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AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
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4.19/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,175
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
1,954
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
267
Gots:
155
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,954 |  Reviews: 966
Photo of wcudwight
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter version.
Thanks to boolshot, marvz and the Double Trouble BIF for the bottle.
Red wine colored with a massive obese rocky tan head that last until the snifter is empty. Thick lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Lot's of piney hop aroma. Smells like a fresh cut Christmas tree. The aroma makes me long for the holidays in May.
The aroma is true to the flavor as there are tons of piney hops with a slight citrus kick. It's nice that this beer has so much hop flavor with out being mouth-puckering or abrasive. The malt is the chaperone that makes the hops behave while still letting their true character come out. A slight alcohol kick at the end only adds to the experience.
Mouthfeel is dry with a pleasent lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. It's a bit rough on your enamel though.
One sips makes me want another and one empty bottle makes me wish I had another. That's what I consider drinkable.

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Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of craytonic
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2010 release

Appearance: Blood Orange-ruby-honey. Nice large, creamy head with excellent lacing.

Smell: Caramel/malt and hops. Grapefruit, pine, etc. Could be a bit stronger for a DIIPA

Taste: Carame/malt/toffee followed by grapefruit/pine/citrus hops. Should be the other way around in my mind.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but perhaps a bit heavy.

Drinkability: Goes down easy enough; I used to love this one but now I find it a bit too malty.

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Photo of Peter1977
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with orange hue and a huge stiff head that leaves 3D lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive sweet malty with a fruity citrus character. Full bodied, the mouth feel is really smooth. A nice balance between the malt and hops. Full flavored, it tastes very similar to the nose. The citrus is well pronounced and blended well with the sweet malt. A really nice drinker. The 8.8% ABV is well hidden; 22 oz is just the right size. Previous 8/24/07 entry of the Summer Yule.
12/26/07...The appearance of this Winter Yule is very similar. A huge stiff head that settles in a rocky pattern to 3D lacing. The color of this one is darker; a seasonal redness. The smell, mouth and flavors are very similar. Cheers.

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Photo of pwoods
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber from Jungle Jim's poured into a pint glass. This was from summer '07. Maybe a bit past it's prime but it's the best I can do til this winters release.

A: Pours a hazy, rusty orange. 3 big fingers f off white head and some staying power. Head eventually dies to a little pillow in the middle of the glass. Some lacing.

S: Nice pine-y and citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit oil and a slight nutty background. Very surprised the hops are still this powerful after 4 months or so.

T/M: Even at 4ish months old, this provides a nice hop punch. Can't wait for the newest edition of this for the full bitterness. Hops are full of grapefruit juice that lend some tartness, too. Also a little grassy. The transition from bitterness to very sweet malts is smooth, even going from polar opposites. Malts are pleasantly strong and bring a nice bready balance to things. Body feels light at first, then beefs up as the creamy malts hit. Finish is drying and gives a nice lasting bitterness.

D: Can. Not. Wait. for this winters brew. I'll probably buy another bomber before the next release.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this one on for size.
Pours a bright hazy amber with a happy, fluffy white head.
Scents are bright and citrusy with some herbal and floral notes. Very attention grabbing. Flavors are just as exciting and attention grabbing. Lively hoppy citrus flavors with surges of malt body underneath. Apricot and peach flavors make appearances.
Very reminiscent of the winter version of Yulesmith except that this is brighter as opposed to sweeter. Summer refreshing as opposed to winter sitting and sipping.
Lively all in all. A happy beer experience to be sure. Must to have again.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 release 22oz bottle pours a glowing hazy copper-orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Wonderful aromas of fresh grapefruit, pineapple and pine, sticky and resiny pine and citrus flavors coat my tongue, hoppy as hell yet has a solid malt balance, full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, nice sharp bitterness in it's lasting finish, wow I just wish I could get Alesmith in Missouri, many thanks go out to herbjones for chance to try this awesome brew.

