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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
Ratings:
1,931
Reviews:
959
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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268
Gots:
153
For Trade:
2
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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from. 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clear crisp golden with a touch of amber, a nice fat finger of head that dissapates nicley and leavs a ton of sticky lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S: very nice citrus hop aroma. Pinneapple with a touch of piney grass. A slight note of malt sweetness, but the hops deffinatly dominate the aroma.

T: loads and loads of hops, Much like the nose there is a lot of. Items up front, pinneapple, mango, grapefruit, the finish is loaded with piney bitterness rounded out by a touch of caramely malt sweetness. There are some earthy hop notes and touches of toasty grain in there as well.... Great hop profile overall and a not too sweet malt backbone.

M: medium bodied with medium carbination, a bit on the slightly slick mouthfeel with a dry bitter resinous finish.

O: a very good dipa that I look forward to every year... Delicious.

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

Great clarity in this tawny, sunny yellow beer. Looks like a Pils, but the two finger dense head tells you otherwise. Lots of active carbonation beneath. Good, steady layers of lacing. Very piney with lots of grapefruit. Hop aroma is strong and obviously unbalanced, but it's refreshing and effervescent. Malt is there behind the hops: orange and biscuit, mainly. You can tell it's light in nature. The taste is surprisingly mild at first. Light biscuit malt is prevalent, but the grassy bitterness lingers and is more memorable overall. Some orange flavor is there in the malt, but it's subdued. I'm averse to an IPA malt bill that leans too far towards the orange flavor, so this is a relief and really showcases the hop flavors. I mentioned grassy, but it's also nectary and honey kissed. Not too heavy handed with the sweetness; yields to hops well, knowing who the headliner is. Balanced feel, tending towards light. Slightly dry finish.

This is a great beer, if uncomplex. But sometimes that's needed and welcome. This is a stage for great hops that aren't too heavy handed. I could drink this all year.

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Photo of caverog
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Buick222
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JamFuel
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of B33R501
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

different from last year, seem to remember big caramel malt that's not present this year? no carbonation issue this time.

dull lemon yellow pale color, not my favorite, if you look like this you better bring it. better in my convenience store coffee cup, i dont have to see the paleness.

big pineapple aroma, leading to an earthy aroma.
big pineapple taste follows, nicely bitter, some soap, pine sap. big bitter pineapple finish that lingers for a bit, very nice.

pricey. $10 at whole foods plymouth meeting (cheapest around) is too much, and i needed a 12oz samuel smith's imperial stout to complete the evening. if im not satisfied with 22oz, your dipa is not good enough at that price point.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Summer 2012 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some grassy/hay hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a snifter at Hamilton’s Tavern in San Diego, Calif. Two fingers of head when I got it. Color was hazy orange. Thick white head with good retention throughout the pour.

Smelled citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and a bit of lemon or lime. Some sweet floral notes as well.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, only with more spices. Citrus hops - grapefruit and lemon going 1-2. Spicy bitter finish, couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter long ending finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Definitely a good beer. I think I need to try it again as this was after two darker beers. Definitely want to try it again.

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Photo of Cowcakes
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me begin this review by saying I've had this beer over the last 3-4 years, and IF I were reviewing 2010 or 2011, this would be considered at or near World Class. This years is missing something which is the specimen in review here...

A - lemon zest color, lighter than the vibrant sunshine orange color I look for in this style but good nevertheless. Solid 2 finger head and retention in the 13oz Tulip it's poured in.

S - A bit muted, Heaviest on the dry lemon citrus, then oranges and light pine.

T - See nose but the beer is muted, even upon semi-aggressive swirls and drinking. This is not packed full of tropical citrus as it was last year. Maybe palate has changed but I don't think enough for this beer's hops not to shine, especially for a 8.5% DIPA. Much more Bready than I ever remember this beer being which was not off-putting but not at all preferred.

M - Light and crisp for 8.5%ABV. Easily sessioned. Very good.

O - Over-priced DIPA with all the other great selections out there. Not a bad beer by any means, was just underwhelmed this year whereas I've never been with this beer in previous years.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Poured from a bomber. Nice hazy orange with a decent one finger head. Aroma is sweet and piney with a fresh hops smell rising from the gass. Taste is more balaced than I thoutht it would be and has lots of citrus flavors. Bready on the backside with a very nice finish. An outstanding adult beverage. Others out there that I would grab first but still a great beer.

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Photo of oldvines
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of pearljam118
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A - pours a really hazy pumpkin orange with minimal head

S - Malty, really no hops to speak of

T - Decently balanced with malt dominating more. Really not hoppy as I expected. Very sweet and grapefruit is present.

M - Light carbonation for the style, dry finish that is a little boozy

O - I'm pretty dissapointed. I was expecting a bigger brother to Alesmith IPA but this is really malty. I don't know if it has faded since Alesmith doesn't use dates but I'm not getting any old hop taste. For $10+/bomber I wouldn't grab this again.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of erha2
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, yellowish. Definitely a lighter color than most double IPAs. Pours with a good inch of head.

Smell: Pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Grapefruit. Intense pine needle bitter finish. Definitely a palate wrecker. My tongue is still buzzing. Definitely taste some alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Medium but oddly on the lighter side for this style. Good carbonation.

One of the good west coast style double IPAs. A bit too much alcohol knocks this down a bit. I'd prefer AleSmith IPA over this but still tasty.

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

A: pours a golden orange with plenty of head. Standard color for a double IPA.

S: Huge notes of pine trees, pineapple and just a touch of sweetness in the nostrils so you know they put some malt in it

T: Taste is citrus and pine - finishing with some lightly toasted caramel sweetness. On the swallow there is a light bitterness that quickly fades to a lingering soft bitter pine flavor

M: Very good carbonation from bottle conditioning and very smooth and silky on the palate which is a Great West Coast DIPA given the IBU and alcohol content

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nice to see TJ's getting some AleSmith brews on tap lately. This one poured a crystal clear amber color with a small white head that left a bit of soapy lacing on the snifter it was served in. Nice clean aroma rich with citrus and piney hops. Taste was actually a bit subdued, surprisingly; not quite bland, but pretty lack-luster, compared to what I got in the nose. Caramel malts, crisp hops--citrus, pine, tropical fruit--nice and dry in the finish. All the typical qualities were there, but it just felt a little thinned down to me. Otherwise, body was light-medium, slightly sticky, and while it may have been a tad lacking in the flavor department, the tamer amount of palate-recking hop flavor/intensity made it that much more drinkable. So it pretty much balanced out, for a good quality beer in the end.

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Photo of SalukiAlum
2/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big inch tall dense foamed head on a murky dark yellow.
Awesome head retention with splotchy lacing.

Juicy floral hoppy goodness.

Omnomnom. "Pineapples." Bright hops and actually a big malty caramel background. Different.

Properly carbonated, perhaps heavy on it. Medium mouthfeel.

More malty than huge hops for a DIPA. Huge thanks to TATURBO for a beer I never thought I'd get to.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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