AleSmith Double IPA | AleSmith Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.19/5
Exceptional
1,955 Ratings
AleSmith Double IPAAleSmith Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,187
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
1,955
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
269
Gots:
155
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,955 |  Reviews: 966
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.

 556 characters

Photo of smithj4
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to MrTopher for this one...

This one pours a fairly hazy pale golden with some of the most active lively carbonation I've ever seen in a brew of this style... This ones heads up like fast and stays there.... Gotta be more careful with the next pour on this... Loads of things going in inside of the glass....quite a treat to watch this one go...

A quite balanced aroma of citrusy hops and a fairly assertive malt bill here...the malt shines quite brightly here but in no way undermines what those West Coast hops are doing either.... This one smells intriguing.. Curious to see how balanced the taste is...

Strong citrusy hops right out of the gate that are chased around the room by a terrifically tasty and unique maltiness that surprises me... This is truly very balanced and delicious... I like the malt they are using here.. Its assertive without being overwhelming...

A very nice brew that would be a staple during the summer if it was available here... Like this one a lot...

 1,001 characters

Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a slightly off white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: It has stone fruit aromas that feature peach and apricot.

Taste: There are apricot, peach, caramel, and floral flavors.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with high bitterness and alcohol warming

Overall, the flavors of peach and apricot start off sweet and turn to bitter and is long lasting through the finish.

 396 characters

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

Summer 06 version. Pours a cloudy burnt orange in color with a massive cream head that laces the glass as it slowly recedes. Nice tangerine citrus hop aroma, sweet tart candy smell, malts show some sticky sweetness in the aroma as well. Taste also shows citrus hop flavor along witha grainy sweetness and nicely balanced bitterness. Some alcohol is evident in the finish as well, but complimentary to the size of this beer, not overpowering at all. Malt content exhibits a pleasant mouthfeel, not overly syrupy sweet but just the right amount of swetness to accentuate the slightly peppery and fairly dry warming finish. One of those beers where there is no problem with 22 ounces.

 681 characters

Photo of SaulFox
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hay color, hazy but not completely like those east coast ipa/dipa's. Picking up slight tropical notes on the smell, but they're quite muted. Bold bitterness but well rounded with the sweetness of malt. I definitely recommend for dipa fans. Cheers

 246 characters

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bambam2517
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber to the pint, served cold at 40F. Scored a bottle thats been on the shelf for 8months, so bearing that in mind...

A - Caught me off-guard, its very cloudy with a strong off-white froth. Straw-gold in color. The froth ring stays around and really leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass. arbonation is tight and lasting too, thought this would blow up during the pour, but it came out nicely. Looks more like a top-notch Belgian quad than a IIPA to me.

S - Sweet breads, warm spices, something fruity I can't think of a way to describe. Really complementary to the taste and very unique.

T - Malty and grassy at the same time. Some hop character on the back end but the malt is the star for sure. Taste that fruit ester as well, maybe its mango-like? Still cant quite place it.

M - Great. It has 3 distinct characters to me. Its initially very creamy, then settles down and really lets the flavors shine, and lastly quickly dissipates leaving almost no aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well-hidden, just warms the face and belly as I go through the bottle.

O - This is my first AleSmith offering and it holds up to everything I've heard. I really enjoyed this one, really unique.

 1,204 characters

Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper/orangey color with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Nice lacing as well.

S - Big tropical fruit nose... Pineapple, orange rind and mango. Lots of hoppiness. Good malt backbone to bring it all together.

T - For such a citrus bomb of a nose, it's all piney goodness on the taste. Sweet, bready malts with a nice hop bite. Seems like the citrus comes back for a faint visit at the end. Very well put together.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Very smooth body with a wet finish.

O - Very balanced DIPA here. Just enough malts and hops that don't overpower the palette, IMO.

 600 characters

Photo of Yesdog
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev 0%

Photo of msumike89
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of argock
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brbrocc
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rcjennings
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JKasten988
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > SA Sensory Pint
A - Cloudy gold orange with two and a half fingers of thick dense off-white foamy head with some really thick lacing.
S - Really nice aroma, passionfruit, papaya, orange, a little banana, then there's some grassy dankness, hop resin.
T - Bold hop profile, sweet candy like malt come in mid way with some candied fruit, lots of big sticky dank hop flavor, sweet orange and tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, lime, pine, some dark earthy hop undertones in the end, slight alcohol taste lingering.
M - Big feel to this beer, some alcohol burn along with a huge piney bitterness. Chewy and sticky.
O - Really good IPA, a bit too overbearing in some areas, but worth having for sure.

