AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
1,951 Ratings
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 Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -1%

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

Poured from a big bomber with the green and red Winter release label. The Liquid is orange, with lots and lots of carbonation. The Head is Big, off white and lots and lots of blotchy lace on the glass.

The smell is hopy to be sure but wow is it worked over be the malt.

The taste is hopy bitter up front but the sweet candy like malt takes charge. The finish is nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, lots of carbonation but less of a bite.

The drinkability is good, but it is big and one should be enough.

Prosit MK

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

Pours a murky apricot with a finger of white head that doesnt go away at all. Smells of grapefruit and big caramel malt. Tastes like the DIPA hop explosion at the start but a rediculous amount of malt balances everything out. Alesmith is definitly all about balance. Almost barleywinish in its balance and flavor. Full in the mouth with great carbonation. More than a sipper but still demands a patient consumption.

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Photo of erha2
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, yellowish. Definitely a lighter color than most double IPAs. Pours with a good inch of head.

Smell: Pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Grapefruit. Intense pine needle bitter finish. Definitely a palate wrecker. My tongue is still buzzing. Definitely taste some alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Medium but oddly on the lighter side for this style. Good carbonation.

One of the good west coast style double IPAs. A bit too much alcohol knocks this down a bit. I'd prefer AleSmith IPA over this but still tasty.

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

Summer 05 release in a 22oz bomber. Clear orange in color with a two inch tall white foamy head. Light scattered lace was left as the head broke down. Citric hops galore in the nose with a fairly large sweet malt base being there. Surprisingly a little alcohol was peaking through which I didn’t remember from other releases of this. Grapefruit hoppiness with a good amount of sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Alcohol is there as well but doesn’t interfere too much. Light citric bitter bite on the finish. This years seemed to lack the floral component that I enjoyed before but it was still good. Thick and full with a surprising warming quality as it goes down. Good drinkability still. Solid and a bit different that previous releases but still tasty.

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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 sd123
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12/06/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2005 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper colored pour with a 3/4 inch solid nice white head. Lacing is very patchy and nice.

Smell- Lots of hops as expected. Pine and grapefruit as is the norm in most qulaity DIPA's. Maybe even some melon scents? Not much malt to sniff.

Taste- Pretty tasty. Heavy doses of pine sap and fresh squeezed grapefruit domintate the pallete. The sweeter caramel malt does come into play to make it a pretty decent balanced brew. The hops are king here though.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level and bitter mouthfeel.

Drinkability- No sign of ABV when drinking this...could be dangerous. Pretty yummy brew. Recommended.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks bennetj17 for this bottle (summer version).

Poured a 22oz bottle (2 pours) into a Chimay chalice. Poured a really hazy golden with a big 2 inch billowy head that stuck around for the entirety of the beer. I don't think I have seen a beer with this good of head retention. Leaves really nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, definite notes of citrus but other fruits not associated with hops. Taste is big hops. A lot of pine needles with some grapefruit. The malt really balances well, with caramel notes in the background. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. My first Alesmith beer. This sets the bar pretty high for the subsequent

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Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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 brureview
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: A good bit of sediment floating around, but that's probably because I was trying to get every bit out of the bottle. Reddish orange in color, good two finger head that leaves exceptional lacing. Nice looking IPA!

Smell: Aroma is definitely on the sweeter side, definitely a double IPA. As far as hops go, citrus fruit aromas, but surprisingly malt sweetness seems to be in the foreground as far as aroma goes.

Taste: Big caramel taste, with lots of hops bitterness backing it up. Juicy citrus hops flavors, with a good bit of alcohol warming present as well. I think I prefer DFH 90, on the whole....

Mouthfeel: A little on the syrupy side of things, as I tend to find most DIPA's, but good. Carbonation worked well enough.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, but perhaps a tiny bit overrated. Maybe I should have waited until winter to try this holiday ale =) Thanks to intriqken for giving me the opportunity to try this one! I had really been looking forward to it!

