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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 bradford
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked good. Pretty typical for the DIPA craze
Smelled okay. Nothing but bittering hops in the nose
Tasted good. Hop bomb? Yes. Balanced? Yes. Great? No
Mouthfeel was good. Better than average. Smooth despite the bitter hop additions
Drinkability was good. The high abv doesn't show it's face until about an hour later when that slightly overweight girl in dire need of braces and a kick in the mouth sitting next to you at the bar starts looking okay
Good but not great and certainly not worth it's reputation here on BA

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

Bomber 2008 summer edition....

A: Golden haze with fine bubbly head

S: Crisp citrus smell. No malt can be detected.

T: Top notch double. not as hearty as some (like moylander) but that takes the drinkabilty up a bit. Some alcohol comes through at the end but just enough to warm you and remind you what you're drinkin'.

M: Again very crisp. Very nice balance on this bad boy.

D: Man I wish this was the only version of the yulesmith. The winter one makes me gag, but to each his own...

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with red and blue writing rather than green and red, but this is indeed the Holiday IPA (summer). LOTS of yeast in the bottom of the glass. The beer is a hazy golden color, like a hefe, maybe. Plenty of thick lacing around the glass. The smell was outstanding - pineapple and citrus - overpowering at first, but then sadly, it mellows out. Reminded me of my first HopSlam (tear). Very hoppy flavor up front, with plenty of citrus, and ripe apples. Slight hoppy bitterness on the way down. Mouthfeel is thick for an IPA, but still manages to stay smooth and not overwhelm with carbonation. This comes in a 25 oz. bottle (750 mL) and I would definitely order another.

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Photo of mbunje
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2008 bought in early December 08. Really need to individually rate these as they change from year to year.

Serving: 22oz bottle rough pour into pint glass

A: 4.5
Rich red-brown color with a giant head (rough pour) that stick around for quite a while. Lacing everywhere.

S: 4.5
Cherries, Carmel, a bit of orange

T: 4
I taste the cherries and carmel. This is a malty beer but with a nice hop finish. Well balanced. A bit sweet for me or I would rate it higher.

M: 4
Smooth going down. Not much carbonation. Dry finish leaves you wanting another sip.

D: 4
Very rich. 1 bomber is more than enough.

Comments: Do these guys do anything that isn't of the highest caliber effort? Alesmith continues to put out some of the highest quality, most consistent releases. Another good one here. Perfect for a nice San Diego holiday season (and hey, it was "cold" here this year. Like mid 40's overnight!)

Happy New Year!

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Photo of airohead2001
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for giving me a beer that I thought I would never have a chance to try.

A - Crazy looking beer. Hazy yellow with the biggest head that I've ever seen. It was literally at least 5 fingers and overflowed out of my pint glass. Great lacing and nice head retention.

S - Citrus hops and sugary, syrupy maltiness. No bitters and not much bite - more of just an array of juicy apricots and tangerines.

T - Similar to the appearance, the taste is strange and entirely unique. Up front is similar to the smell with fresh juicy citrus hops and rich, sugary malts. This is the sweetest DIPA I have ever had - almost tastes as sweet as an imperial pilsner. The finish is a nice surprise of harsh, bitter hops.

M - I was afraid that this one would be way too carbonated based on the pour, but really the mouthfeel turned out to be quite nice. Still a little too bubbly, but not much.

D - Superb. I can easily drink a bomber of this on my own.

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Photo of Iguana
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Winter 2005

A: Poured an reddish amber with a 3/4 inch creamy head.

S: Resiny, piney hops, hints of malted grains. The hop smell is amazing in there.

T: Sweet, sticky, and a bit fruity. Bitterness is pleasent. The sweetness masks it well. Really tasty brew.

M: Sweet stickyness from the get go. Just coats the mouth and slowly fades into a pleasent bitterness.

D: Awesome IPA, seek this one out, wouldnt drink too many in a night though, alcohol kinda creeps up on ya. A truely great beer.

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Photo of Popkas
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep amber with a frothy head that leaves a ton of residual. So far so good.

S: Pine and citrus nose with some balance of malt.

T: Starts with a mild bitterness immediately followed with a mellow sugary malt. But that's not it...the citrus and hops come through strong in the end.

M: Mounthfeel is a little bit thinner that I was expecting. Thin, carbonated and slippery/oily.

D: Balanced and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of aglose45
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ADavis91883, a truely amazing BA, for this wonderful beer.

A: Pours a pale gold/ straw color. Has a look of haziness to it, and also has a beautiful frothy off-white head that just lasts and lasts and lasts.

S: Hops, hops, glorious hops. This beer is strong citrus up front, with a sweet malt backbone backing up the hop assault.

T: The taste was complex; filled with citrus hops up front, and backed up by a nice sweet malt backbone. The citrus consists of sweet pineapple and a bit of a tart grapefruit flavor that I think keeps the sweetness of the beer in check. The malt backbone consisted of sweet biscuit-like bread flavor.

