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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 Czequershuus
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a pale orange with a medium sized head. The aroma is dominated by citrus, mostly grapefruit with some tangerine. There is also a touch of pineapple and caramel. The flavor starts with very rich caramel, followed by citrus, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. There is some pine mid palate, but just a bunch more citrus on the swallow. The mouthfeel is very full and rich, with a huge, sudsy amount of carbonation. Overall while the hop profile is nice, the sweetness is a bit too much for me.

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Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of LF_Evan
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy (practically opaque) pumpkin with fine and lasting lacing.
S: Earthy orange juice. Kind of musty.
T: Very bitter with deeply resinous pine and orange rind with a hint of nectar sweetness. No malt presence to speak of.
F: Super rich and creamy. This is like hop oil soup.
O: I was underwhelmed for the first several sips. It lets you know that it's an old school DIPA right up front. Reminds me a lot of the original Ruination or Nugget Nectar, but a lot more refined and "jammy," to borrow the wine term. Once my palate adjusted to the shock, I settled in and found a whole lot to like.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid the premium on this 5 bucks. Good looking presentation and slightly bitter hop smelling goodness. Taste is what I expected a touch malty but it still has a similar hop bite compared to the regular IPA. Smooth with no lingering alcohol esters so goodness!

Overall pretty stellar DIPA one I would love to try again.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with a thin off white head. Minor lacing. Smells of bready malts and citrusy hops. Tastes is hop forward citrus/pine with light bready maltiness. Finishes bitter. A well done double worth trying.

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Photo of SSS
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this one at the brewery itself, great full hop aroma dank and Citrus. Went down quite easily and wasn't overly bitter. Good balance between bitter and sweetness.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber colored with a good haze. Off white head retains very well. Chunky lacing.

S: Green, oily, cut grass, lemony. Prange and tangerine. Sturdy dough and caramel malt base.

T: Freshly cut grass. Oily and green. Earthy flavors of pine, bark, and resin. Lots of tangerine. Grapefruit too. Bitterness builds slowly and gradually, becoming firm and somewhat imposing on the back end. Hops go spicy toward the back too. Malt body is substantial, bringing a fat caramel and toast flavor that balances nicely while letting the hops do their thing. Bitter, oily, and spicy hop finish.

M: Medium-thick. Fat and round with a sense of malty weight that presses in gently. Brisk carbonation prickles at the tongue. Hop astringency grips at the teeth.

O: An old school American double IPA. Big, bold, and well balanced despite a hop-dominated punch. Pretty much the quintessential West Coast double IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head that settles into a smaller creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon along with pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid Double IPA. Good citrus and pine hop flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright amber gold under a 1” yellow tinted cream colored moderately persistent foam cap – takes 4 minutes to reduce to a thick film. Leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Bread crumb, tropical fruit and melon.

T: Big juicy, tropical fruit flavors, orange, grapefruit, with a citrus rind bitterness in the background. The malt and the hop bitterness and flavors are moderately high with the hop bitterness balancing a moderate malt sweetness while the malt sweetness accents the hop flavors.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: A well made, easy to drink double IPA.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in big pint glass. not best glass but it is 16 oz. golden amber color and great pine nose. very bitter but nicely balanced w malt. more pine than citrus hops which i like

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: murky bronze.

S: Malts. Some orange peel. Something approximating cinnamon. Did I mention malts? There's also an undercurrent of malts.

T: get some of that orange, but basically drinking honeyed malts here. Some hints of citrus, but muddied in sweetness.

F: trends towards syrupy. Slightly over carbonated.

O: overpriced, exhausting to drink, and one note. A for avoid.

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Photo of BB1313
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that sticks around leaving thick retention and very sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus. Lots of orange. Slightly floral. Malts are definitely present. The flavors basically follow the nose. More orange, which seems to dominate. Lots of pine, especially in the finish. Some subtle spicy notes in the finish as well. Fresh grass is in the mix. More floral notes. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It might've been better if we received it a bit fresher. Either way, it's not my new personal favorite AleSmith hoppy brew, and I love their hoppy stuff. It's not bad at all though. It's still nice and enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a bottled on date but it is rubbed off to the point where I can't read it.