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Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Brushkanna
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mattsucks
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber, slightly darker than gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (tangerine, orange, light grapefruit) over a rich biscuit base. Underneath, is a tantalizing hint of spicy spruce.

Heavy light body with a fairly smooth texture. Superbly carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a rollicking fine effervescent prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is almost world class. It begins with the citric flavors of the nose, but with more grapefruit rind present. The rind flows into spruce in the middle over a rising malt influence. A mild bitterness kicks in and the malts assume the forefront with a rich grainy biscuit sweetness. Surprisingly, caramel notes are present at a much higher level than the color would suggest. The finish delivers the expected alcohol burn at the back of the throat, but also allows the alcohol content to escape it's previous flavor masking. A rind and pine like bitterness lingers along with the alcohol astringency.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color, with a light rocky white head.
Aroma: Explosive pine, spice, pine and more pine aroma.
Taste: Resin-y hops, juicy bitterness, big firm maltyness which is nevertheless swept away by the massive hoppyness. Caramel made not with sugar, but from hop juice.
Mouthfeel: Big and thick. This is a slick monster of a beer.
Drinkability: I put down a full 700 ml. bottle of this myself in a flash.

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Photo of CityofBals
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wulfie85
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of rsquared59
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CDCNAM
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kplynch for this extra from my wants!

winter release.

Pours a nice ruby amber color with an incredibly fluffy huge white head that stays literally to the end of the glass. Nose is of fresh dry hoppage and good citrus pine flavors. Taste follows with fresh hop flavors of grapefruit/piney goodness with a huge malt backbone. Refreshing to taste a west coast IPA that isn't just a hop slap in the face. A bit of grainy sweetness. Mouthfeel is great, a little more viscous than average which I prefer for a DIPA. Drinkability is good, but not amazing. Overall I like this one alot, am glad I got a chance to try it, probably won't deliberately trade for it again, but will keep it on the wants and hope to get another as an extra. HAHA! If it were local and I could get it regularly, It would defenitely be a go to IPA, but it didn't blow my mind or anything. A great beer, defenitely great beer.

Summer release:

Pours a nice orange yellow color with moderate haze and a very nice stark white head with great lace. Nose is all citrus and pine hops with a slight sweetness and a nice sort of weak lemon hint. Taste follows suit with a big bang of hop flavors. Nice dry citrus hop juice and big resiny flavor. A nice malt presence, but nowhere near the winter versions backbone. Mouthfeel is just about perfect here, although it is a little bit dryer than I would like. Drinkability is good, but nothing reeaally amazing. A fine beer from alesmith. I am going to have to go against the grain here and say that I like the winter version better, but both a very good examples of the style and enjoyable beers that would be staples if they were locally available. Great brew.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ortie
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz into tulip. Don't remember who this was from, but thanks! From notes.

A- Nice orangey amber pour with a rpetty ample head.

S- Strong citrus nose. Some faint caramel/bready notes. Sweet, sugary notes as well.

T- Fruity, citrus hops and a bit of a pine resin finish. There's a lot of malt here- so much so that I think I'm drinking an east coast DIPA. Nice balance, perhaps a bit much on the malt heaviness but the flavors are nice. A bit too sweet.

M- A bit heavier and fuller than I'd like, but I'm nitpicking, it's still really good. Pretty good balance.

D- Moderately low. A heavy, filling, rich beer. One was more than enough. I like this enough to where I'll buy a bottle or two a season, but that'll hold me over and then some. A nice change of pace from the hop-centric DIPAs we're used to seeing out of cali, but this one might do better to dial the malts back just a bit.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the summer release that I bought at Town & Country in West Springfield Mass.
Pours a clear amber honey color with a giant white foamy head. The smell is very strong with hops and a "bisquity' aroma that's just great. The taste is abit harsh,but you can taste the bitter hops, bread yeast, citrus hops, and some alcohol. A nice taste,but a little harsh and tough to get down. This beer would be great if I could cellar this for a year or so. The m/f is light and flavors mix pretty well. A damn good beer that could use just alittle cellaring.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,954 ratings
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