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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
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952
Ratings:
1,909
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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266
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a huge, long lasting white head and nice carbonation. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is aromatic hops and citrus balanced by a nice malt base and interesting fruit backbone not often notable in big IPAs. I like this quite a bit. Nice job

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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 TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Neighbourhood in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Light to medium yellow colour; slightly hazy. One finger of thick, foamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops and a noticeable caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind.

T - Sticky, oily hops. Very bitter. Grapefruit, orange zest. A decent caramel sweetness in the backbone.

M - Medium body. Oily and sticky. Light carbonation. Chewy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red and Blue label Summer 05 Edition

I've had this for about 9 months now. Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small foamy head which disappears quickly, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, citrus, some spices. The taste is sweet and tangy, very well balanced, probably since it's quite a few months old. There's a nice bitter bite finish as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from AleSmith.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, malty aroma that boasts of pale and bisquit malts as well as a nice hop presence. It has a wonderful breadlike character. The taste is good. It has a well balanced taste. The malt bill offers up an elevated abv. as well as a nice bisquity feel. The hops add layers of bitterness that reach well into the finish and beyond. It's not over the top, but it's well done. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good double IPA. It's not as good as I thought it would be, but it drinks well nonetheless.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the Winter Version of YuleSmith, but I've never tried the Summer Edition. To my luck, Hollingshead's Deli had this on-tap during my visit. 12 ounce pour, on to the beer:

It looks more a hefeweizen than a DIPA. Very hazy body, wheat blonde in color, creamy and dense head that stays around and chokes the glass full of lacing. The aroma is mild in intensity, but that is full of juicy hops.
Now....I remember the Winter YuleSmith having a bigger malt backbone than this. The Summer YuleSmith is loaded with ripe, juicy, sometimes nausiating hops. If you could squeeze the juice out of hops the same way you can sqeeze oranges for oranges juice, you'd think AleSmith had a juicer. Tropical flavors like pinneapple run around, with other sharp citrusy flavors. Pucker up! It's easy on the palate, thanks to its smoothness and masked alcohol.

Why exactly did it take me this long to try Summer YuleSmith? I can easily locate bottles of this stuff, but this was the first time I had found this on draft. This is a delight for a hophead, though I'm personally more fond of the maltier, but still hoppy Winter Version. Maybe I need to go back and re-sample the Winter Version.

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Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Gold, with some sediment in the body upon later pours. Big, dense white head that doesn't quit - great retention and sheeted lacing. Great citrus nose as expected, some orange, citrus zest, clementine and juicy fruit notes all around. Sweet malt and some pine. Just yummy. Taste is just as awesome, soft orange/clementine/tangerine/mango fruits just melt over the palate, accompanied by a mild pine and sweet cookie-ish malt character. Light alcohol, but not unwarranted. Medium full body, with quite low carbonation. An awesome DIPA, Alesmith continues to impress me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is piney and resiny hops and not too much else. Definitely a DIPA. The flavor is an incredible and varied mix of hops. In addition to a little bit of bready malt, I get hop flavors of pine, resin, pineapple, papaya and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer that lived up to the hype.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter edition.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger pillowy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront resiny hop as well as a toasty malt.

The taste consisted of an initial burst of oily hop that quickly blended into a robust biscuity malt. An appetizing warming alcohol arrived toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy with a warming alcohol.

Overall a very good DIPA. Well balanced and very tasty.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my trusty Berwick Brewing pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for a whopping $8.99 a great price in these here parts. The last one on the shelf. Celebrating 4th of July with this one.

Yulesmith Summer goes into the pint glass looking a hazy orange with some gold trimmings in between, on par for a DIPA from out west. The head on this is magnificent, it really looks magical. It is a bright off white color with foamy bubbly appearance. It condenses into a creamy head with a rocky appearance. Billowy and glass coating, perfect!!

Smells leap out with vigor including a plethora of hop juice and sweet malts backing that huge hop bill. Getting a load of grapefruit with slight tangerine/orange and some papaya to go along. No real pine up in here. Citrusy but also sweet smelling. You can just smell the sweet malt backing, it does take 2nd place though. No sign of alcohol.

Yulesmith summer while very citrusy in taste does not contain any of those piney tastes often found in west coast DIPA's, no pine at all. A great mix of hops and malts. Citrus squeezed grapefruit with some papaya and mango although the mango is quite light. Sweet malt with semi caramel. The sweetness is big but not cloying. Not really all that bittering. A touch of alc. in the finish, small potatoes though. Great stuff.

The body is above medium with a semi coating feel that goes away in time. Im not bombarded by a bittering feel more like hop juice coating the mouth. I would not mind just a bit more bitterness, it ain't no thang. This is carbed fine and ample but it sort of gets lost under the body, not overly crisp. My tounge does not hurt after this. I could drink more beer after this and actually taste it, not a palate destroyer. This is a fresh bottle by the way.

All in all this is a great DIPA. I think some classify this as a imperial red ale and I can see that with the assload of sweet malt packed in here, but the tropical fruit screams WEST COAST DOUBLE. I drank a bomber of this and I felt the effects with 8.5% and I would do it again. Im on the prowl for more bottles. Great stuff.

