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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 theghost3
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Winter version of this on New Year's Eve.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a 3-finger, frothy orange-beige head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is slightly pine & citrus hops with some dried fruits, spices such as coriander, and a little sweet maltiness. The taste is citrusy hops, which are not overpowering. There are also spices and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and sticky.

This is a drinkable Imperial IPA. It's not a hop bomb but is well balanced instead.

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Photo of Popkas
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep amber with a frothy head that leaves a ton of residual. So far so good.

S: Pine and citrus nose with some balance of malt.

T: Starts with a mild bitterness immediately followed with a mellow sugary malt. But that's not it...the citrus and hops come through strong in the end.

M: Mounthfeel is a little bit thinner that I was expecting. Thin, carbonated and slippery/oily.

D: Balanced and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sadly, the second to last of my beers from Joey over at South Bay Drugs. Have to put another order in...

A little bit of a strange situation, this, given that there are two separate YuleSmith's being mixed into one review. Nonetheless, I'm going for it. This is the Winter version, hypothetically and Imperial Amber.

Deep amber color with a big creamy two fingers of off-white head that leaves perfect lacing as it drains. Really excellent flavor to this one. Dirty, slightly roasty, caramel malt mixes beautifully with the big, slightly spiced, drying hops. A hint of sourness, although not nearly as strong as in the AleSmith IPA. Subtle hints of chocolate and cookies, as well as some dried fruit for sure. Tastes like a big, beautiful hoppy red, which is what it is. Body is surprisingly thick and creamy, with subtle carbonation that lets the flavor shine.

Really an excellent beer, although the winter version certainly is not the absolute hop bomb the summer is made out to be (haven't had the chance to try it yet). This one is hoppy, no question, but a spicy hop balanced really well with a caramel malt backbone. Could drink them all night.

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Photo of swhite11
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Winter release. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

[Appearance] - Pours dark amber with an orange hue. Head pours creamy/foamy off white with 3 fingers. Retains/laces well.

[Aroma] - Bready malt with caramel sweetness upfront. Citrus hop character follows with notes of lime/orange/tangerine. Alcohol is slightly apparent.

[Taste] - Sweet malt dominates upfront. Alcohol follows with a slightly dry, fusel feel. Hop taste is underdeveloped and restrained. Bitterness sets in back palate and is prominant but does not fully balance this beer as an Imperial IPA.

[Mouthfeel] - Spritzy carbonation and dominant malt sweetness detract from the beer. Alchohol and hop bitterness dry the feel but only back palate.

[Drinkability] - 1 1/2 pints was a job. Too sweet and cloying upfront for my tastes.

[Overall] - Reminds me of a junior 120 Minute IPA with more hop bitterness. A big Imperial IPA that is a bit to sweet.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from summer issued bomber to pint glass on x-mas eve.

Pours a deep orange body with a good sized off-white head with some retention and a little lacing. Smells of strong hops, which are grapefruity and sort of piney. There's a good amount of malty caramel backbone. Taste is very complex and just about perfect, imo. Great bitterness along with fruity sweetness from the hops along with a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is dry and clean. overall it was a great beer, wish I could get it around here.

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Photo of racer2k
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into 20oz glass

A - Dark amber color which creates a fat frothy cake batter colored head about 2 inches thick. Lots of lacing around my glass. Plenty of carbonation is observed as well.

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit and hops are predominate but there is a hint of malty flavor as well. Smells like a spicy high powered IPA.

T - Initially there is a tangy grapefruit citrus like flavor that is quickly followed by a moderate malt blast. This creates a nice balance in the beer which creates a dry clean finish.

M - Moderate carbonation with a viscous sticky mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation to keep the beer alive in my mouth.

D - Very drinkable and the high alcohol in the beer is hardly noticeable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer indeed.

O - A perfect holiday beer to change up the pace. A nice complex DIPA with a balanced hoppy and malty profile. Love the dark amber color as well.

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

AleSmith Yulesmith is a hazy amber ale with particles afloat. It's topped by a yellowish elastic head that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a spicy aroma with notes of orange peel, coriander and rye. It smells a little doughy. It's full bodied and syrupy with a chewy, sticky finish. It has a full flavor that's well balanced. Like the aroma, there are notes of orange peel, coriander and rye bread. It has a light, but long, bitter finish. A big and satisfying beer.

