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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 hrking
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved this a little heavy on the sugar side but had a great dry hop nose. Drink smooth and not overly hoppy for an IPA..Very drinkible.I like the Winter YuleSmith better though.. This is one of those double releases in Summer and Winter..The winter version is a superior brew IMHO..

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Photo of thaichile
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 22oz. provided by Zorro. Poured a semi cloudy amber color with a real nice, long lasting head. Nose is filled with flowers. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but this beer was nothing special. Noticably more hops, lacking the malt balance that I like in a 2IPA. There was no discernable spice. This was more of a regular IPA.

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

My first beer from the AleSmith brewery. Pours a lighter amber orange color with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of spice. Starts sweet and foamy. Then the hop hit. Some spice and grapefruit taste through the finish. Nice carbonation level that kicks up the foaminess of the brew, making it texturally more similar to a belgian strong. More biting than creamy or resiny. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of macktbone
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as a last minute grab from Monument liqour in Concord. 5$ or so... I had it in San Diego at AleSmith so I thought I'd grab a bottle to remind myself how good they are.
Last trip to SD was so good I was unable to rate any beer...or even remember them.

A- Light in color but not lager-like. Nice head, lace and fluffyness. Carbonation looks good for an Imperial style IPA.

S- Sweet and Hoppy. Nice traditional aroma along with a green edge that invites you to take a sip and determine if the sweetness is just a ploy.

T- Nice IPA. Well balanced and super approachable. Great intro IPA to folks, too bad its a specialty ale. Good Hoppy flavor that masks the ABV well. Not that 8% or so is high but on this IPA is blends so well that you hardly know its even there.

M- great fluffy texture. This is really nice and full. Carbonation lends itself nicely to the style and flavor.

D- Possibly one of the most drinkable Imperial IPA's especially for a non super Hoppy Imperial IPA lover. You may not be happy if you are expecting a hopslam or a PTY but you won't be unhappy regardless.

BA does need to update the picture to reflect the outstanding patriotic representation of the 4th of July on the bottle.

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Photo of vwcraig
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber 2006 Winter

Poured into an AleSmith pint glass. Ruby color with a tan colored head that was pillowy with large bubbles in it. Bead slowly rose from bottom center of glass. Decent head retention and some lacing left behind. Just about perfect looking IMO and very inviting. Smells mostly of piney and citrus/grapefruit hops and some caramelly malts sensed. The fruit hop taste is light compared to the pine. Very smooth and balanced in taste. Very light bitterness cancelled out by a sweet and kind of syrupy taste. Medium bodied and sticky, just wish it had a little more carbonation bite. Drinkability was very good and I can't wait to sample the Summer version of this beer.

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Photo of uberabr
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a tulip.

This is a pretty brew. Crystal clear, deep red oak color with shades of black and mahogany. Huge cream colored head settles to about 2 fingers of silky froth with rings of stiky lace. Amazing.
Smells of roses and juicy watermellon and mango hop. Hints of grapefruit and black cherries linger with a mild piney menthol. Very pleasant- smooth and well rounded.

Taste hits with an intensely bitter hop bite that cascades into tropical fruits, cherries, lemon peel and pine. The malt is a deep and somewhat phenolic pomegranate syrup that might be too twangy for some and delicious for others.

Definitely a sipper. A stunning beer all around, with great complexity and a lot of boldness.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bring for forking over the bottle.

This is the winter version.

A - Cloudy copper in color with about 2 fingers of off white head with some decent staying power (20 minutes later and I am still looking at it).

S - Lots of citrusy hops and sweet malt with a faint aroma of resin.

T - Well balanced hop bitterness and malts. The hop profile is very piney and resinous with a nice grapefruit and pineapple kick. The finish is fairly dry, which is impressive considering the amount of sweet caramel like malt flavors.

M - Creamy and quite sticky. Full bodied.

D - This is certainly a well crafted brew which I will enjoy to the bitter end.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this bottle in the back of the fridge so on June 1, I opened the Christmas double IPA.

It's a nice dark gold color with two fingers of head in a nonic tumbler with lacing all the way to the end.

Smell is hops, strong and pungent. It has a big, oily, nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

Very fine tasting beer. Hops and malt in a nice balance with some caramel and alcohol making its presence known. The hops are paramount but not overwhealmingly bitter.

I normally like dark Belgians, stouts, and porters in the winter but this is a fine brew you can enjoy year round. If you like the style then this is a fine example and you should try it. For me, it was definitely worth waiting for and next winter, I'll be enjoying it again.

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Photo of TheStove
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Nice hazy faded yellow color when held to light, appears muted orange out of light. The bottle wasn't kidding; this thing just about explodes during the pour, leaving a generous head even with a slow pour.