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnished gold colored body. The head is a very large fluffy white cap that stands for a long time. Watch out for the carbonation on this one when you pour as the head develops quickly with a careful pour.

Aroma: It has a lovely sweet tangerine aroma. The aroma doesn't remind me of fresh hops or anything but the aroma is still very fresh smelling. Also it isn't loaded with diverse aroma but this one trick pony smells great. It smells so good it makes me want to smell it more.

Taste: That tangerine aroma doesn't really make it into the flavor of the beer. There is a bit of sweet malty flavor and a good deal of alcohol mixed in with that. The hop flavor is a bit grassy. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind without the grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer that is dominated by a strong back-bitterness. It has a pretty muddy finish.

Overall: The beer smelled fantastic; I don't know where they were going with the flavor though. If it tasted as good as it smelled...oh man. I guess where the beer lost me was in the grassy flavor mixed with the malt. It just didn't taste great. The mouthfeel wasn't all that great either. It just didn't finish well.

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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 TrojanRB
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale honey with an inch of dense foam

Grassy, piney, acidic citrus in the nose

Nice level of astringent bitterness...spice and citrus really shine, with the foresty finish

Light malt...not sweet, not boozy. Really hangs out on the tip of your tongue.

Excellent example of a traditional west coast DIPA.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a bright white creamy full head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation, good head retention, looks solid.

A: Lots of citrus notes like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, spicy earthiness, touch of pine, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Like the nose, a mix of sweet and bitter citrus flavors, resin and pine with spicy earthiness, hit of bitterness with more grapefruit notes emerging and lingering in the aftertaste, deceptive with its drinkability but my palate knows its drinking an IIPA as the grapefruit notes linger, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry finish, low carbonation, leaves that dry citrus peel feeling on the palate.

O: Very deceptive, really easy drinking but the dry citrus peel finish leaves my palate feeling raked, overall very tasty and would definitely buy again.

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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 Viaduck
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very thick head, most impressive! Smells hoppy. I'm not a fan of IPS's so I really didn't enjoy this one. If you you like the bitter hoppy flavor you'll love this. This is the summer edition, I wonder what that winter edition tastes like. Still, I'm impressed with that lush thick head.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE - Light, no head, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, yeast, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, malts, yeast, sweet, nutty, caramel, brown sugar.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Smooth, a bit oily.

VALUE - $22 for a 22-oz bomber, way over bottle shop price.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A bit boozy like a Tripel.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent DIPA, but didn't blow me away. Given I drank this one with about 2 months of age on it. It was stuck in the back of the fridge so I didn't get to experience all the hoppiness. Overall it was still very good, just a little more bitter on the finish than I prefer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright with tropical fruits: pineapple and mango.
The taste is moderate to strong bitterness right off the bat, then mellows to the end. A little sweet finish.
The texture is thicker.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of johlac66
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden amber with a big creamy head that left dots and streaks of lacing.
Sweet tropical citrus on the nose.
Taste follows with a strong malt backbone. Slightly boozy bittersweet finish.
Nicely carbonated. Chewy mouthfeel.
A very solid DIPA. Celebrate the season!

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

Rich, complex....sipping ale, great balance of malt and hops. A wonderful fruity hop flavor sitting four square on top of a rich malt base. Enjoy this on its own terms, perhaps with a grilled steak and frites but nothing less.

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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 Omnium
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > SA Sensory Pint
A - Cloudy gold orange with two and a half fingers of thick dense off-white foamy head with some really thick lacing.
S - Really nice aroma, passionfruit, papaya, orange, a little banana, then there's some grassy dankness, hop resin.
T - Bold hop profile, sweet candy like malt come in mid way with some candied fruit, lots of big sticky dank hop flavor, sweet orange and tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, lime, pine, some dark earthy hop undertones in the end, slight alcohol taste lingering.
M - Big feel to this beer, some alcohol burn along with a huge piney bitterness. Chewy and sticky.
O - Really good IPA, a bit too overbearing in some areas, but worth having for sure.

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