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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 OldIronLungs
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazy honey gold with minimal head that quickly turns to a film.

Nose is light citrus hops - not a whole lot going on there, but pleasant.

A sip is resinous with fruity citrus. A nice balance with caramel malt that isn't too sweet. A shade under-carbonated for my preference. Finishes pleasantly bitter with a bit of warmth from the alcohol blending nicely.

Was excited for this one, and it's definitely a well-balanced, not-too-sweet IIPA, but a few shades away from outstanding.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden amber

Aroma: piney hop aroma, with some malty sweetness(reminded me of syrup on waffles)

Taste: hops come through in the front followed my the strong malt backbone, nice subtle dry finish balanced

Mouthfeel: could use a little more carbonation in my opinion but it works, medium to light body

Nice decent beer from Alesmith, I prefer the IPA but this is nice.

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Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful golden yellow with a white head that leaves a great lacing.

Smell - Doesn't leave much to the nose. Small hop aroma with a faint citrus smell that lingers in the background. Pretty weak altogether.

Taste - Great balance of earthy hops, pineapple, and citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and leaves a nice delightful bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Exceptional beer here. Very drinkable!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright orange, but only a few tan bubbles form on one side.

S - Citrus, sweet malts, and some pine.

T - Sweet carmely malts, and a touch of citrus.

D - Low carbonations.

O - Really dissapointed here. This is a low carbonated sweet mess. I believe it is a new bottle also.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

recieved via trade from Big Dub - poured into a tulip glass, color is slightly hazy golden yellow, with a thin finger of head that sticks to the sode of the glass as it drops. Aroma is vry good, citrus and apricot, hint of pine. Taste is the same with bitterness hitting on the tail end along with a touch of heat from the alcohol. Malt backbone seems balanced if a bit on the light and sweet side. Overall a tasty IIPA, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Randy. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Pours a solid honey color with a finger of lasting white head.

Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma like mango and pineapple with a little bit of a bitter hop finish. Taste simmilar to the aroma. A little less of a hop flavor than I would like. Caramel malts come to mind but it has a pretty delightful tropical fruit flavor to it. Just leaves me wanting a little more of a hop character on the pallet.

Light body with good carbonation here. Overall seems to be a run of the mill DIPA. But I'm not complaining here. Just a little more hops and this would be world class.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky gold with awesome white head and lacing. The head is amazing and stays with it for an hour.

The smell is very floral. Citrus hops and flowers.

The taste is bitter and citrus but as it warms you pickup much more caramel and alcohol.

This is an amazing IPA. I've failed buying it before as I usually see it off times of the year but I'm glad I did!

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Photo of SDDanC
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head which holds firm for quite a while, decent lacing. On the nose it is super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.Taste is great, tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt and citrus fruits. The roasty malts and sweeter fruit notes come through towards the end. Overall, this is a great iipa. Rivals most heavy ipa's, Exponential watch out!

Reviewed from notes 7/15 from bottle

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Photo of amphion1065
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DearthVader for including a bottle of this in our recent trade. Bomber into a tulip.

Pours tangerine orange, with yellow highlights. The body is clear, almost translucent. One finger white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

The smell is fantastic. Tons of grapefruit, grass, and lemons come through in the aroma. The hops are incredibly potent (thanks for the fresh bottle Brian!), and there is a load of citrus in the nose. All of these smells are balanced with a perceptible sweetness that really evens things out. Tantalizing.

There's sweetness up front in the taste, with bitterness in the back. Quite a bit of orange, accompanied by candied lemon peel. Some crystallized pineapple, too - my first thought upon trying this beer was that it reminded my of dried fruit. There's a touch of alcohol, but it's minimal.

Nice mouthfeel here - the carbonation is spot on. It's a very drinkable beer, and although not terribly high in ABV it nonetheless does a good job hiding the alcohol.

There's a store by me that has had bottles of this sitting around on a display shelf since last summer, and I've been reticent about picking up a bottle. Given the benefit of a fresh sample, I've found a DIPA that I would love to revisit again. A little touch of Christmas in July.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Opaque golden, orange color topped by two fingers of dense white foam. Beautifully thick, gauzy lacing coats the glass as the head recedes.

S- Citrus, pine and pale malt aromas. Smells great!

T- Starts out with big citrus notes. Orange and tangerine predominate. Pine follows the citrus and a nice bitterness comes along with it. Sweet, pale malt does a very nice job of balancing things out mid-palate. The finish is dry with a pleasant bitter, orangey aftertaste which lingers.

M- Feel is medium bodied with a corresponding medium level of carbonation. ABV is quite well hidden in the melange of fruity, hoppy flavors.

O- This is one of my favorite DIPAs. I anxiously await it's release every summer. This batch does not disappoint, and is much better than last year's. Extremely well balanced with excellent citrus and pine characteristics. Refreshing and not overly bitter, just a great summer brew. Recommended.

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

Thanks to metallitone1 for this great bottle!

A- very excellent, golden, straw color with great lacing and head. This looks very enticing!

S- unfortunately, this is the least overwhelming aspect of this beer. Not much to the nose, except for a bit of hops.