Great nose; an obvious mix of hops that gets close to smelling like the actual hop flower with notes of citrus. Almost get a few "breakfast cereal" smells out of this one.

This one is intense and a must have for hop fans. An incredible mix of hop flavors from citrus to slight bitter to flavors that I can't even name swirl through the sip until it ends with a slight maltiness. Booze comes across only slightly in the finish even though it's a good 8.5% Enjoyable hop bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips.

Great mouthfeel. Likely helps by a snappy array of hops and the awesome (maybe over the top?) carbonation.

A great brew for sure and though less boozy than it's winter counterpart I see this tougher to put down due to the hop attack than the booze.

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

2010 Summer version.

A- Creamy thick head with good retention. Golden and turbid with sediment... me likey.

S- Citrus hops play a major role here, a little pine, some yeastyness can be detected too.

T- Smooth and hoppy all the way through... Malt kicks in once your palette chills out. This is where the hops come alive. The warmer it gets, the more you can detect some good yeastu notes.

M- Light to medium bodied, hoppy tingle with good carbonation.

D- A serious heavy hitter. I had to drive halfway across the city to find this in a sister liquor store to my local one which gets depleted by hipsters sometimes. It was so worth it. Buy this if you see it.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Few things in this life make me happy. Days off from work. Hiking. USC Football. Good green cheeba (that's right, I said it....). And Alesmiths ale's.

Yulesmith is great. Great appearance, exceptional smell (malty sweetness combined with citrusy hops), and terrific taste. If anything detracts from the ale, its the heat of the alcohol, in my humble opinion. The heat just adds to the 'Winter Warmer' label, though. This ale is something to be treasured around the holidays. Similar to a DIPA, but way more flavor and way more cool aromas.

Check this one out. My favorite (along with Anchor Steam's Merry XMas and Happy New Year Ale) for the 2007 holiday season.


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Photo of SQNfan
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer version: Deep golden in color with a nice head of fine white bubbles. The nose shows off citrus and floral hops along with balancing caramel malt and an herbaceousness (from the hops). In the mouth it is medium-bodied and concentrated with nice balancing sweetness in the mid-palate which gives way to a dry/bitter finish.

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

Bought from South Bay Liquor. Decanted from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden color with a two-finger head that fizzles away to a thin, but creamy layer. Aroma has big notes of citrus and pine, with slight, biscuity malts underneath. Taste starts with a big piny note, fades into biscuity malts, and then to grapefruit. Nice. Mouthfeel is right in the middle, and is pretty much perfect. Awesome. Definitely drinkable. Overall, pretty excellent.

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Photo of kleffman
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying the 2007 Winter Yule batch. We've got about a case sitting around here so it's time to get crackin'. I love this beer. The anticipation is killing me.

Pours a very nice copper dark amber kind of color with a giant pillowy head. Extreme lacing on the glass. Using my Samuel Adams "perfect glass" or whatever they recently gave away.

Aroma is an out of this world blend of spicy hop character, sweet malts, caramel, pine and citrus.

Toasted biscuity malt backbone with some sweet and spicy hop flavor blending in. Bits of honey, tropical fruits with hints of mango. Pine and citrus from the hops all on top of a sharp bitterness and mild alcohol.

The mouthfeel is nice, with a lively carbonation and a rather smooth creamy feeling on the tongue. This and everything above also makes it a highly drinkable beer. So malty, so hoppy, so...awesome. I especially love this yearly beer aged 1 or 2 years but it's already highly enjoyable. Find it, drink it, love it.

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

Poured out of a 22oz, into a tulip glass. Pours a deep amber/orange color, with a thick but fluffy tan head with lacing the grips the glass almost the whole time it was in there!

Smell was a spicy citrus smell. With a hop presence . My fiancé said it smelled like a beer in a pine forest.

Taste was great! Malty, and spicy, with citrus and hops! Very balance. Mouthfeel was big, but very smooth and one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had. Great beer for sitting around the Griswold family Christmas tree and reading "Night before Christmas"

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Photo of sessycuban
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing the summer 2007 release. I sampled this beer on-tap at San Gabriel's finest, the Stuffed Sandwich.

A - The beer poured a clear amber color with the head almost forming in clusters. Near perfect retention.

S - The aroma is overwhelmingly composed of fresh hops with a strong citric character as well. This one is a real beauty.

T - With this beer, it really came in stages. At first, the beer was very malty, with the citric elements really coming out later from the hop character. I'm getting orange, grapefruit, lemon. Very well balanced and the alcohol is hidden well.

M - The body is medium and the character of the beer is surprisingly creamy. Add to that a crisp but mild level carbonation.

D - Don't bother aging this (or any other DIPA). Drink it fresh! AleSmith has a winner here. Like most AleSmith beer, this one is a bit pricey to obtain retail, so I suggest doing your homework and finding a place that is lucky enough to have a fresh batch on tap. This may sound unrealistic for people outside of SoCal, but you might get lucky.

