewinder of 8.5% current. So smooth for so much flavor going on. Hops, malt and spice playing together so nicely. Spicy malt backbone, touch of nuts, with some noticeable carbonation bite on the tongue. Lingering hop finish but cut with graham cracker flavor. Just delicious...this Imperial Red style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: First pour from the bomber is a crystal clear and gleaming copper with heavy carbonation and a soft, hilly head that sticks like meringue. Lacing grips the side of my shaker pint in sheets.

Smell: An incredible orange citrus aroma wafts from my glass. Peppery from the alcohol, but not overwhelmingly so. Slightly piney, but the big juicy citrus dominates. Sweetness is apparent.

Taste: Amazingly complexity to the hop structure. Flavor hops abound, with layer upon layer of orange, then pine, then a spicy and somewhat woody or stalky character. The brief hint of the malt structure I glimpsed between waves of the hop onslaught is very nice, with a slight cherry skin flavor. I'd love to see what an aged bottle of this vintage would be like. Seems mildly sweet while in the mouth, but any hint of residual sugar is erased after the swallow, finishing with a dry, almost drawing, hop greenness. Only slightly hot, with the alcohol level apparent mostly in a slight numbing of the inner cheeks. Carbonation is a bit fizzy, but not distracting. The dryness helps immensely with drinkability, which is incredible for a beer of this size.

Excellent, excellent beer. This has to be in my top ten. A HUGE thanks to cmaruschak for sending this beauty my way!

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yulesmith Summer Edition, 22oz bottle with blue writing.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber with hues of orange topped by an impressive 2" tightly foamed head. Head retention is excellent as dissipation is slow to come. Just a touch of chill haze takes away from the otherwise impressive appearance.

Smell: Big and fruity hints of ripe apricots with an underlying sweetness reminicent of brown sugar and caramel, has a raisin bread like quality to it. Citrusy/piney hops are also at play in the aroma profile.

Taste: Starts with a fruity bang, plenty of those ripe apricots backed up by more a brown sugar like quality, the middle is very smooth and transitions to a big hoppy finish that is all citrusy and piney hops. Bittering hops linger long on the tongue after the swallow leaving my mouth dry and asking for more. Very well balanced and delicious. Alcohol very well hidden for 8.8% abv but its warming effects do take notice

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to make things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: I've been saving this beer for Christmas day and I'm definitely not dissappointed. A fantastic DIPA that is so well balanced. Plenty for fruity sweetness with hints of raisin bread followed by a big, citrusy hop finish. I wish this stuff was distributed to the east coast. Mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious, it almost melts in your mouth. This is what a DIPA should be like, one that would find a permanent place in my DBF if I could get it on a regular basis. Alcohol very well hidden and the appearance is very impressive with a super, long last head and sheets of lacing. Highly recommended. Seek, drink and enjoy. Merry Christmas !

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Photo of 3frog
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle--available in summer (lighter color) and winter (darker and more piney) versions.

Appearance: Summer medium amber, Winter almost red amber; almost opaque when properly mixed. Smallish head that stays awhile.

Smell: Both versions are heavy on the hop, with the summer being spicier than the winter, which is far more resinous. Fair amount of sweet fruit--pineapple?

Taste: heavenly for hop heads; heavy on the centennial family, though the summer continues the spicy note from the aroma. Very sweet, and the tropical fruit is prominently there again. The alcohol lies in wait to pounce mid-drink.

Mouthfeel: thick but not viscous; balanced by the carbonation.

Drinkability: hop-lover's nectar. High level of all the 'important' ingredients makes for a very pleasant experience. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't overwhelm. Part of me wants to give it a 5, but I'll hold-off for now.

Objectivity note: this is my favoritest beer, but I'll stand by the ratings measured against the DIPA style.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,909 ratings.
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