AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
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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:
#1,186
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
1,955
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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269
Gots:
155
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Photo of facundoCNB
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a clean light golden pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head and great amounts of lacing. smells of toffee, pine, soap, honey, frosted flakes. piney bitterness up front followed by a spicy, earthy bitterness.. finished off by a nicely balanced sweet malty backbone. this is a very bitter, yet very tasty iipa. medium body, spicy feeling on cheeks from the alcohol warmth, creamyness makes this one a nice sipper, but it tastes so good you cant help but gulp in between!
overall this is an excellent iipa. spicy, sweet, hoppy, boozy.

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Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a mostly transparent but slightly unfiltered light orange. a silky white head that froths and leaves good lacing.
smells very citrusy, perfect for the summer refreshing pine smell.
the taste matches the aroma, and it is quite a hopped up beer. very fresh tasting and refreshing. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and smooth. its a great version of a double ipa; its a very hoppy flavorful beer, but is not overdone.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Gold, with some sediment in the body upon later pours. Big, dense white head that doesn't quit - great retention and sheeted lacing. Great citrus nose as expected, some orange, citrus zest, clementine and juicy fruit notes all around. Sweet malt and some pine. Just yummy. Taste is just as awesome, soft orange/clementine/tangerine/mango fruits just melt over the palate, accompanied by a mild pine and sweet cookie-ish malt character. Light alcohol, but not unwarranted. Medium full body, with quite low carbonation. An awesome DIPA, Alesmith continues to impress me.

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

Bomber from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. I was all set to check out, but then the guy working the growler taps pulled me aside Peter Lorre-style and told me they just got some AleSmith in that week. My arm still hurts from all the twisting.

Poured into a tulip - a holiday La Chouffe glass in spirit of the (non) season. Light amber golden, great colour, with a sturdy half-inch of lead and lots of Christmas icicle lacing.

Nose is mango, pineapple, citrus hops, pine, and sugar. Very pleasant.

Not what I was expecting, but that is definitely a good thing. The taste is quite different from the nose - it is still certainly a hop bomb, but with strong pine, spice and grain flavours, with the citrus taking a bit of a back seat. No matter, it still tastes pretty damned good. I'm not exactly sure where the "holiday" comes in, other than the fact that it's humid and sunny and I'm drinking a DIPA with a Christmas wreath on the bottle, but I must admit it is a lighter, more refreshing DIPA - if that makes any sense - so it isn't a heavy brew by any stretch. Citrus creeps in when it pleases, with orange peel and lemon.

Light carbonation, medium body, slighly oily, but good feel. Bitterness lingers for quite some time.

Great DIPA, took some getting used to, but by the end of the bottle I was hooked. In this heat wave, any excuse to think about Christmas has got my vote, and this brew did the trick.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and lacing. The aroma is big grapefruit, light pine, light sugar cookie, and a bit of caramel . The taste is sweet caramel, grapefruit, light pine, and a bit of sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering pine. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite good. Not as good as the regular IPA, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden-orange color from a 22 oz bottle (2012 summer version).
One finger foamy sticky head that dissipates slowly. Lots of sticky, oily lace along the insides of the glass.
Aroma is an explosion of tropical fruits; lots of peach, mango, pineapple, citrus and some hints of pine. This DIPA definitely has an inviting aroma.
Taste likewise is like a hop explosion, so much hop flavor on the palate the moment the beer touches the tip of the tongue. Just a little sweetness right upfront which gets completely drowned in a wave of bitterness. Sharp, crisp, dry finish that makes you want to have one more sip.
Easy drinking DIPA that is packed with loads of flavor and aroma.
Alcohol is also very well-masked.
This is a winner from Alesmith, a very good example of a classic west-coast hop bomb.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. Cool bottle label too...Cheers !!!

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MikeConklin
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeerForHokie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

22 oz bomber, no bottled on date, 2012 version that I picked up at the brewery a couple weeks ago, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color, produces an inch of creamy white head, great retention, leaves really awesome, thick and also delicate lacing.

S- Very fruity, orange and tangerine, also some perfume-like floral aroma with some honey-like malt aroma.

T- Loads of orange, grapefruit and pine are more subtle. Bitterness is grassy and a bit piney and persistent, less than I was expecting, it eventually gives way to a sweet malt flavor. Some hints of spice and booze round things out.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, crisp feel.

O- A solid DIPA, flavors are well rounded and not too aggressive, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ChulaVistaBarista
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sallmadsen
1/5  rDev -76.1%

Photo of mrsp1107
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SenorHops
1.5/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden straw, with a huge off white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of oranges, grapefruit pith, floral hops, a hint of the malts, and a boozy astringency.

Taste opens with a huge citrus, is bitter throughout, hints of the malt, and a super bitter earthy finish.

Texture is punchy, bitey, and astringently boozy. Almost bubbly, and definitely shouldn't drink too many of these.

A big hop bomb, I had this last year, but far removed from summer, so the beer wasn't it's freshest, but even then, it was hoppy, and now, it's just better.

DOA

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,955 ratings
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