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Photo of Med
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer YuleSmith.

Pours a hazy straw gold into my Sam Adams glass with a decent head that never completely dissipates and sticks to the glass very well leaving some nice lacing. Small is almost all hops with loads of grapefruit and slight cat pee (simcoe?) and a touch of malts and yeast coming through from below. Taste follows the aroma closely but there's a bit of a separation between the sweet malt (which is well represented) and the citrusy hops. The finish is almost a straight bite of orange rind. Mind you this isn't a bad thing :). Medium body coats well with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Overall a well executed DIPA that I'd happily drink more often should it become available around these parts.

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 08/08/09. Reviewed from notes

Lots of off-white (bone) colored head appears a top the golden yellow ochre body. Some good lacing attaches itself to the inside of the pint. My only problem with the appearance is the fact that the first pour was clear and the second pour had some floaties and chucks swimming around. Lots of grapefruit and pine on the nose, with a healthy back-up band of malt. Some earthiness and dirt in the taste, but in a good way. Plenty of bittering hops, it is a DIPA, and some apricot just hanging out with his friend malt. There's some stick to it, lingering just long enough and a healthy amount of carbonation. Would like to include this in a DIPA tasting and see how it holds up. That is, if my palette could withstand the punishment and the ABV doesn't kick my ass.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head which holds firm for quite a while, decent lacing. On the nose it is super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.Taste is great, tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt and citrus fruits. The roasty malts and sweeter fruit notes come through towards the end. Overall, this is a great iipa. Rivals most heavy ipa's, Exponential watch out!

Reviewed from notes 7/15 from bottle

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Photo of bwyker
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter release. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, redish amber with a modest white head of foam. Head quickly disappears, leaving behind patchy lacing. Smells of piney hops with splashes of citrus. Also found in the taste. Starts with stinging piney hops, moves to a light fruity sweetness (pears, apricot maybe) and finishes with a rougher hop bite. Slightly sticky, medium bodied. Light to moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hardly noticed and, overall, the beer is rather refreshing. Damn good, but I prefer the summer release.

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

This beer is a 22oz. bomber of the Holiday '07 version received as an extra in a trade with Oodeftone. Thank you!!!
A-Pours a transparent darker amber-orange with a beatiful cream colored 2" pillowy head of foam that eventually settles to a quarter inch or so.
S-Not amazingly strong, but scents of pine, caramel, pineapple, and brown sugar greet my nose and give me hints of things to come.
T-The taste matches the smell and then some. Beautiful symphony of buttery creamy sugars with some hints of raisin, brown sugar, toffee are magnificently balanced with some herbal pine resin, citrus and floral hops which are apparent, but not bitter. Great balance!
M-Wonderfully carbonated and perfect thickness.
D-Drinkability is excellent. Tasty, pleasant, and worthy of having large amounts in one sitting.
I'm glad I'm finally getting a chance to try this, but disappointed I've only got one bottle. =)

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Photo of EGledhill
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter edition

Got this in a trade a few months back from tpd975 and had it in the fridge since.. My only regrest is that I didn't try this sooner as I think the hops has faded a bit.

A. copper/ orange with a huge white head., that spilled over the side. I don't have much pride I'll admit... I sucked the overflow off the kitchen table.

S. Smells like a citrusy caramel. Like you're eating cowtail and chasing it with a piece of grapefruit. I'm digging it.

T. Age definitely mellowed the hops to almost non existence. still slightly there but now more of a boozy malt taste to it. Very cold, you get the taste of what this beers potential is fresh and it's amazingly good with the initial hop kick.

M. i don't think age would help or hurt mouthfeel. not a whole lot going on in it. slightly over average.

D. Drinkability could be excellent from taste but the 8%abv will knock you the hell out and go through your wallet while you're unconcious. This beer could lead to a rough night

Overall it's a damn fine beer even with some age on it. Would love to try this fresh

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

Bomber from Market of Choice. Insanely well balanced with a huge hop flavor that threatens to run amuck but is saved by just the perfect amount of maltiness. A bit of booze and pine in the finish with some citrus floating around as well. Alesmith is just so damn great, I wish we could get all their beers up here.

This rating is for the christmas version of Yulesmith.

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Photo of Jree261
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Interesting Color for an Imperial IPA. Much lighter, golden almost straw with a white foam.

S-Red fruit, grassy hops, nutty

T-Much more typical of an IPA. Hefty dark grassy flavors dominate.

M-Heavy, full body. Good finish with a hint of vanilla at the end.

O-The finish and the vanilla really bump it up away from the 'just average' category for me. Not bad, but that's definitely the stand out.

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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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