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AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
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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 IdrinkGas
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured gently and got huge fluffy head that swelled out of the glass but didn't overflow. The head stuck around for about 10 mins and left a real nice lacing. One of the best heads I've seen on an IPA.

S: Citrusy and tropical aromas. Definitely lots of grapefruit and some pineapple. SOme malt is present also.

T: Strong citrus hop taste followed by sweet malty/bitter hop finish. I like the balance.

M: Well carbonated, full bodied.

It has a lot going on but everything balances out perfectly! I really like this beer. Its by far my favorite Alesmith offering!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Summer 2010 release.

A: Pours a citrus-orange golden with a huge, dense, creamy white head that took forever to recede into a dense dollop of fluffy head that left thick sheets of lace all the way down the glass.
S: Floral, piney, and grassy hops, lemon juice, slight banana-y esters, and a little bit of cream right after the pour. Slight notes of sweet malt undertones.
T: Follows the nose with big floral and citrus hop flavors. Big notes of apricots, peaches, tangerines, grapefruit, lemon zest, honeydew, bready dough, cinnamon, spices and pine. Finish is sweet with just a hint of malt and alcohol. Very fresh and juicy flavors.
M: Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and light carbonation. Bitterness isn't that bad considering the strong hop punch. Very sweet and balanced.
D: What a delicious DIPA. I'd put this one in my top ten for sure. Flavor is one of the best hop combinations I've come across. Very balanced, juicy and refreshing.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been dying to drink this beer and I finally snatched one up at the hollywood portland whole foods. score!

A: Pale yellowish orange. Visible bubbles, HUGE head. Cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Beautiful!

S: Balance of strong citric/floral hops and strong malt, as expected in a IIPA. Surprisingly not as aromatic as their IPA, but got better as it warmed.

T: Good lord, this is a complex beer. Tons of citrus and floral hops mix with the caramel malts to create a perfectly balanced beer. There are tastes in here I've never found in an IPA, and I worship at the altar of hop bombs.

M: This beer dances in your mouth. No flaws at all in texture, body, etc.

D: This is an IIPA? So smooth and drinkable, the 8.8% ABV hardly registers. Wow. I need another.

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Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Three plus fingers of billowing big airy chunky slightly off-white head... Excellent retention... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation swirling throughout... A pale golden color with a faint orange hue... Loads of lacing cling to the glass...

S - No surprise that this is hop forward in a citrusy way... Mango... Pineapple... Orange... Red Grapefruit... A minor underlying base of bready malts and cracker...

T - Hop forward as expected, but slightly more bitter on the palette... Sweet tropical fruits mixed with a mild bitterness... Some cracker and some bready malts...

M - A touch of foam hits this lips first... Medium bodied... A tad chewy... A slight carbonation bite kisses the tongue... Slightly sticky and resiny... Slightly dry finish with a faint lingering bitterness...

D - A world class DIPA... Outstanding in every facet... A memorable offering and a very impressive introduction to Alesmith... Drinkability is off the charts...

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Photo of sitarist
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppy Christmas in July!

This beer pours a yellow color with orange highlights...it is cloudy with a steady stream of bubbles...the head is white and an inch thick...it falls to a top coating that leaves a ring and spotty lacing...It is glowing, begging me to drink it.

Mmmm this sure smells good...mango, papaya, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and candied hops in a light syrup...there are also some bread notes...This is the best smelling beer that Ive came across...it tickles my nose!

I taste Heaven... tropical fruits, candied hops, grapefruit, wheat bread, grape jolly ranchers, my first kiss...this really is one hell of a beer! Is this candy or beer?

My mouth doesn't even feel this beer!

It should be a sin to make a beer this potent, this drinkable!...I'm glad that I bought more than one, and I hope that they have more! One of, if not the best beer that Ive ever had!

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Photo of jampics2
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

O beautiful for hoppy ales,
That smack you in your face;
For tropical perfumey hops
Above the malty base!