M: This beer is very smooth, and has a nice creaminess towards the back of the palate. There is a decent amount of oiliness from the hops, but the carbonation is slightly higher than I would like it to be. However, overall the beer has a solid mouthfeel.

D: This is a fantastic beer. I wish this was brewed year round. Better yet, I wish I didn't have to trade to get this beer, because if those two wishes came true this would be a staple beer in my fridge.

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

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy deep red-amber with a finger-thick frothy off-white head. Some yeast sediment at the bottom.

Smell: Sweet malts with a buttery hop note and a hint of apple.

Taste: Initial bitterness, then lots of sweet fruity malts, with an apple-y taste that matches the smell. Lots of hop bitterness and slight suggestions of pine. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a not-too-unpleasant mouth coating. Warming.

Drinkability: Almost an immediate buzz with this beer, and slightly intimidating. Enjoyable, however.


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Photo of srroos
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Winter Version picked up today at Hollingshead's poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy reddish-amber with a huge, long lasting, fluffy head.

S: Very sweet and very hoppy, with a definite winter spice.

T: Very malty and sweet, with a bitter bite. Very much like a good barleywine. The sweet but hoppy flavor reminds me of the Pliny the Elder I had earlier today.

MF: Well carbonated, medium bodied with an excellent bitter finish.

D: Delicious and smooth. No trace of alcohol. Excellent!

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Photo of Trappissed
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Edition:

One thing about Alesmith brews. They are always very flavorful and never boring. This is very hoppy with big doses of citrus flavors. Orange and grapefruit, with a little pine thrown in on the aftertaste. Can taste a little of the Alesmith IPA in this, but like I said, citrus dominates here. Enough maltiness to offset the barrage of hops and bitterness.

Pretty enjoyable overall. Mouthfeel is great, almost juicy if that makes any sense. It does remind me of other California DIPA's that I've had, so that is a little bit of a letdown that there is not more to distinguish itself from the pack. Would still recommend it and I find it to be a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

220z bomber poured into a pint glass i didnt see a bottle date or enjoy by date
poured a golden orange and cloudy with a decent white head that lasted and left lace on glass
smell fruity with hints of pine hops and citrus boozy with subtle notes of ambrosia as the beer warmed
taste tangy boozy and citrusy also a little sweet more enjoyable as it warmed than initially
feel effervescent and somewhat viscous
overall very solid dipa

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter '06 version in a bomber purchased at my local Haggen Grocer .

Poured into a standard pint glass. Garnet colored with a huge three finger head. Big chunks of lace leave a trail slugs can only dream of.

Terrific hop aroma greets the nostrils and awakens your palate. My mouth is literally watering after the shrinking head lets me catch a whiff of this. Great fruity aromas, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine. So sweet, mmm...

My first sip is a harsh reminder of the bittering qualities of high-alpha acid hops. While the nose suggests a very sweet hop bomb (ala Stone 10th), this is leaning pretty heavily on the bitter side. Don't get me wrong, the malts are there, but they are the foundation on which the hops walk upon, rather than being an eaqual marriage of the two. Still, after each succesive sip, the hops are less harsh and sublties begin to pull forward. Light spice and woody resins can be detected, citrus flavors (esp lime), rose hips, and melon rind character are evident, while cateloupe and honey sweetness help to cushion the hops' blows upon my palate.

Body is lighter than I would expect for the style, but hardly watered down. Chewy, resinous aftertaste lingers afterwards, leaving me to feel as though I had just eaten pine sap. Medium carbonation.

All in all it's an interesting and complex brew. It's not something I would want to have on a regular basis but I would be interesed to try the summer version.

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Photo of Beervis
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, I believe it's the July 2005 release, although there is no indication of this on the bottle.

Pours a deep amber with nice red highlights and a very thick tan head. Leaves a nice lace on the glass. The head formed almost little mountains inside the glass, very attractive!!

Smell is incredible, hops hops and more sweet hops. Citrusy, flowery and a bit of alcohol spiciness.

Taste is VERY hoppy, with a crapload of malt that is so balancing that it's magical. This brew stays hoppy from start to finish, with layers upon layers of different hop characteristics. Mouthfeel is huge, filling, and very very complex. Finish snappy and lingering, just tempting you to take another sip.

This bad boy went down so smooth that the alcohol snuck up on me really quickly. I love DIPA's, and this one is no exception.


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

This beer comes all the way from my friend in Cali, SwillinBrew.

Clear, burnt orange beer with a mountainous head. The beer is well carbonated and the head is reminiscent of a scoop of melted vanilla ice cream in a root beer float.

The nose bounces between aromas of fresh hops and candy caramel sweetness.

Tastes quite alchoholic. Sweet Belgian candy with sharp notes of salt to balance.

Sticky, chewy mouthfeel.

This is a nice sipper. Time to throw a few more logs on the fire and savor this treat.

