AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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 mltobin
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dug up from some notes from this past summer.

Appearance is yellow, golden, two fingers of head. Its` nose has flowers, citrus hops and some toffee malt. Taking a sip out of this snifter and I taste pine, apricots and hops. Mouthfeel is medium, quite a bit of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish. Overall, a tasty dipa, worth checking out.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- poured a very bright orange that's slightly hazy and has a bubbly one and a half finger head with good retention and a few streaks of lacing.

Smells of piney hops, a little bit of sweetness, a hint of alcohol, and maybe a little grapefruit and cloves.

Has a very unique and complex flavor. Initially you get a little malty sweetness which is followed by some spice (the aforementioned cloves) and an earthy quality that must come from the malts. After that there's a little bit of warmth from the alcohol and a slightly dry finish that's both citrusy and earthy.

I let my friend try a bit and he said "Wow this has a great feel in your mouth". It is medium bodied and is medium to well carbonated. This is a great brew and one I would definitely get again, but perhaps not at ten dollars a bottle...

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Photo of kennethkearns
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
Picked up a bomber of this on clearance from Trenton Road Takeout in Levittown, PA for $3.95. Originally priced at around $12. Thanks SMAS!

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a very short white head that vanishes quickly. Has moderate carbonation and spotty lacing.

N: Resinous pine, tangerine, lemon, subtle caramel, fruity esters, navel orange and papaya. Orange citrus and pine come through the most.

T: Pineapple, papaya and tangerine upfront. Mid-palate brings in lemon, fruity esters, very subtle toffee notes, candy sugar, navel orange and grapefruit. Finishes with bitter citrus zest, resinous pine and some grassy floral notes.

M: Medium bodied, a little chewy, creamy, smooth, bitter and dry.

O: I’m honestly very surprised at all the hop action going on while this DIPA is nearly 4 months past its prime (and that’s being generous.) Tangy tropical fruits start on the front of the palate transforming into a more Americanized citrus profile and then finishes grassy, piney and bitter. I couldn’t even imagine how good this must have been fresh.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jwhancher
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this when I visited the brewery back in mid-September. Being that it's now January 2012, I waited way too long to pop open this one. The hop freshness I fear has faded. Anyway, I'm still reviewing it after having poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with ample white head that eventually fades to a few lonely bubbles at the top. No freshness date or bottled on date on the bottle.

S: Smells purely American pine & citrus hops. I imagine this would be in your face when fresh, but mine is still nice and refined. Smells like a great IPA after 6+ months time, but not DIPA fresh. Has a sweet hop residue scent going on - you can tell this one was highly hopped.

T: Hoppy & bitter. Piney & citrus hop showcase. Malts are nice & light to backup and showcase the hops obviously.

M: Bitter and sticky sweet which makes it feel a little medium full. Refreshing beer. Can see why they make this around the 4th of July. Would be a great hop treat in warmer weather.

O: AleSmith doesn't do a bad IPA. Really like this beer; however, I'm kicking myself for not having this earlier (and fresher)! AleSmith should really do their customers some justice by dating their bottles one way or the other, otherwise I could have been in for a real treat.

Will revisit when I have a sample again fresher.

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Photo of AGDMainer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of xenjoiii
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of brendaniel
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch

A: Like a slightly dark natural orange soda. Not much ofa head but fast rising carbonation.
S: Smells delicious, Sweet sappy hops, Reminds me of hop stoopid. Piney.
T: Definitely hop bitterness which is a bit too much, suggesting sourness, subtle sappy sweetness.. A hair creamy.
M: Dry, mild carbonation, tart.
O: Too bitter, but other characteristics are decent.

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Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kevfujii
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of rrryanc
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BRLockwood
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dasenebler
1.62/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber, no date. Purchased at DeCicco's Brewster. Assuming Summer 2011 batch.

Pours a hazy amber with a very small head. Poor retention, not much lacing.

Wet dog and cardboard on the nose. Can you say oxidized?!

Flavor is malty and woody, not much hops going on. Totally and utterly oxidized. Oh well. Carbonation is low. This is bad.

Dear Alesmith: CODE YOUR BOTTLES PLEASE! I have no idea of knowing how old this stuff is.

Dear Decicco's: How old is this beer-- 1-2 years? Why is it on the shelves?

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Photo of crnipeter
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden, slightly hazed body with few slowly rising bubble-trails, capped by thin yet well formed white head that sticks to walls as slowly retreats.
Aroma exhibits citrusy, floral and even spicy hops intermingling with sweet, caramel and biscuity malt. There is a pleasant pineapple-like fruity aspect to the aroma, and faint alcohol.
This is one of the better-balanced IIPA I've ever came across (or is it just hops died down to some degree to provide equilibrium?): zesty grapefruit-like citrusy hops give their way to the malt that gives impression of attenuation, then take front stage again towards the medium-dry finish when exhibit just the right amount of pungency. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness with woodsy notes verging on astringency.

Body is nearly medium with soft carbonation.

In short: a well balanced IIPA with dominant zesty citrus-like hops and well attenuated malt. (Bomber, no bottling date indication, into tulip.)

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Photo of rpaul2012
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -5.2%

AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
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