I wait for this beer every year. Just stunning in its youth - really a beer that gives that brewery waay up the California coast a run for it's money. I got some bottles today right after it came off the truck and rushed home to cool one down and crack it open.

22oz of love, into my Stone snifter. Looks amazing. Just exceptional, perhaps the perfect looking DIPA. Golden orange with active carbonation. A nice white head really sticks around, leaving beautiful lace when it does retreat to a ring. Just beautiful, one of very few perfect ratings I've given for appearance.

Smell is tropical hops to the extreme. Layer after layer of grapefruit, mango, orange, and pineapple. Tons of underlying sweetness to compliment the hops. A touch of pine as well. I've only had one or two DIPA's that come anywhere near this. There's just a smidge of noticeable alcohol that brings this down a half point.

Taste is almost perfect. A wonderful floral and citric bitterness is backed with a sweet caramel malt that is just wonderful. Really close to the perfect hoppy flavor IMO - it's not ruinous or overly bitter without balance. The sweet malt and bitter edge to the hops fade in unison. I go from the tropical rain forest to the Pacific NW as the hops go from orange to pine. A great DIPA, hopbursting at it's best.

Medium bodied but feels much lighter. Kiss of carbonation gives the bitter edge a bit lighter feel. Almost creamy m/f actually makes the lingering bitterness feel better. Wow. Perfect mouthfeel here.

I've only had a few beers this hoppy that I considered to have exceptional drinkability. Most memorable was Pliny the Younger from Russian River. This comes damn close. God bless America for brewers who aren't afraid to persue flavor at any cost.

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Photo of hawks10
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy with tons of fluffy, meringue-like head...

Rather weak aroma, soapy, with a bit of a medicinal alcohol aroma. Decent amount of tropical fruit hops, but something just doesn't sit well with me..

Malty and heavy, thick and resinous. Piny with a twist of citrus. Lingering bitterness in the finish...

Medium to full bodied, thick and sticky. Mouthfeel was best part of this beer...

Not that good...somewhat disappointing. Taste and aromas were just mediocre at best and this one just makes me want a fresh Hopslam even more...only 5 more months to wait!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me some Yulesmith

A-big head with a golden color, looks tasty. Nice lacing

S-Smells real nice. Floral hops, sticky sweetness. Fruity and appetizing. Lemme get my lips on this.

T-Floral, fruity hopbomb followed by a well balanced malt that makes me happy. Could bang this beer back all night. Reminds me of Ballast Point's Sculpin. It is similar in hop profile and drinkability.

M-Stays on the tongue for a while and thats a positive. Delicious.

D-8.8% and the alcohol is almost a nonfactor. Very drinkable.

Distributed for the summertime; would love to drink it year-round.

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

Pours with a huge off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Pleasant aromas of tropical fruit (specifically peach,mango and pineapple) and citrus. Light floral notes. All signs point to a well rounded hop profile! Trust your nose on this one. I taste every single element that came through in the aroma and then some. Lots of rich grapefruit and tangerine tinged hoppiness, delivered on a wave of prickly carbonation. The tropical fruit notes yield to pleasantly bitter flavors, all rounded out by a big, malty backbone. The mouthfeel is rich and juicy. The high carbonation never allows the slightly mouth-coating bitterness to overwhelm the palate. Certainly one of the best Double IPA releases of the summer season. But at $10.99 a bottle, I probably won't be drinking too much of it.

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Photo of fear025
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to Jodan for this extra bottle!

Aroma:On first sniff, I get the delightful smell of sweet cotton candy! More subtle is some orange citrus smells.

Appearance:This beer has a pale golden color, with a nice thick head of white foam.