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Photo of atremains
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 08, got it off the shelves at Julio's in Westboro Ma in July. Pours a great deep golden amber with a monstrous head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing. Nose is that of any double IPA, maybe a bit of holiday spice in there, some nutmeg, cinnamon, what have you. Taste is nice and sweet with cinnamon, caramel, and some sweet fruit. Rounded out by some spicy flavors and hops. Alcohol comes out bigger and bigger as it warms up. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, low-mid carbonation on this one. It's not a session beer at 8.8%, but it would definitely be excellent on a cold winter's night. Can't wait to get my hands on a fresh batch.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Brown bottle, from notes 7/27/10.

A: Amber in color, cream colored billowy thick head, viral carbonation throughout the drink.

S: A mix of fruit and malt come to the nose first, followed by sappy pine. Blends together nicely.

T: A very clean malt base starts the drink, followed by a grassy freshness, this finishes with a nice bite from the hops which are ever present.

M,O: When this first hits the mouth it is quiet sharp and citric. It is a very refreshing drink. A touch strong to be a lawnmower beer. Yet I could enjoy a few glasses of this at the beach.

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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 mcowgill
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very nice amberish/orange color with a beautiful creamy head that lasts throughout. A very hoppy citrousy smell is evident. The taste is amazing, easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. There is a very strong hop flavor with a nice malty balance. The drinkability is excellent. Goes down very smoothly (to me at least) for such a powerful, high alcohol beer. Damn, this is my last one. Must try to get more before it's gone this season.

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Photo of dill
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Winter 2007 edition, poured into a pint glass

A - pours a golden orange color with a thick white head.
S - grapefruit, malts.
T - a really nice balance of malts and hops, nice festive spices. pine. a bit of the alcohol.
M - great feel in the mouth. smooth but well-carbonated.
D - this is indeed a great beer to sit down and enjoy with friends

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

Winter Edition
22oz. Bottle.
The beer pours a murky deep crimson with a frothy beige head with thick soapy lacing.

Strong earthy citrus, and floral notes with huge amounts of sweet malt in the nose.

The first thing that hit you is the bitterness. Then comes the malt and citrus.

Huge body and a very chewy mouthfeel. Very warming. A very tasty and well made beer. Yet another reason to look forward to the holiday season!

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

WInter '06 version

A - Huge head, even with a easy pour. Beer is a hazy amber color

S - Oily Piney hops with citrus. Big bready biscuit malts with plenty of caramel too.

T - Piney Hops. Bready and Caramel malts. Not as hoppy as I expected, may be due to the age of the beer. Alcohol warmth on the back end.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbo. Creamy with a clean dry finish.

D - Fairly drinkable for a DIPA. Not too hopy, and the alcohol is not a crazy as some DIPAs but will catch up to you.

All in all a pretty good DIPA, though I was expecting more considering its place in the top 100. I will have to try a fresh one and see the difference.

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Photo of duffextracold
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter release

A- Orange honey color. Lots of floaties. I swear there's whole hop leaves floating around in there. HUGE head. Dissipates quickly, leaving fluffy lacing.

S- smells like pineapple, lots of pineapple. there's a hint of bitter hops in there too.

T- tastes hoppy, but very well balanced by sweet malty goodness. slightly fruity, with a hint of citrus. tastes great, keeps getting better as it warms up.

M- smooth silky texture, perfect carbonation.

D- Very good, very well balanced. Tasty, tasty, tasty!

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Photo of Pooba001
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: this review is of 2005 summer release YuleSmith.

Poured from 22oz. bottle with Red & Blue print into snifterish glass. The head is thick and billowy, beer appears well carbonated and a bright, clear shade of orange. Some chunks float around, normal for a bottle conditioned ale. Lacing sticks on glass reminding you of each last lovely sip. Smell is a great mix of hoppy scents (citrus, tangerine, orange, flower, pine) and malty aromas (biscuity, sweet, caramel). A lot going on here, smells great.

Taste is bitter, juicy, tangy, and ooh, there's the grapefruity citrus, with tangerine, citrus, resin, and just enough malt to create a canvas for the beer to paint its picture on. Ok, maybe a smidge more malt than that. Alcohol is well hidden. What a darn good beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, neither too thin nor thick. Drinkability is good, I want to have a few of these, but the alcohol will keep me from enjoying too many.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance is a nice caramel color, with a tight light-hay coloured head that knows how to hang out for a while.

smells is serious resiny hop oil glands. wow. its' like i'm smelling concentrated hop extract or something.

taste is not surprising, since it's ungodly hoppy. wow. at first i was like, wow, this is a really raw hoppiness, and here comes the bitteness. on teh finish though, there was just a gentle descent from hop-o-rama to a smooth aftertaste. wow. seriously awesome.

mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, just right body. filling but not thick and viscous. drinkability is really high, i jsut keep wanting another big ol' gulp of this stuff. good thing they come in big bottles!

this is excellent beer, go and get some before it's all gone!

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