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green and Red - Winter Release.

A mosaic of peach, salmon and amber tones are all blended within a deep tawny wash; the colour actually shares strong resemblance to the skin of a pomegranate. It blushes to the light with a strong reddish radiance. Streams of bubbles can be spotted in numerous spots. The top fifth consists of a creamy, tanned, whipped piece of froth. It couldn't look anymore fantastic.

I'm happy to smell a lot of 'green' accompanying the red in this Holiday Ale. One thing that all good West Coast brewers do particularly well is make hoppy beers; Alesmith's Yulesmith pageants hops in all of their glory. In roughly this order the hop bill showcases: herbal, fruity, and floral. It pairs pine with hydroponics and blends the two with a wicked amount of citrus.

Throughout all of this lupulin madness, somehow, the malts still manage to shine through a fair bit themselves. They provide a very, very sweet, sugary counterpart to all this citrus and acidity. Prominent notes of dark toffee, creamy caramel cookies and honey coated wafers - all toasted to perfection - soak the palate with wonderfully delicious flavours.

The hops are also tasted. The beer again bears resemblance to a pomegranate, this time in flavour. A few other citrus fruits tag along, including grapefruit and tangerine. These hops impart a mouthfeel that is blistering with alpha acids. Despite the malt presence, the acidity is still left a little out of check. It doesn't hinder drinkability much mind you.

And neither does anything else. Certainly not the ton of hops, certainly not the almost 9% alcohol, and above all else, certainly not the 650ml serving size. I'm sure the 'bomber' bottle must have been invented for these kinds of smooth, quenching, incredibly quaffable IPA's and DIPA's. True or not, I wish all beers this good were offered in this size.

I really didn't consider this to be one of the top notch DIPA's after trying it for the first time (Summer Version). This sample, however, (Winter Version) has certainly lifted my holiday spirits. My Christmas wish is now that this "end of the year treat" could be an 'end of every working day treat'! This is one seasonal I will be revisiting each and every holiday season.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summer 2005 release, Sampled July 26th, 2005
This beer is brilliantly clear and pours a full reddish copper color and is topped by a frothy, light tan head. The aroma is full and hoppy with notes of fresh cut herbs, pine, grapefruit, and bergamot. The beer is sweet up front with a hint of cinnamon mixed in with the abundant hop notes. There is also a good maltiness to this beer, which really helps to hold the hops in check and provide some sort of balance. The hops are sharp and biting from finish to end. As the beer leaves my mouth a slow spicy sharp astringency begins to build for a good half minute span. This beer is still just damn good, so well balanced between the aggressive over the top hoppiness and a solid maltiness, which while definitely playing second fiddle, is still present enough to contribute and tame some of the hop notes.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden-yellow hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head pours several fingers of creamy ivory foam which dissipates slowly leaving a chunky lace on the glass. Quite beautiful indeed.

Smell: herbal and citrusy hop aroma; surprisingly light and refreshing-smelling. Despite the huge ABV, the malt is not heavy or cloying or anything, something I really like. There's almost a lemon or grains of paradise aroma here, too, but it's very subtle. I like it.

Taste: citrusy and refreshing right up front; the malt comes in later with a nice earthiness and sweetness. Bitterness is strong, and there's a bit of an astringent acidity here, but I think it complements the citrusy hops very well. A very well-composed beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess, especially for a DIPA.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot, although drinking a lot of it would be a bit of a task. While I like the refreshing qualities of the lemon/grains-of-paradise flavors, I feel like these add a little harshness that impact drinkability.

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Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a clear golden yellow with a quick dissipating head.

The aroma has tons of fresh hop aroma with tangerine, that Citra citrus and tropical fruit, and also some pine in the back. Some caramel sweetness as well. A very exciting and inviting aroma.

The flavor follows with a caramel malt sweetness backed with tangerine, orange with a pine and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Just a wonderfully done DIPA. Fantastic stuff. For those who like citrus and pine forward beers.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from smokepot23, thanks! Drank this with Surly Abrasive because, well, they were both cold.

Pours a light, mostly clear deep golden color with a massive, rocky airy white head that settles into a thick foamy layer with bubbly rings of lacing. Aroma is exceptionally sticky and sweet, tons of tropical citrus fruits, primarily pineapple and grapefruit. Also a slight solventy alcohol tinge is in the nose. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation producing a pleasant clean, dry finish. Flavor is dominated by bitter piney and citrus hops, more pineapple sweet than anything else like the aroma with a fairly strong and mild spicy bready malt body providing some balance. I think I enjoyed the smoothness and balance of the Abrasive slightly more than this, but these beers have very little in common other than a category. Regardless, there was a very drinkable, bitter and citrus sweet west coast DIPA that is highly recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better day than Christmas day to review this beer?

Pours a clear red to copper colored ale that manages to form a small head despite the alcohol level.

Smell is good amount of malt and brown sugar with a good spicy scent. Very bready base malt scent with a scent of rye bread in there. Extremely spicy scent with lots of hops scents, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper.