Taste:This beer is quite an eye opener at the first taste, because of the huge hoppy flavors. Once I can get past the pure bitterness, the grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops starts to come through. There is a fair amount of sweetness that tries to balance the hops, but falls short. The sheer amount of alcohol in this beer is more noticeable in the aftertaste than in the foretaste. Also on the aftertaste, once the bitterness recedes, the peach flavor lingers pleasantly.

Mouthfeel:The mouthfeel on this beer is kind of harsh, due to the huge amount of hops and alcohol.

Drinkability:I think I like this beer in small doses, as it's so strong and hoppy, definitely a sipper.

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Photo of boralyl
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - From a bomber to my tulip it produces a huge billowy white head that sticks around for a long time. When it finally recedes, it leaves some excellent lacing. The beer is a light golden color with subtle orange hues.

S - This beer gives off a very pungent tropical smell. There is passion fruit, pineapple and orange present.

M - Medium in body with active carbonation that prickles the tongue. Despite the carbonation there is still a creamy feeling as well.

T - There is some bready malt up front that is followed by a complex variety of flavors from the hops. Every time I take a sip I notice another subtle flavor. In no particular order there is lemon, pineapple, orange, woody pine and grapefruit. It has a nice long bitterness and the flavors linger around in your mouth. There is a light alcohol warming as it goes down.

This is an amazing beer, it's got a ton of flavors tantalizing your taste buds and urging you to take another sip. Alesmith did an excellent job on this one, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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

A - Bronzey clear gold with tight nearly white head. sticky lace.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and vanilla over a light malt aroma.

T - Miexed bread and fruit with lots of bitter hops. Flower buds, tropical fruit, pine sap, crisp citrus, and some woodsy herbal notes. Green pine makes a secondary appearance on the finish with whit pepperiness.

M - Moderate-full, perfect for the style with coating creaminess. Sparkling carbonation and quite astringent..

D - Super enjoyable with well integrated alcohol. Full bodied and rich, about as much as could be accepted for a "summer" brew.

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Photo of ewright
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage poured (several times) into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color, pretty standard for the style. But the head on this beast is otherworldly! A good 2" of meringue tops this beer and refuses to dissipate! Right now, there is a big chunk of foam clinging to the glass even after the rest of the head has receded to a very thick ring around the glass. Did I mention that I started this beer 15 minutes ago?

S: Huge notes of mandarin orange peel and a whiff of honey from the malt supporting the fruit. Faint pineapple notes lift to the surface as well. Incredible aromas!

T: Everything the nose promises and then some. On top of the citrus notes from the hops is a crisp, almost minty note in the aftertaste. And boy, does the flavor stick with you. I'll be having dreams of this beer tonight.

M/D: How can I sum this up? In a word: perfection. Enough carbonation to support the head for an amazing length of time, plenty to keep the taste buds hopping, but not so much as to distract from the experience. I'm having a hard time savoring this beer... My mouth keeps saying "MORE"! I've had PtE at 3 weeks and this beer at a similar age. I'm sorry, but this beer blows Pliny away.

I never thought I'd give a beer a perfect score, but like James Bond said, "Never say never again"

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Yule Smith poured into tall nonic pint glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a booming white head of tiny bubbles, over a fairly clear, golden body with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Piney and citrusy aromas. All hops.

Smooth entry on the palate. Sharp, resinous pine bite, with a healthy dose of unripened pineapple, and some grapefruit bitterness. Good dose of tabacco-like smoky quality, too. The sweet malt tries hard to keep up with the hoppy bite, but comes in second. For all the bite in the flavor, it's actually quite smooth and oily in the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer - full of flavor, and easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich/fluffy two fingers of white head on a golden amber body; copious lacing.

Fresh scents of tropical fruit (pineapple), grapefruit, citrus, flowers, oranges; fruity and floral.

Woody pine, Earth, light citrus (lime, lemon, dominant grapefruit) and mangoes. Bitterness is slightly harsh, builds quick, and remains moderately high in level throughout. Alcohol is well hidden. Tongue drying and a touch of salty/mineral flavor. Finish is pine and grapefruit (Cascade/Columbus).