T- really great balance of hops and malts. I get some great fruit on the end - both pineapple and even a bit of sour apple. Amazing, amazing taste.

M- very light and refreshing. This is super easy to drink and I instantly want more. Just a bit of hops on the finish and as this warms, the alcohol comes out some.

O- great, great bottle. I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of Klym
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a murky tangerine color with a small but lasting white head composed of very micro bubbles. Lacing is definitely there but most of it slides off quickly.

S: Pine and sharp citrus definitely from the hops, but also mostly just a very sweet fruity flavor, very much to me like pineapple soaked in orange juice. Smells really tasty.

T: Starts off a little sweet with a tropical fruit/juicy citrus, the taste mellows and almost disappears before the hops kick in with sharper pine and citrus notes and finally as you swallow a strong rind bitterness takes over, which is both refreshing but also borderline medicinal/bad. If I take a big enough swig it seems it can definitely just hit that aspirin level. I think a secret to really enjoying this beer is taking small sips at a time.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is plentiful but really spread out in the feel. Really like the way this beer moves in my mouth. Only complaint would be the awkwardness, probably caused in large by the bitterness, experience in the throat during the swallow.

O: I can see why this beer has a reputation. This is definitely much better than your average DIPA. That being said, the bitterness is probably a bit excessive and could use being toned down. I don't mind hop burn, but I do mind aspirin. Regardless, I look forward to trying this again next year!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Neighbourhood in San Diego on 7/4/11

A - Light to medium yellow colour; slightly hazy. One finger of thick, foamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops and a noticeable caramel sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind.

T - Sticky, oily hops. Very bitter. Grapefruit, orange zest. A decent caramel sweetness in the backbone.

M - Medium body. Oily and sticky. Light carbonation. Chewy.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got one of the first pints off the hand pump tap at Toronado.

Pours a light straw with a ton of lacing and head.

Smell consists of heaping quantities of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste contains a lot of the same with some citrus thrown in as well. Not a lot of malt to this one.

Carbonation was medium-low and this is a very easy drinking beer especially for the relatively high ABV the alcohol is masked quite efficiently.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden brown with a beautiful thick white 2 inch head.

Smell- super piney, hoppy, with sweet pineapple hint, and roasted malts.

Taste- tons of hops up front but it settles in with the sweet malt to balance this beer out. There roasted malts and pineapple come trough in the finish.

Overall- alesmith sets the standard in most of the beer styles and this one is no different.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 25th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - deep copper, one finger off white head and some lacing

S - lots of alcohol, very hoppy, pineapple, pine, grass, very yeasty, sweet malt, sugar, high octane everything, flowers, grass and tons of everything awesome

T - really sweet up front and than a wall of bitter. Nice yeast, lots of citrus and/or tropical fruits, sugar, sweet and complex malts, alcohol, pine and what seems like earth and/or wood/oak

M - big, carbonation, somewhat chewy, medium acidity, full bodied, nice balance and long finish

D - huge, complex, full bodied IPA. Copious amounts of hops malt and awesomeness. This is a great IPA. I am starting to be a big fan of yulesmith

Final thought - 8%+ ABV and only $7 a bottle. This one is worth it and if you find this on tap somewhere, please email me

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Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle (no dates or codes), appropriately enjoyed on Independence Day. Thanks sleepyhead for sending this one!

Perfectly clear copper pour into a tulip w/ minimal white head.

Nose is pure citrus and pine.

Taste follows nose: citrus, pine, and some booze as it warms. Hoppy, but no metallic bitterness. Just a clean, hop-forward DIPA. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

This is a very drinkable beer, a classic West Coast IPA.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been counting down the days to try my summer YuleSmith and now I finally am! Thought today would be the perfect day since it is a holiday ale and today is the holiday is was crafted for.

A: Golden appearance with an abundance of beautiful bubbles leading to a finger and half head that laces evenly around the glass.

S: Great robust aroma, the traditional notes of an IPA are present, but the addition of sweet scents was an added bonus, almost citrusy like and orange or tangerine.

T: I can say I was not disappointed, solid IPA from AleSmith and really enjoyed the undertones of citrus accompanied with the bitterness from the hops.

M: Typical medium bodied, lower carbonated IPA. No complaints.

O: I did enjoy this beer and it was a great start to my Independence Day celebrations. Been so satisfied with AleSmith beers in the past and this one is a worth addition to their already solid line-up.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

Bright golden orange. Not as much haze and/or sediment as I remember in year's past, which I think actually makes the beer more attractive as a whole. Spotted and ringed lacing down the glass.

Wonderful hoppy, citrus aroma. A lot of orange, mango, grapefruit in the nose. This beer fills the room with it's aroma as soon as the cap is popped. As the beer warms, it takes on a pleasant melon aroma as well.

A lot of flavors similar to the aromas. I would say the melon component is a bit more forward, with a decent amount of biting hop bitterness, and a touch of, almost honey like, sweetness. A delicious 4th of July DIPA.

Medium mouthfeel. No alcohol presence. A dangerous beer on a hot July day.

A very good annual offering from AleSmith. Happy to pick this one up every year. A terrific and consistent offering.

