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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 ricke
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head lacing some lacings.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit/pine-needle character with hints of tobacco. Quite a lot of malts are shining through.

The flavor is fairly sweet with a pleasant caramel malty backbone with notes of vanilla. Decent amount of aroma hops (pine-needles and grapefruit). Ends bitter with peppery and citric hops, and hints of warming alcohol.

Medium to full body, easy on the palate and very easy to drink.

An enjoyable double IPA.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter.
Courtesy of Barfwin!

Aroma: Sweet, spicy orange zest, apricot, and honey sweetness.

Appearance: Golden-orange body. One finger falls slowly to thin layer of fine foam. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Well-balanced citrus and pine with sweet honey. Sweetness is well-balanced by hop flavor and bitterness. Bitterness is not overpowering, or one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly drying hop tannins

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced IIPA. Citrusy sweetness is is not syrupy, and at the same time, prevents this brew from being a hop bomb. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holiday 2007 poured from bomber into Red Oak uber-mug from Spring Garden in Greensboro, NC...

Big, tight, smooth bountiful head = very soapy with sparse lacing. Hazy, mahogany body.

Sweet, floral hops in abundance. Copious butterscotch malt - alcohol and carbonation in background. No issues with balance - a whole lotta everythin'.

Big, melted sweetness of caramel and butterscotch - hops are a sweet and floral backbone of this offering. Malt has a comforting stewed and chewy quality to it.

Very warming on the mouth - huge hop bite on front of palate; viscous malt and alcohol throughout.

Almost too powerful for more than one - the huge quantities of everything make this quite filling but a very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greggy for this one. This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale orange color. The head is a billowy pale orange color, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of brash pine, citrus. The taste is like the aroma, with the addition of a nice bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture, and light carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA. I could easily drink this beer again.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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 notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color.

S: Candied peach (exactly like those Haribo peach rings), citrus hops, grapefruit and a bit of cantaloupe.

T: There's a gradual build of pine hops that crescendo in a peppery bite. A touch of caramel malts with some grapefruit pith and aspirin on the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a mostly transparent but slightly unfiltered light orange. a silky white head that froths and leaves good lacing.
smells very citrusy, perfect for the summer refreshing pine smell.
the taste matches the aroma, and it is quite a hopped up beer. very fresh tasting and refreshing. The mouthfeel is very well carbonated and smooth. its a great version of a double ipa; its a very hoppy flavorful beer, but is not overdone.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to be able to try the winter offering after sampling the summer brew earlier this year.

Poured orange-amber in the glass, with a substantial head that leaves equally substantial lacing as well. Aroma is big on citrus, spice and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel is smooth and solid, with a nice amount of carbonation.

The taste is as assertive as the aroma – it delivers on the citrus with a big hoppy taste, balanced with a nice malty sweetness, a little spice and a full body to boot.

Definitely drinkable, though I actually enjoyed the summer offering just a tad more.

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Photo of muttyd
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange/amber with a thick white head.

S - Very hoppy aroma. Loads of grapefruity/citrusy/piney hops. Some toffee/caramel notes in the nose as well.

T - Pretty much what I expected. Follows the nose. Very hoppy and bitter. Piney, earthy, and citrusy. Big double IPA flavor. Very west coast. Not as aggressively bitter/astringent in the finish as I thought it would be from the nose.

M - Creamy and sticky on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

D - One of the more memorable double IPAs I have had recently. Very good beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh bottle, can't find a date but it just hit the state last week.

A: Cloudy golden orange pour. Very small head that quickly turns into nothing. Almost no retention but a little lacing.

S: Quite subtle considering this is a DIPA. Most tend to have huge floral aromas. Surprising. Some tropical fruit, pineapple mostly I think. A little pine. I believe I smell the distinctive Simcoe smell too. Sweet caramel malt is apparent.

T: Wow, big hop flavor surprised me given the mild smell. I taste pineapple, grapefruit, orange and lemon perhaps? Very sweet caramel balances it out in the middle but can barely make a dent in the bitterness. Big pine bite on the back end along with a little hit from the alcohol.

M: Pretty slick/oily coating sensation from all the hops. Quite drying aftertaste with the bitterness and the alcohol punch.

O: Very interesting. I was a little bit let down by the appearance and the smell but the taste came out of no where.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden light orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head and left great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big on the citrus grapefruit with nice piney hop aromas with a good malt presence with bready notes and hints of pineapple.

T: citrus grapefruit and hop bitterness up front like the nose with good sweet malts to balance out the hops and a some booze that mixes quite well but still accents the overall flavor. It is also slight pineapple notes.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet and nice hop bite.

D: very drinkable IPA with great citrus grapefruit bitterness that does have plenty of booze as well but is well blanaced by the malts. I'm glad I can have more of this beer whenever I want.

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Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whartontallboy
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition. Excited to be trying this one after hearing about it.

Pours a deep brassy orange with a nice orange-tinted head. Sticks around and laces fairly well.

Smell is quite a nice little package. There's a strong piney hop scent that I was expecting, but also an almost-spicey malt presence that's pretty thick as well. I feel like I'm reading some caramel and maybe even licorice in there.

Flavor holds this line pretty well. Huge frontal attack of west-coast hoppiness that bitterly mauls the tongue with an aggressive blend of piney and citric grapefruit notes. The caramel malt is pretty strong, and I detect a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg that really pulls everything together. Quite a nice one here.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly syrupy or chewy. I would term it "just right."