Medium high carbonation with a creamy body that is just the perfect weight on the tongue.

Hops flavors are showcased with hints of garlic and onions, and a subtle malt backbone with a bitter pine and sweet grain finish which make an enjoyable brew. Not the best DIPA I have had, but definitely fresh and juicy, A little less woody astringency would make it a superior beer.

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Photo of abrand
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass. Been wanting to try this beer the last few summers and finally get the opportunity.

The Yulesmith DIPA pours a golden orange color with a HUGE frothy lacey head that never fully dissolves. An amazing pour. Nose is citrusy, malty, and hoppy. Not as huge aromas as other Cali brews but still a great smelling beer. Taste is extremely fruity with a nice hop finish. I am in love with the taste of this. Some piney notes as well as caramel malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is great for this beer. An easy drinking style and a delicious tasting beer. I would love to have this accessible to me every summer.

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Photo of meatyard
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly clear, golden/orange with a 2-finger, pretty, dense, white head that has good retention. It leaves just a bit of lace as the wet lacing follows the head as it falls.
The smell is grapefruit & pineapple from a foot away. Upon a close smelling, it's the same aroma plus bubblegum. A bit of sweet malt peeks out of the smell as well.
The taste is so pleasing. There is a good mix of tasty grapefruit, sweet malt and a very light, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is bordering on thick yet creamy. Carbonation is moderate but more than adequate.
Drinkability: Well, if you like tasty hops with a short stab towards balance, a moderately high ABV but still on the lower side for DIPAs, this is a good one to try. I would like another, please.

Alesmith is a recent arrival to Philly, something to be very happy about. We just don't get enough good beer here, uhuh.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance only gets a 3.5 because while this has a great hazy golden apricot body and huge voluminous white head, the lacing is minimal and actually sub par.

Smell includes my favorite requisite aroma in big IPA's, PINEAPPLE! Lots of pine and a little peach hang out in support as well.

Taste is big oily pine, tropical smoothie, and banana. A little spice shows up from the hop oil as well.

Mouthfeel is round and creamy. Carbonation fades fast but is initially soft and scrubbing.

Drinkability is about appropriate for the ABV. I would have guessed this at 8%+ based on the taste and would have been right. The alcohol is part of the profile and is integrated well. Recommended to all fans of the style.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 oz bomber from the brewery today. Poured into my snifter glass.

A - The pour is a hazy orange color. There's about a finger width of frothy head. It settles fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing on my glass.

S - Sweet tropical fruit mostly dominate the smell, though it's not as potent as some other IPA hop bombs. I think I get mostly tangerine and grapefruit. There is a bit of sweetness on the back end too.

T - Very piney...wasn't expecting that on the taste. There's a long, lingering grapefruit taste at the end too. Very hop forward, not a whole lot of malts balancing this out. Slight boozy bite at the end as well.

M - Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Just about spot on for a DIPA.

D - I think 22 oz is a good amount for this beer for one person. A growler of it would be great to split between 3 friends.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 4th of July

A: Cloudy orange good lace good head good head retention carbonation screaming from the top a creamy looking head

S: Orange grapefruit mango pineapple a bit of sweetness coming through from malt and fresh hop

T: Citrus tropical fruit slight amount of pine malt backs up the strong hops but is an afterthought no alcohol detected in smell or taste

M: med mouth high carbonation

D: Very refreshing summer IPA very drinkable

Overall: very good brew for hop heads and even non hop heads would enjoy this I think. The beer has a good fresh hop kick that does not overwhelm. Refreshing summer IPA cheers to Alesmith for this one!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my trusty Berwick Brewing pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for a whopping $8.99 a great price in these here parts. The last one on the shelf. Celebrating 4th of July with this one.