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Photo of hrking
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved this a little heavy on the sugar side but had a great dry hop nose. Drink smooth and not overly hoppy for an IPA..Very drinkible.I like the Winter YuleSmith better though.. This is one of those double releases in Summer and Winter..The winter version is a superior brew IMHO..

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle, definitely this year, great extra from JonnyJ.

A-pours a transparent hazy bright gorange color with tons of a fulffy white head.

S-a good balance with stronger hop presence, the caramel malt sets the foundation, lots of spicy grassy hops, notes of citrus, touch of pine and some kind of medicinal phenol.

T-balanced malt presence, notes of caramel, tons of pine in the flavor, hoppy pine, light citrus notes, a good bit of spice with strong grassy herbal hop back.

M-syrupy and resignous, medium to full body, thick and chewy, good carbonation, almost a dry finish.

D-much better, solid imperial IPA, light balance with great hop flavors and a huge spicy profile which is quite intersting and nice.


A-pours a clear golden orange color with particles floating around. a tight creamy off white head with a thick lace left all over the glass.

S-the nose is huge and mostly a mix of pine, caramel, and burnt brown sugar.

T-the taste follows the nose, tons of brown sugar, slightly burnt, lots of caramel, and a touch of pine. very faint bitterness and hint of booze in the back.

M-smooth, good carbonation on a medium body with a syrupy feel that coats the mouth.

D-imperial IPA? huge malt base, more like a barleywine. could this be last years???

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoa, someone tell Celebration Ale they've got competition (quality wise, not cost/quality wise, as this Yulesmith is expensive).

Pours a craggy orange. Doesn't look like a holiday beer for the most part. Aroma, whoa, this might be the piniest aroma I've ever experienced in a beer. Maybe one of the best smelling beers ever.

Taste, come to flavor country. The perfect mix of holiday, pine, citrus hoppiness. But seems to derive much of this through dry hopping v. boil, as the bitterness stays very well in check.

Can just drink and drink this bad boy. Bring the cost down, this could be a frequent favorite, instead of an only one 22oz a year purchase.

EDIT: Had a stale one of these, a little too pricey to not have some guaranteed age dating on this one. No bottle dates suck.

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Photo of guinness310
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pouring this winter release into an oversized wine glass...

A: A mild-thick pour creates a lightly yellowish one finger head with good retention that sits atop a burnt-orange almost ruby body.

S: Piney grass, and citrus notes give this a very earthy nose. malty hints are nicely blended in it as well. Cloves?

T&M: This mild bodied beer is nicely carbonated with a heavy introduction to the piney flavour in the beginning, bittering hops in the middle and a malty-smooth dry finish at the end; with the 8% evident yet never overwhealming in the beer. Great lacing.

D: Overall drinkability was very good as the ethyl alcohol was not too overpowering. A definite great beer worth recommending.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark chestnut red, with a massive creamy yellowy white head that retains really well. Aromas of strong resinous pine, lemony citrus, slight kola nut, oranges, a bit peppery, Underlying sweet maltiness (caramel, bready). Strikingly hoppy taste from the start, blast of thick oily hops, piney, lemons, grapefruit, oranges? Followed closely by a sweet creamy caramel toffee flavour, sugars, sweet breads, and butterscotch. Finishes with a clinging hoppy bitterness and a slightly warming alcohol feel. Slick and oily in the palete, coating the mouth. Very light carbonation, and a full body. Cracking beer! Really smooth and enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the YuleSmith 2009 Holiday/Christmas Ale.
Pours an opaque amber color with a one finger head that eventually settles to a thin creamy layer that stays on top, has a little bit of carbonation. Swirl the glass and the creamy lacing sticks to the glass and then some, it eventually settles back to the glass but takes awhile, looks thick. Smells of carmel/toffee and bready malts, pine, citrus, a little grassy earthiness. Taste or carmel, toffee, pine, has a strong malt backing while the hops come into play at the end of the sip. Finishes boozy and dry with lingering bitterness. There's a slight warming in the throat but the booze bite isn't as bad as what one would expect judging from the smell and the initial sip. Is a lighter side of heavy in body, nice carbonation comes through on the tongue. The malt and hops play well together and complement each other nicely with one not overpowering the other. Overall, is an enjoyable brew but not one I'd want too often, it is a filling beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought online from

Poured a deep coppery red / burgundy colour. Creamy mocha head poured very thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Strong piney resin, citrusy and peppery hop notes backed by some sweet toffee and caramel maltiness, dark dried fruits (figs, prunes, cherries), toffee apples, light chocolate, some booziness, toasted nuttiness, earthy, light liquorice, some overripe banana and orange, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, hints of leather...