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Photo of mabermud
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johncnh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured aggressively to get a huge, off-white, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy head that slowly subsides and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy, orange amber with a few slow bubble trails. Aroma is hugely hop, citrus, malt, oak, vanilla, resin. Flavor's pretty much like nose with the citrus/hop on top with bittersweetness right under followed by those other things. Body is full with hop points and slightly soft carbonation. Finish is like flavor giving way to resin, very long, and has some alcoholic warmth. Well crafted beer, but too much hop for me.

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

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottle supplied by a generous, beer-minded friend.

**Bottle shows ABV @ 8.5%, AleSmith's website currently lists it @ 9.5% ABV, and listed here at 8.8% ABV.

A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 2+ fingers frothy white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Nice retention, and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

S- Oranges/grapefruit/citrus, and a bit of piney hop aroma. Solid backing of sweet caramel malt notes.

T- Citrus flavors and grapefruit/citrus peel hop bitterness. Hefty backing of malty sweetness provides some balance.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a medium-full feel. A touch syrupy.

D- Good. Solid across the board, goes down easy...a pleasure.

Future outlook: An excellent, fairly uncomplicated beer that was great to get to try for free, and worthy of parting with a few of my own dollars to have again.

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Photo of torr99
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is citrus and malt, followed by resin and pine needles, finishing with a sharp bitterness over biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky; carbonation is medium as well. Alcohol is well hidden, although warming is evident throughout. Very flavorful and refreshing, although by no means a session beer. Another excellent offering from AleSmith!

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Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SUMMER VERSION 22oz bomber sampled today.

Appearance: Honey orange colored and lighter around the edges. Nice 2-3 fingers of foam with lots of retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt sweetness, a boat load of hops, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: exactly like the nose.

Mouthfeel: a touch syrupy and medium to medium full in body. The carbonation doesn't come through enough IMHO.

Drinkability: Good for the style but a touch too thick in body and under carbonated for me to keep kicking these back.

Not a bad brew at all but I'm not a fan of so much caramel malt in my DIPA's. Its a fairly balanced DIPA for a West Coast offering.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer version.

Rusty mahogany with moderate haze. Massive off white head, decent retention. Citrus hops are thick in the nose, sweet, with light nutty/caramel malt to balance. Strong candy sweetness in the taste, lots of caramel malt flavor. The hops are tangy and resiny, leaving a medium bitterness. The finish also has some alcoholic fume. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel, medium thick overall, with a nice foaminess on the palate. Quite a rich offering of malt flavor in this holiday brew. I believe the winter version was a bit more impressive, but this one is decadent, and definitely worth trying...

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Photo of dexterk1
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakemn91
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Golden clear yellow, beige head and nice lacing. Very citrusy smell with some floral notes. Taste is strong citrus with grapefruit, orange, pine. A hint of bitterness. Very good!

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Photo of corey0212
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this one!!

Winter version: Mahogany-colored beer, with an incredibly dense and rocky tan head, thick & foamy lacing clinging to the glass, 1/2 finger head stays for the duration. One of the more impressive-looking beers I've ever poured. Smell is rich & malty, with a good amount of alcohol present in the nose. This one is all about the malt! Hints of raisin...spicy malt, and of course, piney hops. Delicious!! Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a drying finish. I'm drinking this in June, but this would be the perfect Xmas beer. I can't wait to try the summer version!!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally trying this right after it is released. Poured into my Iron Man pint glass.

Golden in color. A pretty hard pour produces a finger white head that resides to a substantial layer of foam on top. Very clear with big bubbles floating to the top. The second half of the bottle is much hazier. Exceptional retention and great lacing left behind.

A very clean and bright tropical fruit hop aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple), and orange rind.

The flavor is of orange rind up front, peppery spiciness, floral, and a hint of grapefruit. Strong bitter finish and a nice malt backbone. Reminds me of Mikkeller 10 a little bit.

High end of medium bodied. Medium carbonation with a nice hop bite at the end.

Very nice DIPA. Probably gonna have to stock up for the fourth.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,951 ratings
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