 699 characters

Photo of SLeffler27
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter almost clear on initial pour, glowing orange (SRM 8-10). Cascading gold builds a one-half inch, creamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing. Crystal clear after the chill haze reveals occasional columns of carbonation.

Aroma is strong orange peel with grapefruit. General hop aromas and dried grass in the background.

Quite bitter upon entry, just short of enamel peeling and lingers through to the finish. Middle has pine resin and grapefruit with a hint of sweetness and earthiness. The finish is very dry. This IIPA stands up to some warming but is best at proper temperature.

A full body with soft texture and light, prickly carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, but residual sugar was a surprise.

YuleSmith Summer is not quite the refreshing beverage one expects for the season, but is still quite enjoyable while sitting in the shade on a hot, late-summer afternoon.

Too bad the neighbor’s air conditioner is so loud and ALWAYS running :-). I enjoyed the entire bottle while reading philosophy.

 1,054 characters

Photo of samtrillo
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from lou91, opened in honor of the bears beating the hated panthers

appearance: deep murky copper , lovely off white/beige head forms with some lacing...certainly looks the part, tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle

smell: floral hops...oily and fresh hop profile, definite acohol on the nose, biscuity smelling, thick caramel malts

taste: intense and powerful...very bitter floral and oily hops complimented by a strong malt backbon, biscuitesque, alcohol immediately present, caramel, juicy and citrusy...complex and quite tasty

mouthfeel: medium-full body, hop bitterness, alcohol burn, juicy hops and thick malts

drinkability: pretty drinkable

 682 characters

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kroggdawg for bringing this one (the Red and Blue) back from the coast. It's beautiful with big American hops, making it seem like an appropriate 4th of July beer (too bad it's winter now). There's a sweet malt background that provides a wonderful balance and backbone.

 279 characters

Photo of tboom29
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a Winter '06 beer.

It poured a very appetizing amber that was slightly opaque. Fluffy frothy head sat on top, one of my favorite things on a beer.

The nose was very citrusy and spicy, and really entices you to drink the beer.

You definitely will notice the hops, because there are a lot. I thought it was nicely balanced though. Slight carmel from the malt. Mellow, but quite full bodied with a full mouthfeel. There is a slight acidic flavor. I also noticed a spicy notes, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. Some orange as well.

Overall a really great, full flavored IPA. Definitely worth picking up.

 623 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2007 release, purchased fresh from the brewery.

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with small clusters of tiny rising bubbles and a sticky eggshell-colored head.

Smell: Fresh hops with a strong grapefruit character. Malts are very much present, though slightly overpowered by the fruity hop aroma.

Taste: Malty at first, bready and grainy, with a fruity sweetness that settles into an intensely hoppy finish that consumes your entire tongue. The hops are of the citric variety; lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon peel. Very rounded and complex, with no astringency or noticable alcohol. Bittering hops are more prominent than I'd like, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly oily. Crisp but soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Not as drinkable to me as some of the other quintessential DIPAs (Pliny the Elder and Pure Hoppiness come to mind), but it's still wonderful stuff and a staple in my fridge every time it comes out.

 938 characters

Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I always feel a little lucky to get one of these, given the geographic distance. It purs a nice, somewhat orange-tinged, cloudy gold into a goblet. Citrus, mostly citrus in the nose. A big one-finger head leaves significant lacing as it drops.

Smell: A punch in the nose by classic big American hops: pine and citrus. I wonder if “big American hops” could become shorthand. In any event, it doesn’t put me off from this beer.

Taste: The bigness described above continues in the mouth, as you would expect, and the hops continue their good work. It’s big and American aggressive, but it’s not crazy if you have any interest in hoppy beers; in fact, it’s fairly balanced compared to some offerings.

Mouthfeel: Sort of middle of the road. Obviously it’s a big ABV, but aside from the hoppiness it’s not terribly “hot”, so the uninformed drinker needs to take very careful care.

Drinkability: It’s a huge IPA, and I know some people [salute] drink them day in and day out, before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I think the rest of us probably need to recognize that a bomber of this caliber will significantly affect afternoon productivity.

 1,186 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy honey color with a big, chunky head. White wall lacing left by mashed 'tater retention.

Aroma is straight hop candy: citrus hops with floral and soft pine edges combined with sweet Twinkie malt.

Taste is more sweet hop candy. Citrus hops are balanced by sweet Twinkie malt. Balanced for a DIPA. There's enough booze floatin' around in there that I'm glad this aged for 3 months but I feel like I missed out on some on the hops in all their glory. A conundrum. Smooth, full mouthfeel.

 492 characters

AleSmith Double IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,955 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.