Taste is very complex... initial blast of citrus and grassy hops and piney resin followed by good toasted toffee malts, fruit cake notes, treacle sweetness, lots of rich fruits (figs, prunes, raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges, light grapefruit), hint of warming alcohol (traces of rum ?), butterscotch, faint metallic traces...

Feel - Smooth and slightly oily initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium / full bodied... for a big, bold and boozy brew this is dangerously drinkable stuff...

Overall - My first ever Alesmith beer and i wasn't disappointed... highly recommended...

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

I have a green and red festive bottle for the Christmas season. I poured it into my large pills style glass. It produced a three finger billowy off white head that just stuck around. The body was a beautiful clear burgandy red in color.

The aroma was piney and grassy not a hint of malts come thru in this one. It was pure hops in all its glory. You could smell them as soon as the cap was off the bottle. The flavor had a bit more malt than I expect in a west cost DIPA. It reminded me of when I sugar my grapefruit, it had about that same flavor profile to me. It had a medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation. I will say the bottle also had it right, it finished dry.

I easily finished the bomber myself today the drinkability is there. I would have had more but the bottle price is a little prohibitive for that. Saying that a little pricy for DIPA there are a few better for less coin

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the brewery. The last Alesmith bottle release that I have yet to have, and irony-of-ironies, I have it on-tap at the brewery. Warmed up with a sampler of the regular IPA to get my palate in order. Came with an orange color and sticky head. Fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma with grapefruit, mint, and peach. There is also some nutty malt. The flavor has soft, fruity hops and more bready malt sweetness than I was expecting. Lower on the bitterness scale, with a good balance that is almost too malty. Nice, though not the dry hop bomb that I had come to love after a day and a half of local IPAs.

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

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a one finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some light lace develops.

Smell: caramel, pine, and grapefruits are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, big pine tones, grapefruit, and alcohol are most noticeable. Somewhat hidden fruit sweetness lingers in the background. The biting hop bitterness is showcased here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping big beer where a few glasses are doable but will hit you in a single session.

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Photo of oceanman
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter version.

Copper/amber color, thin head, active carbonation.

Complex nose - floral, vegetal (squash), fruit (raspberry), hops noticeable.

Fruit-driven bitterness on front end mounts towards richer, drier, espresso-like bitter finish. Malty, nutty sweetness gives depth to the bold hop bitterness.

Good carbonation, rich flavors but not harsh.

A well-balanced flavorful brew.

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Photo of medic25
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy copper-amber color, with a thick white head. Citrusy aroma of hops. This is a great tasting beer. Very strong hoppy flavor, but not to the point of being overwhelming. There is a nice malty presence that gives the beer just the right amount of sweetness and warmth. This is an easy drinking beer for such a high ABV; great choice for the first snow of the year!

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a great trade from Imperialbeachbrw. Didn't realize it was the summer DIPA release otherwise I would have drank it right away. I thought it was the red ale, which I could age a little more. Oh well, time makes fools of us all. I'll assume the hops would be blasting me more had this been fresher.

A: A nice big thick 1.5 finger head rises up the glass leaving the big bubbles in the middle where the pour went through. and a thick fluffy head where it did not. A pale golden orange color dazzles me, being very light golden color at the bottom where it thins, and a nice amber orange color towards the top where it thickens (in the tulip glass that is). Lots of little bubbles rise up the top through the semi hazy but mostly clear liquid. The loads of particulate at the bottom of the glass make me wonder if that will add to it or it went too long before drinking. I stir it up in a tornado of fury and watch the haze it adds to the glass. Big chunks of yeast now dance around the glass but don't change the aromatic or taste qualities.

N: If this has lost any hop aroma, then Alesmith are crazy people (although they are). Huge heavy hop aromas smash my nose. Some nice piney, citrus, and floral juicy hops come right out first. It's followed closely with some sweet malts, but those are pretty light, mostly its the kind of sweet malts that come with heavy abv DIPAs, with hints of alcohol. Hints of grapefruit make their way out, but remain pretty light. I can see that the grapefruit and citrus was probably stronger in the aromas when it first came out, but it's still pretty damn good!

