AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
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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 Joecaddie
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brent (Swimsum) brought this one up from Long Beach to share with Trevor (lynx1245) and I. Late fall/early winter 2008 edition.

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours out thick and oily (for the style anyway). A creamy tan head forms on top of a cloudy, red-clay body. Fantastic retention and very nice spotty lacing. "Yeasties" float about within the body.

Smell: Pine, metallic hops, handfuls of toasted grains, spice, and caramel.

Taste: Toasted grains, lots of oily hops, caramel, honey, toasted bread. Really wish this review would've been more in-depth, but I was pretty buzzed at the time. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation produces a cool rolling effect across the palate. Creamy, oily, and medium-bodied. Delicious. Very smooth. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: Awesome. What a gorgeous beer!

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Photo of dnb128
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npachl
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is citrus and malt, followed by resin and pine needles, finishing with a sharp bitterness over biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky; carbonation is medium as well. Alcohol is well hidden, although warming is evident throughout. Very flavorful and refreshing, although by no means a session beer. Another excellent offering from AleSmith!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presented in a 22oz bottle. Alesmith's summer limited release of a usual late fall seasonal had me chomping at the bit to uncap one last night. Poured into an imperial pint glass (just the right size), Yulesmith had a burnished coppery hue and sported a large dense whitish head that never completely went away, instead leaving great sticky gobs of lace behind. Massive amounts of fine carbonation swirled to the surface. Beautiful...
The nose had a wonderful balance of toasted malts, caramel, and citrusy hops. The aromas of grapefruit rinds, a bit of tangerine, and a resiny pine note gave me pause to linger and enjoy the smells for a couple extra moments.
The taste had a big malty sweetness up front, aided by the additional caramel flavor that seemed to stand out. Some faint nutty flavor seeped through, like hazelnuts, before the hops profile ramped up and took charge. A big burst of juicy citrusy hops flavor filled the back of the tongue and clung on for dear life. Some milder oily pine resin flavor hit the extreme back of the tongue, leaving a long-lasting bitterness that was quite enjoyable. Thanks to the abundant carbonation, Yulesmith had a lush, creamy feel that slathered the mouth in hoppy goodness.
What, Yulesmith is 8.80%ABV?! No way! Then this beer is dangerously drinkable, having given no indication as to its potency. Yulesmith is my favorite double IPA, even surpassing Dreadnaught. I can't wait for the fall so I can really stock up.

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with over an inch of frothy meringue-like white foam (with a sublt yellowish tint). the beer is moderately cloudy, golden in color. sticky lacing covering the glass.

S - full of candied pineapple, pears, grapefruit, melon, and lemon zest. very fragrant. almost picking up some light peanut-buttery sweetness near the end. a little odd but not bad.

T - sharp bitter earthy, pine hops...slowly melds into some more fruit: notably pineapple, apricot, and bitter oranges. a fiar amount of alcohol makes an appearence during the second half. pine(sol) really begins to take over before the massive carbonation (read below) rips everything to shreds. lingering piney bitterness.

M - light body with sharp and prickly carbonation...almost to the point of being distracting. a bit conerned now that something about this bottle may not be right as I'm completely missing the oily slick feel that others are reviewing.

D - again, concerns over a possibly "weird" bottle. would have been much more enjoyable with about half the carbonation and/or a thicker body to carry. the flavors dont really get a chance to sink in and develop.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a semi hazy and bubble reddish orange with a big white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer but leaves behind some spotty chunks on the glass.

aroma is dominated by citrus. grapefruit and orange peel and lemon rinds. some malt gives some honey and grain aromas as well. no pine or herbal hops here, just juicy fresh-squeezed citrus.

again, tons of bitter, juicy citrus here. juicing oranges, grapefruit, lemon rind. some honey and biscuit sweetness and white bread and a bit of cereal sweeten things up just a tad. pretty one-dimensional, but tasty nonetheless.

medium bodied and oily/resiny with just a bit of carbonation. bitterness stays in the mouth a while, as well as the syrupy stickiness that I don't much care for.

goes down well. very juicy and kind of refreshing makes for a decent summer brew. I tend to like piney and earthy hops to add to the flavor profile, but that's not what they were going for in this beer. It is pretty decent.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sholland119 for this one!

Summer 07 edition, 22 oz bottle poured into the new Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Inch of off white/egg shell head. Tight foam formation with plenty of stickage. Color is a hazy amber orange.

Smell has a sweet honey suckle and orange blossom floral quality. A bit of honey sweetness. Taste is a little harsh in comparison to the smell. There is some fusel alcohol blended with a harsh hops bitterness. A little pine resin in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a harsh scrubbing body. Still is able to maintain a juicy finish. Classic DIPA and a hopheap must.