Yulesmith Summer goes into the pint glass looking a hazy orange with some gold trimmings in between, on par for a DIPA from out west. The head on this is magnificent, it really looks magical. It is a bright off white color with foamy bubbly appearance. It condenses into a creamy head with a rocky appearance. Billowy and glass coating, perfect!!

Smells leap out with vigor including a plethora of hop juice and sweet malts backing that huge hop bill. Getting a load of grapefruit with slight tangerine/orange and some papaya to go along. No real pine up in here. Citrusy but also sweet smelling. You can just smell the sweet malt backing, it does take 2nd place though. No sign of alcohol.

Yulesmith summer while very citrusy in taste does not contain any of those piney tastes often found in west coast DIPA's, no pine at all. A great mix of hops and malts. Citrus squeezed grapefruit with some papaya and mango although the mango is quite light. Sweet malt with semi caramel. The sweetness is big but not cloying. Not really all that bittering. A touch of alc. in the finish, small potatoes though. Great stuff.

The body is above medium with a semi coating feel that goes away in time. Im not bombarded by a bittering feel more like hop juice coating the mouth. I would not mind just a bit more bitterness, it ain't no thang. This is carbed fine and ample but it sort of gets lost under the body, not overly crisp. My tounge does not hurt after this. I could drink more beer after this and actually taste it, not a palate destroyer. This is a fresh bottle by the way.

All in all this is a great DIPA. I think some classify this as a imperial red ale and I can see that with the assload of sweet malt packed in here, but the tropical fruit screams WEST COAST DOUBLE. I drank a bomber of this and I felt the effects with 8.5% and I would do it again. Im on the prowl for more bottles. Great stuff.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with an amazing frothy head that seems to defy physics with its staying power. The aroma is wonderful. Full of grapefruit, orange and pine with just a touch of malt sweetness. The flavor is wonderfully hoppy and in your face. Pine, gapefruit citrus rind, lemon and some pinapple. The malt seems pretty subdued. It a little bit of a toasty chracter but overall it is just helping hold up a tounge bruising bitterness. There is a definite sense of heat in this double, but it seems to work well with the overall presentation. Medium bodied with a mouthfeel that seems fairly sharp and finishes nice and dry. Very drinkable and a great beer to kick back with on this 4th of July. Another superb beer from AleSmith.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy golden color with about 2 fingers of fluffy foam.

Smell: Very fresh and clean aroma of pineapple, mango and tangerine.

Taste: Taste mirrors the nose. Heavy flavors of pineapple, mango, tangerine, slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Wish this was a year round beer, but very enjoyable in the summer months. Will seek out again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from smokepot23, thanks! Drank this with Surly Abrasive because, well, they were both cold.

Pours a light, mostly clear deep golden color with a massive, rocky airy white head that settles into a thick foamy layer with bubbly rings of lacing. Aroma is exceptionally sticky and sweet, tons of tropical citrus fruits, primarily pineapple and grapefruit. Also a slight solventy alcohol tinge is in the nose. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation producing a pleasant clean, dry finish. Flavor is dominated by bitter piney and citrus hops, more pineapple sweet than anything else like the aroma with a fairly strong and mild spicy bready malt body providing some balance. I think I enjoyed the smoothness and balance of the Abrasive slightly more than this, but these beers have very little in common other than a category. Regardless, there was a very drinkable, bitter and citrus sweet west coast DIPA that is highly recommended.

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Photo of regspeir
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 0z bottle into a snifter.
Pours a lemon-orange with a huge pure white head. This head retention was as good as I have seen on an IPA and the lacing was extraordinary as well. Aroma is a wonderful nose of floral, pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste begins with some pineapple, grapefruit, peach and orange and some sweet malt (caramel/honey). This gives way to a little spice, some light bready notes and ends with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium with moderate carbonation. This beer has such a nice balance - nice edge/graininess and hops perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malts both as you drink it and after. This is a great beer and one I will aggressively seek out again.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,953 ratings
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