Overall: I'm really glad I got to try this beauty. It's a really nice beer that lives up to most of its hype.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle is a 2010 Summer version.

a - Pours a murky orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy off white head that lasts for several minutes and high carbonation evident. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. Lots of hops in the smell, smells great.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, fruity malts, bitter pine hops, tropical fruit, and pale malts. Bitter up front but then goes down easy.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down and easy to drink for 8.5% ABV.

d - A pretty nice IPA. I thought there were a lot of citrus and pine hops in the smell, which was great. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/4/13, so this has some age on it which probably did not serve the hops p[articularly well. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with a monster offwhite yead which receded slowly to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild citrus and pine resin.

t: Citrus and pine hops over a light malt base. Tastier than average hops, bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: A good strong summer DIPA. The hops may be muted since this bottle is exactly six months old, but tastewise it still qualifies as a double. Exceptionally tasty and refreshing. I actually like this better than the new Victory DirtWolf DIPA, and it's about on a par with Double Dose, which we may or may not ever see again.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass

A-pours a nice, haze free golden orange hue with a frothy stable head that lingers, very inviting

S- dank, grassy earthy hops upfront with a grapefruit citrus finish, nice hop profile

T- Not as diverse as the nose, little more grapefruit, little less grass and dank, finishes with a dry bready malt touch, no sign of the 8.5% abv

M- crisp, dry, thirst quenching

O- Very drinkable, nice hop profile, good west coast IPA

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 ojclark
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2/8/08. Floral hop aroma with some citric and piney notes. Some sweetness and crystal maltiness in nose as well. Yeasty, with very slight burnt rubber autolysis odor. Faint whiff of alcohol. Poured with a huge tan head with very long retention (bottle may have referemented and sat on yeast too long). Copper/amber color, silight haze. Abundant, very fine, carbonation coming up from bottom of glass. Flavor: nice blend of bitterness, malt (medium crystal malts and sweetness), piney hops, and alcohol. Similar aftertaste. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body. Medium-full carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth in finish.

I think this bottle was not well-kept. Despite that, it held up really well and still tasted excellent. Will rerate next year with a fresher bottle and I'm sure my score will go up.

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Photo of BKotch
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scootny
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2008 version. Into the tulip tumbler and a huge, and I do mean huge head takes over half the glass. It sits like shaving cream atop a dark copper amber fluid with a touch of haze and gentle carbonation visible. After many minutes it fades and leaves a smaller pile of foam protecting the integrity of the brew. Sticky globs of lacing on my glass betray the huge amount of hops that must be in here.

Smell confirms the hop bomb. Sweet pine and a splash of citrus. A caramel infused dark, sugary, molasses and cake.

Taste is a big malt sweetness swimming under a mountain of hoppy goodness. The hops attack your taste buds and flood the sinuses. Then the malt backbone punches back with a fruity mix of pineapple and toffee. Grapefruit counterpunches and closes out. Finish is bitter and lingeringly hoppy affair with sweet rolls and alcohol.

Moutfeel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation cuts through and froths the mouth and and cleans the throat. It also dries and quenches the back of the mouth and throat. Nice.

Drinkability is quite nice. You can go through a few of these, as I finished the bomber after a meal. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the pleasure of drinking this one allows you to forget the hi abv.

A good Holiday IPA. The piney hops and sweet malt go well with the sights, smells, and tastes of the season.

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Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle a deep copper color, very clear topped by a thick egg-white head. Nice sheet of lace is left on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The nose has nice grapefruit citrus punch up front that is balanced by caramel on the finish. The taste is balanced too. More of the grapefruit tempered by orange followed by light caramel and a hint of fig. This is not just a hop bomb, it shows a nice balance. There is a little spice on the finish. Maybe spruce and pepper. Very nice. Slick mouth feel. Lots of alcohol, but still a good drinkability.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden orange, mild haze, with an abundant white head akin to whipped egg whites. The carbonation is VERY active in this one.

Smell -- Picking up citrus and tropical fruit notes. There's a little bit of resin in the nose, not pronounced. Caramel malts also present.

Taste -- Up front is pine resin hop bitterness with apricot, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Following up are some dry and husky malt notes as well as a moderate amount of caramel and cane juice sweetness that makes those fruity hop notes really stand out. Finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with mild prickly carbonation, nearly spot-on.

Drinkability -- Wow, this was a welcomed surprise. Everything was just really nice. Great fruity notes from the hops, but not enough to be overpowering, as with the bitterness. The malt bill brought in just enough sweetness to make the fruity notes in the hops *pop* without getting anywhere near cloying. Well thought, well executed, just good on all counts.

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Photo of Wildman
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that acted like a float as it slowly subsided, coating the glass with lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, caramel and quite a bit of pine. The flavor is of malt, hops, citrus, caramel and pine. The body is a touch creamy and the finish is sweet and slightly astrigent, but not to the level of say Runiation. A fine holiday beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of three IPAs I had for the day (preceded by Alpine Duet and Pliny the Elder). Cloudy, dark golden with a filmy head that had nice texture to it. Some noticeable sugar aroma which I can't pin down is present with the hops. Strange start. I get an almost tomato/tabasco (w/o the heat) upper palate taste which goes away after I've had a few bites to eat. Can't figure out where this came from except, maybe, the alcohol. Bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Except for the tomato sensation (which was more strange than unpleasant) worthy of a second.

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AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,954 ratings
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