T: The hop taste hits even harder. It has a pretty strong wet hop taste with troves of pine, citrus, and even more juicy hops than that. A nice backbone of lightly sweet malts, crystal and the like, stand up. It adds a slight spicy hop taste. Waves of bitterness hit in a few rhythms. The malts are accompanied by hints of alcohol. The hops get semi thick and chewy mid palate.

M: Pretty thick, lots of carbonation (opposite of a Tomme'd bottle), and touches of alcohol warmth and tingly. It also has a slight oily feel, but very slight.

F: It finishes even more bitter than it started. The bitterness just weighs down the tongue, which is helped with the sweet malty backbone that seems to linger with it. It dries out a bit with help from the heavy spicy bitterness. A slight hop oil and sweet malt stick around for quite some time after the swallow. Due to the heavy malt sweetness and crazy bitterness, as well as higher abv, it is a definite sipper beer, and takes a little time to finish.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

winter--bomber poured into tulip...thanks james for sending this one my way..

a-deep amber color...nice frothy three finger off white head...that lasted throughout this brew..lacing and great legs..bubbles were there as well

s-grapefruit..pine..grassy and resinous...malt seems subtle just enough to hold this together...i will say next to pliny this is probably the best smelling beer ive had the pleasure of trying..slight spice in the end..

t-grapefruit and citrus briefly start this one off then the pine and grass rush in the take over...malt like the nose is subtle but their to keep things in check...a slight spiciness to it as well...finishes biter and semi dry

m-resiny and sticky...clings to the mouth forever as well as the taste stick around also...carbonation is prickly making this one easy to sip on...perfect

d-off the charts..why do we not get this in NC...i digress..a true pleasure to sip on...i did not want this one to end...

overall a true surprise in the box i received...and a gem of a beer...if this were available in NC i would drink this as long as it was around...another sold brew from alesmith

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Photo of Intimidtor
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WINTER EDITION: What a fantastic seasonal IPA. Got this badboy from Sideswipe in trade. Thanks buddy. Outstanding blend and should be considered a must try.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Poured a darker amber with thick foamy head.
S-Smell was fabulous, I would call this Great Lake Crhistmas Ale on Steroids.
T-Excellent and well rounded flavor. Hints of a strong ale seasonal like cinnamon and malt and hops, hint of pine and grapefruit
M-Faboulous, nice thick with wet finish
D-Very high. This is a must try.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, hazy brow. Nice creamy looking tan colored head, and nice lacing.

S - Oooo! All citrus. Big grapefruit and sweet clementine. Hints of lemongrass and slight earth feel to it.

T - Nicely balanced. When it comes to IPAs, I usually like a full force hop assault, but this is very good. Ripe citrus leads into piney grassy hop resins. The malt comes through and layers the tongue with sweetness. The hops follow up with round three and add some beautiful bitterness. Very nice.

M - Just right. Nice thick chewy body, with moderate carbonation. There is a slight dryness on the tongue from the alcohol, but it makes the finish nice and crisp.

D - Dangerously drinkable. This bad boy goes down smooth, and the alcohol is almost undetecable. Sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light copper color with a nice two finger bright white head. Excellent lacing left on the glass after numerous sips. A nosefull of floral hops, but I fear that had I pulled this from the IPA fridge sooner it might be stronger. I get some lesser pine and caramel malt hints. Flavor is very much the same. A nice floral hop bite up front quickly balance by a caramel malt backbone. I even get a bit of a biscuit flavor in the malt. Amazingly light mouthfeel for all the character and ABV. In the end an exceptionally well balanced DIPA, and enjoyably drinkable.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Bright orange pour, with a monster of a head. Three plus fingers of foam sit atop. Head retention is outstanding, and there's some very nice lacing left on the glass.

Deliciously hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, maybe even some green apple, and pine, with a light hint of sweet malt.

Flavor follows the aroma. Loads and loads of tasty hops. There's practically no trace of alcohol. This one isn't full of caramel malt sweetness like the Winter version, and it's even more drinkable.

Medium-full body. Carbonation level is perfect, as this one is smooth, smooth, smooth. Unbelievably easy drinker.

Note: After going back to look at my YuleSmith Winter review, I see the score is exactly the same in each category. Wow, can't beat that.

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