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Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Not sure if this is a 2011 or 2010 bottle but we'll see. Beer poured a slightly hazy orange color with a three plus finger of bubbly and foamy off white head, despite an attempt at a gentle pour. Lots of sticky lacing left on the insides of the glass as the head recedes slowly. Very effervescent with tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is dank pine, grapefruit, orange, light tropical fruits that is pineapple mainly, sweet caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. Even when fresh out of the fridge, nice heady aroma coming off the glass so this should be a fresh bottle. As it warms up a little, a little bit of peppery spice comes out, saison like or maybe like a toasted rye.

Orange and grapefruit bitterness first on the tongue, some old and dank pine, then mellows into some pineapple and papaya. Malt sweetness, caramel and maybe a touch of rye like spice, mid tongue, finishing dry with bitter citrus peel.

Medium bodied and very well carbonated with a fine champagne like bubble that is effervescent without being prickly in your mouth. Alcohol warmth is definitely felt, but you can't taste it unlike in the aroma. Very nice DIPA.

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

Summer version. Tulip glass.

Pours a pale gold with a finger and a half of pure white fluffy foam, decent retention and some lacing. Smells like juicy, rounded orange and pineapple, and tropical fruit. Taste is lemony with some orange and other citrus and tropical fruit, big hops up front with a lengthy, juicy/mildly bitter finish. Not much pine going on. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable. Overall, this is an exceedingly drinkable and delicious IPA. A shame this is seasonal.

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

2011 edition, brand spankin new! 750ml shared with SundaySour

Poured into a tulip

A: Lemony orange hybrid body with a light finger and a half head. The bubbles vary in size with the larger ones on top, the head is slightly off white. Strong gossamer lacing all over the glass. No red flags here.

S: Orange jolly rancher! really a fruity candy smell that is very interesting. This smell is intertwined with an interestingly floral/spicy hop note. Suggestions of citrus that is devoid of rinds; best I can say is lemon zest on saffron (?). It's bright but restrained. Final say is slightly green clementines.

T: A subtle yet slightly abrasive floral hop jumps down the throat. with a potpurri of blossoms, hibiscus, mandarin rinds, and faint rosemary. Green leaves and Aloe provide an herbal linger with modest bitterness leaves a homeopathic medicine taste in my mouth. This really is a floral bomb, with an evaporating hop bitterness in the back. Certainly a stray away from the typical west-coast doctrine of DIPAs.

M: medium/strong body for the style, the taste of dried pedals and green leaves contribute to the overwhelming sensation of rapid evaporation; the mouth is desert dry. However, flowery oils form a syrupy coat in the mouth. A sophisticated mouth-feel for this flower bomb.

O: This beer is definitely interesting, as it cleverly blends some of the lesser explored DIPA taste profiles. Most west coast DIPAs tend to weigh heavily on the citrus side, whereas this offering is most certainly a collaboration of lively hops, leafy greens, and dried flowers. There is this subtle spicing in the taste that keeps me from being bored; I guess I described it as saffron. That sensation seems to encapsulate the entire flavor experience of this beer in this constantly looping linger. While the flavor is interesting, I think the drinkability isn't as high as other DIPAs. The deep garden taste profile could probably trigger some sensitive allergies; it isn't messing around. I appreciate what Alesmith is doing here, and I give it credit for straying from the cliches of west coast IPAs. However, the wheel isn't being reinvented here, it just is kind of a damn weird wheel. Nothing is really going so wrong, but it is a bit of a convoluted drinking experience. I think some contrast would have done better here; the dry/floral combo loses it's vitality after a half bottle at 8.5%. The Alcohol ends up being too loud for for this bottle of perfume. While the flavors are done well enough to justify a good rating, I'd say this beer is a few years too late. West coast DIPAs are currently exploring juicier dimensions, while this throwback is stuck on overly floral hoppiness. However, as a holiday Ale this works: as what's more American than oily, resinous, and bittering hops? Nothing. Happy 4th.

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

Always look forward to this beer every year.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pretty clear golden color. Has a thin head for an IPA. Nice lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very citric hoppy with a bit of pine. Mangos. Peaches.

Taste is awesome. Nice and hoppy flavor similar to aroma with a nice malt flavor too. Nice hoppy finish. Hop bomb for sure. But good. Slight malty sweetnes though.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry like I like my hoppy beers. Nice higher carb.

Overall an awesome IPA that I always look forward to. Bought a bunch this year.

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Photo of scbrew
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden-orange with a nice slightly off-white head. Aroma is mainly hop citrus and floral. Great combination of hops over malt in the flavor. Very well balanced and not too sweet. Good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel. Outstanding example of West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of beerdweeb
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft @ Beachwood

Poured a godly copper color with a nice lacy head

Aromatics are out of this world. Intense fresh greeny hop scents explode for the glass. Slightly fruity and citrusy

Tastes backup the smell. Grassy, piney, citrusy, a hint of alcohol, and a nice hoppy finish. The freshness lingers in your mouth after swallowing.

Mouthfeel was as expected. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall an outstanding beer and would recommend to any hop heads. The freshness just blew me away.

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