Taste is sweet and tart on the first sip with a good stomach warming. Good malt flavor that are kept ion check by a solid hop bitterness that is a bit herbal and woody in this young bottle, a year of aging will cure that. Good spicy flavors that are mostly in the alcohol components of this beer. The malt remains on the sugary side with herbal hop flavors mainly in that. The herbal hops carry a good amount of citrus flavor but I think that this really needs a bit of aging to be at its best.

Mouthfeel is very good and full.

Super drinkable for the alcohol level, I still think that this needs to be aged for a year to be all that it can be.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2007 summer edition, procured at the BevMo Irvine.

A: Dark amber, almost red, with an extremely large billowy head which surprised me at first, but then really enjoyed it, almost like a bottle of Duvel.

S: A beautiful soft citrus, this really dominates the smell, but it is heavenly, a beautiful brisk fragrant scent.

T: The taste is very good, citrus hops dominate, with tangerine and grapefruit, some malt in the back, metallic at times, but quite tasty.

M: Smooth, could be called hop juice, chewy hop bitterness, nothing is over the top, it is really well balanced for a Double IPA.

D: A great production, immensely drinkable for its size, I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive, even in California, it's $5.69 a bottle, if you're lucky.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the summer Yulesmith. What an incredible beer- I really love this brew. To me, this is what a west coast hop bomb should be all about.Even more than Pliny the Elder, I think this beer typifies the pinnacle of the west coast dipa style. Don't get me wrong, I love Pliny, but this beer is even more over the top and for me, a more pure expression of the hops. It pours aslightly hazy orange with a beautiful tight white fluffy head that fades to a cap and leaves some lacing. Impressive for the abv. The smell right off shouts "hop bomb" with gorgeous deep grapefruit and orange rind and pine notes with a whiff of wax. The taste is even more redolent of hops, with the same citrus and pine, and a long deep bitterness nicely balanced on the finish especially by a slight fruity sweetness from the yeast esters and malt. The malt background is there, and quite dry, but it is mostly eclipsed by the hops. You know it is there more by what you don't experience- this is not hop water, but a deep, rich, robust brew. The malt is there, in spades, but as a supporting part and not an equal. Absolutely beautiful. Rich, full mouthfeel keeps it going on. I absolutely love this beer and would drink it by the case were it available locally. Highly recommended.

What follows is a review for Winter Yulesmith, which I also liked but not as much as the Summer stuff. These are two completely different beers and as such I'm going to let my numbers for the summer stuff stand. If I were to seperately rate the summer, it would be:
P: 4
S: 4.5
T: 5
MF: 4.5
D: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head. Aromas of honeyed malt and waxy, piney hops. A bit like Hopslam with the honey and pine. Tastes delicious. Slightly sweet with malt perfectly counterbalanced by a huge piney aftertaste. Smooth and slightly sweet in the mouth, this one is quite eaasy to drink, despite the abv.

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Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presumably the last of the winter release.

A: Copper with a light tan head; excellent retention & lace.

S: Big Piny hop aroma with grass, toffee & light fruity esters.

T: Piny hops, assertive bitterness, toffee, fruit, pale malt & a hint of minerals. Alcohol is very subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is fairly smooth with some residual sugar & plenty of hop acidity.

D: Great for its strength.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber hue. IT has a foamy white head of about 1 inch. Has a nice malty smell with some tropical notes. Taste: Nice malty backbone with balanced hop finish. Really good IPA

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yulesmith 2009. Moonlight pint glass. The beer is saffron with an enormous soapy and frothy white head. The head leaves sporadic caverns as it slowly recedes. Lacing is all over my glass. A small fly has found its way to the beer and is buzzing around. Not this time, pal!

The aroma has a lot of bitter grapefruit, as well as some lemon notes. There's a good deal of pine, but grapefruit seems to be the dominating hop characteristic. The malt backbone is crackery and bready with some sugar, and though it provides a little balance to the hops, the nose ultimately belongs to the duet of grapefruit and pine. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

The flavor is very bitter, with strong grapefruit and pine notes, as well as apricot and lemon. I'd liken drinking this beer to tossing a few unripe grapefruits and a bag (that should be enough) full of pine needles into a blender and drinking it. Oh, add a lot of hops too. In other words, it's really bitter and delicious. There's a pretty decent malt backbone that is bready and sugary. The sugar is almost honey-like. The finish is very, very bitter, and it leaves some sugar on my palate to accompany the lingering citrus and pine. This is one of the more bitter beers I've had in a while.

Light medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky, dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange body with one-finger head that left minor lace ring and patches down the glass. Has a sharp, citric aroma with notes of pine, earth, grapefruit and caramel malt. Balanced beer that has notes of citric, earth, pine, oil along with grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness. Eventually finishes crisp and easy and is a quite enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Summer released Blue & Red bottle...
Appears a semi-transparent orange with a bubbly off white, soapy head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, brown sugar, honey, earthy, and sugary orange peel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an earthy, spicy, creamy hop flavor, along with fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, toasty, earthy, spicey, mellow, fruity, sweet up front with a hoppy bite.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty/alcohol nose. Flavor is tart raisins, caramel and some alcohol. Nice holiday ale. Yeast settles out in glass. $4.70 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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