Blipped "Yule Tide" by the Meltdowns

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of zoso1967
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with an amazing frothy head that seems to defy physics with its staying power. The aroma is wonderful. Full of grapefruit, orange and pine with just a touch of malt sweetness. The flavor is wonderfully hoppy and in your face. Pine, gapefruit citrus rind, lemon and some pinapple. The malt seems pretty subdued. It a little bit of a toasty chracter but overall it is just helping hold up a tounge bruising bitterness. There is a definite sense of heat in this double, but it seems to work well with the overall presentation. Medium bodied with a mouthfeel that seems fairly sharp and finishes nice and dry. Very drinkable and a great beer to kick back with on this 4th of July. Another superb beer from AleSmith.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Blue and Red, July 2006 release. Thanks to dogfooddog for the opportunity to try it.

Definitely among the most unique of DIPA's I've tried, but whether that is a good or bad thing, I haven't quite decided. Tastes like hop infused chocolate.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy, amber bronze color. Light carbonation, but with a nice rocky, retentive head.

The smell is where I first began to think, "IIPA? WTF?" It almost smells like chocolate, but it looks like an ordinary IIPA. Did they actually use chocolate malt in this, or infuse it with chocolate even? I would think that with the amount of chocolate I get out of this, it can't be coming from chocolate malt alone, especially considering how pale it appears. Aside from that, it smells like strong spicy and piney hops.

The taste is very milky, like rich chocolatey ovaltine. Sweet up front with a significant bitterness in the finish. Good hops flavor. Fades nicely from sweet malt to cloying bitterness. Very interesting, that's for sure.

The body is thick and milky. Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lingering bitter, chocolate finish. Interesting. Not sure how much of it I could drink. Probably not as much as a more "regular" DIPA. I'm very interested in trying the X-Mas release now, that's for sure.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Golden clear yellow, beige head and nice lacing. Very citrusy smell with some floral notes. Taste is strong citrus with grapefruit, orange, pine. A hint of bitterness. Very good!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 05 release in a 22oz bomber. Clear orange in color with a two inch tall white foamy head. Light scattered lace was left as the head broke down. Citric hops galore in the nose with a fairly large sweet malt base being there. Surprisingly a little alcohol was peaking through which I didn’t remember from other releases of this. Grapefruit hoppiness with a good amount of sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Alcohol is there as well but doesn’t interfere too much. Light citric bitter bite on the finish. This years seemed to lack the floral component that I enjoyed before but it was still good. Thick and full with a surprising warming quality as it goes down. Good drinkability still. Solid and a bit different that previous releases but still tasty.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yule Smith poured into tall nonic pint glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a booming white head of tiny bubbles, over a fairly clear, golden body with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Piney and citrusy aromas. All hops.

Smooth entry on the palate. Sharp, resinous pine bite, with a healthy dose of unripened pineapple, and some grapefruit bitterness. Good dose of tabacco-like smoky quality, too. The sweet malt tries hard to keep up with the hoppy bite, but comes in second. For all the bite in the flavor, it's actually quite smooth and oily in the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer - full of flavor, and easy to drink for the ABV.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 Alesmith Summer Yulesmith
Poured slowly from bomber to tulip

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-tan with lots of carbonation that forms a sudsy, sea-foam head. Lots of retention here, leaving sticky lacing everywhere. Even though the bottle was chilled upright and poured slowly, there's plenty of suspended yeast.

S: Clean, strong pine scent with a lemony citrus backdrop. The alcohol pokes through and tingles your nose.

T: The hops immediately overwhelm the palate with a pleasantly bitter pine resin and a slightly sour lemon-citrus. These flavors aggressively sweep over your tongue, but the honey-like malt backbone provides ample support and rewards your mouth with a layered give-and-take of bitter and sweet. The alcohol steps in to break things up and brew finishes a slightly bitter orange, where the unfiltered yeast likely contributes.

M: Rich, oily, chewy. Nicely full bodied. Alesmith's super-slick mouthfeel is always satisfying.

D: Another West Coast (and specifically San Diego) example of a DIPA that goes down dangerously fast. Unfortunately, I didn't take notes on the last couple of years Alesmith put this out, but I remember this being a lot better than the 2 or 3 bottles of 2009 Summer Yulesmith I had (which might speak to some of the bad, soapy bottles other BA's are noting - Alesmith is relatively small and the bottle-conditioning may increase the error potential). The bottle-conditioning adds that extra layer of complexity, but ultimately the brew is incredibly balanced.

2011 re-review: Pretty much the same thing, tastes like Alesmith has gotten pretty consistent with this brew. There was stronger diacetyl in the nose, but that's about it. Still delicious.

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